Sunday, February 28, 2010

RnR Mardi Gras Marathon: Race Report

Time: 3:25:30 (A new PR by 4 min!)
Pace: 7:48
Place: 262/3509 overall. 41/??? AG
Average HR: 193(!!!)

Ah New Orleans. Where else can you see grown men in business suits making complete fools of themselves? (Admittedly, this report is a little long and is honestly more for my own personal log than for anyone else’s benefit. Feel free to either read, or do with the paper and just look at the pictures.)

On Saturday, I picked up my packet and checked out the expo. It was a smaller expo with not much free stuff. That is ok, because I got my bib and a free cool Brooks technical T. Mission Accomplished.


On Sunday, when I woke up and started to put on my clothes and gear, a wave of fear struck me: My knee straps were missing!! They somehow didn’t make it from San Jose to New Orleans – I guess. Either that or one of the maid staff thought that they needed a pair of horribly smelly straps who’s Velcro didn’t work very well anymore. Either way, thankfully I had some paper tape that would work just fine – I hoped. (and it did)

Still no hair on my upper legs. Bummer.


I had my wife drop me off near the start and she headed back to get ready to follow me around. I honestly need to find a happy medium between being late and jogging to the start (Fargo) and being CRAZY early to the race (RnR AZ & RnR MG). I was a full 1.5 hrs early and was one of the first few hundred people there. This gave me time to do nearly everything that people do before races: Sucked in carbon monoxide by the generators, got a bottle of water, checked my bag, stretched, chatted up a few runners, tried to see any if any girls were wearing booty shorts, peed, and tried to find SMS James.

James was one of the other Co-Hosts during the Runners Round Table podcast that I also Co-Hosted. He is running ALL of the RnR events this year – 14 in all. So, if you are doing any of the halves or fulls, look him up on his blog or on twitter. Fortunately, he was able to find ME amongst all of the crowds and we ran nearly the entire race together.

Start – 10k:
Honestly, not much to say here. The gun went off, James and I ran and chatted each other up. After a bit of a slowish start, we hit our stride around 7:37 pace (~3:20 marathon). James is beside me in the blue.



10K- half:
Same here I guess. Doesn’t everything good happen during the second half of a race anyway? More running, more chatting. I LOVED running with James. I normally fly solo when I run, so having someone to talk with was a great change. We crossed the half way point at 1:40:38 – So I guess it is good to know that I have a 1:40 half marathon in me!



Half – 20 miles:
Ah yes, things here start to get interesting. First, around 15 miles, we entered into the city park. Of course, since New Orleans is a bit of a bog, everything was still very very green. Of course, that also means mud – which means that if you just so happen to be a rookie cop and pull off the side of the road to direct traffic, you WILL get stuck. We ran right by as a tow truck was pulling up to pull him out. Everyone that I was running with at the time had a good laugh at his misfortune. I’m sure that the people he worked with did too.

I told James around mile 14 that I probably had my pace through 20 or 22 and then all bets were off. He hit a rough patch around ~18 or so (check out his blog above for his recap) so I went it alone for awhile with only Kanye to help pass the time.

20miles – finish:
Here is where the REAL fun begins. This section started out a bit interesting. Right around mile 20, a drink girl gave me Cytomax instead of water. This wouldn't be a big deal, except she was screaming "water, water" and I dumped it RIGHT on my head. Awesome - and sticky.

My pace slowed from 7:40 to around 8:15 during these miles. Mile 21 was my slowest @ 8:35 when I stopped to water someone's tree. It looked thirsty, trust me. Miles 22 and 23 were really a struggle. The only thing that kept me going was some sort of oxygen deprived math error that had me finishing in 3:20 if I kept a 8:00 pace. I kept the pace but crossed the finish line in 3:25. *shrugs* Still don't know what happened there.

Once I finished, I did the normal "collect as much free stuff as possible" walk. I grabbed 2 bottles of water and 3 bottles of Cytomax. I had drank 1 bottle of water and 2 bottles of Cytomax (56 oz) before I got to my meeting area. It was my own personal (half) gallon milk challenge!

Here are a few pictures from the finish. Sister Hazel was really good, the Miller 64 was about as good as you would expect.

Warming up with a NASA approved blanket with my really cool medal

James and I reunited at the end

Stretching it out

What would a rock and roll race be without 64 calories of Miller?

For some reason, once I got 3/4 of a beer in me (40 calories), I spontaneously started showing everyone my boobs. Strange.

34 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
Woo hoo, way to rock it!!! I am so proud of you....way to get that awesome PR!!! I absolutely loved all of your pictures and reading your wonderful race report!! I can tell you were having such a good time...you are always smiling:) I love it!! Congrats to you!!

