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Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
United States
Chattanooga Track Club
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Pre-race routine:

The parking lot closed at 6:45, so I woke up around 4:30 for the 90 minute drive up to the race. Picked up my race packet then caught a quick nap in the truck since it was freezing outside. Breakfast was a chicken biscuit with diet green tea on the drive up. Downed a 5-Hour Energy just before the race started.

A local War of Northern Aggression re-enactment group shot off a cannon to begin the race at 7:30. I'm sure that made the local residents happy.
Run
  • 2h 50m 26s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 01s  min/mile
Comments:

Planned on running the same 7/1 split I did at the 15K in September, with a goal of finishing in under three hours and enjoying the scenery. Speaking of which, this course blew Callaway Gardens away for a scenic venue. I absolutely loved running here. About a mile in, I fell in with a 2:45 pace group running a 4/1 split. They were pretty close to my pace anyway, so I figured I'd let them keep up with the clock. I made quick friends with Lynn and Beth, and we pulled ahead of the rest of the group by several hundred yards over the next couple of miles. Around mile 5, we quit trying to look back to see when to walk and began timing ourselves.

Around the seventh mile, Bonnie (the official pace setter) caught up with the three of us since the rest of the group had apparently fallen apart. The four of us stayed together until around mile ten when Lynn started falling back. Once she fell back, Bonnie, Beth and I picked up the pace about another 30 seconds/mile which proved to be a bad idea for me. Just short of the twelfth mile, Beth (fresh off her Chicago marathon) decided to skip the rest of the walk breaks and left Bonnie and me.

Somewhere in that twelfth mile, my lack of distance training and/or the increased pace caught up with me and I hit a wall. Up until that point, I hadn't really been looking for the next walk break. Suddenly, it couldn't come fast enough and seemed to be the fastest minute of the entire race. I made it through the next couple of four minute segments knowing we were almost done and crossed the finish line about 5 minutes off pace.
Post race
Warm down:

One of the race sponsors was Moon Pies. Good stuff. Also had a couple slices of spinach and cheese pizza. Hung around and cheered the marathoners as they came in.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Need to run more longer training runs. Since running a 15K in September, my longest run has been 5 miles, with most runs being just 3 or 4. It's time to get focused on nutrition and drop more of the weight I am carrying around the course.

Event comments:

This race was chosen by Runner's World as a must-do marathon a couple of years back and it lived up to my expectations. Great race on a beautiful course. I'd love to do this one again, but next year's race falls a week after IMFL so I doubt I'll be up for it. Maybe 2014.




Last updated: 2012-03-01 12:00 AM
Running
02:50:26 | 13.1 miles | 13m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Course: Run through the Chickamauga Battlefield Park in northwest Georgia just across the river from Chattanooga, TN. There were some good hills, but overall, the course was flatter than I expected given the surrounding terrain.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2012-11-11 11:21 PM

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2012-11-12 6:56 AM
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Subject: RE: Chickamauga Battlefield Half Marathon

What is this War of Northern Aggression thing you speak of?  I've never heard of it.  But is Chickamauga close to Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge?  You know, where Jonny Reb went a crying as Sherman used these victories and Chattanooga as the kickoff point for his march to the sea?

Congrats!  Awesome job!!  We may come down to Florida with y'all if this race isn't the same weekend next year.    Jarrett ran it last year and loved it. 

2012-11-12 1:23 PM
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Great job!!  Next time try a 6 hour energy to get you through that last mile!
2012-11-12 1:45 PM
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Good job, David! Sounds like a fun race!
2012-11-12 4:54 PM
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Congrats David - sounds like you had a very enjoyable race (mostly).
2012-11-13 6:38 AM
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Nice race David! Just remember, as you get faster you get to suffer for a shorter time, keep at it!


2012-11-13 8:43 AM
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Sounds like fun! Great job, David!
2012-11-13 8:56 AM
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Great job!  i may do the full marathon next year.  I did it 3 years ago as my first ever endurance race and it kicked me butt.  So much so that i swore i'd never run another marathon or anyother running races.  This race is actually the reason i got into triathlons...  someone told me it was easier?  now that the pain of that marathon is a distant memory, i want a rematch!  Congrats on a great race!
2012-11-13 10:07 AM
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Way to race David, it sounds like a good one to do. I like the Moonpie sponsor Wink
2012-11-15 7:57 PM
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Hey congrats!!  Sounds like you had a good time (well not that little itty bitty hitting the wall part)!
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