Best Damn Race- New Orleans race recap

Welcome to my Best Damn Race New Orleans race recap.  This race was planned as a little race cation getaway with the hubby.  You know, It always starts with a text.  “Hey girlfriend the hubby and I are going to run the Best Damn race in New Orleans, why don’t you join us?”   Really, that is all it took and I was hotel and flight shopping!

We took off bright and early Saturday morning.  I mean at dark-thirty!  The chickens were not up trust me!  I was looking forward to a fun race and some fun things around the city.  Check out my list if you missed last week’s post.  We were actually on the ground by 9:30am and headed into the city from the airport.  We booked a cute room at Maison Dupuy that served us well for the next few days.  Tricia and her hubby were waiting for us to arrive.  The weather forecast for Saturday was rain and then some more rain.  We made it out to lunch before the first rain storm hit!  We had po’ boys at Mother’s and it did not disappoint!

The Best Damn Race director sent out an email to let us know that the expo and packet pick up had been moved to the race host hotel due to the rain.  The packet pick up was easy but the expo was very cramped.  We checked out a few vendors but then we were quickly ready to go.  You received a super soft t-shirt in your choice of color (red or purple), drawstring bag, and a personalized bib along with a few snacks.

We decided it might be a good idea to get a little nap in while the rain finished up.  Pizza and pasta were on everyone’s list for the preface night dinner.  Tricia suggested a little pizza place that had delicious pizza and the craziest sci-fi movies on- it was funny!  We roamed around awhile after dinner, stopped for a drink and to chat.  No visit to New Orleans is complete without a stop at Cafe Dumond for coffee and beignets.  What the hell?  We are running in the morning.

Race start was 7:30 and I was literally less than 5 minutes to the park.  The tents were out, the music going, live tweets were posted up on the screen and people were everywhere!  I quickly made my way to the porta potty line and waited on the gang to show up!  After a few pictures we were on our way to the start line.  Weather update:  66 degrees and 98% humidity.  UGH!  Well, ready or not the race had to start!

I could summarize this race in this way: run, sweat, poop and finish.  Yes, it that order!  By mile two Tricia and I are already sweating.  The course made a couple of loops then down and back out for the finish.  You really get to see the heart of New Orleans.  The road is rough, cracked and otherwise broken.  You had to really watch were you were going so you did not stumble.  I do not remember much crowd support on the course.  The water stations were manned nicely but not many spectators to cheer you on.  I remember at the mile 6 marker we were still doing well but so so sweaty!  The temperature in New Orleans was slowly heating up and so were we!

By mile 6 Tricia and I knew this was not a PR race.  We both felt strong but the humidity was just a bit much so early in the year.  Our pace starts to slow a little and we stop for pictures, say Hi to friends and to just catch our breath.  Mile 8 and 9 my tummy started feeling funny and I had a feeling that this could be ugly.  I had not seen a porta potty on the course in a while but I am still running along.  Right before mile 11 I could not stand it any longer!  I jumped off the course across the street and ran into a bar to borrow the restroom.  There was NO way for me to finish without stopping.  I just could not do it!  Weather update:  75 degrees!

This meant I had to run the last couple of miles in by myself.  It was fun to see everyone at the finish and Tricia got some great pictures for me!  The after party featured Michelob Ultra and vodka by Absolute.  They were making bloody Mary’s and the New Orleans classic Hurricane.  None of that sounded good to me but my hubby enjoyed mine.  Everyone parted ways to go shower and the hubby and I checked out the vendors and listened to some of the awards.  I was ready to cool off, shower and sit and enjoy a mimosa.  That is my kind of post run drink!

Best Damn Race, I enjoyed it!  Official finish time:  2:37:02  38/106 age group finish.  Not by best finish by far!  But a good time for sure!  This was the inaugural run for the Best Damn Race series in New Orleans.  I would definitely recommend it!  Finally, just be prepared to sweat!

Have you ever run  in New Orleans?  Have you ever stopped in a bar during a race?  UGH!  




36 Responses so far.

  1. I am quite willing to bet you are not the only one who’s ever stopped in a bar during a race in NOLA. 🙂

    I’m still not quite sure how I managed to pull off my PR; usually the humidity does a number on me (not that I was lovin’ it). I think the fact that it was cloudy & shady for much of the race helped a lot.

