Weekly Wrap 64 Big Easy Fun New Orleans, LA

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Weekly Wrap 64 Big Easy Fun

I’ve been in New Orleans and in Baton Rouge this weekend for a fun adult trip. We met friends down there, ate good, drank even better and even took in some college football!

In Summary

Keeping up with my accountability of activity, this is how my week looked like:

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Fall Training Week 6

Holly and I agreed to change a few things up this week. We had planned a rest day for Monday but after I got to work I realized getting in my run on Tuesday was going to be quite difficult, so I made and executive decision to run 4 easy miles after work. I’ve not run after work in so long and it made me very thankful I have been converted to a morning runner.

My speed work went very well considering it was 73 degrees and 89% humidity. She had me build to the ladder from last week this time 400/600/800/600/400 meters with a warm up and .25 recovery in between. This was very tough but looking ahead to my half next weekend in New Orleans, I’m afraid this is exactly what I will be running in. I was glad to finish with an average of 8:36 and it did make me realize I can dig deep when I have too.

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We headed here after work on Thursday and arrived just before midnight. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to get my long run (7 miles) in New Orleans. Mr. Sippi went with me on his bike. It was rather difficult running along Canal Street with all the traffic lights. That part I did not like. My hats off to those of you who run in bigger cities. The wind was a great factor when I ran on the Riverwalk. I felt tired but very accomplished when I was done and also ready for some breakfast!!!

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Pineapple Rum Raisin French Toast

Our friends arrived and we checked into the RV Resort and later headed out to eat an early dinner, catch some bands on Bourbon and even went to the Mortuary Haunted House. It was a fun night and we ended it relaxing in the hot tub.

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Fun in New Orleans with this bunch!

We’ve had an amazing time in New Orleans and in Baton Rouge this weekend with friends. I tried to post mostly to my Instagram account with what we were up too. I hope you will stop by and have a look.

Hope you didn’t miss:

I was on a roll this week and posted twice!

  • Goals to Wrap Up 2016, I joined the girls of Tuesday on the Run where I revealed some goals I’m working towards and hope to reach by the end of the year.
  • My Day to Shine – It was my Spotlight Day to introduce myself to those participating in the Grow Your Blog Hop. Did you know how I came up with the name MissSippiPiddlin? It’s all here.

Coming Up

Once again I’ve planned out posts and I hope you’ll look for a couple more this week. On Tuesday, I’ll be talking about Variety in your Workouts and I’ll be airing out some Runfessions on Friday.

Until next week, that is going to do it for this week’s Weekly Wrap 64 Big Easy Fun.

Runners? Do you have a certain number of miles you consider worth going out for or do you look at it by time? When I wasn’t on a plan, I felt like I needed to get in 3 miles or 30 minutes.

Big City runners, do you stop your watch at every intersection while waiting to cross busy intersections? Give me some tips for City running.

Care to share an upcoming trip that is not a race with me? Retreat? Work? Vacation?


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  1. Your NOLA trip makes me wanna go back there so badly! Great job on your speedwork. Truly it is amazing what the body will do if we just get our of our heads and try. A confidence builder going into your half for sure! Personally I loathe city running when it involves lots of street crossing. Although even running along fairly secluded sidestreets can be dangerous when drivers are mindless. Thanks for the linkup and yay for joining the Runfession fun this week!
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    • I was so excited to run on my own in New Orleans. I have only run there at races. Although I didn’t have a plan I knew the area well enough to not have to stake out a route. But I never even considered the lights. Big city fail! Yup see ya Friday for Runfessions, I may have just spilled one, lol.
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap 64 Big Easy Fun New Orleans, LAMy Profile

  2. How fun! We haven’t been to NOLA in years and I keep telling the hubs that we need to do that. Is it hard running in that humidity? You’re probably used to it, tho.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Running Into FallMy Profile

    • I’m used to it yes, but it’s still hard. Especially when it turns off cooler, and we get a few good runs under us then right back to high humidity will make it even worse.
      I had a good run in Nola but the wind was 22 mph and coming off that river posed quite a challenge! Holly asked me about my HR being up so and that was why!
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap 64 Big Easy Fun New Orleans, LAMy Profile

  3. You know I think when your training for fun or for different goals, time is fine. If training for distance running then mileage is important. So in otherwords I agree with both LOL
    I bet you’ve been having such a great time this weekend! I bet your 7 miler was beautiful and interesting, there is a lot of character in that city to run by for sure!
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    • That is right Kristy, I like the way you put it, New Orleans has a lot of character! So many people think NOLA is just so nasty, and truly parts of it is just that. There is also a lot of it that isn’t. All you have to do is walk around to see the beauty in the buildings and even the people look and sound very different there. I learn something new and see new things every time I’m here.
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap 64 Big Easy Fun New Orleans, LAMy Profile

  4. Sounds like you had a great week!

    Well done on your speed session, looks like tough work but you managed it!

