Publix Georgia Half Marathon Recap

by tinareale on March 19, 2012

Half Marathon #3 is on the books!!!


And, oh, what a rough/fun/slow/beautiful/exhausting/fabulous one it was! Let’s back up a bit first and do a full recap, shall we? All the way back to the race expo!

all expo photos courtesy of Lee

I met Lee Saturday afternoon to carpool together over to the expo. Both of us had decided that if we needed to haul our booties downtown for packet pick-up, we wanted to make it a fun little excursion. After sitting in traffic for 50 minutes to go 4 miles (gotta love Atlanta), we made it to the expo.


We went through registration and I got a sex change. Do I look like a dude to you? Winking smile


Finally came the time to stroll around and check things out. I was a little disappointed because the expo, which seemed very cluttered, somehow still seemed small and lacking in things to peruse. I had wanted to look for some new running gear, but didn’t find anything. I DID find something even better, though.



I finally got to meet some of the fabulous faces behind the Chobani crew that I know and so dearly love. Lindsay from the company chatted with us for awhile and then gave us quite the hookup. And that right there was the highlight of the expo.

Onto the actual race!

I got up at the horrific hour of 4 am to head to Lee’s once again to carpool to the race together. We headed out early enough to get parked and walk to the race start, where we quickly found Lindsay.

note to self…never…never ever ever wear those shorts for a hot/humid race again!!!

Then, we headed to our corrals and got ready for send off.

I had a little anticipation for the race to get started and thought about my goals for it.

Supremely Awesome Goal – to PR
Awesome Goal – to race similar to my other two halves (around 1:50)
Realistic Goal – to not keel over and die after being sick last week

I hoped that the Supremely Awesome Goal would feel tangible after we got started….but quickly realized that it wasn’t going to happen. After about two miles, I pulled back and let Lindsay take off for her amazing 1:46 finish! I just couldn’t keep it up.

My body felt weak. My legs felt dead. My head felt achy. I felt nauseous. I. Just. Felt. AWFUL. Although I had felt much better while hanging around the house and walking around the expo, I realized that I wasn’t fully recovered to running fitness after being sick last week. Funny the things 13.1 miles will show you, huh?

I ran my slowest half marathon race. I finished in 1:55:09 – an average 8:48 pace.


It definitely wasn’t my best race. But was it a “BAD” race?? Heck no!!!!

I loved the course, which went through many of the unique little neighborhoods of Atlanta like Little 5 Points and the Highlands. The course was challenging, but in a reasonable way that made it interesting to run. It had quite a few sections with a decent amount of crowd support, including the awesome Laura, which I really appreciated. The race was really well organized and had fabulous volunteers, post-race food (I’m forever a fan of post-workout chocolate milk now), and many other little details that cater to runners after a race. I actually think it was my favorite race I have run so far, despite not feeling well. I would without a doubt run it again!

Plus, it was a great experience to hang out with some of my blog friends.
Brunch at Stone Soup Kitchen with Laura, Lee, Heather (and her husband, Kirk) and Lindsay (with cutie Clara)

I genuinely LOVE racing. I would love to have every race be an exciting experience like a PR or a new distance achievement, but that isn’t realistic. For me, racing is more about the experience and the excitement. If a race delivers on that and I give my all for that given day, I call it a huge success. This race was a huge success. I hope I get the chance to do it again next year! And now I’m already looking forward to my next one – ZOOMA Atlanta! Anyone care to join me? I have a special discount code – ATLCON7! I can’t wait!

How do you measure your success at certain events or goals? If you’re a runner, what is your favorite race?


1 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance March 19, 2012 at 6:31 am

It’s so nice to see so many familiar blog faces in one post ;)

And GREAT job on the time, Tina! I’m with you about the race being for the “experience”– I’ve never been a competitive person by nature so whenever racing, I probably care the LEAST about my time. It’s a bad thing because I never win, but it’s a good thing because I’m never disappointed 8)

2 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes March 19, 2012 at 6:41 am

awesome job girly! wootwoot :)

3 Miz March 19, 2012 at 6:45 am

life is so so so relative huh?
your sloooooooooooooowest half looks so fast to this misfit

4 Lauren March 19, 2012 at 6:49 am

Girl, you did amazing!!! That is an unbelievable time. :) Congrats on such a wonderful race.

