Crescent City Fall Classic - Run

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New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Crescent City Fitness Foundation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 38m 30s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 6:00 (why am I doing this again?) and talked smack to Derek until we left the house at 7:00. Got to the race site way too early to register Derek and then we walked around City Park until race time. I realized pretty soon that my long-sleeve shirt was way too warm for the rapidly rising temperature. At least it was an Adidas Clima-Lite shirt, so I didn't smother. Thank goodness most of the course was shaded.
Event warmup:

Walking around with Derek, joking about how the old ladies were going to kick our asses. Laughing at the orange spray-painted t-shirts one couple was wearing a' la Katrina victims (Big X with the numbers of victims, etc.) Also loved the "F*ck Benson" and "New Orleans, Proud to Swim Home" t-shirts. Had a PowerGel Green Apple with caffiene (mainly because I was hungry)
  • 38m 30s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 12m 25s  min/mile

I ran fine. The only downside was I was so damn hot in that long-sleeve shirt! Halfway through the race, I considered stripping it off and running only in the sports bra. I reached down and still felt the jiggling (but shrinking!) belly and nixed that idea. The last half-mile, I kicked it up a notch, thinking about the Abita Beer I was about to partake in. I saw Derek waiting for me at the finish line. Thinking I am sprinting already, I hear him say, "Sprint, woman!" and I kicked it up a notch more.

What would you do differently?:

Not wear the damn long-sleeve shirt unless it is below freezing! Train longer, so at least I could make GOOD excuses why Derek beat me!
Post race
Warm down:

Half bottle of Gatorade, bowl of red beans and 2 cups of Abita Turbodog (ahhhh!)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing. I am right where I should be in my training.

Event comments:

This is my first 5k since February 2004 and first Post-Katrina race. I am proud of the last 2 weeks of training I have done in preparation for my half-marathon. One week ago, I couldn't run more than 2.5 miles without stopping to walk. I just have to keep reminding myself that I am a work in progress and most people were still in bed when I crossed the finish line. I am also lucky that I have a great husband to share this experience with, laugh about all our short-comings, and talk smack with(even though I knew he'd smoke me all along).

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Last updated: 2005-11-10 12:00 AM
00:38:30 | 03.1 miles | 12m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Avg HR 175. Usually 179 or so, so that was okay.
Course: Began in front of Tad Gormley Stadium, up Roosevelt, around NOMA, around Storyland, around lagoon, finish in Tad Gormely.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4