My half history

Until a little while ago, I had no idea how many half-marathons I’d completed. Half a dozen? That would be my guess. But I’m happy to say I figured out that I’ve finished eight, and Saturday’s will be my ninth. Similarly, I had no idea what my best and worst times were, so with the help of Google, I was able to figure out my official times for all eight of those races. My hope for getting a personal best on Saturday has waned after reviewing this list, but we’ll see…

2002 Mardi Gras Marathon (Half) 2:55
2003 Mardi Gras Marathon (Half) 2:44
2004 Mardi Gras Marathon (Half) 3:40
2006 Ole Man River Half Marathon 2:51
2007 Mardi Gras Marathon (Half) 3:01
2009 Jazz Half Marathon 3:06
2010 Mardi Gras Marathon (Half) 2:59:40
2012 Mardi Gras Marathon (Half) 2:59
2012 Jazz Half Marathon (Half) 2:33:16
2012 Woman’s Half Marathon (Half) 2:44:59
2013 Mardi Gras Marathon (Half) 2:53

(Edited in 2015)

(I had to include the seconds in 2010’s results, because, by golly, I sure was determined to make it in under 3 hours!)

I remember most of those races. Certainly the first one. My friend Chris and I did it together, just as we did the London Marathon together a few months later.

I wish I could remember the second one so I could figure out how in the world I finished so fast…hmm. The third one was slow because I walked it with some friends.

I can’t figure out how I did the 2006 one so quickly, because I know I got a terrible blister near the end that forced me to stop and get aid from an ambulance on the course. But somehow they didn’t have any band-aids. I’m pretty sure my real time was about five minutes faster than it’s listed. Oh, and this was a very small race. I came in second-to-last.

My friend Kelly and I did the 2007 one together, and my most vivid memory of that one (besides falling down at about mile 11) is singing the songs from Music & Lyrics, which we saw together the night before the race.

2009 Jazz Half…I was just glad to be done!

I took the boys with me to the expo before the 2010 Mardi Gras Half. Oh, and that one was fun because I passed a couple from the Biggest Loser.

The half I did in March was pretty good. The time wasn’t stellar, but I felt good throughout, and I did it with friends.

Now I weigh about 20 pounds less than I did then. Hopefully that does the trick! If I can maintain the 11:30 pace I kept for my run on Saturday (doubtful unless the weather is really perfect) I could certainly set a PR. Fingers crossed!

2 thoughts on “My half history

  1. Jessica Gehman

    Congratulations for finding all of your results! At least you know where you stand in terms of your history and your goals for this weekend! RUN FAST 🙂


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