This weekend, thousands of runners will descend upon Las Vegas, Nevada, prepared to take on the Strip at Night at Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon Weekend.
That’s right: most of the half marathon and a big chunk of the full marathon will be run against the backdrop of neon and lights of the entertainment capital of the world! Amazing!
But as runners prepare to toe the start line of one of four race distances this weekend, they must also brace themselves for all of the fun Vegas deals around them: late nights, decadent restaurants, flowing cocktails and lots of entertainment. Jet lag, dehydration and exhaustion all play a role in making even the healthiest and most active people sluggish and worn out.
So how does one stay active, healthy and safe in Las Vegas, especially during National Running Safety Month? Here I share my personal tips, along with Vegas.com, to help prepare visitors for the fun times ahead.
Half the battle of staying active on vacation is packing accordingly. Bring your sneakers, an exercise outfit or two (weather-appropriate of course), and any accessories that will help you on a run or gym session. Workout gear won’t take up too much room, and you can keep stinky thing separated from your regular clothes with plastic bags or some kind of packing cubes.
Drinking plenty of water will help keep you feeling great, even if you’re not getting as much sleep as you should or eating properly. Good hydration helps minimize hangovers and keeps you fuller longer, to help prevent extra and maybe unnecessary snacking. It can also assist to acclimating to the desert climate and altitude if you are traveling from another region.
Enjoy, but don’t overindulge.
Las Vegas is famous for some of the finest restaurants in the world, and foodies will certainly want to partake of the plethora of menu options available.
Moderation is key: don’t be afraid to order the things that sound delicious, but don’t feel compelled to clean your plate either. Sharing several appetizers or splitting an entree and large salad or side is a great way to taste a greater variety of dishes without getting too much. Eat slowly, savor each bite, and stop when you are satisfied rather than full.
Explore your surroundings.
Even if you never leave the comfort of your hotel, you are guaranteed to do A LOT of walking in Las Vegas. Corridors, casinos and venues are immense, and this would be a great time to make use of an activity tracker to count your steps throughout the day. There is a good chance you will cover at least a few miles each day, even in simple things like walking to the pool or grabbing your morning coffee at your hotel’s cafe.
Get your sweat on.
If you’re not part of this race weekend’s excitement, that doesn’t mean you can miss out on the sights of the nighttime strip. Instead of the treadmill in your hotel gym, lace up and take that run under the lights. Even though it will be bright and well-populated at most hours, be sure to wear some safety lights and reflective gear so you are visible to cars, and leave your earbuds in your room. Be aware of your surroundings and make sure a traveling companion is aware of the route you are taking and when you plan to be back. Bring your cell phone in case of emergency.
Don’t worry – if running isn’t your thing, most hotels will have well equipped fitness centers for your convenience,
or if the weather is nice, take advantage of your hotel’s pool for a refreshing swim session.
Get some zzzz’s.
No doubt there are going to be lots of late nights, with all the clubs, concerts, performances and activity. Once in a while, it’s ok to burn the candle at both ends, but make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Don’t set the alarm in the morning or take a midday power nap to conserve energy.
A vacation in Las Vegas is definitely time to kick back and let loose, but you don’t have to let all your training and hard work go by the wayside. Have fun, be lucky, stay on track and be safe! For help with planning, from travel and accommodations to show tickets and reservations, be sure to visit Vegas.com.
Viva Las Vegas and have the time of your life!
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