    No, definitely not much spectator support, but it was an inaugural race & they can be a crap shoot (I think it’s my third inaugural half) — and none of the locals we talked to had an inkling it was even going on!
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    • MB says:

      You had a great run! I am super happy for you- you took NOLA like a champ! I was just happy that the bars were open that early on a Sunday no less! LOL!

  2. Looks like such a fun race and great race medal. You have really been getting around lately!
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  3. Marcia says:

    Oh man sorry the NOLA humidity reared its ugly head. Good on you for making the best of it…and for finding that bar when you needed it.
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  4. Gina says:

    66 sounds amazing to me! But humidity makes it so much worse! Great job in those hot conditions!! I know I’ve said it before – but i NEED that medal! 🙂
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  5. Kimberly G says:

    Everything about this race sounds so awesome! I love the swag, the medal and the location! I really want to run in New Orleans and I think next year will be the year I do it!
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  6. Rachel says:

    Sounds like a blast! I ducked into a Burger King once during a race…. lol. It happens!
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  7. Coco says:

    That humidity sounds horrible but I LOVE the medal and shirt – so fun! Glad that bar was open when you needed it – where else but New Orleans would a bar be open that early?
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    • MB says:

      I know Coco and on a Sunday no less! LOL! Oh well, I am sure it probably won’t be the last time it happens either 🙂 It was still a fun race!

  8. jaelynnakin says:

    Sounds like you had a great time and a great race! Congrats!

  9. I would love to run a NOLA race! This sounds like a fun experience, though a bit crazy with the heat and bar stop. The medal is awesome!

  10. I want to run a race in New Orleans but one with more spectators, RNR maybe RNR? I like the medal of this one though. Never had to make a potty stop during a race (knock on wood). That’s good there was a nearby restroom available.
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    • MB says:

      Tricia did say that RNR did have a lot more spectators. Hopefully the crowd grows a bit because the race was well attended. 🙂

  11. You know I would have no shame stopping in a bar to potty-sure beats going in the bushes!

    Humidity is probably my biggest foe as far as race conditions go. I never do well. I think you did great, and your AG placement shows how tough those conditions really were. Great job!
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  12. Angela says:

    This sounds like such a blast! I would love to run a race in New Orleans as it is a favorite place of mine. I love the medals too 🙂

  13. Looks like such a fun time with friends in NOLA! It was warm last weekend and I was thinking about y’all. I got so hot at my 10k! Glad the bad weather pushed on through for race day!

  14. Darlene says:

    Stomach issues during a race suck. I’ve had them. Glad things worked out for you.

    Looks like a fun race and that you & Tricia had a great time re-connecting.

    See you in Vegas for a #holottafun.
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  15. Toni says:

    Great job! It looks like a really fun race. I have never been to New Orleans but this would be a great reason to go!
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  16. Smitha Barki says:

    I have had a miserable marathon from stomach issues. Way too many potty breaks.
    Love the medal of this race. I’ve done RnR NOLA and it’s no where as cool.
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  17. I loved reading your recap! It sounds like you had a lot of fun, and you are so lucky that a bar was open since there were no porta potties in sight. I once walked for about a mile through Baltimore somewhere around mile 14 or 15 because there were no porta potties or stores in sight (just row house after row house) and if I’d continued running it would have gotten ugly… Prior to that slowdown, I was feeling fantastic and on a marathon PR pace.

    The good that came out of your bar stop (other than the obvious) is the fantastic picture Tricia got of you! Also, I’m impressed you finished so high in your age group with a prolonged stop! Where’s the thumbs up emoji when I need it? Congrats again! 🙂
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    • MB says:

      Thanks Deb! Oh the agony of a potty stop! But I guess it can happen to the best of us! Now my hubby is giving me a hard time and telling me I need a need PR board- one with a sh*t and one without…………

  18. Sharon says:

    Great job Mb! Sounds like a fun race minus having to stop for the potty! Hate when that happens. I do want to run in New Orleans some time! Maybe I’ll do the RnR one year!
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    • MB says:

      Thanks! I think the RnR in New Orleans is a pretty big one- definitely get that city on your bucket list. Too much fun 🙂

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