October Races

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Baton Rouge Zombie 5K
5K
Friday October 3, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Rabalias Run For Life
5K
Saturday October 4, 2014 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

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Kiwanis for Kids
5K
Saturday October 4, 2014 8:00am
Mandeville, LA

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Hammond Corporate Cup Run
4 Miles, 1 Mile Run/Walk
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 AM
Chappapeela Sports Park, Hammond, LA

Running for Wings 5K
5K
Saturday October 4, 2014 8:00am
Columbia, MS

Run For Your Life
4K
Saturday October 4, 2014 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS

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Q50 Duathlon 3rd Edition
2 Mile Run/10 Mile Bike/2 Mile Run Off Road
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:00 AM
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton, LA

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Vampire 5K
5K
Saturday October 4, 2014 6:00pm
Metairie, LA

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Tom Sawyer Mississippi River Run
2 Mile Run/Walk
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:30 PM
Generations Hall, New Orleans, LA

Color Out Cancer 5K
5K
Saturday October 11, 2014 8:00am
Hammond, LA

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Pajama Run 5K
5K
Saturday October 11, 2014 8:00am
Lafayette, LA

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Race to the Lake
5K 10K
Saturday October 11, 2014 8:00am
Kenner, LA

UNFC Run
5K
Saturday October 11, 2014 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

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Monster Dash
5K
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:00 AM
RiverShack Tavern, Jefferson, LA

Sacred Heart Neon Knights 5K
5K
Saturday October 11, 2014 4:30pm
Hattiesburg, MS

ASA Run for the Warriors
5K
Sunday October 12, 2014 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

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Big Cajun Triathlon
Triathlon
Sunday October 12, 2014 7:00am
New Roads, LA

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Dirty South Marathon
Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, 5K
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 7:30 AM
West Monroe, LA

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Keeping Up With The Jones
5K
Saturday October 18, 2014 8:00am
Mandeville, LA

Festival of the Lake 5K
5K
Saturday October 18, 2014 8:00am
Mandeville, LA

Washington Parish Fair 5K
5K
Saturday October 18, 2014 8:00am
Franklinton, LA

MSU CERT Preparathon
Half Marathon, 5K, Family Fun Run
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:00 AM
Starkville, MS

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Freret 5K
5K
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:00 AM
Uptown New Orleans, LA

Picayune’s Piney Woods 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run
5K, 1 Mile
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:00 AM
Picayune, MS

Ocean Springs Rotary Run
5K
Saturday October 18, 2014 6:30pm
Ocean Springs, MS

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Oktoberfest 5K
5K
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Kenner, LA

Wicked Triple Fun Run
10K, 5K, Half Marathon
Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, 2014
Ft Walton Beach, FL

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Gulf Coast Half Marathon
13.1m
Sunday October 19, 2014 7:00am
Mandeville, LA

Ragin Cajun Triathlon
Triathlon
Sunday October 19, 2014 7:00am
Lafayette, LA

Andouille Run
5 Mile Run, 2 Mile Run/Walk
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 8:00 AM
St John Community Center Festival Grounds, LaPlace, LA

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SSA Trek or Treat
5K
Saturday October 25, 2014 8:00am
Covington, LA

Run For Your Life 5K
5K
Saturday October 25, 2014 8:00am
Columbia, MS

Paddle, Pant, Pedal Triathlon
4m canoe, 5m run, 23m bike
Saturday October 25, 2014 8:00am
Long Beach, MS

Pink Up The Pace
5K 10K
Sunday October 26, 2014 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS

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Cane Field Classic
4m
Saturday October 25, 2014 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

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Komen Race for the Cure
5K
Saturday October 25, 2014 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

Yappy Halloween
5K Run, 1 Mile Costume Stroll
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

S.T.O.P.S 5K

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The 1st annual St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide 5K was held at the Abita Springs Park in Abita Springs, LA. STOPS was founded as a private non-profit organization in 2001. The organization is comprised entirely of volunteers who provide community programs in an effort to lower the suicide rate in the parish. St. Tammany has one of the highest suicide rates in the state and is 18% above the state average. For more information about this organization visit their website at www.stops-la.com

I woke up bright and early Saturday morning and welcomed the slightly cooler air. I was excited to run because it had been a month since my injury. I was ready to race.

The race site was at the Abita Springs Park, which is situated on the St. Tammany Trace. The 5K course was out and back on the Trace.

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I started off fast, or so I thought, and was in the lead for the men and women at the first mile. I was passed by a few males at that point but I kept focusing on trying to keep my speed up. To my shock and was running a lot slower than I thought. My one mile time was right at the 8:00 mark. How could this be? I am usually sub 7:00 in my first 5K mile. Oh yeah….I was still recovering from my injury.

