This weekend, I am coming home. There are many reasons why I am running Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans for my first Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event of 2018 as a part of the 2018 Rock ‘n’ Blog team. For one, New Orleans has a special place in my heart–it’s where I grew up, and I am eager to run the streets that I used to walk as a kid. New Orleans is also celebrating its 300th year this weekend, and I am excited to join all the tricentennial festivities. I’ll get the chance to see the wonderful culture of the city in full force for this special occasion. 

In 2017, I started my running journey on Mother’s Day. I noticed a friend of mine training for Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia. She invited me to run with her, which led me to train for and successfully complete my first half marathon. It was not long after that I decided to continue my running journey. I set a goal to complete at least one half marathon in all 50 states and Washington, DC. Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans will be my fourth Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series race, and my fifth state on my journey.

 My family is going to be able to enjoy watching me run in my hometown. They have been wanting to be a part of my running journey, but traveling to different states has been difficult. This experience allows them to be a part of my 50 state goal. My mother will be able to watch her son cross the finish line right in her hometown. She is excited to bring some of her friends to enjoy the weekend as well.

In addition to my family being there to cheer me on, the wonderful heritage of the city and generosity of the people will really make the experience. The music of NOLA will definitely help me stay focused while running the streets of the city and taking in all of its beautiful sights.

I am keeping my 2018 New Year’s resolution by running the 5K on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday. I can’t wait to hear the headliner band at the finish line, Soul Rebels “Living for the City!” I recently started listening to this band, and I am pumped that they have been chosen as part of the entertainment for the weekend.

After the race, there are so many activities and sights to enjoy! I am looking forward to eating wonderful seafood, including fried shrimp and broiled oysters at various places such as Drago’s Seafood restaurant. I’ll definitely take a calming, relaxing walk in the French Quarter and enjoy the scenery of the Riverwalk along the Mississippi River.  And of course, a visit to New Orleans would not be a complete without making a stop at the Original World Famous Cafe du Monde on Decatur Street at least 3 or 4 times.

Who else will be there? I look forward to seeing you all in NOLA!