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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August Races

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Summer Series Race
2m
Wednesday August 3, 2016 6:00pm
New Orleans, LA
Summer Beach Run
5K
Saturday August 6, 2016 8:00am
Pass Christian, MS
Full Moon Trail Run
5m Trail Run
Saturday August 6, 2016 8:00pm
Mandeville, LA
Summer Series Race #5
2m
Wednesday August 10, 2016 6:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA
Tomahawk Trump
5K Trail Run/Obstacle Course
Saturday August 13, 2016 8:00am
Vicksburg, MS
Splash, Roll, and Run Triathlon
Sprint Triathlon
Saturday August 13, 2016 7:00am
Denham Springs, LA
Tour de Scott
Triathlon
Saturday August 13, 2016 7:00am
Scott, LA
NOTC 53rd Anniversary Run
3m
Sunday August 14, 2016 8:00am
Metairie, LA
Trek The Trace
2m
Tuesday August 16, 2016 6:00pm
Hattiesburg, MS
Diamondhead 5K
5K
Saturday August 20, 2016 8:00am
Diamondhead, MS
Gatorbait Triathlon
Triathlon
Saturday August 20, 2016 7:00am
Vicksburg, MS
No Turning Back Mud Run
5K
Saturday August 20, 2016 8:00am
Picayune, MS
Miles Perret Cancer Services Triathlon
Triathlon
Saturday August 20, 2016 7:00am
Lafayette, LA
Privateer Pride 5K
5K
Saturday August 20, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
Twilight Classic
5K
Saturday August 20, 2016 6:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA
Trek The Trace
2m
Tuesday August 23, 2016 6:00pm
Hattiesburg, MS
CRRC Summer Series
1m
Wednesday August 24, 2016 6:00pm
Lafayette, LA
Dog Days 5K
5K
Saturday August 27, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
Ryan’s Run
5K, 1m
Saturday August 27, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
Zoo Run Run
5K
Saturday August 27, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
Star Wars Gleaux Run
5K
Saturday August 27, 2016 7:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA
Gleaux Run For The Cure
5K
Saturday August 27, 2016 8:00pm
Mandeville, LA

Quadburners Hot Pursuit

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The Quadburners race series is in its second year. The third race of the series, Hot Pursuit, was held Saturday July 9 at the Washington St. Pier in Bay St. Louis, MS.

The series consists of five races this year and participants receive a medal after every race which connects at the race finale to make one giant medal. A fifth bonus race, Brew Ho Ho Beer mile, was added and participants can earn a bonus medal and series t-shirt.

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I completed the first series race, Frosted Fanny, in February and won 1st place. At the second race, It Takes Two (2 person relay), held in May, my partner and I took home 5th overall team.

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The Hot Pursuit was also a 4 mile race, like the rest of the series. I was coming off of the Four on the Fourth mile race held a few days prior, so I felt prepared for the distance and more importantly the heat.

I arrived to the race, stepped out of the car, and the heat and humidity hit me like a flying brick. I knew this was going to be a slow, tough race.

At 8:00am we were off into the heat on the Mississippi Coast beachfront.

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My high school track coach taught me the best running lesson in 1998 and changed my running life forever. “Go out strong and fast and never look back.” I used to hang back then try to make a move later in the race but that never served me well.

I employed that philosophy and took off as fast as the grueling heat would allow. I stuck with the first place person, a male, and we were alone at the front of the pack finishing the first mile in 7:17.

I backed off some because I knew I had to store some energy for the turnaround. I finished the second mile in 8:02.

At the turnaround I could see the second place female was a way back so I relaxed and focused on making it through the last two miles.

Mile three took us face first into the blazing sun. It was so hot I could feel the heat from the pavement coming through the soles of my shoes. I finished mile three in 8:53.

I was really dragging and disheartened with my very slow pace. I knew the heat would not allow for fast times so I gave myself a break. I used the image of a cold, frosty, post-race beer for motivation and finished the four mile race in 33:14, for an 8:19 pace.

My effort was good enough for first place female and fourth person overall.

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I cooled down with the ice water and ice towels provided and watched my running partner finish strong.

