More March Races and Spring Training

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I had a great response to my March list of races and some fellow runners reached out to me to have their races included as well. Here are more races for March:

Run With Caleb 5K. Saturday, March 22, 2014. Columbia, MS

Equinox Trail Run. 10 miles, 50K, and 50 miler. Saturday March 22, 2014. Homochitto National Forest. MS.

Headhunter Trail Race. 5K, 10k, Half Marathon. Saturday March 29, 2014. Baton Rouge, LA forgeracing.net

Spring is just about here. My front lawn let me know this week with the wild patches of green grass quickly rising above the brown winter grass. On a side note I am hoping for more winter weather because 1. I am not ready to cut the grass every week until October 2. I am not ready for running shorts…or any type of shorts for that matter & 3. I just love the cold.

I am going to attempt to embrace the Spring weather and start putting some serious training in. The big race I am training for is the NYPD Memorial 5K May 19 in New York City. Yep, New York City. My mother and I are planning a girls weekend trip to the big apple and of course I had to squeeze a race in there.

My goal is a sub 22 minute 5K. My other goal is to win 1st female law enforcement officer. I will be happy with any of the top three spots but I really want first.

I will be representing the Mandeville Police Department in our new snazzy Under Armour running shirts. How great is that? My police department is sponsoring me and letting me design running shirts for the department.

My training schedule includes to regular runs, 2-4 miles, and some longer runs, 5-8 miles, since I am training for the Crescent City Classic as well. I am going to incorporate some speed work as well with 400 meter repeats. I am going to also incorporate my usual weight and Pilates routines. Wish me luck!

Some other races I will be participating in in the next few weeks include:

Read, Write, Run 5k March 8, 2014 in Pass Christian, MS

Color Me Radd 5K March 22, 2014 in Jackson, MS

Run 4 The Fallen 5K March 29 in Bay St. Louis MS

Crescent City Classic 10K April 19 in New Orleans, LA

Good luck to all of you in your Spring training. Until next time.

 

 

 

 

March Races

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March Races:

Mississippi 50 Trail Run
50M trail run, 50K trail run, 20K trail run
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Laurel, MS

Run Thru History 10K
10K run, 1M fun run, 5K race walk
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Vicksburg, MS

SuperHero 5K
5K run
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Purvis, MS

Read, Write, & Run 5K
5K
Saturday, March 8, 2014 8:00am
Pass Christian, MS

Al Briede Gold Cup Race
3 Miles, 1 Mile
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Lake Pontchartrain Lakefront, Bucktown, LA

Komen Baton Rouge Race for the Cure
5K run, 1M fun run, 5K walk
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Q50 Trail Run
Marathon & Half Marathon
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Franklinton, LA

Race Judicata
5K run, 1M fun run, 1M walk
Saturday, March 8, 2014
New Orleans, LA

Jeanerette Sugar Rush 5K
5K Run/Walk
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:30 AM
Jeanerette, LA

St. Thomas Aquinas Irish-Italian Fest 5K
5K run
Friday, March 14, 2014
Hattiesburg, MS

Underwear Run 2014
1.2 Miles
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:00 PM
Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar and Restaurant, New Orleans, LA

St. Patrick’s Day Run
5K
Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:00am
Biloxi, MS

Hammond Rotary Shamrock Run
5K, 10K
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7:45 AM
Southeastern Louisiana University Campus, Hammond, LA

Color Me Rad New Orleans Mar 15,
5K novelty run
Saturday, March 15, 2014
New Orleans, LA

Color in Motion 5K – Baton Rouge
5K obstacle run
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Washington Parish 4-H Charity 5K
5K run
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Franklinton, LA

ISL 5K Spring Shuffle
5K, 1 Mile Family Fun Run
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 8:00 AM
LaSalle Park, Metairie, LA

Firefighters for Life 5K
5K Walk/Run, Children’s Half-Mile
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:00 AM
Golden Meadow Park, Golden Meadow, LA

Shamrockin’ Run
8K
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 8:30 AM
Warehouse District to Audubon Park, New Orleans, LA

St. Patrick’s Day 3.17
3.2M run, fun run
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Ozone Run
10K, 2 miles
RRCA State Championship
Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:00am
St. Paul’s School, Covington, LA

Coast Chalice CROP Hunger Walk/Run
5K run, 5K walk
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Gulfport, MS

Color Me Rad – Jackson
5K novelty run
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Jackson, MS

OGUE Squirt N Dash 5K
5K run
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Hattiesburg, MS

Oh What a Beautiful Day 5M
5M run
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Hattiesburg, MS

Get Your Rear in Gear – Baton Rouge
5K run
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

LSU Tigers Against Trafficking 5K
5K run, 5K walk
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

NOLA Mad Dash
adventure race
Saturday, March 22, 2014
New Orleans, LA

Sprint n Splash
Duathlon
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Metairie, LA

SE Gleaux Run
5K run, 5K walk, 1M walk
Friday, March 28, 2014
Southeastern University, Hammond, LA

Monk Run
5K Trail Run
Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00am
St. Joseph’s Abbey, Covington, LA

1st Annual Race for the Fallen
Half Marathon, Relay & 5K
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:00 AM
Bay Bridge, Bay St. Louis, MS

LuckyDay Superhero 5K
5K run
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hattiesburg, MS

Zombie Run
5K fun run, 5K novelty run
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Gulfport, MS

5K Foam Fest – Baton Rouge
5K novelty run
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Dash for Deaf Kids
5K run, 1M run, 1M walk
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

National MS Society – Strides for MS 5K
5K run, 1M walk
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Reveille at Oak Alley Run/Walk
5K run, run, run
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Vacherie, LA

