Hello, readers! This will be part 1 of 3 in my RnR NOLA "coverage." I came back from New Orleans on Tuesday night and boy, do I have a lot to fill you in on. But first let me say this: I AM A MARATHONER.
Ok, now that we have that squared away…
Rickipedia and I arrived in NOLA late Thursday night after some minor flight delays. I was exhausted since it’s tough work sitting around in airports, eating overpriced candy and succumbing to the stares of strangers as you awkwardly stretch in the middle of the terminal. People, I’m running a marathon in 3 days! Really, I said that.
On Friday we had a nice breakfast at The Ruby Slipper (oatmeal raisin pancakes, mmm) which is located in the Central Business District. If you’re ever in town, check this place out. After we were done, we walked around the French Quarter so RM could take some pictures and put the 97 lbs. of camera gear he brought along to good use. Afterwards, we headed to the RnR NOLA Expo at the Ernest Morial Convention Center. I had never been to an expo this massive so I was excited. I was also VERY overwhelmed.
|Nice of you to have me, Tour.|
Let me start off by saying this: Competitor Group and the Rock ‘n’ Roll series was extremely organized for this race. There was no line at packet pick up and never once did I feel like I had no idea where I was going. My feelings of being overwhelmed were purely because I am crazy, I was nervous, and my wallet was burning a hole in my pocket.
I walked around in awe of all the vendors. Running clothes! Running accessories! Fellow runners! It was like Christmas (or as I like to call it, Kristinmas) in March. It was such a cool feeling to be there.
|Don’t think he was a runner. You know, no legs and all.|
After I picked up my packet and walked around checking out all the vendors I sat in on one of the lectures which just happened to be given by Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic goal medalist in the marathon. After reading the lengthy article about him in the October 2011 Runner’s World I was amazed by all he has overcome and all he has accomplished. He is truly an inspiration. I was so excited to find out that he was taking pictures with audience members.
|Signing my race bib.|
He’s a fellow New Yorker so we talked a little bit about that and we actually had something in common – no, not our Olympic gold medals – he went to college with my former boss (prior NY governor). Cool. I have no idea what I said, probably something ridiculous. I think I was too concerned about peeing my pants at that moment.
After meeting Mr. Shorter, we walked around the expo for a little longer and I waited while RM got his achy, old knee taped up with KT Tape. Now, I’m familiar with KT Tape but never used it. I purchased a roll since I’ve had some hip pain over the past few weeks. I’m not one to exaggerate but that stuff is AMAZING. I used it on Friday night and felt like new the next day. Sold. I’m planning on becoming a lifer in the KT Tape club.
For dinner we headed to Oceana in the Quarter with new Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club friends. Mary, who was also running the marathon and who is super speedy, is a breast cancer survivor. I’ve taken to calling her the pusher because she is literally trying to run my legs off my body. Since Friday I think she’s tried to get me to commit to at least 74 additional marathons this year. Because, I can’t say no, I sold my soul to the devil and had to get a second job to support my habit.
All in all, Friday was a great day. We did a lot of walking but I was feeling good. My nerves subsided as the day went on and I started to become a little more comfortable with the fact that I’d be running 26.2 miles in 3 days. I didn’t wind up buying much – just the KT Tape, a 26.2 sticker, and a package of socks the following day. My wallet survived!
Have you ever run a Rock ‘n’ Roll series race? Did you have a good experience?