Sunday, March 17, 2013

Race 33 Georgia Half Marathon

My daughter Jen and I spent St. Paddy's Day morning making our away around downtown Atlanta for the Georgia Half Marathon.  This, being our 2nd year in a row to do this, are old pros now with getting up at a crazy 4:00 AM to get down to the 5:15 Marta train to take us downtown.  We arrived at Centennial Olympic Park with plenty of time to cycle through the porta-potties and even grab a free cup of coffee.  

Free cup of coffee really does taste better!
The weather was perfect for the race at 52 degrees at the start.  We walked around a bit, weaving in and out of the 10,000 or so participants and made our way to our starting corral.

Jen & me waiting for the start
We were about a quarter of mile back from the the actual starting line, think it was just over 12 minutes to get to start:

Back of the pack at the start
We were off.

For this race, my plan was to not run at all, I wanted to walk the entire course.  With the recent knee issues, I wanted to see see if I could do the entire half marathon without having any knee pain by not running.  Even though Jen usually runs these type races, for this race she decided hang with me.

One of the best views on this course is around mile 4, a great view of the Atlanta skyline:

Atlanta skyline just after sunrise

A few miles later, made our way through Little Five Points (if you are ever there and looking to grab a burger, this is your place!).

The Vortex - Little Five Points

One of the funny things  about the race was around mile 12, I was tired, I was spent.  I think the energy needed at that point to move forward takes away from the energy going to the brain.  As I approached a water/Gatorade station on the course I see a sign (race logo official sign) and it has the following on it "M&M".  For the life of me I could not figure out what M&M stood for - really!  So I took a cup (thinking it was Gatorade) from a volunteer as I made my through the station.   I think to myself, this cup is really light, did they forget to put Gatorade in it?  And what are these little round things in the bottom of the cup?   

M&Ms!!!    smiley: smile  Is this what they call "distance walker brain"?

They did hit the spot though - very thankful they had an M&M station.

The walking worked pretty good for me and the best part, no knee pain!   I finished with a time of 2:52, it came out to be 13:06  minutes/mile.  I am just glad I can still do these races without the knee pain!  And, as usual, all finishers receive a medal, it was unique because of the day.

Georgia Half Marathon Finisher Medal

Monday, March 11, 2013

Georgia Marathon/Half Marathon How Many?

How many people sign up for these races?

Just out of curiosity for the upcoming Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon, I looked up the numbers over the last six years, full marathon vs. half marathon:


It's a huge difference.  A lot more participants select the half marathon, consistently.

Any way you look at, that is a lot of people at the starting line!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Songs from the 1920s

On my walks I usually listen to music.  A lot of the music I listen to is from the 60s & 70s.  It's feel good music, to me and it brings back a lot of great memories.  However, I needed to change it up a bit, needed to add some new tunes, do something different.  The idea I came up for 2013 was to go through the 20th century, decade by decade, and select popular tunes/songs to add to my iPod for that month.

For March, the decade was the 1920s.  I was blown away with the all the incredible music from the 20s!  What I found interesting, I've heard many of these songs before either in movies, TV shows, or even commercials (United Airlines - Rhapsody in Blue). But the one song that hit me the most was "Tip Toe Thru’ The Tulips With Me".  Growing up in the 1960s, everyone knew that this was Tiny Tim's song - well it was actually performed by Nick Lucas in 1929 a long time before Tiny Tim!

For March, I selected these songs from the 1920s:

California, Here I Come 1924
My Blue Heaven 1927
Ain’t She Sweet  1927
Ol’ Man River 1928
Charleston 1924
Tip Toe Thru’ The Tulips With Me  1929 
When You’re Smiling  1929
I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover  1927 
Rhapsody in Blue  1924 
Bolero 1928  

Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin

Tip Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me, Nick Lucas

Bolero, Ravel

Ain't She Sweet

It was different on the walk this morning, trekking through the woods to Bolero.  It almost felt like it was a movie, if you think about it, they always have some type of music in scenes like that.  

There are so many more songs I want to get from the 20s.   I think after I get through the 20th century, I'll back track to the decades I was intrigued by the most and explore deeper, so far the 1920s are first in line.