This was the weekend of my big 5k I’ve been waiting for, RUN FORREST RUN!
With all the great times I’ve been producing of the course of the last 3 weeks I’ve been stoked to see how this race would play out for me. In addition to all that, things at the Pounds to Miles house has been pretty stressful this year so at THE very last-minute Friday (5 p.m.) we found a hotel in New Orleans and threw our bags together for a quiet, fun-filled weekend in The Big Easy! We needed the time-out so I was not opposed to this at all.
Off to New Orelans we went, about a 2 hour drive for us. With a quick check-in and shower we were out the door again, only this time headed to our favorite little place, Pat O’Briens! We love this place! That was the jest of our evening. We wanted to get a night in at Pat O’s since I had my race Sunday morning. Nothing to wild or crazy, just a great night filled with really good music.
Saturday was just as much fun. Started our morning off with the standard stop, Cafe Du Monde!
Don’t worry I didn’t eat ALL these!
After walking around the French Quarter and meandering in and out of shops we headed over to River Walk for a little inside shopping. While the hubby did his thing I had an hour-long massage that was much-needed. I swear that woman was trying to push the demons out of me!! Seriously, she said “Sweety, you muscles is sooooo tired.” I thought, imagine how I feel carrying them around. I thought it was just my lower back hurting. The second she started working on my back, I had no clue how tight I had let it get and how agonzing painfully it was for her to work it all out. That woman’s hands were magic!
Next, this place we saw on Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives……….Mahonys. Such great food. Well worth the trip down to Magazine Street. If you’re not from this area, the French Quarters is a great place to tour but for a little less bar-ish atmosphere get a cab and hail your way over to Magazine Street. It’s about $10 in cab fare and well worth it. If Mahonys had been slammed finding more great places to eat wouldn’t have been a problem.
After eating we made our way next door to Varisty Sports, which is a local running store, boutique style with some great service and great prices. I’m a fan of the place!
With all the mornings activities we made our way back to the hotel for some siesta. That’s when it hit me……..I wasn’t feeling too good. Kind of queasy and tired. I was hoping it was nothing but without me even saying anything the hubby looked at me at one point and said, “You don’t look so good.” I didn’t feel so good either.
After a couple of hours of lying around and just relaxing we made our way back out for a small bite to eat. Of course we had to go eat at Bubba Gumps restaurant just in spirit of Sunday’s race. Since I was still a little sickly feeling I mainly ate just rice. Wish I had felt better to enjoy it more but at least the rice was good! Back to the hotel EARLY for some rest, hoping to settle whatever was going on with me.
Now we have arrived at race day. I woke up knowing immediately, this is not going to be good. I had no energy and I was zonked. But I got dressed and made my way to registration to pick up my packet. Of course I pre-registered to make that morning a little easier and to hold me accountable, as much as possible. So I did my best to rally my body to some type of running mentality but it was not looking good. I ran, I stretched, I prayed but I knew whatever had gotten to me Saturday was still affecting me. So with a ready, set, go I was off to run a 5k. Not race, but run. I did my best to feel positive but I had no energy or stamina. I was there for the T-shirt and workout.
I had a horrible run. nobody fault, not even mine. Whatever I picked up has remained with me up until me writing this! Not fun times. No energy and now an upset stomach. The 5k itself was great. It wasn’t chipped timed but not every 5k can be I guess. With that many people I sure wish it was. The one thing about the area we ran in, at least people supported the runners. Had great scenery and post race food looked good but wasn’t for me.
All in all, it was great weekend and the 5k itself was good, just not my day.
Better luck next time