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You know where we went next…..

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FEB Distributing Co. provided three types of frosty Abita Beer brews at the post race party including the highly anticipated Abita Blueberry! I gave it five stars. Yum!

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Post race refreshments were provided by Savory Roots, snow cones provided by The Sweet Escape, and ice water provided by Icy Pint Athletics. Cajun Timing provided race timing and results and Wendy’s Paws for Prints took race photos.

Every finisher received a race medal, race koozie, and race beach towel. Early registrants got the bonus swag, an insulated tumbler.

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My husband was gracious enough to bring us our favorite donuts after the race.

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We ate our donuts and enjoyed the Abita Blueberry while we waited for awards.

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All top finishers received a custom race cooler with the race logo on it. The perfect swag to beat the heat.

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The race was tough but I had a great time as always. The Quadburners have the formula set for a great race and even better race party.

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Race #4 of the series will be the Halloween Hustle on October 29. Until next time!

Four on the Fourth

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Monday, July 4, was the 17th annual Four on the Fourth run presented by the 15th Street Flyers. The four mile race is held every year on the morning of July 4 at Hubie  Gallagher Park in Covington, LA.

I woke up bright and early so I could volunteer and help out my fellow 15th Street Flyers. I got to work the data table this year. It was cool to see the electronic side of putting on a race.

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Race start was an early 7:30am and I made my way to the starting line. It was getting warm but the starting line and pre race  set up was in the shade so it was not too bad.

The course was altered again this year due to the bridge still under construction and a portion of the road being washed away during the flood a few months ago.

As the race started I was happy to see we were running in the shade for the most part. I tried to stick with some of the faster female runners and finished the first mile in 7:22.

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The fast pack pulled away during mile 2 and I was by myself for a while. I finished in 7:48.

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At the turnaround I could see another pack of females not far behind so I did my best to push on. Mile 3 got hot and I started to slow down, finishing in 8:13. Any hopes of sub 30 minute 4 miler and/or a personal record were out of the window.

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Mile 4 was just putting one foot in front of the other and trying to not get passed. Well I did get passed but I did out sprint someone at the finish line.

I finished the four mile race in 31:38. A ways off from a PR, but I was satisfied.

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I met up with my running buddies, old and new, and enjoyed some post race refreshments. Michelob Ultra, Abita Beer, watermelon, and jambalaya were provided.

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The unique thing about this race is 1st and 4th are awarded. I was 3rd in my age group so no award for me.

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I finished the morning, or so I thought, watching fun post race contests such as donut eating, push ups, and hula hooping.

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I was about to leave when I was held captive, not really, to participate in the Budweiser Beer Mile. I have never participated in my five years of doing this race. Since it was a relay and I only had to chug one beer I was in.

I opted to go second and pleasantly surprised myself with how fast I chugged my beer. By the was this beer mile is hardcore and we used full cans, not cups.

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I cheered on my teammates and laughed at the people puking on the sidelines. Our team finished in 9:07.

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Four on the Fourth is always a great time and look forward to running again next year.

Up next for me is Quadburners race #3, Hot Pursuit, tomorrow morning in Bay St. Louis, MS. Until next time!

 

 

 

July Races

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NOTC All Comers Track Meet
Various distances
Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm
Metairie, LA

Crab Fest 5K
5K
Saturday July 2, 2016 8:00am
Bay St. Louis, MS

Waveland Firecracker 5K
5K
Saturday July 2, 2016 8:00am
Waveland, MS

Red, White, and Blue Run and Tri Fest
2m run, super sprint triathlon, sprint triathlon, duathlon
Sunday July 3, 2016 7:30am
New Roads, LA

Four On The Fourth
4m
Monday July 4, 2016 7:30am
Covington, LA

Freedom Mile
1m
Monday July 4, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

Watermelon Classic
5K
Monday July 4, 2016 8:00am
Jackson, MS

Wesson Memorial Run
2m
Monday July 4, 2016 8:00am
Ocean Springs, MS

NOTC Summer Series
2m
Wednesday July 6, 2016 6:00pm
New Orleans, MS

Coyote Chase Trail Run
2m
Saturday July 9, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

