For more photos visit our Facebook album from the event: Here.
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College: University of North Carolina, Asheville
Did you run in college? if so what events: Yes, 800m to 10k. Cross country and Track & Field. No field though.
Favorite Race Distance: 10k, when I’m in shape.
Favorite Race: In NOLA, the CCC. I love the excitement, rage, magnitude of people, and of course the jello shots
Favorite Place to run in New Orleans: I love being able to step out my front door and run across town. Running from uptown, to Napoleon, through Broadmoor, Bayou St. John, to City Park, and back home. I also love running through the deserted, overgrown golf course at City Park.
Favorite song: Hayes Carll “She left me for Jesus”
Do you have any pre-race routines? Superstitions? Black coffee and peanut butter. Always. I used to wear the same socks for pre-race warmups. The socks are from one of the original running stores in Austin that just went out of business, RunTex. Although I still have the socks, I retired them years ago.
Favorite Cross-Training Activity? In college it was water running or cycling through the blue ridge mountains. Nowadays its probably drinking beer.
“I can’t run without ______” My dog, ARCHIE! He is a two-year-old Vizsla. Awesome pup. One day he will come to run group with me.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Nursing school and home renovations don’t give me much free time but I like to garden and cook.
Describe your perfect dinner? Yo Mama’s Peanut butter bacon burger and a pale ale.
You have a ticket to go anywhere in the world. Where do you go? Why? A ticket around the word. To quote Jack Kerouac, “Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.”
What person would you like to meet(in all existence) and why? I’ll apply this answer to running. I have many running idols but I grew up watching ladies like Marla Runyan and Regina Jacobs. Marla who was legally blind particularly amazed me and it would be pretty cool to meet her. When I was younger I would pretend to be in races with her. Due to her disability her racing strategies and tactics were imperative to her success.
At this weeks run group a few key things happened. First, a pair of shoes were raffled away to Emily Mase, granting her desperate wish for new shoes, as she won run grouper of the month honors. Next, the fire usually attended to by very muscular and masculine men of LRC, was (wo) manned by Beth Sherwood, who although didn’t have any running clothes in her enormous bag, apparently knows Shaq, which clearly makes up for the slight forgetfulness. On the topic of attendance, Black Girls Run was is full force this week with a large group on both days, as well as Mark Berger out promoting his 504K race. The Ferrari’s brought the s’mores and were clearly favorited over the weekly bounty of fruit. Preston’s mouth was not as “potty” as usual, but Captain Banana made up for this with his very strange stories.Finally, Kristin Wenstrom, with her very busy schedule, stopped by after releasing a wrongly imprisoned man after 20 years. This was truly one of the most intriguing topics of the week. Some of the regular run groupers were not in attendance because of the Rock and Roll Half and Full Marathons this past weekend. Things should be back to normal next week, making for a much more in depth recap!
For more photos from LRC Run Group 386 & 387 check out our facebook album here.
For more info on run group including meeting times, courses, etc: Official Run Group Page.
The run/walking group where all ages and abilities are welcome!
This weeks run group has got to be some of the coldest I’ve experienced. All the humans were dressed in layers upon layers of cold weather gear. Living outside in New Orleans my whole life, I almost lost one of my nine to this frigid weather. On Monday, everyone was preparing for a snow day and planning on hunkering down for the deep freeze that hit the city Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. Thinking it was warmer, I ventured out to the fire pit to get some much needed attention and hopefully con some unsuspecting runners into giving me a marshmallow or two. My plan was foiled though, when Sean Fitzwilliam showed up with his dog, Sherman, and I was forced to duck and cover under the house. It was such a rare occurrence to see this very hair man and his equally hairy dog come to this gathering. I fear he will show up more, since all the humans gave him such a warm welcome, I’m still not sure why… Another new face was that of Andrew Barton. Looking to get back into running shape, he seemed to enjoy his time running at the front of the pack. Thanks to the Pineapple King for the deliciously sweet pineapple that I was able to taste and the best part of the night was Leone and the S’mores she brought, making it worth braving the weather. The runners were talking about the Rock and Roll Marathon this weekend and the temperatures should be ideal, around 60 degrees. Hopefully, this was the last deep freeze for the season, and I can get back to porch sitting and modeling for the camera.
For more photos from LRC Run Group 384 & 385 check out our facebook album here.
For more info on run group including meeting times, courses, etc: Official Run Group Page.
