The biggest FIRST for me this weekend, my long run was rained out. Since I started training for races, this has NEVER happened to me. I woke up at 4:30am Saturday morning to head out for my run. It was pouring rain and lightening out. I really battled internally with, suck it up buttercup, and don't be stupid you hard headed fool. Eventually, I decided to wait until about 6am to see if the weather would clear up so that I could log my miles. I was on a bit of a time crunch, as I had plans to head out to Baton Rouge later in the day. The rain was not letting up, and I was still putting pressure on myself to hit the pavement. Eventually I thought, you're going to miss a whole bunch of runs if your dumb ass slips and breaks a leg.
I had to get in a work out regardless of the weather. I settled for Jillian's RIPPED in 30 Week 3 one last time and 55 minutes of treadmill incline walk/run work. Since this week's long run was not a mileage building week, I figure getting rained out couldn't have happened on a better week. Glass half full peeps!
Next, I was off to Baton Rouge with Ashley, who I know through my gym. Long time Elle Noel readers will recognize Ashley. She was my run coach for 10k training, and we've kept in touch ever since. I always have a blast whenever I spend time with her. She's such a fun person and has a great heart. Everyone who meets Ashley loves Ashley. Seriously. I was very excited about heading out on this adventure together, I knew we would have a blast! She's also been working with my Macro Coach Ashley Leahy, who was going to be in Baton Rouge visiting family for the LSU game. Ashley and I made a last minute decision to head off to LSU tailgating to meet Ashley Leahy for the first time. (To keep the Ashleys straight in the story. I will always refer to Ashley Leahy by her full name) Ashley and I were in for a serious adventure. Neither of us had ever been LSU tailgating without a guide (or a man for that matter), as we aren't familiar with Baton Rouge or LSU's campus. When it comes to Baton Rouge, I can navigate a few key places, but outside of that, I'm lost. We took off together with the attitude of, two college degrees and two iphones between us, we'll figure this out.
We made it to our hotel without any troubles, although it wasn't what either of us expected, but no big deal, we can roll with that. Everyone we know had cautioned us that transportation on game day can be difficult, and to anticipate delays. We planned on drinking so we both knew driving was out. Directly after checking in we spy a shuttle, Hey hey hey now that was easy! Shuttle number in hand, we head to grab a quick lunch at a Mexican restaurant in the hotel's parking lot where we each had a spinach salad with lean protein. Patting ourselves on the back for our macro approved choice we call the shuttle bus driver. He's on his way and ten minutes later we're off to the stadium. This is so easy! What was everyone talking about, difficult transportation?? It's not even raining, hahahahaha! Winning! Right?! (It's NEVER good to be smug ya'll. It will bite you in the ass) Selfie Time!
The driver provides us with instructions as to where the shuttle pick up will be located. It's all good in the hood, we ain't worried bout a thang! We have instructions as to where Ashley Leahy is tailgating, we hop off the shuttle and start walking. The walk around LSU was tons of fun. We frequently stopped to ask for directions but we were enjoying the experience! One very nice, very drunk gentleman even offered to give us a lift in his helicopter. We should have asked for his number because we would need it later. We even ran into another one of our Sole Sistas out tailgating! We weren't getting rained on, it was windy, but the weather felt great! Roughly an hour after disembarking the shuttle, we meet up with Ashley Leahy! Ashley Leahy introduced us to all of her family members and we were immediately made to feel welcome at their spot! We enjoyed chatting with Ashley Leahy about all things from macros, men, and fantasy football. Ashley Leahy was exactly as I had imagined her to be from all of our previous correspondence: beautiful, professional, and DISCIPLINED with her macros. Which is why she has her pro card, I mean hello!
|Waiting to see the Tigers head into the stadium|
|What a Rickshaw cycle looks like for those who are unfamiliar|
We ended our tailgating experience the way it started. Back at the same Mexican restaurant where we'd had lunch 10 hours previously, laughing hysterically at our turn of events for the day. This was an experience I am not soon to forget, however I could not have had a travel partner with a better attitude. I'm looking forward to many more adventures with Ashley!
Things this trip made me thankful for:
1. Technology- iphones are life savers
1. Technology- iphones are life savers
2. My husband, I didn't realize how difficult navigating the tailgating experience can be, because he has always made it so incredibly easy for me. He's a superstar.
3. Friends who can roll through the rough spots, and still laugh, had either one of us been even remotely Diva Status, this experience could have gone south and fast.
4. Fancy RaceTracs, Ashley knows why :)