I always have such a hard time recapping a race weekend but I am going to do my best. Rock N Roll New Orleans was a weekend long, fun filled adventure with friends, food, wine and running.
Rock N Roll New Orleans
Having never been to New Orleans before, I wanted to make sure that I was able to soak it all in. Whenever possible, I like to have a few days built around a racecation. I am glad that I was able to do that for New Orleans because there is always stress about flight delays.
The French Quarter
I had heard stories about the French Quarter and they were pretty spot on. People are definitely enjoying themselves all day and all night with lots of alcoholic beverages. Groups of friends, bachelorette parties-you name it they are there celebrating. One thing that did surprise me was how much the city has rebounded since Katrina 15 years ago.
Friday we headed to the expo at the convention center. So much walking! Packet pickup was a breeze but the expo was not that exciting. I did love the giant shoe though. We went on a 2 hour walking tour of the city and learned a ton about the history and architecture.
Saturday we all did a fun Segway tour through the city. Such a fun way to see a town while saving your feet. One of the cool things about the city is that there are so many talented musicians performing in the streets all day and all night long. We had a delicious Italian dinner to fuel up for the race.
Early 5:30am wakeup and early visit to Starbucks (in my pajamas). Race temps were going to be warm with 58 degrees at the start and around 70 at the finish. I opted for a tank and light capris with a throw away blanket for the start.
My only goal of this race was to finish upright! As you all know, I have been working my way back from a running injury and really was in no shape to be running a half marathon. The longest I had run was 8 miles (using 4:1 intervals). I had no idea how race day would go but I had prepared myself to walk as much as I needed to avoid re-injury and make it to the finish.
The first few miles kind of flew by and I settled into my 4:1 intervals. I noticed many runners using this strategy. I entertained myself with some people watching and some of the live bands on the course. There were a few Mardi Gras themed floats and selfie stations on the course.
Overall, I was a little underwhelmed by the race course itself. I found it kind of boring, albeit flat. The course did not go through the French Quarter which I assume, was because the streets are too narrow and crowded. I was surprised that I was able to run as much as I did. Using my run walk intervals for the first 8 miles, served me well. I started to get a little tired in mile 9 and walked for about 5 minutes straight. My body starting asking me why we were doing this around mile 11. I took some longer walk breaks in mile 12 and 13. Knowing the finish line was near, I pushed ahead. I have never been happier to see a finish line!
Rock N Roll does a fantastic job at organizing and running large races. Water stops were well stocked and their were lots of volunteers on the course. Finish line was well organized,
I am so very thankful that I was able to complete the whole 13.1 miles with way less walking than I expected. 13.1 miles is a long way when you are not trained for it.Heck, it’s a long way to go anytime! I am happy to report that nothing hurts (except for one toe nail). I can’t believe it really! While I don’t condone running a half marathon without training, I believe that my Peloton classes kept me in great cardio shape.
Thanks for sticking here to the end and joining the Runners’ Roundup today. Thanks for helping to make the Runners’ Roundup a huge success by visiting all of the hosts: Debbie, Rachel, Smitha, Jen and Lisa.