July Races

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Summer Series Race
2 Miles
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 7:00 PM
City Park, New Orleans, LA

Four on the Fourth
4 miles
Friday July 4, 2014 7:30am
Covington, LA

Wesson Memorial 2M
2M run
Friday July 4, 2014 8:00am
Ocean Springs, MS

Freedom Mile
1 mile
Friday July 4, 2014 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

Crab Festival 5K
5K run, 1M run, 5K walk
Saturday July 5, 2014 8:00am
Bay St. Louis, MS

Independence 5k
5k
Saturday July 5, 2014
Pass Christian, MS

Hotter Than Hell Marathon for RaceMD
Marathon
Sunday, July 6, 2014, 12:00 AM
Audubon Park, New Orleans, LA

Varsity Sports Mandeville Summer Series #3
2 miles “Shirtless Shakedown”
Wednesday July 9, 2014 6:00pm
Mandeville, LA

Sunfish Triathlon
Triathlon
Saturday July 12, 2014
Meridian, MS

Spillway Classic Trail Run
3 Miles
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 8:00 AM
Bonnet Carre Spillway, Norco, LA

All Comers Track Meet
100 Meters to 2 Miles
Friday, July 18, 2014, 7:00 PM
St Martin’s Episcopal School, Metairie, LA

Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K – New Orleans
5K run, 5K walk
Saturday July 19, 2014 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

Happy’s 5K
5K
Saturday July 19, 2014 6:00pm
New Orleans, LA

Kroc and Roll Sunset 5K Run
5K run, 5K walk
Saturday July 19, 2014 6:30pm
Biloxi, MS

Varsity Sports Mandeville Summer Series #4
2 miles “Run Like You Stole It”
Wednesday July 23, 2014 6:00pm
Mandeville, LA

Summer Series Race
2 Miles
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:00 PM
City Park, New Orleans, LA

Blacklight Run – New Orleans
5K novelty run
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm
New Orleans, LA

Christmas in July Fun Run – 5K/1M
5K run, 1M run
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm
Hammond, LA

RiverShack Tavern’s ‘River Run’
2M run, 2M walk
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm
Jefferson, LA

Rocketchix Triathlon II
Triathlon
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

 

Summer Series June Bride Run

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Yesterday Varsity Sports Mandeville hosted the second Summer Series 2 miler “June Bride.” Participants were encouraged to dress in their best wedding garb for great prizes from Asics. The race was also a Hot 100 event earning runners 5 big points.

Race day started out rough. I was getting off of a 12 hour shift and we just switched back to dayshift so you can imagine the peach I had been all day. At 5pm I was on hour 19 of being awake. In addition to that I had been suffering from a bout of food poisoning. I was determined, however, to earn my precious Hot 100 points.

I made it to the race early so I could earn an additional 3 Hot 100 points for volunteering. It was a crapshoot if the wedding, I mean race, would even go on because of the weather rolling in. The weather was so bad over the lake that the Causeway was even shut down.

We continued to register participants as we constantly checked the radar on our smart phones. These runners are tough though because they kept showing up decked out in there bridal attire even in the rain.

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All of the brides and grooms patiently waited around dodging the rain drops as the race director made the final call that we would indeed be going to the chapel, the 2 mile run that is.

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At 6:30 we began the 2 mile. I was beyond exhausted and trying to keep my footing on the wet cement was not an easy task. Surprisingly my long veil and garter did not hinder me but I felt bad for the ladies that were wearing full wedding dresses. I heard one lady behind me yell, “Help my dress is falling off of my boobs.” Silly runners.

While we were on the course we were passed by motorists probably just getting home from work. I was trying to imagine what they were thinking as they saw about a hundred people dressed as brides, grooms, and priests running the streets of Mandeville in the rain. Silly runners indeed. We are a special breed.

We were rained on for the entirety of the course but at least the weather was cool……that is what I kept telling myself. I definitely knew this would not be a fast race for me but my one goal was to break at least a 15:00 2 mile. I dug deep and finished in 14:51. Not bad for this sleep deprived bride.

The post race party featured Abita Beer, Michelob Ultra, and pizza. Present sponsors included Asics and Jones Physical Therapy. The award ceremony had a twist. Instead of awarding the top runners the most fashionable brides and grooms were awarded with Asics socks, backpacks, and shoes for the grand prize winners.

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The Varsity Sports Summer Series continues Wednesday July 9 and the theme for the next run is “Shirtless Shakedown” presented by Newton. For more information go to www.varsityrunning.com

I will be taking a break from races this weekend and the husband and I are heading the Beau Rivage for some much need rest and relaxation. Until next time!

