Rock’n’Roll New Orleans

On February 28, 2016 I ran the New Orleans Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. I flew in on Friday and left on Sunday night. There is so much to tell you about this race, location and great general information. Let’s just get this party started!

Flights

I lucked out and found that Frontier Airlines had a killer deal on flights last minute. I was able to fly my boyfriend and I both out to New Orleans for  $240/RT.  Obviously with Frontier they will charge you for everything! $35 for carry on or $30 to check BUT if you are a light packer you can just take on a personal item. Drinks and snacks will cost money as well.

Transportation

No depending on where you are staying and what you plan on doing will determine best mode of transportation. We were staying 10 min from downtown and rented a car. The cost of the car was $60 for 3 days which wasn’t bad and let up explore. If you choose to take a cab, I HIGHLY suggest you have multiple people in your party because it is a flat rate of $36 each way to/from airport to downtown.

If you choose to rent a car there is various parking all around. The meters allow you to park for up to 2 hours either using a credit card or mobile app and must be paid between 6am-7pm. Outside those hours the parking is free. Just make sure to leave your receipt if using the machine in the window where it is visible. On Sundays, the street parking is free which was convenient for the race. The other thing that I highly recommend is if you choose to get a rental car to get the insurance as well since there are a lot of things that could happen and better to be safe than sorry.

Hotel

We chose to stay at a cheap hotel while in New Orleans and chose the Econo Lodge. This hotel was great and there was a ton around too. You have a Walmart, Walgreens, Fast Food and only 10 min from French Quarter. The rooms were basic similar to a motel6 but you did have a microwave, free internet and fridge to use in the room. They also provided a continental breakfast in the lobby.

Expo

One key thing to do if you can before you leave is to print your race confirmation sheet so that you don’t have to worry about filling one out at the expo which I feel takes the most time. This particular expo felt more cramped and small compared to the Phoenix one. As always you have the same vendors as well as few new ones but nothing to really brag about.

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THE RACE

Surprisingly enough, even though the first 6-7 miles was an out and back route it was fairly easy. The start of the race is a cluster F*** there were 26 corrals I believe maybe more but weren’t separated too well and people would just cram in as they feel. Once the race started you are running an out and back route BUT have gorgeous houses to look at as well as Jazz Bands, neighbors cheering you on and tons of people. The biggest thing you have to watch for are the roads which have potholes. Multiple people got injured from this and taken to the hospital for stitches or worse. The weather was perfect! Started off cool but when the sun came out it was GORGEOUS! After doing the out and back portion the remaining felt like a breeze and was a lot of fun! You end in the city park which was huge but awesome! Overall this was a great course to run but I personally would fly in day before and leave after the race.

After the race is over, there are busses provided that will take you back close to the start line but you will have to walk to the start line or your car so make sure you “pin” your location to make it easier.

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Attractions

With having a rental car, you are able to see a lot more that New Orleans has to offer besides French Quarter or Bourbon Street. We went to the Lower 9 Ward to see where Katrina hit. You are able to see the houses that Habitat for Humanity built along with how isolated it is now. The other cool part about seeing this the levee that broke and how its rebuilt now. Still an unreal site to see what happened here. Now to better understand the impact most of the homes in L9W were valued at $50k, so when Katrina happened that is all insurance gave them which made it unreal for people to rebuild their homes there. To get a better picture of how bad it was we drove to Lakeview which was another area hit but homes there are valued at least double what L9W was. Either way it was still a great history lesson up close.

WW2 Museum: This place is a history buff heaven. There is a ton of information and artifacts that people have donated to this museum. The cost for just museum is $24.50 but for Military or Students the price is $14.50. They have a few other attractions as well you can do but cost more money. (you run by this on the race).

Food

Since we had a car we were able to try some awesome food outside of the city. The BEST place we ate at was a place called THE JOINT.  This is some of the best BBQ that is so tender and melts in your mouth! Be prepared to wait in line as this place never has a break.

After the race there is no better place to celebrate or even celebrate along the race than stopping by Cafe Du Monde. This place one takes cash so be prepared. These powder sugar covered beignet are AMAZING!

For some real food we went to American Sports SaloonThis place has indoor and outdoor seating along with a balcony to eat out on with fire pits. Full bar with great drinks and the food is outstanding. Very simple but comfort food. Their Mac’n’Cheese is to DIE for! Absolutely loved it.

