Well, the half-marathon didn't get off to the best start. The hotel "forgot" about my breakfast, and the walk to the start was longer than I thought it would be, and it was colder than I wanted it to be at first. So I was pretty grouchy at about 7:45 yesterday morning. But things got better--they could only go up from there!--and the race turned out to be really, really fun. It was scenic and went through a lot of different neighborhoods in New Orleans, ending up in City Park, which is just lovely. The weather turned out to be awesome--sunny but cool, with a nice breeze--what they call a "no excuses day."
New Orleans was also great for a weekend away--what a fun city! I ate lots of seafood and loved taking in all the charms of the city. It seemed like a world so far away from Washington, D.C. (which was exactly what I needed).
I would definitely run this one again. And check out these awesome medals. I think the beads are super cool. Perfect for a Mardi Gras race.