St. Paul’s Cross-country Christmas Run

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The St. Paul’s School cross-country team hosted their annual run on their campus in Covington Saturday. The run was a fundraiser for the cross-country team. The Christmas themed race featured a 1 mile and 5K. Costumes were encouraged and the top two men and women in the 5K took home cash prizes.

I had the luxury of getting off of work early Friday night and actually getting a few hours of sleep. I felt prepared for the race but knew I would not be my fastest. I have been focused on longer distance races lately, like half marathons, and I have not put in the speed work necessary for a fast 5K.

The weather was not very race friendly Saturday morning. Overcast skies with an occasional drizzle met runners at the start of the race.

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The race start was very fast and it took me at least a half of a mile to find a comfortable pace. The first place female was long gone so I focused on keeping up with the girls high school cross-country team that was a few feet ahead of me. I finished the first mile in 7:15.

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The challenge of trying to keep up with runners 20 years younger than me started to wear on me in mile 2…….and the rain came as well. I finished mile 2 in 7:29.

I settled into a steady pace on the last mile and probably should have pushed myself a little harder. I did manage to pass a few females. I finished mile 3 in 7:38, and completed the 5K in 23:05.

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I was 6th overall and first in the 30-34 age group. I was hoping for a sub 23 minute 5K, but was only off by a few seconds. After my next half marathon in January, I’m focusing on speed work for the 5K and 4 mile. I’m hoping 2017 will be the year I break my 13 year old 5K record, 22:12, and my 4 year old 4 mile record, 30:06.

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The post race festivities included a cookie buffet, jambalaya, and hot coffee. The awards were presented by St. Paul’s cross-country runner, Eric Coston, who was the state champion this year. Hand carved ornaments and trophies were presented to the winners. The top male and female took home $100.00, and the second place male and female took home $50.00.

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After the awards ceremony I met up with the fellow 15th Street Flyers who were represented very well for awards.

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I was happily surprised to see my little cousin, Elle, at the race. She has been running cross-country at her elementary school for the past few years. She completed the 1 mile and 5K! She also won 2nd in her age group. So proud!

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Well this was my final race of 2016. Next up for me is half marathon #14, The Blues Half, in Jackson, MS on January 7. Until next time!

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December Races

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St. Paul’s Christmas Run
5K
Saturday December 3, 2016 8:00am
Covington, LA
 
Baton Rouge Beach Marathon
26.2, 13.1
Saturday December 3, 2016 7:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Cajun Coyote Trail Run
100m, 100K, 20m
Saturday & Sunday December 3 & 4, 2016 6:00am
Ville Platte, LA
 
Candy Cane Classic
5K
Saturday December 3, 2016 8:00am
Houma, LA
 
Freedom Run
5K
Saturday December 3, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Girls On The Run Fall 5K
5K
Saturday December 3, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Reindeer Run
5K
Saturday December 3, 2016 8:00am
Ponchatoula, LA
 
Remember Pearl Harbor 5K
5K, 1m
Saturday December 3, 2016 8:00am
Morgan City, LA
 
Santa’s Hot Chocolate Dash
5K, 1m
Saturday December 3, 2016 8:00am
Lake Charles, LA
 
Heritage Run For Hunger
5K
Saturday December 3, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
 
Jingle Bell Run
5K, 1m
Saturday December 3, 2016 8:00am
Long Beach, MS
 
Recovery Run
5K, 1m
Sunday December 4, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Rivertown Run
10m, 5K
Saturday December 10, 2016 8:00am
Kenner, LA
 
Cajun Country Run
13.1, 10K trail, 5K trail
Saturday December 10, 2016 8:00am
Lafayette, LA
 
Downtown Reindeer Run
1m
Saturday December 10, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Fallen Heroes 5K
5K
Saturday December 10, 2016 8:00am
Mandeville, LA
 
Ross Mullooly Project 5K
5K
Saturday December 10, 2016 8:00am
Houma, LA
 
Celebration In The Oaks Run
2m
Saturday December 10, 2016 4:00pm
New Orleans, LA
 
Santa Fun Run
1.25m
Saturday December 10, 2016 5:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Bonfire Festival 5K
5K
Sunday December 11, 2016 8:00am
Lutcher, LA
 
