3.07.2016

Rock N Roll New Orleans 2016


I feel like I've been gone for a year!! I knew this last month was going to be crazy with three trips back to back, but I am exhausted, mentally and physically. I miss my routine, my babies, my kitchen, and my sanity. I have a lot to catch you guys up on, but today I'm going to stick with recapping Rock N Roll New Orleans. 


We {Brittany, Fawn, and Ang} all flew in on Friday, thankfully the flight from Dallas to NOLA is short, so short in fact that I barely got to watch 45 minutes of my rented movie {The Other Woman}, annoying because you only have 24 hours to finish it once you start so I wasted the 5 bucks. Friday and Saturday we spent just hanging out with each other, eating, and hitting the race expo. Oh and drinking ALL THE DAMN WATER, this is relevant later in my story. 


It was my first time to NOLA and I had a million recommendations for place to eat, the race is over 30,000 people a lot who come from out of town so everywhere we went it was crazy busy. We decided to brunch at the Ruby Slipper, the wait was about 2 hours, but they give you giant Mimosas and we drank while waiting. 


I ordered the Cheesecake French toast and honestly it was just meh. Some of the other girls ordered the biscuits topped with chicken or brisket and egg, now THAT was amazing. After brunch we walked to the expo to pick up our packets. 


Rock n Roll has a Heavy Medal series, the more races you run that year the more medals you get. I plan to do Dallas in a few weeks and Vegas in November. After the expo we were a bit tired so we found a local cafe and just hung out while drinking coffee and water. 


My running group was also there, most were doing the full marathon, so they wanted to meet for dinner early. 


I also FINALLY got to meet with Mandi from Shrinking Southern Belle who is the cutest little southern girl ever. She's so quiet LOL I am so NOT. We hung out and had dinner, she was running her first half there and I really wanted to find her before the race, but it was so crowded it didn't happen, bummer. 


I really had no expectations for this race, I was running for fun only, but someone told me that the course was really flat, prime time for a PR. What I failed to think about was that I haven't even had a long run in a while because of being in Vegas the week before. My heart has great expectations than my mind sometimes. 

I was in corral 5 and somehow ended up finding another girl from Dallas who was trying to PR so I decided to stay with her, but the crowds were so thick the first 2 miles I lost her almost right away. Around mile 3 I knew this was not going to be a great race, I felt tired, I had to pee, and my legs felt heavy. I tried to concentrate on the atmosphere around me, the race was really very high energy and fun. One point in the race is a turn around, after I rounded the bend I caught a glimpse of the full marathon runners from my running club and thought, I should just cut across and run slowly with them, but I realized if I did that would put me running 15 or more miles that day and I didn't have it in me so I kept on. 

I crossed the finish line in 1:57 which is my second fastest time, I really do not know how that happened because I felt like I was running so slowly. I grabbed a bottle of water and banana and found Brit, my stomach was a bit upset, but I got down the water and banana. About 15 minutes later my stomach was cramping again so I left her to find a restroom, on the way to the rest room I got a hot flash and all the blood rushed to my head. I decided to sit down where I was before I passed out, a nice lady behind me went and got a medic who came and took me to the tent on the stretcher. I was really so embarrassed, seems so ameratur to not hydrate enough for a race, but I drank so much dang water the days before, I think in hindsight I should've had more sodium. 

They tried to stick me for an IV, but after 4 people and 2 blown veins {one in my freaking neck} I begged them to just give me Gatorade! After about 20 minutes I felt better and left to find my friends at mile 26 waiting for the marathoners to finish. 


I get so emotional watching runners finish a race, some are smiling, some are crying, it's just beautiful. It honestly makes me want to run another one soon! We had the perfect spot to cheer on our friends and it made me so happy to be able to support these girls who have worked so hard!!


We hopped the shuttle to get back to the hotel, at this point all I had eaten was a protein bar and that banana. The plan was to meet up on Canal street with some other women for dinner so I only had 5 minutes to thrown on a hat and get going, the gatorade was empty so I replaced with mimosa and man was it good! 


I loved that every where I went I saw runners walking funny and wearing their medals, it's like a sense  of community that is hard to describe. Runners are just great people! I got to meet a few women who read here, they are all so freaking nice and it's just fun for me to get to meet so many new people! 