5 Kelly March 19, 2012 at 6:51 am

Good job! And props to you for running 13.1 miles after being sick…that is insane! :)

6 Nicole March 19, 2012 at 6:59 am

awesome job tina! your “slow” half certainly isn’t slow at all!

7 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

I love the atittude you have about your time! I never go into every single race expecting to PR – it’s not realistic! Glad you had a great time – one more race under your belt before Chicago! :)

PS – Why do you not want to wear shorts when it’s hot/humid?

8 tinareale March 19, 2012 at 7:07 am

The chafe. Ohh…the chafe. I will still wear shorts, but not those ones. The fast with the distance with the humidity = no bueno.

9 Khushboo March 19, 2012 at 7:07 am

Love your attitude and way to go on a successful race! As great as PRs are, they are only one aspect of the race…glad you could see past that :) !

10 Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb March 19, 2012 at 7:28 am

My success so often just means finishing. Running is often such a humbling experience. Some days you have “it” and some days you don’t. Great job!

11 lindsay March 19, 2012 at 7:39 am

i think the company and the good sponsors helped get you through this. Thats when a bad running race become a good friend and food race, yes?

Rest up sweet friend.

12 Kierston March 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

Congrats and great timing! My first race (10k) is coming up in May. I can’t wait! 9 months ago I never thought I’d be running, let alone register for a race!

13 jobo March 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

AWESOME JOB! If that is your slowest half, damn girl…that is all I have to say ;-) you are SO speedy as it is!!! So glad you saw all the positives rather than any negatives (beyond not feeling well! that is def a negative!). You are so ready for Zoom! For me, success is a good run, a happy run, not one where I struggle. I’ve had too many of the latter lately and am hoping for better this week!

14 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 19, 2012 at 8:08 am

You looked great when I saw you! Sorry I missed the photo op. :(

Congrats on conquering another Half! I’m looking forward to reading about your FULL!!! :)

15 tinareale March 19, 2012 at 10:28 am

You were juggling a muffin and coffee….which I would have happily been doing as well. No worries on the photo. didn’t even think about it. :)

Thanks for saying I looked great. Seeing you was a huge uplift! You probably didn’t want to see my face after that. LOL

16 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Thanks, friend. You were looking fierce to me! :)

17 Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy March 19, 2012 at 8:08 am

NICE WORK! Agreed on the experience and excitement part. I’m a big fan of going away for a race so it’s more than just a workout with a timer and a tshirt. :)

18 Heather (Where's the Beach) March 19, 2012 at 8:10 am

Girl that’s still a fantastic time, especially seeing as how you’ve been sick. And after my last race, I really and truly realized that it should be about the experience not the time.

19 Jess March 19, 2012 at 8:11 am

You have such an awesome attitude about running and racing (not that I’m surprised at all, you have an incredible attitude about life in general!), I love it! Like everyone else has already said (and you even said, too), even if this was your “slowest” race,it was an awesome finish time!! I would KILL for that on May 6th!! Secret (well not so secret now, is it?) goal of mine is to finish in sub-2. We shall see!!

20 Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete March 19, 2012 at 8:14 am

I still can’t believe that you haven’t been running very long – you are killing it out there! Like Carla said, your slowest race is still WAY faster than my fastest race! Great job!

21 Lee March 19, 2012 at 8:18 am

You did great! This race is harder that you’re remembering! Funny how that happens! But you’re right that the course is so nice and scenic.

My favorite distance is the 15K although it’s not very common. I always seem to want to die after 10 miles, so 9.375 is perfect!

22 tinareale March 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

I still compare everything to Zooma. If its not that evil I think happy thoughts about it. Haha!

23 Alyssa @ fit and fun in third March 19, 2012 at 8:25 am

Congrats!!! Don’t beat yourself up, that’s an awesome race… Regardless of you being sick or not!!! :)

24 tinareale March 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

Oh, I’m not beating myself up by any means. I don’t feel poorly at all about that time. I loved the race. :)

25 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life March 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

Running is quite the experience, you never know what you’re going to get!
The fact that you were able to run 13.1 miles without feeling your best is such a blessing. Love your positive attitude!

