Thursday, May 31, 2012


ATTENTION VETERANS!  If you are considering participating in the Geaux Run 8k and 1 Mile Run on October 6th in Opelousas, enter the promo code HERO2 when you sign up to save $7 off of your registration. And THANK YOU for your service!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Heat acclimation improves sports performance

"Heat acclimation improves the body's ability to control body temperature, improves sweating and increases blood flow through the skin, and expands blood volume allowing the heart to pump to more blood to muscles, organs and the skin as needed."
 But it really sucks when you are doing it.  Click the image for the article.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Nutrition Clinic!!

We are hosting a Nutrition Clinic this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. featuring Rusty Bex.  Rusty is the owner of Smoothie Factory, and is a great resource for information on how to fuel up before, during and after your workouts.  

For those of you planning a fall or winter marathon, this class is a MUST!!  It is a great way to get to have all of your questions answered about fueling your body, and a great way to find out what kind of products are out there.

As always, our clinics are free and open to everyone!  If you are interested in attending, send me an email at geauxrun@gmail.com, so I can have a head count.

Hope to see you all there!


Wear Blue: Run to Remember

Not only did our friends at Wear Blue: Run to Remember
reach their goal of one mile run for every soldier killed in the war on terror(6,460),
they DOUBLED it!  

13,780 miles were run yesterday
in honor of our true HEROES!
(Over 450 of those came from right here in Acadiana!)

Patriot Run Across America

From Smitty:
John Pyle and I at the start of the keys100 - John started March 1st in San Francisco - carrying a flag that flew at Camp Eggers Kabul Afghanistan - he finished his Patriot Run Across America here with the Keys 100 mile race - raising $1 million for the Wounded Warrior Project - (John Pyle is the MAN! - 3,176 miles for Wounded Warriors) - you can donate or learn more at patriotrunacrossamerica.com 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Wear Blue: Run to Remember Memorial Day Group Run Honoring our Soldiers

Over 70 runners braved the heat to honor our true heros - our soldiers and their families.

 Further proof that Acadiana's runners are the most amazing people. Over 70 runners came out to our Wear Blue:Run to Remember group run. It was incredibly hot and there were no medals or awards to be won. Today was the day not to glorify ourselves, but to honor the true heros out there - our soldiiers. Thank you to all who came out! I am honored and humbled to be a part of this running community. 

Pictures from this incredible day:

Special thanks to Buddy and Sybil Williamson for giving us the opportunity to
be involved with this amazing cause.  We are honored and deeply

Friday, May 25, 2012

Registration for the Geaux Run 8k and 1 mile is OPEN!!

Register now for the Geaux Run 8k and 1 mile run this October 6th!
The race will begin and end at the Louisiana Family Fitness Center
at 336 Heather Drive in Opelousas, LA.
(An 8k is approximately 5 miles.)

Click HERE to register!!

All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project whose purpose is:  

  • To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
We are very excited to work with this charity, and we extend special thanks to our title sponsors:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Really, Competitor Group? Really??

McDonalds USA to Partner with Competitor Group 
as a Sponsor of the Rock N Roll Marathon Series

(Click the image for the entire story.  Sadly, this is not a joke.)
Yet another sign of the apocalypse.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Thursday 5/24 - Saturday 5/26

(for these days only)
and all other shoes, apparel, and accessories are 20% off!

We will be closed on Monday, May 28th, in observance of
Memorial Day.  If you are interested in joining us for 
a group run the morning of Memorial Day, check out the 

The Stick is here!!

This is a great tool for loosening up tight muscles!

Key West 100 Mile Run

This race runs from Key Largo to Key West and our own Smitty Smith completed this race in 28Hrs and 10 Min!!! Smitty had great support of his wife Shawn and is still very grateful for this!
This makes for Smitty's 3rd 100 Miler!!!

Congratulations Smitty! 

Monday, May 21, 2012


Thursday 5/24 - Saturday 5/26

(for these days only)
and all other shoes, apparel, and accessories are 20% off!

