Baton Rouge, LA marathon
Super race! very well organized and beautiful course
|Jen and Me - post race|
Yes, I went for it......
but I ended up leaving Baton Rouge without a BQ, and without a PR. I would be telling a lie, if I said I wasn't disappointed, who wouldn't be when you miss a marathon PR by 15seconds, but this is the narrative of the rest of today's story.
3:49:31 2nd place age group, 20th out of 104 females
Around mile 15.5, I was still feeling really good, had already started picking up the pace and still feeling good, and I decided to go for a BQ, new standards, (3:45) which was a stretch for me on a good day. Looking back , it was probably a dumb move because it was a little warm for a BQ (for me), but I "went for it" Still need to look at Garmin, but think I held on to around 22-23 ish and, could not hold on. I fell off the pace (bad), and then missed a PR by 15 seconds. (needed 3:44:59 for BQ, and sub 3:49:17 for PR) (missed a PR by 15 seconds)
Overall, I'm pleased with the outcome. I left everything on the course. My PR is at St. George (downhill course). Baton Rouge is what I would call a "fair course" with some rollers, (some call it flat). After my PR / BQ at St. George(2009), my goal became to BQ on a "fair" course. Let me say, I do not discount the St. George, downhill course for a BQ, but this was just my next step, my next goal. So today, I made that goal to BQ under the old standards - looking on the bright side.
Unfortunately, for me, the old standards mean nothing.
The bright side from today - I'm totally convinced, had the weather been ideal for me, I would have a BQ and a PR. NEXT TIME......keeping reading
So, overall, it was a good day.
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