November Races


Jazz Half
Half Marathon
Saturday, November 1, 2014 7:00am
New Orleans, LA

5K Royalty Run for HOPE
5K run, 5K walk
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Denham Springs, LA

Crucible Adventure Race
3.5M obstacle run
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Hammond, LA

Oktoberfest 3 Mile
3M run, kids run
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Jungle Gardens 5K
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Jungle Gardens, Avery Island , LA

UL Lafayette Homecoming Ragin’ Road Race
5K run, 5K walk
Saturday, November 1, 2014 8:00am
Lafayette, LA

Spooky Sprint 5K Night Trail Run
5K trail run
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Kiln, MS

Q50 Dia de los Muertos
5 Miles, 10 Miles
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 7:15 PM
Fontainebleau State, Mandeville, LA

Cajun Cup Running Festival
10K run, 1M fun run, 10K walk, 1M walk
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Lafayette, LA

Crescent City Fall Classic 5K
5K run, 5K walk
Saturday, November 8, 2014
New Orleans, LA

Red White & Blue For You 5K
5K run
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Long Beach, MS

Purple Stride
5K Run/Walk
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 8:00 AM
City Park, New Orleans, LA

Mayor’s Cup 5K
5K run, 1M run
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Biloxi, MS

Meridian Marathon
26.2M run, 13.1M run, 26.2M relay
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Meridian, MS

Safe Harbor 5K
5K run, 1M run
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Mandeville, LA

The Great Character Chase
5K run
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Livingston, LA

Middendorf’s Manchac Run
10 mile, 10K, 5K
Saturday, November 15, 2014 7:00am
Manchac, LA

Q50 Midnight Full Moon
14 and 7 Mile Trail Runs
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:59 PM
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton, LA

Woman’s Half Marathon
13.1M run, 10K run
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Wicked-Fun 1990s Run
5K run
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Hattiesburg, MS

Heart and Soles Half-Marathon & 5K
Half-Marathon, 5K
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:00 AM
Houma, LA

Baby Steps Infertility Awareness 5K
5K run, 5K walk
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Golden Fliers 5 & 10 Miler
10M run, 5M run
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Turkey Day 7K & the Mashed Potato Mile
7K run, 1M fun run
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Hammond, LA

12k’s for the Holidays
12K, 5K
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:00 AM
Jackson, MS

Big Easy Running Festival
13.1M run, 4M run, 1M run
Sunday, November 23, 2014
New Orleans, LA

Camellia Crossing – Acadiana’s Gleaux 5K
5K run
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Lafayette, LA

Fit First Turkey Trot
5K run, 1M fun run
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Bay St. Louis, MS

Northshore Turkey Day Race
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Covington, LA

NOAC Turkey Day Race
5 Miles, Half Mile
Thursday, November 27, 2014
City Park, New Orleans, LA

Capital Area March of Dimes Turkey Trot
5K run
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA

Mississippi Coast Marathon
26.2, 13.1, 5K
Saturday, November 29, 2014 7:00am
Stennis Space Center, MS

The 2014 Gulf Coast Half Marathon


The 2014 Gulf Coast Half Marathon promised to be bigger and better for its 5th year anniversary and it sure was.

I started my week off with doing an interview with WGNO ABC 26 to talk about running the race in uniform and raising money for the Special Olympics. I was super nervous to be on TV especially since I was fighting a cold and felt terrible. Even with my raspy phlegm voice I managed to pull it off and get the word out. To see the interview go here:


The race weekend festivities started off with the .1K….yes as in 300 feet….Friday night at the Barley Oak on the Mandeville Lakefront.  The newly introduced race was a spoof of longer races and the car stickers that come with them. For example 26.2  and 50K. Registrants received a .1K shirt, a .1K car sticker, and plenty of Abita Beer.


The race started at sunset at 6:00pm and the course was about one block. The greatest thing about this race: a lady in business attire came in 1st place.  It was truly a race for everyone!


