***I started this post 2 weeks ago and then my son tested positive for Flu B, the Hubs ended up with a chest/head cold, and I was lucky to catch a respiratory/ear infection and head cold. This knocked me on my butt and I did nothing, absolutely NOTHING. So this post is later than I expected, but I’m getting it done!!
Louisiana Marathon Race weekend January 12-14, 2018
Friday we started what has become our annual road trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a full weekend of socializing and running!! It’s roughly a 4 hr drive from Pensacola and we planned on getting to the Expo around 2p.
We parked along the river like we always do and took a short walk to the Cane’s River Center. We located our bib numbers and picked up our shirts and bags. The last few years we have been doing a race on Saturday (5k/Quarter Note) and Sunday (Half/Full). We rallied through the race merchandise area with only a hat and a cawfee mug!! We stopped at the Community Coffee Truck for the King Cake flavored cawfee…first of the Mardi Gras season!!
Then we had all the fun at the photo booth with Karin and Gary!! If you don’t know Gary, you need to!! He is 400 to 26.2 on Instagram and has one heck of an inspirational story and is embarking on a new adventure in Colorado!!
Our girl Karin is on Instagram as runner girl_1210 and has become the bestests of buds!! She toughed out 26.2 miles in Chicago with the Hubs when I couldn’t run. She was a trooper to listen to him for 5 hrs straight!!
We then made our way through the vendors, but I have to say that this year was much smaller than in the past. Our only purchase was are shirts from 73 Threads and I must say…they know us. Talking about the captions on our shirts!!! Not to mention we picked up our Gasparilla shirts as well!!
We then ran into Jennifer (jenzenator) and the Race Announcer…Jeremy Pate!! Jennifer is the sweetest and it was great getting to chat with her this afternoon. Jeremy and Rick go back a few years in regards to media and Public Affairs. It’s always comforting to hear his voice on race morning!!
Then is was off to dinner at Chimes near LSU and to ready ourselves for the freezing temps expected for race morning.
Saturday – Quarter Note…6.55 miles
Here we geaux…25 degrees at race start!!
The start was at 8a so we were able to stop for a SHORT cawfee on the way. We were lucky to find 4 packs of hand warmers in the checkout line at WalMart and I planned to keep mine in my gloves, as well as the side pockets of the shorts under my skirt. Yes, I opted for NO PANTS…what was I thinking?? Maybe that I would look cool?? How about COLD!!
We sat in the car for a while until it was time to go meet all the friends!! I did tie a mylar blanket around my waist to keep the legs warm until it was time to run.
Jennifer – Race Stratigist
All the LA Friends!!
One of the first friends we ever met in LA – Erica
It’s always fun to run into Jennifer, one of the race strategist that approached us on course in 2016 and told us that they loved following us…really it was the Hubs, I was in the port-a-potty!! The McDonald’s (Wayne and Dee) are always a welcome sight and this year they brought the whole family out for the 5k. I was excited to see Kansas (kansas2652) as we were walking to the start, we met her at MS Gulf Coast in 2016 and love seeing her!! We finally met Erica’s friend Tre (thang_cay), we had only seen pictures until today!! And our girl Erica (erica.runs31), she was one of the first friends for life that we met in 2016 and we make sure we get a little extra time with her.
And it’s Geaux Time…
In it for the finish!! What is the Hubs doing to my fingers???
And we can’t forget the medal shot!!
We did change into warmer clothes to attend the Finish Festival, but I neglected to take any photos…who am I?? I’m thinking I didn’t want to take my gloves off??!! But we did enjoy a bowl of Uncle Larry’s Gumbo before heading off for Café au Lait and Beignets.
Sunday – Half Marathon…13.1 miles
And 2 degrees warmer at race start today…27 degrees!!
Start was at 7a this morning, so no cawfee on the way, but we did get a cup from Community Coffee though, that’s the table behind us!! The same drill with the hand warmers this morning, gloves and pockets, but I took a $5 WalMart blanket to the start line this morning…however, I did hand it off to someone in the crowd!! We met up with Erica, Karin and Valerie (icecreamrunner) and headed to the start line where we ran into Jennifer!!
Remember Gary (400to26.2) from the expo?? Well he ran up on us at mile 1 and stuck with us until mile 2 when he had to stop for a photo for the costume contest!! Thanks for the action shot Gary!!
I’m not gonna lie, it was cold, I was cold…so this is what we got along the way. We stopped for Mike the Tiger at mile 4, struck a pose at mile 7 and Mimosas at mile 11…but of course!!!
Mike the Tiger Statue at mile 4
And Mimosas at mile 11
And we brought it in for that finish line shot!!
The one of the best things about this Half, we got to run the whole 13.1 miles with Erica!! There were times she would run ahead, but she always came back for us!! We love you Erica!!
Same drill as yesterday, we went and put on warm clothes and headed over to the Finish Festival. Once again, no photos??!! But we did have Gumbo, Jambalaya, Marathon Salad and Vegan Roasted Vegetable Gumbo before heading over near the finish line to watch Karin finish the marathon. On our way we ran into Shay (funrungirl13.1) and her husband Matt, who just finished his 1st Half!! We met Shay in Nashville last year and hope to see her in Chattanooga in March.
And finish she did!!
And that’s a wrap on the Louisiana Marathon 2018!! I’d like to say that we were party animals, but after Karin and her husband left, we ate and were in the bed at 7p!! Until next year…
Let me know…
Do you hangout after a race?? Maybe for a friend to finish or maybe the after party or maybe both?? What’s the coldest temperature that you have run a race? Do you dress for the weather or play it cool??
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