Hammond Rotary Shamrock Run
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.
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.
The post race festival included live music, Chick-Fil-A, jambalya, and fresh fruit.
There was also a St. Patrick’s themed costume contest for adults, kids, and pets.
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.
Until next time!