Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Work and Play

I know for most people, this long holiday weekend is reserved mainly for giving thanks and rejoicing with family and friends where sloth and gluttony take a vacation from the list of deadly sins. Unfortunately, as I was so rudely reminded by my secretary as she handed me my recently updated patient list today, I am not most people. I will be hard at work bright and early Friday morning and possibly all through the rest of the weekend.

I can’t complain though because part of the reason I have clinic duty this weekend is because I’m taking off most of next week for a marathon vacation in Las Vegas. Woohoo! Although I’m not sure if I’m prepared to run 26.2 miles when I haven’t completed a run longer than 13 miles since I crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon 3 weeks ago, I am excited to be escaping the wind/cold/rain for a few days with my running club, and meeting up with a few friends (including one fellow blogger who is looking to run her first B.Q.!).

We have quite a few wild party itineraries planned for when we arrive so this marathon preparation period is going to be a little bit out of the ordinary for me. Obviously then, there’ll be no grand delusions of a sub-3:00 or a P.R. attempt in this marathon as I’m strictly looking for a fun and leisurely scenic run around the Strip. If I have to guess, I’ll probably end up with a personal worst this time around—and I’ll be all fine with it.

In any case, I'll probably have more to say about the marathon next week. Honestly, I really haven't thought much about it or even looked at the course. (Bad Laminator!) First, just let me get through the rest of this holiday work week. Unlike the rest of you all, I’ll be so thrilled when it’s all over. Play time for me will start when play time for everyone else is over. What a wierd dichotomy!

In the meantime, enjoy enjoy your turkeys (and your Turkey Trots) everyone!

13 comments:

bill carter said...

Hi LL

I've done Las Vegas before and it is a really cool marathon. The race I did in '06 was the first with the new course. We started at Mandalay Bay and went down the strip all the way past Fremont and through the covered section. Very cool. It did get a little windy in the second half and to be honest, a little bit mundane in terms of scenery but all in all a very nice race. One word of warning... if you are not staying at or near Mandalay make sure you have transportation. I had to walk all the way from the Mirage and got to the starting line about 5 minutes before the race.

Best of luck, Lam.

The Happy Runner said...

I didn't realize the LV marathon was so soon. I guess I've been in a fog.

It sounds like you are going to have a blast out there -- and, why not? After such a great NYC it will probably be a lot of fun to run LV without big goals.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Betsy said...

I think it's great that you'll get to run a marathon with the main goal of just having fun. And I'm jealous that you'll get to meet FL.

J said...

Have a good Thanksgiving! Las Vegas sounds like its going to be alot of fun!!

Xenia said...

Have a great Thanksgiving. Oooo, Vegas. Never been there. Can't wait to hear about this one! :)

M*J*C said...

I totally missed that you were doing Las Vegas! Very exciting, good for you! I'm sure it will really neat! Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Cowboy Hazel said...

Well, if it makes you feel any better, you won't be the only one working this weekend. I'm taking tomorrow morning off to run the Turkey Trot out in Brooklyn, but then it's back to work in the afternoon and continuing on through the weekend...

Good luck in Las Vegas! Have fun!

Marie said...

I will be hard at work bright and early Friday morning too. You are not alone!

joyRuN said...

I managed to escape Thanksgiving this year. I hope Friday's quiet for you!

nwgdc said...

Hey Lam!

I ran this course in 2004 (I think) and it was pretty cool. The beginning is the best...making your way through the casinos as patrons finish off RedBull/Vodkas and wonder why the hell you're UP at this point to RUN 26.2 miles?!

If it's any consolation, I'm seeing patients at my office tomorrow morning and Friday...duty calls! I'll think of you as I eat (sort of...fighting off some terrible wisdom teeth side effects at the moment) the rest of the weekend.

Run For Life said...

Potato, pah-tah-to! I'm sure Vegas will be a lot of fun. :)

pigtailsflying said...

I hope your work week wasn't as packed as you suspected.

And maybe you'll win big in the casinos, even if you run a PW.

bet your finsihing time, or something like that!!

*aron* said...

oh yah i forgot you were doing ANOTHER marathon already :) that will be so fun!!! i'll send some good luck vibes over to NV if you send some to CA :)

 
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