February Races

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Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & Half Marathon 26.2M run, 13.1M run, 26.2M walk, 13.1M walk Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:00am New Orleans, LA

Valentine’s Day 5K 5K run, 1M run, 5K race walk, 1M walk Saturday, February 8, 2014 8:00am Ocean Springs, LA

The H.A.M.R’d Half (marathon) and 5K Trail Run 13.1 5K Saturday, February 8, 2014 8:00am Hattiesburg, MS

Heart & Sole Run 5K Saturday, February 8, 2014 8:00am New Orleans, LA

Race to College 5K run, 1M run, kids run Saturday, February 8, 2014 8:00am New Orleans, LA

King Cake Festival Fun Run 1 Mile Sunday, February 9, 2014, 10:00 AM Champions Square, New Orleans, LA

Arbor Day 5K 5K run, 1M run, 5K race walk, 1M walk Saturday, February 15, 2014 8:00am Biloxi, MS

Park to Park Half Marathon, Relay, 1 Mile Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:30 AM Sulphur, LA

504K 5K run Saturday, February 15, 2014 8:00am New Orleans, LA

Amedisys Mardi Gras Mambo 10K/15K 15K run, 10K run, 1M fun run Saturday, February 15, 2014 8:00am Baton Rouge, LA

Leave Your Footprint n the Path to a Cure 5K run, 1M run Saturday, February 15, 2014 8:00am St. John, LA

SRF We’ve Got Your Back New Orleans Race for Spinal Health 5K run, 1M run, 1M walk Saturday, February 15, 2014 8:00am New Orleans, LA

Wolverine 5K 5K run, 1M fun run Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:30am Covington, LA

Uptown Classic Run/Walk 8K run, 5K run, 1M run, kids run Sunday, February 15, 2014 8:00am New Orleans, LA

Brother Eldon 5K 5K run Saturday, February 22, 2014 8:00am Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana GREAT AMAZING RACE adults & kids adventure race Adventure race Saturday, February 22, 2014 8:00am Mandeville, LA

The Fallen 5K Tulane Naval ROTC 5K Saturday, February 22, 2014 8:00am New Orleans, LA

Mud Mingle: Gulf Coast Muddy Gras 5K mud run Saturday, February 22, 2014 8:00am New Orleans, LA

 

Running in the Icepocalypse….or not

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First off I hope you can sense my sarcasm every time I use the work Icepocalypse. We have had a bit of “winter” weather down here in south Louisiana. It might snow here every few years but I have never seen ice like this in my 32 years. Yeah I know the Northerners think this is nothing but us Southerners do not know how to drive in or deal with ice.

I woke up early Saturday morning to make my way to the Tchefuncte 5K in Madisonville. We had some freezing rain and some ice the day before but nothing crazy. I unlocked my car and attempted to open it….nothing. I pulled harder on the door handle…..nothing. My car was actually frozen shut. I tried my other vehicle….same thing. The foot long icicles on the vehicles should have been a dead giveaway. I walked out to the street and it was completely covered in ice too.

I made the executive decision to opt out of the race and stay home. I really really wanted to run but it would have been unsafe to drive in those conditions. I was disappointed but made up for it by going for a run later that day. Just five hours later it was sunny and 60 degrees. Got to love Louisiana weather.

Today Icepocalypse round two is upon us. Not really, but it has been sleeting steadily for about twelve hours. Today was a 3 mile run on my fitness calendar and I was determined to get it in before I started my 12 hour shift tonight.

I geared up in my Northface gloves and hat and made my way out the door to run in my neighborhood. It was barely sleeting when I started. I got some strange looks from my neighbors but they should know by now I run in the heat, cold, daylight, dark, and now sleet.

Everything was good until I turned around after the 1.5 mile mark to head back home. The wind really picked up and the sleet was coming down sideways. Lucky for me I was running right into the wind. You know the stinging yet burning sensation you get on your tongue when you eat Poprocks? Well that was my face while the sleet rained down on me like chards of glass.  I had to look down almost the entire trek back because the ice pellets were attacking me. I think I would have looked down anyway because I felt silly at this point and avoided eye contact with the few neighbors that were outside staring at me.

I made it back to the house just in time for some light snow. Then it was time to get ready for work.

After reading several other blogs I am glad to see I wasn’t the only moron running in the Icepocalyspe. Stay safe and warm tonight. I heard the abominable snowman was recently sighted, and the power will be out for 5 days, and there will be ten inches of snow tonight. Got to love over zealous news reporters. Until next time.

