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It’s official! I survived the Atlanta Half Marathon, my first run of that length, finishing in a little over two and half hours. My sister finished just a few minutes after I did, and we ran together for most of the race, which was a lot of fun. The run itself was much more difficult than it had to be because I somehow managed to forget my running shoes, leaving them back in Fayetteville, which meant that I had to break in a new pair of running shoes during the race. In addition to that, it was raining for much of the race (the first time it had rained in about a month in Atlanta), which meant that my shoes weighed about two pounds heavier than they normally would, making conditions even more difficult than they had to be (even the winners were about 5 minutes behind their best times), so now I really want to try another half marathon to see how much I can improve my time.

Other impressions: The so-called Cardiac Hill, in front of Piedmont Hospital, about nine miles into the half marathon was entirely harmless. The hills I prepared on in Fayetteville were much more difficult. The cheering from rain-soaked spectators and volunteers was actually surprisingly encouraging, especially somewhere around mile 12 in front of the Rialto Theater on Georgia State’s campus. High-fiving a guy in a turkey costume was priceless.

Oh, and here is a short video of me full of pre-race bravado taken on my sister’s camera phone (my very first YouTube video). If you look carefully, you can see the bright lights of a Waffle House in the background.  Hoping to have a few more pictures later on.

10 Comments »

  1. Chris Said,

    November 23, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    Congrats, Chuck — thanks for the report and the video. Good job!

  2. Chuck Said,

    November 24, 2007 @ 11:12 am

    Thanks, Chris. I’m glad I did it and definitely ready to run another one.

  3. Jason Said,

    November 25, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    Congrats Chuck!

  4. Other Jason Said,

    November 25, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    Impressive! Kudos, Chuck!

  5. G Said,

    November 25, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    Who rocks the house? Chuck rocks the house!

  6. Chuck Said,

    November 25, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

    Thanks, y’all.

  7. Dave Said,

    November 28, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

    Congratulations, Chuck. Finish lines are awfully nice, aren’t they? New and wet shoes = terrible blisters? If not, count yourself blessed!

  8. Chuck Said,

    November 28, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    Luckily no blisters at all. I was able to find shoes almost identical the ones I normally wear, so the shoes were definitely hard, but my feet weathered the race rather well.

  9. The Chutry Experiment » Yet Another Birthday Post Said,

    December 8, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

    [...] And, as always, my experiences in the classroom have been very rewarding. Finally, I even ran in my first half marathon a few weeks ago, which was a lot of fun (a full marathon may be in my future [...]

  10. The Chutry Experiment » 2:04:12 Said,

    November 9, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

    [...] my second ever half marathon this weekend on the Outer Banks, I shattered my previous best time in last year’s Atlanta Half Marathon by over forty minutes.  I’ll admit that I’m ecstatic (and a little surprised) at the [...]

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