ING Georgia Marathon - RunMarathon

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Atlanta, Georgia
United States
The ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon
50F / 10C
Total Time = 3h 52m 20s
Overall Rank = 441/2141
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 68/220
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at the Omni hotel the night before, but routine was pretty much the same. Woke up, drank coffee, at breakfast and got ready for the race.
Event warmup:

A little walking around to find the right corral and then waiting for the start.
  • 3h 52m 20s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 52s  min/mile

Felt really good and was on pace through about 16. Hit the hills coming back towards town and the legs didn't respond well. I have trained on some pretty hilly routes, but nothing like this. I guess my legs just weren't ready for the changes in elevation. ITs tightened up, but didn't hurt. They just wouldn't leg my legs move faster than 10 minute miles, so I took it and shuffled on in for a PR.
What would you do differently?:

Train on some more hills?
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some pretzels from medical tent and warmed up a bit. Then proceeded to walk around for about 45 minutes due to all of all of the barricades trying to get back to the hotel which was all of 50 feet away. Finally made it back to the hotel and showered to warm up and stretched a bit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hills. I think they caused the quads to tighten to the point that BOTH ITs tightened up. I tried a couple of times to pick up the pace back to normal, but they were having none of that. Couldn't run faster than a 10ish minute mile for the last 8 miles.

Event comments:

Great race, just wish there was a way to limit some of the barricades or at least let those that have raced through some super secret paths. It's tough to weave your way around for an extra couple miles to find people after finishing the race.

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Last updated: 2009-11-09 12:00 AM
03:52:20 | 26.2 miles | 08m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 68/220
Overall: 220/2141
Performance: Average
Can you guess where the legs got mad? 1:715 2:730 3:729 4:736 5:719 6:727 7:734 8:730 9:727 10:736 11:747 12:737 13:742 14:730 15:738 16:710 17:810 18:831 19:859 20:1018 21:1003 22:1032 23:1103 24:1137 25:1205 26:1305 26.2:1228
Course: Loop through a lot of the Atlanta 'hoods. Pretty good scenery despite the weather. Hills, hills, and more hills. Garmin shows in the neighborhood of 4700 feet of climbing (taking out the anomalies). That's about twice the amount of climbing on my previous long runs.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4