Vegas Anniversary & Rock 'n Roll 1/2 Marathon

We rolled into Vegas last weekend for our anniversary getaway fun.  Aaaah.  Missed this beautiful disaster of a city.  Hellooooooo.
First things first, the expo.  This was our first Rock 'n Roll and all we knew was to expect BIG and LOTS.  It was at the Las Vegas Convention Center and was pretty much what we were expecting.  We always seem to go to the expo after traveling, so we don't spend a lot of time.  But we did gawk over the amazing Garmin 620.
We stayed at...City Center!  Aria.
The room was awesome in Aria and when you opened the shower door you see the bathtub as well.  Cool.  Why have I not seen this before?
When you're ready for bed you push the goodnight button next to the bed, and all the lights go out, tv off, and the curtains close.  Fancy.
This year there was a new addition to the Vegas marathon/ half, with a 1/4 marathon, aka "1/2 of the 1/2," or 6.5 miles total.  I was planning to bump down to run this race after my injury in September, but an hour before the start time I changed my tune completely!  Random.
The 1/4 marathon started an hour earlier than the others and it ran down the strip in the daylight, ending at Fremont Street which is also near the downtown area of complete creeperville, and would leave me miles from Ben at his finish line.  Hmmm.
"I want to start with you!"
The time limit was 5:00 for the 1/2, so I knew that if all else fails, I could walk it and make the time limit and still get some of the experience.  I told myself that I had to be smart, that there would be no reason to push myself and reverse any recovery from the previous 6-8 weeks, considering the furthest I had run nonstop was 2 miles. 
There were 30 or so corrals, and each was let go about a minute apart.  For having twice as many people as Disney, there was a lot more space here so it felt less cramped. 
The first 8 miles or so were straight down the strip and full of a spectators galore, lights, loud music and a huge goofy grin on my face.  Eventually we were north of the strip in the sketchy area previously mentioned, and the route looped around an area that I wouldn't be too comfortable driving around at night.  It was pretty shady, but I must note that I never felt unsafe with the loads of runners surrounding, and the officers and volunteers along the way.  But it was definitely an interesting area to route a huge marathon and screamed, "we ran out of running room on the strip...run around creepster block real quick."
I hit mile ten about five minutes prior to my original pre-injury goal for this race, and my leg had just started showing signs of overall distress, not particular to just my knee (which I considered a good thing).  I stopped and did some stretching but only made it about 1/10th a mile after that.  So I walked the rest and finished in 2:48:03 (Garmin).  And it was still an awesome experience and the medal was super heavy.  Worth it.
I wore my glow in the dark shoes and the medals glow in the dark which is pretty cool.
Ben had a fairly rough go of it.  He passed me going the opposite way on the strip around 1:20 and didn't look too happy.  He got a side stitch at mile 8 and it never went away, and his Garmin also decided to tell him he was running an 18 minute mile.  Suck.  I think we kind of blew his race with our lack of pre-race planning/skipping meals and such.  He still finished in a great 1:42:31 (Garmin).
We went on an official anniversary date and ate at Texas De Brazil at Town Square, a favorite.  They say you need two hours for the full experience.  20 minutes later I was pretty much chuck full.
Followed by Aria's cirque show:
And followed by trying to re-live a night in 2009, by dressing up, staying out ridiculously late on the strip, rating all of the stilettos that walked by, and watching the Bellagio fountains.
We don't last as long as we used to.
But it sure was a fun time together.
Rykar got ice cream and an extra two hours of play time every. single. day. we were gone because I made a mistake at the puppy daycare.  Haha  Spoiled lil bum.
Check out his new socks.   He definitely loathes them.

Another anniversary trip down, and another fun race weekend in the books.  I'm very grateful I was able to run and am looking forward to the next one.

I hope you all have a great day!!  Anyone up for Vegas 2014??
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A Bad Day Remedy

Yesterday was our anniversary, and it was a very nice day!  I wish every Tuesday could be like yesterday, complete with take out sushi.

But today has been a terrible day (please note that I'm VERY, VERY grateful, but I am also human and have bad days.).

Remember this day when my work computer crashed?  Fast forward to a mere 13 days after my beautiful new work computer warranty expired (aka today), and?  Happened AGAIN.  

I do have amazing luck with computers.  It is my only computer with an AutoCad license, and I'm in the middle of the most involved project of my career thus far, this:
It has been a stressful day and that wasn't even all that made the day dwindle towards the crapper.  But enough.  I found an amazing remedy...













This website always helps.  Awwwh.

I hope this helped better your day too.
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3 Years, 3 Nieces and 1 Christmas Tree

Aside from my little pink shoe tree, this year we bought our first Christmas tree since being married.  (We didn't buy enough garland though...)
I haven't yet posted this picture (a pre-Thanksgiving Christmas tree can be more controversial than Obamacare).  Our tree has actually been up over a week, but Ben said "you're not allowed to post pictures for a few weeks."  I made it a whole week!  I've impressed myself.

This Christmas tree makes me so happy in the mornings all lit up while it's still dark out, and it reminds me that we are days away from family time and the holidays are rapidly arriving.  Last year I was too absorbed in work to soak them up.  This year will be different!!
We're also one day from our 3rd wedding anniversary!  Tomorrow is the day and it will mostly be a normal weekday, but we are very close to our little celebratory anniversary race we have planned.

Posting one picture turned into a couple.  What an awesome time!  We both can't believe it's already been three years.  We are very blessed and I am very, very grateful.  What a total hunk.
Even though we'll soon celebrate, I wonder if the actual anniversary deserves take out sushi, regardless of being a weekday.  I'm going to go out on a whim and say yes.
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This past weekend we watched our three nieces and got a taste of having a full-fledged family.  They are pretty dang cute, I must say so myself.  "Aunt Cwisty, why is your Cwistmas twee up?"
I came home from a baptism, and the house was in slight to high chaos and Ben was exhausted (he did most of the watching).  He fell asleep on the floor.  lol  However, I don't think Rykar has ever been so happy in his life.

His end result:
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I'm starting to comeback from my biceps femoris knee issue and I ran six miles last week.  I even ran one mile unbroken, pain free.  It's slow, but I don't mind.  Progress...
I'm downgrading to Vegas 1/4 and have 100 minutes and my goal is to finish, pain free.  I will be a happy girl if that happens.  Ben is running the 1/2.  He would like a sub 1:38 this time around.

Since I haven't been able to run, I have been spending about as much time absorbed in running material, stretching, rolling, etc.  And I finally made a running blog!  It is currently private as I'm working on it still, but the address will be highheelsrunner.blogspot.com and I will note when it's public (blog name by my clever husband).
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90% of our meals are from Pinterest, and I also love making the treats.  The latest hit are rice crispy treats but substituting crushed up oreos for the rice crispies.  Oreo Treats?  Oreo Crispy Treats?  Either way, amazing...

Have a wonderful week!  Friday in 4...
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