Alligator Stomp 5K

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This past Saturday the 2013 Alligator Stomp 5K was held at the Westbank Bridge Park in Luling, LA. The race was held in conjunction with the Luling Alligator Festival. The race was hosted by the St. Charles Rotary Club and New Orleans Running Systems.

It was a beautiful blue sky morning with temps around 77. The humidity quickly took over and it felt more like 90. I got off of work at 7:00am and drove straight to the race. I was exhausted and kept trying to talk myself out of it but I knew it would be a good time and my number one fans, Mom and Dad, were coming to watch.

The race started at 9:10am on top of the Mississippi levee. The course was out and back on top of the levee with a downhill finish for the final 100 meters.

Becky White September 27, 2013 1 Comment Permalink

Races this Weekend

imageFirst up is the 3rd Annual Covington Classic 5K held in downtown Covington Saturday morning. The race starts and ends in beautiful Bogue Falaya Park. Race registration starts at 7:00am. It is $20 day of registration with a $15 no t-shirt option. The 1 mile begins at 8:00am and the 5K follows at 8:15am. Awards are given for the top 3 in the 1 mile and 5K. The race is hosted by Gilbar.

 

 

 

 

 

alligatorNext up is the Alligator Festival 5K in Luling, LA on Saturday. The race is held in conjunction with the Alligator Festival. The race begins and ends at the Westbank Bridge Park under the Hale Boggs Bridge. Race registration starts at 8:00am with the 1/2 mile at 9:00am and the 5K at 9:15am. Race day registration is $25 with a no t-shirt option for $20. Awards will be given for overall and age groups for both races. The race is hosted by New Orleans Running Systems.

Last up is the Tipitina’s 5K Saturday evening.The race begins and ends at Tipitina’s on Napoleon Ave. in New Orleans. Race day registration starts at 4:00pm and the 5K starts at 5:00pm. Race day registration is $35. Prizes are given for runners rhythm_logodressed as their favorite musicians. The first 500 finishers will receive a commemorative medal. There will be a free concert for the first 100 people over 18 inside Tipitina’s postrace featuring Bonerama and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Tickets will also be available for purchase. The race is hosted by The New Orleans Track Club.

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend!!!

19:00 5K?

Yes I completed a 19:00 5K tonight, but it is not what you think. I dusted off my inline skates I bought a decade ago and decided to try some skating.

I made the spur of the moment decision to try skating because I still had energy after my Brazilian Butt Lift workout….don’t judge me it really works. I was surprised how fluid I was on the skates after all of these years. I still had some obstacles to face in the form of rocks, nails, and sand traps since we still have new construction going on in our neighborhood. I only tripped once but there was no one around to see it at 11:00pm thankfully.

The whole time I skated I kept looking at my Garmin watch to see what kind of pace I was at. At one point I was skating along at a 4:42 pace per mile but averaged out to a 6:08 pace. How I wish I could run that fast. It was nice to feel what the fast runners felt like for a change. Here is a link to my Garmin result:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/380535994

Overall it was a fun experience and I am going to add it to my cross-training.

 

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September 19, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Court Chase 5K

 

The 15th Street Flyers hosted the Court Chase 5K benefitting the Youth Services Bureau this past Saturday. The race was held at the Covington Trailhead.

I have been in the middle of training for the Gulf Coast Half Marathon and my new shoes I bought to train in have not been so pleasant. I have been getting blister on top of blister on the bottom of my left foot in between my big toe and the next toe. I have never had this issue before so I have to assume it is the shoes. However, monster blister aside, I decided to do the 5K.

The weather has been unseasonably hot for September and it was muggy and humid at the beginning of the race. I did not start off as fast as I have been lately, 6:44 first mile at the Saints 5K, because I slow down so much in the second mile. I ran about a 7:04 first mile and stayed around 7:29 for miles 2 and three. I started to feel the monster blister after mile 2 but hung on until the finish.

Surprisingly I got 1st for females and finished in 22:54. I won a nice oil painting with the race logo. I also won a door prize, $40 gift certificate to a local hair salon. Score!

Overall it was a nice Saturday evening race with a great turnout. It was great to have my fiance there supporting me and to see my fellow 15th Street Flyers.

I am hoping with cooler weather right around the corner I will be able to improve my 5K time. My PR still stands at 22:12 which I set in 2003 at a college cross-country meet. I have come close to breaking it a few times recently but I hope to break 22 minutes this Fall. Stay Tuned.

Becky

 

 

 

September 18, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

NOTC Anniversary Race


The 49th annual New Orleans Track Club Anniversary Race was held Saturday
morning August 18 in New Orleans City Park. The race was held at the
historic Peristyle for the first time. The clouds and rain gave way to the
sun and humid temperatures. A special feature of this race was not only
did they give out neon colored technical shirts with registration, they
also gave out neon colored 80s throwback sunglasses with the NOTC logo on
them. Way cool!

The course took the runners through City Park under the historic oaks,
past Storyland and the New Orleans Art Museum, and back to the Peristyle
for the finish. Nick Accardo finished the three mile race in 15:51 and
Lauren Jewett finished first for the women in 20:53.

I finished in 22:53, good for 7th place. 

Post race refreshments included Coors Light beer, red beans, fruit, and
Krispy Kreme donuts. The race benefited the  St. Mary's Residential
Training School for Autism.

(Archive repost 08/23/2012)

September 17, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

My First Duathlon!

On June 23, 2012 I participated in my first duathlon, running and kayaking. I have only kayaked once in my life and that was last summer for a group trip on the Okatoma in Hattiesburg. I decided to give it a shot anyway.

The race was held on the bayfront in Ocean Springs, MS. It was one of the events for the Jackson County Bicentennial Celebration at Fort Maurepas.
Most people brought their own kayaks, which looked pretty serious, and they had several companies there renting out kayaks. I rented one and picked the lightest one I could find since I had to carry it to the water.

The race started with an out and back 2 mile run. I was the first female to hit the water

September 17, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

May/June Races

My knee has been bothering me since last year so I finally went to the doctor and I was diagnosed with Patello Femoral Syndrome. It is nothing major but the doctor recommended and insert for my right shoe to balance me out. After two runs the insert ripped the skin off of my arch and I could barely run for two days. I took the insert out. I decided to try some strengthening exercises and promised myself to take it easy with the running. I will also avoid what got me here in the first place: deciding to do a half-marathon 3 weeks before the race with no training. Thanks to Paul Jones at Jones Physical Therapy for all of the help.

In May I competed in the Al Briede 3 mile race, Fat Boy 5K, and the Greek Fest 5K. I was less than impressed with my 24 minute 5K times but I promised not to beat myself up over it. I have to ease back into it no matter how fast I want to go. To say all of these races were hot and humid would be an understatement. I don

September 17, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

KCB Clean & Green 5K

The KCB Clean & Green 5K was held this past Saturday at The Covington Sports Complex in Covington, LA. The race was presented by the Keep Covington Beautiful committee and put on by the 15th Street Flyers Running Club of Covington, LA.

The course was out and back through the Sports Complex and through a neighborhood in old Covington. The race started off warm but breezy. The temperatures quickly climbed and it got hot and humid fast. I started off fast and comfortable at a 7:13 pace, leading the women. The heat eventually caught up to me and I ran out of gas. I slowed down to a 7:45 pace and was passed at the 1.5 mile mark. I held on with the leader about 15 seconds ahead of me but I could not get back to my 1st mile pace.

Dave Dessauer won the men

September 17, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink