My good friend is joining me today in New Orleans for a mini vacation that we planned around the Mardi Gras Marathon taking place here this Sunday. I had originally planned to do the whole 26.2, but after the CIM in December I decided to take a break from training for awhile so the half it is.

Anyway, Kevyn (my faithful travel companion, pictured above) and I are super stoked to get out and about to explore the Big Easy today, even after a hellish redeye that involved a 7-week-old baby seated right behind me and two Chatty Kathys with tiny bladders seated next to me (I had the aisle seat, lucky me!). I will not let it put a gray cloud over this gorgeous Louisiana day though. Oh how I love getting out and exploring a new city, and one with beignets at that!