Saints 5k Race Recap
Black and Gold to the Super Bowl!
Ever since I did the Saints 5k last year, I’ve been waiting for it to roll around again and get together my friends to run it. Last year it was a pretty big race for me.
1. I PR’ed with a 26:19
2. I met the Steel MagNOLAs at the race and have been hooked up with them ever since then.
3. The race finished on the field of the Superdome, so it was a pretty rare opportunity.
This year I was joined by some fabulous folks for the race.
I wore my new Steel MagNOLAs jersey that I just got and reused my Snow White skirt. I wasn’t totally in Saints colors, but I was certainly representing NOLA.
The Saints 5k is huge but I’d say the majority of the people are walkers out in costume with their friends to have a good time. I appreciate that there are pace signs to at least help people place themselves. I didn’t think I was in shape to beat last year’s 26:19 but I figured I would finish in the 27 minute range, knowing I still had a big swim-bike brick ahead of me. Mo on the other hand was ready to race. Amy and Kevin hung around with us in the 8:00 area and dropped back later in the race.
When we started I was about 100 yards ahead of Mo and then he took off ahead of me. I could see him for some of the race and just hoped he had a good idea of pacing himself so he could hold on.
The course starts in Champion Square outside the Superdome and winds through downtown, making it’s way onto Decatur and turning around near the Bubba Gump restaurant. With about .25 mile to go, you pass the start and even as I was nearing the finish, walkers were still just getting started.
The trick to this race is that when you pass the start you think you are almost done but you have to circle almost the whole way back around the Dome before you go inside to finish.
When you enter the Dome, you get the most wonderful, icy blast of AC before you sprint those last 40 yards on the field.
Mo finished in 25:50!!!!! I’m so impressed by him. He has worked really hard and shown perseverance. Every time he has gotten injured or his training got derailed in the last year and he had to take time off he has come back stronger.
I finished in 26:59, which was totally fine with me.