Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
Start/Finish Line: Turner Field
I’ve always hated running. As a kid, instead of running away when I played tag, I would curl up into fetal position if anybody even came close to catching me. Then a couple of years ago, my brother joined cross country and introduced me to the best thing ever: pace running. It’s basically alternating walking and running – that way people who can barely run half a mile (me at the time) can actually work on building up the endurance to start running without stopping. I initially walked one minute and ran one minute until I couldn’t do it anymore. Then one day I ran two miles without stopping… It was so exhilarating! Pace running was genius!
I even signed up to train with a Jeff Galloway pace training group who was training around Atlanta to run a marathon in Florida. I wasn’t ready to do the marathon with them that same year, but I signed up for the next. In the middle of training, I signed up for the Atlanta Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon to see where I was at. I didn’t do too badly for my first time. I finished around two hours and 15 minutes.
Finishing that race was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. It was such a rush! It was also a great tour of Atlanta. The route went from Downtown all the way to Atlantic Station. Nothing compared to the feeling of being a part of something so big – within myself and with runners from all over the U.S. Getting that big ass medal at the finish line wasn’t all that bad either!