Ole Man River Half Marathon
13.1m, 5K
Saturday December 17, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Gingerbread Jog
5K, 1m
Saturday December 17, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Jingle Bell Run
5K
Saturday December 17, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Dr. Darrell Burnham Memorial Run
5K
Saturday December 17, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
 
Pass To Bay
10K, 1m
Saturday December 17, 2016 8:00am
Pass Christian, MS
 
Last Chance To Run
5K, 1m
Saturday December 31, 2016 8:00am
Woolmarket, MS

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Double Race Day: Stennis Space Center Half Marathon & Brew Ho Ho Beer Mile

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At our last race together, the Quadburners Halloween Hustle, Misti, my running partner in crime, and I made an Abita Beer fueled decision to add a half marathon to our race calendar. We already had our Quadburners race series finale, the Brew Ho Ho beer mile, planned for November 26. The idea of adding the Stennis Space Center Half Marathon to that morning seemed like a wonderful idea……until race week.

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Misti and I did our usual text message exchange of complaining and asking ourselves why we pay to torture ourselves in the days leading up to the half marathon. The truth was I was not that nervous. I had the Gulf Coast Half Marathon under my belt from October and felt somewhat prepared.

I was completely relaxed race morning and woke up to gorgeous, sunny Fall weather with temperatures in the 50s. We met up at the race site, which was at the Stennis Space Center in Pearlington, MS. While driving to the parking area we saw the 25 mile and 26 mile signs for the marathoners. We instantaneously agreed that would never be us.

All three races, the 5K, half marathon, and marathon, started together at 8:00am. The first mile was a complete cluster with several hundred runners and walkers with vastly different paces trying to start together. I tried to navigate my way through the crowd and finished the fist mile in 8:57.

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The next four miles took us around the different buildings of the site. I was focused on finding a comfortable pace and not letting myself slip into 9 minute territory. It was a somewhat struggle but I finished mile 2 in 8:40, 3 in 8:43, 4 in 8:48, and 5 in 8:43.

During mile 6 I took a quick break for a GU gel pack and some water and completed the mile in 9:12.

Miles 7 and 8 took us to the turnaround point. It was a nice change of scenery to see all of the faster runners running on the opposite side of the road and counting runners to see what place I was in. I completed mile 7 in 8:47 and mile 8 in 8:48.

Mile 9 is where I usually hit the wall and start falling apart. Magically it never happened and my training finally paid off. This is the first half marathon that I did not hit the dreaded wall. I pushed myself and finished mile 9 in 8:47.

We finally turned back onto smooth pavement and started to make our way back to the finish line. Lucky for me a tyrannosaurus Rex was handing out beer and bacon on the side of the road and I was distracted from my fatigue……..no this was not a mirage or a figment of my imagination. I wish I had my cell phone with me to take a picture. I finished mile 10 in 8:46, mile 11 in 8:44, and mile 12 in 8:43.

The final full mile took us on a winding road with a few hills. I focused on keeping a steady pace while I enjoyed the beautiful fall colors. I finished mile 12 in 8:41.

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.1 miles later I was finished! I completed the half marathon in 1:55:34, my fourth best time out of 13 half marathons. I was happy with my performance but I knew I ran too safe and could have probably done better.

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I got my finishers medal and headed back out to the course to cheer on Misti.

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We enjoyed the post race festivities which included Michelob Ultra beer, pastalaya, and fruit. We could not stay long because we had to prepare for our second race of the day, the Brew Ho Ho beer mile.

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After an hour drive home, a shower and a hot pocket, and an hour drive back to Mississippi I was ready for my first full beer mile.

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I had no idea what to expect from this race and had only one goal: do not puke. After seeing a few of the “root beer” milers puking I was not so confident.

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Misti and I were in the first “real beer” heat. Speaking of heat I questioned the fact the cans of beer had been sitting out on tables in the sun for well over an hour. The race director said scientifically, warm beer would be much easier on our stomachs than cold beer. Well, OK then, warm beer it was.

