Wild West 5K

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A lot has changed in the past few months and I finally got to run my first race since January. A last minute vacation brought me to Sin City and I found a race to do on a whim.

Running in the USA is always a great source for races across the country and I found the Wild West 5K while I was looking for races in the Las Vegas area.

Last Saturday morning I braved the drive to the Red Rock Canyon by myself. I did not know what to expect since I had never been to the area. The drive to the race was absolutely gorgeous with stunning views of the canyon.

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The race location was at at western themed ranch in the middle of nowhere. I made my way to race registration and made it just in time for day of registration cut off.

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I knew the race would be a true cross country race but was not expecting the hills. I wish I had trail shoes but my regular running shoes had to do it.

The first half mile was downhill and I concentrated on setting a good pace. At the half mile mark we turned onto a dirt and rock path and began the climb uphill. It was tough because this Louisiana girl is used to flat land under sea level.

I toughed it out through the first mile in 7:50. Mile 2 took us up a monster hill, well for me it was, and I slipped from 4th place to 5th. My pace definitely slowed down even going back downhill.

At the mile and a half mark we started the same loop again. I took advantage of the downhill slope and moved back to fourth and finished mile 2 in 8:14. Then back uphill we went…….groan.

The last mile was really rough but I promised myself I would not stop…even on the monster hill.

I finished the 5K in 24:25 in 5th place.

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Medal were presented to all of the finishers.

I cooled down then checked out the old west village where the awards ceremony was taking place.

I was not expecting anything but I was happy to get a medal for placing 2nd in the 30-39 age group.

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I saved the big news for last……..I’m moving to Las Vegas next month! I can’t wait to join a local running club and start doing more trail races.

Next up for me is the Gulf Coast Classic 10K Saturday in Pass Christian, MS. Until next time!

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