The run/walking group where all ages and abilities are welcome!
As I twirled my whiskers and sat on the front porch of LRC, trying not to be trampled by various running shoes, I was amazed at the number of runners who appeared at Monday’s run group. With over 75 people, the amount of food that would be dropped on the ground, and devoured, by yours truly, flooded my brain. Fresh pineapple, watermelon and my personal favorite, King Cake was at tail’s reach. As i meandered inside I glanced at a, somewhat awkward, modeling pose by the one and only, Jace Gohres….Meow. After all the humans were corralled outside, we all listened to a man, they call “Roland,” introduce Mark Berger and is 504k organization. I quickly realized that the race of 5.04 miles was not my style, I prefer short prints and hurdling stray dogs when I feel limber enough.
For more photos check out our facebook album here.
For more info on run group including meeting times, courses, etc check out our Official Run Group Page.
As temperatures rose to a balmy 50 degrees, more runners started to turn out to run their normal loops around city park. Runners crowded around the kickin’ fire pit and chatted about the upcoming Louisiana Marathon and the Rock and Roll at the beginning of February.
With all the exciting races coming up in the spring, everyone is starting to find some sort of motivation for some fast races in the coming months. Along with the excitement of racing, local celebrities, Carlos Arroz and Ultra Runner, Celeste Dolan, made triumphant returns to the weekly runs. Run group can’t be complete without another celeb, LRC Kitty, who while finding time to pose for a photo-shoot, made her rounds greeting runners and went hunting for her next snack. Lastly, run group regular, Lisa Hickman, celebrated her birthday this week and treated all the hardworking runners to some fabulous cake. Thank you to all the runners who show up and make run groups a weekly destination for fitness and fun!
For more info on run group, including meeting times and course maps, visit our official run group page here.
LRC run-groupers proved to be quite the crew of eskimos this week with some solid numbers coming out despite the nippy, NOLA nights. Decked out in some sick Brooks headbands (special thanks to our rep Mike for those snazzy suckers), these folks were rearing to run, especially Kim who stole the spotlight with her impressive, parachute pants.
Returning from her Iowan igloo, S”y”am was back up in the run group scene this week, corn-stomping dance moves and all. However, 2013’s Run-grouper of the Year, Sancheez, was off to a slow start in 2014….and Leon took note as she got back on her guestbook grind.
Nonetheless, those that managed to brave the frigid temps were greeted back at the store with a fine-looking pallet fire and marshmallows for toasting courtesy of Mr. Ferrari, Ben and Jackson. With a warmer weekend ahead, things are looking up for more pleasant run groups in the weeks to come in 2014.
For more more photos from last weeks run group click here.
Name: Toni Winchester Octave
Hometown: I’m a NOLA girl.
High School: Xavier High School
College: Northwood University
How long have you identified yourself as a runner? When was the moment you started identifying yourself as one?
I began running at age 9 with my father (Garry Winchester) who ran marathons. I fell in love with running in high school, and didn’t really identify myself as a runner until age 33 when I joined the Navy.
You found your way to Louisiana Running Company through a few friends that do the Run Black Girls Run NOLA group? Can you tell us a little bit about that group, and also the group’s mission and goals?
I have degenerating disc in my neck and was unable to run for a year. I enjoy group activities so a friend referred me to Black Girls Run (BGR), and I joined the LRC group run in Mar 2013.
BGR’s mission is to eliminate obesity in African-American women and to promote healthy lifestyle choices. Culturally many African-American women believe they must be a certain fitness level or body type to begin running. Seeing women that are the same size, body types, and experience the same lifestyle challenges as you, often helps break through that perception. The name attracts that demographics.
How has having a group BGR/LRC helped in your journey as a runner?
BGR/LRC are my life partners and resource; they provide support, education, motivation and love
For those who run on their own, or struggle with motivation to get out the door and moving, can you share with them any pros of group running?
Running in a group provides support and motivation. I have made appointments to run with someone from the group at 5am, woke up and was not motivated to run. But knowing someone was depending on me, motivated me to get moving. Also, friends often cancel appointments to workout, but your group will always be there, RAIN OR SHINE. They will walk, jog, or run with you. You start together, you finish together.
You recently experienced a bit of a set back with knee surgery, can you tell us a little about all that as far as what happened? How has the recovery been? Have you learned, or grown in any way by having to take a few steps back, in order to get back on track?
