Green & Gold 5K

Hammond, Louisiana was the place to be Saturday morning. The Hammond BBQ and Blues Festival was held downtown and Super Lion Saturday was held at the Southeastern Louisiana University Campus. The Green and Gold 5K kicked of Saturday’s Super Lion activities.

As you guessed I worked all night, as usual, and headed to the race after a 12 hour shift. Driving to the race through Hammond made me hungry since about 100 cooks were doing some early morning BBQing in preparation for the BBQ Festival.

I arrived at Strawberry Stadium on SLU’s campus where the Lions Athletic Association was presenting the race. The 1 mile race began at 8:00am and was followed by the 5K at 8:30am.

The course started outside Strawberry Stadium and took us around the west perimeter of the campus. I started in first place for the females and was at a 6:30 pace. I was more than thrilled to be running at this pace but knew I probably would slow down.

After going through the tunnel to cross to the North Campus we hit mile 1. My first mile was 7:07.  I took a peek over my shoulder at one of the turns to see the 2nd place female wasn’t too far behind.

I dropped to a 7:20 pace and just focused on keeping that pace which took me into mile three. The third mile took us back on campus as we headed for the finish. The last turn towards the stadium came sooner than I thought and I realized the course was about .2 miles short.

Our final 100 meters took us into Strawberry Stadium for an exciting finish on the football field. I won 1st female and finished 2.9 miles in 21:38. The clock was displayed on the large electronic scoreboard and every finisher received a medal. The men’s and women’s soccer teams were on hand to cheer the runners at the finish line.

We took a group photo with the teams after the race. I received a gift card to Perfectly Fit Sports, a local running store, as my 1st place prize.

This was a very fun and unique race and I look forward to running again next year.

Next up for me is the Crescent City Classic Saturday. Hope to see you there. Until next time!

 

 

Pel-I-Can Run

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The Woodlake Elementary Pel-I-Can 2 mile run was held Saturday March 21 at the Mandeville Lakefront. The race was part of the Pelican Palooza which was an all day event that raised money for the school.

Even though the forecast called for thunderstorms all week, the weather on race morning was gorgeous: blue sunny skies and pleasant temperatures. I actually got to wear running shorts for the first time since September. I have been shying away from wearing shorts because of the nasty scar from my dog bite last summer. It is a slow healing process but it does look a lot better.

The 2 mile race started at 8:15am. It was an out and back course on the Lakefront path. I was not sure what to expect for a race pace. I have been doing speed work all winter during half marathon training so I wanted to stay under 8 minute miles.

I started off at a 7:15 pace and managed to keep that through the 1 mile turnaround. I was closing in on the first place female but at the start of mile 2 she took off and left me in her dust.

I slowed down to a 7:35 pace during mile 2 and started to feel the fatigue. I pushed on and finished in 14:49. I was pleased and it was good practice for the upcoming 2 milers and 5Ks this spring and summer.

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The kids half mile race followed at 9:00am. There was some fierce competition amongst the elementary school children. The teacher-student relay race followed and the students were the champions.

The awards ceremony was next. The top overall finishers won a new pair of running shoes from New Balance. The age group winners won shirts, also from New Balance. I won the 30-39 age group.

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Pelican Palooza began after the race with food, games, and raffles.

Next up for me is the Lions Athletics Association Green and Gold 5K Saturday at Southeastern University. The race raises money for the student athletics association and includes a finish line inside Strawberry Stadium.

Until next time!

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Hammond Rotary Shamrock Run

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The Hammond Rotary Shamrock 5K and 10K were held Saturday March 14, 2015 in Hammond, LA. This was the fifth anniversary of the race which benefits local charities to end Polio. The race was presented by the Hammond Rotary Club.

I registered for the 10K a few months back not realizing I would be working until 5:00am the night before. I got home about 5:30am and tried to get a quick power nap in. At 7:00am I went back and forth with myself over whether I would go, but I finally talked myself into it.

The race was held on the Southeastern Louisiana University Campus. The forecast called for sunny skies and warm temps but it was cloudy, cool, and breezy. I felt bad for all of the men and women sporting running kilts.

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Due to the large number of runners the race got pushed back about a half hour. I was cranky from being up almost 24 hours and could have used that extra 30 minutes of sleep thank you.

The 10K finally kicked off at 8:45am. The course took us through an adjacent neighborhood for the first mile. I was surprised I was at a 7:30 pace and felt as good as I did. At my last 10k, The Mardi Gras Mambo, my legs felt like jello at the first steps.

Miles 2 and 3 took us on campus and around the practice fields. I was still keeping a sub 8 minute pace. The first place female was way ahead of the pack but I was keeping pace with the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th place females.

