Last week was almost a return to normalcy for training. I completed the Tough Mudder circuit workout once that I had been doing 3 times a week. I also had a chance to complete a bike ride with my ruck and 5 bricks. I am now 40 days out from the Tough Mudder and I really need to get going with my training. All of this while still dealing with a lingering sinus issue and now a sick child and now maybe a sick wife. I am not trying to make an excuse for my lack of training lately just pointing out what is going on lately.
I had the opportunity on Saturday morning to complete an inaugural 5k which was attached to the New Orleans Bowl. The race is supposed to raise awareness against crime in New Orleans. The event is titled the Race Against Crime – Dashing through the Dome. I found out about the race on Wednesday last week thanks to my aunt. The goodies included the obligatory race t-shirt as well as a ticket to the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The race started in between the New Orleans Arena and the newly named Mercedes Benz Superdome. The course was very basic and looped around the Arena and the Superdome while also crossing through Champions Square. The best part of the course though was the finish. As you hit the home stretch, the course takes you into the Superdome with a lap around the bottom of the Dome and eventually out of the tunnel onto the Superdome floor with a finish at the 50 yard line on the sideline.
Once I completed registration, I was able to go out on the Superdome floor and take pictures and stretch. I have been inside the Superdome many times in my life for New Orleans Saints games, Tulane football games, and even to see Pope John Paul II. I have sat in every different level of the Superdome as well. This was the first time I have ever been on the actual floor of the Superdome with the football turf laid out. It was pretty cool.
I decided to run the 5k race with my ruck containing 5 bricks and a bottle of water. Of course while standing in the crowd of about 200 people waiting to start, I was approached by a woman who was curious about my ruck. She asked if I planned on running with it. When I replied yes she immediately began asking other questions. Doesn’t it hurt? Is this some kind of military training? What’s in the ruck? I told her my ruck contained bricks. I love to see that look on people’s faces when they receive a response to a question they didn’t remotely think they would hear. I told her I was training for some other events and I just like to make 5k’s a little harder if possible. She eventually passed me during the race but not until we were about to enter the Superdome. She finished a few seconds ahead of me as I saw her finishing when I sprinted through the tunnel and onto the field. When I crossed the finish line one of the race officials pointed out to everyone around that I had carried extra weight on my race. I smiled. I had hoped to finish in at least 30 minutes but instead I finished in 25 minutes.
I’d like to take a second to congratulate Jessica and David for completing their first 5k. Welcome to the world of running. Maybe one day I’ll get you into a Tough Mudder or a GoRuck Challenge! Keep up the running and enjoy yourselves.
Keep Movin’ friends…it’s the only way to get where you’re going!