Saturday, November 17, 2007

I'm Back!

Mile 1043, Las Vegas, NV - Many of you have training programs from Hal Higdon, Jeff Galloway or other great runners. You know that I don't really do any programs, until now. I found the Las Vegas One week training plan.

Here's how it works. You go to Vegas. Stay on the strip, gamble away your kids college fund and eat really bad fried food all week. You train by walking from casino to casino and work your upper body by pulling levers. unless that's too difficult, then you just push a button over and over again for hours. After a week of training and no running you go and run the Las Vegas Turkey Trot.



How do I know this training program works? Because I set a PR! My previous PR was 31:06 set at the Islands 5k in Gilbert, AZ. Today I ran a 30:25 at the LV Turkey Trot. Each mile split was under 10 minutes, no walk breaks and no leg issues.

Remember, I had a calf issue. So, I decided I would take the week off of running and just run the 5k. I spent the first 3 days of the week limping around the National Association of REALTORS Convention. Then, on Friday my leg felt great. I knew I was going to run.

I got to the Las Vegas Outlet Mall around 6:20 am for the 7 am race. The 10k race had already started and I got to see them go by. I signed up, got a sweat shirt (really nice) and started to warm up. I knew it wasn't going to be real scenic and I was right. It turned out almost 2/3 of the race was in the outlet mall parking lot. The beginning and end of the race was behind the mall, past the dumpsters. Before the race I met a couple that had just gotten married and were on their honeymoon in Vegas. They were from England. He did the 10k in 44 minutes and finished in 21st place. She ran the 5k.

Check out the map below to see the parking lot 5k and my splits.



I'll write about my week in Vegas later. Not real exciting, but Amy and I did get to hear Seth Godin, Scott Bedbury and others. We got to go to a James Taylor concert on Thursday nite.

13 comments:

Irene said...

Sounds like a great time, and not just the trip! Congratulations on your 5K PR!!!

I guess all that pre-run gambling helped some!

J-Wim said...

Congrats on the quick time. Sounds like the training program to get there was pretty greuling though. Hope it didn't wear you out.
james taylor I recognize, the rest not so much....

Jeff said...

Way to go on the PR.

I like the diet plan. Might have to check that out. You should write a book!

TNTcoach Ken said...

I can see a book in the works also! Were you a hurry to get back to the casino?

J~mom said...

OH.MY.GOSH!!!! 30:25!! YOU SO DA MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations!!!!!!!

Cheryl said...

Glad you're back. I wondered what had happened to you! Congrats on the great time for your 5K. That's a training plan I could get on board for!

Marcy said...

CONGRATS PAT!!! WHOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!

I bet you were REALLY naughty out there, huh? :P

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh wow, a PR in VEGAS??? Almost unheard of if you partake in all that is VEGAS, and sounds like you did. I'm going to remember this the next time I am there. I heart VEGAS. And I really love being there for a "convention" and then playing poker all night like a fool!!

Vanilla said...

Now that sounds like a training plan that I can get on board with.

Congrats on the PR!

Dan Seifring said...

Welcome back Pat, great job on the PR I see a sub 30 in the not too distant future. With that training plan you will be doing sub 25's in no time.

Firefly's Running said...

That's an awesome time, Pat. Great job!

Database Diva said...

Congratulations on the PR in Vegas Pat! I'm running a 5K there next weekend. Everyone will be dressed as Santa Claus, in an effort to set a record for the largest gathering of Santas. They have a clock, but they don't record the times. We did it last year and it was so much fun we decided to do it again. We also ran the half marathon the next day. It was less fun. We are skipping it this year. Instead I'm going to run in the area around our hotel, which coincidentally is near the outlet mall.

Darrell said...

You may be on to something there. Congrats.