“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes

Quote sums up my 5th FULL:

  • first marathon in USA Eastern Time Zone (never adjusted to the 2 hour time difference)
  • last marathon in the South for several months (temps are already heating up in Dixie)

Race Highlights:

  • the Omni Hotel (marathon started at CNN Center – super convenient)
  • Martin Luther King Nat’l Historic Site (mile 4)
  • the Carter Center (mile 6)
  • Emory University (mile 16) – super positive student volunteers
  • Georgia Tech (mile 24) – universities are always mighty scenic, runner eye candy


Paced well for 14 miles – up and down, up and down, one hill after another.

At mile 16, I grabbed water.  At mile 17, I started walking up the highest hills.  At mile 23, my quads ceased – too many hills, serious lactic acid buildup, began walking.  Pulled it together & produced a slow crawl for the final mile thru Atlanta’s downtown.

Not a fine moment but I finished.  Tough day – my 2nd worst time to date.


1575     K R Haga     Louisville    CO        4:45:14


4 weeks ‘til my April marathon in Salt Lake.  Only 2 days after Atlanta I biked 17 miles (indoors), followed by a 1000 yard swim.  Wednesday 545am, I biked another 17 miles & on Thursday (only 4 days after the Georgia Marathon) I ran 10 miles.

Already solved my calorie count in March (now eating 5 small meals a day).  In April, I start outdoor cycling AND train for marathon #6 (my first in altitude).  Colorado winter almost over, time to fully commit.  No more excuses.


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2 Responses to Georgia Marathon

  • Donna says:

    Hi Keenan,

    Great job well done!!!! My corroded knee hurts just thinking of it. I am happy for you that you are able to do all of the things you love. Keep up the good work! Good luck in your future runs and all other endeavors.

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