Race 4 The Fallen

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The 1st annual Race 4 The Fallen was held this morning in Bay St. Louis, MS. The race was presented by the Police Benevolent Foundation. This foundation honors the members of the law enforcement community who risk their lives everyday to protect and serve the public. The proceeds from the race go directly to the foundation to assist the families of fallen officers.

I was recently named the chair of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run at the Mandeville Police Department. I took this opportunity to create a Mandeville Police running team not only to participate in the Torch Run but to also participate in other area races. The department was gracious enough to let me start recruiting, some would say harass, my co-workers to participate in the Race 4 The Fallen. We even got running shirts made. Thanks to Code 3 and Under Armour!

I was only able to recruit one co-worker for this race, but I have successfully signed up about 15 for the Torch Run. It is a start!

Of course I had to work a 12 hour shift up until 5:00am this morning but for those who know me this is nothing new. I always think it is a good idea when I sign up for the race, a bad idea about 2 hours before the race, then a good idea again once I get there.

The severe thunderstorms finally cleared up so my co-worker, Rachel, and I began to make our way to Bay St. Louis. Unfortunately the rain gave way to heavy fog but we made it. It was still dark when we arrived and just as foggy on the bay.

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At the race site there were many officers from different agencies present volunteering their time to do traffic control and assist with the race. We saw quite a few law enforcement runners warming up for the race too. It was heartwarming to see all of these officers come together for a great cause.

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Race start for the 5K was at 7:15am and the course was still covered in a heavy blanket of fog. The starting line was only a half mile from the rather grand Bay St. Louis Bridge but we could not see anything. After speeches from the race director and Police Benevolent Society president and an electric guitar cover of the Star Spangled Banner…we were off!

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I was not sure how much of an ascent we would have to cover when we turned onto the bridge because it was disguised in the fog so I decided to play it safe for the start. I stayed around a 7:00 pace for the first half mile. I was in 5th place at this point still trying to squint through the fog and mist to try to see the upcoming bridge. We turned onto the bridge at about the .6 mile mark and I moved up to 3rd. We had a little bit of a climb but it leveled off at the 1 mile mark.

I slowed down to a 7:20 pace and was praying we would not be going over the high-rise portion of the bridge. Fortunately the turnaround finally came and I knew it was all downhill, literally and figuratively, from here. We left the bridge at mile 2 and turned back towards the finish line. I moved up to 2nd place.

Even though my pace dropped to around 7:40 a mile and the fatigue of being up for 18 hours was finally setting in, I managed to stay in 2nd. The last .1 miles finally came and I mustered up the energy I had left to sprint to the finish. I was 2nd female for a time of 23:38. Not my best time but I was proud of myself for picking up the pace and not getting passed at the end.

I grabbed some water and went back out to the course to cheer on Rachel. She finished 16th overall for 27:07.

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A cool feature the race had was live timing. www.web.My-finish.com provided up to date results. We were able to see our times and the results of the law enforcement division. We were very excited with the results, but more on that later.

While we watched the half-marathoners begin to trickle in we took a walk around the post race festivities. 107.1 The Monkey provided the music for the event. The food included jambalaya, cookies, Domino’s pizza, Budweiser and Michelob Ultra beers, and cocktails from Malibu Rum.

The law enforcement division awards were announced at the 5K award ceremony. I won 1st law enforcement female and Rachel won 2nd law enforcement female! We were very excited and immediately called our co-workers back at the station to share the good news.

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The race was fun but we also had to remember why we were running in the first place: fallen officers. My former co-worker, Rodney Thomas, of the New Orleans Police Department, was killed on 7-7-13. I will never forget working the night he died and hearing the whole thing unfold on the radio. His passing hit my co-workers and I really hard. The community really gathered around his family to help them during this tragic time.

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Today the wife of a fallen St. John Parish deputy was at the race and completed her first half-marathon. It is wonderful that she was able to participate in this event and honor the memory of her husband. I remember that tragic day as well: 8/16/12. Two deputies, Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche, were killed in the line of duty and two more deputies were shot.