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1st Round of MEDALS have ARRIVED

Looked what arrived today in the mail!!!! The first shipment of medals for the Guts & Glory 2014 Virtual Run! I am working on prepping to ship them out this weekend of Monday! Please bare with me. If you were hesitant on registering, well you are in luck there are still 25 spots available. Already as a group with 72 people submitting results we have ran 609 miles as a whole! There is still a week left to submit results.

Thus far our group is up to 125 people from all around the world! See for yourself here where people are running: http://wp.me/P4BzVC-4n

Register now via PayPal http://bit.ly/11ujmCw its only $20 and you get this AWESOME medal!

PS did I mention we have some AMAZING and AWESOME prizes we are raffling away.

For more info visit: https://crushcrohns.wordpress.com/

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National Running Safety Month – FREE RunSafe App

Recently I was contacted by the owners of a new app called RunSafe. You know I’m big on safety so this was a no brainer for me to say yes to. Here’s their message & Thanks RunSafe for extending this offer to all of us!

“In honor of National Running Safety Month and as a fellow runner, I would like to give you the gift of a free lifetime account with RunSafe, a safety app designed specifically for runners. Normally a $50/year value for a premium account, you will receive it for free. Visit the included link to sign up and download RunSafe for free. http://RunSafe.me/crushcrohns

RunSafe is a startup at a ground-floor stage. This is an opportunity to be an early adopter and shape the development of an amazing app designed specifically for runners. Please send suggestions and feedback to us via our Facebook page, twitter, etc.” ~ Violet Alexandre Co-Founder

Feel free to pass along and share! Safety is key!

DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER!!!

We officially have one month left to register for the Guts and Glory 2014 Virtual Run! Proceeds benefit the CCFA – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Cost is only $25 and you get this awesome medal. Just complete a run/walk anywhere in the world for any amount of miles. We are also raffling off some amazing prizes such as bondi band, box sox, Road ID, ghost pepper bowl, bodybuilding.com and sports authority to name a few!

Every participant is registered into the raffle BUT if you share this post and/or a friend registers I will give you more entries. (1 for sharing and 1 per friend that registers) but YOU must be registered to get these additional entries. (https://crushcrohns.wordpress.com/)

Prizes KEEP coming in!!!

A few more prizes have come in for the Guts & Glory Virtual Run!

ROAD ID has donated 3 gift certificates for us to raffle away.  Road ID is a durable, rugged, athletic, fashionable line of identification gear. Currently, we offer 6 different forms of ID: the FIXX ID, the Shoe ID, the Ankle ID, the Wrist ID Sport, the Wrist ID Elite, and the Shoe Pouch ID. They provide various forms of ID to allow a person to decide where they want to wear their vital Identification. We encourage active people who participate in outdoor activities to wear ID and not take the chance of being unidentified in the event of an accident. It is far better to wear ID and never need it than to need ID and not have it.

the Wrist ID Sport

ID should be as common and important as putting on a seat belt when getting into a car, or strapping on a bike helmet to go for a ride. Identification is important for people of all ages. If you are a runner, cyclist, jogger, walker, hiker, climber, skater, skier, boarder, or someone who doesn’t spend all of their time on the couch, then we encourage you to wear ID. Kids need ID too as they rarely have ID when they go out for a bike ride or walk to school.

Here are some stats for you: Each year over 450,000 of us are taken to hospitals unconscious and without ID. Year after year, over 122,000 runners, walkers, and cyclists are hit by cars. Thousands more suffer blackouts, concussions, heart attacks, heat strokes and other serious accidents. The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that “every day, 39,000 children are injured seriously enough to require medical attention.”

“Not having ID while participating in outdoor activities is a serious risk — a risk that we no longer have to take. We shudder to think that we could be lying in a hospital and the medical staff would not know who to contact or even who we are — simply because we did not have ID. In the event of an accident, we want our family to be contacted immediately. We want them to be at our side as quickly as possible. We want to ensure that we receive proper medical treatment. We encourage everyone to wear ID and stop taking chances.” – Edward Wimmer & Mike Wimmer, Owners

Have you registered yet for the Virtual Run? If not, there is still 6 weeks left to register but why wait! Register now by visiting Active.com (http://www.active.com/denver-co/running/distance-running-races/guts-and-glory-virtual-race-2014?int=)

If you have any questions please ask!