Quadburners Hot Pursuit
4m run, duathlon
Saturday July 9, 2016 8:00am
Bay St. Louis, MS

Sunfish Triathlon
Triathlon Sprint
Saturday July 9, 2016 7:00am
Meridian, MS

Meat Pie Triathlon
1/2 mile swim, 20m bike, 5K run
Sunday July 10, 2016 7:00am
Nachitoches, LA

Summer Series #3
2m
Wednesday July 13, 2016 6:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA

Steel Magnolia Shuffle
5K
Saturday July 16, 2016 8:00am
Nachitoches, LA

Bring It To The Bay
Sprint Triathlon
Saturday July 16, 2016 7:00am
Bay St. Louis, MS

Kroc and Roll Sunset Run
10K/5K
Saturday July 16, 2016 6:00pm
Biloxi, MS

Spillway Classic
3m trail run
Sunday July 17, 2016 8:00am
Norco, LA

Lakeside Country Club Kid’s Triathlon
Youth Triathlon
Sunday July 17, 2016 8:00am
Metairie, LA

Brooks Old Rail Run
2m
Wednesday July 20, 2016 6:00pm
Mandeville, LA

NOTC Summer Series
2m
Wednesday July 20, 2016 6:00pm
New Orleans, LA

Rivershack Run East
2m
Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm
Jefferson, LA

Rivershack Run West
2m
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm
Gretna, LA

St. Jude Heroes Run 4 The Kids
10K/5K
Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS

Christmas In July
5K
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm
Hammond, LA

Summer Series #4
2m
Wednesday July 27, 2016 6:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA

CCRC Summer Series
1m
Wednesday July 27, 2016 6:00pm
Lafayette, LA

NOTC All Comers Track Meet
Various Distances
Friday July 29, 2016 6:00pm
Metairie, LA

Power Miler
1m
Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

Rocketchix
Triathlon
Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

Rocketchix Kids
Youth Triathlon
Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

June Races

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NOTC All Comers Track Meet
Various Distances
Friday June 3, 2016 6:00pm
Metairie, LA
 
BREC Rocketkidz Rookies Triathlon
Youth Triathlon
Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
 
CANN 5K
5K
Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Q50 Race to the Hills
10m, 5m
Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00am
Franklinton, LA
 
Wicked Wine Run
5K, 1m
Saturday June 4, 2016 5:00pm
Bush, LA
 
Crescent City Levee Run
4m
Saturday June 4, 2016 7:00pm
Jefferson, LA
 
Bridgeman 104 Duathlon
Sprint Duathlon
Sunday June 5, 2016 7:00am
Gretna, LA
 
City Club Mini Triathlon
Triathlon
Sunday June 5, 2016 7:00am
Lafayette, LA
 
Mighty Kids Triathlon
Youth Triathlon
Sunday June 5, 2016 7:00am
Houma, LA
 
NOTC Summer Series
2m
Wednesday June 8, 2016 6:00pm
New Orleans, LA
 
Summer Series Race #1
2m
Wednesday June 8, 2016 6:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Creole Tomato Fest 5K
5K
Saturday June 11, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Run To Remember
5K
Saturday June 11, 2016 8:00am
Covington, LA
 
Bay/Waveland Youth Beach Run
5K, 1m
Saturday June 11, 2016 8:00am
Bay St. Louis, MS
 
Give Diabetes The Finger
5K
Saturday June 11, 2016 8:00am
Pass Christian, MS
 
Poplarville Rotary Blueberry Run
5K
Saturday June 11, 2016 8:00am
Poplarville, MS
 
5K@ADA
5K
Sunday June 12, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
Brooks Beach House Run
2m
Wednesday June 15, 2016 6:00pm
Mandeville, LA
 
NOTC All Comers Track Meet
Various Distances
Friday June 17, 2016 6:00pm
Metairie, LA
 
Wild Pig Chase Trail Run
3m
Saturday June 18, 2016 8:00am
Belle Chasse, LA
 
Run With a Mission
5K
Saturday June 18, 2016 8:00am
Lafayette, LA
 
Running Reverend 5K
5K
Saturday June 18, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Chevron Charity Run 5K
5K
Saturday June 18, 2016 8:00am
Pascagoula, MS
 
