Monday, March 19, 2012

Georgia Marathon/Weekend recap

***I don't have any pictures*** I'm just a terrible picture taker.  I wish I would've gotten some but with my hands ALWAYS full and two little kids running away from me, it just always slips my mind.
With that said hopefully some of the race photo's won't be horrendous. 

The weekend was busy busy busy beginning Friday afternoon and didn't stop until 9pm last night.
The kids had a bday party at good ole Chuck E. Cheese on Friday (my least favorite place on earth).
It ended at 4 pm, the perfect time to drive home from ATL in traffic!

Saturday morning we were up bright and early.  After fruit/protein smoothies and oatmeal off to the expo we went.  It was crowded but not too crowded.  The kid's loved all of the samples of food and protein drinks, nuun, and coconut water.  We also all ate yogurt's and got a bunch of lara bars and granola bars.
I didn't buy anything except for some gu's for the race.
After a couple downtown errands we went to the Dekalb Farmer's market and home to make carb loading pizzas.  They were delish, I made one with fresh mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, basil, and garlic.  One with grilled portabello, roasted red pepper, olives, red onion, and feta.

I watched like 4 episodes of Felicity on my ipad and tried to goto sleep, but obviously, I couldn't sleep.

I woke up at 4:45 am and had my coffee, talked to myself a lot, and drove to the race.  I was there by 6:15, parked and used a port o potty and in my corral at 6:30.  Much better than being IN the port o potty when the race started last year!

I loved that the temps were warmer at the start time, because I hate standing around freezing, but, I was worried, about the temps when the sun came up.  The miles went by pretty quickly and I felt really good and at a very comfortable pace.  I heard a lot of people say the hills were brutal, but I didn't notice them.  It got very lonely after the marathon and half marathon split and were even stretches where I was running alone.  As it got later and later I definitely started to feel the heat, but we were running through a lot of neighborhoods and there was plenty of shade.  The race took us through two of my favorite neighborhoods Druid Hills and Decatur.  I love love love Decatur it is absolutely the most charming place on earth.  I'm there every weekend and always tell my husband I want to run there, I finally did!

The volunteers were amazing and the crowd support was HUGE!
I felt really good until the last 2.2 miles.  Which in my book is a win!  It just got really warm, I was really thirsty, and there was no more shade.  I kept thinking I was sooooo close, but didn't seem to be passing any mile markers. 
I finally finished got my water, chocolate milk, and medal, and sat down! It's hard to get up once you sit down.... the final stats

Clock Time4:11:38
Chip Time4:08:57
Overall Place573 / 1868
Gender Place125 / 636
Division Place32 / 134
22 1Mi3:23:37

According to my running app I ran 26.96 miles!!! I need to learn to run straighter and not take turns so wide. 
Overall it was a great race and I'm itching to run another one ASAP.


What did you do this weekend?


  1. yyyaaaaayyyy!!!!
    congrats on a good marathon!!

    and yeah i am really jonsing for a good race too,except i know i wont be able to "race" until after the baby gets here...and then after that it is marathon training!!!

    anyways,great job all around,hope you have a great day!

  2. Congrats on a great race! I have to admit I was happy to be running the half because I am NOT used to those hills! :)

  3. CONGRATS!!!!! you totally rocked it!!! also...i have family in both those areas :) dang it. i really gotta run this race some day! i love love love ATL! i am soooo excited for youuuu!!!!!