Ozone Spring 10K RRCA State Championship
The 30th annual Ozone Spring Run was held Saturday on the campus of St. Paul’s School in Covington, LA. The race was presented by the 15th Street Flyers Running Club and the St. Paul’s Alumni Association. Betsy Boudreaux, from the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), was on hand to crown the state champions in the 10K race. The race also had a 2 mile and a half mile for the children.
The morning started off overcast with a few rain sprinkles. The temperature was a humid 59 degrees. I was nervous on the way to the race because it was a last minute decision to run and I had not run 6 miles since the Gulf Coast half-marathon back in October. I decided to just go for it and use the race to see where I was in training for the upcoming Crescent City Classic.
I made it to the race site early in order to volunteer with race registration. Myself and Linda Hemburger are pictured above working the registration table along with Diane Weiss. We are all members of the 15th Street Flyers Running Club. Many of the Flyers not only run the local races but also volunteer too.
After I was done with registration table duties and headed to the starting line and did a quick warm-up. The kids’ half mile began at 8:00am followed by the 2 mile and 10K which both started at 8:15am. The start of the race took us through the St. Paul’s School campus before turning onto 14th St. We crossed over Hwy. 21 (S. Tyler St.) then turned onto 15th St. for the majority of the race.
15th Street Flyers? 15th St.? Yep you made the connection. The Flyers began 15 years ago and traditionally meet at Hubie Gallagher Park on 15th St. on Tuesdays to run. Now…back to the race.
The one mile point took us right past the 15th Street Flyers Headquarters. I tried to keep a smart pace since I was not sure if I would tire out from lack of distance training. I finished the first mile with a 7:35 pace. I promised myself I would try to stay under an 8:00 pace as long as I could. I slowed to a 7:50 pace for mile 2 then a 7:54 pace for the 5K turnaround. I was in 5th place at this point. The top 2 females were long gone out of my pace range and 3rd and 4th were about 30 seconds ahead of me.
I was at a 7:56 pace after mile 4 and I felt the tiredness growing in my legs. I felt I was running the same pace but I actually slowed down to an 8:09 pace at the mile 5 point. I looked over my shoulder when we turned back onto 14th St. for the final stretch and realized the 6th place female was closing in. I picked up the pace for mile 6 and hit the 6 mile mark at 8:01.
I was passed at the 6 mile mark dropping to 6th place. The last .2 miles took the runners onto St. Paul’s Track. I tried to catch the female in front of me but these old legs wouldn’t have it and told me we were not racing a 15 year old. I completed the last .2 miles with a 6:27 pace. My final time was 48:57. 6th place overall and first in the 30-34 age group.
I almost broke my 3 year old 10k personal record, also from the Ozone 10K. My old record was 48:56, .5 seconds away…..so close!
Here is a link to my Garmin account with a breakdown of the race: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/465816734
Right after the race it was back to volunteer duty helping with race results and packing up.
The post race party included delicious jambalaya provided by the St. Paul’s Alumni Association, PJ’s coffee, and Michelob Ultra beer.
The 15th Street Flyers represented well and our own Jason Young won the 10K. Allison Moll Bodet was 2nd in the women’s race. Many other Flyers won age group awards.
A representative from the Crescent City Classic was present and he gave away two free entries to the race. He also announced some new features for 2014 including closed corrals and a wave start. This is exciting news because in the past it was madness, for me, at the starting line. Walkers and slower paced runners would start right at the front so I was trying to run around, over, or through them for the first mile making for a very slow start.
This Saturday the Flyers will be hosting the Monk Trail 5k at the St. Joseph’s Abbey in Covington. It is a very unique race that you do not want to miss. The course is on the grounds of the Abbey and in the woods. The monks make beautiful hand carved wooden trophies for the overall and age group winners. Pictured below is my age group trophy from 2012. The race is being capped at 600 runners so register now at www.15thstreetflyers.org
Next up for me is the Race 4 The Fallen this Saturday in Bay St. Louis. I will be representing the newly formed Mandeville Police Running Team and we will be debuting our Under Armor running shirts. I will be competing in the law enforcement division and hope to do well. The race is very special for me because the money raised helps the families of fallen police officers. Come out and support a great cause and cheer my co-workers and I on. Register here http://pbfi.newleveltech.net/R4TF/?page_id=31”
In the meantime I will continue my 10K training for the Crescent City Classic. My goal is to beat 48:57 and to place in the top 500 females. Until next time.