Run To Remember 5K

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The Run to Remember 5K was held Saturday at the Terra Bella Village in Covington, LA. The race was presented by Dynamic Physical Therapy and benefitted the Wounded Warriors Project. The race also featured the Wall of Warriors with pictures of active service members submitted by their families.

Race morning started off warm, foggy, and muggy. Of course I am on night shift which means I woke up at 3:00am after only sleeping for 4 hours. I made it Terra Bella about an hour before the start and the parking lot was nearly full. I spoke to one of the race volunteers while I was getting my registration and she said they had a lot more participants than expected, 400 runners! I collected my race goodies and found my co-workers, who I was going to run with.

My fellow officers and I decided to run this race and represent the Mandeville Police Department. One of our officers, Adam Smith, was an Army Ranger and a Purple Heart Recipient. Pictured below is Team Mandeville PD (Sgt. Mike Ocman, Sgt. Fred Fath, Officer Becky White, Officer Adam Smith).

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After a moment of silence for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, the children’s 1 mile race started at 7:45am with the Chick-Fil-A cow. The 5K started right after at 8:15am.

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The course took us around the streets of Terra Bella Village. The first mile was all on pavement which made for a fast start. I finished in 7:01. I was about 10th overall and 1st female at this point. We ran for another half mile before the course took us into the grass by the lake behind the neighborhood. The grass was somewhat wet from the morning dew but it was bearable. The uneven turf did slow me down some, I am not a great trail runner, and I finished mile 2 around the 7:30 mark.

As we made our way to the back of the lake I assumed we would be turning around but we never did. We continued to the other side where a construction zone was set up. I will sum it up in one word: MUD. Let me reiterate, MUD. The crew was in the process of expanding the street so a nice thick layer of mud awaited the runners. You could not run to the left because of the wood line and to the right was the lake. I just sucked it up and ran through trying not to slip, fall, or get my shoes stuck. I slowed down to a 9:00 pace and prayed for pavement.

Finally at the 2.5 mile mark the sun came out and shined upon the cement, glorious beautiful cement! I picked up the pace and tried to run the mud off of the bottoms of my shoes. I was still in 1st and trying to muster up some energy for the final kick.

As I turned the corner and saw the finish line I realized the course was ending early. I finished 1st overall for 21:38 for 2.85 miles. So yeah not the sub 22:00 PR I have been dreaming of since my Garmin told me the course was short. I will take it though. My co-worker said his Garmin measured 3.06 miles, so maybe mine was off.

I turned in my score tag, tried to kick some more clumps of mud off my shoes, and headed back out to the course to run my co-workers in.

Team Mandeville posted some great times and we basked in a post-race glow as we traded race stories and tried to clean the mud off ourselves. The post race refreshments included smoothies from Smoothie King, coffee from Abita Roasting Company, beer from Covington Brewhouse, as well as yummy red beans and jambalaya.

The race featured an impressive raffle. Participants were given a ticket with their entry and there was an option to purchase more raffle tickets. The list of prizes were so amazing so I purchased about 10. Some of the items were gift cards to Target, Five Guys Burgers, Smoothie King, The WWII Museum, 9 Round Fitness, Freedom Fitness, and Chevron. A signed Saints football and yearbook were also up for grabs as well as a signed Pelicans basketball. I won a gift card to Five Guys!

The awards ceremony followed. All of the award winners received beautiful gold “challenge” coins with the Run to Remember logo on the front and their division place on the back. In addition to my coin I won a gift certificate to Massage Envy.

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Here is a link to the results: http://www.theyatrace.com/sites/theyatrace.com/files/event/results/remember_5k_results.pdf

After the race my co-workers and I headed to a BBQ at a friend’s home in the neighborhood and had a great afternoon.

I had such a great time at this race and Dynamic Physical Therapy gets an A+ for their effort. I look forward to running again next year and supporting the Wounded Warriors Project.

Next up for me is the Varsity Sports Mandeville Summer Series July 9 and 23. For more info go to www.15thstreetflyers.com. I am still working on my Hot 100 points as well. Until next time!

 

 

Miss Indiana is not normal

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Miss Indiana, Mekayla Diehl, competed for the title of Miss USA this past Sunday. Images of her from the bikini portion of the competition have caused quite the internet stir. News outlets such as Eonline, People Magazine, and Examiner to everyday Twitter and Facebook users have been applauding Miss Indiana for her average/normal body. Huh?