WNLC Born to Run
5K run, 5K walk
Saturday, March 29, 2014
New Orleans, LA

Pel-I-Can Run
5K, 1 Mile
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:00 AM
Mandeville, LA

FCA “Run for the Son”
5K Race and One Mile Fun Run Walk
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:00 AM
St. Charles Catholic High School, Laplace, LA

Great St Charles Avenue Road Race
10K, 5K, 1 Mile
Saturday, March 29, 2014
New Orleans, LA

LSU Law Race Judicata 5K
5K run, 1M run
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

New Orleans Triathlon
1500 Meter Swim / 40k Bike / 10k Run
Sunday, March 30, 2014
South Shore Harbor Marina, New Orleans, LA

Big Easy Sprint Triathlon
400 Meter Swim / 20k Bike / 5k Run
Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:45 AM
South Shore Harbor Marina, New Orleans, LA

Valentine’s Day 8K

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The Valentine’s Day 8K was held Saturday at the Fort Maurepas Historical Site in Ocean Springs, MS. The start and finish were on the beachfront. The out and back 5 mile course included running over the Biloxi Bay Bridge twice. The race was put on by the Gulf Coast Running Club.

I made the hour and a half drive to Ocean Springs around 7:ooam Saturday morning. The race was a last minute decision but in the end I decided to take the drive since I had not done a race in a month. The weather was in the 40s and the sun was shining. It was beautiful.

I had never done this race before so I was not sure what to expect. I was surprised to learn we were going to run over the Biloxi Bay bridge not once but twice. I was nervous because it looked challenging (see picture above). I immediately got the idea of any time goals out of my head.

This race had a special Valentine’s Day twist. There was a team division but the teams had to be one male and one female, like a couple. I could not talk my husband into coming so I put my name on the list as a single. Luckily another male needed a partner and we matched up. Our ages combined were 89 which qualified us for the Master’s Division. I was not sure how to feel about that because I figured I had another eight years before I called myself a “master.” Nevertheless I was happy to have a partner.

The race started out on the beachfront for almost a mile before we got on the bridge and started the ascent. We ascended about .5 miles before reaching the peak. It was rough being that I have not ran “up” anything since the bridge series last summer. It definitely took its toll on me: I went from a 7:15 pace to a 9:00 pace.

We then descended down the bridge and ran on the flat portion until the turnaround at the 2.5 mile mark. I was in 12th place which I stayed in until the end. I dropped down to an 8:05 pace but my legs were exhausted from the bridge. While running back the elevated portion of the bridge was staring at me and putting negative thoughts in my head. I dreaded running back up that monster again. My one goal was to not to stop running which unfortunately several people did. I slowly but surely made it up without stopping.

The final 1.25 miles took me down the bridge and back out to the beachfront. I picked up the pace to sub 8:00 and finished in 40:28 for 12th overall female. I was exhausted and drank about 5 cups of water. Even though it was cool I was dehydrated. I met up with my partner who finished about 4 minutes ahead of me.

The post race party and awards were held in Fort Maurepas Park. Refreshments were provided and the awards began. I won 2nd in the 30-34 age group. My partner and I won 3rd place in the Master’s Team division. The trophies for both were really nice, see above.  The Gulf Coast Running Club always goes above and beyond with their awards.

There were two performances I wish to highlight from the race. The first was from a 71 year old male who got 15th overall and finished the race in 34:55, a sub 7:00 pace. The second was from a 7 year old girl, yes 7, who placed 10th overall for the females and finished in 39:36 for a sub 8:00 pace. These two individuals are truly inspirational. The next time you make an excuse for yourself think of these two, I know I will.

I’m not sure when my next race will be. Mardi Gras season is here which means lots of overtime at work for me. I am looking at March 8 for the possible next race. Until next time.

Biggest Loser Controversy? Eh Not Really.

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Rachel Fredrickson was crowned the winner of Biggest Loser Tuesday night. She started her journey 13 months ago at 260 pounds and finished at 105 pounds. Unfortunately her win has been overshadowed by controversy stating she is “too thin” or “lost the weight too fast” or looks “anorexic.”

First off I am going to address the people calling her anorexic. That is ignorant, disrespectful to her, and disrespectful to the thousands of people who are actually battling the disease. Just because someone is thin, or too thin for your taste, does not mean they have an eating disorder. Above I see a thin yet healthy woman. Would you call the lady in white next to her anorexic too? They look nearly the same size. Honestly the only thing I could even say I don’t like about Rachel is her “Madonna” arms. I think she could bulk up her arms with some muscles but that is my opinion. I’m not going to criticize her for that. I really think if she had more muscle in her arms people would not being calling her too thin. The rest of her body looks completely healthy.

Some people are saying she starved herself. Her diet was 1600 calories a day which is normal. My diet is 1300 calories a day. That is a healthy diet for someone of my frame.

Next I am going to address those who think she lost the weight too fast. Rachel lost 155 pounds in 13 months which equals 56 weeks roughly. Health experts state a healthy weight loss rate is 2-3 pounds a week. For example, 2.5 pounds a week multiplied by 56 weeks equals 140 pounds. This puts Rachel at losing 2.7 pounds a week. Healthy.

Rachel had an athletic body before she gained the weight and was a competitive swimmer. I have seen pictures of her before the weight gain and she looks similar to watch she looks like now.

I think people are being too critical and some, dare I say, are projecting there own feelings of insecurity and jealousy on her. We should celebrate the fact that this woman chose to get her life and health back. Her quality of life is going to better and if she maintains a healthy lifestyle she is going to live a lot longer then she would at 260 pounds.

Congrats to her.