Jennifer and I drove the seemingly endless drive from Michigan to Atlanta to make it in time to go to the expo and get our packets. I have to say that this is such a well-organized event for being so large. There were 10,000 runners, but the packet pickup was a breeze. Maybe it is because we were within the last hour before they closed or something, but we were in and out in no time. I signed up to run with the 1:50 pace team as that was my ultimate goal. They gave me a separate number to pin on my back to identify what my goal was.
|I always like it when they put your name on the number|
|Another crappy Iphone 4s picture...|
|This was in front of me..(notice the 1:50 pace group)|
|This was behind me. They stretched on forever.|
I was feeling good through the first 5 miles, and then came some hills. I had looked at the elevation chart for the course, and it didn't look too bad, but running it sure sucked. They kept running us up hills and then turning corners up another hill! It was annoying. Of course, I slowed down a bit, but I started to fall a part at about mile 7.
Jenn did really awesome! Although she thought it was a tough run, she got her goal of under 2:15 with a 2:14:50ish. Way to go, Jenn!!!! By the way, she gets a pukie award (5 or 6 of them actually). Way to suck it up and get your goal, babe!
I wish I could give an excuse like, "It was too hot" or "There were too many hills," but I hate excuses. The REASON is that I slacked on training. I know I didn't train hard enough. Yes, I had some good long runs that showed that I could hold my 8:24 pace or better. But when it came down to race day, I didn't have it in me.
The 1:50 pace team went by me like I was standing still around mile 8. I tried to hang on, but there was no way, so I had to pick out another goal for the day. I had previously set a "sandbagger" goal of breaking 2 hours, which would be a PR for me, so that's what I aimed for. My sister called around mile 11, and it was so nice to have her talking to me for the next mile or so. Those were some tough miles! At 12, I latched on to a guy going my pace, and we chatted it up to the finish line. I crossed the line at 1:59:10 to get my PR and BREAK 2 HOURS! It's not exactly what I wanted, but it was a PR for me. The course was actually 13.22 miles, so I did 13.1 in 1:57:54 for an average of 9:00min/miles.
|As usual, the medals are super rad.|
My dad, mom, sister, brother-in-law and neice all came to walk the 5k. They had a good time and even GOT MEDALS. Have you ever done a 5k where they give finisher medals? If I had known that, I would have done the 5k. :)
Here's little Brynlie with her first race medal. Way to go, Little B!
All in all, Jenn and I had a great time at the Atlanta Half. Although I didn't reach my true goal, I got a PR. It'll just be easier to get a PR next time! Thanks for all the encouraging comments, text messages, facebook comments etc. You guys are great! Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for a recap of Thanksgiving.