After dinner I was supposed to meet Poppy and the girls down on Bourbon Street, but I legit thought I was going to fall out from exhaustion. I passed to go back to the hotel and watch Fuller House, which was cute, but I lost interest about 1 episode in. 


Overall it was  great trip, I made new friends, met some old friends, and made tons of memories! I don't know that NOLA would be a vacation spot for me again, but it was fun to travel to a new city and experience the RnR there. 

What city have you run Rock n Roll in that you would recommend?

23 comments :

  1. We do RnR in Savannah Ga every year. It's in Nov, a flat course and so much fun. Would love to have you!

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  2. It's not an RNR race, but the KY Derby Festival in Louisville is awesome!!! The Half is FLAT!! The course takes you around downtown Louisville, by the Louisville Slugger Museum, where the Louisville Slugger baseball bat is made, The YUM Center and you make one lap inside CHURCHILL DOWNS!!! How awesome is that!! And chances are you will see a horse on the actual dirt take practicing as well!!

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  3. Chicago!!!!! The course is gorgeous, right through downtown.

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  4. I recommend Nashville!! It's seriously so hilly but gosh it's a fun town! And great race support, seriously awesome course support.

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  5. I'm so glad to see you back home and blogging. :) Missed you.

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  6. I hate wasting calories on something that is just meh....stuffed french toast always disappoints me! omelettes may be boring, but they are consistently good :)

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  7. You have to do the Indy Mini! It's the largest half marathon in the country! You get to do a lap around the Indy 500 track!

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  8. Hey i made the blog :) I so want to do the 1/2 in Vegas!! Glad you are back to blogging!

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  9. Come to Chicago! I did the 5k last year and I am doing the 5k and 10k this year, I am walker not a runner. Its so pretty along the lake and then going through the city. Plus pizza and Garrett's popcorn.

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  10. I did the RnR in San Antonio dec 2015 it was my first marathon and it was beautiful but much warmer than I had anticipated but everyone was so nice and a lot of great sights. I'll probably stick to some halves though for a while, the full was just so much

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  11. A group of friends and I run the Vegas one every year and it's a great time! Running the strip at night is amazing. So much to watch/look at the entire race. We rent a house with a pool and after the race just relax and sip on cocktails. Have fun!

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  12. I have only ran RnR San Antonio. I would LOVE to run Vegas and Nashville!!

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  13. You should do the one here in PHX It is a great atmosphere and the weather is unbeatable! Great family vaca opp too!

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  14. I am training for my first half in June, and it is the Seattle RnR. I will be running with my sister who has done this race before, the course is awesome and June in the PNW is a beautiful time to visit!

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  15. I've done RnR 1/2 marathons in San Jose, San Antonio, Virginia Beach, Brooklyn and Philly. Out of those my favorite course was the one in Philly, I've done it twice. It's flat and the course is beautiful. The first half is all through town and the second half in next to a beautiful river.

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  16. You need to do Nashville! It's a hilly course but the atmosphere is just awesome, the city is gorgeous and it's a GREAT vacation spot - family or girls trip! The race is always in April and the weather is usually great.

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  17. Fun! I am doing Dallas next week too and then San Antonio in December for my first full. We may try to sneak in Denver so we can get 3 RNR'S in this year.

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  18. Man! I should have gotten a picture of them trying to get an IV in you... You could have put it on your blog!

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  19. Sorry you ended up in the tent but glad you're OK! I've done Portland, OR and Vancouver BC RNR. Loved both races. Portland has a fantastic energy but unfortunately it's not on this year. Savannah RNR has been on my list. My family is from there and I spent every summer there as a kid.

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  20. Sorry you ended up in the tent but glad you're OK! I've done Portland, OR and Vancouver BC RNR. Loved both races. Portland has a fantastic energy but unfortunately it's not on this year. Savannah RNR has been on my list. My family is from there and I spent every summer there as a kid.

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  21. I am a BB coach and I adore Chalene (we all do, lol)- she is so inspiring and motivational. I need to make it out to one of her events. I'm so sorry to hear about your race, but so glad you're ok!

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