Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cajun Cup Training Plan - Week 12

MONDAY - Walk or XT
TUESDAY - Run 30 - 45 minutes
THURSDAY - Run 30 - 45 minutes
FRIDAY - Walk or XT
SUNDAY - 4 miles

You can almost hear the band at the finish line.  Stick to the schedule, and remember to keep up with your stretching. Before you know it, you will get to line up in the best race in town KNOWING that you will successfully complete a 10k!!  

If any last minute issues pop up, or you have any questions about your training or the race itself, contact me at geauxrun@gmail.com.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Notice for Group Run Tomorrow Morning

Due to the ultra in Texas, UL Triathlon, and other conflicts, we will not be able to open the store tomorrow for the group run. Regardless, everyone is still welcome to meet here at 6:00AM to run. We apologize that we won't be able to offer water or bathrooms... Best of luck to all competing today and tomorrow in various races! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Smitty and I will be joined by our fellow knucklehead, Brad Delcambre, in Bandera, Texas, for the Cactus Rose 50 and 100 miler this weekend. I am doing the 50 miler, and Smitty and Brad are doing the 100 miler - which makes me only half as dumb as they are :).

Because we are off doing what we love this weekend, the store will have amended hours.  After all, what is the point of owning and managing a running store if you don't actually enjoy running??  Here are the hours of business for the next few days:

FRIDAY (10/28) - 12:30 - 6:00
SATURDAY (10/29) - 10:30 - 5:00
SUNDAY  (10/30) GROUP RUN 6:00 A.M.
MONDAY (10/31) - 12:30 - 6:00

For those of you who may want to follow our progress, I will try to update Facebook, but there is little to no cell coverage in Bandera State Park (darn shame :), so I may have to wait and post when we get back into San Antonio.  The race director says there is a slight chance there will be (somewhat) live tracking on the website, but he makes no promises.  (He is also providing very little aid in the way of food, etc., for this race, so I wouldn't count on "live" tracking.  Guess that is what "self-supported" means.)

Click the image above for the race site if you want to read more about it.  For a good laugh, read the Race Doc.  See you guys on Tuesday!!


STM Off Road 5k - November 5th

So many races, so little time!  Here's your chance for a change of pace - or at least a change of surface!  The St. Thomas More HOMECOMING ALUMNI Off-Road 5k Run.

The STM Homecoming Alumni 5K Run is like no other 5K in Lafayette.  The race starts in Cougar Stadium where family and friends will get a great view of the racers before we send them out on a true cross country experience!  They will run around the STM campus and through a neighboring field twice, and end up in Cougar Stadium for the finish line.  Come and be a part of this unique running experience
Click here for more info and here for the online registration.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Did you know? 
Out of the six-parish service area of Komen Acadiana, 
five of the six parishes have numbers higher than the national average 
for breast cancer mortality and four of the six are higher than the current state average.

Come on out to Opelousas Saturday, November 5th for the Ken's Cares 5k Walk/Run 
in support of  Susan G. Komen of Acadiana.  The 5k will be followed by a BBQ Cook-Off. 
What better way to spend a Saturday but by seeing different sights in a beautiful city
followed by BBQ?

Bring the family out and support this great cause!
Email tonya@kensthriftyway.com or call Tonya at (337) 942-8911
 for more information on the event, and registration details.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Adrenaline GTS 12 Is Here!!!

Here it is!  The number one selling shoe in specialty running stores (including ours)
has been upgraded (slightly) and is on the shelf!!

Here's the direct quote from the Brooks spec sheet:
The Adrenaline GTS 12 is our "Go-To Shoe" with a very loyal following.  Our goal is to maintain what's working and deliver consistency throughout while continually stepping up our game and making the GTS better with every update.

- 3D Heel Caterpillar Crash Pad - deeper V-groove allows more lateral release providing smoother lay-down and transition
- Sleeker Fit & Breathability - thin TPU weld construction reduces bulk allowing the upper to hug the foot while exposing more mesh improving flexibility and breathability
- Omni Groove - diagonal grooves in forefoot rubber provide more compliant forefoot ride and effortless transition.

