January 23, 2013

An impromptu trip ... and race

In the last few days, my boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to the Biloxi-New Orleans area.

Yes, it's rather last minute. And yes, I usually like to plan trips. But, this was too good to pass up.

First, I love the area. Second, there is a race nearby. This was the selling point for me.

After my glorious half marathon on Sunday, I am all about running. When my boyfriend suggested a destination race, I immediately said, "yes, please" (or something to that effect).  

Yay, running! Where can I run next?

I was shocked and excited. Why shocked? He's not a huge fan of races. He's not an early morning person, and he doesn't understand why you'd pay someone to run (yes, he's one of those people). So, when he suggested traveling somewhere for a race, I jumped on it. 

My first thought: Vegas. Unfortunately, Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas isn't until November (I really want to do that race). Then, I started thinking closer. And, since we both love the Gulf Coast, that area seemed like a logical choice.

Thankfully, the Long Beach Carnival Classic Half Marathon and 5K is on Saturday, and I'm registered for the half. (I immediately started thinking of all the Long Beach rap references: "so much drama in the L-B-C," "Long Beach in da house!" and "Compton and Long Beach together, now you know you in trouble," right off the top of my head). And, then I decided they need a race shirt that says, "So much runnin' in the L-B-C." Right?!? I guess they're not technically talking about Long Beach, Mississippi, but I think it could work.

So, back-to-back half marathons. I'm pumped. I had such a great race on Sunday, I can't help but think good things for Saturday. Why? Cooler weather and a flat, coastal route. I've never done a destination half marathon, so I'll see how it goes. But, secretively (or not really), I'm really excited and optimistic.

Have you ever done back-to-back races? How did you feel? Have you ever done a destination race? Did you like it?


  1. Back to back races are like the ultimate test. And make you feel like a total badass! I try to do a destination race once a year, have for the last two years. Need one for this year though!

  2. So exciting! :) can't wait to hear your recaps.

  3. I think you're going to have a great race in Miss!! Have a great trip and good luck!! :) Have a beignet for me while you're down there! :)

    1. Thanks, Jenny! I will happily have a beignet for you. Those things are heavenly!

  4. Well thats exciting, getting out of the state and running a half marathon. With cooler weather and a flat course I'm sure you'll do awesome even if it is back-to-back with another race. I haven't done that since I ran races each weekend when I was on the cross country team. Have a fun weekend away!

  5. Fun! I love destination races. And anything requiring an overnight stay counts for me:). I have done back to back races with a week in between and on the same weekend and it is always fun but I always need an extra nap. I hope you have a lot of fun!


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