Sunday, January 17, 2010

PF Changs Rock and Roll AZ - Race Report

What a race. If you are like me, you just scroll to the bottom to see how people did - so here are my results first!

Time: 3:44:34
Average Pace: 8:33
Average Heart Rate: 190
Place: 1177/5695

Now that the specifics are out of the way, let me throw 40 pictures at you instead of thinking of stuff to type take you back to Friday night. I had my first blogger meet up! Lisa, Jeff, and RunningLaur (along with RunningLaur's fiance and my wife) all got together at PF Changs. While I didn't chug any NyQuil or shotgun any beers (so, can the night really be considered a success?), it was a really fun time to put a 'real' face with a blog. Here we all are looking QUITE dapper if I do say so myself.

With that it was off to bed and to the expo on Saturday. The expo was similar to other very large expos in the past. I did finally buy a pair of recovery socks. I'm actually wearing them now - along with pajama pants with Homer Simpson all over them. Don't hate me because you are jealous of my fashion skills. A few things to note about the expo:

Miller 64 was one of the key sponsors. To answer your question, I did NOT have any free samples. I really tried to avoid the free samples this time. But, that didn't mean that I didn't take the time to cat call take pictures of the Miller Girls.

Ryan Hall, the current American record-holder in the half marathon, was one of the elites who ran the RnR AZ half marathon. He spoke for a few minutes and signed some autographs.

I got Ryan to sign my bib and provide some key words of encouragement. They were, in order of importance, "don't stop running" and "run fast". Kidding kidding. Ryan was super cool and very gracious after sitting and signing his name for nearly an hour. I took my picture with him and when I showed it to my mother in law she said that we could be brothers! I'd like to think that I'd be the brother giving Ryan wedgies and making fun of him for being tall. You be the judge:

Here are all of the free goodies that I picked up. I know what you are thinking..... "Jesus, - did you save any Lara bars for anyone else?" First, shut it jerk. Second, the Lara bar gal must have been tired of being there because she told me to take one of each kind (and my wife grabbed a bunch too). Third, I had to wait really far in line. Bite me.

On race day, we got up earlier than no man or woman should have to get up. My wife put on her yellow shirt and grabbed her previously made "Adam Heads" to help with her cheering. Who wouldn't want to wake up next to all of this awesome?? You are welcome for the nightmares.

The run:
Since this post is starting to get really long, I'll summarize the highlights of what actually happened during what this post is SUPPOSED to be about (free stuff?).

Here I am around mile 13 putting the swim move on a guy whose quads are HUGE!
  • Mile 0: I was in coral 1 because I had picked a finish time of 3:20. Stupid stress fracture... I lined up near the back and got passed by a million people.
  • Miles 1-8: Saw my wife and her fam cheering at mile 3, and saw practically NO ONE ELSE. It was pretty annoying / disappointing that there weren't many people cheering. I assume that most were watching the half marathon people.
  • Miles 8-10: I realized that this race wasn't going to be my best effort. If it was a 20 mile training run, I would have said that it was just "ok". I just
  • Miles 10-20: I was holding a 3:40 pace (~8:17 miles) through mile 20. Honestly, I knew that I wasn't going to be able to hold it for the entire race, but I thought that I would try.
  • Mile 20: Wall.
  • Miles 20.5: My iPod stopped working.
  • Mile 21: Walked for the first time to refill my water bottles.
  • Mile 22-25: Slowed down to about 8:50 pace while running, but let myself walk for 20-30 seconds a mile.
  • Mile 26: Realized that I would hit A, B, and C goals
  • Mile 26.2: Finished and chugged a Miller 64

Tasted like 64 calories of victory.


Christy said...



You and RH could seriously be brothers, I was toally thinking that just before I read it, I swear!

Many Adam heads = creepy.

Awesome job at totally meeting all 3 goals! Way to kick some serious ass.

Morgan said...

1. Your fashion sense is awesome. Rock it!

2. I'm a free sample whore. There I said it. I load up like its my job at Expo's. Way to make me proud.

3. Those faces are the scariest things I've ever seen! LMAO! J/K!

4. CONGRATS! YOU TOTALLY KILLED IT!!! I was so excited to get off work this evening and see how everyone did! So excited for you! You gotta be basking in the afterglow after all that stress fracture drama! Great job Adam!