Phew - basically, it feels like all 10 of your previous pairs of Adrenaline's - just better!!

Monday, October 24, 2011


Register before midnight tonight (Monday) and enter the coupon code SAINTSWIN and you can save $55 off of your registration for the Rock N Roll Marathon in New Orleans! Click the link below!


Shortened Store Hours This Weekend!!

I will be heading to Texas early Friday morning for the Cactus Rose 50 miler (along with Smitty who is doing the 100 miler), so we will have to adjust our hours of operation for a few days.  Sorry, folks, but that is why we opened a run store - so we could do what we love to do - RUN!!  

FRIDAY (10/28) - 12:30 - 6:00
SATURDAY (10/29) - 10:30 - 5:00
MONDAY (10/31) - 12:30 - 6:00

Phillip will be here to take care of anything you need on those days, 
and he is more than qualified to answer
any of your questions. 

I will be back at work Tuesday, limping probably, but happy to see all of you nonetheless!

You guys are welcome to run from the store as usual Sunday, but we won't be able to open
up for bathrooms, etc.  My backup guys, Phillip and Mike, will both be competing in the UL Tri that day
and I, of course, will be in Texas crewing for Smitty since hopefully
 I will have completed my race 
by then :).

Have a great week, and thanks again for all of your support!!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Mark and Smitty!

Happy Birthday to two of our owners!
Mark Miller (10/22) and Smitty Smith (10/23)

Cajun Cup Training Plan - Week 11


MONDAY - Walk or XT
TUESDAY - Run 30 - 45 minutes
THURSDAY - Run 30 - 45 minutes
FRIDAY - Walk or XT
SUNDAY - 3.5 miles

WHAT???  3.5 miles??  I will lose everything I have gained over the last 10 weeks!  Ummm - NO.  The next two weeks is what you call your taper phase.  This is when you maintain enough mileage to keep your fitness level up, but decrease the volume enough to allow your body to rest and recover from your training so that you will toe the line healthy and strong.

This is also the time when self doubt kicks in.  "Did I do enough?  What about those workouts I missed? Since the mileage is lower, maybe I should throw in some new form of cross training?"

RELAX - You have done the hard work.  This is not an excuse to skip your remaining runs, but it is also not the time to freak out and decide to start some extreme form of Yoga, or try your hand at power lifting.  Stick to the schedule.  Do not try any new workouts.  Keep your goal in mind, and in this case, it is crossing the finish line of the Cajun Cup with a smile on your face (even if you have to fake it, you HAVE to smile for the cameras and your adoring fans).

Enjoy your long run this week, and tell everyone that you "just have to run 3.5 miles this weekend".

Have a great week!!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Brooks Launch is here!!

By popular demand, we have added the Launch to our Brooks line up.
Men's 9.1 oz / Women's 8.1 oz
This is a great light weight every day trainer with Brooks' patented full length BioMoGo cushioning, a low profile midsole and a minimal upper.  Come on in and try them on!  Another great shoe by Brooks!

And thanks to all of you for your suggestions and reviews of the shoes we have.  Because of your feedback, we are constantly able to evolve and improve on what we carry!

Great Harvest Bread Run was a Success!!

Great turnout for our first Great Harvest Bread run!!

Emma Valentine enjoying the reason we run :)

That's why we LOVE Great Harvest!

Special thanks to JP and Michelle with Great Harvest for letting us invade their shop and for all of the yummy samples we devoured!  We will definitely be back!!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Keith!!

Great day on the trails with birthday boy, Keith Manuel!

Great Harvest Bread Run - Saturday morning

Join us at 6:30 Saturday morning at Great Harvest Bread Co. 
on Kaliste Saloom  for a 5 or 8 mile run followed by bread 
samples provided by our friends at Great Harvest!  

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Addition to Our Invo8 Line !!

