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Atlanta, Georgia
United States
The ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon
Total Time = 4h 28m 40s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:45 but I didn't get any sleep. This happens to me a lot before a big race. Drove down to meet friends in Grant Park to drive together to the park.
Ate 1 cliff bar, handful of mini oatmeal cookies, drank tea.
Event warmup:

Not much warming up. Just walking from the parking lot to the park.
  • 4h 28m 40s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 15s  min/mile

This was a tough, tough, course. Why did it have to be so hilly?! I ran half of the course with the 4:15 pace group because I wanted to run somewhere between 4:15-4:30. I felt pretty good for the most part running with them. Started feeling a little fatigued around mile 13 in Decatur and fell behind the pace group. Soon after seeing my friends on the sidelines cheering for me, I felt a lot stronger again and picked up the pace. Started feeling really tired around mile 16-17 when the hills just kept coming at me. I started walking on/off on the hills, on many occasions. I kept counting the number of strides I walked b/c I didn't want to get too comfortable and not be able to pick up running again. That helped. Surprisingly, I felt really good running mile 20 and was actually enjoying the run. Maybe it's because I knew that I was almost done. I pushed on until mile 23, where I knew that my friends and family were going to be there to cheer me on. I picked up another round of energy, but the last 3 miles were really tough to get through. Again, hills didn't stop coming. I did regain a little bit of energy coming through the finish line and finished my first marathon just under the goal of 4:30.
What would you do differently?:

Overall, I had an amazing first marathon experience. I am so grateful for my amazing friends and family. They kept me going!
If I were to do this course again, I need to train a lot more on the hills!
Post race

Last updated: 2009-01-04 12:00 AM
04:28:40 | 26.2 miles | 10m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: HILLY!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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Race evaluation [1-5]

2009-03-30 10:11 PM

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Norcross, GA
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2009-03-30 11:52 PM
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Good job, good race report. Hills, can't run without them.
2009-03-31 7:45 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Congrats on your first marathon! It's a huge accomplishment...
2009-03-31 8:05 AM
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Congrats on a very strong first Marathon!
2009-03-31 10:35 AM
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Athens, Ga.
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Go, Kyung! Great, great job on your first marathon. It's been a long time in the making, and you conquered it. Go you!!!
2009-03-31 1:01 PM
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Roswell, GA
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Great Race!

2009-04-02 9:07 AM
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Smyrna, GA
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Congrats on your first marathon!  That is a super tough course and I really admire you for doing your first marathon out there.  Yay!
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