Mardi Gras Mambo 10K
The Mardi Gras Mambo 10K & 15K were held Saturday in downtown Baton Rouge. The race is in its 17th year with the new addition of the 15K. The course took runners through downtown Baton Rouge, City Park, and the LSU Lakes.
I woke up bright and extra early Saturday morning since I had to make the hour drive to Baton Rouge. When I arrived the temperature was seasonably mild but the wind was ripping through downtown making it cold. I was glad I wore long sleeves and long pants to run.
The race started off near the Old Governor’s Mansion. The first mile of the course took us through downtown. I was not expecting to run over a bridge so I was less than thrilled. I was also frustrated because my Garmin would not pick up a signal so I had no idea what pace I was running.
My Garmin decided to join the race after mile 1. I was running a 7:50 pace which I was happy with. The course took us into a neighborhood area with lots of turns. I quickly grew fatigued during the third mile. I couldn’t figure out why my legs were so tired until I remembered I went to spin class the day before. Fail.
Miles three, four, and five were torture. I took a few walk breaks and watched my pace slow to the nine minute area.
I used the king cake that I knew would be waiting at the post race festival as my motivation to get through the final mile.
I finished in 54:23. Disappointing but I’m glad I did it.
I got my awesome race medal and headed to the post race festival.
The food selections at the post race festival were some of the best I have seen for a race. Jambalaya, muffelatas, pasta salad, king cake, Buffalo Wild Wings, and more.
After I had my fill of wings and beer I searched for the king cake but sadly it was already gone. Oh well, I didn’t need it anyway. I met up with some friends who also did the race.
The wind was still kicking pretty hard and it started drizzling so I left right before the award ceremony.
You should definitely put this event on your race calender for next year. The registration is fairly inexpensive, the finisher medal is unique and beautiful, and the post race food is excellent.
Next up for me is the Zydeco Half Marathon in Lafayette, LA on March 8. Note to self: do not go to spin class the day before.