Phillip, our male model, showing off the new 150's
We have brought in a limited size run of the Inov8 Bare-X Lite 150's.  This is the lightest (5.3 oz), most minimal (0mm differential) shoe in our road/crossfit line up.  It comes with quick laces, and is perfect for race day.  The 3D Air Mesh upper is tongue-less and stretchy to ensure a secure, comfortable fit.

Come in and check 'em out.  Perfect for racing or cross training!

7 Races to Get You Started in Ultrarunning

Here's a great list of a few trail races this fall and winter you might want to check out!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Great Harvest Bread Run - Saturday morning

Join us Saturday morning for a 5 mile run starting and finishing at Great Harvest Bread Company at 854 Kaliste Saloom Rd.  We are starting at 6:30 a.m., then will have drinks and bread samples provided by our friends at Great Harvest!

Here's the route if you want to check it out!

Kona Race Report

If you want to get a little insight into what it is like to compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, here is something you should read.  John Fell, one of our favorite people and one hell of an author, wrote about his experience earlier this month.  Great review!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Group run this Wednesday!

Our Wednesday evening "social" group run is leaving from the
 Fresh Market parking lot in River Ranch 
at 6:15 p.m..  The time was moved up so that we can try to cover as
 many miles as possible before itgets dark.  
We all know how careful the drivers in Lafayette are, so 
there probably wouldn't be any problem, but why take the chance (sarcasm intended :).

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cajun Cup Training Plan - Week 10

MONDAY - Walk or XT
TUESDAY - Run 30 - 45 minutes
THURSDAY - Run 30 - 45 minutes
FRIDAY - Walk or XT
SUNDAY - 7 miles

Less than one month from your race!  Your goal is within reach - don't give up now.  Before you know it, you will be crossing the finish line and looking forward to your next challenge (a half marathon, maybe??). 

You have probably noticed that your long run this week exceeds the mileage for your race.  There are a few reasons for this, but the most important is CONFIDENCE.  It helps to calm nerves on race day when you know that you have already gone further than the race distance.  That way, when you line up at the start line, you don't have to worry about completing the distance - you already have.  You can just focus on racing smart, and not getting carried away in the first couple of miles and going out way too fast.  (More on that later.)

Take good care of yourself over the next couple of weeks.  These will be our toughest weeks of the schedule, then you will slowly decrease your mileage in preparation for race day.  Make sure you are stretching and getting enough rest so your body can heal and be stronger for the next time you hit the pavement.

Happy Running!

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Bobbi Parker, Me (Edie), Denise Kidder, Christina Gravish and Liz Wooster

Leroy Richard and Nathan Shull

Christina finishing up her first loop and earning her trail name :).

Leroy still smiling after his first loop.

Christina and Liz - Now both officially loopy.

Not pictured Smitty Smith, Billy Parker,  and Tim Sharlow.

Great day on the trails today! Four more full loopers to add to the rolls.  
Christina can run with us anytime - she brings snacks!! 

Running Causes Arthritis? Not so much...

We've all heard it from our less motivated peers.."Running ruins your knees", "You'll get arthritis".  There is a ton of evidence to the contrary, but in case you need another article in support of your position, check this one out.
(Click the picture.  But be careful, too much clicking will ruin your fingers.)

Friday, October 14, 2011



Meet at the store (906 Harding St), at 5:30 a.m. if you want to caravan or meet us at Chicot State Park about 6:30 or so.  We will plan on hitting the trail by 7:00 a.m.  This is the time of the year when it is good to be slow.  The fast guys clear the spiders :).  Remember - this is self-supported.  Bring all of the hydration/nutrition you need
for whatever distance you plan on doing!


We will leave from the store at 6:00 a.m. 
 A variety of speeds and distances are usually represented.

Side Note:
I will be doing my parking tower run again, if anyone wants a piece or all of that.  I will loop Bendel to warm up, loop the parking garage (up the stairs, down the ramps) at least 5 times, then loop Bendel to cool off.  Looking for at least 10 miles for this one.  This will be one of my last hard runs before my 50 miler (10/29), 
so I figured I would make it count. :)

Be it road or dirt, I hope to see all of you this weekend!!

