Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Which Marathon Should I Run in the Fall or Winter? Rock N Roll Las Vegas or The Hoover Dam Marathon

I'm trying to readjust my thinking about the marathon. 

I'm torn on which race I should enter, because I have to decide what I want my next marathon to be.... 
A)Do I want to make another PR attempt at Rock n' Las Vegas on November 15, 2015
B) Would I have more fun trying to snag an age group or overall award at the Hoover Dam Marathon.
on December 12, 2015.

The first option has me feeling "meh",  I raced the RNRLV marathon last year, and I was disappointed with my results... It was my 1st marathon back after a five year hiatus, naturally I wanted to PR on first attempt back at the distance...  The more I keep thinking about it, the more I am turned off about trying to race for a marathon PR in the evening.  This race would be a great marathon to run for "fun".  However, the price of admission to this fun is $135.00 (It's only going to get higher) before the processing fee....  And the logistics of this race are a huge pain in the ass. The course was super crowded during the early miles, and parking is awful. The only thing that has me excited about the race, is that it is a well organized, and you get what you pay for (cool shirt, neat course, shiny bling).

For my race goals, I would love to improve from my time from last year's (3:49:06), but I am greedy and would probably train to race a 3:30 marathon and then be super butt hurt if I didn't meet my goal.

I know if I don't sign up I will feel like I"m missing out on this huge running party on November 15, 2015.

I am actually getting kind of excited  about this race.  First off, the race is held in the morning at 8:00AM.  That is a great time to start a marathon! I don't have to get up, super early, and it won't be as cold as a 7:00 am start.  The course is beautiful.  It runs through the train tunnels, so it has both dirt and paved sections.  This will not be a PR attempt.  But, I would like to run a competitive race and hopefully snag an age group award.  The logistics will include me parking my car in the parking lot, and walking to the start as opposed to fighting traffic on the strip.  The price is also a more wallet friendly $95.00

My race goals for this marathon would be to run a 3:45 or slightly faster time.  I don't want to give myself delusions of grandeur to think that I could go sub 3:30 on this course.  It's a pretty tough course. 
I get to run through these  again.

Then next year I think I will try to focus on lowering my marathon time some more, There is a new marathon that is going to be hosted by Calico Racing that is promising to be flat and fast in the spring of 2016.

Seeing this written out in a blog post-I think has made me realize how I really feel about RNRLV.
I think I'm leaning more towards Hoover Damn,  Can you guys help me finalize my decision?

As always thank you for reading


  1. I vote Hoover Dam - you've done RNRLV a few times, and I agree about a night PR. That is a tall order. But you could have a great, enjoyable race at Hoover - and it's cheap. So that's my vote!

  2. As much as I like RnR races, I think the Hoover Dam one seems really interesting and fun. It seems like you might need a fun marathon.

  3. Thank you both! I know all the cool kids are going to Rock the Strip. But, I can't afford a runcation in the city that I live in. After watching the kids all day, the thought of trying to run a marathon at 4:30pm is super intimidating. I'm much better early in the morning.