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When a police officer is killed it hurts all of us because we are forever united as brothers and sisters in blue. This is why organizations such as the Police Benevolent Foundation are important because it provides resources to the families of fallen police officers.

Next up I will be making my biathlon debut this Saturday in Woolmarket, MS. The event is a 5K run and an 11 mile bike. I will be borrowing a friend’s bike because, well, I don’t bike. If you have any tips for me please share. Hopefully I don’t fall off the bike and I am able to walk the next day. Fingers crossed. Until next time.

 

April Races

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Here is a list of races in Louisiana and Mississippi for the month of April:

Gulf Coast Interstate Relay 263 Miles Run or Ride April 4-6, 2014 New Orleans, LA to Pensacola Beach, FL

Rise and Shine Half-Marathon and 5K 13.1M run, 5K run Saturday, April 5, 2014 Hattiesburg, MS

Rock the Cause 5K run, 1M fun run Saturday, April 5, 2014 Ocean Springs, MS

Woolmarket Duathlon 5k Run, 11 mile bike Saturday, April 5, 2014 Woolmarket, MS

Active for Autism 5K 5K run, 1M fun run, 5K walk Saturday, April 5, 2014 Baton Rouge, LA

Hill’s Great Rover Road Run 5K run, 1M run Saturday, April 5, 2014 Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana Magnolia Triathlon triathlon Saturday, April 5, 2014 Covington, LA

United Way of St. Charles Bridge Run 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk Saturday, April 5. 2014 Luling, LA

Seize the Day 5K run, 1M fun run Saturday, April 5, 2014 Baton Rouge, LA

Run for the Heroes 5K 5K run Sunday, April 6, 2014 Hattiesburg, MS

Oxbow Triathlon triathlon Sunday, April 6, 2014 New Roads, LA

Superhero Race 5K, 1K Kids’ Run Sunday, April 6, 2014, 8:30 AM Audubon Park, New Orleans, LA

Annual Walk/Run for Leukemia 5K Sunday, April 6, 2014, 10:00 AM Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego, LA

Underwear Run 2014 1.2 miles Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:00 PM Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s and Restaurant, New Orleans, LA

Diversity Dash Run, Walk, Roll 5K run Saturday, April 12, 2014 Hattiesburg, MS

Gulf Coast Classic 10K run, 2M run Saturday, April 12, 2014 Gulfport, MS

Child Advocacy Services Blue Run – Gonzales 5K run, 1M fun run, 1M walk Saturday, April 12, 2014 Gonzales, LA

One Can Make a Difference Charity Ride and Run 5K run Saturday, April 12, 2014 Gonzales, LA

Fat Boy 5K 5K run, 1M run, kids run, 1M walk Saturday, April 12, 2014 Baton Rouge, LA

Lions Athletics Association Green & Gold 5K 5K run, 1M run Saturday, April 12, 2014 Hammond, LA

The Little Red Schoolhouse 5K Run Walk 5K Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:00 AM KIPP McDonogh 15, French Quarter, New Orleans, LA

OCF Walk/Run for Awareness 5K Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:00 AM Baton Rouge, LA

Hopefest 5K 5K Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:00 AM Parc Sans Souci, Downtown Lafayette, LA

Henry J. Calamari Memorial Run/Walk 2 Mile Run/Walk Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:30 AM Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Slidell, LA

UnitedHealthcare IronKids Fun Run New Orleans fun run Saturday, April 12, 2014 New Orleans, LA

Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans 1.2 Mile Swim, 56 Mile Bike, 13.1 Mile Run Sunday, April 13, 2014 New Orleans, LA

A Run Through History 5K run, 1M run Sunday, April 13, 2014 New Orleans, LA

Strawberry Strut 10K run, 1M fun run Sunday, April 13, 2014 Ponchatoula, LA

Bunny Run 5K run Saturday, April 19, 2014 Slidell, LA

Paws For A Cause 5K run, 1M fun run, 5K walk, 1M walk Saturday, April 19, 2014 Hammond, LA

