After being bummed about the cancellation of the St. Jude Marathon Weekend, I FINALLY got the official email with my transfer/registration code for the...
I will be running the Half!
I am so excited! My husband & I love NOLA...the food...the atmosphere...the architecture...
Yes, this is definitely an added expense that we weren't expecting, but when the opportunity came up to transfer my St. Jude registration & seeing how heartbroken I was with the cancellation of the race, my husband didn't hesitate...he said, "Let's do it!" (meaning..."Let's go...you run the race, I'll drink beer & cheer you on!") I'm sure when he realized that the race is being held Super Bowl weekend in WHO DAT Nation, that was just a bonus to him...one huge party in the French Quarter! Now, if only the Saints can win the play-offs! Geaux Saints! I don't mind...it's an excuse to eat some awesome cajun food while there.
One of our favorite places to eat...The Gumbo Shop
located on Saint Peter Street
Another favorite...Mulate's (best bread pudding)
near the Riverwalk Mall
Luckily, I found a hotel, the Andrew Jackson Hotel, in the French Quarter for $159 a night (not as bad as I thought it was going to be). I've never stayed at this hotel, but it looked very quaint. When the receptionist asked me what I was looking for, I told her "Honestly, I'm looking for a place to lay my head & a tub to soak in after the race!"
I know I've walked past this place many times strolling up & down Royal Street.
Since the cancellation of the St. Jude, I've continued to train in the hopes of getting in to this race...a little over a month to go...February 2, 2014 to be exact. Then I will "earn" my beads & all I'll have to show for them is hard work, determination, & sweat!
So, with all that being said...the only thing left to say is...