First things first, yesterday while I was professing my love for fruits and veggies from my CSA, I forgot to mention it was my Dad's 75th birthday. Happy birthday Dad!
Is it just me or do races have a way of sneaking up on everyone? You are blindly following your training plan when one day you look ahead to the next month and realize that your race is only 3 weeks away. Gulp.
The Georgia Marathon, formerly know as the ING (if Prince can change his name so can this race…), holds a special place in my heart. It was my first half marathon in what seems like ages ago but was only 2008. I still remember the excitement of running down the chute to the finish line, hyperventilating with excitement and choking back tears of pride. Going to the expo I felt “half” as good somehow, like the little sister to the rock star marathon. On race day, as the half marathon runners split from the full marathon runners on what is essentially a tour of Atlanta on foot I knew I wanted to run the full at some point. March 20th is that day.
March 20th will mark marathon number FIVE! Amazing only because marathon one was such a painful experience I can’t believe I convinced myself to run another one. I have my last long run this weekend and then I will be in taper mode. Admittedly, my training was a little disjointed as I had the Goofy Challenge in the middle of the training plan. In the end, it probably helps that I have that base coming into training. Mentally, I think I used it as a crutch and probably took off a little longer than I should have before ramping up for this race. I’ll let you know how that plan worked on race day. LOL.
With the name change, the Georgia Marathon is now sponsored by Publix instead of ING. They have made a couple of fun changes to the race one of which involves cupcakes at the finish line. What is not to love? They also have created a VIP area. For an additional fee of $75 you receive reserved parking, private restrooms, private gear check, pre and post race buffets and free post race massages. It reminds me a lot of the Disney Race Retreat only a little cheaper. I probably won’t do it this year since I am in a budget lockdown but love the idea of it.
Lastly, just in case I am leading the race I will be making sure that I follow the race course and not the lead motorcycle like the leader did last year. The motorcycle made a wrong turn causing the leader to miss an out and back leg which led to his disqualification. Not the first time that has happened in a race. Can you imagine how badly that motorcycle driver must have felt? Note to self, carry a race map.