Father’s Day Race
2m
Sunday June 19, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
 
CRRC Summer Series #1
1m
Wednesday June 22, 2016 6:00pm
Lafayette, LA
 
Summer Series #2
2m
Wednesday June 22, 2016 6:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Armadillo Dash Trail Run
3m
Saturday June 25, 2016 8:00am
Norco, LA
 
Woolmarket Duathlon #3
3m run/11m bike/1m run
Saturday June 25, 2016 8:00am
Woolmarket, MS
 
Color Buzz Night 5K
5K
Saturday June 25. 2016 6:00pm
Metairie, LA
 
Wild Things Kids Triathlon
Youth Triathlon
Sunday June 26, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

 

Quadburners It Takes Two Relay

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The Quadburners race series consists of 5 races held throughout the year. Participants earn a medal for each race completed which makes one giant medal.

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This is the second year of the race series. I only got to participate in one race last year but my goal is to complete all of the races this year. I competed in Race #1: Frosted Fanny back in February and actually won 1st!

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Race #2: It Takes Two Relay was held Saturday evening in Bay St. Louis, MS. The name of the game was to find a partner and each run 4 miles. The team total time would be counted for awards. The three categories were male team, female team, and mixed team.

My usual race buddy Misti agreed to be my partner and team 2Legit2Quit was born! Misti even made us these awesome running jerseys.

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The forecast for race evening had been sunny but on our way to the race is was raining and lightning. The rain tapered off once we got to the race site but the clouds in the distance did not look good.

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We picked up our race bibs and swag and decided I would be the first leg.

This race always has the best goodies. We got the race shirt in addition to a cow bell to cheer on our partner, a light up baton to run with, and personalized race bibs.

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The rain clouds off the gulf did bring in a nice breeze and cooler temperatures for the start. I grabbed my light up baton and was ready to begin. At that moment I realized I left my Ipod in the bag my husband was holding. *Gasp* I spotted him right as the race horn went off…..so “naked” running it was.

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I had no expected time I wanted to pace at. I was coming off of the Fallen Officer 5K two weeks ago with slight heat exhaustion. I decided to see how I felt and go from there.

I used the cool breeze to my advantage and tried to keep pace with the female in front of me (she was in 1st, I was 2nd). I finished the first mile in 7:20.

I slowed down some in the second mile as the breeze started to drop off and finished in 8:10

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After the turnaround I was able to see the other runners coming towards me and realized I was the only moron that ran with the giant light up stick. Geez.

Mile 3 proved to be the toughest as the sun and heat started creeping back in. The 1st place female dropped back and I was now in 1st. I finished mile 3 in 7:55.

I still felt pretty good going into mile 4 and knew I could push myself more but I held back a little out of fear of getting overheated again. The 1st place girl caught back up to me and we paced each other until the end.

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I finished my 4 miles in 31:00. I high fived Misti and she began the second 4 mile leg.

I got my race medal, koozie, and headed straight for the Abita Strawberry. After refueling I headed back out to the course with my cowbell to cheer on Misti as she finished.

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We cooled down and headed to the post race festivities. Abita Beer had Abita Strawberry and IPA and Savory Roots provided BBQ sliders. Yum!

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The awards ceremony was held after all of the participants finished. The top 15 teams in each category were awarded custom metal race batons. Team 2Legit2Quit won 5th place female team!!!!

 

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To say we were excited was an understatement.

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We met up with another runner buddy, Janel, who was also on a winning team.

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All of this winning called for a post race celebration at the nearby Buoy’s Restaurant on the Bay. We enjoyed the gorgeous sunset, delicious cocktails, and runner talk.

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The next Quadburners race, Race #3 Hot Pursuit, will take place July 9 in Bay St Louis. To register visit http://www.quadburners.com/

I am still deciding on my race for June but join me at Hot Pursuit as well as the annual 15th Street Flyers Four on the Fourth race held Jul 4. Until next time!

