The inaugural Our Lady of The Lake Amazing Half Marathon and 10K was held Sunday in downtown Baton Rouge. The weekend event also included a 5K and kids run on Saturday. Proceeds from the race benefitted the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.
A registration blitz was held September 1, 2015 and over 1,000 runners took advantage of the discounted rateon this day. I did as well and signed up for the half marathon.
I have been training……sort of…… for the 13.1 mile distance. Usually I try to wing it and throw one or two long runs in weeks before the race. This time I have been getting consistent middle distance runs in, but nothing over 6 miles.
A week before the race I was not feeling up to tackling the half marathon distance and was experiencing some arch pain in my right foot. I opted to change to the 10K.
In an effort to alleviate my foot pain I scheduled my first ever reflexology massage. It was wonderful and much needed according to the therapist.
Race weekend was finally here and my husband and I took the trip to Baton Rouge Saturday night. We had a comped room at a local hotel that was two blocks from the starting line.
I tossed and turned all night due to the noise from the late night crowd slamming hotel doors and the fear I would miss my alarm. When 6:00am came I was less than thrilled and had to bargain with myself to get out of bed.
The moment I stepped outside I was happy I forced myself to get up because the weather was absolutely gorgeous. The sun was shining and the temperatures were in the 50s. My feet were feeling great after my massage and I was ready to run!
After a quick two block walk to the starting line I had about fifteen minutes to warm up. I met up with some of my fellow 15th Street Flyers at the start and we were off.
The first mile took us from downtown Baton Rouge, under the Mississippi River Bridge, and into the suburbs. The course was slightly crowded since the 10K runners and half runners started together. I didn’t push hard out the gate like I usually do and decided to let my legs dictate the pace. I finished mile 1 in 8:12.
Miles 2 and 3 took us to the LSU campus. It was pretty spectacular to run past Tiger Stadium and the LSU Track. I kept a steady 8:08 pace for both miles.
As we hit the turnaround the 10K runners and half runners parted ways. I was practically alone on the course at this point. There were a lot of turns, especially on the campus, so I could not see who was ahead of me. I felt I could have picked up the pace but I felt good heading into mile 4 and did not want to push it.
I finished mile 4 in 8:16. Mile 5 took us back into the suburbs and finished in 8:19.
I started to feel tired but not too bad. While running mile 6 I realized the course would be a tenth of a mile long so I accepted I would not be running a sub 50 minute 10K.
The last stretch took us back to downtown and I finished mile 6 in 8:16. As I rounded the corner to the finish line I discovered the last 200 yards were uphill. Yikes. I powered through and finished 6.28 miles in 51:32.
I picked up my medal and met my fellow runners at the usual meet up spot…..the beer booth. I sipped on some cold delicious Abita Strawberry as I waited for my results to be printed. 28th overall, 10th female, and 2nd age group.
The post race party included music from the Topcats, jambalaya, and Abita Beer.
After overall awards were announced I picked up my age group award.
It is rare that I go into a race without a time goal but it was fun to just run. The weather and course were beautiful and the post race party was a blast. I look forward to trying the half marathon course next year.
We celebrated afterwards with some yummy brunch from Pelican House.
Next up for me is The Bunny 5K in Covington, LA on Saturday March 19. Until next time!