May Races

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MayFest 5K
5K run
Friday, May 2, 2014 6:00pm
Ocean Springs, MS

Osprey Open Water Swim and Duathlon
Duathlon
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Ocean Springs, MS

Hat Run
5K run, 1M run, 5K walk
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

On The Run 80’s 5K (WBR Relay For Life)
5K run
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Port Allen, LA

The Great Huey P. Long Bridge Run
5K run
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8:00am
Harahan, LA

Zephyr’s Run for Home
5K and 1 Mile
Sunday, May 4, 2014 8:30 AM
Zephyr Field, Metairie, LA

Crawfishman Triathlon
Triathlon
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Bush, LA

Q50 Races Cinco de Mayo 2 Mile Trail Run
2M trail run
Sunday, May 4, 2014
New Orleans, LA

Hope Haven Battle for the Paddle 5K
5K run, 1M run, 5K walk
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Bay St. Louis, MS

Girls on the Run/Kiwanis Spring 5K
5K
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8:00 AM
City Park, New Orleans, LA

Girls on the Run 5K
5K run
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

LATAN’s 20-Year Celebration 5K
5K run, 1M fun run, 5K walk
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Red Bug Hill Challenge
5K trail run, 1M fun run
Saturday, May 10, 2014
St. Francisville, LA

Rosaryville’s Nun Run
5K run
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Ponchatoula, LA

Run to Remember
5K run, 5K walk
Saturday, May 10, 2014
New Orleans, LA

2nd Annual Ella’s Light 5K/10K/1 mile fun walk
5K/10K
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:00am
Picayune, MS

Cross Country Running Event
2 Miles
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:45 PM
City Park, New Orleans, LA

Tchoupitoulas Barathon: 6 bars, 6 beers, 6 miles
6M run
Friday, May 16, 2014
New Orleans, LA

Pursuit of Fun
5K
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Gulfport, MS

Superhero Dash 5K
5K run
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

JL Spring Stomp 1Mile and 5K
5K
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:00am
Covington, LA

ZULU/Orleans Parish Sheriff Run-To-Ride
5K
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8:30 AM
819 S Broad St, New Orleans, LA

Louisiana Blue Crab Run
5K, 1 Mile Fun Run
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:00 AM
Kenner, LA

Louisiana GREAT AMAZING RACE adults & kids adventure race
Adventure race
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Mandeville, LA

Greek Festival Race (GP)
5K, 1 Mile
Friday, May 23, 2014, 7:00 PM
New Orleans, LA

Woolmarket Duathlon Series #2
2 mile run, 11 mile bike, 2 mile run
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00am
Woolmarket, MS

St. Clare Seafood Festival 5K
5K Run/Walk
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 8:00 AM
Waveland, MS

Run 4 Victory 5K
5K run
Saturday, May 24, 2014
New Orleans, LA

My Leg My Choice Foundation 5K Run/Walk
5K Timed, 2.5K Untimed
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 8:00 AM
Downtown New Orleans, LA

Fat Boy New Orleans 5K, 1Mile
5K
Saturday, May 31, 2014 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

Milltown Classic 5K
5K run, 5K walk
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Bogalusa, LA

Super Dare
Adventure race
Saturday, May 31, 2014
New Orleans, LA

Contest Time!!!

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Who wants to win a free entry to the Huey P Long Run Saturday??!! I was named a race ambassador for the race and the race director graciously gave me a few entries to give away.

Before we get to the contest here are some fun facts about the race:

-The race is part of the Louisiana Bridge Run Series. The other two races are the United Way Bridge Run held in Destrehan and the Crescent City Connection Race held in New Orleans. If you run all three you get a series medal and get to attend the series party.

-You get to run over the newly widened Huey P Long Bridge! #GeauxOverIt

-You also get to run over the mighty Mississippi

-First 1500 finishers receive a Huey P Long commemorative pint glass

-The race shirt is a gender specific tech-tee

-Post race party under the bridge with music by Imaginary Frenz on the Abita Stage

Now time for the contest. Share a pic of you running or walking over one of the Mississippi River Bridges in the comments below or on my Twitter page @bakramer1. I will announce the winners Wednesday!!!

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Raffle House 5K

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The Raffle House 5K was held Saturday at the Terra Bella Subdivision in Covington, LA. The race was put on by the 15th Street Flyers and the St. Tammany Home Builders Association “Raising The Roof For Charity.”. Each year their members come together to build a house for charity. This year’s house is worth over $600,000!!! All of the race participants got to take a tour of the home and it is gorgeous! One lucky runner got a free entry into the drawing for the house, not me…boo. You can still purchase a ticket to win the house by going to http://raisingtheroof.net/. Pictured below is the beautiful home.

