I am going to do this recap in two sections. One for the Expo/beginning of the weekend and then another for the Pasta Party/Determination and the actual half marathon.
Brian and I left on Friday after I got out of school and headed to his parents. We were going to stay there Friday night and then wake up the next morning to head to some of his friends apartment and to the Expo.
We arrive in New Orleans at Jon and Sonia's and put our stuff up. Then we headed to the Expo downtown.
We arrived at the Expo, but we had to walk forever to get there through the Convention Center.
I was really excited about the Expo and wanted to enjoy it, because it was my first Expo to go to. The last half marathon that I was in did not have an Expo. We picked up our packet at the hotel that we stayed in since it was a host hotel.
Brian would not get up and take a picture with me in this queen and king statue. Oh well, I still thought it was funny. I believe it is supposed to be the Mardi Gras King and Queen.
I stopped and talked to Donna at Sweaty Bands. After I finish my recaps of the race I am going to do a review on Sweaty bands for them! I was really excited to get to see her.
|I love what this Team and what it represents, but their clothing is so expensive.|
Brooks was the main sponsor for the Rock n Roll Mardi Gras race. I wanted to get one of their shirts, but they were way to expensive!
Brian and I got to meet up with Allen Cormier at the Expo. They went to college together and he lives in that area now. He was supposed to be able to run the half marathon, but had something come up he couldn't miss. I felt really bad, but he was still able to get the swag bag and his shirt.
|I am really excited about these medals. Do you see the one that has two guitars on it with the white ribbon. After I run the Rock n Roll Dallas I will have ran two rock n Roll races in one year and I will get that medal!|
|We found this silly thing right outside of the expo! I thought it was to funny to pass up.|
This is the route that I was going to be running. (Not the route in red, the one in blue). It is still hard to look at this and thing that I ran that entire route.
The Rock n Roll Mardi Gras Marathon and Half Marathon was benefiting The American Cancer Society (Determination). My sister-in-law Karen ran with them and I am very proud of her for all the money that she raised. More to come about that in a minute.
I met up a little bit later with Karen (my sister-in-law), Jason and her friend Heather and Bobby at the Expo. They ran this last year, so they had already seen all of this stuff. We took a few pictures and then we headed back down the convention center to their hotel.
I love my husband so much that he came with me this weekend! I do not think I could have done this race or this weekend without him! He is simply amazing.
Coming up next is the Pasta Party with Determination and then the half marathon. Stay tuned for more recaps.