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Atlanta, Georgia
United States
The ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon
Total Time = 2h 06m 57s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M40-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up fixed some oatmeal w/blueberries, rechecked bag. Drove to airport, met Matt and Mary then caught MARTA.
Event warmup:

I spent 30 minutes looking for the Delta tent to check my bag only to find that some of the sponsor tents hadn't been set up. That should have been my clue that the logistics for this race hadn't been completely thought out. Hit the porta-jons, stretched, and unsuccessfully tried to move as close the front as I could.
  • 2h 06m 57s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 41s  min/mile

Took a little over 6 minutes to cross the start timing mat. This was my first 1/2 mary and I was in awe of the sea of people. It was difficult finding a good pace for the first 2 miles. Saw a girl in front of me take a nose dive after hitting a "road pimple" and managed to side step just in time. Matt caught up with me around mile 4 and ran with him until about mile 6 then I was left eating his dust. I was keeping an eye on my HR thinking I should be between 148-155 and no higher than 168. But after some of those hills it was between 171-177 and I started to panic a little. I realized I wasn't hitting LT so stuck with it the rest of the race. Again, being my first 1/2 mary I wanted to take it all in and enjoy the route. Which I did around mile 8 with a free PBR shot. Actually, more of a taste than a shot. You know, a little motivation to hurry up and finish. I was surprised at the number of spectators and number of bandit stations set up. Running through the neighborhoods was nice. Slowed down coming out of Piedmont Park. From here the rest of the race seemed all up hill. Crossed the finish line, got my medal. Hung around a little, grabbed some food and water then went back to the tent....which was up finally. Talked to Tony and met some other triathletes (Peachtree Tri Club).
What would you do differently?:

Do more hill work.
Post race
Warm down:

Did some stretching and got a massage.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of hill work. Probably should do some more speed work too.

Event comments:

I delayed posting my report because my results weren't posted at the ING site. According to the ING site I did not start and DNF'd but have a 10k split. Fortunately, I signed up for the "Runner Tracking" feature and had results emailed and text to my phone. I emailed the race director and attached the results email but no response so far. I still don't understand how they can email/text my results, but show me as DNF on the site. I know I stepped on all the timing mats, even during the mini out-and-back on 14th.

Despite the logistics being bad, I did have fun. But it will be a very disappointing first 1/2 mary if my time is not "official."

The only thing that would have made this funner would have been meeting more BT-ers. But GCT is around the corner along with the rest of the season.

Last updated: 2007-02-17 12:00 AM
02:06:57 | 13.1 miles | 09m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2007-03-26 9:21 PM

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Subject: ING Georgia Half-Marathon

2007-03-27 7:20 AM
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Subject: RE: ING Georgia Half-Marathon
Nice race Craig- hope they get it right and make you "official" It was a tough course- especially the last 2-3 miles. I am just bummed I missed the PBR shots Smile. Congrats on the race!
2007-03-27 7:27 AM
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Subject: RE: ING Georgia Half-Marathon

The PBR shots rocked! (Wish I could figure out how to include a shot of cold beer in my nutrition plan ).  I too saw a black lady take a header on a road pimple (just right before entering into Inman Park).  Told a friend about it yesterday and her friend (who is a paramedic) was the one who helped her up + got her to the medical officials. (Talk about racking up some good race karma!)

Congrats on your first h-mary ... don't worry too much if the results show up as official or not, you did it - and on a pretty difficult course.  Now you have the time to beat next year.

2007-03-27 8:14 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: ING Georgia Half-Marathon
Way to go on your first half! Next stop GCT? See you there and good luck with your training.

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