We got right down to business and chugged a beer before the running began. I easily drank my warm beer and ran a quarter mile to the next table. A symphony of burps was coming from myself and the other runners, but I actually felt alright. The next beer was not as smooth. I lost my first place standing and seriously questioned if that beer would be making an encore. After a long manly burp I was good to go.

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Beers three and four went down smoothly and I finished my first beer mile in 10:37.

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We watched the other heats then headed to the after party. I was happy to see cold beer and savored in its iciness. Beer boots with the race logo were handed out to the top 10 finishers. I was second overall! Misti and my other running buddy, Janel, were also in the top 10 and received beer boots.

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After the raffle we picked up our series shirts and our series race medal. The series race medal had spots for all of the individual race medals to fit inside of it. Definitely the largest and most unique medal I have ever seen.

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I had an absolute blast completing the Quadburners race series and cannot wait to do it again in 2017. Next up for me is my final race of 2016, the St. Paul’s School Christmas 5K this Saturday. Until next time!

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Battleship 12K

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The 2nd annual Battleship 12K was held Sunday in Mobile, AL. The race is a patriotic run to honor those that served. The Battleship 12K partners with organizations such as Boot Campaign, Mission 22, and Team RWB to raise awareness for the brave men and women who served our country.

After such a fun experience running this race last year, my Mom and I decided to make this an annual girls trip weekend. We headed out on our road trip to Alabama bright and early Saturday morning. We explored downtown Mobile visiting a yummy brunch spot, the historic Conde Fort site, and the Conde Charlotte House.

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Next we headed to the Battleship 12K packet pick up at the Courtyard Marriott in Daphne, AL. I got to say hello to some runner friends as well as pick up my number and race shirt.

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Our next adventure took us to the Tanger Outlets in Foley and concluded with dinner at Lambert’s…..yes the obnoxious home of the roll throwing.

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We finally settled in at the Hampton Inn Daphne for the night. We stayed here last year and this hotel is amazing. It has gorgeous views of the Mobile Bay and complimentary breakfast in the morning.

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I actually felt refreshed and prepared on race morning. My hotel bed was super comfy and I woke up before my alarm. I have been putting more effort into my training the past few weeks so I was mentally and physically prepared for the distance.

After dropping Mom off at the finish line I headed to the start. I got a quick stretch in and was ready to begin. A bagpipe player dressed in the full garb started the race playing America the Beautiful and a local singer serenaded runners with the national anthem.

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The first mile started pretty fast since most of it was downhill. I let my legs set the pace and finished mile 1 in 7:02. I was expecting to be much further back in the crowd but I was 3rd female.

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Mile 2 took us to the swampy area of the bay with a small bridge to cross. I moved to 2nd place and finished in 7:36.

I felt I may have been starting out way too fast because there was no way I should have been hitting a 14:38 2 mile for the 12K. I dialed it back some for mile 3 and finished in 7:46.

As I expected I got passed by a few females in miles 4 and 5. I knew there was no way I could hold them off or continue my early pace. I finished mile 4 in 7:45 and mile 5 in 7:58.

Mile 6 wore on me literally, I could already feel the blisters coming on the inner arch of my feet. (I am long overdue for new running shoes but I’m holding out for Santa (the hubby) to deliver a new pair of Brooks Christmas morning.) I was also starting to tire. I finished mile 6 in 8:09.

After seeing my 6 mile time I realized I was somehow on pace to hit a 10K personal record. I picked the pace up and actually blasted my 2014 10K PR by 30 seconds for 47:58.

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That was enough to motivate me to get over the fairly large bridge in mile 7. I finished mile 7 in 8:10.

The last .45 miles took us into Battleship Park. Volunteers handed out mini American flags. I proudly held my flag high as I crossed the finish line.

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My time was 57:53, good for 8th overall and a PR! The finisher medal was absolutely gorgeous.

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I met up with Mom and told her about the race. We then met up with some runner friends and enjoyed the post race activities.

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I got my race results print out and headed to the awards tent to see if I placed in my age group. I got 1st and won a medal! I also picked up my challenge coin for being a race veteran.