The after party was right where the pre-party began at The Barley Oak. Abita Beer provided the refreshments and there were plenty of giveaways from The Gulf Coast crew.

I was excited to finally meet Maria from Special Olympics. We have talked on the phone and emailed plenty but we finally got to meet in person. For those who don’t know I ran the half-marathon to raise money for the Special Olympics and the Gulf Coast Half Marathon officially partnered with them this year.


A few beers and a few hours later it was time for the Jones 5K. This race is traditionally held in November but it was moved to the day before the Gulf Coast Half Marathon this year for a great reason. The Jones 5K and the Gulf Coast Half Marathon are now part of the Back 2 Back Challenge. Those who complete both races got a special medal.

The race was held at Varsity Sports Mandeville on Saturday morning. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. The temperature was in the lower 60s and there was plenty of sunshine.

The course took runners from Varsity Sports to the  Lakefront then back to Varsity Sports via the neighborhoods of Old Mandeville.

I was not sure how I would do in this race let alone the next day’s half marathon. The dog bite on my leg that I had gotten about six weeks before put quite the damper on my training. After two weeks of not running at all I slowly built up my miles and endurance but the damage, literally and figuratively, was done. I did not have my usual speed and the longest run I accomplished was five miles. Needless to say it did not leave me very confident heading into these races. The icing on the cake was the sore throat and runny nose I got a few days prior to the race…..and then there was the kidney stone. Through the miracle of Zicam, Mucinex, and BC powder I was feeling like a new person Thursday night.


I started off the race trying to run as fast as I could. I managed to finish the first mile around 7:30. The weather felt great and I felt ok but I did not have my usual speed. I finished the second mile around the 7:40 mark. I finished the 5K in 24:02. I was disappointed because I usually run in the 22-23 minute range but I had to keep reminding myself I was coming off of an injury. I came in 3rd overall and 1st age group.

The post race party had breakfast from the Broken Egg Cafe and plenty of refreshments including Smoothie King. To say there were a lot of door prizes would be an understatement. The Jones 5K has the most prizes out of any race I have ever seen. One lucky winner won the grand prize of a BBQ Pitt!


The prizes for the age group winners were Jones 5K coffee mugs complete with packets of hot chocolate and the overall winners won running shoes from Brooks!


It was a fun morning and the proceeds from the race benefited Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home in Mandeville.

Now for the big event: The Gulf Coast Classic!

I woke myself and my husband up Sunday morning at 5:00am. I put on my police uniform, duty belt, and running shoes and headed to the race.

It was still dark when we arrived at Fontainebleau State Park and there were eager, excited runners everywhere.

We met up with my parents  and friends and I started warming up for the race. I wasn’t nervous but I was hoping I wouldn’t have any issues with my duty belt throughout the race.


It was finally time for the race start at 7:00am. Mike Wattigny, the race director, called me to the front of the starting line and introduced me and announced I was running for the Special Olympics.


After the national anthem we were off! The first mile was by far the toughest for me. It is usually my easiest but I think my body was trying to get over the shock of the extra 20-25 pounds of weight. My knees were definitely not happy. I managed to find my rhythm and was keeping steady around the 9:18 pace.


My husband always laughs and teases me about the “Twitter friends” I have and know everything about but have never met. Luckily for me I met Nicole in person for the first time around the mile 2 mark and she kept me company for a while. Between having strangers and friends run with me, the high fives, fist bumps, selfies (yes one girl ran on the side of me and took a selfie with me), and the cheers I was more than motivated. I wish I could thank each and every person because they got me through this race.

Mile 5 took us to the Mandeville Lakefront. I started the get the proverbial monkey on my back and was really feeling sluggish. The one good thing was it was very breezy and the cool wind off of the lake helped with the heat from running in head to toe polyester. I got some motivation from a co-worker working the route in the form of a high-five and some company from a fellow 15th Street Flyer. I was back in the game.

