ING Georgia Marathon - RunMarathon

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Atlanta, Georgia
United States
The ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon
Total Time = 3h 58m 14s
Overall Rank = 820/
Age Group = M40-49
Age Group Rank = 207/841
Pre-race routine:

Rested 2 Days. Treated my injured calf like a jewel - PT, massages, accupuncture, heat. I had my usual "night-before-the-race" Pho Ga. For race day breakfast, I had PB on whole wheat, a banana, coffee, gatorade, water, and 1 gel (over a 2 hour period.)
Event warmup:

6 block walk to the start; 2 block fight my way to the front to find my 3:50 pace group.
  • 3h 58m 14s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 05s  min/mile

I felt great the whole way. I didn't "race" this marathon because I was sticking with some friends of mine. One of them had cramping problems starting at mile 20 which slowed us way down. I felt good the whole way and never "hit the wall."

10K - 00:52:35
13.1 - 01:51:22
20M - 02:53:37

(Dana starts leg cramps; I launch an unsuccessful motivational campaign - stories, singing, yelling, begging, encouraging, lying about the hills, lying about how cool it was in the shade, lying about the remaining distance. Oh well, it kept my mind off of my own race for sure.)

26:2 - 03:58:14

Nutrition: I carried 5 GUs - used 4 of them. I took an Enduralyte every hour. I drank water at the aid stations. NO POWERADE!
What would you do differently?:

Race my own race. Hopefully be healthy enough to train better.
Post race
Event comments:

Great course through lots of different areas of town. Only 1 real "out and back". No loops - every mile (except 18 and 19) was unique. Would get a 5 rating if the aid stations had been better organized.

Last updated: 2006-12-05 12:00 AM
03:58:14 | 26.2 miles | 09m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 207/841
Overall: 820/
Performance: Good
10K - 00:52:35 13.1 - 01:51:22 20M - 02:53:37 (Dana starts leg cramps) 26:2 - 03:58:14
Course: Hilly. Nothing too steep - just LOTs and LOTs of rollers. Plus, it seemed to get more vertical the closer I got to 26.2. Great course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4