Date: March 20, 2016
Weather: Chilly (40s) with gusty wind
Course: (They should call it Hill-lanta)
Run Again?: Nope
Two things to keep in mind when reading this race review. First, this was my second marathon of the weekend, so it goes without saying that I didn’t have the freshest mindset (or legs,) at the start of this race. Second, I was ill-prepared for the hills of this race, and that is on me – not the race.
As you may remember from my Raccoon Mountain recap, this race was part marathon #2 in a back-to-back weekend of marathons. I have never attempted B2Bs before, and I’m a little embarrassed at how poorly I choose my first try at this. Both the Raccoon Mountain and Georgia Marathons have so many positive things to offer, but they are also two tough races with a number of challenges. A runner who was prepared for those challenges would likely have had a much different weekend than I did!
That said, the Publix Georgia Marathon has a beautiful course that winds its way from Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta through several Atlanta neighborhoods. It also takes you through Piedmont Park, Georgia Tech, and Centennial Park. The scenery is stunning. But I speak from experience when I say that it will be hard to appreciate all of that stunning scenery if you haven’t fully prepared for all of the HILLS.
It seemed like there was a new hill around every corner – this perspective was surely magnified by the fact that I had A) run a particularly tough marathon the day before and B) not fully prepared myself for the sheer number of hills in Atlanta.
The Publix Marathon is a well-organized race. But make no mistake, it is not for the faint of heart or for the ill-prepared.