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We woke up pretty easily the next morning (although not early) and all took turns looking out from our balcony to the small park below and the city beyond. After getting ready we headed down to the lobby to wait for the rest of our group. Charlotte had an idea for somewhere to go to breakfast but the tourist concierge lady was quick--a little too quick--to present us with other options rather than just the requested directions. We tried our best to politely extricate ourselves from her attention and then headed out. We walked to a main street and eventually turned down Bourbon St which was in the process of washing away last night. It's a pretty tame place at 10:00 in the morning :)
We encountered a line at Cafe Du Monde. I was surprised at how quickly it moved.
After breakfast we walked around the French Quarter. We browsed a few shops and the aisles of the French Market. I did not purchase anything but I loved looking at the signs for the different foods available and the tables of Mardi Gras masks. The colors and designs on the masks were gorgeous. We also were entertained by a Silver Man.
We headed back to the hotel since Chad was due to arrive soon.
Tonight was the first day for the Expo so we hopped on the shuttle. We entered through what turned out to be the back of the packet pick-up area but we found the tables without trouble. The lines were really short which was good since I had to go change my corral.
When I signed up ten months earlier for the half marathon, I had estimated a time of two hours and forty-five minutes. Fifteen minute miles had sounded like a doable goal. However, as I had worked through a training program, the minutes started slipping away, and two weeks before the race I knew that I could finish in 2:15. Fellow runners though encouraged me to aim for 2 hours flat.
We had fun walking around the rest of the Expo and making running-related purchases. I was excited to come across some new flavors of the power cubes I had been eating during my long runs. We ended up waiting awhile for the return shuttle. It was darkening by the time we headed back to the hotel but we had our bib numbers.
We decided just to have dinner in the hotel restaurant since it was right there and we figured would be quicker (yeah, that was a mistake...two hours more or less to be seated, served, and checked out even though almost no one else was eating at that hour). Because of the size of our group, we were split between a larger table and what we nicknamed the kiddie table (Tommy, Megan, Chad, and myself). We had a great time chatting but towards the end of the meal most of us were beginning to droop.