Rock 'n' Roll Mardi Gras Marathon - RunMarathon

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New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 4h 51m 13s
Overall Rank = 2133/3140
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 107/199
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:30 a.m., made my pre-race meal of a bagel and peanut butter that I had brough on the plane with me. Drank a full water bottle.
Event warmup:

Warmup? It was FREEZING!! Mostly we just made fun of all the freaky costumes (Capt. America!).
  • 4h 51m 13s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 07s  min/mile

I'm so glad my first marathon is over. It may just be the only. So hard! Good lord. My friends took bets on how quick the "F" word would come out of my mouth when I finished. It was within seconds I'm sure. That and "Why would anyone ever do this twice?". Unfortunately, I "get" to do it again before my first Ironman in June lol after that...we'll see lol
What would you do differently?:

Hmmmm....not sure, this was my first, and I thought I handled it pretty well. I would have liked to have been a little faster, but I'm happy with the time. Maybe I should take the first half a little slower to conserve energy, (I PR'd the first half lol and then was 20 minutes slower on the 2nd!).
Post race
Warm down:

Sit on my ass and drink a free beer with my shoes off! OMG my feet were killin' me! Did a bit of stretching too.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My achy feet and knees. Ironman training limited the amount of running I should have done for a marathon. I got the long runs in, but very few runs during the week. I think more are necessary for better performance.

Event comments:

The course was awesome - nice and flat. Although, sometimes the up and downhills can give your legs a much needed break. I can't believe I just said I wished for some hills lol The costumes were very entertaining, the course scenery was awesome. This was a great way to get a tour of New Orleans! The volunteers were good and very upbeat. Fabulous race actually! Even if it was a hell of a long ways!

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Last updated: 2010-11-11 12:00 AM
04:51:13 | 26.2 miles | 11m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 107/199
Overall: 2133/3140
Performance: Good
Course: Flat and suppposedly fast lol
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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