Happy’s New Orleans 5K
The Happy’s Irish Pub 5K was held yesterday in downtown New Orleans. The race was presented by New Orleans Running Systems, Happy’s, Varsity Sports, and Brooks. The 5K benefitted the Crimestoppers of New Orleans.
After harassing my co-worker for the past week I finally convinced her to do this race with me. As soon at 5:00pm hit I clocked out of work and we were on our way.
Luckily the skies cleared up from the morning monsoon and the sun even made an appearance. Unfortunately it was hot…..really hot…….and HUMID. I was already sweating as soon as we get out of the car.
The race festivities were held in the parking lot across the street from Happy’s Irish Pub.
My sole reason for participating in this event was for Hot 100 points (points for the Varsity Sports 100 days of summer challenge). I knew it would be tough to pull it off because it is my work weekend and I had been up since 4:00am. My schedule did not allow me to participate in many of the Hot 100 events so I had to make this race happen for ten huge points. Pictured below are some of the Varsity Sports Hot 100 runners.
The 5K began at 6:30pm. The course took us up and down Poydras St. then we made a loop around the block of the post race site. I started out at my usual sub 7:00 pace but the temperature started to get to me early on. You could feel the heat coming off of the blacktop street. It was 91 with a heat index of 96 which is actually below average for this time of year but it was still torturous.
I finished the first mile in 7:14 which was not a great start. I slowed down to a 7:50 pace for mile 2. Normally I pick people off one by one as I progress but I was the one being passed this time. I managed to slightly pick up the pace towards the end and finished in 23:36 for the 5K. Not a great time for me but considering the heat I was happy.
I found my co-workers after the race and we took a Team Mandeville Police photo. Pictured below are myself, Vicki McCain, and Rachel Leboeuf. Both girls got a PR! Amazing!
My running club, The 15th Street Flyers, were also present.
The post race party included food provided by Nonna Mia and the plaid skirted Happy’s gals. Abita Beer provided the liquid refreshments. Brooks had shoe demonstrations and All American Chiropractors were giving massages to the runners. A live band played on the Abita Stage.
The post race festivities carried on into the night. I wish I could have stayed longer but I was definitely tired and had to get back up for work again at 4:00am.
I am not sure when my next race will be but I have stared my annual half-marathon training already. Racking up the miles in the summer sun has been rough but I have my eye on another PR this year at the Gulf Coast Half Marathon in October. As for the Hot 100 I have 64 points with one month to go. Hopefully I reach 100! Until next time.