Spike Spangler River Road 5K 5K run, 1M fun run, 5K walk Saturday, April 19, 2014 Denham Springs, LA

Crescent City Classic 10K Saturday, April 19, 2014, 8:00 AM New Orleans, LA

1699 Race to Discovery 5K 5K run, kids run, 5K walk, 1M walk Saturday, April 26, 2014 Ocean Springs, MS

Badland 50 50M run, 50K run Saturday, April 26, 2014 Biloxi, MS

Games On The Green 5K 5K run, 1M fun run Saturday, April 26, 2014 Long Beach, MS

iRun for Students 5K 5K run Saturday, April 26, 2014 Hattiesburg, MS

Voodoo Run 5K 5K run Saturday, April 26, 2014 Hattiesburg, MS

Rafflehouse Run 5K Saturday, April 26, 2014 Covington, LA

Traditions Triathlon triathlon Saturday, April 27, 2014 Gulfport, MS

Providence Corporate Cup 5K – Corporate Division 5K run Saturday, April 26, 2014 Baton Rouge, LA

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company’s Run Forrest Run 5K run Sunday, April 27, 2014 New Orleans, LA

RocketChix Women Only Triathlon triathlon, duathlon Sunday, April 27, 2014 Baton Rouge, LA

Run the Numbers 5K run, 1M fun run Sunday, April 27, 2014 Mandeville, LA

 

Ozone Spring 10K RRCA State Championship

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The 30th annual Ozone Spring Run was held Saturday on the campus of St. Paul’s School in Covington, LA. The race was presented by the 15th Street Flyers Running Club and the St. Paul’s Alumni Association. Betsy Boudreaux, from the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), was on hand to crown the state champions in the 10K race. The race also had a 2 mile and a half mile for the children.

The morning started off overcast with a few rain sprinkles. The temperature was a humid 59 degrees. I was nervous on the way to the race because it was a last minute decision to run and I had not run 6 miles since the Gulf Coast half-marathon back in October. I decided to just go for it and use the race to see where I was in training for the upcoming Crescent City Classic.

I made it to the race site early in order to volunteer with race registration. Myself and Linda Hemburger are pictured above working the registration table along with Diane Weiss. We are all members of the 15th Street Flyers Running Club. Many of the Flyers not only run the local races but also volunteer too.

After I was done with registration table duties and headed to the starting line and did a quick warm-up. The kids’ half mile began at 8:00am followed by the 2 mile and 10K which both started at 8:15am. The start of the race took us through the St. Paul’s School campus before turning onto 14th St. We crossed over Hwy. 21 (S. Tyler St.) then turned onto 15th St. for the majority of the race.

15th Street Flyers? 15th St.? Yep you made the connection. The Flyers began 15 years ago and traditionally meet at Hubie Gallagher Park on 15th St. on Tuesdays to run. Now…back to the race.

The one mile point took us right past the 15th Street Flyers Headquarters. I tried to keep a smart pace since I was not sure if I would tire out from lack of distance training. I finished the first mile with a 7:35 pace. I promised myself I would try to stay under an 8:00 pace as long as I could. I slowed to a 7:50 pace for mile 2 then a 7:54 pace for the 5K turnaround. I was in 5th place at this point. The top 2 females were long gone out of my pace range and 3rd and 4th were about 30 seconds ahead of me.

I was at a 7:56 pace after mile 4 and I felt the tiredness growing in my legs. I felt I was running the same pace but I actually slowed down to an 8:09 pace at the mile 5 point. I looked over my shoulder when we turned back onto 14th St. for the final stretch and realized the 6th place female was closing in. I picked up the pace for mile 6 and hit the 6 mile mark at 8:01.

I was passed at the 6 mile mark dropping to 6th place. The last .2 miles took the runners onto St. Paul’s Track. I tried to catch the female in front of me but these old legs wouldn’t have it and told me we were not racing a 15 year old. I completed the last .2 miles with a 6:27 pace. My final time was 48:57. 6th place overall and first in the 30-34 age group.