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A first place age group finish and 2 PRs called for post race margaritas.

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This race was even better this year and doubled in size. It was an honor to run with veterans and current military. I cannot wait to do it again next year.

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Up next for me is the the Turkey Day 5K and Mashed Potato Mile Saturday in Hammond, LA. Until next time!

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November Races

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Crescent City Fall Classic
5K
Saturday November 5, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Jungle Gardens Run
7m trail run, 5K, 1m
Saturday November 5, 2016 8:00am
Avery Island, LA
 
McNeese Cowboy Gallop
10K
Saturday November 5, 2016 8:00am
Lake Charles, LA
 
USA Triathlon
sprint triathlon
Saturday November 5, 2016 7:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
BCA 5K
5K
Saturday November 5, 2016 8:00am
Thibodaux, LA
 
Pink Up The Pace
10K, 5K
Saturday November 6, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
 
Purple Strides
5K
Sunday November 6, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Back The Blue Color Run
5K
Thursday November 10, 2016 6:00pm
Hattiesburg, MS
 
YMCA Corporate Cup
5K, 1/2 mile
Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Middendorf’s Manchac Run
10m, 10K, 5K
Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00am
Manchac, LA
 
Cajun Cup
10K, 1m
Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00am
Lafayette, LA
 
CASA Run/Walk
5K, 1/2 mile
Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Rabalais Run For Life
5K
Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
 
River Roux Triathlon
half triathlon
Saturday November 12, 2016 7:00am
New Roads, LA
 
Thibodeauxville Harvest Run
5K
Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00am
Thibodeaux, LA
 
Mayor’s Cup
5K, 1m
Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00am
Biloxi, MS
 
Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation Turkey Trot
5K
Sunday November 13, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
 
Battleship 12K
12K
Sunday November 13, 2016 8:00am
Mobile, AL
 
Big Easy Running Festival
13.1m, 4m, 1m
Saturday November 19, 2016 7:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Great Lake Charles Rotary Club Turkey Trot
5K
Saturday November 19, 2016 8:00am
Lake Charles, LA
 
Houma Heart and Soles Half Marathon
13.1m
Saturday November 19, 2016 8:00am
Houma, LA
 
LSU School of Medicine Tiger Run
5K
Saturday November 19, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Running of the Bulls
5K, 1m
Saturday November 19, 2016 8:00am
New Iberia, LA
 
Turkey Day 5K and the Mashed Potato Mile
5K, 1m
Saturday November 19, 2016 8:00am
Hammond, LA
 
Fast and the Furriest 5K
5K, 1m
Saturday November 19, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
 
Superhero 5K/10K
5K, 10K
Saturday November 19, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
 
Wicked Wine Run
5K
Saturday November 19, 2016 5:00pm
Bush, LA
 
Girls on the Run
5K
Sunday November 20, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Trails to Treasures
5K trail
Sunday November 20, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
 
Camelia’s Crossing Acadiana Gleaux 5K
5K
Wednesday November 23, 2016 6:00pm
Lafayette, LA
 
Turkey Day Race
5m, 1/2m
Thursday November 24, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Capitol Area March of Dimes Turkey Trot
5K
Thursday November 24, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Turkey Trot 5K
5K
Thursday November 24, 2016 8:00am
Covington, LA
 
Fit First Turkey Trot
5K, 1m
Thursday November 24, 2016 8:00am
Bay St. Louis, MS
 
Hobble Then Gobble
5m, 5K, 1m
Thursday November 24, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
 
Run Baby Run Turkey Trot
5K trail
Thursday November 24, 2016 8:00am
Picayune, MS
 
Stennis Space Center Marathon
26.2m, 13.1m, 5K
Saturday November 26, 2016 7:00am
Hancock, MS
 
Brew Ho Ho Beer and Root Beer Mile
1m
Saturday November 26, 2016 2:00pm
Bay St. Louis, MS
 
Natchez Half
13.1m, 10K, 5K, 1m
Sunday November 27, 2016 8:00am
Natchez, MS

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Quadburners Halloween Hustle

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The Quadburners held the fourth race of the five race series Saturday at the Washington St. Pier in Bay St. Louis, MS.  The race had a 4 mile run and a duathlon.