‎"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you  didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover"
 - Mark Twain, author

Cajun Country Half Marathon!!!

December 10, 2011
Click the image for registration info!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Looking for a trail race close to home?  Well, mark your calendars folks, because on JANUARY 28TH, 2012, there will be a new race in town!  The CHEROKEE CHASE 10K/5K TRAIL RUN will be held in Carencro on Cherokee Ridge Horse Farm.  This is beautiful property, with a mix of trails and dirt roads.  Horses and cows will keep you company along the way.

The race is benefiting the Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization (ATRO).

It's the only trail race in the area, and with a 10k and 5k option, now is your chance to try your hand (or feet) at trail running!

The website will be up shortly, but for now, you can fill out your registration form at Geaux Run (906 Harding Street).  Bring a friend!  This should be a lot of fun!


Running Book Reviews

Here are some of the books that we have in the store that are available to anyone who is interested in borrowing them.  Thanks to Monique Koll for reviewing these.  More reviews to come!!

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami 5/5

Murakami is a world-renowned and highly critically acclaimed Japanese author. This is a fantastic read by a 59-year-old man that started running at the age of 33. He has (and still is) completed ultramarathons, marathons, and triathlons. It is Not a feel-good book - cheap inspiration is replaced with realism; macho/ego is replaced with insightful humbleness, and instead of answering the question "how" like many books on running do, he answers "why." It's also a framework of an autobiography as he correlates events in his life, and books that he's written, with his running timeline. While his blatant statements still caught me off-guard (I've read several other books by him) I also felt that I could relate to his experiences on a very personal level. Highly Recommended.

Born to Run - Christopher McDougall 4/5

I picked this book up in an airport because I had just finished mine and I needed something else for the next flight. I had No idea what I was getting into! I had never heard of ultramarathons or barefoot runners or tribes of runners, and throughout most of it I secretly thought I was reading fiction. This book completely blew me away about how I thought about running, and why I like running; and served as crazy inspiration for me to keep it up. Loved it!

               Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner - Dean Karnazes 3/5

It's aight. Interesting read, in that he's a crazy running junkie and has accomplished some physically amazing feats. And he runs for charity, which is always cool. It's also a bit of tooting his own horn which got wearisome about half-way through. While I liked reading about his accomplishments, he maybe should have left his personal life and feelings out of it because it seems glossed over and fake. Inspirational in the fact that even a tough guy like him has to work to get there!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Black Death of the 21st Century"?

Should you ever find yourself in a position to have to defend your decision to run, here's another good reason.  

Stress has beaten out stroke, heart attack, cancer and back problems as the main reason British workers take four or more weeks away from the job, according to a new report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The Japan Ministry of Labor began publishing official statistics on"Karoshi" (death from overwork) in 1987, but the first case was documented in 1969, when a worker dropped dead of a stroke. He was 29.

Click the image for the full article.  Then get off of the computer and go for a run. 

DecaIron Results

For those of you who are interested in how the DecaIron Competition ended, here are the results:

#  Competitor         Country     Day 1  Day 2    Day 3    Day 4    Day 5   Day 6     Day 7     Day 8     Day 9   Day 10     Total

