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Mardi Gras 1/2 Marathon - Run

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New Orleans, LA
United States
New Orleans Track Club
54F / 12C
Total Time = 2h 06m 27s
Overall Rank = 546/1070
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 103/171
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 3:00am, stretched. Had tight hamstrings. Drank 2 scoop HEED mixture, 2 endurolytes. Ate small can of pineapples around 5:00am.
Event warmup:

Ran 10 minutes on treadmill at home before leaving, stretched at Superdome.
  • 2h 05m 18s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 34s  min/mile

My race plan was to run a 10 min. mile and stay in HR zone 2 for the first 8 miles. Then determine if I could sustain the pace or increase the pace for the remainder of the race. After starting I tried to maintain a pace that would keep me in Zone 2. I started off a little too fast. After just a few minutes, I had to focus on staying on pace as people were passing by me steadily. After the first 4 miles, other races around me were maintaining a similar pace. Approaching the park, I knew Joann would be there, so I got a boost in energy waiving to her. Before the bridge, I could hear runners commenting on the bridge and how hard it was going to be. Having trained on it, I had confidence I would be strong going over it. As I approached, I extended my stride rate and accelerated up, passing alot of runners who slowed considerably or where walking. On the downside, I focused on small steps with my feet landing more aft than normal and just let the decline take me down. HR increased slightly going up but was back in the zone before reaching the bottom. The run out to the JFK school and back was nice and steady. Approaching the museum entrance, the crowd started to gather in the street. So much so, there was only about 6 feet to run through on the two lane road on Wisner. As I turned on to Moss St., I had gotten behind a female runner who was maintaining a pace of about a 9 min. mile. I focused on keeping up and as she increased her pace for the last 3 miles I stayed with her. This helped me greatly to stay mentally focused on pushing the pace. A few times I had the thought of slowing, but I just kept saying hold on the superdome is just around the corner. As we circled the superdome, I slowed slightly so when I entered I could have a nice finishing kick. Turning into the entrance I started getting excited and increased my stride. Crossing the finish line and hearing the announcer call out my name felt great.

Mile - Time - HR
1 9:59:44 167
2 10:05:34 173
3 10:02:62 174
4 10:03:12 172
5 9:46:22 189 Up Bridge (Mile 5 marker was as the top)
6 9:55:17 170
7 10:04:75 174
8 9:56:86 173
9 9:52:63 173 Up Bridge (Mile 9 marker was as the top)
10 9:04:22 174
11 8:40:98 179
12 8:37:65 183
13 8:22:05 187
13.1 :49:57 189
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Stay in my HR zone a little better. Maybe use zone 3 instead of 2 for the first 6 miles. Then increase pace into zone 4.

Warmup for longer. Warming up is a constant area that needs improvement both in training and race day.

Post race
Warm down:

4 Scoops Recoverite

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Probably performed to the best of my aerobic conditioning.

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Last updated: 2004-12-02 12:00 AM
02:05:18 | 13.1 miles | 09m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 103/171
Overall: 0/1070
Performance: Good
Course: Superdome, Poydras, St. Peter, Decater, Esplanade, Wisner, Mirabeau to Cortier to Wisner, to JFK School, Wisner, Moss St, Jeff Davis, Banks, Galvex, Poydras, Superdome South Entrance
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-02-28 9:23 AM

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Subject: Mardi Gras 1/2 Marathon

2005-02-28 9:50 AM
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molto veloce mama
Subject: RE: Mardi Gras Marathon
good times. congrats on the race.
2005-02-28 2:50 PM
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Great result way to go.......I also ran the race and had a great time, a wonderful event.

2005-02-28 3:19 PM
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Rob, great job on the race!

I already said it before, but those negative splits are awesome!

2005-02-28 4:50 PM
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Subject: RE: Mardi Gras Marathon
You have to feel good--good race strategy by the looks of your neg. splits.

Edited by zagagirl 2005-02-28 4:52 PM
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