Georgia Marathon - RunMarathon

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Atlanta, Georgia
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 51m 22s
Overall Rank = 419/2232
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 68/212
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:30 and ate a bagel with peanut butter and honey. Headed out to my coral a little after 6:30.
Event warmup:

Plenty of miles to warm up during the race and yawning probably doesn't count.
  • 3h 51m 22s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 50s  min/mile

I went into the race a little nervous. One year ago I hit the wall hard at mile 19 on a course with less hills. My legs were feeling okay during the first half of the run but I could tell that there was some tightness so I just kept hydrating and keeping my Infinit intake going. I had two pee breaks before the halfway point costing about 2:30 total time.

The second half had a lot more ups and downs and my legs were feeling pretty good on the uphills so that was nice. I made it to mile 19 and was keeping my goal pace so that helped ease the mental burden some. I held a pace at or above goal until a nasty climb at mile 23. From that point I was just trying to hold my goal pace. At about 24.5 my right quad felt like it was going to try and cramp so I took the last of my Infinit and kept pushing through it. Mile 25 was above my goal pace by a few seconds. I finally made it to the home stretch and all the pain went away and I finished happy!
What would you do differently?:

Not much at all.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked back to the hotel with my wife and ate peanut butter M&M's while sneezing my head off from all the pollen.

Event comments:

A great race. My first time doing it and it went extremely well.

Last updated: 2010-12-08 12:00 AM
03:51:22 | 26.2 miles | 08m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 68/212
Overall: 412/2232
Performance: Good
Course: Hilly route from downtown Atlanta out to Decatur and back through Druid Hills and Midtown.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5