    I do a bit of distance and time. Some of my shorter and recovery runs I’ll do by time, other wise it’s distance!
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  5. I am dying to go back to New Orleans! I went when I was in high school and would love to go back as an adult. Sounds like a great trip! I don’t have any trips planned in the near future but I just got back from a work trip and racecation. I really don’t want to go anywhere soon after being gone all week I just want to stay home!
    Missy – Getting Fit to Find Myself recently posted…Book Review: Running HomeMy Profile

  6. I’ve never been to Nola, but am dying to go! Trying to convince my hubby we should head there in Feb for a race 🙂

    I tend to do all of my runs based on mileage – just out of habit really.
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Weekly Wrap – Just a little tiredMy Profile

  7. If I’m not training for a specific race (usually that would be a 26.2 since I don’t really train for 13.1’s anymore), I consider 2-3 miles sufficient (3-4X a week), with maybe a longer run on the weekend just to keep the endurance prime. NOLA looks (and sounds) like a fun place!!
    Kim Hatting recently posted…Not my #typical week…My Profile

  8. Even though I run in the city I’m not very keen on stopping at red lights. I usually run early enough that I can dash across a few intersections, but sometimes I do have to stop. I rely on my Garmin autopause feature because there’s too many times I forgot to hit start again! Sounds like a fun time in New Orleans – was the haunted house spooky?
    Coco recently posted…Pondering A Destination RaceMy Profile

    • My husband an I were talking about the haunted house this time around. We’ve been to it before, three times actually and for us no it wasn’t scary, but I don’t think it will ever not be spooky! It was an actual mortuary for many many years. When you go down into the basement, you get that “hair on the back of your neck standing up” feeling. NO matter how much paint or different decor you use, you can’t get rid of that! It really has some disturbing history of ghosts. It’s no wonder it does so well for a haunted attraction.
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap 64 Big Easy Fun New Orleans, LAMy Profile

  9. It sounds like you had great fun and food in NOLA. I hope the weather will be good for next weekend too. You’ve been nailing all of your training runs and I’m confident you’ll do great in Jazz. Just get that mind out of the way ;). That constant stopping and starting on a run would drive me nuts. I usually plan my runs by miles. 6 was my typical “short” run this marathon cycle.

  10. I can’t believe I’ve never been to New Orleans-I hear it ‘s great!
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  11. I’ve never been to New Orleans, but I’ve heard amazing things! Well done getting your workouts in (including some seriously awesome speed work) – despite the heat and humidity. I think things are finally cooling off here in Nashville. Gotta love the South 🙂

  12. I always like when I have someone to bike next to me to help pass the time. That breakfast looks delicious. I’m sure it hit the spot after your run.
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  13. I am so craving a trip to New Orleans! It looks like you had fun and the French toast looks good!

    I can’t stand running when dealing with intersections…when I do my intervals I tend to run them on a moderately busy street which can be frustrating, so I feel your pain on that city run you had!
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  14. That pineapple rum raisin french toast looks SO delicious! I really want to visit NOLA. It’s a city that is on my ‘runcation’ list – I hope I can go there next year or the year after!

    I hate running the streets and having to stop for stop lights. I tend to do most of my runs in a park in my city because the stop and go of the traffic lights always messes with my run flow, lol

  15. NOLA looks like so much fun. 8:40 pace. You rock!

    Congrats on a good training week. Can’t wait to hear about your half!
    Darlene recently posted…LL Bean Bright Night 5K RecapMy Profile

  16. Sounds like a fun weekend in New Orleans and Baton Rouge! Great job on the speed work!
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  17. Looks like you guys had a great trip in the big easy! The food and drinks looked divine…but the haunted house??? No thanks! I’m a scardy cat 🙂 Congratulations on your ‘ladder’ training run…you really did kill it! I’m impressed by your progress since working with Coach Ho…can’t wait to see your finish time in your next race, I have a feeling it’s going to be a BIG PR!
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  18. I remember it being challenging to run in New Orleans. I was staying downtown and had to run down the busy streets to get to the riverwalk. Great job getting your runs in even though you had to move things around a bit! I havent ran after work in years, I think it would feel really strange.

