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New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Competitor Group, Inc.
63F / 17C
Total Time = 3h 48m 41s
Overall Rank = 387/2353
Age Group = F40-44
Age Group Rank = 20/220
Pre-race routine:

Coffee and granola bar at hotel.
Event warmup:

Jumping around in corral. No real warmup.
  • 3h 48m 41s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 44s  min/mile

First, the pacing. I know the pacers are only human, they do this for free, and it is not a fool proof system to follow, but my reliance on them really messed me up. At the expo I met the 3:45 pacer, who said they were out of arm bands, but not to worry, just to stick with him. My bib put me in corral 3, but he said 3:45 would be starting in corral 4, so I should stay back in corral 4 at the start. OK, no problem. They had a 3:40 armband, so I took one of those - just in case - and figured I could add ten seconds for every mile during the race and still be on target...more on that in a bit. Race morning and I'm standing in corral 4 searching for the 3:45 sign...nowhere in sight. So I start inching my way up to corral 3, still nowhere in sight. The national anthem plays, the first corrals are off, and up pops the sign. Waaay in front of me - in corral 3 - at the very front. So I figure I can't be more than 20 seconds behind him, there's no room to move and I'm not going to push my way past everyone at this point, and off corral three goes. Except, they divided corral 3 into 'a' and 'b'. I was, unfortunately in 'b', and my pacer had a good 1 min and 20 seconds on me.

Needless to say, I never caught him. The mile markers didn't correspond to my garmin, and my plan to add 10 seconds to every mile - at the mile markers - proved my fuzzy math skills were not up to par during the race. The only point I knew I was on target was at 13.1 when my time was 1:52:13.

Second, the wind on the backstretch. So the course brings you out a looong stretch - to mile 20 - where you turn around at the end and head back. So you see the runners who are in front of you on the way out and behind you on the way back. I was feeling pretty good heading out there, but noticed some of the really strong runners I know suffering immensely - even walking - but just shrugged my shoulders. Maybe they were just having bad days. I was feeling great! Until I passed mile 20, turned to head back into town, and realized I had been running with a relentless wind at my back for the last 5 miles, and now had to head right back into it! Within 5 seconds I knew my BQ was out the door. I still pushed pretty hard, and actually felt pretty good, but the wind was just a bit too overpowering.

I had a pretty good day overall. I feel like my running fitness is on par with a BQ, and hopefully I'll be able to snag it someday soon.
What would you do differently?:

Write paces on my arm.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

My fuzzy math and the wind on the last 10K

Event comments:

Very little crowd support and only 3-4 bands that I can recall. But the volunteers were great, the expo was organized and easy to navigate, and overall it was a very well run event.

Last updated: 2015-01-18 12:00 AM
03:48:41 | 26.2 miles | 08m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/220
Overall: 0/2353
Performance: Good
Course: Long out and back stretches. Ran with 1/2 marathoners until the end of their race, then broke off. Pretty desolate in the last 1/2 of the marathon. Not much crowd support and almost no bands.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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

2015-01-26 8:59 AM

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2015-01-30 9:13 AM
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Subject: RE: Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon
Good report but sorry you didn't make your BQ time. I had NO on my list if I didn't BQ in Savannah. If you are looking for a good BQ Rock n Roll course, Savannah was great. I BQ'd there and didn't use a pacer (mostly because they didn't have one for my BQ time or close enough). Bands were good, community was super supportive and weather is perfect in early November.

You'll get it.
2015-02-03 2:59 PM
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Subject: RE: Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon

Great job and way to finish strong - the last 5 miles of any marathon are tough but add those winds and i am sure it was a slog! 

You have the BQ in you ... too bad conditions weren't with you but you can run on to another day! :D 

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