I would like to know what is average and normal about this woman’s body because I don’t get it. This former college volleyball player works out with a personal trainer 7 days a week and maintains a high protein low carb diet. She stated she originally weighed 128 pounds before the competition but worked hard to gain 10 pounds of muscle. It shows. She looks great and very muscular.

So I have to ask again why are people saying she is thick and curvy and represents the average woman? Miss Indiana is 5’8″ and a size 4. The real “average” American woman is 5’3″ and a size 14 or 166 pounds.

Here are some tweets that I found amusing:

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1. She is not a fatty and obviously isn’t hanging out at Wendy’s 2. You can be a small size and have thighs and boobs (see my thighs for an example) 3. Uh, I think all of the contestants have a real women’s bodies….unless there were some robots on stage I didn’t know about.

Some people did redeem society with their tweets however:

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1. Good point 2. What is normal? Everyone has a different opinion 3. I agree she looks like all the other contestants for the most part.

In the technological age we live in now, where it is so easy to have diarrhea of the brain and share one’s thoughts instantly via the internet, I think criticism over how one looks will continue to grow. It is very easy to sit behind your laptop, cell phone, Ipad, tablet, blah, blah, blah and critique another. People’s view of reality and beauty is so skewed now because of picture editing and Instagram filters that are so easily accessible. The generation of pre-teens and teens coming up do not know of life before Instagram filters and Facebook sharing. They judge their self worth on how many likes their picture can get, how many followers they have, etc.

This brings me to another Miss USA contest moment: how perfect was Miss Iowa being asked if social media spurs narcissism in today’s youth.

What do you think of the Miss Indiana body debate?

100 Days of Summer

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The cold days of Winter and the lovely Spring days are gone. 90 degrees, over 100 degree heat index, humidity that makes you feel like you are trying to breathe with a plastic bag over your head……Louisiana summer is here kids. Three words: I HATE IT.

While some of you were whining about the “icepacolyspe” and the “artic blast” that hit the area a few months ago I was relishing in it, literally. I would patiently wait gazing out of the window for the sleet/ice/wintry mix to start then I was out the door for a run. How I miss those days. I also promised to backhand the first person who complained about the heat or posted an annoying dashboard temperature picture once the summer started……you know who you are and it is coming.

I got to enjoy my last cool run about three weeks ago when my police department ran the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. I look forward to this race every year because all of the proceeds benefit the Special Olympics athletes and it is a great bonding experience for officers. This was my first run representing the Mandeville Police Department and I managed to recruit 15 of my co-workers. We had a great time and ran with the Covington Police Department, St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, Probation & Parole, and the Louisiana State Troopers.

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Running and sweating it out in the summer heat has been rough but I signed up for the Varsity Sports Hot 100 Challenge to make it more interesting. This is the second year Varsity Sports has put on the challenge. You can earn points over the course of 100 days. The goal is to get 100 points then you can win prizes such as Varsity Sports gift cards, Northface jackets, and Oakley sunglasses. The top point earner will win a bike! All three Varsity Sports stores (Mandeville, Baton Rouge, New Orleans) are participating and hosting events. The events range from local races, paddle boarding, kickboxing classes, dog strolls, high heel runs, and the list goes on and on.

I earned about 26 points so far. I have participated in some local races and I joined the dog stroll in Mandeville.

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The most intense Hot 100 challenge to date has been kickboxing at the UFC Gym in Mandeville. The hour long class incorporated punching and kicking a bag. Our “breaks” consisted of burpees, squats, and push-ups. It was hard but fun. I definitely used muscles I did not know I had because I was walking funny for a few days after.

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I am excited about the rest of the summer and trying some new Hot 100 challenges. For more information visit http://www.varsityrunning.com/varsity-sports-presents-hot-100-days-summer-challenge/

Next up for me is my first double race weekend in a long time. First is the Run To Remember 5K Saturday at Terra Bella Village in Covington, LA. Some of my co-workers and I are running this race to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. This course is always one of my favorites because it is half road race, half trail race. To register go to http://getwellatdynamic.com/a-run-to-remember/

On Sunday I am running the NOTC Father’s Day 2 miler. This is another great course. The race takes you around Audubon Park twice. It is a fast course. My best time for any 2 mile in the past 14 years has been 14:07, let’s see if I can break that. This race is also a big 10 points for the Hot 100, score!

Where are you racing this weekend? Anyone participating in the Hot 100?