  19. I was in NOLA this time last year!! It was great. Wtg killing that training run- such an awesome pace!!
    Melissa recently posted…October Weekends=One Sentence Per PhotoMy Profile

  20. Sounds like you guys had a great trip to New Orleans. That french toast looks delicious!
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Wine and Dine Half Marathon Training Log – Week 4My Profile

  21. I’ve never been to New Orleans but really want to! Sounds like a great week. Congrats on your solid speed work too!

  22. I try to build a running route that doesn’t cross busy intersections. I never know what to do when I wait to get the WALK signal. I loved running Boulder since the running path I was on went under the intersections so I didn’t have to stop at all.
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  23. Fun week! and fast times for you! Those big city runners are no joke! When I do my long run on Saturday I do not pause my Garmin every time I wait to cross the street- that is just to much to keep up with! It was a great weather weekend so I am glad you soaked up every minute of it!
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  24. Well, obviously our epic vacation is over. And it involved a race. As does the next trip. And the next trip. And the one after that. 🙂 I am busy right up until I meet y’all. 🙂

    Great job on the paces in fitting in all the exercise!
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…There’s no place like home:10/17-23 Weekly WrapMy Profile

  25. That French Toast looks so good! And I try to find routes without a lot of road crossings for just that reason. Even out here in the suburbs it can be a pain to run on the streets for that reason. I do all my runs over 3 miles or so on the running paths so that there aren’t a lot of road crossings.
    Chaitali recently posted…Race 13.1 Baltimore – training week 8My Profile

  26. My theory on stopping my watch is if it’s something I would or could possibly do in a race (going to the bathroom) I don’t stop my watch. I want to account for a realistic time frame for my longer runs. However, if it’s something I most likely will not have to do (stop for several traffic lights as streets are commonly blocked off during races), I stop my watch.
    Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder recently posted…Myakka Half Marathon Training Week 3: 10/16-10/22My Profile

  27. It looks like you had such a great time! I loved all the pictures of New Orleans!!

    I don’t stop my watch, whenever I do, I forget that I stopped it and it get very mad. I would rather have slower laps, than miss .25 of something, which I have done many times now and it drives me crazy!

    No fun trips coming up… but looking forward to Thanksgiving!
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  28. Great job on your speed work! Sounds like a fun time in New Orleans! I would love to visit there some day! I’m not a fan of running in the City with lots of lights as well. I always try to find running paths without the lights but if there are lights, i rely on my Garmin’s auto pause.
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  29. After my streak last winter I thought 1 mile was good enough. Lately, I try to run at least 2 miles. I know most people like to round it to 3 miles / 30 minutes but my neighborhood isn’t very large, so 2 miles keeps me inside the ‘hood and 3 means I have to venture out… which leads to intersections. To answer your other question: I stop my watch at crossings because the lights near my house take a long time to change. If I can cross pretty quickly I won’t pause my watch.
    Elizabeth recently posted…Weekly Wrap: Fall FunMy Profile

  30. Not always a big city runner, but lots of my long runs are through the city. I absolutely stop my watch when I stop. Which is annoying, but worth it in my head.

    Like you, I agree, 30 minutes or 3 miles minimum to make a workout “worth it” in my head.

    Look at you planning out content like a boss, I really need to work on that. My weeks run so much smoother when I make it a point to plan ahead!

  31. That is great speed work in the heat!! You can dig deep 🙂
    and good eats after your long run mmmmm
    I ran in the city for my 20 and it so different! I do not love lol and I have no tips, but I did it because it was the course and now i know race day will feel easier;) I like experiences like that in limited doses. Nice of the hubs to go with you!

    I am not sure what I would do if i had to run in an urban place all the time…probably drive somewhere lol Enjoy your stay in New orleans!

  32. I’ve never been to NOLA but it looks like you had a wonderful time. I’m not really a city runner, but when I run in downtown Charleston, I do not stop my watch at intersections. I try not to run downtown if I want to hit a certain pace- I just use those as “sightseeing runs” and do my speed work in races on closed courses or either on the track or treadmill, or areas where there’s no traffic. I do know a lot of city runners who drive out places to train and there’s nothing wrong with that either! I’m fortunate to live in the suburbs so the neighborhoods here work just fine.

    That French Toast looks so yummy, too!
    Amy Lauren recently posted…Weekly Rundown: October 17-23My Profile

    • I think I’d find a place to drive too. They have really nice parks there but one I knew about was about 5 miles from where I was. I could have gotten a trolly but with the hubs riding his bike it didn’t work out. I will be better prepared next time I run down there!
      Tricia recently posted…Weekly Wrap 64 Big Easy Fun New Orleans, LAMy Profile

  33. I love your workout summary graphic – it’s so cute!

    I’ve never been to NOLA, but I’d love to check it out.
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  34. I always find it so hard to motivate myself to run in a strange city, so way to go! New Orleans is totally on my bucket list of places I need to see! I think I need a runcation!

