Georgia Publix Half Marathon {Race Recap}

Well, hello there!

I apologize about my little blog hiatus. I’ve been a huge mess this week. If you keep up with me on Facebook, you know that it is because one of my dogs passed away. Needless to say, I haven’t been emotionally ready to “act happy” and reach out.

Moving right along, last Sunday I ran my 6th half marathon. {Finally tied with Paul… SCORE!!}

FRAZZLED MORNING

As I got ready to leave for the race early Sunday morning, I texted my mom {who was running it as well} to see if she was awake. No response. I went down to make my classic race day breakfast of a toasted whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter and noticed her light was not on. Dun dun dunnnnn. I opened her door, only to realize that she was still asleep. We had to leave in ten minutes! Her “alarm” went a little like: “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?! WE HAVE TO GOOOOOOOO!!!” in a loud Kristi-screech voice. I think I’ve mentioned before that I don’t do late? Yeah…

We ended up leaving half an hour later than planned. I was attempting to convince myself not to panic. But… late and I just do not get along. Paul chauffeured us into Atlanta; the gentleman that he is. {And he wasn’t even running! Keeper.} Once we arrived, we needed to use the restroom. There was an insanely long line that we had to wait in. We waited and waited and waited. {They do not have nearly enough bathrooms at this race. That’s my main overall complaint} We barely made it before the race started. But the stress did not stop there! That would be too easy!

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Centennial Olympic Park

The way they had the corrals set up was a complete cluster. Maybe a blind person organized it? Whoever it was surely is not a runner that has ever been running late, that’s for darn sure. It was an on-foot traffic jam of epic proportions. I lost my mom in my valiant effort to find my friend, Coty, before we ran through the start line. I ended up hopping a fence because they had closed off the entryways into the corrals. I was definitely not the only one who had to resort to such measures. As I said, a cluster.

Miracle of all miracles, we found each other in the nick of time. Phew!

pre-race GA Publix 2014

Grainy pre-race photo

AND WE’RE OFF

The first two miles started off strong. Then I began to slow down a bit. I don’t know if it was from of all the crazy that ensued earlier that morning, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Running is so much a mental sport and if you’re not in the right mindset, odds are you will not perform your best. My goal was to PR and finish in under 2:10. {My current PR is 2:12} By Mile 4 that goal had already been thrown out the window. I was struggling big time. I can’t pinpoint why exactly, but I’m sure not being in the right mental state was a big portion of the reason. Early on, I felt that I was developing blisters on each foot. No bueno! There was also an 80% chance of rain during the entire morning and I was nervous about that, too. I quickly changed my goal to “finish the race.”

That being said, here are my {super embarrassing} splits:

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Looking at that one might think “Rookie mistake. They went out too fast in the beginning.” I know how it looks, but that was actually the speed we should be {and are capable of} running at. It just wasn’t our day to shine! Also, if you’re wondering how it possibly took us so long for the last 0.1 miles, it didn’t actually take 2 and a half minutes. We ended up running about 13.3 miles total, due to weaving in and out of people throughout the course. But I can’t exactly stop my time before the finish line!

Although we finished with a time of 2:24… far off from my goal time, I still can’t be mad at myself. I completed a half marathon. Regardless of time, that is always such a feat and reason alone to celebrate! Each run is a learning experience, and this time I learned that I definitely need to be “zen” the morning of a race and not stressed out like a mad woman.

POST RACE PHOTO OPS

As you know by now, I’m a huge fan of pictures! Here are some from after finishing the race:

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Coty, me, and my mom

Coty, me, and my mom celebrating our runs!

Although Coty and I have seen much better finish times, I wanted to say that I am so proud of my mom! She dropped an entire half hour from the Disney Princess Half Marathon that was only a month ago! Not to mention that this course was incredibly hilly and Disney was pancake flat. Way to go Mama Sue!!!

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This will be my last half marathon until the fall. I don’t do heat well and will not be participating in any warm weather races. I would probably pass out {not joking!} I learned my lesson in Virginia Beach last September! Never again haha. Although, I was selected in the lottery for the Peachtree Road Race on the 4th of July! This will be my second Peachtree and I’m stoked! It’s just a 10k though, don’t worry 😉

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

  • Did anyone else race recently? How did it go?
  • Am I the only one out there who actually prefers to run in cold weather?
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