Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Rock n Roll Half Marathon New Orleans Recap
February 25th, 2013 marks a very special day for me. One year ago to date, on February 25, 2012, I Megan Wood, ran my very first 5K at Disney. After completing this fun run, I had illusions that maybe one day, I could run a half marathon. Fast forward one year later.....
On February 24th 2013, I completed my fourth half marathon. My 4th!!!! My goal was to run one half marathon before the one year date - somewhere down the line, I officially got bit by the running bug.
Now that my self gloating is aside (I think I deserved that 5 seconds!), I want to recap my 4th half marathon, the Rock n Roll NOLA. Let's rewind to Wednesday the 20th when we arrived to NOLA. We were so excited to be in the city and I couldn't wait to get my hands on that glorious medal. Thursday came around, then Friday. Saturday happened and I really had doubts about arriving to the start line. We were in bed by 11pm on a Saturday night with Bourbon St. at my feet. Who is this person I have become? I am not sure yet myself but I am impressed with her.
On Sunday, with a week long of really rich foods and booze in my belly, I arrived at the Rock n Roll New Orleans Half and Full Marathon. We were in corral 16 but arrived after the first gun so we didn't get into corral on time. We jumped into 13 and off we went.....
When I say mile 1-5 came and went, I am not joking. Mile 1, I remember other runners shot gunning beers. It was 7:30am!! Mile 2 was an awesome moment - Mo Farrah passed us (he would have been at mile 7 at that time). I can officially state that I raced with Mo! All of mile 2-8 were surrounded by the beautiful Garden District of New Orleans and I was in awe.
Rock n Roll Marathon Series. They are very well organized events with people who care about their runners. They put on great entertainment during the race for spectators and runners plus their post race activities are the best I have seen. NOLA was no exception to this. I loved the brass bands on and off course. Hearing them along with the sights truly put a sparkle in your eye.
Rock n Roll Marathon series. Nola was my second RNR race in a two week period. Ironically, one of my best friends just moved to DC....and I see that Rock n Roll DC Marathon and Half Marathon has less than 1,000 spots left in their race which is only 4 weeks away. hmmm....maybe!?