Rio said...

High Five! Way to go Adam! By your pictures, you finished while it was still morning- that must be nice (LOL). You have an awesome cheering squad! That beer was well deserved.
The Adam heads are pretty funny. Now how am I going to sleep after seeing that? (just kidding)

RunningLaur said...

I can't get over all the Adam heads. Way too hilarious. Your entire post could jut be your finish time and that photo and it'd be amazing.

Sorry it wasn't the race you were going for, but it still sounds like an amazing run! Congrats on another marathon!

Pat said...

I think I saw some kid scaring his little sister with an adam head. Or maybe it was a Ryan Hall head, they look so much alike.

I got six bottles of the oil and vinegar too. Good stuff, I already had some. Passed on the Lara Bars. I don't know why you people like them.

I would kill for an 8 something split. Maybe if I went metric.

The Sean said...

I hope you chased that 64 with a real beer.

Nice job, Adam. A quick turn around off the injury. Your next Marathon will be a breeze. I am sure the confidence is already boiling as you reflect.

Jamoosh said...

Awesome run. Simply awesome!

GeorgiaSnail said...

~ Lara Bars Rock!

~ Creepy Adam Heads, just creepy...

~ Great job hitting the A, B, C goals.

~ Maybe you can get your "little" brother to make a guest post on the blog...

Razz said...

Nicely done! Last year's race was sponsored by Mich Ultra. Best damn beer I've had.

Maybe I'll have to find myself down there for '11.

ShutUpandRun said...

Great report. Congrats! I ran RNR Phoenix last year and I think those are the Lara Bars that I put back. Wondering what you will do with the little bottles of oil and vinegar? Make a little salad? Seriously, great job.

Kelly said...

GREAT job! Some day maybe I'll be super fast like you!

blaine said...

Great race. Isn't that what the races and expos are about? The Food.

X-Country2 said...

Mmmm, Larabars. The apple pie ones are the best.

Congrats on a great race. Looks like you had quite the crew.

OhMyLaughter said...

Lara Bars are so delicious!

That's got to be an incredible feeling to have now recovered from the stress fracture and completed a marathon! I'm excited to hear your opinion about how the other Rock n' Rolls compare to AZ.

ESH said...

Congrats on a great run! I linked to your blog off RunningLaur's spectator report from the weekend. I also did the full and had the same thought about the spectators-they were definitely all over on the half course! I love the Adam heads and the shirt- your wife is a talented and awesome supporter!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Amazing. Still can't believe you ran a marathon a few months after coming back from stress fractures, you are an awesome dude!!! Congrats!

Ace said...

Dooooooood, you are king of racing expo schwag! Did you threaten them with the plethora of Adam headz?

Sweet race report and grats on knockin' out the goals!

Nitmos said...

Great job! Mostly, great job for choking down a Miller 64. Beer should not be carbonated like that. Also, great job on the marathon. Oh, and did I mention Great Job?!

BrianFlash said...

The only way they can get that beer down to 64 calories is to cut down the most important ingredient - the alcohol. What a waste.

Nice run after the injury!

Tricia said...

Loved the recap!

Newbie follower here, I look forward to getting caught up!

Ulyana said...

Hey, man, that's a GREAT come back after that stress fracture. CONGRATS!

aron said...

wow AWESOME job!!! so amazing to come back so fast and run that awesome time :) congrats!!!

Michelle said...

Adam, my friend CONGRATS on an awesome marathon!!!! You rocked it brother!!!

Also, you make me giggle uncontrollably like a school girl who has a crush on a boy. I think I have a crush on you and your humor.

Also, your cuter than Ryan Hall. Wait, WHAT????

Erin said...

Awesome post! Congrats on a great race. Enjoyed that you picked up extra olive oils and balsamic vinegars at the expo, that seemed like an interesting add to the goody bag!

Glenn Jones said...

Awesome! Great race report. Thanks for all the pictures! For al the grief that the RnR folks get, they sure knw how to put on a great event.

Forward Foot Strides said...

I someday hope to achieve "paper cutouts of my head" running status. One day, one day.

Sounds like a good expo, I've never been to one!