The Georgia marathon was a ton of fun. I got to go with two runner friends, Nicole, this was her first marathon, and Kelcey, who had just run the weekend before at the Shamrock marathon, and then there was me of course with my bum tendon. We were not really sure how the marathon would go but we all figured we get to the finish line at some point.
On Saturday afternoon we struck out from Columbus and made our way to Atlanta and went directly to the expo. The expo was a decent size. Bigger than the Birmingham expo, a lot smaller that the Chicago one sooo maybe average size. After picking up our numbers we wandered around to see what goods we could find and free samples to try. We spent about an hour and a half there, probably the perfect amount of time. Afterwards we checked into our hotel, the Quality Inn whose quality was questionable (no air conditioner, elevator was scary) but was on the cheaper side and the only available option by the time I booked and it ended up only being about two blocks from the start and finish and perhaps most importantly within walking distance of dinner.
Overall I really enjoyed this race. Beautiful course, almost perfect weather, great running friends to share it with. While I really enjoyed training hard and going for a PR at Albany and having Buddy to run with there, it was nice to just go out and run and not really worry about my pace or if I was lingering too long at the aid station giving away Oreos (give me all your cookies and no one gets hurt).
Oh yeah I finished in 5:11: 36...not bad for someone who did spend quite a bit of time at both the jelly bean station and Oreo station.
Thanks to Nicole and Kelcey for being the best runner friends a gal could ask for. I will run a race with you ladies any day!!!