The Publix Georgia Half Marathon is a fun run on St. Patricks Day weekend that passes by Georgia Tech and through several area parks. The night before this race I connected with a very good friend and his wife for some pre-race cocktails and food. There is nothing like traveling across the country, not treating yourself right and then running 13 miles. This was my first visit to Hot-Lanta. Game on.
My buddy Jason and his family recently relocated to the Atlanta area for work. He and his wife Becki agreed to meet me at the W Hotel for a couple of drinks and to get caught up. As I recall, we decided to have more cocktails and then dinner on property. The dinner I ate was not my normal pre-race meal. Instead, I believe, I had a giant piece of red meat. It is never a good idea to eat red meat before a race let alone the cocktails. The next morning is going to be interesting. It is worth noting that Becki was also running this race the next morning, thanks for being a trooper Becki!
I vaguely remember walking to the race start in the morning, not feeling 100% for sure. The race was a complete blur. Perhaps as a result of the night before? Not sure. I know my flight home to Phoenix was at 11:30 a.m. so after the race I remember racing back to the hotel, taking a quick shower and then heading off to the airport. Great to see friends, great to knock off Georgia. Bye for now dirty south!