#RnRNola Marathon – Thoughts and Expectations

In about 4 days I will once again toe that line. The line that starts the journey of 26.2 and beyond before it ends. Between the spring and the fall I’ve gotten very comfortable racing. My 50 miler training last year made it really easy to bang out a marathon and a 20 miler in one weekend. Okay, maybe not easy, but it got done with a sub 4 hour marathon. Winter training has been a brutal story this year. This will be my 3rd winter running and the coldest, iciest yet. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect in New Orleans, I know I’ll finish, but how the journey happens, I’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out.

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Advantages

  • This is a flat course which makes it easier than say a hilly course.
  • It’s going to be nice and warm, reaching up to the 70s
  • I ran four 20 milers in the past month
  • I’ve been having some killer tempo runs

Disadvantages

  • It’s going to be nice and warm reaching into the 70s which might feel like 100 degrees for someone used to running in 20 degree weather. I’m hoping my treadmill runs at work where the gym is kept at 70 will prepare me for it.
  • Two of the four 20 milers were done 13 days before race day
  • I introduced biking into my training to further build up fatigue
  • Current forecast says thunderstorms – I’m really scared of lightening!
  • If it doesn’t rain, it will probably be humid
  • Since I took most of November and part of December off, my training has been less than 2 months

Basically, at the root of it all, I feel severely under trained for the distance at my targeted pace. I just don’t have enough long or medium long runs under my belt for this training cycle. Have I gotten faster? Yes, but can I hold my pace for my distance? Probably not. I’m targeting a 7:30 pace. However, due to the snow and ice on the roads, I haven’t really trained race pace on my long runs, leaving me a little nervous.

Why haven’t I switched distance? 

I have flirted with the idea of running a half marathon to see what my fitness would be. I would love to PR; however, I booked this marathon a year in advance and most likely won’t be returning to New Orleans soon. I’m passively tying to collect all 50 states. I’m not a marathon maniac member (cause I don’t want to pay to join), but I like the idea of running this distance in every state. Besides, I got plenty more marathons in the Spring, so this can just be another training run!

Regardless, rain or shine, I really can’t wait to eat gumbo, crayfish, and jambalaya! Drooling just thinking about the food.

Have you ever been to New Orleans? Any suggestions?

7 thoughts on “#RnRNola Marathon – Thoughts and Expectations”

  1. Go get it girl! NOLA is an awesome party town. Have breakfast at Brennan’s and beniegts at Cafe du Mond. Enjoy jazz in Jackson Square and take a Mississippi River Paddlewheel Cruise.

  2. I haven’t been to New Orleans…but I know you’re going to do a great job! Even if you don’t hit you’re targeted pace, you’re already WAY faster than I am! And I’m sure the run itself will be enjoyable.

  3. Havent been to New Orleans, but I am sure it will be a great experience for you. Yes, you may not be set to your peak for it, but just go for it and enjoy it! Like you said you signed up a long time ago, and life is for living! You will only regret the things you dont do! You can prepare better, and focus ahead for the next one 🙂 Just have fun, and the results will follow

  4. it is my hometown and I ran that race the first three years, you will have a blast. Very flat PR friendly course. Don’t worry about the weather if the high is the low 70’s it wont reach it till 2-3 pm and you will def be done by then. There is a good amount of tree cover lining the streets for the first half of the course so it will be shady (maybe even cloudy if it may rain?) Just enjoy it, NOLA is a great city and it’s my favorite non-Disney race. SO sad I won’t be there this year! Also AMAZING after party. stick around for the fun! We know how to do it right 🙂

  5. This is my first trip to NoLa and I am excited about the trip, but worried about the race as I injured myself on my last 20.
    I don’t want rain, but it won’t be the end of the world, if their is lightning they cancel the race and we are screwed so pray no lightning.

  6. My sister used to live in NOLA during grad school, I can definitely give you some recs of cheap and a little more expensive eats. Shoot me an email if you are interested! (I need to get the names of the cheap places from her, I can’t remember them all)

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