Georgia Publix Half Marathon–The Good, The Ugly and the Unmentionables

Yesterday, I crossed another goal off of “my list” by finishing the Georgia Publix Half Marathon here in Atlanta, GA. I signed up for this race back in the Fall and I was super excited to register because I had heard so many great things about this event mainly the food post race.   I got up extra early 4:30am and meet some members of my local running group at the West End Marta Station and we were off. Unlike my first half marathon, I was not scared of HOW I would do (I knew I would finish) but I was more nervous if I could get under my time goal (2:45).  Upon making it to Centennial Park in Downtown Atlanta, I was pleasantly suprised to see so many people I knew. I even saw a coworker who was doing the Full Marathon! I quickly did my pre-race rituals (use the rest room,stretch, listen to music and just meditate) and I was ready to hit the course.

Look at all of us..

  Despite me being in Corral L, the start of the race started pretty quickly…(((gulp))) but   could I do it? Well I did finish the race but  not in the time I wanted. Around mile 7/8 (right out of Little  5 Points, I noticed one of my good running buddies, Mommyof2, struggling to breath. I became worried about her and walked/jogged  with her the next 3 miles.  Then right when I was assured that she was okay,I began to run but I had to stop. I began to feel a nagging foot pain on my right shoe. I stopped, stretched, hydrated but nothing could help it. I was still with the 2:45 group, but right when we started to pass Piedmont Park the HEAT started to beat down on me. I started walking more than running and needless to say I ended the race behind the 3:15 race.  Now I’ve ran races in the heat before, but I was not ready to run in 75- 80 degree weather in March! Needless to say, I struggled to finish the last 3 miles..really struggled. Now before I go on and on, let me give you some more details.



  • The course went through some of the prettiest neighborhoods in Atlanta. We ran through Downtown Atlanta, the Old 4th Ward, Little 5 Points, Inman Park, Midtown. Simply this was a beautiful course.

mile 4 I believe

  • There were TONS of supporters on the route in particular, members of Black Girls Run and No Woman Left Behind, lined the streets to yell motivational things to us runners. I even saw a supporter with a sign that read, “What Hill!?!?!” as we were attempting to conquer one HUGE hill.. LOL
  • The miles seemed to go quick–enough. Every time I looked up there was another hydration station and one more mile I had completed.
  • The pre/post race festivities were so well planned out and FUN. There were these cute food bags that the runners were given and there seemed to be EVERY type of vendor at the park that morning.  There were a TON of volunteers  on the course and they were so nice to a delirious runner (like myself).
  • At the end of the race, my sorority sisters were YELLING for me and that made me feel good (especially since my husband was stuck in traffic trying to find me).
  • BGR before the race..

  • All winter I had trained (well half trained but I’ll get to that later) in the cold. Not Alaska cold but cold enough to be cold. (Do you get it yet?) So the week prior to the Half marathon I noticed that the temperatures were seasonably OUT of character. Every day hit 80 degrees! On the morning of the race it was a cool 65-70 degrees until about 9am..then ALL HELL broke loose! Towards the last 3 miles I thought it was August by how hot it had became.
  • My time sucked. I actually increased my time from my Half Marathon in 20 minutes almost! Was I surprised? No..all winter I had half heartily trained. I took weeks off or sometimes did not run but twice a week. Here’s the point..if I want to do better I have to dedicate myself to the process.
  • The hills of Atlanta SUCKED. No, really they did… there were some points in the race where I was like, “really another hill!?!?!?” This shows me that I am going to have to find a hill training close to my house so that I can get my body acclimated to that torture.
The Unmentionables
  • After the race, my body wasn’t TOO sore but my darn feet were BARKING. I literally took off my shoes and behold the toe where the toe nail had feel off was hurting AGAIN despite me getting new running shoes. I think I stumped it when I took my shoes off in the park.
  • I learned the importance of slathering my body in Body Glide. After the race I jumped in the shower and ALMOST JUMPED BACK out due to the apparent friction on “certain” parts of my body. Note to self: slather myself down in all of my nooks and crevices.
  • My time.. Yeah I’m still talking about it because I know I could did better. I have got to find a way to mentally break through.
  • I think I’m done with my bulky hydration belt. I felt like I was carrying a small child around my waist the entire race. Note to self:  Sell it ASAP.
  • I was forced to use a Port-A-Potty before the race and I almost vomited in my mouth. So I did what any responsible citizen would do..I saw a hotel on the other side of the park and went to bathroom. I was treated to a nice, clean 4 star hotel with nice soap, toilets,etc.  Note to self: Always find a hotel nearby to use the restroom on race day, otherwise I’d rather hold it the entire race. Yes, it is that serious.
In the end I finished with an official time of 3:28.35. I could of did it in 2:45..I was with them until around mile 8…Guess what, I did finish but  this has reinforced the saying, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” Enjoy some more  pictures…