1  Kim Greisen             DAN     11:52     12:37    12:29    12:18    11:46    11:54    11:34    11:20     11:35     12:08     119:33
2  Thierry Delhaye         FRA     12:16     11:49    12:21    12:36    12:27    12:31    12:05     11:56     12:15     12:27     122:43
3  David Clamp             GBR     11:44     13:43    14:32    14:18    12:45    12:12    11:34    11:45     11:34     12:01     126:08
4  Hermann Steinacher      AUT     12:07    13:38   13:18   13:40   13:24   13:39    11:56     11:20     11:35     11:31     126:12
5  Andrea Pelo di Giorgio  ITA     12:17    13:00   12:49   13:30   13:07   12:42    12:48     12:37     13:38     14:38     131:06
6  Harald Oswald           AUT    11:55   12:00    12:27    13:57    13:36    13:39     13:03     13:17     13:55     14:50     132:39    
7  Michael Ward            GBR     12:48    14:19    14:37    13:03    13:14    13:03    14:06    13:34    12:54     15:56     137:34
8  Daniel Meier            SUI     13:23     13:43    13:56    14:25    13:24    12:48    13:48    14:14    15:03     14:39     139:23
9  Josè Manuel Lopez       SPA   11:52    14:00    12:52    15:30    16:43    15:42    14:34    15:05     13:39     17:45     147:42    
10 Wayne Kurtz             USA     13:40    14:25    14:46    15:13    15:56    17:04    15:28    15:15     14:21     16:06     152:14
11 Tony Reed               CAN     13:17    15:00    14:29    18:23    15:18    15:39    16:54    16:36     17:31     17:31     160:35
12 Vincenzo Catalano       ITA     15:51    17:20   18:44   20:33    21:13    20:41    21:02     20:41     21:06     21:18     198:29
13 Kari Martens            SWE     12:34     13:07     13:23     14:44     16:13     14:47     17:14      DNS      DNF       DNF       DNF
14 Arnold Wiegand          GER     11:47     11:38     11:37     12:53     13:45     DNS       DNF       DNF      DNF       DNF       DNF
15 Sarka Kolbova           CZE     14:02     14:18     14:42     14:57     14:39      DNF       DNF       DNF      DNF       DNF       DNF
16 Leslie Holton           USA     15:30     16:11     16:41     17:48      DNF       DNF       DNF       DNF      DNF       DNF       DNF
17 Paolo Della Patrona     ITA     15:19     16:25     15:43     19:34      DNS       DNF       DNF       DNF      DNF       DNF       DNF
18 Hildeberto Villa        MEX     13:19     13:49      DNF       DNF       DNF       DNF       DNF       DNF      DNF       DNF       DNF
19 Stephen Johnson         CAN     14:19     14:41      DNF       DNF       DNF       DNF       DNF       DNF      DNF       DNF       DNF

This is the culmination of doing and Iron distance triathlon (2.4 miles swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) every day for 10 days.  For more information on this series, click here. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

A few pics from this weekend's races!!

John Fell coming into T2 at Kona

Sean Schnur running a 3:01 marathon at the
Ironman World Championship in Kona

Jimmy Bienvenu on the run course at Ironman Kona

Tim Sharlow (right) competed in his first Tough Mudder in Texas.

Danette Duval finished her first full marathon this weekend in Chicago!!
 Great job!   Very proud of you!

Jessica Amy setting her half marathon PR the day after running over 20 miles in Chicot!!
Great job, girl!!

Josh Falgout killing the course with a 1:26 half marathon finish!! 

Bobbi Parker kicking a$$ and loving every minute of it, as usual :).

Emma Valentine finishing strong!

Liz Wooster winning first place in her age group!

Christina Gravish (wih husband Eric) crushed her goal of a
 sub 2 hr half with a 1:54 finish!!

Runner of the Week - Bob Valentine on his way to a 1:34
 finish in the Gulf  Coast Half  Marathon!

Congratulations to everyone who toed the line this weekend and achieved something amazing!  We are so proud to call you all friends! And a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who represented Geaux Run out there by wearing our singlets!!  Awesome!


Saturday, October 8, 2011


Looking for a group to run with?
Join us tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. at the store.
It is a great group of people, and all speeds and distances are usually 
represented.  Come out and make new running buddies!

As always, all of our group runs and clinics are free and open to everyone!
See you tomorrow!

Great day on the trails today!!

Denise's first time looping!! 

Naomi practicing her hurdling skills

Naomi's first loop!

Tyla and Jess!  Tyla's first loop!
Geoff's first loop!!
First time loopers not pictured:  Nick and Julie
Congrats to these and more who looped Chicot for the first time today! 
 More and more folks are beginning to
see what it is that we love about this park.  The best of Louisiana can be seen on these trails!

The next trail run is scheduled for next Saturday, October 15th.  Come out and get some!
Any distance is available!