Mardi Gras Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Premier Event Management
62F / 17C
Total Time = 2h 17m 24s
Overall Rank = 1758/2840
Age Group = M 45 -49
Age Group Rank = 125/163
Pre-race routine:

Got up Saturday morning and drove over to New Orleans. We dropped Marcy's bike at the shop then over to her sisters house. Marcy sister Caren was racing for the first time at this distance and we decided to race with her rather than racing in Seaside next week. We unloaded the car then went downtown to register for the race. Played around the expo then went to Drago's for lunch. Probably not the best prerace food, but Drago's Chargrilled Oyesters are probably my most favorite meal. It was good. I drove back to the house and took Sara the dog for a walk. Laid around the rest of afternoon except for a return trip to pick up the bike.

Chicken and pasta for dinner and packed the bag.

Sunday Morning up at 4:45. Norm dropped us off at the race site so no parking issues.
Event warmup:

none, milled around looked for friends and such.
  • 2h 17m 24s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 29s  min/mile

This is a big race, I think over 3000 in the half, not sure about the full. Took over 3 minutes to make it to the starting line once the gun went off. Very crowded start, tried to keep calm and not let the crowd make me go to fast. First mile was a little fast at 10:10 but hr was fine. Mile 2 was tough because so many people trying to run down Bourban Street. I kept calm and just concentrated on not knocking anyone down. After we got off Royal it spread out a little and it. The run up St Charles was nice. I felt great and was racing within my target zones with time a little better than I expected. I passed Marcy at the end of mile 4, not sure how she started ahead of me. I took a gue at 55 minutes and stomach was great. My HR increased each mile but no big spikes at all. The only critisism of the race are the streets of New Orleans, but that wasn't a surprise just trying at times. I walked the aid station at mile 6 to refill my water bottle. Felt really good, when I hit Audubon Park at mile 7 and cranked out a very quick 10:14. Mile 8 has been a problem in the past for me, so I focused real hard on this one and knocked down a 10:26. They had a really fun aid station in the park with signs for sports beer. I took another gue at 1:25 and that was all I needed for the day. Exited Audubon park and on mile 10 my ankle started hurting bad, I really struggled with the ankle the rest of the way. I was ahead of my planned time but felt I had alot of HR left but couldn't push through the pain. I adjusted my stride and foot placement but it hurt pretty bad the last 3 miles. Very pleased with time and effort on this one.
Post race
Warm down:

Stood around waiting for Marcy and Caren. Caren was only 2 minutes back, a very good debut at this distance, and Marcy was 5 minutes behind her.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

ankle pain

Event comments:

Well done event. New Orleans will always be a second home to me. We lived there from 91 to 98 and then again from 2001 to 2005. It was great to go back and race with old friends and the post race activities at a New Orleans race are always first class. I loved the new route for the half marathon dispite the bad roads, it was alot of fun.

PR by 2:43. I finally broke 2:20

Best overall ranking at this distance by 15% I think.

Last updated: 2008-02-17 12:00 AM
02:17:24 | 13.1 miles | 10m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 125/163
Overall: 163/2840
Performance: Good
1 10:10 139 HR 2 10:46 143 3 10:09 147 4 10:27 149 5 10:15 151 6 10:29 153 7 10:14 156 8 10:26 156 9 10:23 157 10 10:44 157 11 10:49 160 12 10:52 161 13.1 11.43 162
Course: New course this year. Started at the super dome, ran down bourbon, then up royal to St Charles. Looped Audubon park, then back to the super dome.
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