Well, I did it.
On Thursday I laced up my shoes, ate some peanut butter and banana toast, then headed down with some friends to Turner Field and ran the Thanksgiving Half Marathon.
Overall my experience was good. My time was right around 1:52, which I was pleased with.
Below are my observations, complaints, and praises of the entire day.
- Praise – The volunteers were amazing. A big Thank You to those who gave up their Thanksgiving morning to help the day go smoothly.
- Praise – Race Shirts – love them.
- Observation – The entire race felt like I was running up hill. I have nothing to compare it to since it was my first half, but I felt like I ran at an incline the entire time.
- Praise – For me, I desperately needed the “power jelly beans” on mile 8. My body was hitting a wall and that touch of sugar and sour taste helped take my mind off of the hills.
- Complaint- Marta – Since they didn’t accommodate the runners as well, it caused traffic to pile up on 75/85 like it was a holiday rush hour.
- Complaint – The after-race food. Though I knew I was about to stuff my face with turkey and dressing, I was hoping the after-race food would be more appealing. I guess I was expecting a party =)
Even with the complaints, I really enjoyed the day, run, and even the time sitting in traffic with my friends.
Also, I’ve very proud of @marvelissa who trained with her daughter and ran her first race ever.
Great job, Adam! You finished in such a fast time! What an accomplishment!
Thank you, Erin! I was pleased with my time. Thinking of doing a full marathon in March in DC. You and your husband in? =)
Awesome time!! Way to go 🙂
Adam – I am still in AWE at your time!!!! I admit it, I’m pretty proud of myself too. I was so afraid I couldn’t do it. At almost 40, sedentary for the last 20 years (unless I was getting up from the couch to get some kind of fattening, sugary snack), overweight and out of shape – the mental headgame I played with myself was almost enough to make me stay home Thursday – without the encouragement of friends (including YOU big time) I sucked it up, showed up, and JUST DID IT. I thought it would take me 4 hrs + to complete the half – turns out it took right at 3 hrs and 40 minutes! Not within the “allowable” time frame – but there were still a good 100 or so folks I was ahead of, so my biggest fear of being the very last person to finish was never realized (SO Thankful!)
Rebecca did an awesome job – she finished right at 3 hours – I think that’s a pretty good first effort.
We are both excited to improve our times for our next half-marathon, the Berry Half at Berry College in Rome, GA this spring!!!
There was food after the race? I didn’t even notice – everything hurt and I just wanted to get back to the house! LOL I do agree that the race was almost all uphill – especially the 2nd half of the route. I expected a hill or two – but that was crazy!!!
So PROUD of you!