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ING Georgia Half-Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Atlanta, Georgia
United States
The ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon
45F / 7C
Total Time = 2h 11m 57s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Normal PBJ Waffle and Green Tea pre-race. Drive down to parking near the park and walk to drop-off our bags. This was extremely disorganized with only scattered volunteers. After dropping off my bag, a volunteer in another tent explained that I didn't put my bag in the right spot, but I couldn't find it when I went back. I was stressed that someone had taken my stuff - since there was no security at all around the bags. I wasted energy worrying about this - which is basically the story of this race (wasted energy).
Event warmup:

Light stretching - that's it!
  • 2h 11m 57s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 04s  min/mile

Started off in Corral 2, probably a little farther back than we should have for our planned pace. Spent a lot of time passing people at the start - where I wanted to take full advantage of the downhills.

We ended up a little fast for the first few miles, but nothing that should have thrown me off too much (again - downhills). By mile three I knew this wasn't going to happen - my breathing was out of control. My big mistake here was immediately correlating that to an asthma test I had coming up during the week - I "knew" this meant I was going to fail the test and not be able to scuba dive. So - not only was I not going to be able to sustain the pace I wanted, I brought in an outside issue that had nothing to do with this race. My attitude for the rest of the race was horrible - which made things even worse. I knew I was not helping myself, but I couldn't get out of my head and just run today.

By mile 7-8, I started having severe pain on the outside of my right foot - what is this?! Actually stopped, sat down, and Kirk massaged (painfully) my foot to try to loosen things up. It worked pretty well, foot pain dropped to a dull ache, but then my right inside knee started to hurt. It was a sharp pain - as if someone was stabbing me with a knife and twisting it. The run turned into a walk until the knee stops hurting - run as long as I can stand the pain for the rest of the race. Poor Kirk, it was no fun at all!

Would I have had a better race if I hadn't had focus issues - I don't know. I'm pretty sure the knee/foot issues would have surfaced either way, but it probably wouldn't have been as bad.
What would you do differently?:

Get out of my head - only focus on the race. I think I put too much pressure on myself to hit my time goal, but didn't really have a secondary goal to fall back on.
Post race
Warm down:

Switched into dry clothes, stretched, sat in a warm hotel to try to stop shivering. I loved the temperature for running, but it was otherwise way too cold. :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Myself - mental focus and knee/foot pain.

Event comments:

Still some issues they need to work out for this race. Bag check was chaos and directions/signs pointing to the corrals. Otherwise this is a good race, one that I will continue to do each year.

Last updated: 2009-03-01 12:00 AM
02:11:57 | 13.1 miles | 10m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Lap Data 1 07m 44s 1.00 miles 07m 44s /mile 163 194 ; 2 07m 51s 1.00 miles 07m 51s /mile 177 190 ; 3 08m 18s 1.00 miles 08m 18s /mile 179 189 ; 4 09m 08s 1.00 miles 09m 08s /mile 178 187 ; 5 08m 42s 1.00 miles 08m 42s /mile 177 184 ; 6 09m 19s 1.00 miles 09m 19s /mile 175 185 ; 7 09m 48s 1.00 miles 09m 48s /mile 174 186 ; 8 11m 12s 1.00 miles 11m 12s /mile 161 179 ; 9 09m 03s 1.00 miles 09m 03s /mile 169 179 ; 10 11m 59s 1.00 miles 11m 59s /mile 165 179 ; 11 11m 45s 1.00 miles 11m 45s /mile 165 176 ; 12 12m 24s 1.00 miles 12m 24s /mile 163 172 ; 13 12m 02s 1.00 miles 12m 02s /mile 163 172 ; 14 02m 47s 0.27 miles 10m 16s /mile 171 178 ;
Course: Lots of hills through the Atlanta neighborhoods.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2009-04-06 12:40 PM

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