Callaway Gardens Half Marathon 2012

This past Sunday I completed the Callaway Gardens Half Marathon with two amazing friends by my side.

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This race was my 8th Half Marathon and the 2nd of 4 in a streak of races I have planned for the next couple of months.

Saturday morning I met a few of my friends for an early run and breakfast before heading to Pine Mountain, Georgia for the race festivities. The drive took about 2 hours but went by really fast once I changed drivers. 😉

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Well … it did go by really fast until we actually got to Callaway Gardens and couldn’t find our hotel. It wasn’t the hotel’s fault, it never moved an inch. But we did get a sneak peak of the race course while we drove around in circles for an hour.

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Can’t complain about the view though.

Saturday night after packet pickup and checking in to our hotel rooms, The Crew got together for pre-dinner drinks before a nice night out at Carriage and Horses Restaurant.

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The food was .. eh. And the entertainment was … interesting, but some fantastic memories were made.

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Sunday morning before the race we all got together for a quick photo op before the race started.

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Because I have so many races I’m doing in a short period of time, my only goal for this race was to have a freaking blast! That and not to aggravate my achy leg that has been tender since the Louisiana Half. Barbara has been nursing a knee injury and wasn’t looking to break any records with this race either. Duane also had no specific agenda other than to have fun. We all teamed up to run the race together side by side.

And that’s just what we did …

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The course itself was absolutely beautiful, but HILLY. The downhills certainly made up for the uphills, but it was a challenging course for sure. Some of the details could have been managed more efficiently, such as the water stations which were mostly unmanned tables in odd locations. Overall though, the good outweighed the not so good.

Barbara and I both placed in our age divisions: her 1st and me 2nd.

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Janie PR’d with a time of 1:40:48 and took 1st in her AD and 3rd overall female!

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Next up …

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Bring it!

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Callaway Gardens Half Marathon 2012

  1. I was drawn to this post because I used to live in Atlanta and remember going to Callaway Gardens with my family for biking. In one trip, my brother, who was a toddler at the time, got spooked by a butterfly and stumbled into a pond. It’s one of those family stories that never gets old.

    Congratulations on a great time! And I noticed that you’re hitting up the Mercedes Half — so am I! I’m aiming for a fast time, so we’ll see. Good luck!

  2. Great job. You have inspired me and my wife so much this year. We are doing the Mercedes Relay with some friends and I am doing my first Half Marathon. Hope to see you there.

  3. I always get so motivated by your race recaps – keep em’ coming!

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