26 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List March 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

I had SO much fun! I honestly felt like we’ve known one another for longer than just 6 months. I like that! Let’s run it again!

27 tinareale March 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

Heather mentioned something about an email with a special $20 fee to the first 200 or so entrants, so keep an eye out. I am SO doing it bec for $20??? I’m willing to eat that fee if it ends up not working out and would otherwise love to do it again. Especially together!!!! I feel like we’re long lost soulmates. Miss you already!

28 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers March 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

Hey – I know those smiling faces! :D Great job on the race; that’s still a finish to be proud of. Way to go!

29 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean March 19, 2012 at 8:44 am

love that you guys all got to meet up! and that’s a GREAT race time considering how sick you were last week! way to rock it lady!

30 Heather March 19, 2012 at 8:49 am

girl you still did so awesome! I know its so tempting to want to PR at every half, after running 11 of them I know how much it can drive you crazy, but sometimes the stars just dont all align with the perfect course and weather and non-sickness (haha) but it sounds like you made the best out of a bad situation and had a good time! yay!

31 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe March 19, 2012 at 8:51 am

That is still an amazing finish time, even for not feeling well! It’s all just training for your first full marathon anyway. ;)

32 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

That is an awesome race time! Maybe not your best, but pretty great for not feeling well, and pretty great for most people! Haha and I bet it was hot and humid! I went from Colorado to Chicago and Saturday (where it was a high of 78) and my hair frizzed out on the cab ride to my apartment, and I’m sure it was nowhere near Georgia humidity! Congrats on finishing the race, I hope I can manage to do as well in mine coming up!

33 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

way to go tina!! you still ended with an awesome finish time regardless of whether it was your slowest race or not. and it sounds like there were a lot of great memories that surrounded the race too! :) congrats!

34 Kara March 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

Great race despite being still a little under the weather! Race effort requires so many stars to be in alignment, so it was smart that you held back and ran a slower race!

35 tinareale March 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

Yea. I didn’t want to be eating another week of no movement just for that one race. I have a full to train for after all. ;)

36 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) March 19, 2012 at 9:31 am

Great job Tina! Remember, not only were you sick last week, but you’re also in the heart of marathon training. I agree, races are just fun — the atmosphere is unbeatable!

37 Heather @ Better With Veggies March 19, 2012 at 9:43 am

I think the best part of this race recap is realizing that you can have a non-PR race and still LOVE IT!! I love racing and most races are actually not about breaking a record for me. Most are about race experience, fun, challenges, and pushing limits. I probably go for a PR intentially 2-4 times per year AT MOST. Now, if only races weren’t so expensive and I could race more often for cheaper. :)

Had a great time seeing you again this weekend!!

38 tinareale March 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

Exactly! And that’s why I would love to work with you for a race plan. I know you would take care of me. I’m going to email you. :)

39 Amanda @ Click. The Good News March 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

Congrats- that’s an awesome time! It’s hot early this year & I don’t look forward to running this summer :( The Houston Marathon is “home” and familiar as I’ve run it so many years, but I really enjoyed the San Diego & Denver marathons.

40 tinareale March 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

And I think I want to do each of those. Go figure. My “want to do” race list is like a mile long. There are so many awesome ones!

41 Amanda @ Click. The Good News March 19, 2012 at 10:40 am

My current race wishlist is NYC this fall (I’m already in!!), Disneyworld Marathon next January & then perhaps the Big Sur in Cali next April. I got suckered into running the Rock n Roll races last year & did waaaay too many!

42 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life March 19, 2012 at 9:53 am

Congrats on the race, girl! Hey, you still DID it, despite your crazy week last week, so that’s what matters! WOO HOO! :-D

43 Carissa @Fit2Flex March 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

Girl – I would be elated with that time! But we’re all different runners…the more we race the harder those PR”s become. You have a great mindset of enjoying the run and what your body can do. Congrats!

