Just over 12-hours ‘til show time at the Rock ‘n Roll NOLA Marathon. Feeling fairly nervous about this one, but excited to see what the race will hold.
Well, tonight Olivia and I officially decided on the 2013 Rock n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon as the race for my marathon comeback. I wanted to wait to register until I got through the Chickamauga Half Marathon last weekend to make sure my leg held up ok. Since that race turned out waaaaay better than I expected, we signed up tonight (Olivia signed up for the half).
My only hesitation in picking this race was that I’ve done it before, and it will not be contributing to my goal of doing marathons in all 50 states. Other than that, it seems like the perfect place for marathon #13. Time to work out a training schedule, and get to work. Almost feels like old times again!
I am seriously considering making my Marathon return at the Rock n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon next February 24th. While I’m doubtful that will leave me enough time to get into Boston Qualifying shape, there are several reasons why I’m thinking about running this race again in 2013:
- I’m ready to get my first “post-injury” marathon out of the way, so I can stop worrying about the durability of my leg, and focus on taking my running to the next level. Though I’m not terribly superstitious, my next one will be lucky # 13, so it will also be nice to put that one behind me.
- Even though it may not be enough time to get in Boston shape, 4 1/2 months should be plenty of time to be ready to finish RnR NOLA at a reasonable pace.
- The course is pancake flat, and therefore should not put any additional stress on my femur.
- The RnR NOLA race is the site of my current PR (3:12:28), so I’ve already got some good vibes going with that course.
- Our friends Marc and Janna are planning to go down there that weekend to visit their daughter at Tulane, and run the half marathon.
- Olivia and I both love New Orleans, and it would be a fun weekend trip together. She would run the half marathon again, which is also the site of her half marathon PR.
- Since we didn’t get to go to Milwaukee two weeks ago for the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, we still have two tickets on Southwest Airlines. It just so happens that they have multiple direct flights per day from Nashville to NOLA, and the price is almost identical to our existing tickets.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking at the moment. We’ve already made hotel reservations, but just waiting to pull the trigger on registering for the race and airline tickets. Would be even nicer if I could convince Nathan and his wife to go down there with us.
What do you think?
My thoughts on the 2012 Rock n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon…
Rock n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon
March 4, 2012
Overall, the Rock n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon (NOLA) was my 11th full marathon, and first since setting my current PR of 3:18:44 at the Rocket City Marathon last December. For NOLA I had been very public about my goal of breaking 3:15 for the first time (i.e. my “Quest for 3:15”).” My training leading up to the race had been fantastic, having only missed 4 scheduled runs due to two stomach bugs and a flare-up of my Small Fiber Sensory Neuropathy in January.
The weather for NOLA was just about as good as anybody could have hoped. The temperatures were right around 50 degrees at the start, with low humidity, clear skies, and a light breeze. By the end of the race the temps were just over 60 degrees. Can’t ask for much better than that in New Orleans in March.
A HUGE thanks to all of you who have offered so much support and encouragement throughout my “Quest for 3:15.” It has been and continues to be greatly appreciated. Below is just a sampling of the awesome shout outs I got after my 3:12 yesterday at the NOLA Marathon (Any my wife’s PR in her first half marathon after injury). THANK YOU!
davidsgoals said: Fantastic news Tim! Congrats to you both
beautifulday4running said: Congrats!!
runtastic said: So fantastic!! Many, many congratulations to both!
losingitall said: Congratulations to you both! 3:12 thats within the mens qualifying time for the Virgin London Marathon here, amazing time!! Well done.
lagirlontherun said: Congrats!!!! You killed it!!! Revel in your success :)
runslikeapenguin said: Congratulations!!
livelongtrainhard said: Awesome job!! Congrats to you both.
runrunningrunner said: Congrats - to the both of you - that’s awesome!
catchthemontherun said: Man that’s incredible!!! So proud of someone I barely know, haha. Great job!!
HUGE shout out to my buddy John Thorpe who ROCKED a 2:49 at the NOLA Marathon yesterday. This was 17th overall out of 3,600+ finishers and 2nd in his age group. Unreal!! (Taken with instagram)
Krewe de Nashville - What an AWESOME group to train and race with. If you live in Nashville and don’t run with us you are really missing out! (Taken with instagram)
The Quest for 3:15 is….OVER!!! 3:12 today Baby!!! New PR by 6 min!! Olivia had a 2-min PR of 2:41 in the half in her first race post injury!!! Great day…More details to come! Beast Mode…ON!!! (Taken with instagram)
Olivia’s race shirt for the NOLA Half Marathon tomorrow. This will be her first race since bilateral tibial stress fractures last summer. Go get ‘em! (Taken with instagram)
Quest for 3:15 - Race shirt ready to go for NOLA Marathon. One day to go! Beast Mode…ON! (Taken with instagram)
NOLA - With Olivia at the NOLA Marathon Expo. (Taken with instagram)
Olivia and I arrived safely in NOLA this morning just after 9am along with 10 other members of our group.
After checking in to the hotel we enjoyed a ridiculously good lunch at Pat O’ Brian’s before heading out to the expo. We are now waiting on the rest of our group to finish up at the expo before heading back to the hotel.
It is nice to be in NOLA, but we’re worried about our kids, family, and friends back in Tennessee with the impending severe storms. Everybody be safe!!
Tonight was our weekly track workout with the Jim Spivey Running Club (JSRC) at Vanderbilt University. Since the NOLA Marathon is on Sunday, I did something a little different than the planned session. After a 3-mile warmup, I ran 3 continuous miles with Dan at goal Marathon pace. The idea was to get in one last practice at maintaining consistent pace.
I came out of tonight feeling confident. 7:26 pace felt very comfortable, and I was able to have a nice conversation with Dan during the run. Other than a planned 2-mile shakeout run on Saturday morning, this will be my last tune-up before NOLA.
So, tonight I need to finish up my packing and then we fly out at 8am tomorrow morning with several members from our group. Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement. The next time I post will most likely be from NOLA!
P.S. - I haven’t said much about this, but the NOLA 1/2 Marathon will be my wife Olivia’s first race back since being diagnosed with bilateral tibial stress fractures last summer. Major props to her for working so hard to get back! Hope she has a great and fun race. I am very much looking forward to spending the weekend together (with no kids)!