Mardi Gras Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
New Orleans Track Club
40F / 4C
Total Time = 3h 12m 32s
Overall Rank = 8325/9300
Age Group = M 50-54
Age Group Rank = 261/282
Pre-race routine:

Four days ago was the first day in a month that I could walk without a limp, but I have done this race every year since 2003 and was registered, as were Angel and Dylan, so if I could do it I was going to.

Training consisted of walking three miles yesterday just to see if the calf would hold up.

Woke up at 3:30, coffee and bagels. Showered and dressed, was out of the Westbank motel by 5:30, was parked in the Superdome for 5:50. Shuttle bus to the start, still had to walk a mile or so to the staging area.
Event warmup:

Besides the mile walk, did the porta-potty shuffle for about an hour before the start.Corralled with Angel in #20 (I was assigned to #4), still about a half-mile from the start. First wave went off at 7, took a half hour for us to get to the start of our wave. Think we made two more porta-potty stops in that time.
  • 3h 12m 32s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 42s  min/mile

Started with Angel, she let me go ahead but caught back up at around 12.5. Per the official splits, pace dropped consistently and significantly throughout the distance. I've (trained for and) walked marathons at a much faster pace than this.

Splits per official results:

5k, 42:01, 13:32 pace
10K, 1:26:31, 13:54 pace
10M, 2:23:08, 14:18 pace
13.1M, 3:12:32, 14:42 pace

Here's the runkeeper app splits through mile 11 when apparently my iphone battery died:

1 13:25
2 13:37
3 13:31
4 14:45
5 14:36
6 14:28
7 14:23
8 14:34
9 14:53
10 15:53
11 15:59

Stated off strong, settled down for another 6 or so, then dropped way off.

Regardless, got it done. Made Angel jog the last quarter-mile, and we finished together.
What would you do differently?:

Train, or, more specifically, be able to train.
Post race
Warm down:

Went through the finish chute, ate everything in sight, then found Dylan. Hung around a little while, then caught the shuttle back to the 'Dome.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

That "no training" thing.

Event comments:

First year race was under the R'n'R umbrella; I'm ambivalent about the changes. Shuttle was a pain, especially the walk to/from the drop-off points. Course was OK, not much of an improvement over the previous one. Nice to have a band every mile or so, good on-course wupport, etc. We'll probably keep doing it, but the added amenities aren't worth the doubling of the price, IMHO.

Last updated: 2010-03-01 12:00 AM
03:12:32 | 13.1 miles | 14m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 261/282
Overall: 825/9300
Performance: Below average
Course: New course, heads toward Audubon Park on Prytania, turns around at Jefferson Avenue, then St. Charles and Magazine back to downtown. Through the CBD and French Quarter, then up Esplanade to City Park. Does a 1.5-mile out and back, then finishes just on the other side of NOMA.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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