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!