Quadburners Hot Pursuit

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The Quadburners race series is in its second year. The third race of the series, Hot Pursuit, was held Saturday July 9 at the Washington St. Pier in Bay St. Louis, MS.

The series consists of five races this year and participants receive a medal after every race which connects at the race finale to make one giant medal. A fifth bonus race, Brew Ho Ho Beer mile, was added and participants can earn a bonus medal and series t-shirt.

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I completed the first series race, Frosted Fanny, in February and won 1st place. At the second race, It Takes Two (2 person relay), held in May, my partner and I took home 5th overall team.

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The Hot Pursuit was also a 4 mile race, like the rest of the series. I was coming off of the Four on the Fourth mile race held a few days prior, so I felt prepared for the distance and more importantly the heat.

I arrived to the race, stepped out of the car, and the heat and humidity hit me like a flying brick. I knew this was going to be a slow, tough race.

At 8:00am we were off into the heat on the Mississippi Coast beachfront.

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My high school track coach taught me the best running lesson in 1998 and changed my running life forever. “Go out strong and fast and never look back.” I used to hang back then try to make a move later in the race but that never served me well.

I employed that philosophy and took off as fast as the grueling heat would allow. I stuck with the first place person, a male, and we were alone at the front of the pack finishing the first mile in 7:17.

I backed off some because I knew I had to store some energy for the turnaround. I finished the second mile in 8:02.

At the turnaround I could see the second place female was a way back so I relaxed and focused on making it through the last two miles.

Mile three took us face first into the blazing sun. It was so hot I could feel the heat from the pavement coming through the soles of my shoes. I finished mile three in 8:53.

I was really dragging and disheartened with my very slow pace. I knew the heat would not allow for fast times so I gave myself a break. I used the image of a cold, frosty, post-race beer for motivation and finished the four mile race in 33:14, for an 8:19 pace.

My effort was good enough for first place female and fourth person overall.

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I cooled down with the ice water and ice towels provided and watched my running partner finish strong.

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You know where we went next…..

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FEB Distributing Co. provided three types of frosty Abita Beer brews at the post race party including the highly anticipated Abita Blueberry! I gave it five stars. Yum!

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Post race refreshments were provided by Savory Roots, snow cones provided by The Sweet Escape, and ice water provided by Icy Pint Athletics. Cajun Timing provided race timing and results and Wendy’s Paws for Prints took race photos.

Every finisher received a race medal, race koozie, and race beach towel. Early registrants got the bonus swag, an insulated tumbler.

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My husband was gracious enough to bring us our favorite donuts after the race.

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We ate our donuts and enjoyed the Abita Blueberry while we waited for awards.

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All top finishers received a custom race cooler with the race logo on it. The perfect swag to beat the heat.

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The race was tough but I had a great time as always. The Quadburners have the formula set for a great race and even better race party.

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Race #4 of the series will be the Halloween Hustle on October 29. Until next time!

Four on the Fourth

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Monday, July 4, was the 17th annual Four on the Fourth run presented by the 15th Street Flyers. The four mile race is held every year on the morning of July 4 at Hubie  Gallagher Park in Covington, LA.

I woke up bright and early so I could volunteer and help out my fellow 15th Street Flyers. I got to work the data table this year. It was cool to see the electronic side of putting on a race.

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Race start was an early 7:30am and I made my way to the starting line. It was getting warm but the starting line and pre race  set up was in the shade so it was not too bad.

The course was altered again this year due to the bridge still under construction and a portion of the road being washed away during the flood a few months ago.

As the race started I was happy to see we were running in the shade for the most part. I tried to stick with some of the faster female runners and finished the first mile in 7:22.

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The fast pack pulled away during mile 2 and I was by myself for a while. I finished in 7:48.

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At the turnaround I could see another pack of females not far behind so I did my best to push on. Mile 3 got hot and I started to slow down, finishing in 8:13. Any hopes of sub 30 minute 4 miler and/or a personal record were out of the window.

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Mile 4 was just putting one foot in front of the other and trying to not get passed. Well I did get passed but I did out sprint someone at the finish line.