    • Oh Kim I agree you do need to see New Orleans at some point. They have quite a few options for racing every month. I have run in the Rock n Roll series in Feb several times and also the Jazz coming up this weekend which I’ll again participate in. They have one in Dec right before Christmas called Ole Man River that should be neat!
      Tricia recently posted…Do You Need Variety in Your Workouts?My Profile

  35. I agree completely about traffic lights! They’re the worst. I usually run on the trail near me (which is in the city) so don’t have to deal with them, but when I do I run back and forth on the sidewalk instead of stopping. I probably look really silly to the drivers, but oh well. Glad you enjoyed New Orleans! Would love to go back there since it’s been many years since I’ve visited.
    Jennifer @ Dashing in Style recently posted…Marathon Training Week 16: TaperMy Profile

  36. When I run in the city or even crossing the parkway near where I live, I stop my watch if it appears I’ll be there for long – gotta keep that average pace down! LOL

    Thanks for the linkup, up even though I’m a day late! 🙂
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  37. That French toast looks delicious!! Your trip looked like a lot of fun! As far as running goes, if I don’t have a plan I’m with you on the 3 miles or 30 minutes.
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  38. Sounds like a nice fun little trip with good company (and good food-man that French toast looks SO yummy!)
    Great job on the speed work and nailing your paces in that humidity!!! Here in SC we had a few fall like days then it was back to humidity and now the temps are finally falling again-(but with a warm up this weekend)so I hope mother nature makes up her mind! I also hope you have good weather for your upcoming race.
    I think its amazing that you and Holly do so many half marathons. I’m not much of a distance runner so Theres no way I think could do more than 1 half marathon a year,lol!
    hope you have a great week ahead!
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    • See I think the same thing about you and all the 5k’s you do. To me a 5k is so much harder cause I have to push the entire time, hitting paces I don’t normally try to hit in distance running.
      I’m with you though I wish Mother N would make up her mind.
      Tricia recently posted…Do You Need Variety in Your Workouts?My Profile

  39. When I run in the city, it’s usually early enough in the morning that there is no traffic so I don’t have to worry about stopping and starting quite as much. Last time I ran in New Orleans, it was so early I rarely had to stop which was nice and gave me a great view of the city as it was still sleeping. I’m dreading the heat and humidity of running in New Orleans this week!
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  40. how fun! I will be down in NOLA for RNR in Feb and I am so excited!

  41. I’ve never been to New Orlean Tricia, can yo believe it? I really would love to run a race there. Yes, running in big cities can be hard. I used to run through NYC…Yes, I stop my watch at every intersection, sometimes I forget though. I always focus on getting mileage done rather than paying attention to the my pace.
    Congrats on getting your speed work done at an awesome pace! I love that HoHo is coaching you!
    Have a great week Tricia!
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  42. I can’t get over how good that french toast looks!!!
    Oh and great week of training too 😉
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  43. It’s 3:35 in the afternoon and I could really use some of that french toast. I’m drooling over here!!!!

    Great week of training! My running goals are usually mileage based but, now that I’m in “not training mode”, I tend to run for time more often.
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  44. If I do anything less than 30 minutes I feel like I haven’t done enough. But, if the time of day is tough, that would be plenty. I stop my watch at intersections because sometimes the wait can be at least a couple of minutes. Good for you for getting the run in while in NO! Looks like you had a lot of fun.
    Sonia recently posted…NYC Marathon Training Week #18My Profile

  45. Sounds like you had a great weekend in NOLA!
    The pilots that were MIA from my flights in GA were coming from Baton Rouge, were you keeping them busy??? Haha, J/K
    I do NOT miss running in the city! I felt like it was so off, and I would pause my watch & runkeeper, which was just annoying!
    I really enjoyed your weekly wrap post 🙂

  46. Lol oh my no ma’am not me! Yes if I lived in a big city I would most definitely drive somewhere else to run most likely!
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  47. Wow! Another super busy week…I am always inspired by how you Get It Done!!! I just saw your post race picture on Instagram and you look Great!! I’m envious of your trip to NOLA…I love it there and I actually did quite a bit of running in that city as my husband was at a conference and I tagged along to sight see. Have a Great Week & as always, I appreciate your support with the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up 🙂 I am hoping to get back into writing weekly wrap posts to share here…Ironman training starts this week, so I need to be on top of my training!!!

  48. Running on the path gave me many ideas to make this life more adventurous. Sometimes I set up a break-up race, sometimes a restless one. 2 miles in 30 mins or more. The world is always colorful and worth-to-conquer

  49. I used to have great time in NOLA. Love your support.
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  50. Yeah so “big easy fun” 😀
    You make me want to be in NOLA again, that city is sooo wonderful 🙂