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I worked until 5am Saturday morning then headed home to change for the race. I sat down to eat a pre-race snack and somehow I fell asleep for an hour and a half. It was hard to remove myself the couch because I would normally be deep into sleep at this point since I work nightshift. I volunteered to work the race so that was enough motivation for me to get dressed and get out of the door.

Well the winter weather is gone and the humidity is back. The weather for this race was a far cry from the morning of the Crescent City Classic just last week. It was already 70 degrees when I arrived to the race.

The pre race activities were set up right in front of the Raffle House. Many of the sponsors, which included Winters Title Agency, Robin Realty, St. Tammany HBA, GMFS Lending, & The Mixon Group of Keller-Williams Realty, were present and ready to run.

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After I finished volunteering at the registration table it was time to run! The course was a double-loop hybrid course. What this means is half the course is road and half is trail. Pictured below is the bridge portion of the trail.

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I knew from the starting line that this would not be a fast race for me. I was super tired from working all night and my right foot arch was still recovering from the Classic the week before. I was so tired I forgot to pin my race number to my shirt.

Mile 1 started in front of the Raffle House and took us through the neighborhood then into the wooded area. The access road to get to the trail was a little tough because it was the road for the construction trucks to dump their excess gravel and cement. The trail took us around a lake then over the bridge, pictured above, and back to the neighborhood.

For those who know me I am not a fan of trail runs. I am so nervous about tripping and rolling my ankle the whole time and I slow down. This race however has a great trail course. It is only about 1 mile total of the course and it is relatively smooth.

Somehow I was still in 1st after finishing the first mile in 7:20, not my usual first mile pace. The halfway point was back in front of the Raffle House. The Chick-Fil-A cow was cheering near the course which strangely gave me motivation. Maybe I was hungry. By the way Chick-Fil-A was a sponsor just in case you were wondering about the random mascot.

At the end of mile 2 we were back out on the trail and I slowed to a 7:37 pace. I was still in the lead for now and just trying to hold on. Besides forgetting my race number I also forgot my Ipod. Tragedy! The last leg of the race is where my motivational tunes really come in handy. I was running “naked” as they say and I hated it.

The last half mile took us back through the winding roads of the neighborhood. Did I mention this course had 16 turns? I miraculously finished 1st overall female in 23:29. Even better was the fact that my foot did not hurt. I wish I would have posted a better time but I was happy with my effort considering I was half awake at this point.

The post race party included the Chick-Fil-A cow handing out nuggets. There was also jambalaya, beer, protein drinks, massages, and tours of the Raffle House. Next was the award ceremony.

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The sponsors and 15th street flyer, Diane Weiss, gave out the awards. I got a nice bag full of goodies for my overall win. The bag was an insulated drink bag with a built in bottle opener. I also got gift cards from Times Grill and Varsity Sports…..and a Chick-Fil-A cow!!!

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This race is held at a different location in the Covington area every spring. You don’t want to miss it next year. You could win a house! You can find information for this race and other races at www.15thstreetflyers.org

Next up is the Huey P Long Bridge Run 5K this Saturday. Guess what? I was named a race ambassador! I am so excited. Hope to see you there!

 

 

2014 Crescent City Classic

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Last week was quite a week. Our pup Spike was in the vet a few days because he got into rat poison. He is almost 100% better now. My husband and I didn’t sleep much worrying about our fur child in addition to work. He finally came home Wednesday evening but we still had to monitor him and give him medicine every few hours.

Friday finally came and I got off of my detail at 10:30pm. I forced myself to get up early that day so I could readjust my body from nightshift. I planned to sleep all night and wake up fresh for the race. I went to bed around 11:30pm and was sleeping soundly until my husband and dog came barreling in the door and woke me up. I tried and tried to go back to sleep but it never happened. My hopes of a PR and top 500 female was not looking good with a little over an hour of sleep.

I think the sleep deprivation made me really hungry and I tore apart the kitchen at 5:00am. I won’t even say what I ate but it was not the right food and definitely way too much to eat 3 hours before a race. I finally tore myself from the pantry and refrigerator and headed to the race.

The last time I ran the Classic was in 2011. The start was at Jackson Square. The only problem was people would never start in their proper area. This made it hard for some of the runners because they would have to dodge the walkers, strollers, and slower paced runners. I could never run under a 9 minute mile for mile 1 because I was running sideways most of the time trying to go around people. The Classic was never a fast 10K for me.

This year I got to experience the start at Champions Square. We were dropped off outside the Superdome and walked through the security gate. This was a new addition with the tragic incident that happened at the Boston Marathon last year. We met up with the rest of our group in the Square where they had lots of port-o-potties and water stations. Definitely a better set up than the days of the Jackson Square start.

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It was 7:50am and time to start lining up in our corrals. Another new feature of the race this year was closed corrals and wave starts. There was confusion on my part because the only flag I could see was the purple group flag. With the thick crowd and my short stature I could not see anything. I found a volunteer who directed me to where I needed to go.

