Hi divas. It’s finally Friday which means it’s time for Five Things Friday here at Divas Run for Bling. This week, I will be reviewing the Publix GA Half Marathon which I ran this past Sunday. Also, be sure to check out my recap of the race expo.
Overall, it was a great race. I did finish the race this time which I was so thrilled about after the debacle that was my previous half marathon attempt. I was slow (3:42:41), but I was very happy to cross the finish line and earn my bling. So here are 5 Things I learned this week at the Publix Half Marathon.
- I love large races. This race had about 13,000 or so runners in the three distances (5K, Half, Full). Even with all those participants, the race was super organized and efficient – except for the corrals. We were placed into the corrals, but there was really no one there enforcing them. Which worked to my advantage because once the race started and the corrals started to move, I was able to move up and buy myself some time. I also loved that there was water/powerade every 2 miles along with porta potties and medical personnel. I was never alone and always had others to pace myself with which helped keep me moving along.
- Scenery makes a race more enjoyable. The best thing about this race was the scenery. We started and finished in Centennial Olympic park in downtown Atlanta. Along the way, I ran by the Martin Luther King Historical site, the Carter Library, Little 5 Points, midtown, GA Tech and Bobby Dodd stadium and several other sites along the way. The only downfall to this race was the hills. And there were several doozies.
- The run/walk method allows for more photos. I use the run/walk method of running, though I don’t always run my run portion. What tends to happen is that I had a TON of photos – some good, some rather amusing. But my husband ran the full and only had half the number I did.
- I will never be a fast half marathoner. And that is perfectly fine with me. While I do want to get to the point where I can run one in less than 3 hours, I am just not there yet. The hills in this race slowed me down quite a bit. But I am happy with where I am and the fact that I finish this distance is an accomplishment in itself.
- Crossing the finish line is the best feeling in the world. It was so cool running the last 1/4 mile back into Centennial Olympic Park with the crowd cheering me on. Then crossing the finish line and receiving my medal was just icing on the cake. Around mile 8, I began asking myself why I do this. After I crossed the line, I figured out that the feeling of accomplishment (and the bling) was the answer.
I love to hear from my readers! What lessons have you learned at a race?