We will be closed on Monday, May 28th, in observance of
Memorial Day.  If you are interested in joining us for 
a group run the morning of Memorial Day, check out the 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Potential Dangers of "Mud Runs"

Searching for Tony Weathers
The latest craze in the running world seem to all involve
mud and obstacles - some tough, some ridiculous, some just plain stupid.
All of these races have the potential to be a fun way to spice up your training
and make for a fun day out with your buddies.  
More and more stories like the one above (click the image)
are starting to pop up - people being paralyzed, drowning, and 
suffering many other types of serious injuries.

Be sure you know what you are getting into when you sign 
up for these races, and make sure it is a reputable company putting
them on.  These can be lots of fun when the proper safety measures are 
in place.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Congratulations to Mark Miller - 1/4th of the Geaux Run team, 
along with all of our friends who competed in IronMan Texas today!!  
(This is Mark's 23rd Iron distance triathlon - 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run).

Proud to know all of you!
Way to get it done!

Good luck on your long run this weekend!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Good Luck Mark and Smitty!!

Good Luck to 2/4 of the Geaux Run team on their races tomorrow!  

Smitty Smith
Smitty is doing the Keys 100 - Hundred Mile Race in Florida

Mark Miller
Mark is competing in his 23rd Ironman in Texas tomorrow.

Proud to know you guys!
We will be cheering for you from home tomorrow
(in the air conditioning) !!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


We will be leaving from the store this Saturday, May 19th 
at 5:30 a.m., heading up to Chicot State Park for a trail run.
You can choose whatever distance you want.  Most of us are
doing and out and back, so you can turn around at any point.
This is a great way to see the best parts of Louisiana!

($1 per person to get into the park)
1.  Enough water or sports drink for however long you are planning to run.
Keep in mind, that 10 miles on the trails takes longer than 10 miles on the road. Add 1 - 2
minutes per mile to your pace to figure out how long you will be out there.
There are no water fountains along the trail
2.  Whatever nutrition you may need for the distance. You will probably swallow bugs, 
but that doesn't count.
3.  Bug spray - it is mosquito and deer fly time.  Be prepared for lots of buzzing.
4.  Dry clothes for after the run.  It is an unpleasant drive home for you 
and any passengers you may have if you are still in your sweaty run clothes.
5.  Most importantly - you will need to bring your sense of humor.  This
is not road running, folks.  There will be bugs.  The air is jungle-like - you will sweat ALOT.
There is a very good chance at least one person will trip, and that might be you.
You will survive - we haven't had a fall-related death out there yet!
But, you will see some beautiful trails, and if you go in about 3.5 miles, you 
will see one of the breathtaking bridges that runs through the swampy part of the lake.

Email Edie with any questions and hope to see you all there!

Great article from our friends at Running Times about whether
or not it matters how your foot hits the ground when you run.

It's important to highlight that inserting cushioning into shoes to manage impact does work--heel-toe running in a shoe with a cushioned heel does reduce impact loading rate. In fact, Daniel Lieberman's barefoot running study showed that average impact loading rate wasn't significantly different between shod heel-toe runners and barefoot forefoot strikers. As always, it's important to note that variation among individuals was considerable. Lieber-man reported that for "the majority of barefoot FFS [forefoot strike] runners, rates of loading were approximately half those of shod RFS [rearfoot strike] runners.
Click the image for the full article. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Need a little motivation?

Are you one of those people who needs lots of motivation to run?  The obvious health benefits and the fact that if you run enough you can enjoy all of our amazing festival food without guilt is not enough for you??  Well, how about the undead chasing you?  Would that get you moving?  Yeah - me too.  Or I would curl up in a corner somewhere and scream like a 12 year old at a Bieber concert.  Check out this craziness:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Scott Jurek's tips on how to get in your long runs when time is short

Scott Jurek is an ultra running master.  He knows a 
thing or two about long runs.  Click the image above for 
some tips from Scott on how to make your long runs
fit into your schedule.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Micah True Autopsy Explained

What really caused Caballo Blanco's death?  Click the image for the story.

Video Gait Analysis and Newton Clinic!!