Fallen Officer 5K

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The first annual Fallen Officer 5K was held Saturday May 14, 2016 in downtown Biloxi, MS. The race was presented by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Team. Over 900 participants ran in honor of law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Proceeds benefitted the families of the fallen officers.

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For being in its first year this race became very popular and sold out a few weeks before race day. Luckily more spots were opened. Because the race was for such a great cause, many sponsors stepped forward as well.

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Pre race festivities were held at the Biloxi Town Green on Beach Boulevard. The opening ceremonies began with the Color Guard presentation by the Biloxi and Gulfport Color Guards, the National Anthem, and Pledge of Allegiance. Keynote speakers included local police chiefs. The opening ceremonies ended with a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace.

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The race start was a few blocks away at the Biloxi City Hall. There was a special start for those running in honor of the fallen officers. AR Graphics generously donated “thin blue line” flags with the names of the fallen officers to those running in their honor. The flags were given to their respective family members after the race.

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I met up with my running partner in crime, Misti, and we made our way to the starting line. We began the 5K distance at 6:00pm.

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The first block was a challenge trying to go around people but we turned east and the course opened up. The first mile seemed to go by very quickly and I finished in 7:08.

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During the second mile my adrenaline wore off and my body reminded me it was hot….and summer was here to stay. Full bottles of water were given out at the turnaround so I briefly stopped to drink what I could and continued on.

The second half of the race was harsh. We were running into the sun and the smell of a corner store on the route frying food did not help. I slowed down for mile 2 and finished in 8:04.

During mile 3 I had the pleasure of running next to a fellow female officer for a bit. She was in full uniform and rig. I was inspired and soldiered on into the sun.

The finish line was back at the Biloxi City Hall in downtown Biloxi. The streets were filled with people cheering for the runners. It was a great finish line and I completed the race in 23:54. It was on the slower side compared to my recent times but I’ll give myself a break with the heat.

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My time was good for fourth overall and 1st age group. The first 500 participants to register received custom race medals.

I located my husband and parents on a bar balcony overlooking the finish line. My Dad showed me the race photos he took from that angle and they were pretty cool.

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I didn’t realize how much the heat got to me until I sat down. I drank as much water as I could but I felt pretty bad.

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Unfortunately we had to skip the post race ceremonies because we were meeting friends for dinner at the Beau Rivage and I desperately needed a shower.

I finally started feeling better a few hours later after a nice and deserved crab leg dinner.

Photos of the candle lit ceremony to honor the fallen officers were posted on the event page later that night. The ceremony looked beautiful.

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The race will be back next year and I look forward to participating again and staying for the post race ceremony.

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Next up for me is race #2 of the year long Quadburners series: It Takes Two. The race is an 8 mile relay race on the beach in Bay St. Louis. Until next time!

May Races

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Seafood Fest 5K
5K
Friday May 13, 2016 6:00pm
Plaquemines Parish
Tchoupitoulas Barathon
6 miles, 6 bars, 6 beers
Friday May 14, 2016 6:00pm
New Orleans, LA
Girls On The Run
5K
Saturday May 14, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
Coach Malcolm B. Brian 5K
5K
Saturday May 14, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
Girls On The Run
5K
Saturday May 14, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
Taste of Terrebone 5K
5K
Saturday May 14, 2016 8:00am
Houma, LA
Run For Relief
5K
Saturday May 14, 2016 8:00am
Gulfport, MS
Light Up The Night Glow Run
5K
Saturday May 14, 2016 6:00pm
Picayune, MS
Fallen Officer Memorial 5K
5K
Saturday May 14, 2016 5:00pm
Biloxi, MS
Louisiana Children’s Museum Family Run
5K
Sunday May 15, 2016 7:00am
City Park, New Orleans
Dress Up-Down 5K
5K
Saturday May 21, 2016 8:00am
Morgan City, LA
Superhero 5K
5K
Saturday May 21, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA
Flyhigh Omar’s Heroes v. Villians
5K/1m
Saturday May 21, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS
Pursuit of Fun
5K/1m
Saturday May 21, 2016 8:00am
Gulfport, MS
Fat Boy Run
3.1m, .25m, 0.0m
Sunday May 22, 2016 8:00am
Metairie, LA
CCRC Louisiana M1LE
1m
Tuesday May 24, 2016 6:00pm
Lafayette, LA
CCRC Summer Series
1m
Wednesday May 25, 2016 6:00pm
Lafayette, LA
Greek Festival 5K
5K/1m
Friday May 27, 2016 6:00pm
New Orleans, LA
St. Clare Seafood Fest 5K
5K
Saturday May 28, 2016 8:00am
Waveland, MS
Jambalaya Fest 5K
5K/1m
Saturday May 28, 2016 8:00am
Gonzales, LA
New Orleans Endurance Festival
Olympic/Sprint Duathlon/Triathlon
Saturday May 28, 2016 7:00am
New Orleans, LA
One Small Step 5K
5K
Saturday May 28, 2016 8:00am
Houma, LA
Run For Children
5K/1m
Saturday May 28, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA
Woolmarket Duathlon Series #2
2m run/11m bike/2m run
Saturday May 28, 2016 8:00am
Woolmarket, MS
Quadburners Series #2
It Takes Two 4×4 Relay
8m
Saturday May 28, 2016 4:30pm
Bay St. Louis, MS

