Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Race Recap

Half Marathon #16

12 in 2012 race #3
3rd LA and 3rd RNR MG/Nola Race

Friday/Saturday Pre-Race
P and I arrived in New Orleans around lunch time on Friday.  Friday was our “fun” day to spend eating and shopping on Magazine street (he is a very good sport).  This pretty much sums up our Friday:

Drago’s Chargrilled Oysters
Dragos bloody mary, raw oysters (and chargrilled)
Domilises’s Seafood Poyboy- oysters and shrimp (yes, fried-hard to find an non-fried poboy)
Abita beers, “cheesecake” appetizer at Jacques-mo’s

Saturday we woke up and headed to Cafe du Monde for breakfast.  P’s first ever beignets (which is insane because he has been to Nola a bazillion times).

We then headed to meet Allison and Chris at the expo.  I will say, RNR does a great job with this expo in New Orleans-its a huge venue and there is plenty of space and it’s not too crowded.  I ended up buying sunglasses (not running ones-my raybans are broken) and peanut butter GU’s.  I also stocked up on my favorite sport jeans because they were giving out free samples again.

Me, the Queen, and P at the expo 
We all got our race fortune from the Brooks Booth (reminds me of the movie Big)

We ended up back at Drago’s for lunch for more oysters with my family (and had red beans and rice for some carbs).  The weather wasn’t great and we wanted a low key non-walking activity so we went on a carriage tour through the French Quarter.  Wasn’t great, wasn’t terrible. Only $15. Hung out with my mom for a bit and then went to dinner with Allison, Chris, Dad and Nancy.

I sadly forgot to take pics at dinner but if you are in Nola and are a foody-you must eat a John Besh restaurant-we ate at Domenica.  I had a risotto with pancetta croutons.  Amazing.

Back to the hotel and get ready for for the race and head to bed.

P and I woke up around 5:45 to get ready for the race.  I ate my bagel and we headed out the door to meet Kim, Becca and L.  Turns out, walking right out of our hotel was P’s corral.  Oops.  He could’ve stayed in the room but I rushed him to meet the girls.

Pre race with P
Me, Kim, L

I wished P good luck and headed to my corral with Kim and L…Becca couldn’t find us :(.

Miles 1-8
I told Kim I would talk and not use music this race.  This was going to be a fun race-no stress.  I felt like I “knew” Kim already, but wanted to enjoy our 2 hours hanging out. 🙂  The first few miles weren’t spent not tripping over other runners.  Becca somehow found us but we lost her and L not long after actually finding her.

At the start

The course was different than the past 2 years and I still enjoyed just as much as the previous years-minus the condition of the roads-but that is par for the course for New Orleans.  We ran out on St. Charles for a pretty long out and back.  I was definitely chatty cathy all along the way and realized I had was almost at mile 8 and I still hadn’t had my GU.  Oops.  The sun was definitely warming up and I was thankful I hadn’t overdressed.

Miles 9-13.1
Lots of spectators now!  Not as many cheers as there should’ve been but at least people were out watching.  We were heading into the french quarter at this point and I gave Kim my own personal tour and opinions.  We passed by the St. Louis Cathedral, Cafe du Monde, and the street market.  I knew once we turned on Esplanade we were at the home stretch.  I started pushing the pace a bit around mile 11 because I knew we would be close to our time goal of a sub 2.  I will admit, I love passing people the last few miles.  I asked Kim at mile 12 what she had left in the tank because if we were gonna do this, we were gonna have to hustle.  Her husband, S, was right behind us the entire way and he stepped up with us to race to the finish line.  We crossed all 3 hand-in-hand just in time.

Race Results

at the finish
Me and Kim
only reason I am posting same pic as before-PLEASE note the girl about to vom behind us
borrowed from Kim, but you needed to see our matching mardi gras outfits 

Garmin Results

absolutely flat.
love the last few miles!  

Post Race
I dropped my medal off with Dad and Nancy and took off my shoe tag and headed back out to find P.  He was a few corrals behind me and I wanted to run him in.  I ran out for almost a mile and waited.  It didn’t take long and he was all smiles.  And hauling it.  There were a ton of walkers (not sure why at the finish and it was corral 14) and we were having to dodge all of them-even in the finish chute.  I was (am) so proud of him!!  He finished in 2:18.  His goal was originally to run the entire thing, then it was sub 2:30 and he accomplished both!  Although he did later say he was secretly hoping for a 2:15…either way he should be pumped!

We were meeting my family at letter A and enjoyed the music and sunshine and our free baby mich ultras.

Me and P post race
Chris, Allison, P, me
they are so cute!

Then we were off to lunch.  We attempted to go to one of our favorite po-boy places but ended up a restaurant down the street.  I enjoyed my usual burger (sans fries) and a bloody mary.

waiting for lunch bloody’s in hand 🙂

We rested a bit in the afternoon and then met some friends out for drinks and dinner.  We ended up at Galatoires.  Everyone who visits New Orleans must eat here once-this was my first trip and I ended up having a few more indulgences than I had wanted (went with our friends and they ordered apps without question-and some were fried).

A very long day lead to a very early bed time.  We woke up Monday, made one last stop for beignets (yes, HAD to) and headed back to Atlanta.

P’s first race
Meeting Kim, seeing Becca and L again
Seeing Family
RNR beer is now mich ultra instead of MG 64
RNR sports drink is now Gatorade instead of Cytomax
The expo
The medal
Cheer stations and volunteers

Not so much:
The roads (but expected it)
crowded course
Bands-didn’t see as many as usual?

The Bling:
Just as cool as the previous two years.  Love it.

I actually like that the shirt is white-haven’t had one of those in a while.   

Final Thoughts:
I love this race and this town.  I will be back again next year….and the next and the next and the next.  It’s a great race for first-timers, a great vacation (not necessarily with kiddos if you have them), fabulous food and city entertainment.  If you are racing the states-THIS IS your must do for Louisiana.

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  • They make peanut butter gu!!??? I need that! Congrats on a great race, love that medal! I almost can't believe that ANY race can only have 12 feet of elevation gain! That is so ridiculously flat it's unbelievable!

  • I think that's the first time I've seen a close picture of P – he's adorable! 🙂

    Seriously, when I start running again, can you pace me to a sub 2 half? Your splits are so consistent it's scary.

  • Great recap! Especially like the food photos. You know how to do NOLA! Congrats to P on his finish. You're making me want to do this one again!

  • I agree with Victoria, P is adorable. And such a good sport. Thanks for running with me and not him, hehe. I had the best time with you, the miles just flew by (seriously, where DID mile 6 go?)

    I can't wait to get back to NOLA, someday. You are so right about it being the perfect weekend getaway for adults. The food was amazing and the historical atmosphere was neat.

    Can I start calling you Pacer E? When you decide to make a career out of pacing, I'll write you a letter of recommendation.

    Now, time to think about VT and/or WV…

  • That po boy looks so good!! Looks like you had a great time, congrats! And, yes, I love the feeling of passing people in the final miles too. 🙂

  • Great race report! Those oysters look sooo good. I really want to eat my way around New Orleans… oh yeah, and maybe fit in a race too. 🙂

    I didn't realize RNR had switched over to Gatorade. I have a couple RNR races coming up later this year so that's great news.

  • I really enjoyed reading this Elizabeth! The race outfits you and Kim wore were really cute. I love Cafe du Monde! We went there every morning for breakfast when I was in New Orleans.

  • Catching up on all the race recaps. I grew up in NO and would love to go back to run a race. Galatoires is a great place to dine 🙂

    Inspiring pace. One of my goals this year is a sub-2:00 half!

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