Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mardi Gras Half RR

After spending most of my days last week at a physical therapy convention and most of my nights entertaining 4 of my graduate school friends in New Orleans, I wasn't too optimistic going into Sunday's half marathon. Despite my efforts to eat healthy and not drink, I succumbed to peer pressure on more than one occasion. Hmmmmm beignets, hand grenades, margaritas, wine. Ooops. I didn't want to be a bad hostess!
Regardless of my shenanigans, I was able to bust out a PR Sunday. My plan was to go out around a 7 minute pace and see if I could hold it. My goal time was a 1:30-1:35. And although I ran in college, my experience running the half marathon distance is truly lacking. I wanted to use this race as a fitness assessment to start the season and help build my confidence for the 70.3.

Unlike my usual triathlon race reports, I feel like they aren't too many details to bore you with. I went out around 7 minute pace and held it. I felt awesome. Very awesome. Until mile 10 that is. My body started tightening up a lot and I found it harder to hold my pace. I started dropping to 7:20s. The last mile I was able to pick it up a little. One of my teammates and I duked it out to the end. Luckily my old middle distance days were good for something: a kick. Final time: 134:38.
It was a very well organized race. I had a blast and the crowd support was unbelievable. A++++ from me.... I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an early season half/full marathon next year and a good after party!

Speaking of after party, I spent some of mine hanging out with Miss Fancy Pants! Great girl with amazing style! Check out her blog if you haven't already.

And in other news my other half has left his very own Bahama island and has returned to me in the cajun swamp lands. Oh does it feel good to have him back.

I know I've been absent over the past week but stay tuned for a giveaway, barefoot running blog, and a swimmer's shoulder blog. Lots of good stuff to come :)

18 comments:

  1. Congrats!! I'm so excited for my first half and your report made me more excited :D

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  2. Congratulations on a PR! That's awesome!

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  3. Congrats! You totally rocked out that PR - and yes. Peer pressure. I know all about it. That is what stinks to live in a place people come for 'vacation' :)

    Let me know about augusta - and know that carla and I are thinking about that...or possibly REV3 SC 70.3. Let me now. It could be a very fun road trip :)

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  4. Perfect conditions for a PR - and you nailed it. Congrats!

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  5. AMAZING!!!!! you killed it out there. those leg muscles are stellar. congrats!

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  6. woohoo! You should have mega confidence for the 70.3!

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  7. Congrats! What a GREAT way to kick off this year of racing. You look really good & strong in those running pics!

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  8. congrats girl! you killed it! wish I could have gone to csm, I had alot of friends there but couldn't go :( lots of fun....
    good signs already for 2011 tri season!

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  9. Yay! I would love to run that sometime:) And cant wait for a blog on swimmer's shoulder, that is right up my personal AND prof, alley!

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  10. Congrats on your race. I don't know you, and you don't know me, but I read a lot of the same people as you, so going to add you to my list.

    You are fasssssssttttttt!!!!

    Good Luck this year. :)

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  11. You did awesome! And it was so great to meet you! I had such a good time - now ready to crack down on training...

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  12. Congrats on the great race... sounds like you loaded up on all the right foods and drinks before hand! :)

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  13. Wish I could run a PR again... maybe I should start a new list for 40+

    You are flying I bet you can notch up a whole bunch of PR's this year.

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