Here I was after race..I took off my shoes and relaxed..

Me walking back to the car..I felt like passing out..

I was soooo tired...

I was trying to stand up straight..


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Here I am 35 and accidentally a mother of four, naturalista, wife, business woman, budding socialite and self proclaimed “runnergirl”. Follow me on my journey of living the fab life while trying to maintain my sanity. In 2010 I lost over 30 pounds by embracing exercise and running as a pastime. This is your place for everything it takes to be a BossyGirl .

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About BossyGirl1980

Here I am 35 and accidentally a mother of four, naturalista, wife, business woman, budding socialite and self proclaimed "runnergirl". Follow me on my journey of living the fab life while trying to maintain my sanity. In 2010 I lost over 30 pounds by embracing exercise and running as a pastime. This is your place for everything it takes to be a BossyGirl .
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16 Responses to Georgia Publix Half Marathon–The Good, The Ugly and the Unmentionables

  1. kita says:

    The most important thing is you did it. So proud of you and the hills are a torture I have some in my subdivision and sometimes I will turn around before I get to the hill because it's so hard but once you cross over coming back down the hill is easy.

  2. Nikki Edney says:

    Great Job! I have a couple of questions.
    1) what type of speed work do you do during your training
    2) how long are your long runs?

    Definitely incorporate hill training into your schedule. That will make a HUGE difference!

    • Hey Nikki…I DO NO SPEED WORK OR HILL TRAINING…Yes, I know..(((slaps my hand)))..I really should do it ??Tell me! My runs are long but truthfully I may only do a long run once every 2 weeks..due to my schedule or no sitter..

      • Nikki Edney says:

        I just read on your fb page that you are training for your next one in 8 weeks. You want to incorporate speed work into your training very slowly. I would just starting out by doing some accelerations after a few of your easy runs (75-100 meters). After you have done this for a couple of weeks try a one of these sample workouts each week:
        Also, can you send me your email address to

        *4-6X 800 meter repeats with 3 minute recovery after each one
        * 8X 400 meter repeats with 2 minute recovery after each one
        * 3-5 1 mile repeats with 2-5 minute recovery (keep the recovery consistent…if you choose a 3 minute recovery, then stick to 3 minutes)

        1) what is your fastest 5K time?
        2) what is your goal time for your next half?
        3) what day do you do your long runs?
        4) how many miles do you do each week

        *the answer to these questions will help me to determine the times you should hit for each workout

        Here is a sample schedule:
        Monday: rest day (if your long run is on a Sunday)
        Tuesday: speed work or hill training (total of 4-6 miles)
        Wednesday: 5-7 miles (slow pace….use this a recovery run from Tuesday's speed work
        Thursday: 5-7 mile tempo run
        Friday: 4 miles easy (or rest)
        Saturday: rest up for Sunday's long run

        • WOW.. I am sending you an email in a minute.. My fastest 5k time is 36 minutes.. My goal is 2:45..My long runs are on Saturday Ideally I do about 20-25 a week.. I AM READY!!!!! WOOHOO!!! THANK YOU!!!

  3. Tracie Jackson says:

    You did great, Fran! I loved reading about your experience… I'm writing mine & will share it with you when I'm done. Congratulations!!

  4. Rosesdaughter says:

    Yay for you!!!

  5. Mimi says:

    You finished and that is all that matters. I have been slacking horribly but I am about to get back on it. I don't think I am going to register for the PRR this year but I am going to do a few small races and work up to a big one toward the end of the year.

  6. K. Rock says:

    Good job!! I know that weather took a few by surprise. but no matter the time you have that 2nd half marathon on the books. Congratulations!
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