Back to Reality

Happy Easter! Spring break is coming to an end. Brent and I got back late last night from our Southeast road trip with Jackie and Alex. Jackie and I have been friends since fifth grade. We were Girl Scouts and Cross Country buddies at our school in England. Not sure why I have this on my phone, but here we are our senior year minutes before our final Cross Country Championships in Paris. Yeah, we’re fancy like that…running races in Paris.

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Jackie and I were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and have vacationed together despite living so far apart (she’s still in England). Jackie was a part of my engagement story, a story I am too lazy to re-type. She took our legendary engagement shot in Trafalgar Square. We met last week in Mobile, Alabama and in six days covered Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. I love a good road trip! Jackie and Alex are working their way up to Ohio to visit her extended family. We spent our first two days relaxing in the Gulf. Californians have a snobby attitude towards Florida, but the beaches were beautiful. White sands, warmer water, beach bars and fresh seafood. It was the perfect way to start our mini-road trip.

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After two days on the Gulf, we drove to New Orleans with a stop in Biloxi, Mississippi for a quick gamble and no luck. Here we are crossing borders making use of our selfie stick.

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The bulk of our trip was in New Orleans. It is such a fun city!!!! I loved the vibe. Snobby beer, good music, hipster food, warm weather. Totally my style. We stayed at a beautiful Airbnb apartment in the French Quarter (check out Brent in our living room above). If you haven’t tried Airbnb, use it. It’s much cheaper and you get way more space and great locations. We immediately hit Bourbon Street when we got there. It’s kinda like Vegas, you have to go knowing it’s going to be completely ridiculous. Grab a drink and wander around the street. Amazing people watching. That night we got some meh po-boys for dinner (go to Killer Po-Boy if you’re in town….so MUCH better) and ate dessert at Cafe Du Monde. The beignets are worth the hype. The next two days consisted of morning runs around the city, exploring the Garden District (super cute neighborhood with amazing restaurants and shops), visiting the WWII Museum, Jazz at Preservation Hall, and a “fancy” meal at Cochonphoto 2 (8)

We ended our trip in Memphis. As soon as we got there we immediately hit up Central BBQ for the best BBQ in Memphis. That pulled pork sandwich covered in BBQ sauce…drool. We met up with Singer/Songwriter Award Winning Lanita Smith at Central BBQ who I worked with at KIPP. She was in town visiting family and working on a documentary of her life. It’s only a matter of time before she’s super famous. Lanita is so talented and so humble. Memphis highlights included running into a Memorial Service for MLK at the Lorraine Motel where he was assassinated, listening to blues on Beale Street, visiting Graceland (home of Elvis+Elvis propaganda center) and the strangest duck march tradition at The Peabody Hotel. They have a daily ceremony where ducks come down their elevators and march down a red carpet to a fountain where they spend the day, then at 5PM they march back upstairs. It was so weird. Go see it if you’re ever in Memphis. Oh, and check out the weird postcard I found at the Elvis shop. It was a Spanish Omelette Recipe with his creepy picture. So strange. photo 1 (6)

Call me crazy, but on vacation I love a good run in the morning before starting my day. I covered lots of ground last week, running along the Gulf and the Mississippi River. It was a calm and quiet way to start my day. With all my long hard runs behind me, I was able to enjoy running without the stress of training for Boston (WHICH IS 2 WEEKS AWAY!!!!) Check out Ellen’s post on running while traveling.

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Today in LA I celebrated Easter with a morning beach run with these fasties and a dip in the ocean afterwards.

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Followed by church and brunch at Gracias Madre with my favorite buddies.

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Tomorrow it’s back to work and back to reality. Although I love being happy about going back to work. I’m excited to get back to planning for Equitas #3! Have a great week.

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