Guts & Glory Raffle Prizes!

The raffle prizes just keep rolling in!!!! Here is what we have so far to give away:

– 3 Bondi Band Sweat Bands

Although Bondi Band began with only headbands, it has expanded to a full line of headwear, compression products and accessories in comfortable, colorful options to fit every lifestyle and personality for active women, men and children.

Bondi Band’s philosophy is to make great products at a great price and deliver superior customer service.

Along with offering functional unisex, high quality, American Made products, Bondi Band donates 10% of all profits to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

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3 Pairs of Box Sox

Socks without words are boring and unloved so we unleashed the Sox Box and racked up lotsa neat sayings for our first line! After searching far and wide for the best quality socks, we found our friends and take pride in them being made in the USA. The words and colors of our socks take many forms that, we hope, will bring oodles of joy to your legs and their admirers. For every person there is a sock and for every sock a person… we trust that we may be able to match you with that special pair to fulfill your most rudimentary need.

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Bodybuilding.com gift pack

The World’s #1 Online Bodybuilding Website & Supplement Store! For anyone that is into fitness (lifting weights, running etc), we all know that finding good deal on supplements and information can be challenging.   I will PERSONALLY say that bodybuilding.com has been my #1 resource. I am currently doing a 12 week weight lifting plan, I buy my supplements from here (amazing prices) and I find that the articles are very interesting.  This prize pack will be split into 2 prize packs. Supplement (shaker, protein powder, BCAA and vitamins) and workout stuff (gym bag, bracelet, water and water bottle).

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Bruce G Ghost Pepper Set

Bruce’s Ghost Pepperz offers the highest quality of genuine Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia) seeds and plants, as well as a nice variety of artisanal Ghost Pepper products—including our flavorful HOT blend of Bruce’s Ghost Pepper Sauce. We also have gift packages, perfect for holidays or other special occasions. All our hot and spicy products are from warm South Florida, with the perfect ultra-humid growing conditions for the hottest peppers! And we only grow Ghost Peppers, so we guarantee that our supplies are 100% pure!

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Starbucks Coffee & Green Tea

Who doesn’t love Coffee and/or Tea! 4 Winners will receive either a lb of Starbucks Coffee or tin of their favorite tea. Selection will vary during the time of the season

…….more still to come!

18 Things Nobody Told Me About Running

1. It’s hard…like, really hard. But just like relationships, parenting and figuring out your new iPhone, it gets easier with time. You may even–gasp—start to like it!

2. Clipping your toenails will take precedence over plucking your eyebrows some days.

3. In spite of your childhood hatred of “weird food,” your pantry will be filled with running superfoods you’re not really sure how to pronounce, like quinoa, chia, spirulina and acai.

4. At some point, you will see other runners peeing in public. You will wrinkle your nose at them: EWWW, GROSS!

5. At some point, you, too, will pee in public. You will never judge again.

6. Ditto for snot rockets.

7. When you first start, four miles seems like a lot. One day, you’ll catch yourself telling someone “I only ran four miles today.” Try not to smile smugly when that happens.

8. You’ll wince at a pair of high heels with a $100 price tag, but declare it a bargain if that same tag is on your favorite running shoes.

9. Your laundry basket will smell like a boys’ locker room. You won’t really notice (or care).

10. You’ll geek out at the opportunity to run in the rain, because it’s just that awesome.

11. There will be stretches of days when you don’t feel like running at all. It’s perfectly normal, it’s not a failure, and a few days off does a body good.

12. Like Christmas, you will be wide awake at 2 a.m. on race morning, giggling. Also like Christmas, you will not be allowed to wake anyone in the house up until 5 a.m.

13. Without any prompting on your part, family members, friends and coworkers will take up running, too. They’ll ask all the same questions you had when you started—and this time, you’ll be the one with the answers.

14. The first thing you’ll do when you book a vacation or work travel is look for races and/or cool running routes in the area.

15. “Runger” is real, and it is marvelous. Only pregnant women and runners can truly understand strange cravings at strange times.

16. While running with your friends, you will talk about food, children, current events—everything but running. During cocktail hour with that same group, when you’re showered and wearing “real-world” clothes, all you will talk about, ever, is running.

17. The friends you make through running will become like family.

18. Anyone can do it. (Yes, you!) 

The full article can be found HERE