Thursday, March 8, 2007

porn, steak, and track

I'm back in Vegas again for another camera show. I got here Tuesday night and I had a few hours until I had to be anywhere on Wednesday, so I went for a 2-hour run around Vegas.

The weather was gorgeous. The scenery was not. The yards are full of rocks. The trees are brown and ugly. The houses are squatty. I passed at least 30 run-down strip malls with video poker and massage parlors. Scary.

I rode in a cab yesterday and asked the driver if there was anywhere legit to run (not much traffic, not creepy). Nope, he said. I told him where I ran that morning. He said someone got stabbed there in broad daylight the day before.

Today I didn't have as much time, so I ran down to the UNLV track. Last time I was here it was closed, but it wasn't locked this time so I ran right in. I had enough time for two 1600s after I ran there. I ran 6:18 pace with a lap jog in between. It felt harder than it should have; is Vegas elevated?

I'll probably do some marathon-paced track miles again tomorrow: Its relatively non-creepy on the track, and I don't think anyone's been stabbed there yet.

-Emily

2 comments:

Boston Run Gals said...

good luck finding someplace non-sketchy to run! there is like _no_ place to run in vegas. the safe areas are crowded with short sidewalks, and the side streets are scary. come back soon :-)

Alison said...

I ran on the same track back in December and had the same thought. The workout I did there totally demoralized me! After that, I looked it up and I think Vegas is at 2,000 feet or so.

I was there a week, tried everything, and never did find a good place to run.

Great blog!