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 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.
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!