Fat Boy 5k – Race Recap – April 9, 2021

Starting Line

Back at the starting line of the Fat Boy 5k the last one was in 2019.  I ran that on April 19, 2019 in a time of 29:23.  I looked up what the pace was to earn a mug then.  Mugs are given to the Top 150 men and women of the race.  From the 2019 times I would need to run around 8:30 per mile pace to get a mug.   I think I definitely have that time in me.  So we will see how it goes.  At the starting line in the past I would just fit in somewhere towards the middle  but today I pushed as far forward as I felt comfortable.   I overheard people talking about 7:50/8:00 minute pace around.  That made me kind of nervous while I feel like I have those times in me.  I have not really ran 5k paces in my training in the last twelve weeks of training.  On a random three mile run I decided I wanted to finish it under 30 minutes.  Aside from that it’s all been easier pace half marathon/marathon efforts.   

First Mile – 8:50

The race is off!  I’m on pace to put myself in mug contention.  This pace is feeling a little hot I feel my heart being a little elevated.  I want to do this so I just go with the pace.  It feels like I’m playing with fire.   Also I completely forgot this race isn’t flat!  So I’m running way faster than normal and here come some hills.  Why would they put that there.   Through the half mile mark I’m at 8:40 mile pace.  I set my Garmin at half mile splits just to get more alerts as a distraction.  At this   point I am thinking this might not be the race for a mug.  I’m falling off pace but I’m still giving an effort because I want to see where my 5k time currently is.

Second Mile – 9:23

The course is out and back so once I have done the first half of the second mile I know what to expect because we loop around and do it again.  In the second mile I start wondering if there will be any water stations in the race.  The day
before I definitely didn’t drink enough  water, and I’m paying for that now.   I kind of sync up with a random runner and we kind stick together for a bit.  We seem to both be on the struggle bus, but there is no quit in us.  At this point I know a mug is probably out of reach.  Maybe there is a little hope if the if it’s a slow field.  Mile 2 I start seeing other runners earlier in the race since it’s out and back.  Seeing others putting in effort always motivates me.

Third Mile – 9:38

Mile three in the past I would be sad that I did not earn a mug.  Post the pandemic though I have been working hard to improve my fitness.  Regardless mug or no mug I am happy with my effort on the day.   After running a half marathon last weekend three miles seems like it goes by in a flash.   I’m tired but at this point there isn’t much race left, and I can dig deep to make sure I come in under 30 minutes.  This mile has been my slowest.  It was still under 9:39 pace so we looked in the sub 30 minute finish.   The finish line is in sight so I give it a little gas to bring it home.   They are stilling handing out mugs for women finishers.  
Finish Time 28:52.8 5K officially,  I am completely happy with that my last 5k I finished with a time of 31:39 at the Baton Rouge Turkey Trot.   A nice improvement and sub 30 minutes!   I am setting a goal for next year to finish the Fat Boy 5k under 20 minutes.  I am getting a mug I promise!  I had a great time though my parents joined me for this 5k and that was a welcomed addition.

Billy Cannon 5k – Race Recap – December 5, 2021

Intro

Welcome, This post will dive into my experience at the Billy Cannon 5k on December 5th 2021.  This was my fourth year doing this race!  I have only missed this race once due to the pandemic but we are back in full effect baby finishing on the 50 yard line and everything!  I had been planning this race for months.   It’s so surreal  that it is finally here!  I want to set the stage initially I was all set to run the Tiger 10k with my LSU Speedflex Helmet on.  I had been training and I am in 10k shape for sure.  A couple weeks before the race I tried on the LSU helmet and it was a little tight.  So I decided I’d only run the 5k instead to save my self from riding the struggle bus for too long in the football helmet.  This decision was based on the fact I decided to never try running in the helmet until race day.  I didn’t want to suffer through 6 miles when I was just out to have some fun.  

The Start

It was beautiful foggy fall morning on Louisiana State University’s campus.  Seeing Tiger Stadium as I walk up to the starting line was so cool.  I hadn’t put the helmet on yet I wanted to minimize the time I had it on my head.  Once I did it was so cool taking pictures with people at the start.  I am fully LSU’ed up with my race day outfit from LSU Pegasus 38’s, Joe Burrow Home Jersey, Yellow running shorts that were difficult to find, and my LSU Riddell Speedflex Helmet with visor.  The race MC cues up the national anthem.  After we start loading up the starting corals.  The race start was staggered to spread out the race participants.  A short wait and I’m at the starting line ready to go!

Mile 1

I want y’all to know I’ve never run in this helmet.  So getting into mile 1 I go out way too fast at a point I was running 9:06 pace with a LSU football helmet and visor on.  My running fitness has steadily been improving lately and without the helmet I would not rule out that pace.  With it a whole different story.  At this point Ican hold the pace, but I felt like this might be too fast.  It is getting harder to breathe and the visor on the helmet is beginning to fog up.  I can still see through it but my vision is definitely impacted.  The 5K and 10K split is approaching and I am thankful  I chose the 5k option at this point lol. We hit the LSU lakes and I have slowed the pace down to something more manageable.  The lakes are always picturesque and so motivating to help you run fast.  I need to take advantage of the Lakes for running more often. 

Mile 2

I come up on a water station.  I must have been distracted by the absurdity of running in a football helmet because the concept of getting water mid race slipped my mind entirely.  I came through and grabbed a cup. I then realized how will I get this water to my mouth with this facemask.  In the moment I decided I will just throw it towards my mouth and hopefully get enough in lol.  I tossed my cup in the trash and kept on running.  I see an ad for a race along the LSU lakes.  My visor at this point is too foggy to make out signs while running.   I still need to find out what race that was.  I couldn’t find it on RunSignUp.com.  Mile 2 I am fully in the muck of a foggy visor and the helmet is just full of hot air from my breathing.  

Mile 3

At this point I am over the novelty of running a 5K in a football helmet.  Let’s just finish this race.  While my visor is fogged up I am being extra cautious avoiding potholes in the street.  I eventually find one and turn my ankle, but I don’t know if I have some weird ankle genetics.  Because when I turn my ankles I never get any pain after.  At this point I start to see some 10k runner’s zooming by.  I want those faster paces one day.  I’ll keep working one day we will get there.  The football helmet is definitely not built for prolonged activity it is so hard to breath in there.  I probably should have taken the visor off but it just looks so cool!  As far as running this mile it was just let’s get back to Tiger Stadium and wrap this up lol.  In this mile I got shouted at by people passing by so much!  Me being super introverted I felt there excitement but also in my head I’m like nothing to see here lol.  My lovely wife was also posted up in this last mile to take pictures of me during the race so thankful for her.  

The Finish

I finally see the mile 3 sign!  Nothing left but to turn into Tiger Stadium and celebrate!   As you make your way in it’s just a bunch concrete and concession stands but once you hit the tunnel to  the field it’s electric!  Even with no one in the stands or anyone cheering you specifically it’s awesome! From the finish line corral with the LSU flags blowing in the wind,  or Tiger Stadium/the field, or the fog the finish of this race is just one of the best!  How could I forget smacking the “Win Bar” while crossing the finish line!   This race never disappoints.  A beautiful campus and awesome finish line.  I will definitely be back next year!