“The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race, it’s to test the limits of the human heart”
I have learned in the last few months that I can do anything I set my mind to. This includes running 13 hilly miles through downtown Atlanta in June. The Hotlanta half marathon was my 4th half marathon since January of this year. This half is by far my favorite I have ran so far. Something about running in a big city brings out the energy in me. Maybe it’s the atmosphere of 1500 people from different parts of the country that come to run a half marathon, or maybe it’s the scenery that comes along with the race. Whatever it may be, one thing is for sure, I love running races in Atlanta. As we all know some parts of the big ATL are run down, filthy, and you don’t want to venture off in the wrong direction kinda town. However, ATL offers some awesome landmarks to take in as you are making your way around the city. Since I’m not the fastest girl on the block, I enjoy sightseeing on my runs.
Let me take you along my 13 mile run today! The starting line began in front of the World of Coke/ Georgia Aquarium past Centennial Park. I was told at the start of the race, to be prepared for lots of hills. Mile 1 proved it to be true, with a small hill to start off with. I made it up this hill but my legs were burning. At the top of the hill we passed by the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. Have y’all seen this stadium? Its super cool! I can’t wait to check it out. After this, we ran past the Capital. Around mile 3-4 we ran around Turner Field back under the 1996 Olympic arch. Here, I met up with some Chick-Fil-A cows and of course had to stop for a selfie.
The course took us along the Atlanta Beltline and I must say I was impressed. It was flat, smooth and had super cool looking restaurants along the way. The beltline is where I smelled BBQ cooking and it immediately made me want to stop and eat. From here, we ran in to Piedmont Park and around the loop back out to the city. Piedmont Park is really pretty and a great place for a Saturday picnic or Sunday morning run. Mile 10-11 was spent running around the Georgia Tech campus. I am in no way a yellow jacket but I will admit they have a nice campus and football stadium. Mile 12 I was done and pretty much walked the entire thing. I’m pretty sure there were at least 3 hills along mile 12. The finish was again at the World of Coke and happened to be a downhill finish which I enjoyed. I finished in 2:54:40 and received an awesome finisher’s medal. Check it out, it was huge!
This race has made it to my list of races for next year. Huge props to the Atlanta police who were on every street corner helping to keep us safe.
The next race in Atlanta will be the Peachtree Road Race. I am really looking forward to it! I already have my red, white, and blue outfit picked out!
Next weekend, I am going to attempt to run a race in Gainesville. I’m sure by next Saturday I will be mostly recovered and ready to hit the road.