S.T.O.P.S 5K

September 24, 2014 | Comment


The 1st annual St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide 5K was held at the Abita Springs Park in Abita Springs, LA. STOPS was founded as a private non-profit organization in 2001. The organization is comprised entirely of volunteers who provide community programs in an effort to lower the suicide rate in the parish. St. Tammany has one of the highest suicide rates in the state and is 18% above the state average. For more information about this organization visit their website at www.stops-la.com

I woke up bright and early Saturday morning and welcomed the slightly cooler air. I was excited to run because it had been a month since my injury. I was ready to race.

The race site was at the Abita Springs Park, which is situated on the St. Tammany Trace. The 5K course was out and back on the Trace.

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I started off fast, or so I thought, and was in the lead for the men and women at the first mile. I was passed by a few males at that point but I kept focusing on trying to keep my speed up. To my shock and was running a lot slower than I thought. My one mile time was right at the 8:00 mark. How could this be? I am usually sub 7:00 in my first 5K mile. Oh yeah….I was still recovering from my injury.

Whoever said your worst critic is yourself sure was right. I had to remember to not be so hard on myself. It was tough because I felt like my brain was not connecting with my legs.

I tried to pick it up but managed to stay at exactly the same pace. I finished 4th overall, 1st female with a time of 24:58.

I have not ran a 5K that slow in probably four of five years. Oh well. I will get my speed back eventually. I have to be patient.

The post race festivities featured breakfast sandwiches from McDonald’s, fruit, smoothies, and coffee. Entertainment was provided by Joe Manuel and the Hot Tamales.


It was a great race on a beautiful Fall day for a good cause. The race promoters promised a bigger and better event for next year. A date will be announced in the next few months.

Next up will be the Gulf Coast Half Marathon in just 25 days! That means I need to get this injured leg in gear to run 13 miles. Yikes.

Stay tuned for a special blog full of surprises and special announcements about the Gulf Coast Half Marathon really soon. Until then use my special blog code below to get $20 off registration through Sunday.



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