RUN LAUGH EAT DANCE BATON ROUGE

 
 
 

LOUISIANA STATE NUMBER 36 JANUARY 2013. 14 STATES /DC REMAINING !
WENT TO BATON ROUGE TO RUN LOUISIANA AND HAD A GREAT VISIT.

 
 

HERE ARE  THE STEPS OF THE NEW CAPITOL BUILDING THAT HAS THE STATES IN ORDER OF ADMITTANCE CARVED IN GIANT LETTERS ON THE 50 GIANT  STEPS LEADING UP TO THE BUILDING. GOOD IDEA HUEY LONG.

 THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WHICH IS A LITTLE LOW RIGHT NOW- NOT MUCH TRAFFIC LATELY.

 SACAJAWEA  STATUE -THE COOLEST GAL EVER AND HER LEWIS AND CLARK POSSE.

 OLD STATE CAPITOL THAT HAD THE BELOW ROTUNDA WINDOW- SPECTACULAR !

 

THIS WAS A BRONZE MAP IN THE FLOOR AT THE NEW CAPITOL WHICH WAS DESIGNED BY THE SAME FELLA AS THE NEBRASKA ONE. THEY ARE BOTH AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL STRUCTURES.
I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THE ORDER OF THE STATES BEING ADDED- HERE IS THE 1812 VERSION OF THE FLAG.

 THE LAND WENT ALL THE WAY TO CANADA AND ALL THE WAY TO JAPAN I THINK. THIS WAS A GOOD BUY AND A VERY GOOD IDEA.  FRANCE SHOULD HAVE CHARGED MORE I THINK.

USS KIDD PARKED ALONG THE SHORE FOR TOURS- HEROIC DESTROYER FROM WW II. IT IS NOT VERY BIG BUT HAS LOTS AND LOTS OF GUNS.

WELCOME TO THE SOUTH- HERE WAS A BREAKFAST OFFERING, CHICKEN FRIED STEAK WITH A SIDE OF BACON AND SAUSAGE GRAVY IF YOU EAT THIS AND HAVE JAMBALAYA AS A PRE RACE MEAL YOU RUN AT YOUR OWN RISK.   PASS THE TUMS PLEASE.

 CUSTOM BIB WITH MY PERSONAL MANIAC NUMBER TOO COOL.

THIS WAS A SECOND YEAR EVENT THAT PUT THE WELCOME MAT OUT TO THE MANIACS. NOTICE I HAVE ENOUGH CLOTHES ON TO GO SLEDDING- IT WAS 42′ BUT WARMED UP NICELY.

BEFORE THE RACE AT THE CASINO ASSOCIATED WITH THE HOTEL I WON $14.30 ON AN ELVIS SLOT MACHINE. IT WAS LOVING ME  TENDER.

THE PASTA DINNER HAD 2 VERY INSPIRING SPEAKERS- ONE A BRAIN CANCER SURVIVOR THAT HAS GONE ON TO COMPLETE MARATHONS AND 3 IRONMANS. HER SITE IS TEAM INSPIRATION. THE OTHER WAS A FELLOW NAMED HECTOR PICARD WHO LOST BOTH ARMS IN AN ACCIDENT AND IS TAKING ON THE IRONMAN AND EVERYTHING ELSE LIFE THROWS HIS WAY. HIS SITE IS DON’TSTOPLIVING.ORG AND HIS MOTTO IS NO EXCUSES.  THIS IS SURE WHAT I NEEDED TO HEAR AFTER NURSING A BUM KNEE SINCE DEC AND ANTICIPATING WALKING AT LEAST HALF OF THE RACE TO STAY INTACT TO GET TO THE NEXT START LINE.

I STARTED AT THE VERY BACK OF THE PACK AND STUCK TO A 50 SEC RUN /25 SEC WALK. IT WAS HARD TO NOT STAY WITH OTHERS, CHAT AND GET CARRIED AWAY SINCE THIS WAS MANIAC CITY. BUT I DID AND EVENTUALLY PUT ON HEAD PHONES BECAUSE IT JUST SEEMED LIKE THE MILES WERE PASSING SO SLOWLY. WE WENT THRU LSU CAMPUS, AROUND A COUPLE OF REAL NICE LAKES AND SOME VERY CLASSY NEIGHBORHOODS. IT WAS JUST PERFECT.  SOMEHOW THE 5:30 PACE GROUP WAS JUST AHEAD AND I KNEW MOST OF THEM  AND WOULD HAVE GOTTEN SWEPT AWAY WITH THE CONVERSATIONS AND HUNG BACK TO DO MY SAFE LITTLE DEAL. EVENTUALLY THE GROUP COMPLETELY DISPERSED AND I FELT LIKE THE PERFECT PACER CINDY DISERANT MY PAL FROM A RACE IN MN NEEDED A FINISHER TO CROSS WITH SO I DID. 5:28.31 WHAT A GREAT DAY. MY LEG FELT TERRIFIC. THANKS CINDY FOR THAT PERFECT PACE ALL DAY LONG.

THE POST RACE SPREAD WAS….JAMBALAYA -5 KINDS OF IT IN POTS BIGGER THAN CARS. HOLY COW.  I TOOK A SINK SHOWER AND OFF TO THE AIRPORT.

THE AIRPORT WAS ALL MANIACS AND RUNNERS SO THAT WAS FUN TOO. DO NOT DOUBT THE GALLOWAY MY FRIENDS IT REALLY WORKS. IF YOU DO NOT OWN A FOAM ROLLER GO GET ONE OR USE THE ONE AT YOUR GYM. BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD.  CONSIDER THIS AS A LOVELY MLK WEEKEND GETAWAY TO A WARMER CLIMATE.  14 MORE LITTLE JOURNEYS AND THIS QUEST WILL BE COMPLETE.

BE WELL MY FRIENDS AND APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE TODAY.
HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU
FONDLY
NW

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