Rock n Roll New Orleans 2017 Races
This is a race recap of the Rock n Roll New Orleans 2017 Races, which included a 5k for both my husband and me together, and on Sunday a 10k for him and the half for me!
Rock n Roll New Orleans 2017
What can I say I love running in New Orleans. It is a great city we always eat exceptional food, drink all the drinks and have all the FUN! This year was no exception!
You know, Rnrnola was my very first half marathon ever, it was back in 2014. It’s hard to believe I just ran it for the 4th time and it was my 25th half altogether. Crazy, it is just crazy to think about that many races. What’s even crazier is each and every time I get in line to start I get nervous just like it is my very first time.
My recaps are somewhat different. I like to tell you about the race yes, but I also like to recap my weekend, where we ate, things we did. I think this may help you if your racing here or just visiting. So let’s get to it.
For my new linkers, my husband and I travel as much as we can in our motorhome. This trip was no exception. We normally stay at the French Quarter RV Resort which is walking distance from most of the New Orleans activities in both the French Quarter and in the Business or Warehouse districts. Many of the other attractions can be reached by the city trolly which is a treat in itself.
Having a self-contained motorhome allows us to pull into places like a rest stop or even a Walmart parking lot, turn on our generator and sleep overnight for free. We are notorious for getting off work, hopping in and driving a few hours to get a head start on our trip. We are also known to be in Walmart at midnight buying supplies for our trip. 🙂 See that’s the neat partnership between RV’ers and Walmart, many stores don’t mind you parking in their secure lots and in exchange we go into the store to show patronage for the things we need. It’s a win-win in my book!
On Thursday we left town and drove couple hours to Hattiesburg, MS to stop for supper and visit the Academy Sporting Goods Store. Well got a little caught up in shopping and it was getting late so we decided this was as far as we were going for tonight.
New Orleans is just over 3 hours from us so it’s not a long trip. Shaving off almost 2 hours put us just over an hour out. We had plenty of time so we slept in, had breakfast and fueled up before getting back on the road.
We arrived at the RV resort, checked in, hooked up to the utilities and after a few minutes of walking we were sipping mimosa’s shortly after noon. On our last trip to Nola, our friends took us here to the Royal House Oyster Bar it really has some great food! We were not much for oysters before but after being introduced to the baked ones with bacon and parmesan cheese, oh my we were hooked!
One thing about New Orleans is there is so much good food and drink to try you really need to go about it like “grazing”. Share the food, get appetizers, drink a little here and there, but don’t fill up on one place. Walk a bit then go somewhere else. Really you would have to come here day in and day out for years before you could try all the places.
Next stop was the expo for packet pick up at the convention center. Now if you’ve ever been to the center, it is huge! Here are some facts for you…
It is named after former Mayor of New Orleans Ernest N. Morial. As of 2006, it has about 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space, covering almost 11 blocks, and over 3 million square feet of total space. The front of the main building is 1 kilometer long.
And I’ll just go ahead and throw this tid bit of info, the people at Rock n Roll, well they like to get the rooms at the END of the building, you have been warned, your welcome. 🙂
We meandered through the expo after getting our packets, make sure you have the time there really are some neat vendors here along with some services. KT Tape was there and they taped Greg up for his race in the morning. As with most bigger races the expo is full of vendors giving out free products! Don’t get carried away sampling things before your race but be sure to take samples with you.
We then headed back to the french quarter to another favorite place of ours on Esplanade called Port of Call they have the very best hamburgers there and they are very shareable. But order an extra baked potato. The drinks here are also very strong and cheap! Not cheap cheap but inexpensive cheap. Be careful Neptune’s Monsoon (it was frequently requested by pirates condemned to walk the plank)
We walked some more browsing in and out of stores, we walked through the french quarter market where this vendor makes crepes. OMG, they have all kinds and they are ahhhmazing! I like the sweet ones. My favorite is Peanut butter, banana, Nutella with a splash of honey. It will make you slap yo mama!
We walked around Jackson Square there is alway neat artwork here and plenty of street performers and even palm readers, although I don’t think that is what they call themselves.
The riverwalk is always something to see, they have riverboat tours, airboat tours and even dinners you can do. The cruise ships dock at the end in front of the Riverwalk stores. It’s a mini-mall in itself. Lots of the items are pricey because they are geared to the tourists getting on or off the ships. We went into a wine store there for a tasting and of course, I pick out an expensive wine. It was so good and there was no backing out, well unless we were tacky.
We walk a lot here and it was a nice night out too. We made out way back to the resort and decided to have take out delivered. The Original Italian Pie is a great place too! We ended our night relaxing in the jacuzzi with a glass of my wine.
After a decent nights sleep, we woke up to very cold weather for Nola. It was upper 30’s but with the wind it had a feel like temp of 33! We got there much earlier than I liked but with Uber and road closings it is best to be early than late!
I also got to see my friend Kathryn (IRunThisLife) and she and I stayed just ahead of Mr. Sippi and chatted away. She was great company and I enjoyed every minute visiting with her.
My love caugut up to me right before we turned to run the home stretch. I take it easy the whole race but at the end he is dragging me across the finish!
Ahhh, the picuture above says it all, we have so much fun doing this together. I better enjoy it cause if he keeps this running up, he’ll out run me in no time!
After the race it was time for food and we chose The Ruby Slipper! They have two locations one downtown and one uptown as they call it but let me tell you it is worth the wait!
Take a look at this it was the special French Toast had peanut butter sauce and nutella with cream cheese. It was very very good!
As we waited on Ricky and Jodi to get into town we took another dip in the jaccuzi to give the muscles a jump start on recovery!
They got into town and graciously came to pick us up and head to the expo to get their bibs. We had fun walking around with them, it’s never a dull moment either.
Mulate’s the Original Cajun Restaurant was close to the convention center and we decided this is where we’d eat. We walked some took in the sights around the Riverwalk and headed into the mall where they have a Cafe Du Monde and it is not near as busy as the one in the French Quarter.
They dropped us off at our RV and we got ready for a big race day! I laid out all my stuff, Mr. Sippi had his pile as well and to sleep we went.
Sunday Race Day
Greg was running the 10k which started just before the half. I got him in line and snapped a quick picture before finding my corral.
I found Ricky and Jodi and in no time we were off! I stayed with them until just after the mimosa’s on the course. Yes, someone was giving out mimosas about mile 4-5 and we did some sampling! It was a great pick me up too!
I got really sluggish after about mile 10 or so, I had to do some motivational talking to myself to keep going. By this time the 2:15 pacer came by me. I had thoughts of trying to stay with her but it just was not happening.
I came in at 2:21:46 not my worst and not a PR for this course but I had fun and finished without any issues so success is what I call it. I see my hubs right after crossing the line. And caught up with Rick and Jodi as well.
I got the third guitar medal for doing a race on Saturday and one one Sunday.
We hung around the park just a bit but then decided we had one more restaurant we needed to hit up before we called it a weekend in New Orleans and that was Mother’s!
If you ever get the chance to run in New Orleans or even visit, make sure you don’t pass up the opportunity!
Rock n Roll New Orleans 2017 Races