Thursday, March 15, 2012

Race Report: Mardi Gras Half Marathon

The first weekend in March, I headed with running pal Liz to New Orleans to run in the Mardi Gras Half Marathon.

We stayed with two other gals in the city so it quickly became a fun girls' weekend.  On Saturday, once we arrived in town we hit up a drive-thru daiquiri shop.  (So fun!)  Then we headed to the expo.  It was your pretty typical expo... we kind of just breezed in and out.  We ended up grabbing some groceries to cook dinner and have a quiet, early night in.

On Sunday, we headed downtown for the race.  I was excited to see Erin again for the first time since she moved from Nashville to Baton Rouge, and I also got to meet up with Melissa who was also in from Nashville to run the half.  She and I were able to run the first couple of miles together.

So here's the thing... I didn't really train for this race.  Like, at all.  I had high hopes at one time of being in really good shape, but I just haven't had my running mojo this year.  I suppose being able to just go out and run a half means I'm in decent shape, but it certainly wasn't a "race" for me.  I took it slow and just enjoyed the scenery.  Running down St. Charles and later through the French Market was really pretty.

I finished around 2:30 (like I said, I was running slow and for fun), and then I hung out with Erin and Melissa for a while until it was time to go start watching for Liz and Jess to finish the full.

We spent the afternoon in a beer garden enjoying some food and drinks before heading home for another quiet evening.  We were all exhausted and sunburned.

On Monday, we had breakfast and then spent the day on Bourbon Street.

It didn't take me long to find this awesome feather boa that I HAD to have.  I wore it around for the entire day.

We ended up in the Cat's Meow and spent a few hours doing karaoke.  I had never really been one for karaoke, but we had a total blast.

We headed back home on Tuesday.  It had been a fun weekend, but it's always good to come back home to Nashville.

What's next in terms of a race?  I honestly have no idea.

I'm starting a new job next week after two months of being unemployed (two months that have been amazing), so I'm waiting to plan out the rest of my races once I see how my training will fit in with the rest of my life.  I'm thinking this fall I may try to reach my goal of sub-1:50 in the half, but we'll see.  For right now, I'm not really thinking too much about full marathons. I'm sure I may fit one in sometime this fall, but it'll likely be for fun.

I guess we'll see!

Next trip?  I have a few ideas for some weekend trips that may or may not happen, but I just bought a plane ticket to Toronto to go to a friend's wedding in June.  It'll be here before I know it!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mumford and Sons Concert in Nashville 3.8.12

Last week, Mumford and Sons played three nights at the Ryman Auditorium here in Nashville. I had managed to grab two tickets to the last show on Thursday night for the Boy's birthday.  We were both pretty ecstatic I got them, especially when we heard how many people were said that they sold out so fast.

It turns out, the band was only playing Nashville and NYC on the US part of their tour.  We were definitely pretty lucky.

So on a stormy Thursday evening, we made our way downtown and braved the rain, traffic, and Preds fans to grab some food at Broadway Brewhouse (and watch the start of the Preds game).  Then we made our way over to the Ryman in time to see Dawes open.

There is not a bad seat in the Ryman, and I liked our seats in the balcony.  We danced.  We sang along. And we agreed it was one of the best concerts that we had each ever seen.

They did a song or two unplugged... totally awesome.

We all got pretty excited when the twinkle lights came on for "Little Lion Man."

They did about five new songs throughout the evening and promised a new album will be coming out soon.  We also got a really long encore, so we saw them play for a little over 2 hours.

We definitely had a blast!  It's always fun for me to find the perfect gift for someone, and it was even more fun that we got to enjoy the evening together.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

20th Half Marathon

So unless I'm counting wrong (which is possible since I've never really been a numbers girl (which is off considering I like to run and running is all about numbers like mileage and paces and PRs, etc.) and I'm feeling too lazy to go back and count again to be sure)... I will be running my 20th half marathon in New Orleans on SUNDAY.

I feel like 20 is a good flat number, and it seems fitting that I am traveling to run a fun race in a fun city.  A city I have never visited, no less, but that has been on my list to visit.

I had actually signed up for the full back in October, but I realized a while back that it just wasn't a good time for me to train for another full.  It's turned out, I haven't really trained well for a half either.

This will not be a PR attempt.  In fact, I am not making ANY kind of time goal.  I just want to have fun and take pictures and enjoy the scenery of a new city and then enjoy the rest of the trip sightseeing with the girls.

I can't wait.  It looks like we'll have good weather, so I'm packing all sorts of spring clothes for both the race and to wear around town.

I'll catch ya on the flip side!