When what has been unofficially titled #KneeGate2016 happened at Disneyland, I wasn't sure what this meant for me running the Craft Classic. I was signed up for the half marathon, but I could switch to the 5K if needed. With a time limit of 3:30, I knew I could walk the half and be fine time wise - it was just a matter of how my knee felt. After a good bit of self-treatment via ice and rest the past week, my knee was feeling pretty good. As I went to bed on Friday, I went with the mentality that I was good to go for the half marathon and just power-walk (and perhaps run if I was feeling ok).
Most people were all like "yay, the Beltline" and I was over here like "grumble". Fact: I don't read maps well, so I didn't know exactly what part of the Beltline we would be running on. When I realized what part we were running, I got nervous.
The Beltline is a great paved path that allows for people to enjoy the beauty of Atlanta and explore it by foot or bike. There are a number of shops, restaurants, fitness studios, and residential areas lining the area. With that said, on a Saturday morning this area can get pretty congested with runners, cyclists, those heading to brunch, etc. Mix all that with a half marathon and it could get interesting. Since I kept getting mixed in with those using the Beltline for other reasons, it messed with my head a bit if I was still on course since I couldn't sight runners ahead of me. I had to dodge a few groups of people out for a Saturday morning stroll, but I just announced myself and passed them (no biggie).
#TeamBoyd was out volunteering this morning and had the honor of handing out the medals. I had no clue that they were doing this, so I was super excited to have familiar faces at the finish line. I took my official finisher photo and made my way to go meet up with my friends and cheer on our other friends coming in.
To learn more about the Craft Classic 5K and 1/2 Marathon go to www.craftclassic.com.