Las Vegas is not the best city for running. There are several reasons for that.
of all, there are too many people. That is, if you want to run on the
Strip. It's doable, probably between 5 and 9 in the morning, otherwise -
way too crowded.
Although, it's ok to run on the side streets -
there are almost no people there. One may think that Las Vegas consists
only of one street - that is, if you removed countless cars from all the
In general, seems that Americans do not walk.
Tourists do walk sometimes, but locals apparently don't find walking an
The second reason that Vegas
is not a running city, is that you usually don't feel physically fit for
that. I arrived at Vegas on Wednesday evening. Since I already did my
easy Wednesday run in Flagstaff in the morning, I went on exploring the
city. It's a really interesting place, in a way. I mean, it's extremely
cheesy, but it's cheesiness is mastered to the level when it becomes a
form of art. It's just amazingly well done. Everything is nice, shiny,
colorful, all over the top.
And also it seems quite pragmatic. You
don't need to travel the world, all you need to do, is go to Vegas, and
you'll see pretty much everything there is to see in the world.
dream of Paris - here you go. They have one here. Ever wanted to visit
Rome? Longed to visit Coloseum - look no further. Statue of David? Sure,
they've got one, forget about Florence. Or maybe you fancy New York,
with it's skyscrapers and Statue of Liberty? Why, there is one here,
just a few minutes walk from Paris. Seems the only significant landmark
that is missing, is Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science.
back to running. After walking a bit, I got thirsty, so I stopped at
Hard Rock cafe for a pint (or two). That kind of refreshed my vital
energy, so I decided to visit the (apparently) only really cool pub in
the city - Double Down Saloon. It's not on the Strip - actually, it's
about an half an hour walk. Seriously, if you're ever in Vegas, go
there. Super cool, laid-back rock/punk pub. Not too many people, nice,
relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Apparently quite popular among Vegas'
dancers to come for a drink after a night's work. Good selection of
beers too (although it seems to be the case in quite a few places in
After visiting Double Down I went home, as I was planning a half-session on a track next day.
here we're - finally - getting to the point. Seems that there's
something wrong with the air in Las Vegas (maybe it's the hotel's
air-con?). One wakes up in the morning, and feels tired. His head hurts,
he's thirsty, doesn't really feel like running. Or like getting out of
bed, to start with.
So it took me some time to get myself into the
mood for running. Finally I set off to the track (there is one at
University campus, about 2 miles from the Strip - really close to Double
Down Saloon. Later on I've seen a couple more from the plane).
I was supposed to race on Saturday, I decided to do a very light
workout, just 5x400m, accelerating the pace from about 10k to something
fast in the last lap. With generous 400m jog recovery.
went well. First of all, I was still under the weather. Second of all,
it was windy as hell. And finally, my leg is still not very well after
I did 5x400m, accelerating from 1:26/lap to 1:14/lap,
which is not really fast (in my last 1500m race I was doing 69s/lap on
average...), and I jogged back home. Actually I had to walk the last
bit, as my leg was quite unhappy about me forcing it to run...
walking and taking pictures in the evening. For some reason I didn't
feel like drinking beer on the second night, maybe I had too high
minerals concentration already?
All right, and here are
some pictures. I don't really know how to take a proper picture at
night when there are neon lights everywhere, so most of the pictures are
quite blurry. Sorry about that, but it actually gives you a good idea
of how Las Vegas appears to a visitor...