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Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Recap: Expo


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On Saturday, after we finished up at the Feed the Children event, we loaded up with the other Rock ‘n’ Bloggers and headed over to the race expo, which is always lots of fun. We had been up since really early that morning but still wanted to make time to take a few pictures and see what the various vendors had to offer. I always enjoy the feeling of excitement that you can sense when you’re there the night before a big race. We also saw several familiar faces from back home while we were there!

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With my race bib and ready to run 26.2!

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Jason with his race bib at the expo.

After picking up our numbers and making a few rounds through the expo, we decided that even though it was a little early for dinner, we were ready to go eat and get back to our hotel. It’s always our tradition to eat at Dragos the night before the race, so of course, that’s where we went. (Their charbroiled oysters and seafood pasta are great!!!)

We headed back to our hotel – this time in a cab –  to rest up and prepare for the next day. I was in my pj’s by 6:30, which was absolutely the best feeling in the world! After we laid our gear and fuel out for the next morning, we settled in for one last inspiring movie before the race – Spirit of the Marathon. If you haven’t watched this movie before, you’re really missing out on some big time inspiration!! Oh, and if you can get through this movie without a lump in your throat or a couple of tears shed, well…then you’re a lot tougher than me, lol! 🙂

Here’s a sneak peak: 

It’s definitely a marathon eve movie! (By the way, Spirit of the Marathon 2 is also available now and it’s great too!) When the movie was over, we were ready to head off to sleep with dreams of PR’s dancing in our heads…and also a very early wake up call at 4:45am.

My marathon day recap is coming up in my next post and I can’t wait to tell you about it!! (Hint: I’ve been working really hard to redeem my horrible marathon finish time from last year. I made a lot of changes and they weren’t all easy ones – but, in the end, they were worth it! 😉 )

Do you have a pre-race night tradition (like watching a certain movie or eating at a particular restaurant) like we do? Share it with me!

If you’re thinking about signing up for one (or more!) of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon races, use SLOWISTHENEWFAST for $15 off ANY Rock ‘n’ Roll half or full marathon of 2015! (This includes Canadian races but doesn’t include Mexico events, 1-miles, 5k, 10k, Kids Rock, 2-Person Relay, or TourPass.) ‪#‎RocknBlog‬

Which races will you be signing up for?

 

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon New Orleans Recap Day 1: #RnRTWEETUP and Feed the Children


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Last weekend was absolutely amazing and I’ve been looking forward to sharing everything with y’all! Besides getting away for the weekend to run Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon on Sunday, the day before was equally exciting and fun!

On Saturday morning, we woke up super early and drove down to New Orleans so we could meet up with fellow bloggers for the #RnRTWEETUP at Cafe Du Monde. Thanks Dan (awesome PR guy) for braving the crowds and reserving tables for us!)

 

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Group selfie time!

 

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Partial shot of our team. (My husband was actually somewhere behind Dan’s head, lol.)

 

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More of our awesome group!

 

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We enjoyed chatting with Heather and her husband, Bobby, about kids, Disney World and running. (Be sure and check out her site: Through Heather’s Looking Glass.

 

We had so much fun getting to know everyone! There was lots of chatting, tweeting and of course, eating beignets and drinking coffee! While we were there, Angela from Race Addict  (and fellow Mississippi girl) stopped by to say hello. It was so nice getting to finally meet her in person!

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When everyone had had their fill of delicious beignets, we headed outside and took some group pictures of our team.

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10393657_781716968568608_4928724317734612796_nAfter our pictures, it was time to divide up and head over to the Feed the Children event. I didn’t really know what to expect but was really excited to go help out. When we got there, there were people already waiting in line outside. We headed inside and they sent us out back to a fenced in area where we received our volunteer shirts. We also had a quick little meeting and they explained what we needed to do.

 

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Saints punter, Thomas Morstead was there to help out too!

Saints punter, Thomas Morstead was there to help out too!

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Every single one of these boxes was given to families in need on Saturday. Amazing day!

 

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As families came in, they were able to get free hair cuts, lunch, frozen yogurt and boxes that had food, toiletry items, bags of fruit from Whole Foods and milk. There was also a medical team there so they could have health screenings done if they wanted to. 

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Helping out at the milk table.

 

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Goofing off before it started.

 

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I’m so thankful that we were able to help out with such a great cause! To see so many grateful, precious, smiling faces truly made me realize how important it is that we give back to those that are in need. I think that Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon giving back in this way is an awesome thing. And for those of you that joined Team Feed the Children, donated food, or sponsored a child – Thank YOU for making a difference in a child’s life!!

To find out how you can donate food, money or your time, you can go to http://www.feedthechildren.org/. You can also find them on their Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

More on the Expo and my 4th marathon in the next post!

 

 

 

Picture credits: Jason Mooney, Larisa Dixon, and Competitor Group

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