You remember that part in Pulp Fiction where Mia Wallace is all,
Well, I’m an Elvis people.
I’ve always loved Elvis. I remember hearing him as a child and always loving his voice. I’m sure I saw some of those old movies from the 60’s somewhere and since my Granny (we’re very Southern on my dad’s side of the family) is an ordained minister we always listened to his gospel albums. His version of “How Great Thou Art” was even played at my PawPaw’s funeral. Yes, Elvis has always been in my life and I’d count Suspicious Minds as one of my all time favorite songs.
Now, I work with a man named Bill, who is always doing something very fun and/or very crazy. He’s an ironman/ultra runner who likes to go bull riding and rodeo clowning on weekends. He has done the Transrockies Run
more than once and any race that has a very lengthy, “you could die” waiver is for him. He taught me about the “power of positive pastries” on long bike rides and he helps dog sit Lloyd when the S.O. and I travel. To say that Bill is an adventurous person is an understatement.
So, it should come as no surprise that Bill was the person to tell me about the Rock N Roll Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon Elvis corral. As soon as he told me he ran with a bunch of other “Elvi” (this is plural for Elvis, FYI) I was instantly interested in doing this myself. Let’s be honest, I love a good theme/costume event and since I love Elvis, there was no way this wasn’t going on my list of things to do.
|Bill is the Elvis in white.
I wanted to do something fun after my Ironman that would be celebratory and that the S.O. and I could do together. We went back and forth on this because we were debating taking a trip to a place we’ve both been before versus going somewhere totally new to us both. I’ve only been once and it was a work trip so not super fun, and he’s been a ton, but he really likes gambling. Ultimately, he let me make the final decision and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to run dressed as The King. (The jury is still out on whether the S.O. will be an Elvi as well. At least one of us is sane.)
We took advantage of yesterday’s National Running Day deal and registered. It’s official. I’m going to run the streets of Las Vegas as an Elvi and I cannot wait. Viva Las Vegas!