44 Carol @ Lucky Zucca March 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

I love your attitude in this post!!! You did incredible! An 8:48 pace for 1 mile would be nothing short of a miracle for me. I ran 9 miles in about the same amount of time you did 13.1 this weekend haha!! You have every reason to be proud of yourself. Congratulations!! :)

45 julie March 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

gahh what a fun weekend!!!!! and so much fun that you got to hang with a whole gaggle of awesome bloggers :) there was a nyc halfsies this weekend! i watched it on tv and ran 15 minutes on the treadmill hahaha

46 Anna @ On Anna's Plate March 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

Slow race or not, it sounds like you rocked it!! And NO, you do not look like a dude in that pick, haha.

Congrats on another great race!!

47 tinareale March 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Oh, I meant that they had me registered as a male so I had to get that changed at registration. Oops. :)

48 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

Congrats Tina. 1:55 is certainly still a kick-butt time! Better than my PR! :) It does stink though to spend all that time training and then have sickness the week of the race derail you from your hard work. There’s always another…

49 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) March 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

Tina, your positive attitude is inspiring! I love that the best races don’t have to always align with a PR :) Great job!

50 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama March 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

Great job, Tina, and congrats on finishing your third half! Awesome! I love your attitude. :-)

51 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 19, 2012 at 10:58 am

Awesome job- and your time rocked, even if it was “slow!” I’d take it! Great attitude. :)
And that’s so great that you got to run and hang out with so many bloggers that I love- it makes me so happy to see all of the connections!

52 Brooke @ Exercise For Fries March 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

Awesome job, Tina!

53 Karen March 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

Great job Tina!! To get out there and run 13.1 miles after being sick is a great accomplishment!

54 Lisa March 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

I love your positivity of the fact that you did not have a bad race, I wish running was my thing but sadly I just can’t get into it. You did a fantastic job! :)

55 kristy March 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I love your attitude! Not every race is going to be a PR but solely defining whether a race was good or bad just on a PR is silly! Kudos to you on a great race!!!!!

56 Ann March 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Congrats! Scott did the full and said it was BRUTAL. I believe his exact quote was it made “Chicago look like a 5k” :) I was hot and exhausted just standing out there watching so I know it had to be tough!

57 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic March 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Congrats on another half, Tina! I agree that not all races should be about PRs, and that sometimes it’s about the experience. One of my favorites is the Harpoon 5-miler here in Boston!

58 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health March 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Aw, I’m so sorry that your body wasn’t feeling the race…but I’d say that despite being sick for a week and everything, you did a great job! I don’t even run at that pace for a 3-miler haha. Glad you got to meet-up with so many people too…that has to be so much fun. Hope you have a great Monday Tina <3

59 Sana March 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Congrats on the fabulous race, you have sucha positive attitude :)

60 Kris @ Eclipsed March 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Great job! What I wouldn’t give to be able to maintain that pace for a 5K, much less a half when I wasn’t up to par. Awesome!

I think my favorite distance is a 10K. A 5K is fun, but it’s over too quickly. A 10K gives you time to enjoy the race, but can be done without long training runs that are often hard to squeeze into a busy schedule. I do love me a good half, though.

61 Lindsay @ Chobani March 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Congratulations on the race, Tina! I admire your positive attitude- though it wasn’t your fastest, you finished and sub-2:00 is no small feat, at all! It was so fantastic getting to FINALLY meet you at the CHOmobile- thanks for stopping by & hope you and the fam enjoy the tasty cups. Can’t wait to hang again at Blend!

62 tinareale March 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Makenzie immediately saw the bag and opened it up. “Ohhh…what’s this? Chobani, mommy? Ooooohhh”. Haha! :)

63 STUFT Mama March 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Congrats Tina! Um…. that sex change comment almost made me spit out my coffee. :) You look great in ALL the photos. So glad you had a great time!

64 tinareale March 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Oh, it was because they had me registered as a dude!!! haha! I don’t think i looked like one.