In early October while walking through the Atlanta Airport, I sprained my patella tendon (charge it to aging and weak muscles). I attempted to run for about two weeks with no luck. I saw my doctor, had an MRI and I am currently in physical therapy. I am disappointed that I am unable to run, but I will take my rehab as an opportunity to learn more about my body and the importance of diversifying my training. Strength training, cross training, flexibility training, etc… are just as important as the run.
What is your favorite aspect of of the New Orleans running community?
The run community in New Orleans runs with a purpose: to party when you are done! No just kidding, but we always have a mission.
Favorite place to run in New Orleans? Elsewhere?
My favorite place to run in New Orleans is my neighborhood- Bayou St. John, City Park and LRC.
Favorite places to run outside of New Orleans- The St Tammy Trail in Slidell, and Portland Oregon; scenic and asphalt!!
We’ve got some pretty cool costumes on our LRC employees for the local races. If you had to pick one to race in, would you choose the bunny suit, the banana, or the hot dog?
If I could run in any LRC costume, I would run as the “Banana”. Sweet and yummy, that’s me!
Franklinton (just a short 20 minute -or three country songs worth- drive from Folsom)
Favorite Race Distance:
The one that hurts the least, currently marathon.
Favorite Race: See previous answer
Favorite Place to run in New Orleans?
It wasn’t my favorite until recently where a few summer 520 [running group] mornings were spent: the lakefront
How was the race, First Chicago?
First time in Chicago. It was perfect. My pie in the sky goal was to run 3:30 or qualify for Boston again. I was pleasantly surprised. [Adrienne’s time was 2:28]
How does it compare with other marathons you have run?
The race itself was similar to CIM, Boston, and Big Sur: great location, well organized, all the gatorade/GU/bananas/water/portapotties/silly motivating signs you could want along the route.
However, training in the summer heat was different. If you can psych yourself up or have great friends for the humid long runs, I recommend Chicago.
Favorite Cross-Training Activity when not running? It is true, my favorite yoga pose is savasana [On the announcement board at LRC]. (I also enjoy dominating PG on the ping pong circuit.)
Going into races of this distance do you have any pre-race routines? Superstitions?
I don’t have any pre-race rituals nor am I superstitious. I think you college athletes are the ones that do that kind of stuff. On race morning I was proud I remembered to charge my Garmin, eat breakfast, and put the champagne on ice.
Are you taking off after Chicago, or are you back running? What’s the next race?
Not so much a race, but I am coming out of retirement from the LRC run group. Marathon training occurred during early 520 runs to beat the heat. Now that its sub 80 degrees, I can stand to run in the evenings.
“I can’t run without ______” : someone stopping me to ask if I’m Kara Goucher.
As Halloween drew near, run groupers were tricked into thinking some cooler weather was here to stay and Fall was finally upon us. Unfortunately, the weather went back into the low 80’s, and runners began checking the 10-day weather forecasts for the next “cold” front. This change in weather didn’t stop our run groupers from enjoying some great runs and special deals, though.
First up, Crescent City Classic set up a table on two different Monday’s providing 5 dollars off to LRC run groupers and a free pair of socks, provided by LRC. With the Crescent City Fall 5k drawing near, runners were eager to take advantage of this deal. Along with CCC, 4D Energy came out on Monday providing plenty samples of their delicious and flavorful energy, along with making sure everyone was properly hydrated and keyed up for their run.
This past Wednesday, runners dressed up in costumes ranging from a taco, to Waldo and even our run grouper of the week, Ben “Santo Loco” Fiallos, dressed as a “Luchador” (Mexican Wrestler). Running in costumes, as LRC staff can attest to, is quite difficult. So, kudos to the runners brave enough to run in masks, feathers and other interesting objects. On a final note, have a safe and happy Halloween, everyone!
You ran the Octoberfest 5K this past weekend, How did it go? What made you decide to run this this race?
It went very good. I beat my last 5K race time and did it in 24:14 . I am a big fan of Oktoberfest and I enjoy the German beers especially the Köstritzer . And I had plenty of it celebrating my run time … The weather was great day for a race..
How long have you been running and how did you come to find yourself at the LRC?
Been running since June of 2012 . I had a enlarged spleen removal surgery back in December 2011 and after recovery while walking with my wife I was feeling the energy and encouragement of running and it picked up from there at age 46.