I was nervous coming into this race because I had the fastest 4 mile time for the series for 2016. I wanted to keep my first place standing but I had not done any speed work since I was so focused on my half marathon for the past few weeks. I crammed in some last minute speed work the week of the race and felt better.

Race morning was absolutely gorgeous with blue skies and temperatures in the 60s. I met up with my running friend, Misti, and did our usual pre-race tradition of complaining how unprepared we were.

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At 8:00am we began the 4 mile race which was out and back on the beachfront. I tried to not go out too fast and wear myself out. I was shooting for a 7:30 pace and enough of a lead to stay in first position. I finished mile 1 in 7:22.

I still felt ok during mile 2 and reached the 2 mile mark and the turnaround in 7:30.

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I still had the lead going into mile 3 but I was getting tired. I was not sure how far back the second place female was so I kept pushing. I finished mile 3 in 7:40.

I stepped it up some for the last mile. With only a tenth of mile left I realized I was on PR pace…..but it was not in enough time. I finished the last mile in 7:35, good for 30:14 for the four mile race and only 7 seconds from a PR.

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Even though I was short of a PR I was ecstatic with my time. I had not ran a 4 mile race that fast in about four years.

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I chatted with some runners at the finish then met up with Misti at where else…..the Abita beer station. We sampled some Abita peach and picked up our series shirts.

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The awards ceremony was held at the pavilion after the duathletes finished. New this year was pumpkin trophies for the top and age group winners. I was first overall female and received my very cool and festive trophy.

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At the end of the awards ceremony bonus prizes were awarded for the course record holders. I did indeed have the course record and was awarded a really nice series blanket.

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The series concludes with the Brew Ho Ho beer and root beer mile on November 26. Series finishers will receive the 5th medal and the medal connector to make a giant medal out of all of the medals.

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Next up for me is the Battleship 12K November 13 in Mobile, AL. My goal is to break last year’s time of 1:01:54 for 7.4 miles. Until next time!

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Back 2 Back Challenge: Jones 5K & Gulf Coast Half Marathon

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You learn a lot about yourself during a half marathon. You may find your limits, you may find how far you can push yourself, you may sell your soul during mile 9 just to be done. More on the half marathon later, but first let’s rewind to the beginning of the weekend with the Jones 5K.

The annual Jones 5K was held Saturday at Varsity Sports in Mandeville. The race was part 1 of the Back 2 Back Challenge. Finishers of the Jones 5K and the Gulf Coast Half Marathon would receive a special Back 2 Back Challenge medal.

I had been fighting a cold all week so I was less than thrilled about a jam packed race weekend. My goal was the guzzle Zicam on race morning and hope for the best.

The race gods were not on my side the morning of the Jones 5K. I felt and looked like death when I got out of bed. On top of that mid October felt more like August with 95% humidity.

I made it to Varsity Sports for the start and after a quick warm up we were off. I did not push too hard on the first mile and focused on how I felt rather than my watch time. I finished mile 1 in 7:29.

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The end of the first mile and most of the second mile took us on the Lakefront path. The lake breeze was a nice break from the humidity. I finished mile 2 in 7:41 but slipped from second to third place.

The final mile took us through the streets of Old Mandeville. I still felt pretty decent for being sick and made my goal to stay in third place.

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I completed that goal and finished the 5K in 23:43, good for third overall female.

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The post race party featured breakfast from LaLou’s and massages from Jones Physical Therapy. There was also a large raffle with the top winner taking home a BBQ pit.

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It was fun seeing many of my running friends who I had not seen since the summer. An added bonus was winning first for my age group.

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I picked up my Gulf Coast Half Marathon packet and headed home.

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I tried to spend the rest of the day relaxing but my social calendar took precedence. After a fun couples wedding shower BBQ I headed to a fancy seafood dinner for my Dad’s birthday. We followed that with a trip to a local school fair so my nephew could play some games.

