Mardi Gras Half Marathon - Run

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New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
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Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 619/1426
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got to New Orleans about 11 am Saturday, the day before the marathon, so we had a quick lunch then did a driving tour of the devastation. This was our first trip to the city post-Katrina, all I can do is echo the sentiment that you need to see it to believe it, pictures and news reports don't do it justice.

After packet pickup, headed to Derek and Laurie's, met Haley, Noot, Aaron and Brandy there as well. Laurie put together a great pasta-load meal then I think we were asleep by 9pm.

Woke up at 4, had coffee, showered, shaved, got dressed. Watched the nuts put the finishing touches on their costumes, then we headed to the 'dome. Got there the back way (Airline Highway), parked with little difficulty, found our way to the porta-potty, then it was time to start.
Event warmup:

Just tried to stay warm and out of the wind.
  • 2h 05m 20s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 34s  min/mile

A little crowded for the first mile or two, also got a little warm by the time we reached the French Quarter.Thought about taking off my long-sleeve, but finally decided it wasn't worth the trouble.

Longest run in over six weeks, so I just found a comfortable pace and stayed with it. Felt like I was running with the same dozen or so people the whole way, they'd get a little ahead or behind, then come back to me. Performance-wise, the race had no highs or lows, just kept the same effort going for two hours and I was done.

Finished three minutes faster than last year, when I was also coming off of an injury/layoff, but still fifteen minutes or so off of PR. Still happy and a little surprised, really expecting more of a 10-minute average pace.

What would you do differently?:

Train better, not get hurt.
Post race
Warm down:

After I was sure I wasn't going to puke or pass out, I had two Gatorades them went up the ramp for red beans and rice, Subway sandwiches and king cake. Then I went back out on the course to see the others finish, sat on the curb on the neutral ground, eventually lay down in the clover and took a nap. Woke up just in time to see Angel coming down the road.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Injury layoff.

Event comments:

Great event, good to see they jumped through all the hoops to make it happen this year, probably the biggest post-Katrina event to-date. Had runners from all 50 states participating. Course was in good shape and well staffed, still chilling to be running in areas where the water marks (still visible on the houses) were above your head.

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Last updated: 2005-12-24 12:00 AM
02:05:20 | 13.1 miles | 09m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 619/1426
Performance: Good
See below for splits
Course: Traditional half-marathon course, except it finished outside the 'dome, which is not yet ready for human occupation.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4