Sunday, July 4, 2010

Let's party in New Orleans...Mardi Gras style!

New Orleans....alot of things come to mind when one hears that but this year, another tradition was added. The rock and roll series added to the series a half/full marathon thru the city and it definitely lived up to the true RnR experience.
I ran this the end of February 2010; hence after Mardi Gras offical and after the HUGE win of the Saints so the town was still in party mode. The start was packed; all decorated only the way New Orleans can do it. There were various costumes surrounding me-fairy princesses, Elvis, tons of people wearing beads...I could go on and on.
The course was flat and fast. Just what I needed after only training (really training) for 2 months. Luckily I was coming from 6,000ft above sea level to sea level. The sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky. I remember pushing myself-after all-I could do this. Had to stop for a photo op with my parents around mile 7. I kept going, grabbing water at every stop and using my own gels as I needed.
As I crossed that finish line, I was ecstatic! I did it-and then almost lost all the cookies-but I didn't. Around my neck hung the coolest medal yet. To top it off, Sister Hazel was the concert at the finish line. Am I going back, heck ya and this time with two teammates!!