Jordan will be back in town Tuesday, May 15th!! 
He will be doing individual video gait analysis from noon to 5:30
followed by a Natural Running Form Clinic at 6:00 p.m. 
This is great information for everyone from beginner to
experienced runner, and it is a great chance to have all of your 
questions about Newton running shoes or Natural Running Form
answered by an expert!

If you are interested in doing the individual video gait analysis done,
call the store at 706-8763 to make an appointment.


Meat Pie Tri Date Set!

Click the image for all of the details for the date and venue!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Representing Geaux Run!!

Dave Aurich representing Geaux Run
in Yellowstone National Park!

Good luck to our very own Smitty Smith in his upcoming
100 mile race - the Keys 100 beginning in Key Largo
and ending in Key West.

Along the way, Smitty will be running with John Pyle:
"John’s “Patriot Run Across America” is on target to reach Key Largo on May 18, with John at the 100 mile starting line on the 19th.  John Pyle left San Francisco on February 28 and has been running across the continent ever since to raise awareness and money for the “Wounded Warriors Project”.  The last 100 miles of John Pyle’s epic journey will be the KEYS100. " 

More Good News for Brooks!

Annual Berkshire Meeting To Be Coming Out Party for a 
Fleet-Footed Running Shoe Company

Click image for story

When I grow up, I want to work for Brooks.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Paralyzed Woman Completes Marathon in 16 Days

Click the image for the full story
"Lomas will not appear in the official results and did not receive a medal when she finished as competitors have to complete the course on the day of the race to qualify for a medal.  But a dozen other runners in the race have given her their own medals in recognition of her achievement." - Discovery News
So tell me again why you can't achieve SOMETHING ?? 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


We are happy to announce that the GEAUX RUN 8k in 
Opelousas, Louisiana,
on Saturday, October 6th,  has been approved
as a Proud Supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.
All proceeds from this race will benefit this worthy cause.

Mark your calendar, folks.  This is going to be one you don't want to miss!

CajunMan Registration is now OPEN

To all:  And please send to all of your multi-sport friends.
The 2012 version of the CajunMan Triathlon is set to go.  This will be the 16th year Anniversary!  We promise to make it bigger and better than ever!!  The date for this year’s event is September 9, 2012.
Our website has been updated and you can find updates, news and much more information by clicking on www.lafayettefitness.org.
We will have two options for you to sign up again this year.  You can sign up in person at Smoothie Factory (125 Arnould Blvd., Lafayette, LA  337-989-7001) or you can sign up online at Active.com.  A link is already on the www.lafayettefitness.org website.  Just click on the CajunMan Triathlon icon on the left side of the page.
So, registration is NOW OPEN online and at Smoothie Factory!! Please remember that the CajunMan Triathlon sells out EVERY year (last 11 years) well in advance.  So please sign up EARLY.  We have a field limit of 500.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you in September!
Russell Bex
CajunMan Triathlon
Race Director

Monday, May 7, 2012

Join us for a Run to Remember

Join us on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th to support a cause close to all of our hearts.
Wear Blue: Run to Remember is asking runners to pledge any miles run on that
day towards their total goal of 6,444 miles.  One mile run for every
soldiers life that was lost in the War on Terror.

Since many of us will be off of work that day,
Geaux Run is hosting a group run beginning at 7 a.m.
We will offer a 5k and a half marathon distance.
(Details to follow)

If you are would like to participate, either by running with our group,
or on your own, send me and email with your name and 
miles pledged so I can submit them.

Special thanks to Sybil Williamson, the local representative for this cause, for 
asking us to be involved.  Sybil and her husband, Buddy (from Broussard) lost their son
Patrick in Afghanistan 2 1/2 years ago.  I will personally be running in his memory and am
 honored to do so.  

Friday, May 4, 2012

Here's a website that will help you choose a playlist according to your 
running or walking pace.
Pretty cool stuff.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

HBO Documentary: The Weight of a Nation

"This is probably going to be the first generation of children who 
will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents."


Catch the documentary on HBO May 14th and 15th.

Introducing our Newton Loaner Program!!

Here's your chance to spend up to two weeks in a pair of Newton's
to see what all of the buzz is about before you actually buy them!  

Call the store for details, and to reserve your pair!