Miles 4 and 5 took us back on campus and I slowed down to an 8:10 pace. I fell back to seventh and would keep this pace and place for a while.

The last mile integrated the 10K runners with the 5K runners and walkers who started their race about 5 minutes after us. It was difficult to navigate around the walkers who were sometimes stretched out side by side across the whole road.

Finally the finish line came and I finished the 10K in 49:50 good for 6th place. I was very happy with my time, which was my 4th best 10K time ever.

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The post race festival included live music, Chick-Fil-A, jambalya, and fresh fruit.

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There was also a St. Patrick’s themed costume contest for adults, kids, and pets.

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I placed second in the 30-39 age group at the awards ceremony. After the awards I stopped by the famous friendship tree for a race picture then headed home to my bed since I had to be back at work for 5:00pm.

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Until next time!

 

 

March Races

Lucky Leprechaun Duathlon
Sprint Duathlon/4m run
Saturday March 7, 2015
Bay St. Louis, MS

Mississippi 50 Trail Run
50m, 50K, 20K
Saturday March 7, 2015 6:00am
Laurel, MS

Run Thru History
10K, 5K
Saturday March 7, 2015
Vicksburg, MS

Mudbug March
5K
Saturday March 7, 2015 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

ISL Spring Shuffle
5K
Saturday March 7, 2015 8:30am
Metairie, LA

Komen Race For The Cure
5K
Saturday March 7, 2015 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

Tulane Athletics 5K
5K
Saturday March 7, 2015 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

Zydeco Marathon & Half Marathon
26.2, 13.1
Sunday March 8, 2015 7:00am
Lafayette, LA

St. Patrick’s Day 5K
5K
Saturday March 14, 2015 9:00am
Biloxi, MS

Hammond Rotary Run
10K, 5K
Saturday March 14, 2015 8:00am
Hammond, LA

Spring Classic
10K
Saturday March 14, 2015 8:00am
Covington, LA

Rover Road Run
5K
Sunday March 15, 2015 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

Shamrockin Run
8K
Sunday March 15, 2015 9:00am
New Orleans, LA

St. Patrick’s Day Classic
2m
Sunday March 15, 2015 10:00am
Metairie, LA

St. Patrick’s Day 3.17
3.17m
Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA

LSU Law Race Judicata
5K
Thursday March 19, 2015 5:30pm
Baton Rouge, LA

LAT Electric 5K
5K
Friday March 20, 2015 7:00pm
Hammond, LA

Bring It To The Bay
13.1, 5K
Saturday March 21, 2015 8:00am
Bay St. Louis, MS

Pine Hill Festival
10K, 5K
Saturday March 21, 2015
Wiggins, MS

Great St. Charles Road Race
10K, 5K
Saturday March 21, 2015 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

Pel-I-Can Run
2m
Saturday March 21, 2015 8:00am
Mandeville, LA

Henry J. Calamari Memorial Run
2m
Saturday March 21, 2015 8:00am
Slidell, LA

Komen Acadiana Race For The Cure
5K
Saturday March 21, 2015
Lafayette, LA

Providence Corporate Cup
5K
Saturday March 21, 2015
Baton Rouge, LA

Superhero 5K
5K
Sunday March 22, 2015 8:30am
New Orleans, LA

Pi Beta 5K
5K
Sunday March 22, 2015 5:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA

Cerebral Palsy Awareness 5K
5K
Saturday March 28, 2015 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS

Viking Half Marathon
13.1, 5K
Saturday March 28, 2015 8:00am
Greenwood, MS

United Way St. Charles Bridge Run
10K, 5K
Saturday March 28, 2015 8:00am
Destrehan, LA

Bunny Run
4m Trail Run
Saturday March 28, 2015 8:00am
Slidell, LA

McGehee Dad and Daughter Run
2m
Saturday March 28, 2015
New Orleans, LA

Fat Boy 5K
5K
Saturday March 28, 2015
Baton Rouge, LA

Lions Athletics Green and Gold 5K
5K
Saturday March 28, 2015 8:00am
Hammond, LA

Seize The Day 5K
5K
Saturday March 28, 2015
Baton Rouge, LA

St. Jo’s 5K
5K
Saturday March 28, 2015 9:00am
Lafayette, LA

The Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks
5K
Saturday March 28, 2015 9:00am
Lafayette, LA

LSU Tigers Against Trafficking
5K
Sunday March 29, 2015 4:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA

N.O. Triathlon
1500m swim, 40K, bike, 10K run
Sunday March 29, 2015
New Orleans, LA