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ING Georgia Half-Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Atlanta, Georgia
United States
The ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 10m 3s
Overall Rank = 3418/8917
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 763/1317
Pre-race routine:

STEVEN HOLSTEN (Half) | Bib #15648 | AUGUSTA, GA - USA | Age 36 | M MAPTRACK
1:02:10 2:10:03
TIME Chip Time: 2:10:03 Clock: 2:18:39 Pace: 9:55
Place Overall: 3418 Gender: 1967 Division: 763

Event warmup:

Holy crap! We took MARTA to the raceand the train broke down one stop short. We got out and there was this HUGE escalator that broke down with us on it! We had to jump over to the stairs! It started rolling backwards. No one was hurt.
Walked to the race and we were way behind where we wanted to be based on pace. We started about 8:00 after the leaders. The atmosphere was great, and it was awesome being a part of the huge wall of runners. I loved it!
As a treat I met Danny Dreyer from the Author of ChiRunning. I think I freaked him out a little because I was psyched to meet him. We watched a short presentation by him and I bought the video.
  • 2h 10m 3s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 56s  min/mile

I didn't race this. My Garmin was out of batteries and all I had was my phone. Ijust picked a nice easy pace and ran. I stuck with the 4:30 Marathonerspace group, but the pace group left for the marathon. I just raced relaxed. CV was great, muscular end is now a heavy limiter for me for pace.
The first mile felt like dirt, the next six were fine. The next 3 or so sucked, and the last few miles I felt great. I tweeked my left hammy at the end of the run but no to badly.
Nutrition was managed OK. One Gu per 20 minutes. I wish they had Powerade to make the 400/hour work.
What would you do differently?:

Not much,this was a training run. I think I can break 2 hours if I can focus on a 1/2M.
Post race
Warm down:

Two ice packs to the hammies. Stretching for about 20 minutes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This race, for being so big, was poorly supported.They ran out of Powerade and water was hard to get at. That sorta hacked me off as the race wasn't cheap. Maybe they can work the kinks out later. If I wan't to do well in this race I need to run more hills.
2007 after IMAZ and 2008 are going to be about adding muscle mass and trimming fat. Gaining speed. I don't think I want to race a Mary until I can push for 4:15 or 4:00.

Event comments:

I rated this a 4 because it was cool racing with so many people and being part of a major event. They need more volunteers and more water. They didn't even have mile markers for the1/2M!

Last updated: 2006-12-30 12:00 AM
02:10:03 | 13.1 miles | 09m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 763/1317
Overall: 3418/8917
Performance: Good
10k was 1:02 so I had a negative split.
Course: Hilly. This wouldn't be so bad if the race was well supported. The hills were rough on my hamstrings. I tried to lean into hills but I've been training on flats for IMAZ so this was tough.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-03-25 5:14 PM

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Evans, GA
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2007-03-25 5:17 PM
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Vestavia Hills
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Nice little warm-up for your impending "A" race ... and a harbinger of good things to come!


2007-03-25 5:21 PM
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Great race for an easy training run.

I agree that the focus of the race was on the marathon and the 1/2 felt like a red headed stepchild (even though there where more 1/2 runners than mary runners).

2007-03-25 5:32 PM
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Smyrna, GA
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Great run Steven! Take care of those hammies and good luck in the IMAZ!!
2007-03-25 6:55 PM
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Nice job on the race- mile markers would have been nice I agree. the hills were brutal. Congrats on the finish!
2007-03-26 8:17 AM
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Alpharetta, GA
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Great job, Jack!!  Sounded like quite the adventure getting to the start...

2007-03-26 8:23 AM
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Great job, Steve!
2007-03-26 10:04 AM
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good job Steve!  I agree with everything you said about the aid stations and mile markers.  It was a lot of fun to do though, so hopefully next year it will have the kinks worked out. I'm not sure I could do the full though, the hills were a nice challenge for a half, I don't think I would be brave enough to tackle the full, ecspecially if it is that warm again next year. 
2007-03-26 11:04 AM
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Atlanta, GA
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Good job on your race/training run. I'm glad you enjoyed being part of the race, even with the lack of support and water. Good luck with your IM.

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