"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg

Weekly Running Log

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sweetheart 5k & Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k

This will be a double post.  Getting "behind" because of waiting for pics from the Double Bridge 15k and running most every weekend since...well, it is what it is.  Thankfully, these two races can be combined into one post because there's not a ton of stuff to say individually. 

Let's get going...

Sweetheart 5k
Getting back into the racing mode, I feel the excitement coming from the environment.  People stretching, talking about how they feel and what they hope to run and just plain old adrenaline flowing all over the place.  It was a gorgeous, sunny and blue skies kind of day with one exception: the wind!  It gusted 25-30 mph through the race and made it t.o.u.g.h.!!!  Check out that red warning flag flying straight out.  Even the palm branches were leaning! 

While stretching, I met a sweet, young lady that was here from Tennessee visiting her Mom.  Shana was excited, too.  Kent was getting in line for the racewalkers which started later than the 5k race.  This race also was combined with the Sea Turtle Half Marathon and I hope to do it next year.  I wanted to this year but it just didn't work out. 

I had hoped I could run this without walking but run as hard as I could [at this time].  As it turned out, I ran it all and felt great.  It was not my norm by any means, but getting back into the circuit felt great. 

Here is a good shot of Kent coming in to the Finish Line.  Also, one of my friend, Tim...who takes many, many pics.  Gotcha!!

When I finished, I found a friend from Mississippi and got a pic with him.  Good to see you, Tim and JoAnn.  Glad you had a good race. 

Kent won First Place in his age group.  He's a really good racewalker and it is good to see "real" racewalkers out there...not those that choose to run and walk.  Congrats, Sweetie! 

And, one final pic of us...compliments of Tim.

Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
My challenge increases as I aim to run this 6.2 miles.  I haven't run solid that far yet.  Again, my goal is to do my best whether it is all running or run and walk it.  Having done this race before as a half marathon, I knew I had a huge challenge before me...crossing that Intercostal Waterway Bridge over AND back.  This is the first year for the 10k.  It is a tough bridge and with my knee giving me so many problems lately, I wondered if I would be able to accomplish this goal of solid running.  It's all good regardless...unless I hurt my knee further!  Also, since I saw the banner at the Expo at the Double Bridge race, I knew I had to show up as Adam told me I could pick it up after the race.  Guess that was my main motivator, ha!! 

I have been going to trekking for a while.  Kent had stopped because he began having some knee issues just before the Double Bridge...and knowing this was going to be a tough 2-bridge race, he stopped going.  He's better now.  I felt it helped me in that race so I continued to go.  But just before the Sweetheart 5k my right knee began bothering me.  I searched for my knee straps to wear at that race but couldn't find them.  There are some things that haven't been unpacked yet and they must be in one of those totes.  The kicker?  Trying to find another one.  The only ones I could find were by Ace which are not as strong as Mueller, which I love!!  We decided to go to Dick's to search there.  Well......they had neither.  The one they had was Shock Doctor and cost TWICE as much!  I wore it the first time at this race hoping I wouldn't have problems with it.  It did great...thank goodness.  I'd hate to find that it didn't work and had spent that kind of money! 

The race started at 7:30 and it was so yucky.  It was a good temp but overcast and misty rain.  I met up with my friend, Marsha.  It was good to see her.  She wasn't feeling well and I wished her a good race. 

I saw another woman that had a sign on her back.  She just happened to get in one of the pictures and I wanted to share it with you.  Wished her a good race, too.  This was her third half this year.  She was trying to make today the 13th.  In case you can't read this, it read:  "13th time running 13.1 miles.  Doing it on 3/1 because....it's my birthday".  Isn't this cool? 

As it turned out, it was perfect.  By the time your body got good and warmed up the cool mist cooled you off.  I had no problem with that, ha! 

At the 10k turnaround, I saw Shana!  I had forgotten that she was going to do this race.  So, I knew we had to get our picture together afterward.  She was heading back home to Memphis the following day. 

As usual, the Gulf Coast Group gave out those great bottle opener finisher's medals. 

The overall winner of the 10k was from the coast, Amber W.  She was fantastic.  Think she came in 5 minutes ahead of everyone!!  Shana received the Masters Award and did great, too!  Also, Dallas S. ran the half and did it in 1:42.  He's an amazing 8 year old to say the least!! 

I hung around to get pics of a couple of friends that did the half, Marsha and Mo.  They did a great job, too.  Mo placed in her age group.  She's a beast! 

I was able to run the entire race, even up and over that bridge.  I felt good and strong coming in to the Finish Line, too.  My knee never hurt...yay!  As it turned out, I was awarded the Grand Masters 10k winner!!  So happy with this as it will probably be the last GM I will receive before heading into another age group this year.  This is definitely a keeper! 

AND...I got it!!  Yep, the banner!  I am so excited about this and can't wait to get it on my wall in my crafting/sports room.  Woo-hoo!! 

One last thing.  When we returned to our vehicle to leave, there was a flyer on it for a race in ... you guessed it our home town area, Hattiesburg.  Heather, thought you would like this.  She is the one who originated this race.  You got good peeps everywhere looking out for your race.  Hope it's a good one. 

Well, here I am at the end of another post.  It's been a good two weeks of racing.  I'm looking forward to more races this spring.  Hope you are, too.  See you on the road...so go

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2017 Races

  • 12/10/17...MS Coast Half
  • 12/09/17...MS Coast 5k
  • 11/25/17...Kaiser Half
  • 11/18/17...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/11/17...Rotary Oyster 5k
  • 10/14/17...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 02/18/17...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/04/17...Double Bridge 15k
  • 01/29/17...Big Beach Half

2017 Bike Rides

  • 10/01/17...Southern Magnolia Ride [25.85]
  • 05/13/17...Good Life Ride [26]


  • MS Coast Double Down...5k & Half
  • Run The Beach...3 Half's

2017 Goals

  • Back-to-Back Races [Done]
  • 3 Half Marathons [Done +1]
  • 1,000 Miles-No
  • First Half Marathon Series [3 Done]
  • Work on core/strength 2-3 times a week-No
  • Lose 25 pounds-No
  • NEVER give up! YES!!
  • Control/Eliminate refined sugars-Good

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half

2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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