A good old friend of mine Denece who is also LRC run grouper been wanting me to try out the group runs .. Glad I did , it’s fun running with the LRC group and meeting new people ..
How many hundred dollar bills have you seen this week?
I’ve seen too many !!! I work at the Federal Reserve Bank in cash dept.. The new 100 dollar bills came out and I been dealing with them sending them out to the commercial banks… So if you get a hold of a new 100 dollar bill , I might have something to do with it.
Can you tell us a little about your nickname “Santo Loco” and your elaborate collection of masks?
It was a name given to me from old friends who I watched pro wrestling with along time ago.. It’s Spanish for “Crazy Saint” . I’m a fan of Lucha Libre (Mexican Pro Wrestling) and I have a collection of Lucha masks from great stars such as El Santo , Blue Demon , Psychosis and plenty more… I wear them for certain events like Running with the NOLA Bulls , Saint football games and other fun events…
Are you originally from Louisiana?
YES ,Born and raised in New Orleans . Mother from Cuba and father from Nicaragua. So I grew up with good Spanish and New Orleans food..
What is your favorite part of the New Orleans running community?
We just have so many places to run in our city . Uptown , Downtown , French Quarter, the major parks, etc… and all the races we have , wish I had the time to do them all… I also enjoy being a member of NOTC because of the Summer Series events..
Do you have a favorite local race?
Jackson Day race from January 2013.. It was a rainy and very cold day… But I did not let that stop me , this made me know this is my new way of life of being a runner now…
There is word on the street that the LRC is going to have a costumed run group the week of Halloween, can you give us a sneak peak of what “Santo Loco” will be sporting?
It will be a wrestling mask , but don’t know which one yet .. I sure won’t be wearing a hotdog costume … lol.
What is the farthest you have run? raced? and do you have any tips for someone who isn’t a runner looking to take the plunge?
Farthest I have run is 12 miles.. Don’t want to go any more cause I’m training for my first half marathon in December “Ole Man River.” I want to make it special and try to do it a little under 2 hours. Tip I tell people is ” don’t give up” … They see me and what I have been through and it encourages some of my family and friends.. Just have to tell your self “this is what I want for my body , to be healthy, to be strong, and to keep going” …
Introducing Run Grouper of the Week. A series of regular profiles to spotlight some of our most endorphin-addicted friends and expand everyone’s pace group. Don’t be shy – if Ky sounds like your speed, say hi and make a new running buddy tonight!
Hometown: Palm Harbor, Florida
High school: Countryside High School
College: University of Arkansas/Tulane
Did you compete in college? Yes, Swimming and a few XC meets my senior year at Tulane.
What were your events/times in college? 200 fly, 100 fly and 200 freestyle. I don’t think swimming times mean that much in the running community.
Rumor has it you recently did a marathon. Can you confirm this and if so, did you qualify for that big one in Boston? Yes, I qualified for the Boston marathon (3:31.41) while running in Portland on October 6, 2013. It was my first marathon and the best experience of my life.
What was the transition like going from a swimmer to a runner? Shoes have to be lighter on your feet than flippers.
I trained as a distance swimmer in high school and college, so running distance came pretty natural. I’m very new to running, but I have a very tough competitive side which make endurance sport, like running, fun.
When was your first run group? Did you feel like a fish out of water?
My first run group was in March, when I started working at LRC. Yes, although the running group was very welcoming, I still hadn’t run anything over 6 miles in my life. So it was daunting for someone with gills.
What is your favorite part of the NOLA running community? (Say something other than Chad and Ana Rice’s baby Catalina)
I have met some of the most amazing people through running. Very supportive and downright great people. I couldn’t have trained for a marathon without the people of run group.
Now that you went beast mode on the marathon, what’s going to be your next race?
I don’t know about “beast mode,” but I’d like to do another marathon at the beginning of next year. Maybe in Tampa. All I know is that I won’t be racing on any hills, anytime soon.
What’s your favorite NOLA race and why?
I have only raced in 3 road races since I started in May. I liked the Spillway classic, closest I can get to swimming!
What are your favorite hobbies besides running and going to bed when the sun sets?
Tanning, bicep curls and shopping.
We all know this interview can’t all be about running. It must be difficult to balance running and being the full time queen of LRC. How do you manage juggling both of those things?
So very difficult. Being the queen takes so much more time than I anticipated and the role that I play is so important to the store, I don’t think many people could handle all the things I have to do. (All sarcasm intended)
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