This race was organized by a local racing company here in Las Vegas, Desert Sky Adventures and hosted by Bureau of Land Management out in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. They offered both a 5K and a Half Marathon distance through some awesome trails! I absolutely love Red Rock Canyon. It's a quick drive from my house and we love to go there for hikes with the kiddos and I've recently enjoyed running some of the trails, so running a race there was really a treat! It was put together nicely and it had that small race atmosphere I like.
For a FREE race, I cannot complain one bit. They sent out 2 emails before the race with all the race details on parking, water aid stations, etc. so communication was clear. I didn't make it to Packet Pickup the day before but my friend who picked up our packets had no issues. We got a free tech tshirt, race bib, and some Smokey the Bear goodies in a drawstring bag :) The morning of the race, everything went along smoothly. They were taking donations for families of firefighters who lost their lives while fighting wildland fires and had some pretty buff firefighters doing pushups when they received donations ;) After the race, they had a table with bananas, oranges, muffins, water and gatorade. We also got a nice dog tag style metal at the finish. Yup, definitely a great local race!
Another great thing about this race was the sense of community. There were lots of runner friends from the running groups I'm a part of and it felt nice to have that camaraderie among the other runners. I'm not much of a social butterfly and well, I can be a bit awkward in social situations, so it's nice to have a group of friendly like-minded people who don't make me feel like an outsider! Thanks so much for that :)
I didn't get much sleep the night before, I was on my feet all day photographing a wedding, I had a headache, and just felt BLAH!! Needless to say, it wasn't my best race. I felt sluggish and tired. My legs felt like lead and I just couldn't focus or find my groove. I was just happy I finished strong. When I signed up, I was sure I'd PR from my last 5K trail run, the Xterra Trail Race. I didn't. I should've. I was disappointed. I ran with my husband and he did amazing! He PRed by over 7 minutes! He'd been working hard and it really paid off! I was so happy for him, but I just couldn't shake the horrible feeling of failure I had. Then of course, I felt guilty for being selfish and not being more excited for him. But, I am so lucky to have such a wonderful man as my husband because he never gloated about his success and did everything he could to make me feel better. And I did eventually feel better. He gave me the space I needed to make peace with it and even made me a yummy post-race breakfast! Thanks babe! I love you!! Oh and I'm sure the TOMS shoe warehouse shopping & happy hour with girlfriends helped too :)