I was on pace to complete the half in under two hours at mile 7. I got a nice surprise of my best friend Erica cheering for me at mile 8 in addition to some really excited co-workers who were jumping up and down cheering and blowing air horns.


Miles 9 through 12 took us out of Old Mandeville and onto the St. Tammany Trace. I slowed down significantly and the idea of a sub 2 hour half slipped away. The extra weight was just too much and my back and knees were hurting. Little did I know there would be a surprise for me at mile 12.

We turned off of the Trace onto the park drive for the final stretch. My good friend, Paul, who is a Louisiana State Trooper, his co-worker, and my friend and co-worker, Otto, were all waiting to escort me to the finish line. I had the privilege of a two police units and a motorcycle bringing me in. Did I mention they were playing “Bad Boys” (The COPS theme) on the loudspeaker? Gotta love cop humor.


I finally made it to the finish line and completed the half marathon in 2 hours 11 minutes. I felt amazing and was greeted by my family, friends, and co-workers.


The post race party included live music, food from Mugshots Burgers, stretching and massages from Jones Physical Therapy, and plenty of delicious Abita Beer. The Woman’s Half Marathon, The Louisiana Marathon, and the new Zydeco Marathon were also present with upcoming race information.

I stayed in my uniform for all of 20 minutes. I could hear my back and knees rejoice when I finally took off my duty belt. After a quick change it was time to enjoy the festivities with friends and family!


The awards ceremony concluded the day and those of us who completed the Back 2 Back Challenge received our medals.


The race and all of the events leading up to it were an amazing experience. I don’t have the numbers yet but hopefully we raised a lot of money for the Louisiana Special Olympics. You can still donate at Click the blue donate button at the top of the page and donate any amount you want. Put “Mandeville Police” in the “In Tribute” line.

I want to thank my husband, family, friends, fellow runners, 15th Street Flyers, Mike Wattigny and the Gulf Coast Team, Maria and the Special Olympics, The Mandeville Police Department, The Louisiana State Troopers, and anyone else who supported this crazy idea I had. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Run the Gulf Coast Half Marathon!


The 5th annual Gulf Coast Half Marathon will be held Sunday October 19, 2014 in Mandeville, LA. The race promises a beautiful scenic course through Fontainebleau State Park, The St. Tammany Trace, Historic Old Mandeville, and the Lake Pontchartrain Lakefront. The race is only 12 days away but you can still register. The price will increase in 5 days but you can use my discount code below for $20 off!


There will be many exciting new additions to the race this year. The Gulf Coast Half Marathon is partnering with Jones Physical Therapy to present the Back 2 Back Challenge. The Jones 5K will be held at Varsity Sports Mandeville Saturday October 18, 2014 at 8:00am. If you run this race and the Gulf Coast Half Marathon (or 10 miler) the next day you will get a special Back 2 Back medal. You will still get the coveted bottle opener medal for completing the Half Marathon as well. This bling was voted one of the top 6 race medals by Women’s Running!


A new feature will be the addition of a 10 mile option in addition to the Half Marathon.

Are you tired of paying $25 for a digital picture? Good news………FREE RACE PICTURES!!!! The Gulf Coast Half Marathon is partnering with Northshore Plastic Surgery LLC to give you FREE race pictures! Here are some examples of what the pictures will look like. You can see the pictures also feature the new Gulf Coast logo.


Next up are the new awards. Local artist Camille Quintana has created a commemorative print that will be awarded to the overall and age group winners. The print will also be featured as the background for your race number!


Whew, that is a lot of exciting news. As always the race is chip timed and awards are broken down into 5 year age groups 3 deep. The course will be cut off after 4 hours.

Last but not least is the Abita Beer Post Race Party. The party is held on the lakefront of Fontainebleau Park. It will feature lots of delicious local food in addition to Abita Beer.


Hope to see you there!