107th Annual Jackson Day Race
On Sunday morning I participated in the 107th annual Jackson Day Race. The race was hosted by The New Orleans Track Club and sponsored by the Jacobs Engineering Group.
The race is the oldest race in the south and the 5th oldest race in the country. The story behind the Jackson Day race dates back to nearly 200 years ago. During the War of 1812 Gen. Andrew Jackson requested the aid of a band of pirates to fight off the approaching British army. On Jan. 8, 1815 the pirates, who were stationed near the Old Spanish Fort (present day Robert E. Lee and Wisner Blvd.), ran all the way to Jackson Square to fight the British.
I met with my running friends at The Old Spanish Fort for the start. The weather was sunny and in the 50s. The race started around 8:30am.
Miles one and two took us southbound on Wisner Blvd. past City Park. I definitely felt the soreness in my quads from my intense first week back of Brazilian Sculpt. I stayed around a 7:55 pace. It was not as fast as I could or wanted to run but I decided to hang back since I had not run this distance since October.
The beginning of mile 3 took us over the Wisner I-10 overpass. I actually think running up the bridge helped stretch out my sore quads and I felt better. At the 3.5 mile mark we turned southbound to Orleans Ave. I was at about an 8:06 pace now.
At the mile 5 mark we made it to the French Quarter. With .6 miles to go I picked up the pace and got back down to a sub 8:00 pace. I made it to the finish line for 45:30 for 5.6 miles. I placed 15th overall for the female division, 5th 30-39 division.
My friends and I went to the after party which was held on Toulouse St. in front of The New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company. Hamburgers, hot dogs, Chee-Weez, beer, and king cake were provided. I skipped the race food in favor of a Port of Call burger afterwards. I think that burger was my sole motivation during the race.
It was a beautiful day, awesome race, and a great start to my 2014 racing season. Next up is the Tchefuncte 5K in Madisonville, LA on January 25.