Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon - RunMarathon

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New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Competitor Group, Inc.
Total Time = 3h 54m 13s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at a hotel very near the start line. Was great to be able to get up at a decent time, shower, have a little breakfast and then walk to the start.
Event warmup:

Basic stretching to get the muscles warm.
  • 3h 54m 13s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 56s  min/mile

Great example of how mental preparation is so important in a marathon. I wasn't as committed to this race/distance as I was at Houston, and it showed. I went through the halfway point right on target to run a 3:45. But, the mental part hit at mile 20, which made the last 10k a sufferfest. I felt shot, but my HR showed a significant decline at this point. So, it wasn't fitness. It was mental.
What would you do differently?:

Commit to the distance. I almost turned off for the 1/2, and that uncertainty destroyed what could have been a good race.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched, changed and drank a couple of beers while listening to the concert.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mental, mental mental.

Event comments:

Had everything in place to PR. But, once I "checked out" mentally, things fell apart. No one to blame but myself.

Last updated: 2012-03-13 12:00 AM
03:54:13 | 26.2 miles | 08m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: The condition of the roads for the first half of the race ranged from average to very poor. Due to those conditions, really had to focus on the road, and where you stepped. Miles 16-22 were on a dam road with no shade. The addition of the two overpasses made things interesting during this stage of the run.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
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