Races This Weekend

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Run On The Tchefuncte 5K Saturday January 25, 2014 8:00am Madisonville, LA

5K Resolution Run for Recess 5K run, fun run, walk Saturday January 25, 2014 8:00am City Park New Orleans

Dirty Soles Trail Run 13.1, 10K, 5K Saturday January 25, 2014 8:00am Mandeville, LA

Long Beach Carnival Classic Half Marathon 13.1M run, 5K run Saturday January 25 2014 8:00am Long Beach, MS

Elmwood Classic 10K 5K Sunday January 26, 2014 8:00am Harahan, LA

Race of the Week: YMCA Winter Classic 10K

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My featured race of the week is the YMCA Winter Classic. It is Saturday January 18, 2014 at 8:00am. The race is being held at The Blossman Family YMCA on Government Street in downtown Ocean Springs, MS.

I did the race last year for the first time and it is definitely worth the drive, which is about 45 minutes from Slidell.

The race is hosted by the Gulf Coast Running Club. I have ran many of their events over the past years and it is always top notch.

The out and back course starts in downtown Ocean Springs and takes you through several neighborhoods. Warning! This is where you will encounter some hills. The hills are really not much but anything that isn’t flat is a challenge for us Southerners. Once you get out of the residential area you will run along the gulf and beachfront. You then take a turn back into a neighborhood and head to the turn around inside of a local park. Then you turn around,do it all again, and head back to the finish line.

The scenery of this race is absolutely beautiful especially the beachfront. This area is relatively quiet and has low vehicle traffic. There are police officers present though to block any vehicles.

The award ceremony and post party are not at the finish line. You must get into your car and drive to Ocean Springs High School. Make sure you find it on a map before you go. There are several schools in that area and I got lost a few times and missed the awards. The post race party is held in conjunction with a Winter Festival and is inside the high school football stadium.

The awards from last year, pictured above, were hand crafted snowflakes ornaments.

Here is a link to the race: http://gulfcoastrunningclub.org/events/2014-01-18_form.pdf

January Races

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Run On the Bayou
10K, 5K
Saturday January 18. 2014 8:00am
Westwego, LA

YMCA Winter Classic
10K
Saturday January 18, 2014 8:00am
Ocean Springs, LA

Louisiana Marathon
26.2, 13.1
Sunday January 19, 2014 7:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

Frosty Kroc run
10K, 5K
Sunday January 19, 2014 1:00pm
Biloxi, MS

Tchefuncte Run
5K
Saturday January 25, 2014 8:00am
Madisonville, LA

Long Beach Carnival Classic
13.1, 5K
Saturday January 25, 2014 7:00am
Long Beach, MS

Resolution Run for Recess
5K
Saturday January 25, 2014 8:00am
City Park New Orleans, LA

Elmwood Classic
10K, 5K
Sunday January 26, 2014 8:00am
Harahan, LA

107th Annual Jackson Day Race

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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.

2014. How are you doing on your resolution?

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Hello all! It’s been a while since I blogged. I have been busy with the holidays and my new job. I am still a police officer but with a different department now. I couldn’t be happier with the move.

With my schedule I did not have time to do any races in December. This is the first month in four years that I have not done a race. I took advantage of my off time to give my body a rest after a pretty intense 6 months of wedding prep and half-marathon training.

I decided to focus on two races for January, the Jackson Day Race on Jan. 12 and the Tchefuncte 5K on Jan. 25. I did pretty well at the Jackson Day race, blog to come. Hopefully I will see you at the Tchefuncte 5K. It is Saturday Jan. 25 8:00am at Madisonville Junior High in Madisonville, LA.

Another focus I have been working on is my New Years Resolution. I know it is cliché because a lot of people make them but don’t follow through. In fact only 8% of resolution makers actually follow through with their resolutions. The problem could be that people are setting themselves up to fail. Don’t say you resolve to “work out more” or “run more.” That is just too vague. At the same time don’t set unrealistic goals like you are going to run a sub 3:30 marathon this year when you have never ran one before.

I believe the key to success is a specific realistic goal. Try to take 1 minute off your 5K time or 5 minutes off of your half marathon time. If you have never ran a half marathon or full marathon before make your resolution just to complete one, no time goals.

Two years ago I made the resolution to run a sub 1:50:00 half marathon. I did not make it that year but I finally did in 2013. Sometimes goals take longer than a year to achieve but you will get there if you keep pushing. Don’t give up.

My resolution for 2014 is to break a 22 minute 5K. My best time is 22:12. 12 seconds might seem minor but it has been over two years and I still have not done it. So 12 seconds is my goal. I am going to try to incorporate more speed work into my routine and hopefully I will get there. I will keep you posted.

Good luck to everyone in 2014. Until next time.