Whoever said your worst critic is yourself sure was right. I had to remember to not be so hard on myself. It was tough because I felt like my brain was not connecting with my legs.

I tried to pick it up but managed to stay at exactly the same pace. I finished 4th overall, 1st female with a time of 24:58.

I have not ran a 5K that slow in probably four of five years. Oh well. I will get my speed back eventually. I have to be patient.

The post race festivities featured breakfast sandwiches from McDonald’s, fruit, smoothies, and coffee. Entertainment was provided by Joe Manuel and the Hot Tamales.

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It was a great race on a beautiful Fall day for a good cause. The race promoters promised a bigger and better event for next year. A date will be announced in the next few months.

Next up will be the Gulf Coast Half Marathon in just 25 days! That means I need to get this injured leg in gear to run 13 miles. Yikes.

Stay tuned for a special blog full of surprises and special announcements about the Gulf Coast Half Marathon really soon. Until then use my special blog code below to get $20 off registration through Sunday.

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Injury Update

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The above picture is worth a thousand words and directly expresses how I have felt the past few weeks. It will be a month tomorrow since a random pooch decided to use my leg as a chew toy. This is my first real running injury even though it is not the traditional type.

In the first few days my main concern was “losing” the half-marathon mileage I had worked so hard for all summer. I was also super jealous of everyone running in my neighborhood and my social media pals posting about their races. I was not even worried about the chunk of my leg missing and the nasty scar I will probably have to live with. I just wanted to run.

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I did not run at ALL the first two weeks. I did not start walking without a limp until week two. I randomly participated in a college cross-country meet, complete with dreadful hills, right at the two week injury mark. Maybe it was the adrenaline, maybe it was my former teammates egging me on…but I squeezed out a 24:40 5K complete with gauze and bandages wrapped around my leg. I put this accomplishment in the win column for me against the injury.

Week three felt like I took a few steps back. I set out to run three miles but within the first few steps I knew that was not going to happen. With every stride I could feel the hole in my leg jiggling around like a slice of jello, for lack of a better analogy. It wasn’t necessarily painful but it was uncomfortable. I think this caused me to run with a different gait and I gave myself some nice shin splints on the injured leg. I completed one mile and shook it off.

The next night I set out again and managed to painfully make it to two miles. I was beyond frustrated because I knew I had two half marathons coming up and I was running two miles at an almost ten minute pace. When I got home I skipped the water and went straight for the pinot grigio.

I took a few days off of running and just focused on cross-training. In the meantime the open wound started to scab up and the nerve damage I suffered seemed to be diminishing.

On Tuesday I set out with the goal of three miles again. I could feel the wound for about the first quarter mile but the pain went away. I finished with an 8:30 pace and started to feel like my old self. Today I ran four miles and I felt great.

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I will still be running the Gulf Coast Half Marathon in one month. As I blogged about before I will be running the entire 13.1 miles in police uniform to raise money for the Special Olympics. If you would like to donate go to https://secure.specialolympics.org/site/c.mlIYIjNZJuE/b.8097703/k.F761/Together_We_Transform_Lives_Through_the_Joy_of_Sport/apps/ka/sd/donorcustom.asp?BeneficiaryID=LA118 Make sure to write Officer White Mandeville Police on your donation. You can also mail donations to:

SPECIAL OLYMPICS LOUISIANA
1000 East Morris Avenue
Hammond, LA 70403

I hope to see you guys out there. I will need all of the support I can get.

Lastly I booked my trip to Las Vegas today. I will be running the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon in November. I am super excited to complete this bucket race.

Have you ever been injured? How long did it take you to get back running?

Loyola Cross-country Invitational

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The 6th annual Loyola Wolfpack Cross-country Invitational was held Saturday at Lafreniere Park in Metairie, LA. The events of the day included the Women’s and Men’s collegiate 5K and high school races. The schools represented included Loyola University, Xavier University, Southeastern University, and Dillard University.

The Wolfpack Cross-country alumni were invited to participate in the meet for the fourth time. We were represented by Sean Fitzwilliam (2000) on the men’s side and Stephanie Legleu Crews (2002), Bethany Comboy Bordelon (2002), Catherine Baggett Passantino (2003), and myself Becky Kramer White (2004) on the women’s side.

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As you all know I was bit by a dog while running a few weeks ago and I have not ran at all. I had no intentions of participating in this race at all but I chose to go to cheer on my fellow alumni. I didn’t even wear my Garmin or bring my spikes. In runner terms that means I was not prepared at all.

It was a hot and humid morning and the grass was soaked in dew. I decided to do a warm up run with my teammates to see if I could even run. I managed to keep up with them but I was winded from just a mile warm-up. Not to mention my shoes and socks were completely soaked from the wet grass.

