The Baton Rouge Beach Marathon and Half was a spirited race. The morning began cool and breezy. We were all shivering on the shuttle from our hotel to the race. After getting dropped off near the start, we headed straight to the restrooms. There was a short wait before lining up, then before I knew it, we were off and running.
The first 4 miles flew by and I continued on by myself enjoying the sites and sounds of Baton Rouge and LSU. The crowd along the route was friendly and each water station had a cheering squad. I quickly warmed up and forgot about the chilly morning.
Miles 5-8 I found myself following a father and son running together. I thought about how memorable of an experience this would be for both of them. After the race I found out that they were from Ohio. I envisioned them traveling to Louisiana to run this race that perhaps they read about in Runner’s World.
During the final 5 miles, I continually tried to figure out my pace. I realized that my watch was wrong again. At each mile marker on the route my watch was showing much less mileage. This made my pace appear to be slower. I never really ran full out because I was waiting to get closer to the end. I passed up the father and son at mile 10 and tried to pass a few more runners later. By the time I started to really take my pace up, I rounded a corner and was faced with a short run to the finish line. My watch showed 12.5 miles instead of 13.1. Oh well…I had a wonderful time on this run. I am adding this race to the list of ones that I want to do again.
The food was outstanding! This race wins the best food variety of any so far. Gumbo, red beans and rice, alligator sauce piquant, fried catfish, chicken strips, fried jalepeno peppers, jambalaya, and pastalaya. Of course, beer, beer, beer…
My official results:
4th in my age group with a time of 1:53:37.