A earned a brand new personal record last weekend at the Publix Georgia Half Marathon! It was tough race at parts, but I finished strong and had a great time running with my mom! First let's start with the pre race activities...
We ordered two medium pizzas; one chicken caesar salad and one meatball, spinach, mushroom. It. Was. Delicious. I think I had four pieces.
This was going to be my third half marathon. My main goal for this race was to have fun and enjoy running with my mom. As far as race time I was hoping (really hoping) to get under three hours. I was so close last time at the Iron Girl. I was a little worried with this course however because of the hills. There are barely hills in Chicago, so I wasn't sure how it would go.
After the National Anthem the race started. Thankfully it was a rolling start and we passed the start around 7:12am. It wasn't actually too crowded a start which was nice so there wasn't much bobbing and weaving through people.
The weather was really comfortable around 68 degrees and warmed up just a bit as the sun rose. Although there were hills I really enjoyed the course. We ran through several different sections of the city; it was nice.
|Some guy had a plate full around mile eight so I grabbed one!|
Mile nine was actually one of our fastest miles with an 11:53 pace!
|Around Mile 10 or 11, smiling just for the cameras|
|Mile 12 (hands are in the wrong order; I was tired)|
|The final sprint to the finish!|
We crossed the finish line with a time of 2:45:35!!! Not only did I beat my goal of under three hours, but did it by practically 15 minutes! I was so happy and proud. We got medals placed around our necks, a heat blanket, water, and big bottle of chocolate milk. I gave my mom a big hug and thanked her for motivating me along the way!
Boy was I tired! After a couple pictures and much needed stretching for our legs, we walked into the park to grab our food bag from Publix. It was full of goodies. I didn't eat any of it then, but drank about 3/4 of the chocolate milk; it is one of my favorite post workout treats and great for recovery.
We walked around the park for a bit and then made our way back to the train which included climbing yet another hill, they are everywhere in Atlanta! Aunt Wendy and Emily were there to pick us up at the station and congratulated us on our races.
The rest of the day consisted of a nice long bath, tasty meal at a local restaurant, a nap with the cat, and hanging out with the family.
I had a great weekend in Atlanta seeing my family and running once again with my mom!
I never imagined I would run a half marathon, let alone three. It is absolutely amazing what you can accomplish if you keep a positive attitude and work hard!