Run, Fatboy, Run

I had a Theatre Professor that always said that to consider yourself an actor, you had to have two roles in your resume. If you wanted to call yourself a playwright, you had to have two plays staged. I???m extrapolating a bit, but I assume that he would say that if you want to call yourself a runner, you???ve got to run two races.

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Well, Dr. Robbins, I???m a runner.

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My mom, dad and sister came into town Friday evening for Easter weekend. It turned into a full-on party, since Ella???s parents were still here, both her brothers came over and her soon to be sister-in-law and her mother came over as well. It was a full house, and we had a blast. We also stayed up far too late, which resulted in little sleep for me and Ella. We met Richard at city park and stashed our stuff with Ella (camped out at the finishing line) before taking the shuttle bus downtown to the starting line. I was completely unprepared for how many people would be running.

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I had heard that years ago, the Crescent City Classic would have 30,000 runners/walkers, and that while it had been down for several years there were supposedly 20,000 plus registrations. I still haven???t seen an official estimate or count, but I would be surprised if the final number is much less than 20k. The streets were overflowing, and the atmosphere was fantastic. Serious runners prepped alongside families and party-ers dragging kegs and ice chests. Thin, fat, young, old there were some of every shape, size, color, creed and demographic. Running the 5k in January was exciting, but the scope of the event itself was much smaller. This time, I knew I was part of something big, and it made the finish that much more meaningful.

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I didn???t set the world on fire with my pace on Saturday. I didn???t break any records (not even my own). But I did get a little teary-eyed when I realized what I had done. In just four months, I???ve gone from a guy who couldn???t play with his kid without getting winded, to a man who could run 6.2 miles without breaking anything/collapsing/throwing up/passing out. I???m still a little sore in my thighs and calves, but I???m gonna get right back up on the horse, and am already looking for my next event.

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I want to say thank you, first of all to Ella. I???ve already expressed how integral she is to my weight-loss/running plan. But having her there in the wee hours of the morning waiting on my butt to drag across the line just so she could snap some pictures for this blog means a lot. I???m very proud of Ella and she???s one of the main reasons I???m doing this.

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I also want to thank my mom, dad and Jena for coming down this weekend. They Judah-wrangled so that Ella and I could gallavant around town a while. It???s always good to see family (especially, when they are as supportive of what you???re doing as mine are).

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Thanks to Tootie and Randy for the start-up cash for a great pair of running shoes and the constant encouragement to keep it up.

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Thanks to Allie Bennett for being the inspiration for this whole journey (which is just now really beginning). If you weren???t so awesome, your husband and I might still be couch potatoes.

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And finally, thanks to Richard. Thanks for suggesting it. Thanks for making it sound like a grand adventure. Thanks for running (most of) the race at my pace. Thanks for coming back to cheer me on after you finished. Thanks for pushing me.

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Not positive what???s next on the agenda. We???ve got a half-marathon (13.1 miles) penciled in for sometime in the fall, but I???m sure we???ll get another 5k and 10k sometime in the next few months. I???ve come to realize that New Orleans is a runner???s town, so there???s no shortage of events to choose from.

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For those interested (and posterity) here are my official results for the 2009 Crescent City Classic. Gun time is the time from the official start of the race until my finish. Chip time represents the actual time it took me to run the 6.2 miles. There were a lot of people ahead of us in line, and it took us quite a while to even get to the start.

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Next year, I plan on being one of the guys pulling a cooler!??

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To see photos from the event, check out: CCC 10k 2009??

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