It’s funny to write out the entire name. In Atlanta, it’s just “the Peachtree.” This was a race I knew would be on my calendar a year ago after I ran it for the first time. I am a member of the Atlanta Track Club so I had early entry into the race to guarantee my number. This year I would be running with 59,999 of my closest friends.
Last year I dressed up with my friend Ryan and we ran the race together. It was only a week after my first marathon and I had no goal-it was supposed to be more of a recovery run. This year my life was straight up chaos from the move and I hadn’t had time to come up with a costume much less think about the race and my plan.
I decided Sunday morning that I was just going to run my race. I wasn’t going to dress up, I wasn’t going to run with anyone, I just wanted to run for me. I wanted to push myself and see if I could PR. I knew it would be tough with the heat and the crowd but I figured, why not. I wanted to see if RLRF was helping.
I waited until late on Sunday afternoon to pick up my race packet (not like me at all-usually early and all planned out). I have gotten to the point with some race expos that I have “seen it all” and that was the case with this one. It was insanely crowded and the aisles were very narrow. I grabbed my bib, said hey to my TNT peeps at the booth and left.
I had a nice relaxing night out with dinner and a movie and did my best to go to bed early on Sunday-I knew I would be getting up before 6 because the ATL track club was telling everyone to allot an hour before the race to get there. OUCH.
Well, I learned early that morning that Atlanta is a ghost town on July 4th. I was dropped off near the start and it literally took 8 minutes to get there from my house. I still had an entire hour until the actual start. I walked up towards the mall area (where the start was) and found my corral and headed to do a warmup run and some stretches. Before long it was time for the National Anthem and the fly over. So cool.
I was REALLY happy with the results. To finish as the 705 woman out of over 25,000…pretty cool.
The Atlanta Track Club really does an amazing job with the race. The finish area was so organized! First stop (after water) to get the coveted shirt…which I ended up hating for the second year in row. So ugly. Who in the hell votes on this (we can vote out of 5 shirts for the winner and it is “announced” when you get the shirt at the finish)???
Then the picture taking and food and meeting my friends. I realized after finishing my water that I still wasn’t sweating and I was dehydrated. Luckily I found my way over to the popsicles and Powerade and the cold towels. Best 10K ever. :):) I felt better and we hung out and listened to Yacht Rock Revue play at finish area for a while.
I finished the morning with a fabulous brunch at Murphy’s and an afternoon at the pool (attempted fireworks that night but the rain ruined it). Couldn’t ask for a better 4th!
I will do this race year after year. It is so fun!! The crowd and volunteers are great. Only hopes for change would be add sports drink on the course, enforce corrals better, and make the expo bigger. Oh, and a cooler T-shirt :):)
|i had to “borrow” it for now…can’t figure out how to make it bigger. 🙂|