Strawberry Strut 10K/5K

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The 34th annual Strawberry Strut 10K/5K was held Sunday morning in Ponchatoula, LA. The run was held in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival which was held nearby at the Fairgrounds.

It had been several years since I had done this race. The 5K was a new addition as well as the location, which was now off the Fairgrounds. I was semi relieved to see a course change. The old course took us on the service road of Interstate 55 (car fumes, yuck) and past the vendors beginning their day of deep frying food (I think I almost vomited passing the smell of fried Oreos at mile 5).

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I worked a 12 hour shift the night before the race. I actually had some energy but made myself take a quick hour nap. I missed my alarm several times but peeled myself off the couch with 45 minutes to the race start.

I made it to the new race location, Ponchatoula Junior High, with 20 minutes to spare. My race number was not assigned to me yet so I had the option of the 5K or 10K. I was tempted to pick the 5K since I was running on no sleep but the masochist inside of me went with the 10K.

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I had no race plan and did not even know what the course was. I decided to wing it and see how I felt.

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Going into the first mile I was in sixth place. The 5K runners did not turn yet so I had no idea who to pace or try to catch up to. I finished mile 1 in 7:34.

I did not see any females turn off for the 5K so I tried to stick with pack in front of me. I finished mile 2 in 7:44.

The weather was gorgeous with cool temperatures in the 60s and sunny skies. I was taking it all in and enjoying the rural route. I kept the pace with two female runners and mile three was here before I knew it, 7:52.

Mile 4 felt a little harder and fatigue started to creep in. I was trying to pace the female in front of me but every time I would get even with her she would do a 100 meter sprint then slow down again.

I stuck by myself for miles 4 and 5, finishing in 7:54 and 7:56.

During mile 6 I started to do the math in my head of what my finish time could be. I realized I would be under 50 minutes and I was excited for a fast time.

I caught up with my sprinter friend again at the mile 6 mark, 7:58. She took off in a mad dash and I tried to keep a sprint pace. I was about 200 meters out when I realized I would be well under 49 minutes. I pushed hard to the finish and completed the 10K in 48:25.

All finishers were awarded a custom medal at the finish line.

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I knew this could possibly be a PR so I went straight to my car to look up my Garmin statistics on my cell phone. The result? I tied my previous PR which I set at the Crescent City Classic in 2014.

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I was beyond thrilled because it was completely unexpected.

The post race party included fruit, snacks, water, and strawberry shortcake made from Ponchatoula strawberries. The strawberry shortcake was delicious and hit the spot.

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The costume contest and awards were held after the completion of the 10K. I finished 7th overall and 4th age group. 30-39 is a tough age group.

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The lack of sleep was definitely worth it to tie my PR. 10K season is coming to a close but I look forward to attempting my next goal: breaking 48 minutes.

Until next time!

 

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