ING Georgia Marathon - RunMarathon

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Atlanta, Georgia
United States
The ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon
43F / 6C
Total Time = 4h 14m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Steph was a bike escort for the wheel chair racers so we had to get down there pretty early. We got up at 3:30 showerd, ate, and started driving.

I saw Jamie, the Blackmon's, and Greg before the start.
Event warmup:

I went to the back of corral 2 and immediately found Nora. We chatted a bit and then started.
  • 4h 14m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 41s  min/mile

I had some problems with my Garmin so I was running blind. I saw Lisa at about mile 5 and she was looking really strong. I ended up hooking up with the four hour pace group for probably half the race. I stopped to use the bathroom at around 20 miles, and that was a mistake. I never was able to get the wheels to turn over again. I think I ran about 10 min miles the rest of the way. My main goal was to finish healthy and be able to resume training quickly so I never eally pushed it. My knees hurt a bit, but not too bad. My shin splint was barely noticeable. My siatic (sp) nerve enjoyed torchering me. My feet hurt. I had some chaffing problems. I found it hillarious that every problem I had during training the last few months came back to say "hello!", but none of them was a big deal on race day. I still went into a massive shivering fit at the end though. I think I need to figure out what is causing this. It ain't pretty or fun.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure I have the Garmin synced before the gun goes off. train like a Kenyan. Wear warmer clothes.
Post race
Warm down:

Shivered, shook, and stumbled towards the omni hotel lobby. There I sat down on a chair and immediately got a charlie horse. My lovely wife went and fetched me a large hot chocolate. That seemed to make the world a better place.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Injuries and colds all winter.

Event comments:

This is a great race. It is a cool tour of Atlanta and a good test. It's a tough place to PR, but it is still a lot of fun.

Last updated: 2009-03-30 12:00 AM
04:14:00 | 26.2 miles | 09m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Hilly. This course is constant rollers and there is very little flat running.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4