Sunday, October 07, 2012

All State Atlanta Half Marathon Race Report

Sunday, October 07, 2012  at 12:18 PM
I have officially started tapering as of last Tuesday for the Seven Bridges Marathon.  That was my attempt at my longest run ever, 20 miles, that didn't quite go as planned.  Oh well.  I guess there are good runs and bad ones.  I wasn't really feeling confident, UNTIL TODAY!

Last week, I got an email from a fellow Atlanta blogger, Karen, at Working It Out (Go check out her blog!  I'll wait...) that I had won a free entry into the All State Atlanta Half Marathon.  She was running it too and had been given a free entry to give away on her blog.  I actually wasn't the officiall winner, but evidently, the real winner could not use it, so she picked me.  Yay!  Thank you so much, Karen!!!

This morning, I got up at 5am to drive the short 35-40 minute drive to the start line.  Soon after I got there, Tom and Colleen, a.k.a. Irondiva, arrived as well.  By the way, Jenn and I have had so much fun getting to know this fine couple.  They are some of the most fun people around, and we love hanging out with them!  They had already been signed up for this race, so it was perfect that I got to run it too.  Since I'm starting my taper, I didn't want to cook my legs and try for a PR, and Colleen was nice enough to run with me.  Tom was going to go quite a bit faster, so after meeting up just a few minutes before the race started, we heard the national anthem and were off!  Colleen and I had so much fun!  We talked about everything as we slowly clicked off the miles.  She says she's not very good at pacing, but she was spot on for our goal of 2:05.  The first 5-6 miles were not all the great for me, but after a little while, I started feeling pretty good.  The course was pretty hilly, but it wasn't anything different than what we train on all the time.  Before we knew it, we were at mile 9 with only 4 miles to go!  Tom finished the race and then came back to meet us at mile 12.  We finished exactly at 2:05!  After we were done, we scored our sweet race medals that spin, grabbed some chocolate milk, and headed home.
Bling Bling!
I'm still riding the high from a really fantastic run!  I kept telling Tom and Colleen how great I felt and that I could definitely go longer.  Twice as long?  I guess we'll have to see.  But, my confidence is through the roof!!!  One thing that really helped me was how we ran today.  Usually, I try to bank a bunch of time at the beginning and then watch the time slowly slip away as I slow down.  Today, we stayed very consistent throughout and nailed our goal.  I think this is how I will attempt my marathon in 2 weeks!  I hope all this training will get me through all those ridiculous miles.  :)  Thanks for reading!

13 comments:

Karen

It was meant to be for you to get that entry! I love races that give you that extra boost of confidence. I have to say I love the Kingerys too :). Good luck at seven bridges - excited for you!

Erika

That is so awesome!!!! Congratulations on a great race- you are so ready for that marathon!!!

Cory Reese

Those medals are sweet! Your experience has got to be a huge confidence boost. I'm impressed my friend. Way to go!

Colleen

YAY! Thanks so much for running with me! :) It really made the miles click by and well, any time we get to hang out is fun! You are so ready for that marathon!!!

Matty O

That's awesome man!!!

Colleen has been making the rounds running w/ bloggers ;) haha, I ran Glass City w/ her, she ran the Akron half w/ Heather and now you! haha

Great job man, nothing like a wonderful confidence booster that comes w/ it's own swag and bling!

Aunt Nan

Matt. You'll be awesome at the Marathon. Colleen said she had such a great run with you last Sunday. Thanks for being her running buddy for the day. Good luck in 2 weeks. Can't wait to hear the results from Colleen. Nancy

Aunt Nan

Matt. You'll be awesome at the Marathon. Colleen said she had such a great run with you last Sunday. Thanks for being her running buddy for the day. Good luck in 2 weeks. Can't wait to hear the results from Colleen. Nancy

Jill

Oh man, this is the PERFECT confidence booster you need for the marathon. You are going to do great, I just know it. Be smart, don't start out too fast like most newbies do, fuel and all will work out. Believe!!!

Love the race medal...and I'm sooo glad you had a great experience. :)

Beth

Great job on the 2:05 - and what a cool medal!

Enjoy your tapering, it's one of the hardest things to do but it is well worth it! I will be working packet pickup race morning 4:30-6:30am.

Big Daddy Diesel

Congrats on the race

Ironman By Thirty

Awesome race buddy!!! Way to nail your pacing! You are ready for this!

Caratunk Girl

Awesome race! You are so ready for 7 bridges! Jealous you got to hang with Colleen!

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