Sunday, March 4
Half Marathon #56
Weather - Chilly at the start, SUNNY and ROASTING by 7:30 am
I registered for RnR NoLA as a pre-registration last April. So I had been planning this for a while. What I did NOT count on was airfare being so ridiculously expensive. I had been watching fares for 10 months, and they never went under $300. I waited so long to book that by a month out they were pushing $400. When I was on the fence about whether I could go or not, a schedule that would work for me was over $500. Luckily, I was able to fly into Baton Rouge for about half that cost, and had friends that drove me to and from the airport... for only $25!!! I also needed a place to stay near them since they were driving me around, and I pricelined a super ghetto place to stay (more on this later). So... the journey begins.
In order to get to the expo on time (thanks, RnR for your incredibly stupid and rigid policies on packet pick up), I had to take a 6 am flight out of Denver. That meant waking up at 3:45 am. I hadn't gone to bed until midnight, so I was TIRED. Everything went smoothly at the airport. The flight was delayed about 25 minutes, and it was super bouncy. But, I made it to Houston in enough time to make my connection so it wasn't a big deal. The flight from Houston to Baton Rouge? Even MORE bouncy. I have never felt so panicky on a flight in my life. At least it was only about 25-30 minutes in the air.
|Only in Texas|
|Best headbands EVER!|
I went to check in at the hotel... and when I went to the room it wasn't ready yet. This should have been a sign. They luckily had a little time and we all went to Target. Just as I was stocking up on bread and frozen dinners, they found out their plans had been cancelled and asked if I wanted to go to Applebee's. DUH!!! OF COURSE I DO. I ate even more than usual, and it was great. I had been pretty hungry all day.
We stopped at Walgreen's on the way back. Did you know that in Louisiana you can buy hard liquor at the drug store? True story.
By the time I got back to my room, it was 7:00. I was so tired I debating going to bed then. So. About the room. Floors not vacuumed. Cigarette burns all over the comforter. Cockroaches. Yep. All that. I was too tired to really care. Sorta laid out my stuff, watched some tv, and headed to bed around 9:15.
I slept exceptionally well, especially considering the state of my room. I woke up at 4:45, got ready, and Daniel picked me up at 5:15. We drove (literally right across the street) to pick up Ruth, then headed into New Orleans - about a 15 minute drive. After parking in a lot and discovering it was $30, we looked across the street and found a FREE metered spot. Score. We walked to the start line (only a few blocks away. I was wearing a throw away AND a jacket. Since Ruth was checking her bag, I was just going to throw my jacket in her bag at the last minute. We were waiting around an hour and before the sun came up it was chilly and I was glad to have had that extra layer.
We were trying to meet up with L, Kim and Elizabeth before the race, but I just could not find their hotel. Ruth checked her bag with about 8 minutes to the start. Kim called me and we were pretty much in the same place, but she was on one side of the corral fencing and I was on the other. Looks like we weren't going to start together after all. (Spoiler: We wouldn't have run together for too long anyway. Chick was a speedster!)
|The Fireman's gear weighs 65 pounds! The flag another 15!|
|The buildings were so "historic" and pretty!|
The turnaround was somewhere around mile 4.5, and then the course ran directly
|The end of the out and back - Brooks arch|
|Not sure where this was, but I liked the buildings|
|Just before mile 13|
|Colorado Finishers - L, Daniel, Ruth, Me|
|Apparently it is never too early for beer!|
|L, Ruth, Me, Kim|
Official Time - 2:11:38
Official Pace - 10:03
Official 5K - 30:31
Official 10K - 1:02:08
Official 10 Mile - 1:40:56
Overall Place - 5116/13066
Gender Place - 2424/8326
Division Place - 542/1611
Garmin Time - 2:11:42
Garmin Distance - 13.24 miles
Garmin Pace - 9:57
Mile 1 - 9:15
Mile 2 - 10:03
Mile 3 - 9:40
Mile 4 - 10:17
Mile 5 - 9:51
Mile 6 - 10:03
Mile 7 - 10:00
Mile 8 - 9:50
Mile 9 - 9:52
Mile 10 - 10:56 (bathroom)
Mile 11 - 9:40
Mile 12 - 10:22
Mile 13 - 9:45
Mile 13.1ish - 8:10
|I coordinated PERFECTLY|
Quick stop at Dunkin Donuts on the way to the hotel, and they I thankfully got to take a hot shower and packed. Even though I'd been given the late checkout, I got walked in on TWICE by employees. My room did not have a functioning deadbolt, so a key was all they needed. NICE.
Checked out right at 12, hung out in the lobby for about 15 minutes until they were ready. Ruth was studying and not hungry, so Daniel and I went for lunch. Drove around for about 30 minutes until we found a place to get pizza. Who knew it was so hard to find?? After a delicious lunch, we hung out for about a half hour, then it was time to head back to Baton Rouge. So soon.
|Again... only in Texas|