I started bargaining with myself at this point about how I wouldn’t run, then I would run and drop out if I needed too, then I would run and finish but probably be last.

It was race time and somehow I found myself on the starting line. How did that happen? The race began and I just tried to keep up with the crowd. I had no idea what pace or distance I was running since I was without my precious Garmin.

I started out last and managed to pass a few girls. That was enough to give me a confidence boost considering I am on average 12 years older than these college girls. Even though my leg was not hurting, the hills and exhaustion were taking a toll on me.

My final time was 24:41, good for 23rd out of 27 runners. My teammates did amazing. Crews made the coveted top ten with a time of 22:00, 9th place overall. Bordelon came in 11th with a time of 22:10 and Passantino was 12th with a time of 22:13.

On the men’s side Fitzwilliam was 3rd overall with a time of 15:41.

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We had a great time catching up with each other and talking to the current Loyola runners. We look forward to putting together an even larger team next year. Wolfpack!!!

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My Running Bucket List

I recently registered for one of my bucket list races. This inspired me to write my list of my top races I would like to do. My wish list ranges from locations a few hours away to half way around the world.

1. Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon

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This is the race I just signed up for. I will be heading to Vegas the weekend of November 14-17. Where else can you run a half marathon at night? The Vegas Half features a course on the famous strip amongst the neon lights. Another perk of registering is all of the weekend runner events. In addition to the Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, runner parties are held at some of the most exclusive clubs in Vegas. Your entry gets you and a guest  free admission to the club (entries to clubs in Vegas can start at $20 and climb to $100 and higher) and open bar….yes open bar! Runners also get discounts at select restaurants and vendors the entire weekend. Another perk is the post race concert. This year will feature Snoop Dogg.

November

$155.00

http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/las-vegas/

2. Great Wall Of China Half Marathon

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This will probably be the most difficult race to accomplish. As you can see from the picture above the course is grueling with plenty of elevation and stairs. It is also not the easiest race to get to. Runners have to take about a twenty hour flight to Beijing from the United States. I have not been able to find a “race only” registration fee. The official site and other companies only offer race packages which include accommodations as well as tour guides, meals, and transportation. Packages start at around $2000.00 and this does not include the flight which starts at $1000.00. I think I will carve out about two weeks and make a full vacation out of this race if and when the time comes.

May

$2,000.00 +

http://great-wall-marathon.com/

3. Big Sur Marathon

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This is one of the most scenic running courses in the world. This moderately difficult course takes runners through the redwoods, ranches, hills, and the California coastline. The race has a strict 6 hour cut off time, which is a 13:45 per mile pace. Race weekend events include the Expo, pasta party, and the post race party. Big Sur also has a half marathon race later in the year.

April

$150.00

http://www.bsim.org/The_30th_Presentation.htm

4. Pike’s Peak Ascent

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13.32 miles, 7,815 foot vertical gain. I better get on the stair climber for about a year before I tackle this race. The course takes runners straight up Pike’s Peak. Challenges include rough terrain, fluctuating temperatures, and possible altitude sickness. The scenery seems worth it though. Pike’s Peak also has a marathon option, after you ascent you simply turn around and descent.

August

$130.00

http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org/index.htm

5. Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon

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Running, beautiful scenery, wine…what more can you ask for? This point to point course takes runners through rolling hills of vineyards. The race ends at the Sonoma Plaza where runners get to enjoy the Wine and Music Festival. Over twenty local breweries and wineries are present. Register early because the race is capped at 3,500 runners with a 3:30:00 time cut off.

July

$135.00

http://destinationraces.com/runn2s/

6. Boston Marathon

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THE race. I think it is every distance runner’s dream to make it to this race in their lifetime. To enter one must qualify by running a certified marathon at a set pace. For example if I wanted to qualify I would have to run a marathon in 3 hours and 40 minutes. Race events go on all weekend with the Expo, 5K, 1 mile, pasta party and culminates with the marathon on Monday.

April

$175

http://www.baa.org/

7. Mayor’s Midnight Marathon and Half-Marathon

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Here is my excuse to travel to Alaska. The race takes place on the longest day of the year, 19 hours of daylight. The course takes runners through the city of Anchorage on a mostly paved course with some trails added in. Even though it is in the summer the temperatures usually stay around the 55 degree mark.

June

$50

http://www.goseawolves.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=13400&ATCLID=209224351

8. Athens Marathon

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THE original race. The race begins in the ancient town of Marathon. The course takes runners past the Aegean Sea then the uphill climb begins towards Athens. The finish line is inside The Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Being able to run the same course as Phidippides is worth every dollar and every drop of sweat.

November

$90.00

http://www.athensauthenticmarathon.gr/

Well I better start saving my travel and registration money now. What races are on your bucket list? Comment below.