Publix GA Half Marathon, ATL

6 Apr

The Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013

The second of my 3 half marathons in one month, this one was VERY last minute.

I found out i was doing this race about 8 days before the actual race. Now mind you, Atlanta is 4 hours away, and i needed a place to stay, on the cheap…I do this for fun, not to go broke. So good ole’ MRTT to the rescue!! I posted in the group of a bazillion ladies asking if anyone had an extra spot for a crasher (me). Only took about 30 minutes and i was all set up in a hotel with my fellow MRTT mama, Kim and her sister Brooke. I offered to drive and pay for gas, it was the lease i could do.

We left for ATL on Saturday morning so we could get to the expo and kind of relax and check out ATL for the short time we were there. Of course we hit traffic about 30 min out, and it held us back about an hour. At which point my knee started to ache. I have no clue why or how, but my knee became swollen!! Out of no where, i had this huge knee, and it didn’t hurt, but i was nervous because i needed to run 13 miles on it the next day, with HILLS.  Every chance i had, i iced it while we were at the hotel, and just tried to not over do it. We walked about 6 blocks from the hotel to the expo, where they were giving out Biscoff by the case! THE CASE. Never even heard of this stuff before the hot chocolate run just 2 months before…now i have 16 bottles of it in my pantry….I figured if all else fails me, and my knee doesn’t work for this race tomorrow, i have enough Biscoff to keep the tears back.

Race morning was FUN. We had a meetup spot for pictures with all the MRTT members that were doing the race…we had a lot, maybe about 40 that were able to make it to the picture set up at the start. Then we were off to find our corrals. Kim was doing her VERY FIRST FULL Marathon today!! She was a nervous wreck all the way up to the second i saw her off when i jumped into my corral. I wished her well and i was on my way.

All the MRTT group!!

All the MRTT group!!

The race started without me even knowing it!! it was just a steady stream of people moving forward, then all of a sudden i was going over the timing strip!! RUN, lol, i wasn’t ready, i thought i still had a ways to go. But i started my Garmin, got my music going and took off. The hills didn’t bother me, my knee didn’t bother me. I started off super slow, just taking my time and taking it all in, then realized i didn’t need to take my time. My knee was ok, i just needed to go and see how well i could do on these “massive” hills….i say massive…Just wait until my next blog entry about the Lexington, KY Run the Bluegrass….OMG. Anyways, i was fine, the hills were a piece of cake and i was on fire!! The course was really pretty at some parts. The perfect time of year where the trees were blooming, beautiful white flowers..they were like a tunnel going over the road, and the sun was rising at that point…..of course i didn’t get a picture of that. Drinks and energy every 2 miles. I love that. I consider those spots to be  my walk breaks, The Palmetto Bluff was the same way. Every single  2 miles, i got a little walk in to lower my heart rate and gear back up for the next 2 miles. They even had M&M’s at mile 8 i think….YUM. That was a first for me.

I crossed that finish line at 2:20:26. I say that for the hills included, (which didn’t bother me) my knee issue (which didn’t bother me) and the fact that i started out pretty slow, thinking i needed to…i got a great time!! I am not at all disappointed in that number. Hell, i’m never disappointed in any number i put out there!! i just enjoy doing it!!

My new Bling!!

My new Bling!!

Once we finished MRTT had a tent set up with food and masseuse!!! Brooke and I decided we were going to go back to the hotel and get a shower in while we waited for Kim to finish up her full marathon. We knew we had time to get there and back in time to see her finish. While Brooke was in the shower, the phone rang, when i answered it was the EMT on the other line saying that they had Kim in the back of the ambulance and they were taking her to the hospital. Freak out time…..at this point we now had to pack up everything and get out of the hotel by a certain hour, which meant we needed to get all of our stuff out and my car out of vallet. It took me a good hour or so to find this stupid hospital. Apparently there is a school with the name Emory, a children’s hospital with the name Emory, lots of little shops and food joints with the name Emory, and THEN there is a regular person hospital with the name Emory…OMG….i literally was crying because when i get annoyed and stressed that is what i do. 3 parking garages later, i FINALLY find the hospital that she was staying in….Then i get there and wait. lol, she had to have fluids and stuff. Apparently she got to mile 15 and felt her knee crack, then started to feel faint, and sat down. She passed out and that was when the ambulance came and escorted her right off that course and into the hospital that i couldn’t find. She got discharged and we were on our way home around 4:30pm. Good thing i offered to drive. Kim was passed out the entire 4 hour trip back home. After other doctor appointments, turns out she had a torn MCL and a Tibial Fracture. She is on the road to recovery!! I hope she gets to finish up a full one day, but for now, she needs to just rest.

And that was my Super exciting last minute trip up to the ATL to run in the Publix GA half marathon. The race was actually one i REALLY wanted to do, but didn’t want to spend the money on, it just managed to fall into my hands, on my 30th birthday. Great birthday present indeed!! Thank you Olivia!!

Enjoy the pictures!!

Elevation Gain and time

Elevation Gain and time

All the MRTT group!!

All the MRTT group!!

Brooke and I after

Brooke and I after20130317_100605

well my knee, you can kinda see the swollen right leg.
well my knee, you can kinda see the swollen right leg.

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Centennial Park after party

Centennial Park after party

My Biscoff!!

My Biscoff!!

Icing the knee

Icing the knee

Flat mama, i didn't end up wearing that shirt....

Flat mama, i didn’t end up wearing that shirt….

View from the Hilton

View from the Hilton

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Crammed race morning

Crammed race morning

A view of the course

A view of the course

Picture with the sign

Picture with the sign

Corrals

Corrals

Getting ready for race day

Getting ready for race day

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