*Wow, all of my recent posts sound the same. Get injured/sick, run a marathon. Clearly I am not doing something right.*
Spoiler alert, it was a stress fracture. I am speculating it was due to ramping up my mileage from 10 to 13 to 20 in 3 weeks after my comeback from my achilles injury (which is perfect now btw).
Flight down went smooth. I tried to make an origami bird. It didn't go well. There may be reasons for that.
My buddy, Jim, from Minnesota picked me up and we went to his house (he recently moved back but still has a house in ATL). I got a nice rest and we woke up and went straight to the expo.
|so excited. Rocking some sweet facial hair.|
|Joe Fejes... professional ultra runner|
We also checked out Sweetwater brewery for a few samples.
And a few pics of the city on the way home.
|serious. yes, I planned for my shorts to match the ferris wheel|
Well, we got to the corral with 5 minutes to spare. Must be a new record for me. Gun went off and the hills started. And they NEVER stopped. The entire course was hills. Holy crap. Look at this elevation chart.
My gosh. Who would want to ever do something like this? I suppose there is a reason they draw less than 2000 marathoners.
Well, the first 20 miles of hills went well. I was definitely getting tired, but feeling good. It wasn't until mile 20 when I first felt the pain and I knew I was done. I was happy to have gotten 20 miles in, but very disappointed that I knew I had a serious injury. And so the 6.2 mile journey begins. Here are a few photos of me enjoying my walk as much as possible.
Haha! What a good time! Having a few brews and walking 6 miles couldn't possibly be more exciting, right?
Found Jim right away and he crushed it! We were together until mile 19 which was really fun!
|Sweet bling... worth it?|
|Post race beverage. Or post beverage beverage?|
|And off to Florida we go! Spring break 2014!|
Fans - scarce but very encouraging when they were there
Fans - providing me with beer and mimosas
Aid stations - so many food stations! Awesome! I like food!
Course marshals were great
Hilly course. So. Many. Hills. Seriously. Why?
Non-finisher shirt. Shirt wasn't even race specific. Boooo-urns!
Getting injured. That really sucked.
No massages at finish :(
Overall, I am glad to check Georgia of my 50 state checklist. Feel accomplished making it to the finish line.
As for right now, I am taking time off to heal my injury. I am cycling now, which should help me keep my cardio and fitness level where it's at or close. I'll update later on that. Pics of my bike are sure to come!