2015 Run to Remember

June 16, 2015 | Comment

The second annual Dynamic Physical Therapy Run to Remember to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project was held Saturday at Terra Bella Village in Covington, LA.  The event included a 1 mile fun run and a 5K.

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I participated in this race last year with some co-workers and met some great people. We agreed to make this an annual event since it was so much fun and for a great cause.

I woke up bright and early Saturday morning and headed to the neighborhood of Terra Bella. I knew from the full parking lot that the race would have more participants than the year before.

This was my first race in over a month and my first official race of the summer. It was hot and I was already sweating before the start. On the bright side the course was changed from a partial trail course to a full road course. At least that would save me from being hot and muddy.

The new course took us to the front of the neighborhood to Hwy. 1085. At the half mile mark about ten of us were mistakenly directed off course. Luckily I could hear someone yelling at us over Britney blaring from my IPOD. We turned around and joined the pack but the lead runners were far gone.

I managed to regain first female position an the 1 mile turn around, even though I ran a little extra with the course mishap. I was at a 7:08 pace but quickly dropped to 7:40 when the heat started settling in.

It was HOT, really hot…..well not really but I have been running at night and did not get to experience a glorious humidity filled Louisiana morning yet this summer. The heat slowed me down but I hung on to first entering the final mile.

Mile 3 took us from shady trees to direct sun. My body was just not having it and I slowed down to an 8 minute per mile pace. I was passed with a half mile to go and I could care less. I was hot, cranky, and wanted to stop and walk. My legs were fatigued and apparently still on vacation.

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I pushed through and finished the 5K, well about 3.2 miles since I went off course, in 24:35. I was not thrilled with my time but I will be getting back to running in the heat and picking up my workouts.

The post race party was bigger than last year with more vendors such as Smoothie King, Chick-Fil-A, and Copeland’s. I had red beans and rice then headed to the Abita Beer tent.

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I had the opportunity to speak with uniformed soldiers that were present as well as a Wounded Warrior who completed the one mile race.

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The post race festival concluded with the awards ceremony and raffle. Even though the top runners were directed off course they were still recognized and had some impressive times. I won the 30-34 age group and received a challenge coin. A challenge coin is a coin traditionally carried by military personnel to challenge and enhance morale. It was a very cool and unique race prize.

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I met up with my running club, The 15th Street Flyers, who had several members win their age groups.

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I then met up with my co-worker and friends and we enjoyed a BBQ at their place. It was a great day for a great cause.

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Project please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org

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