I almost broke my 3 year old 10k personal record, also from the Ozone 10K. My old record was 48:56, .5 seconds away…..so close!

Here is a link to my Garmin account with a breakdown of the race: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/465816734

Right after the race it was back to volunteer duty helping with race results and packing up.

The post race party included delicious jambalaya provided by the St. Paul’s Alumni Association, PJ’s coffee, and Michelob Ultra beer.

The 15th Street Flyers represented well and our own Jason Young won the 10K. Allison Moll Bodet was 2nd in the women’s race. Many other Flyers won age group awards.

A representative from the Crescent City Classic was present and he gave away two free entries to the race. He also announced some new features for 2014 including closed corrals and a wave start. This is exciting news because in the past it was madness, for me, at the starting line. Walkers and slower paced runners would start right at the front so I was trying to run around, over, or through them for the first mile making for a very slow start.

This Saturday the Flyers will be hosting the Monk Trail 5k at the St. Joseph’s Abbey in Covington. It is a very unique race that you do not want to miss. The course is on the grounds of the Abbey and in the woods. The monks make beautiful hand carved wooden trophies for the overall and age group winners. Pictured below is my age group trophy from 2012. The race is being capped at 600 runners so register now at www.15thstreetflyers.org

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Next up for me is the Race 4 The Fallen this Saturday in Bay St. Louis. I will be representing the newly formed Mandeville Police Running Team and we will be debuting our Under Armor running shirts. I will be competing in the law enforcement division and hope to do well. The race is very special for me because the money raised helps the families of fallen police officers. Come out and support a great cause and cheer my co-workers and I on. Register here http://pbfi.newleveltech.net/R4TF/?page_id=31

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In the meantime I will continue my 10K training for the Crescent City Classic. My goal is to beat 48:57 and to place in the top 500 females. Until next time.

 

 

Al Briede Gold Cup Race

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The 47th annual Al Briede Gold Cup race was held Saturday at its new location. Traditionally the race has been held at City Park but it was moved to Bucktown in Metairie this year. The race was put on by The New Orleans Track Club and benefitted the Christopher Briede Foundation as well as the Louisiana SPCA.

The out and back three mile course started at the Bucktown Marina and took the runners along the edge of the lake with views of the Metairie skyline and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The temperatures started out and stayed in the 50s, but it was very humid.

I started out too fast, as I normally do, with about a 6:30 pace. I was at a 7:10 pace at mile 1. At the turnaround I moved up to 4th place and tried to keep up with the 3rd place female. I increased to a 7:36 pace at mile 2 and started to feel the exhaustion in my legs. The 3rd place runner slowed down at this point so I decided to try to catch her. I was about 3-4 seconds behind her with about a quarter mile to go. I tried to pick up the pace but she really picked up the pace and left me in her dust. My tired legs were not sprinting today.

I finished in 4th place with a time of 22:19, good for 2nd in the 30-39 division. I definitely need to focus on trying to maintain my one mile pace throughout and/or trying to actually have negative splits. I was still happy with my time and the race was a good gauge of where I am and where I need to improve for my upcoming races.

I ran the race with two of my running friends. They both posted impressive times. For one of the girls it was only her second or third race and she ran 33:03. I love seeing friends get involved in running and love it even more when they are successful and get PRs. This is why running is such a great sport, anyone at any age can start at anytime.

The post race was held at the Marina. Refreshments included Blue Runner Beans, Chee-weez, bananas, oranges, and Budweiser Beer. The Red Bull girls passed at the new zero carb zero calorie Red Bull. I might have had one and it might have been delicious. Shhhhh.

The race founder, Mr. Al Briede, was present with his family for the awards ceremony. Mr. Briede is one of the founders of the New Orleans Track Club and at 92 he is still active in the running community.

My next race will be the Race For The Fallen, benefitting families of deceased police officers, in Bay St. Louis, MS. For those who know me I am a police officer and participating in this race is very exciting and important to me. The race is Saturday March 29. If you would like to register visit the site at http://pbfi.newleveltech.net/R4TF/?page_id=31” Until next time.