Weekly Wrap 86 BestDamnNOLAtrip
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Weekly Wrap 86 BestDamnNOLAtrip
How did I fair this week in activity? Let’s take a glance at my Workout Summary
Work got in the way of me getting in my “Leg Day” on Monday. When things happen out of my control I look at it like I needed the rest. Even though I had a race last week, I was thrilled to only be running 7 miles and I felt great after my relaxing weekend. Cut back weeks sure does the body good!
I didn’t push thing later in the week either. I had to remember I still have two more half’s before another break.
Normally, I’d recap the race later but I feel like for several reasons I did not fully experience all the activities this inaugural race had to offer and I know I would not do it justice, so I’m calling it a weekend recap.
Let the Fun Begin
We couldn’t wait to get our weekend started and left after work on Thursday. I got to wake up to this view on Friday morning.
We got up and decided to earn our breakfast by running to the place. Even though it wasn’t but a couple miles we were a hot sweaty mess afterward. It was warm and humid and exactly like what I’d remembered.
From there we wanted to check out the Louis Armstrong Park where the race was held. It’s a beautiful park and just a couple blocks from where the RV resort is.
By the time we got back we could check into the French Quarter RV Resort and we wasted no time by getting straight into the jacuzzi as we waited on Tammy and Anthony to get into town.
Once they got there we headed to Royal Oyster House to eat a late lunch.
We walked briefly through the French Quarter before it was time for them to check into their hotel.
We met back up at a place called Deanie’s Seafood for supper. It was a pretty good wait but I’ve learned that if there isn’t much of a wait, chances are it’s not a good place to eat.
We walked some more, actually a lot more. I ended the night with over 27,000 steps and logged just over 10 miles for today.
We ended the night visiting and relaxing outside in the Grove in front of the big screen TV at Mannings.
I enjoyed my coffee out by the pool this morning as we awaited the arrival of Mary Beth and her husband from the airport. Once they got here we walked over to their hotel, meandered through the city and met up with Tammy and Anthony at Mother’s for lunch.
Rain was in the forecast for Saturday and it started while we were eating but let up until we got outside and headed to pick up our packets. Now earlier we received an email from the race director saying the expo was moved from the Louis Armstrong Park to the host hotel due to the rain.
I really hated the weather didn’t cooperate because I was looking forward to visiting all the vendors. When it was moved there wasn’t that many there and it was pretty packed in the small room. Despite the tight quarters, getting our packets went pretty smooth. We even got the choice of two colors (red or purple) in the comfort t-shirts and 3 color choices in the drawstring bags (red, purple & orange). I thought this was a pretty nice touch.
We got a break in the rain in time for us to get both couples back to their hotels and us in the RV before the bottom fell out for several hours.
I think most of us took advantage of this time and took a nap, I know I did!
When the rain moved out Greg and I headed over to Mary Beth’s hotel and we took an Uber to Italian Pie Pizza place where Tammy and Anthony were waiting on us.
I have to admit I felt like I was the host of this NOLA party and trying to decide where to eat and what to do was intimidating. I wanted everyone to enjoy their self and have a good time. I mostly picked places we had been before because I knew what they were like.
We found ourself back at Mannings as it was a nice place to just hang out and chat. After that, we parted from Tammy and her husband and the rest of us headed down the street to the River Walk mall and enjoyed coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde before retiring for the night. I didn’t even get the first picture either. 🙁
With a 7:30 race start and being not 2 blocks from the park, it was after 6 before I even got up. This was nice too! Tammy and Anthony parked at our RV and we walked to the Park to meet up with Mary Beth. We had hoped to see Judy but it wasn’t until after the race we’d run into her!
Once at the start we finally got to see Ricky, Jodi and Erica. We tried to get together this weekend but it just did not happen until today. Ricky and Jodi were playing host like I was for their kids and showing them the sights of New Orleans and Erica which doesn’t live too far away drove in for the race only.
At 7:30 sharp the half marathon was underway. (Our guys Greg and Anthony did the 5k) We did a short down and back on Rampart Street and turned on Esplanade to do another short down and back then we headed to the scenic St. Charles Avenue to turn back right before the Audubon Park and we were home free.
Mary Beth and I stuck together and we usually had Ricky and Jodi in our sights. We quickly noticed how much we were sweating and we had only run 2 miles. It was apparent this was not going to be a repeat of Panama City’s PR race, no ma’am the goal was to finish and finish upright without having to visit the medic tent.
We took in the sights of New Orleans. At one point we went by a gym and they had moved their spin class outside to cheer us on. That was pretty awesome I thought. The course support was nothing to compare it to the Rock n Roll races. I have to remember this is the inaugural race so I do hope that the City gets behind it.
I’m not even sure where Ricky was here, must have been ahead of us.
Maybe I was in the middle of my GU’s or chews but I remember this is where it got hard for me and had MB not been there I’m afraid I would have done even more walk breaks. We may not have talked a lot when it got hard but we had each other to help the time go by.
I did loose MB right at the 11-mile marker. I walked a bit and waited but she was nowhere. I worried because we were both struggling but I got a reassuring text she was ok. I knew I only had a couple more miles and the less I walked the sooner I’d get there!
I did find some pep in my step the last mile or at least to not walk any in it. I knew the finish was just beyond turning off the street. I really dislike when you still have a half mile after you get inside the park like you do in Rock n Roll in City Park.
Greg caught me just before I turned into the park and ran a bit with me before peeling off as I crossed the finish line.
I came through with a time of 2:30:37, not my worse but considering how much I did walk and the conditions, I was OK with it and just happy nothing hurt. Half #28 is DONE!
We did not spend a lot of time here after the race, another downside to a Sunday race, Tammy had to get on the road and we had to check out of the RV resort. I did see where they offered massages and there was a good number of vendors there. Had it not rained yesterday it would have been a beautiful day to spend unlimited time with them.
Back at the RV we had time to take one last dip in the cool pool (good for recovery right?) Then warm up in the jacuzzi before showering, checking out and meeting Mary Beth and her husband for celebratory drinks and food!
The bartender at their hotel gave us a recommendation of Johnny’s Po-boys for lunch and it turned out to be a good one! I got the roast beef topped with fried shrimp. It reminded me of the Black n Gold they serve at the Saint’s games in the Superdome.
We then made our way to the Jackson Brewery Bar where we lounged on a couch for almost 2 hours listening to a guy who sounded a lot like Need to Breathe’s lead singer Bear Rinehart.
After that, we found ourselves at Finnegan’s out in the courtyard with snacks. Last stop was at Fritzel’s Jazz bar listening to a guy who looked like he could by my accountant but sang and played the hell out of a piano. After a quick trip through Jackson Square and snapping a few medal pictures, we left MB and Mark and headed home.
I had a super great weekend with all my friends. We had a lot of fun.
Why yes I do have another race in a new city and I pick up a new state as well. I’ll be running in Raleigh, NC for the Rock n Roll series races. I get to do the remix challenge by running the 5k on Saturday with my husband and the half marathon on Sunday! Wow, these weekends are flying by after this one I think I’ll take a rest…. maybe. 😉
I need Raleigh info. Anything you want to throw at me. Race, food, drink, sightseeing, entertainment, do they have Uber? Help me out!
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