Laissez les bon temps rouler! 13.1

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Louisiana Marathon-Half Marathon to review as a part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Waking up for the The Louisiana Marathon, Day 2,  was a completely different
thing, it was freezing, literally temps were in the 30s and that does not take
into account the wind chill.  Luckily I had bought a pair of thermal arm warmers from the
expo the day before and they perfectly matched by pink sparkle skirt. Anyways,
a local pastor offered a 26 minute mass before the race at a church about a
block away from the start line. I had every Godly intention of making it, but
it just wasn’t in the cards for me. So I said my usual prayer before every run
and was on my way out the door with fellow pro Angie once again.

As expected, this race day had more participants, and the
corrals were packed. It was the same self-seeding corral but you were
instructed to line up according to the marathon maniac pace groups. For some
odd reason I thought I could keep up with the 2:30 pace group…but well you
know, it was cold.

The course starts out on the same course as the 5k/quarter,
except you keep going at the turn around point into a neighborhood. The roads
are asphalt and were cracked, uneven, and even lumpy in some places. Angie made
the observation on her blog that it was due to the tree roots, makes total
sense, I’m just happy I didn’t fall. Unfortunately for me who is used to
running on even sidewalks, or concrete roads, the varying changes of terrain
killed my knees. At about mile 7ish to be exact.

But the course was beautiful enough to make me forget the
pain. Running place Tiger Stadium was cool… but it’s no Cotton Bowl!!!!!  After passing through there you get to
run around the LSU lakes, and yes I was searching for a gator. I am 95%
positive I saw one, but I didn’t take a picture for several reasons.  1. I didn’t want to be wrong and 2. I
doubt they would let a gator of that size live so close to houses.

Speaking of houses, the neighborhood support was fantastic,
running in Dallas all the time I’ve gotten used to our locals coming out and
cheering on runner, this was a whole new level. We had men dressed as ladies
with donuts, bubbles, beer, jello shots, advil, chips, signs, EVERYTHING to
help push us to the next step. I was beyond pumped by the crowds and how
helpful everyone was.

 Because of
their hospitality I took the extra effort of keeping their streets clean by
holding my mimosa cup until the next official water stop.

The course rejoins just past the 5k turn around for a two
mile stretch back on the same road to the start line. It was home sweet home,
and no cookie monster to photobomb me. But there was a lady in front of me who
had her arms spread for the perfect finishers picture, and I didn’t have the
heart to pass her at the last minute and ruin her moment. So I ruined my own
finish line pictures with my awkward slow down but don’t stop run.

This time as the finishers festival they had new vendors
out, and the VIP tent open. Since I’m fancy and had a VIP wristband I got to
experience luxury for a little bit. I didn’t get pictures because I was rungry.
But it included king cake, truffle mac and cheese, chicken skewers, peppered
steak, gumbo, freekah, and veggies with quinoa. For Drinks, bloody mary’s,
beer, and mimosas. The only things you really need post race. There were also
tables and massages but I was too cold to wait in the shade, so I headed back
out.

I walked around and enjoyed the music for a bit, but I was
just overly cold. My hands were swollen, my foot hurt, and my knee was killing
me. 

Oh! I also had a 6.5 hour drive home ahead of me. So I said goodbye to
yummy food and music of Louisiana… totally forgot to buy my commemorative gear,
and a I headed back to the hotel to pack up and leave.

It was a sad moment, but it was a happy and great weekend.
With all of the events going on before and after the race it makes the trip
worth it. I would’ve never imagined that I would have such a great time running
a race in Louisiana… Baton Rouge to be exact, but I did. If the opportunity comes
up in my training schedule, I will happily return again for the quarter and
full.

You can read about the 5k by clicking here.

Interested in the Quarter or the Full? Check out fellow
BibRave Pro Angie reviews by clicking the respective names above.

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