The Hammond Rotary Shamrock Run was held Saturday on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. The race was originally scheduled for the Saturday prior, but with the historical flooding in our area it had to be rescheduled.
Since the race was pushed back the 10K was cancelled for logistical reasons. The 5K and 1 mile fun run were still on.
I did not sign up for the race since I worked on the original race date. By the luck of the Irish, well a friend who already registered but defaulted her registration to me, I got a free entry. It was very last minute but I felt ready to run.
The weather had been all over the place the week leading up to the race: sun, rain, sun, thunderstorms, and temperatures ranging from the 40s to the 80s. The rain was supposed to be done by Saturday morning but it was really cloudy and humid.
I woke up late and fought myself to get out of bed but I made it with 20 minutes to warm up. I felt out of place since everyone was in green and I was not. Like I said this was a very last minute race.
One of the unique features of this event was “Outrun the Leprechaun.” If you beat the Leprechaun in the race you got to pick a prize out of the Pot of Gold. In addition every runner received a shamrock shaped finisher medal.
The 5K began at 8:30. I tried to stick with the lead pack but there were several females that took off. I managed to stay near the Leprechaun, who was pushing a stroller containing a junior Leprechaun. I finished mile 1 in 7:01, which, lately, was pretty fast for me.
I was feeling pretty good as more clouds rolled in completely blocking the sun. I stuck with Leprechaun and Leprechaun Jr. and finished mile 2 in 7:40, more my pace.
In mile three I ditched the Leprechaun duo and a female runner and moved into 5th place. Then the rain started.
I managed to keep my pace and completed the 5K in 22:56. I was ecstatic since I haven’t ran a sub 23 minute 5K in over two years. I was 3rd age group and 5th overall.
After getting my finisher medal I walked back to my car to get my rain jacket. Good thing since the rain started to come down.
The post race party featured yogurt, fruit, green lemonade, and other refreshments.
I stuck around as long as I could but even with my rain jacket I was soaking wet.
This was my third time participating in this event and I look forward to running again next year, hopefully with sunny skies and the 10K.
Looking forward April will be a busy race month for me with the Strawberry Strut 10K April 10 in Ponchatoula, The SLU Green & Gold 5K April 16 in Hammond, and the Monk Run April 23 in Covington. Until next time!