|Little did I know, I would be sweating butter and chardonnay during the race.|
The proof is provided below. Has anyone topped this? I want to know! (Keep in mind, this was the end of my first week of half marathon training.)
1. Restrict alcohol intake (note: I'm not good at abstinence so I don't even try).
|Photo 1. Note warning.|
- Arrive in NOLA Thursday and go directly to Bourbon Street, proceed to go to at least five bars, consuming a minimum of one mixed drink and/or beer at each location.
- Friday, have dinner at fancy restaurant beginning meal with glass of Asti, eating dinner with bottle of wine consumed by two people, finish night off with two Sazerac cocktails in hotel bar.
- Saturday (pre-race day) have cocktails in afternoon with cousins, drink heavenly glass of red wine before dinner then share another bottle of wine with dinner. After dinner, drink beer at blues bar. This is the night BEFORE the race!!
- Evidence provided in photo 1.
2. Rest, don't expend muscle glycogen before race.
|Photo 2. Walk around looking at architecture.|
- Thursday after arriving in NOLA, bar hop all around Bourbon Street and ride a mechanical bull, making every muscle in legs completely sore while trying to hang on for dear life.
- Friday, walk ALL around the French Quarter on sore mechanical bull-riding legs, including a two-hour visit to the Rock & Roll expo (oh - and a gait analysis). Note: I showed great self-restraint and did NOT purchase compression socks, a Garmin, or Newton shoes though I think all three are in my future.
- Saturday, walk ALL around the French Quarter again and another trip down Bourbon Street.
- Sunday pre-race, walk 1+ miles to start of race from hotel.
- See Photo 2.
- As described above, stay up late every night for three nights before the race, partying.
- Night before race, go to bed late, sleep fitfully due to full stomach and wine, wake up at 5:30 AM from marching band passing by hotel (random).
- Refer to Photo 1.
|Photo 3. Seafood etouffe @ Emeril's.|
|Photo 4. Bloggy meet-up with Elizabeth.|
|Photo 5. Mmmm...deep-fried dough covered in powdered sugar.|
- Thursday after arriving in NOLA, proceed directly to Mother's for po-boys and eat two kinds of gumbo, rice & beans, and sausage. Drink heavily.
- Friday, have po-boy at Mother's for breakfast (after sleeping until 1:30 pm) along with porked-out turnip greens and a Coke, eat beignets & coffee for lunch (see Photo 5), then eat buttery rich food at Emeril's restaurant for dinner. (See Facebook page for pictures of delectables as well as Photo 3.)
- Saturday, eat heavy German breakfast followed by cocktails then beignets for lunch during bloggy meet-up with Elizabeth @ Running for Bling, chased by a buttery rich dinner (see Photo 4).
- Sunday, skip breakfast before race.
- Doesn't beer and whiskey count as water? Where do you even find water in NOLA??
- Refer to Photo 1.
6. Don't try anything new on race day.
|Photo 6. T & Elizabeth in Mardi Gras garb.|
|Photo 7. Elizabeth & I pre-race.|
|Photo 8. I don't know if this guy had tried running in this before, but it sure looks like something you wouldn't do twice.|
- Instead of breakfast, try Hammer Nutrition PERPETUEM drink for breakfast (actually this turned out to be great and will repeat for all long run and pre-race meals so I can maximize sleep).
- Wear new clothes never tested before on long run (refer to new running skirt & capris in Photo 7).
- Ok, I'm not the only one who broke this rule. Check out Elizabeth & her friend T in Photo 6 as well as random Muscle Man in Photo 8.
|Photo 9. We rocked!|
|Photo 10. The bling.|
- The plan was to run 8 miles @ 8:46 pace as per training plan (with Elizabeth of Running for Bling) then walk or very slowly jog the rest of the half marathon.
- The plan was modified race morning to run the first 9 miles so I could at least run to the point where my hotel was and see Mr. F who would be there cheering for me.
- The reality was...after 9 miles I kept running. Like Forest Gump. I was having too much fun running with Elizabeth in her sweet running tutu and her TNT friends.
- This part of the plan I DID adhere to:
- I HAD A FANTASTIC TIME!! I loved my first rock & roll race and would definitely do another. Now I understand why these events are so popular: they are well-organized & well-attended, the crowds and runners have lots of fun, and the music is GREAT (refer to Photos 9, 10). Unfortunately, I didn't see Endorphin Dude (but Elizabeth did).
13.1 miles in 1:54:45 (8:45 pace).
This means I made my target training run pace but went over on the distance. The consequences of my actions are that I'm SO incredibly sore today I can barely walk. I'm taking curcumin, stretching, and using the stick & foam roller.
THANK YOU to Elizabeth and her friends for letting me crash their group & run with them!
Tomorrow I have a massage scheduled to work out some of the soreness (and to celebrate my birthday. And wedding anniversary. Happy birthversary to me - only 38 & 8 yrs!).
I can't believe I'm supposed to do a track workout tomorrow and a tempo run on Thursday. Hmmm...will it happen?