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I finally got to bed around midnight after indulging in food and wine all evening……not the most conventional pre half marathon preparation.

Sunday morning came and I felt less like death but still exhausted. The drive to the race was miserable and full of self doubt. I did not know how I was going to run 13 miles. We had to drive past the mile 12 sign to get to the parking lot and I had a mini panic attack because I just could not picture myself making it that far.

I finally mustered the courage to get out of my car about 10 minutes before the race. I did not want to waste on ounce of energy on warming up because I knew it would take everything I had to finish this race.

At 7:00am we left the lakefront of Fountainebleau Park and began our long journey. I ran with the crowd for the first mile and let my body dictate the pace. I was disappointed when I finished mile 1 in 9:14 because I usually run a sub 9 minute pace.

Miles 2, 3,and 4 took us onto Highway 190 then towards the Lakefront. I felt pain in every inch of my body and discovered new body parts to feel pain in. I wanted to stop and hitchhike back to my car. The mental part of a half marathon really got to me. I was surprised because I usually feel great for the first half of the race and wait until miles 8 and 9 to start with the “help me I’m poor” mentality. I finished miles 2, 3, and 4 in 8:52, 8:57, and 8:55.

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Miles 5 and 6 took us to the Lakefront and a nice change in scenery. It was nice to see people out there cheering for the runners and it helped to lift my spirits. I finished miles 5 and 6 in 8:49 and 8:58.

Mile 7 made me even happier because I passed the halfway mark and took a short water/Gatorade break. Mile 7 was 9:25 which included my mini break.

I was excited to see so many of my coworkers on the course, who were working the race detail. Most of them cheered and one told me he would not trade places with me for anything in the world. I understood completely.

Even though my pace was slower I felt much better during miles 8 and 9 and finished in 9:11 and 9:14.

Mile 10 took us to the Mandeville Trace and on our way back to Fontainebleau Park. This is where math equations became a big part of the race. I magically turn into a mathematical genius when it comes to calculating pace and finish times, but don’t ask me to solve simple math problems in everyday life.

I realized I could break the two hour mark if I stepped it up a bit. I was lucky to have a man next to me who was running about the same pace so we pushed each other. I finished miles 10, 11, and 12 in 9:09, 9:06, and 8:48.

Mile 13 took us on the final stretch in Fountainebleau Park to the finish line. I did something I have never done before in a half marathon finish….I passed people! Usually I am the slowpoke getting passed left and right but not this time.

I finished all 13.1 miles, an accomplishment in itself, in 1 hour 58 minutes and 8 seconds. Out of all of my 12 half marathons it was sixth best time, but no where close to my personal record of 1:49:30 back in 2013.

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I was met at the finish line but my great running friend Nicole who was celebrating a birthday and an age group win in the 10 mile race. It was nice to see a friend after a long, tough two hours.

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We met up with more runner buddies and headed straight to the mimosas.

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The post race had yummy food, mimosas and Bloody Marys provided by the Louisiana Marathon krewe, Abita beer, and great music. We enjoyed the lovely lakefront breeze while we sipped our mimosas, took pictures, admired our finisher medals, and mingled with fellow runners.

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I was equally ecstatic for a nice hot shower and nap when I got home.

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In keeping in the spirit of my usual half marathon routine I went from swearing I would never do a half marathon again at the starting line to looking for my next half marathon online when I got home. Then of course I bragged about finishing a half marathon all day the next day to anyone who would listen.

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Next up for me is race 4 out of 5 in the Quadburners Series, the Halloween Hustle. This 4 mile race is next Saturday in Bay St. Louis. I think I will be a lot less melodramatic for this one. Until next time!

