I think it’s safe to say, I am hooked on running half marathons. This past weekend marked number 9 for me since last January. I have a little break between now and summer on the half’s. I don’t have another one scheduled until the first weekend in June. The half marathons are the only races I am keeping up with how many I have ran. It’s not a bragging right but an accomplishment that I can be proud of. I saw two different ladies during the Publix half who had shirts saying this was their 100th half marathon. I think that’s a really big event to celebrate. That’s 1,310 miles worth of half marathons alone.
The Publix Half Marathon was put on by the Atlanta Track Club. It’s one of the larger events that the track club puts on besides the huge Peachtree Road Race. I think they had close to 10,000 people participate throughout the full marathon, half, and 5K. I feel like I must have forgotten to enter a qualifying time, because I was placed in the last corral. I wasn’t too happy about being in the back, but I squeezed my way up towards the front of the corral so I got right out with no issues. We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather than what we received Sunday morning. I really enjoyed the slight breeze along the course as we tackled those Atlanta hills. I won’t deny the fact, that there were quite a few hills. You can’t run between Athens and Atlanta and not find hills especially during a half. This half went a lot better on my legs then the Swannee half about a month ago. I was able to make it to mile 10 before cramping up and having to stiff leg it the rest of the way. I enjoyed this half despite all of the hills. I like running in Atlanta because we don’t go often so it’s a nice change of scenery. I know this defeats the purpose, but I like getting new ideas for different restaurants as we make our way along downtown ATL. I often find places I haven’t heard of and make a mental note to try. I guess you can say that I am a foodie and I run to eat. If you think about it though, food and running go hand and hand. You have to have that fuel to be able to run all those miles. Anyways, back to running, I finished the half in 2:57 which my goal was under 3 hours. I’m just now getting back to running after all of the bumps in the road over the last few months. It’s funny I was so close to reaching all of my goals and then Bam something happens and you loose all of the training you worked so hard for and you basically have to start all over again. Hopefully this summer, I can get back to training daily without anymore bumps along the way.
It was great to see so many familiar faces in Atlanta. I hope to see a lot more familiar faces this coming weekend. We have two different races in Gwinnett and Athens on Saturday. See you guys out on the road!