Mardi Gras Half Marathon - Run

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New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
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55F / 13C
Total Time = 7h 00m
Overall Rank = 163/1426
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 0/115
Pre-race routine:

Hit the snooze a couple times, got out of bed at 6....a little too late for a 7am race , but hey in the end, I made it in time! Ate a blueberry eggo, had some gatorade at 6:50, used the port-o-potty, and walked to the start line.
Event warmup:

NA .... definitely no time, and I was only planning on using this race as a normal training day (training for IMAZ)
  • 1h 44m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m  min/mile

I followed a girl that looked to be in my age group the entire time, she kept a great pace and was probably the reason I went 8 min mile the entire time (which definitly was not the plan). She didnt really know that I was behind her, so when we got to mile 13, I kicked up the pace and beat her by a second. I thanked her afterward, and told her she did a great pace the entire race. This was also my PR for a half, 1:48 as my previous one about 5 years ago.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing! I found that when you have zero expectations for a race (which I did!), you perform way above your goal (which had been between 1:50 and 2:00)!
Post race
Warm down:

walked around and got a beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I guess lack of speed workouts.

Event comments:

Given the circumstances this was one of my favorite races to date. Not to crowded at the start line, and pretty good spectators, expecially in the areas that flooded pretty bad. There was suppossed to be parkingm which there wasnt, and my husband had to drop me off (from the car) at the start line and not see me start the race. No biggy. It was really emotional hearing that people were hear from all 50 states and 18 counties. I always get emotional at these races, and this one was just the same. I highly recommend this race for next year.

Last updated: 2006-02-05 12:00 AM
01:44:51 | 13.1 miles | 08m  min/mile
Age Group: 3/115
Overall: 0/1426
Performance: Good
Course: The course was great, this is my first half marathon in the city that I live, and it was so cool being familiar with every mile in a race. The people were great at mile 5 and 10 (the cigerattes and beer was a nice comedic touch too!)Totally lucked out with sunny cool NO HUMIDITY weather and no wind. Only problem was that there was supposed to be a water stop at mile 1.5 and there wasnt and I was planning to take my first gel there, oh well.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4