I completed my 4th half marathon last week in New Orleans! It was my 2nd half with Team Challenge.
The plan on race morning was to meet in the hotel lobby at 6 a.m. for some team photos and then heading to the start line which was a few blocks away. I woke up before my alarm went off and had a mini panic attack when the clock radio on the nightstand said 6:15. I scrambled to look at my phone and saw that it was closer to 5 a.m. I have no idea how the clock got messed up — I’m blaming it on some weird voodoo.
When it was actually 6 a.m., I joined my team in the lobby. They got one big group photo before we headed out. Team Challenge had 335 runners rocking orange singlets!
It was a beautiful morning and the sun was shining. I brought a throw away shirt, but I really didn’t need it.
There were about 26,000 runners at the race. I found corral 12 and hung out with a few fellow Team Challengers while we waited to get up to the start line. The first 7ish miles take you along St. Charles St. and into the Garden District. You see lots of beautiful old homes and there were a fair amount of spectators. I tried to remind myself to look up and take in she scenery, but I couldn’t look up for too long because St. Charles had lots of pot holes and uneven spots.
I was feeling pretty good in the first half, but it took some time to get used to the warmer temps. Luckily there was some decent shade to help. I settled into a pretty good rhythm and was keeping a good pace. In the second half of the course, we made our way into the French Quarter and ran by Jackson Square and Cafe Du Monde. As I made it to mile 11 I was feeling good and knew that I still had something left in the tank for the last 2 miles.
I tried to kick it up a notch as I approached the finish. When I crossed the line and stopped my watch, I was excited to see it said 2:10:19! I was going for a new PR and needed to get under 2:11. I didn’t want to get too excited until I saw my official chip time. Unfortunately, when I got my official time it said 2:35:20. Basically, I don’t think my chip registered when I crossed the start line because it said it took me an hour to get to the 5K point. I was happy that I had a good race and basically had a PR, but was bummed to not have an official time for it. I submitted a correction online and my time has been updated to 2:10:22. So, that’s the new time to beat! I’ve got another half coming up this summer, and I think I’m gonna try to get under 2:10.
Team Challenge had an after part for us at the finish line. I rehydrated and grabbed some yummy food including a beignet!
The race offered free Michelob Ultra as well, so of course I grabbed one of those (okay 2). 🙂
Overall, it was a great race and so much fun doing it with Team Challenge! Stay tuned for a recap of the whole weekend.
Have you ever had an incorrect chip time?