Happy Halloween! I hope everyone is having a good day. it’s beautiful here in South Louisiana. I slept so awful last night after the race. I was so achy and restless, and my knee was killing me, and today I have been hobbling around and icing my leg.
So yesterday was the Jazz half marathon. I didn’t take many pictures because I didn’t have my little point and shoot for the race, but I have a couple friends who took pictures so I am waiting to get some from them. So, I thought I would break this into two parts and do everything leading up to the race morning in this post and then do another post of the actual race next time, or when I get pictures.
Friday, October 29, I waited at my parent’s for Bobby to drive in from work, I hadn’t seen him since Sunday so I was excited and also anxious to get downtown. We loaded up the car and were off by 6:00. We drove across Lake Ponchatrain (my parents house is only about 45 minutes from downtown New Orleans) and we got to see a beautiful sunset!
I spy the city!
I think it’s funny how it kind of looks like a UFO in this next picture.
This weekend is also Voodoo fest in the french quarter so it was pretty crowded and a little nuts with people in weird costumes.
We got to the hotel, and our race packets were supposed to be there. As some of you know, there was a little mix up with getting our packets to the hotel and I ended up getting chewed out by the race director, and then he told me he would get us our packets to the hotel (this was TUESDAY night I talked to him) I had a bad feeling they wouldn’t be there, and they weren’t. Bobby had to call him (he had already called him back for me WEDNESDAY to remind him) and he said “oh ya, I will get them to you sometime tonight.” Huh? Sometime tonight? it was already after 7 and I wasn’t planning on staying up late! I was so frustrated that it didn’t process when the check in lady told us we would be staying in a king suite. What? I had booked a regular king room, but apparently they put us in a king suite. Cool!
We were so hungry, so our plan was to walk across the street to the Riverwalk and get something from the food court.
We walk in…and there is no one there and all the restaurants are closing up. huh? It’s 7:25 on a Friday night and they close the mall and food court at SEVEN! Very, very odd if you ask me. We were starving and so we randomly started walking down the streets looking for somewhere to eat. We stumbled across this little place, I was definitely in the mood for pizza!
Pie, how cute!
We were boring and got a large pepperoni and waters. It was SO GOOD!
Look at the cute napkins!
We left full and happy and went back to the room. It was almost 9, and still no packet. I left my cell number with the lady at the desk and asked if she would call me when they came. We went upstairs and got our things ready for tomorrow and hung out for a few minutes. Around 9:15, they finally called and had our packets. Praise the Lord! I was starting to get worried they wouldn’t come.
We went through everything and put our numbers on our shirts and our timing chips on our shoes. One things I was most excited about, gender specific race shirts!
I ordered a small and it fit perfectly!
My stuff ready to go!
We went to sleep about 9:45 with a 5:20 alarm set for the 7:00 am race!
I will post the rest in another post when I hopefully have more pictures to post!
So glad everything arrived in time. I would have been a nervous wreck. I hate when races don’t have packet pick up on race morning 🙁
I was so nervous I didn’t even care that the lady said we were staying in a suite haha!
Wish we would have gotten into NOLA sooner! We could have hung out that night! :0) That pizza looks amazing!!! I loved the gender specific shirts, too! That was really nice! :0) I’ll get you your pictures…lol
oh no rush, I just started to write and realized it would be better with pics instead of just a ton of writing haha!
christina cadden says
I can’t believe the race director chewed you out. I would be so mad.
I started crying, he really upset me!
Sorry we couldn’t get there sooner! I didn’t get out of school till a certain time. That pizza does look really good. I might have to try it whenever I go back in Feb.
it was really good and not too expensive! let me know when you post race pictures on your blog!
Thank goodness all of your race packets arrived in time! Racing is nerve-wracking enough. No need for extra worry! I’m anxious to read about the big day.
I know! and the fact that I contacted him TUESDAY and he still hadn’t done anything stressed me out!