The elite groups (A-C) started at 8:00am and my group (D) (Green) was moved up to the starting line shortly after. I did see some other color bibs starting with us but not nearly as many as the years past. I squeezed my way, being small does have advantages, to the very front of the start. And we were off!

The start was fast and there was no sideways running or going around people like an obstacle course. I was very happy with the new wave system, probably too happy though because I was running a 6:30 pace for the first half mile. I made myself slow down……who am I kidding I would have slowed down anyway…..and finished mile 1 in 7:12 as we passed the original start near Jackson Square.

I slowed down a lot on the second mile as we turned onto Esplanade Ave. My goal at this point was to stay under the 8:00 mile mark. I finished mile 2 in 7:42.

The crowds of people holding signs, playing music, and trying to solicit beers and mimosas to us definitely helped me keep my morale high and keep me on pace. I finished mile 3, near Broad St. and Esplanade Ave., in 7:44. My 5K time was near 23:30. The race felt like it was flying by and the cool temps definitely helped.

Fatigue started to set in for the next two miles but I managed to stay under 8 minutes with mile 4 at 7:58 and mile 5 at 7:52. We finally entered City Park and I started doing the math in my head to see if a PR was possible. All I had to do was run the last 1.2 miles under a 9 minute pace and I would have it.

The final trek took us around the front of City Park and the New Orleans Art Museum. I could feel the excitement of the runners around me as we made the final turn towards the finish line. I finished mile 6 in 8:00 and just had .2 to go. I was not sprinting to the finish but I was not going to let anyone pass me either.

I crossed the finish line in 48:23, a new PR! My last PR was 48:56 set in 2012 at the Ozone 10K. I was beyond thrilled and excited to share the news with one of my fellow 15th Street Flyers who I saw at the finish line.

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I got my race medal and headed into the after party. I was still unsure if I made the top 500 females but first things first, I needed my post race celebratory beer.

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The post race party was bigger than I had ever seen before. Besides the usual food tents (Blue Runner, Chee-Weez) and beer tents (Michelob Ultra) there was a village of inflatables for the young and young at heart. The Army also had a large set up and a pull up bar for a pull up contest. Definitely did not enter that. There were also over a hundred port-o-potties which is always good. I never had to wait in line.

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I made my way over to the 15th Street Flyers flag and met up with my club. A lot of our runners had PRs and were in the top 500. Go Flyers!

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Next I went to the results tent. There were laptop computers that you could punch your bib number into and it would give you your official time and place. Here are my stats:

1143 overall out of 18964 finishers

150th female overall out of 9880

30th female 30-34 age group out of 1559.

Guess what that meant? Top 500 poster!!!!!!

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I met up with my fellow Loyola Wolfpack Cross-country alumni at the NOTC tent. Even though we graduated college over 10 years ago these girls are still posting incredible times. It was great to catch up and run together.

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I finally found my other Wolfpack and enjoyed the rest of the post party. We had a great time together as always.

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Next up is the Raffle House 5K in Terra Bella Village in Covington, LA this Saturday. You can win a chance to win a gorgeous home on the Northshore!! Follow this link to register:

https://docs.google.com/a/15thstreetflyers.com/file/d/0B0883FRzLU07TUY1dkdpNXlPMUU/edit?pli=1

Spring Break

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French Quarter Fest, Strawberry Fest, Irish Italian Parade……….yeah I did none of those. I have been working non-stop and even on my days off from work I work details. This is my Spring Break….woo!

After my last race, Race 4 The Fallen, I have been busy. The husband and I decided to add, yet again, to our yard. We did some landscaping and added a pergola over the hot tub. This meant working in the yard before my 12 hour shifts, after my 12 hour shifts, and on days off. Pictured below is the final product of our hard work.

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Needless to say I had little time to run….in fact I took a whole week off from running. I had originally planned to do the Woolmarket Duathlon, 5K and 11 mile bike, with a friend last weekend. I was going to borrow a bike, even though I don’t bike…ever, but I was pumped. After work, details, two days at the gun range, and all of the yard work I was done by the time I was off of work on Friday.

I NEVER back out from a race but my body was begging me to. I did the smart thing, relaxed, and slept in. I felt guilty for missing the opportunity to race on my weekend off but I gave myself a break. I decided, however, biking will be in my future. I will be looking into purchasing a bike this fall and I will join the world of biking! Stay tuned.

After a week off I ran on Tuesday. I decided to get three miles in before work. I ran at what I thought was a easy to medium pace but I ended up finishing at 24:30 which is a fast training pace for me. So the time off probably helped. Yay for Spring Break!

Next up is the Crescent City Classic Saturday. My goal is to break my PR of 48:57 and to place in the top 500 females. The course is usually slow around the first mile because of people not starting where they should. Hopefully the new closed corral system will alleviate this. Anyone else running the Classic? What is your goal?