Vegas Vacation

I returned from Vegas today, I had such a wonderful time its always a bummer to be home… but they’ll be other vacations.

Day 1: Friday

My mom and I drove to Vegas on Friday morning for the Amica 19.7 half marathon  at Lake Las Vegas. Friday night we stayed in the The Ravella it was one of the official race hotels, it was surprisingly pretty for a man-made lake but ridiculously hot. Like 108 degrees… um no thanks! We picked up my grandma, checked into the hotel, swam and then carbo-loaded at The Luna Rossa, it was delicious.

Day 2: Saturday

The next morning I woke up at 5:45 to get ready for the 6:30am start, I checked the temperature on my phone and it was already 90 degrees. Yikes! The previous Monday I ran the Memorial Day half, and my knee was giving me trouble, that combined with the heat helped me make the decision to drop down to the 10k. It was a relatively small race with the primary event being a triathlon the following day. I am so happy I dropped down, the temperatures rose steadily and it was an extremely hilly course. I texted my mom to let her know the change in plans and met her 6.2 miles later at the finish. I finished in 1:18, a 12:33 pace.

My “Bling”
After the race we ate breakfast, gathered our things and headed back to my grandma’s house… I was exhausted from waking up so early so we lounged allowed for the majority of the day (which was lovely) and then went shopping at Nordstrom Rack were I scored a pair of jeans, two shirts, some nail polish and the bargain of the day… a pair of Red Wedged Toms for $25.00! They had been worn and refurbished returned hence the deal. How I love deals (and the rack)!
After we returned from our shopping adventure we went out to dinner with my Uncle and some of his friends at King’s Fish House, I got my usual post run meal of Cheeseburger & Fries then headed over to Ben & Jerry’s for a million samples and three different to-go cups: cherry garcia, late night snack (which has fudge covered potato chips in it) and Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz.
Day 3: Sunday
Sunday morning started with Dunkin Donuts & Starbucks and then we headed out for a day on the strip. We went to the Mirage to see Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden  home to dolphins and large cats. The dolphins were AMAZING, you were so close and they looked so happy and peaceful swimming around. It was another scorching day and it took everything I had not to jump into the pool with them.
After visting with the dolphins we headed over to the large cat area, they were all asleep. They looked sad cooped up in their cages, and I really wanted to take one home.. or set them free into the wild.
“I’m locked up, they won’t let me out!”
After that it was time to eat again, of course! I believe it was the theme of the trip! On the way out we passed Kardashian Khaos  where the queen herself about to do a meet & greet. Unfortunately I didn’t meet Kim, however I did get to navigate my way through the 50 million other people who were waiting to do so. Really… I am glad I stuck with the dolphins.
After navigating through the crowd we made our way to Caesars Palace  and then promptly sat down for lunch at Joe’s  which was heavenly. My grandma and I split the steakhouse salad and the grilled turkey and swiss sandwiches (descriptions below) yum.
with Grilled Vegetables, Goat Cheddar
& Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette
with Bacon, Tomato & Louis Dressing

After we finished eating we went and explored the Forum Shops, we tried on vintage inspired clothing at Bettie Paige Clothing they were so adorable and then window shopped and lusted over designer clothes.
Kate Spade 
Juicy Couture 
Louis Vuitton 
Tiffany & CO. 
Next we walked through the casino and out the doors making our way to Serendipity 3 , a restaurant that sells delicious ice cream treats. where we were able to split a frozen hot chocolate. MMMMM
After that we headed back to my grandma’s house to relax, swim and eat dinner.
Then back to the SLC