RunningLaur said...

Congrats again on a huge race! I can't imagine running with Cytomax all over me - it's gross when it's even just on the ground. Fantastic report too!!

Libby said...

That is a pretty sweet medal and congrats on the PR!

Barefoot AngieB said...

Looks like a blast!! Great job and loved the photos!

Pat said...

we need a close up on that medal. Looks cool with the Mardi Gras beads. Congrats on a great race.

inspiREDtorun13 said...

Wow, you ran this today and already have a race report! VERY IMPRESSIVE Run (obviously) and turnaround on the blogging!

Love the beaded medal!

Johann said...

Well done, that's a super time! Great report and pics as well!

Razz said...

I don't know what was more disgusting:
1) Cytomax
2) MGD 64
3) Your nips

Either way, congrats!

ShutUpandRun said...

Nice PR there. If you don't watch out your goint to become too exciting to continue calling your blog "I am boring." It looks like you have a banana on your nipple by the way.

Morgan said...

LMAO! OMG you crack me up! I was running along sending you good ju-ju all morning hoping your day was turning out as great as mine! Loved the pics and way to *enjoy* that Miller... yuck! :)

Running Through Life said...

Job well done! That must have sucked dumping Cytomax on you thinking it was water.

I have been to Mardi Gras a few times. I know what happens with a few beers in you.

Whitney said...

Nice.

And nice boobs.

Nitmos said...

Great race. Nice PR, you must work out. Congrats!

Pam F. said...

VERY NICE! (Just to be clear, I'm talking about your race, not your boobs.)

BrianFlash said...

Excellent race!

Jamoosh said...

1) "Skin to win" does not apply to dudes.

2) No hookers in any of your pictures - WTF?

3) Congrats on the PR!

GeorgiaSnail said...

Rockin' race report!!! Good job on the PR...

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Great job Adam, and nice RR. Where are all the bead wearing drunken girls ripping their tops off? (Ew, no, not you! The girls!)

Congrats!

aron said...

oh dear cytomax on the head?? haha.

CONGRATS on the PR!!! so so so awesome :)

RunnuRMark said...

first off, awesome job!

second, to answer your opening question: vegas baby!

third...I'm sure NO was a blast, but you really need to come back up to KC for a race so you can have some free boulevard afterward instead of that mgd-beerwater.

Christy said...

You are AMAZING! I love hearing about PR races!

First, I CRACKED UP about the Cytomax on your head! I bet the water girl was secretly saying to herself, "Gotcha, Suckaaaa!!"

Second, what kind of knee straps do you wear? I'm seriously thinking about getting some because my knees have been feeling all googly-like when I run lately. No pain, just...weird. I wonder if straps would help?

Laura said...

Congratulations!! Looks like it was a beautiful day for a run, and you certainly proved that with your great time.

Glad you also got the chance to flash your chest at the end. Personally, I went with drinking on the course as a way to celebrate Mardi Gras, but to each their own... :)

Kelly said...

Great job! Congrats on the PR!

EZEthan said...

Thoes nipples look like a wardrobe malfunction to me...

congrats on the PR... love the Oxygen deprived math comment, happens to us all, but isn't racing for a PR good enough in itself?

Rio said...

Congratulations on rocking a new PR! The course looks pretty (green trees...sigh) and you look like you were having a great time!
That's so funny about the generators. I've noticed that at many races- the warmth of the generators lull in the crowds as the exhaust is likely doing bad things to their health.
Two RNR events down in 2 months- outstanding!

Glenn Jones said...

Way to go old school with the tape!

Congrats of the PR. That was an awesome race report and sounds like an awesome race. Congrats again.

P.A. - Next time use a sharpie and draw some smiles on those nipguards....

Barry said...

Congrats Adam on what sounds like a great race! Thanks for the as usual good laugh in the descriptions.

Colin Hayes said...

Great (and funny) race report! Congrats on the PR. You're getting FAST, dude! I'm blown away with your average HR. If my Garmin showed that, it would be either a malfunction, or the last thing I saw before the "tunnel of light" drew me in...

Bob Hazen said...

Nice race and a great report! Oh BTW your nipples scare me.....

Ulyana said...

WOW, AWESOME TIME! So happy for you :)

Love the photos in the end, you crack me up!

Jill said...

Awesome boob, there Adam!!

Way to rock that marathon!! So very happy for you!

Ace said...

Marathons and exhibitionism seem to go together...lol

Grats on an awesome race and PR!

James Staten said...

Great running with you, too, Adam. Looking forward to doing it again at #RnRSD. 5 days to #RnRDAL. Wish me luck. Going to push for a PR!

sRod said...

Nice job!!!

Could really have done without that last picture though.