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October Races

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Holy Family Seafood Festival 5K
5K
Saturday October 1, 2016 8:00am
Pass Christian, MS
5K Fun Run Against Bullying
5K
Saturday October 1, 2016 8:00am
Metairie, LA
Children of the Cane
100m, 100K, 50K, relay
Saturday October 1, 2016 6:00am
Port Allen, LA
NOLA Bluedoo Run
2m
Saturday October 1, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
Kelsey Bradley Favrot Run/Walk to Remember
5K, 1/2m
Sunday October 2, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
Twilight Run
5K, 1m
Friday October 7, 2016 6:00pm
Harahan, LA
Hub City Hustle Triathlon
1/3m swim, 20m bike, 4m run
Saturday October 8, 2016 7:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
Over the Bridge Run
5m
Saturday October 8, 2016
Vicksburg, MS
Hot Pursuit 5K
5K
Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00am
Columbia, MS
Alzheimer’s Walk/Run to Remember
5K
Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
OCF Run/Walk
5K
Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
Oktoberfest Race
2m
Saturday October 8, 2016 4:00pm
Kenner, LA
Roux Run
5K
Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00am
New Iberia, LA
Striding for Scholarships
5K, 1m
Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00am
Lafayette, LA
Warrior Dash
3.2m obstacle course
Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00am
St. Francisville, LA
Ocean Springs Rotary Night 5K
5K
Saturday October 9, 2016 6:00pm
Ocean Springs, MS
LA Six Pack
5K, 1m
Sunday October 9, 2016 7:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
Freret 5K
5K
Saturday October 15, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
Jones 5K
5K
Saturday October 15, 2016 8:00am
Mandeville, LA
I Pink I Can I Pink I Can For Cancer Awareness
2m mud run
Saturday October 15, 2016 8:00am
Marrero, LA
Ormond Fall Classic
5K, 1m
Saturday October 15, 2016 8:00am
Destrehan, LA
Q50 Races Midnight Dia De Los Muertos
14m, 7m
Saturday October 15, 2016 11:59pm
Franklinton, LA
Tour Des Atakapas – Festival Acadiens Et Creoles Run
7m, 5m, 3m
Saturday October 15, 2016 8:00am
Lafayette, LA
FFLIC 5K for Juvenile Justice
5K
Saturday October 15, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
Gulf Coast Half Marathon
13.1m, 10m
Sunday October 16, 2016 7:00am
Mandeville, LA
Glo For Hunger
5K, 1.5m
Friday October 21, 2016 6:00pm
Hammond, LA
Paddle, Pant, Peddle Triathlon
4m canoe, 5m run, 23m bike
Saturday October 22, 2016 8:00am
Long Beach, MS
Cane Field Classic
4m, 2m, 1m
Saturday October 22, 2016 8:00am
Port Allen, LA
Footprints Forever 5K
5K, 1m
Saturday October 22, 2016 8:00am
Lafayette, LA
Komen Race For The Cure
5K, 1m
Saturday October 22, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
Washington Parish Fair 5K
5K
Saturday October 22, 2016 8:00am
Franklinton, LA
Quadburners Halloween Hustle
4m run, Duathlon: 2m run, 11m bike, 2m run
Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00am
Bay St. Louis, MS
USM Homecoming 5K
5K
Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
Fit Life Corporate 5K
5K, 1m
Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00am
Lafayette, LA
Light The Night 5K
5K
Saturday October 29, 2016 6:00pm
Pontchatoula, LA
Mockler Oktoberfest
3m
Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans Jazz Half Marathon
13.1m, 5K
Saturday October 29, 2016 7:00am
New Orleans, LA
Pumpkin Pi
3.14m
Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

