Monday, September 30, 2013

Tipitina's Rhythm & Blues 5K: The 2013 Recap

I find that motivation is lacking when I decide to participate in evening races, especially during the summer months when there is lingering heat from the day. Morning races avoid the temptation of forgoing the start line for dinner or otherwise more appealing nighttime social activities. However, next year when the New Orleans Track Club’s Tipitina’s Rhythm and Blues 5K rolls around, I won’t have any issue getting excited about taking part.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

October 2013 Preview

I've literally talked about the cooler weather that October brings non-stop since mid-August. We've had a couple tastes of 70 degree temperatures, and I figure if I keep talking about them that I'll wish more similar days into existence. Let's all do a "cool weather dance" to see if we can convince mother nature to be more benevolent.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

TUNESday: "Wake Me Up" by Avicii

This week's TUNESday selection is actually a request, which I love. A coworker who has an eclectic taste in music much like mine thought this would be a good song for running, so she emailed me the link last week with the suggestion.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Falling In To Fall

You didn't need to step outside or watch the evening news to find out what the weather was like in the Crescent City over the weekend. After a night of torrential downpours followed by miserable wetness for the first half of the weekend, fall arrived on Sunday with cooler and dryer temperatures. It was a change that people welcomed repeatedly on social media with post after post about the break from heat and humidity.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Perfect Fit

Shoe shopping is a right of passage for anyone who's decided to take up the sport of running. I couldn't count the number of times I've been asked what shoes I wear to run, or where I go to buy them. The answer isn't cookie cutter easy, but getting the answer that is best for you is pretty simple.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

TUNESday: "This is What it Feels Like" by Armin van Buuren

Sometimes I don't even know where my inspiration for a TUNESday selection comes from. Today as I began writing this post, I remembered that I tagged a song over the weekend on the Shazam app. I initially couldn't remember where I was when I tagged the song, and I couldn't hum the chorus to save my life. I just knew there was a musical surprise waiting for me on my phone.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ochsner Twilight Run 5K: The 2013 Recap

Race schedules never shake out quite like I plan. I have a personal running calendar for the fall and winter, and didn't have anything on the agenda until later in September. That changed last week when a coworker and friend conspired against me. They decided to run the Ochsner Twilight Run 5K on Friday night at Elmwood Fitness Center in Harahan. Not wanting to miss out, I decided to join them.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Disneyland Half Wrap Up

At long last, my blogging from the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon has come to a close. It was a whirlwind weekend with great friends and lots of fun.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The runDisney(land) Diet

A major concern  leading up to the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend was how I would properly fuel before, during and after the races that made up the Dumbo Double Dare challenge. Each hotel at the Florida resort has multiple food service areas, plus there is a plethora of restaurants in each of the parks. Getting nutrition with a variety of offerings is easy in Florida, and the selections have gotten exponentially better year after year.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Disneyland Half Marathon: The 2013 Recap

The Disneyland Half Marathon weekend culminated on Sunday morning with a 13.1 mile run through the theme parks and on the streets of Anaheim. Being on my feet non-stop for the two days prior left me pretty blistered and tired, but I woke up easily to get the half completed.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

TUNESday: "MANiCURE" by Lady Gaga

This week marks the third album release from Lady Gaga. Before you say anything about how you feel about her music or her antics (both seem to be equally polarizing), you may want to check out the ARTPOP album.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saints Back to Football 5K: The 2013 Recap

While I was on my west coast adventure running the Disneyland Half Marathon and 10K over the Labor Day weekend, there was an exciting event happening back home in New Orleans. The New Orleans Saints Back to Football 5K took over downtown NOLA with more than 5,000 runners celebrating the kickoff of the 2014 NFL season.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Disneyland 10K: The 2013 Recap

It's been a week since I started my Disneyland Half Marathon weekend adventure, and I've been blowing through blogs and recaps like a mad man trying to get everything on paper while it's still fresh. Now that I'm to the point of an actual race recap, I have no concern about being able to pen something that can show you what an awesome time I had in Anaheim.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Disneyland Half Expo: The 2013 Recap

A runDisney race weekend is always non-stop with activity. I'm used to what goes down on the east coast, but Disneyland was a whole new animal for me. Getting ready to run the first event of the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon weekend threw some curveballs my way, but dealing with them was something that I took in stride.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

TOP 10: The 2013 Disneyland Half Meetup

It's no secret that I'm a HUGE fan of all things runDisney. I've run four consecutive Goofy Challenges during Walt Disney World's Marathon Weekend, I'm signed up for the 2014 Dopey Challenge, and just returned from a trip to Anaheim for my first West Coast runDisney race at the Disneyland Half Marathon. Being the fan that I am, I was beyond excited to be selected to be among the lucky few to participate in the Disneyland Half Marathon meetup on the Friday morning before racing began.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

TUNESday: "SummerMash '13" by DJ Earworm

Even though the thermostat may say otherwise, Labor Day announces the end of Summer. I know you're still basking in afterglow from the three day weekend, but soon enough you'll have to accept the inability to get away with wearing white.