Hotlanta Half Marathon- the 3 H’s of ATL

Any normal medicine resident would enjoy a weekend off and sleep in, do absolutely nothing and chill out.  I take runcations in order to cross off states from my 1/2 Marathon list.  This past weekend I headed to ATL for the Hotlanta Half Marathon to knock out Georgia.

I left Friday afternoon from Akron (direct and cheaper flights than CLE).  I got in early and made my to my hotel.  I checked into my hotel and got comfortable.  It would be probably the only good day at my hotel.  I wondered around and found some Latin food for dinner and tortured a friend of mine who was working nights at the hospital.

Saturday morning I woke up and did a light work out in the hotel gym with the dysfunctional treadmill.  After a quick workout, I went to shower and found the bathroom ceiling leaking water.  Yay me!  When I went for breakfast, I got cereal and some milk and as I went to eat.  However, the milk was spoiled.  So nasty.  I gave up on food and headed to pick up my packet from the running store.  I visited some sites around ATL, got some dinner and headed off to bed, but was truly an insomniac for half the night.

Sunday, I woke up around 6:45 and headed to the start about 1/2 a mile from my hotel at the Underground.  We were off and running promptly at 730 and it was already hot and humid.  It wasn’t much longer before I was introduced to the hills of Atlanta.  Note, I hate, hate, hate hills.  We were taken around the baseball stadium, through some neighborhoods and taken onto a bike path.  I was glad we had a few miles of flatness during miles 3-6.  We got off the path and then were introduced to some more hills.  So painful, especially going into miles 8-9.  When it’s in the 70s-80s and humid, you’re just trying to finish.  I turned off my garamin towards the end because I was just trying to finish and the course was coming up short on my garmin (by a good 1/3 mile).

Overall, there was water every mile, which was so needed this race.  It would have been nice if the start time was moved up half an hour or so.  I get it’s an inaugural race, but there wasn’t a whole lot of crowd support.  Additionally, there were mile markers, but no clocks telling you the time.  Swag had a good amount of flyers in it and some good freebies.  If you’re not a hills fan, wouldn’t recommend ATL in general just because they’re notorious for them…overall- kind of undecided about this race.


About drrunner
8 time marathoner, 65 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. BibRave Pro, Doctor and a mix of insanity

One Response to Hotlanta Half Marathon- the 3 H’s of ATL

  1. Oy, tough race because of the weather.

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