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September Races

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Color Vibe 5K
5K
Sunday September 4, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
Tupelo Marathon
26.2m, 13.1m
Sunday September 4, 2016 7:00am
Tupelo, MS
Labor Day Fun Run
2m
Monday September 5, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
Labor Your Legs
2m
Monday September 5, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
Zachary Gleaux Run
5K & 1m
Friday September 9, 2016 6:00pm
Zachary, LA
Yak-a-du
2m run, 2m kayak, 2m run
Saturday September 10, 2016 8:00am
Long Beach, MS
Color Vibe
5K
Saturday September 10, 2016 8:00am
Gulfport, MS
Seabee Volkslauf Mud Run
4.2m
Saturday September 10, 2016 8:00am
Gulfport, MS
BREC’s Extreme Green 5K
5K &1m
Saturday September 10, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
Merrill Lynch Running of the Bulls
5K, 1m
Saturday September 10, 2016 8:00am
Lafayette, LA
Saints Kickoff 5K
5K
Saturday September 10, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
Superhero Hope 5K
5K, 1m
Saturday September 10, 2016 8:00am
Covington, LA
Firefighters 9-11 Memorial Run
5K
Saturday September 10, 2016 5:00pm
Hammond, LA
Cajunman Triathlon
Sprint Triathlon
Sunday September 11, 2016 7:00am
Lafayette, LA
Lighting Longleaf Glow Run
5K
Thursday September 15, 2016 6:00pm
Hattiesburg, MS
Ocean Springs Bridge Run
8K, 1/2 mile
Saturday September 17, 2016 8:00am
Ocean Springs, MS
Ingalls 5K on the Causeway
5K
Saturday September 17, 2016 8:00am
Pascagoula, MS
Tunnel to Towers
5K
Saturday September 17, 2016 8:00am
Biloxi, MS
Fatseaux 5K
5K
Saturday September 17, 2016 8:00am
Lafayette, LA
Fight for Sight
5K/10K
Saturday September 17, 2016 8:00am
Lafayette, LA
Q50 Races 5Kanine Trail Race
5K, 1.5m trail run
Saturday September 17, 2016 8:00am
Mandeville, LA
Blessed are the Peacemakers
5K, 1m
Saturday September 24, 2016 8:00am
Tupelo, MS
Alligator Stomp
5K
Saturday September 24, 2016 8:00am
Luling, LA
Doc’s Dash
5K, 1m
Saturday September 24, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
Running Over Cancer For Jadyn
5K
Saturday September 24, 2016 8:00am
Houma, LA
Best of the Bayou Glow Run
5K
Saturday September 24, 2016 8:00am
Houma, LA
Lafayette Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K
5K
Saturdau September 24, 2016 8:00am
Lafayette, LA
Race for Freedom
5K, 1m
Saturday September 24, 2016
Mandeville, LA
St. Jude Run/Walk to End Cancer 5K
5K
Saturday September 24, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
Light the Night 5K
5K
Saturday September 24, 2016 6:00pm
Ponchatoula, LA
The Macho Man Tri
Sprint Triathlon
Sunday September 25, 2016 7:00am
Houma, LA

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Summer Beach 5K

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The Summer Beach 5K & 1 mile race was held Saturday at War Memorial Park in Pass Christian, MS. The race was presented by the Gulf Coast Running Club and included cash prizes for overall winners.

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I have run this race a few times in the past years. It is by far the hottest race on my calendar, but always a good time.

The race was a last minute addition for me but I was excited to get out of bed bright and early for my first race in a month.

We finally got a break in the rain that had been blanketing the southeast for three weeks. The temperatures already had a real feel of 90 degrees plus by the time the 5k started at 8:00am.

The competition is tough at this event due to cash prizes so my strategy was just to run as best as I could to earn an age group spot.

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The first half mile was pretty crowded and the second half mile was straight into the blazing sun. Even with the crowd and heat I finished my first mile in 7:15.

The temperature was already starting to wear on me into mile 2 and the turnaround. My mile 2 split was 7:49.

The last mile did offer some shade, but I was exhausted. At this point I was by myself on the course. I really had to push myself because all I wanted to do was stop and find a swimming pool to jump into. I toughed it out and finished the 5K in 23:44.

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Like I mentioned before, the competition was really tough because the top three finishers won prizes of $150.00, $100.00, and $50.00, respectively. I knew I was nowhere close to the top finishers but I was hoping for an age group award.

I finished 14th overall and 3rd in my age group. Interestingly, the top 15 places seemed to be my age group, 30-34, or high school aged.

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Post race refreshments included Domino’s Pizza, fruit, water, and Michelob Ultra Beer.

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The overall winners received cash and beach towels and the age group winners received trophies.

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It was a fun, but tough, hot summer race. I am looking forward to cooler temperatures and Fall races in the next few weeks.

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Next up for me is the Gleaux Run 5K for the American Cancer Society on August 27 at the Mandeville Lakefront. Until next time!

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