Sunday, April 20, 2014

Changes Are Coming

Some major changes are coming to CajunMile.

First, we are both going to make a commitment to post more often.  We will be posting about training for our races as well as other fitness training.  We intend to write about what we are doing to keep in shape between races and what our training entails.  We plan to talk about recipes that we find and interesting things that keep us energized for our runs.

Second, we will be posting recaps of all of our races.  In the past, Emily has posted some recaps and others remained unmentioned.  Going forward each race will have a breakdown from our perspective as we both have different feelings on races.  

Third, we plan on doing some fitness product reviews.  Shoes, watches, fitness tracker, and many other things will be included in this.  

Finally, the site will be moving.  Shortly we will be located at

We know a lot of other websites are doing this, but we are hoping that bringing the perspective of a married couple who started this in their thirties will bring something different to the conversation.  

Please make sure to update links and rss feeds to the new site.


Nick and Emily

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Alamo 13.1 Race Results

Nick and I ran our first half marathon, the Alamo 13.1, on Sunday, March 23, 2014.  The weather threatened all week to rain on our race day parade.  So we woke up early, and headed to the start line, prepared to weather the storm.  Amazingly, the rain held off.  The weather was a cool 59 degrees, perfect weather for a 13.1 mile run.

The course was San Antonio classified as flat, but there were several ups and downs.  Running in Houston, there are no hills, so this was a little challenging for me. 

The race started with the blast of a cannon....And we were off!  

We ran the first 6 miles, which included a large incline.  We took a few breaks after that, getting more into our 9 minutes running and 1 minute walking routine.  Nick and I ran together the entire race, crossing the finish line one second apart, right in front of The Alamo.  

This race was well organized.  Afterwards, we enjoyed the complimentary beer.  They had several food offerings as well as a drawing for one lucky person to win $1,301.  I have to say, one of my favorite perks, is that the race pictures are free - Yes, free!! - and we had several to choose from, which makes for the perfect souvenir to such an incredible experience.  

As soon as we returned home, my vehicle was adorned with a 13.1 sticker!

Official results for Alamo 13.1 held on Sunday, March 23, 2014: 

Emily's Official Time:  2:37:08
- 1135 of 1558 finishers
- 597 of 917 all females
- 102 of 151 females aged 30-34

Nick's Official Time:  2:37:07

- 1133 of 1558 finishers
- 518 of 614 all males
- 83 of 94 males aged 30-34

Monday, March 31, 2014

Alamo 13.1 Race Re-Cap from Nick

We loaded up in the car with the dogs and drove to San Antonio.  We spent the evening drinking beer and eating pizza while catching up with my family.

Spent the morning hanging out and had lunch at my brother's house, then headed for downtown San Antonio for packet pickup.  

Parking being completely insane, Em and I jumped out of the truck and wandered over to the hotel where we were able to pretty quickly find 3 of our names and bib numbers for pickup, but couldn't find my brother's.  So I got in line and picked up the three packets we could while Em called to find out what might have gone wrong.

After a bit of research we found that my brother's last name was not spelled correctly.  The race organizers were very kind and got this corrected for us.

At the end of the day, all packets were picked up and we headed for the house to eat dinner.

Woke up very early and left the house, hoping to get a good parking spot by arriving prior to other people.  On route to the race we stopped at Starbucks, but only to use clean restrooms.

Upon arrival at the Alamo, I dropped off my bag and we walked around a bit for quick pre-race bathroom breaks.  The start cannon went off 7.45, I was disappointed that we were not able to see it from the lineup, but all the same it was pretty cool to have a start cannon.

The beginning of the race wound through downtown a little and then we were off to local neighborhoods where we encountered our first hill.  Training in Houston, we aren't used to too many hills.  Honestly, it wasn't' too bad, it was an easy incline to deal with and had a good downhill just afterward.  Then there was some winding around newer apartment complexes and a golf course.

At the end of the golf course there was a major hill, 200 vertical feet and it was banked.  At the top of the hill was an aid station which brought us to mile 6, where the four of us took our first walking break.  Looking back on it, we made a bad decision since it was on a downhill that we took the break, we would have been better suited to get to the bottom, finish the 10K and break from there.  Either way, this is when we got on the Trinity University campus.

I really enjoyed this part of the race because we wound around quite a bit and basically took a running tour of the campus.  There were lots of ups and downs, but we did get to take a lap on the track which was significantly nicer on my joints than the road.  At the end of the campus tour we basically got to run straight back to the Alamo.

Somewhere near mile 11 we took another break.  This is where my legs decided that they were going to be a bit fatigued, so the walk was a little longer than expected, but did give me a great chance to hit a restroom which I had needed since the beginning of the race.

Another break at mile 12 was taken as we were now on the Riverwalk, this is the one where my legs decided that walking made them hurt.  This mile may have been my favorite.  We finished up our part on the Riverwalk and rejoined the road above and cruised through downtown again on our way to the Alamo.  As we turned the final corner, we both turned on the gas and finished within a second of each other.

The finish was right in front of the Alamo and was an amazing receiving line of thousands of people waiting for race finishers, thought they were all very quiet and obviously looking for people that they knew.  Em and I decided that we would stand at the finish and cheer for everyone as they crossed and this helped to get people excited for finishers, including my brother who was smiling pretty big when he crossed and my sister in law who came across excited as well.

We finished up the morning with a few beers before heading back to the car.

Overall, this race was a ton of fun.  It was nice to run with family and it was a great course.  I think we are all planning on running it again next year.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

10 for Texas Race (Oct 2013)

10 for Texas was a great event, despite the fact that we ran in 100% humidity.   This was our longest run and a very well organized race.  Nick and I ran together for this one, evident by our time.  We weren't running for speed; we were running to finish the race. 

Official results for 10 for Texas held on Saturday, October 12, 2013: 

Emily's Official Time:  2:04:24
- 1741 of 2170 finishers
- 977 of 1286 all females
- 152 of 196 females aged 30-34

Nick's Official Time:  2:04:23

- 1740 of 2170 finishers
- 764 of 884 all males
- 76 of 88 males aged 30-34

Friday, October 25, 2013

Lake Houston 10K

Nick and I ran our second 10K on August 24th, the Lake Houston 10K in Kingwood, TX.  The weather was a tolerable 81 degrees with approximately 84% humidity, and the scenery was beautiful.  We ran over Lake Houston, an amazing site at sunrise.  

Nick and I ran together for the majority of the race.  This was good for me, bad for him - I beat my previous 10K time, whereas his time increased.  But, I have to say, it was really nice to be able to run next to him, especially when I was getting tired.  

Official results for Lake Houston 10K held on Saturday, August 24, 2013: 
Emily's Official Time:  1:16:29.4
- 344 of 397 finishers
- 162 of 206 all females
- 69 of 89 females aged 30-39

Nick's Official Time:  1:16:31.6
- 345 of 397 finishers
- 183 of 191 all males
- 70 of 75 males aged 30-39