5 things I am looking forward to in New Orleans

TGIF friends!  Tomorrow morning bright and early I am headed to New Orleans!   This is my second trip to the Big Easy and I am super excited!  I will share my top 5 things I am looking forward to in  New Orleans.

It is a new race and a new state!!!  Make this state #8!  I am running the Best Damn Race- New Orleans!  This is their first time in this city so I am excited to run in the inaugural race!

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Running with friends!!  I am so looking forward to seeing and running with my Mississippi girl, Tricia!  If you remember correctly, she and I paced/pushed ourselves to half marathon PR’s this past December in Panama City.  Can we hold the pace?  If you believe that long SLOW runs build stronger runners, then call me Hercules!  I am ready!  So I will throw it out there,  Goal A- to finish in 2:12,  Goal B- to finish under 2:20, Goal C- to finish under 2:30.  I will admit it has been a tough tummy week and my ultimate goal is to stay out of the porta potty and to have a fun time!

Explore new restaurants!   I love the cajun food scene.  Beignets, red beans and rice, jambalaya, bread pudding, shrimp and grits and anything with a bourbon sauce!  The city is rich with history and it shows in their food.

New Orleans jazz!  I love a great jazz band.  A fun club, a glass of wine, some cool swingy jazz- awwwww.  I can sit for hours and listen and people watch.  The hubby and I found a fun jazz club on Bourbon Street last year and I am looking forward to checking it out again.

Crescent City Cooks!  I just happened to stumble across this fun cooking school on my last visit and plan to sit in on a demonstration class Monday morning.  It is like sitting and watching a Food Network cooking show live.  The chef prepares 2 main dishes plus 1 dessert.  You receive a copy of the recipes and get to eat all the food!  It is a fun way to learn more about the culinary history, have a great lunch and learn a few new tricks!

I gotta run, I need to finish packing!  If you have a favorite restaurant or happy hour spot please share I would hate to miss a hidden gem!  

I am linking up withFairyTales & Fitness and Running on Happy for the Friday Five- show some love!

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  1. you have been having so many fun race cations and blogger meet ups lately! Hope you both have a fabulous time this weekend. I have never been to New Orleans
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  2. Kimberly G says:

    I hope you have a great time in New Orleans. That’s once city I can wait to visit and race in!
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  3. We did a food tour yesterday; it was great! I’m not sure I’m going to fit back into my jeans to get home.

    That cooking class sounds like fun . . . we might have to join you. 🙂
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  4. So much to look forward to. I hope you have a great time!
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  5. Have a great time in New Orleans!! I loved my recent trip…how can you not love it there! I hope you have a great race!
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  6. I love New Orleans. There are so many great restaurants to go to. Make sure you go to cafe de monte for beignets for breakfast….delicious!
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  7. Marcia says:

    Look at you knocking off all those Southern states! You have 3 that I don’t. Have a freaking blast in NOLA. That is one place I need to revisit.
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  8. Darlene says:

    Can’t wait to hear the recap. You will have a great time. Sorry to miss seeing you and Tricia. I’m sending a virtual hug.

    There’s Vegas.!!!

  9. I’ll be going to New Orleans for the first time in October. I can’t wait!
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  10. Jen says:

    Fun! Hope you have a great time!!
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  11. I’ve never been to NOLA ;-( We did make it to Mardi Gras *years ago) in Mobile…does that count? Have fun…I look forward to seeing all the pics!
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  12. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    I LOVE New Orleans!! You are going to have a blast 🙂 Make sure to enjoy all of the delicious food there!!

  13. Have fun and I bet you’ll hit your A goal. Give Tricia a big ‘ole hug from me!
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  14. Rachel says:

    Have so much fun! I’ve never been to NOLA but you make the food sound amazing. I hope you and Tricia kick asphalt!!
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  15. Sounds like fun! I love New Orleans. Enjoy your race too.
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  16. Sharon says:

    So many great things to look forward too! Have fun!! I hope to go to New Orleans at some point!
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  17. Teresa says:

    I will admit, I used to go to NOLA every chance I could get when in college and post college. Guess I’ve been so much now that it doesn’t have the same appeal. But yes, it is a fun and fabulous place to explore! I do like your wine/jazz/people watching idea sounds wonderful though! Have fun, relax and then you and Tricia get to work on that Plan A …ya’ll can do it!
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  18. Hope you’ve had a great trip to New Orleans! I hope the race went well, and the logistics for an inaugural race went as smoothly as they could. Can’t wait to read the recap!
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  19. It was so much fun spending time with you this weekend! That humidity sucked but having you there make it so much better!
    I hope I don’t have to wait until November to see you again! I’ll see what I can do about that! 🙂
    Safe travels back home!
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    • MB says:

      Yes, running together made the whole event! sweat and all! Friends that sweat together stick together! LOL! Yes, I hope to see you again soon, we all had a great time!

  20. I notice SC is not yet marked off – Kiawah half one year?
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  21. Chau says:

    The most wonderful place on Earth! I don’t think there is any way to not fall in love with New Orleans. Great article! Hope you have a good trip!
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I am a wife, mother, stepmother, working healthcare financial professional and a 5K enthusiast! I love to travel, try new products, meet new friends, eat great food and drink great wine! Why not run around the world in my tutu and tennies?
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