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!
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?
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.
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.
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?