I finished the four mile race in 31:38. A ways off from a PR, but I was satisfied.

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I met up with my running buddies, old and new, and enjoyed some post race refreshments. Michelob Ultra, Abita Beer, watermelon, and jambalaya were provided.

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The unique thing about this race is 1st and 4th are awarded. I was 3rd in my age group so no award for me.

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I finished the morning, or so I thought, watching fun post race contests such as donut eating, push ups, and hula hooping.

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I was about to leave when I was held captive, not really, to participate in the Budweiser Beer Mile. I have never participated in my five years of doing this race. Since it was a relay and I only had to chug one beer I was in.

I opted to go second and pleasantly surprised myself with how fast I chugged my beer. By the was this beer mile is hardcore and we used full cans, not cups.

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I cheered on my teammates and laughed at the people puking on the sidelines. Our team finished in 9:07.

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Four on the Fourth is always a great time and look forward to running again next year.

Up next for me is Quadburners race #3, Hot Pursuit, tomorrow morning in Bay St. Louis, MS. Until next time!

 

 

 

July Races

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NOTC All Comers Track Meet
Various distances
Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm
Metairie, LA

Crab Fest 5K
5K
Saturday July 2, 2016 8:00am
Bay St. Louis, MS

Waveland Firecracker 5K
5K
Saturday July 2, 2016 8:00am
Waveland, MS

Red, White, and Blue Run and Tri Fest
2m run, super sprint triathlon, sprint triathlon, duathlon
Sunday July 3, 2016 7:30am
New Roads, LA

Four On The Fourth
4m
Monday July 4, 2016 7:30am
Covington, LA

Freedom Mile
1m
Monday July 4, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

Watermelon Classic
5K
Monday July 4, 2016 8:00am
Jackson, MS

Wesson Memorial Run
2m
Monday July 4, 2016 8:00am
Ocean Springs, MS

NOTC Summer Series
2m
Wednesday July 6, 2016 6:00pm
New Orleans, MS

Coyote Chase Trail Run
2m
Saturday July 9, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

Quadburners Hot Pursuit
4m run, duathlon
Saturday July 9, 2016 8:00am
Bay St. Louis, MS

Sunfish Triathlon
Triathlon Sprint
Saturday July 9, 2016 7:00am
Meridian, MS

Meat Pie Triathlon
1/2 mile swim, 20m bike, 5K run
Sunday July 10, 2016 7:00am
Nachitoches, LA

Summer Series #3
2m
Wednesday July 13, 2016 6:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA

Steel Magnolia Shuffle
5K
Saturday July 16, 2016 8:00am
Nachitoches, LA

Bring It To The Bay
Sprint Triathlon
Saturday July 16, 2016 7:00am
Bay St. Louis, MS

Kroc and Roll Sunset Run
10K/5K
Saturday July 16, 2016 6:00pm
Biloxi, MS

Spillway Classic
3m trail run
Sunday July 17, 2016 8:00am
Norco, LA

Lakeside Country Club Kid’s Triathlon
Youth Triathlon
Sunday July 17, 2016 8:00am
Metairie, LA

Brooks Old Rail Run
2m
Wednesday July 20, 2016 6:00pm
Mandeville, LA

NOTC Summer Series
2m
Wednesday July 20, 2016 6:00pm
New Orleans, LA

Rivershack Run East
2m
Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm
Jefferson, LA

Rivershack Run West
2m
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm
Gretna, LA

St. Jude Heroes Run 4 The Kids
10K/5K
Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00am
Hattiesburg, MS

Christmas In July
5K
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm
Hammond, LA

Summer Series #4
2m
Wednesday July 27, 2016 6:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA

CCRC Summer Series
1m
Wednesday July 27, 2016 6:00pm
Lafayette, LA

NOTC All Comers Track Meet
Various Distances
Friday July 29, 2016 6:00pm
Metairie, LA

Power Miler
1m
Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am
New Orleans, LA

Rocketchix
Triathlon
Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

Rocketchix Kids
Youth Triathlon
Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am
Baton Rouge, LA

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