This is part of a series from my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states. 

For my half marathon in Georgia, I really wanted to run the one on Tybee Island.  However, the year I was planning on running it, there was talk of cancelling it so to be on the safe side I found another half in Snellville, Georgia around the same time (February) and thought that would be fine.  I was very wrong indeed.

From my post-race notes:

"Ran along Ronald Reagan expressway for entire course (very boring, not scenic at all). Hillier than expected.  Chilly and rainy.  Not one of the best races I've ran.  Had great kids play area at start/finish area, but was too rainy and cold for the kids to even enjoy them. My finish time was 1:59:49."

My word of advice:  think twice about running a race that's entirely on an expressway.  For much of the race, all I could see was the highway and trees along the sides and nothing else.  At least in my experience, highways aren't the most scenic of places.  Even worse, your sense of direction is thrown off because all you see is miles upon miles of highway with no houses or anything to break up the distances so it's really difficult to judge how far you've gone or how far you have left.  This was a race that I was happy to just finish.  After I was done running, we couldn't get out of there fast enough.  We did have a fun time in Atlanta, which was close-by so I'm glad we could at least enjoy the sights there.

Published by Donna Stefanick