65 Paige March 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm

13.2 miles can be very humbling! I think you did fantastic! This is faster than my fastest time :) I know speed is relative, though, and you have such a great attitude, girl :)

66 Marcia March 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Ugh I feel ya. I raced coming off of the flu yesterday and was hoping to feel miraculously better. Nada. You still did great and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Congrats!

67 Heather @ Run Eat Play March 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Great job on your half marathon! Every race is an accomplishment!
My favorite race is the muddy buddy – you and a parnter takes turns leap frogging with running and biking and then finish with a giant mud pit! Messy, but so much fun!!

68 Parita @ myinnershakti March 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Congrats, Tina! That’s an awesome time – you’d beat me every time! :)

69 Emilia March 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Three half marathons completed is so amazingly impressive, congratulations! Your attitude is amazing, sure we all want to achieve more constantly, but that’s not always realistic. I am truly inspired by your perspective.
Though, I imagine racing with friends made the experience all the more enjoyable. :)

70 Meredith @ DareYouTo March 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Wow! Even if it wasn’t your BEST time, that’s still an incredible feat! Way to go. Glad you had such a great time :)

71 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Congratulations Tina! I am so happy for you! Sounds like a great day all around with the run and the brunch! I hope you have a great week!

72 Bri Carpenter March 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Way to go Tina! Congrats on the race and for keeping such a positive attitude!

73 Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza March 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I’m impressed that you can even run a half marathon, let alone PR! Way to go! :)

74 Karen March 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Haha – it’s amazing how relative running times are and how we really are just in competitions with ourselves and no one else. Your half time is SOOO speedy to me!!

75 Heather March 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

great job, tina!! that is an awesome race for how crappy you felt!!

i’m just starting to get into being “competitive” with myself in terms of setting PRs, and i’m enjoying how to learn to push myself! i love that running allows me to accomplish a goal that i’ve worked hard for, especially because i just recently graduated and i don’t feel like my first (current) job really allows me to get that feeling quite yet

i have only run 2 half marathons myself, and i’m running my first full in june, so i’m looking forward to continuing to read about your experiences !

76 tinareale March 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm

It’s so fun to challenge yourself to new goals…but each race is something special. How exciting you’re doing your first full coming up too!

77 Lisa (I'm an Okie) March 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

So glad that you didn’t lose sight of one of the many reasons you run! And one of those reasons is to have fun–see friends–and do something new.

Even though it wasn’t your best race, it was still dang good!

78 Brittany @ LessBritt MoreLife March 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm

It may not have been your best race…. But what a great time! So proud of you, Tina! Love and miss you!

79 Charlotte March 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm

ufff. i love how your worse time is like MY DREAM TIME. hahaha. nice work girl!

80 anna, fitscally responsible March 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm

That is a fantastic half marathon time – congratulations! My first half marathon was 2:30, my PR to-date is 2:10 and I want to hit 2:04 this year. I love the experience of racing too. It’s so fun to be out there with all the other runners.

81 Stacy @ Stacy Eats March 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Awesome job, Tina! Looks like a great day. Cognrats on your time too, even though it wasn’t a PR, that’s still an awesome time!
I’m doing Zooma in a few weeks, so we’ll definitely have to meet up!!

82 tinareale March 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Yes, we will!!!

83 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss March 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I TOTALLY learned this time around to not measure success by finish time. It’s all about the experience, the camaraderie (so jeal of you and Linds together!), and the FUN behind it all. If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing. :)

84 Jen March 21, 2012 at 12:57 am

Awesome job, girl, and awesome attitude! So glad that you were able to enjoy the experience, even if it was not a PR…although (did I mention?), it was still AWESOME!!! :)

85 Coco March 22, 2012 at 7:32 am

Congratulations! You did great, even if you hadn’t been sick, but that’s just amazing. Now that you have a few halfs in the books, it might be hard to PR for every one. :-) They gave out choc milk after the RNR USA Half last weekend and I sucked it down. It’s funny how I would not want to even look at plain milk but choc milk just hit the spot!

86 Carolina @ Peas in a Blog March 22, 2012 at 9:24 am

Great job Tina! I would kill for a time like that but times are relative to the runner right? Plus, like you said, races are all about the experience, not just the time. Good work! :)

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