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Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans

Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans

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Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans’ weekend began with reuniting with several lifelong friends as we celebrated the life of a classmate. It was a bittersweet time. The funeral was nice and then we all met for lunch which was great. It was nice to reconnect and reminisce. I feel blessed to have so many lifelong friends and for us to come together to remember our dear friend.

I met Lisa in North Dallas and we ventured off in a Chrysler 200 rental car. The rental car was a great idea for $54 we were able to put wear and tear on someone else’s car. About midnight, we decided to rent a room to rest and finish the drive tomorrow. Seems like an easy task… Right? I called the reservation number for Days Inn, but when we got to the hotel they didn’t have our reservation and the front desk clerk wasn’t willing to go out of her way to book a room for us. So, we decide to go to the next town. When we arrive, same thing; no reservation from the reservation number. This front desk clerk was very helpful, but the area looked shady and we decide to go on. We go across the street to Red Roof Inn and the shady action in the front office set us on our way one more time. Finally, after seven tries, we find a hotel that was ok to sleep for a few hours. On Saturday morning, we complete the drive to New Orleans and eat at Deanie’s which was fabulous. I had the best BBQ shrimp. It was a gorgeous day with sunshine and perfect temperatures as we walk to the NOLA convention center for packet pick-up and expo. We check into the hotel and spend more time in NOLA eating, drinking, and people watching. We are at Masapero’s. We had the best waitress and great shrimp and catfish. Lisa has red beans with rice and jambalaya. We closed the evening with a stop at Cafe Du Monde for beignets.

Sunday morning, we parked the car near the finish line and ride the shuttle to the start line. Rock ‘n’ Roll series are always overpopulated and it was NOLA where everyone wants to hang out. I know there were at least 22 corrals. Lisa was in 6 and I was in 13. There was a light drizzle as we waited and prepared for the race with a last minute stop at the porta potty… One the not so glamorous parts of the race. 22 minutes passed before corral 13 crossed the start line and since corral 1 crossed the start line.

I had decided to dedicate this race to my friend who had passed away. Before I crossed the start line, emotions flooded me and tears began to flow. 13.1 miles in 2 hours 30 minutes were spent praying for Jason, his family, and my classmates. I was able to reminisce and strategize ideas to help the family and my classmates. My heart still aches to think of life without him and for his family. I will never understand these types of situations in life.

At mile 10 of Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans, I felt great and felt I could PR. There was a consistent light drizzle throughout the race. I didn’t PR and was frustrated with myself when I finished with the same time as the precious races when it was a flat course. Lisa PR’d with 2:09.

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After the race, we showered and rested before returning to NOLA for more food and drink. We ate at New Orleans hamburger and seafood and then Jester’s for the best drink. We were able to watch the Super Bowl at Jester’s. While at Jester’s, we met Christy, Kailey, and Mickey with Race Addicts. Race Addicts  is an app for organizing your races.
I use the app and follow them on Facebook.

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I was excited to met them and they featured me on their page. We hung out with them the remainder of the evening. They were tons of fun and the highlight of the trip. I will meet up with them again in October in Key West in October for the SOMO half.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans was race 5 of 40 in 2014 to celebrate my 40th birthday.

We returned home on Monday for me to leave on Tuesday for Austin to attend a technology conference for teachers.

 

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40 Days of Giving

40 Days of Giving

 

 2014 is my 40th celebration of life and I am living it up 40 style.  It started with reading the “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren for forty days followed by 40 days of  Giving and  a plan of 40 Half Marathons throughout the year.  I will finish “Purpose Driven Life” on February 9 and will begin the 40 Days of Giving on February 10 to March 21.  I am excited about the 40 Days of Giving because it will be during Valentine’s Day and my birthday month which is my favorite time of the year.

I am choosing 40 people who make an impact in my daily life and carefully creating small, special gifts to bless each person with during the 40 days of giving. It is going to be difficult to narrow it down to 40 because I love to give. Ideas of people to include in the 40 people are family, friends, my son’s teachers, mail carrier, service providers, fireman, policemen, pastor, and/ or strangers as a pay it forward gesture of kindness.   I am searching Pinterest for unique, affordable gift ideas, gift cards, unique gifts while out shopping.  I also have a Google form of favorite things that will help me with favorite colors, snacks, and such.

I am excited to give 40 gifts to 40 people in 40 days.  I know it is going to take planning and work to put it all together, but I know it will be worth it.  My love language  (http://www.5lovelanguages.com/) is gifts and I know not all people love gifts the way I do, but I will enjoy giving. I will update you on the 40 Days of Giving when it takes place.

Today, I challenge you to take a day during February 10 to March 21 to give a gift to someone who impacts your daily life and share with me.

40 Days of Giving