This was my 4th year running the Peachtree Road Race 10K. If you are a runner, live in Atlanta, and will be in town for the 4th of July, it’s a must do.
To be honest, I wasn’t really in the mood to do this race. It really snuck up on me, and I really wanted a 3 day weekend to chill out after a super long week from a trade show the weekend before and a work trip that week. BUT, Holly and Batch were coming to stay with us and we had a fun weekend ahead of us. My goal for the race (per my Training Peaks account) was to do a 43:00. This actually sounded pretty easy and achievable based on my current paces and I figured I would be able to PR with just a little bit of effort.
Rich, Batch, Holly and myself woke up early, had breakfast, grabbed our ponchos and headed to my sisters house to park. We had a little over a mile to the start so we did a warmup mile. I could already tell my breathing felt a little off but I tried to shake it off and figured it was just because it was a warmup weaving in and out of people walking. We were all in Corral A, so we lined up and waited for the gun to go off. Race
I usually think the corrals are pretty crowded at the start for this race, but I was able to kick it into gear pretty quickly. The first 2.5-3 miles have a gradual downhill, and I was cruising. I truly thought the race was mine and even though it didn’t feel super easy, I knew what was to come and thought I would be able to hold on like I did last year- even with the uphill ahead. It was sprinkling at this point- nothing too heavy- but it still made for hard traction on the road, too.
Miles 1,2,3 – 6:58, 6:49, 6:43
As I hit cardiac hill- I did my best to hold on but it felt MUCH harder than usual. I tried to get control of my breathing once I hit the top of the hill but it hurt. I was wheezing and just couldn’t get back to where I was. I fought to hold on but I was getting passed left and right and knew I was definitely going slower than I wanted to be going.
I tried to enjoy the crowds but I wanted to be done. The rain was coming down harder and I couldn’t wait for that last turn off of Peachtree onto 10th street for the downhill finish.Miles 4,5,6.2 – 7:38, 7:30, 7:18, 6:34
I was a full minute slower than last year.
I somehow found Holly before we got to our official meeting place. We grabbed water, the race shirt (which was a better cotton blend this year thanks to Mizuno being a sponsor), and our food box (another improvement from last year where they ran out of food- it was rationed) and started looking for Rich and Batch.
We found Rich and grabbed a picture and then it started to lightening. I wanted to get HOME. We found Batch and all ran/walked the mile or so home to our house. Not exactly our typical post race for the Peachtree, but we couldn’t wait to all get dry!
I know this wasn’t a goal race for me, but I did expect a better performance. I’m in much better shape and I’m faster overall than I was last year. That being said, I cheated on my FODMAP diet on Friday and wonder if the change in food had something to do with how I felt and my breathing. It’s still a learning process. It’s very hard to eat out and balance being social vs. doing what is best for me. It also could’ve been my overall state of stress and just not in the mental space to race. Either way, it’s still a great performance.
I don’t know why I’m ever surprised that one of my least favorite of the 5 shirts always wins (There are 5 shirts to vote on and all of Atlanta votes and you find out the winning shirt at the finish). The only plus is the material this year and that it’s a soft cotton tee.
I can’t ever complain about another race finish, and I’m so glad we did the Peachtree again this year. It’s always a great way to start the 4th of July holiday!
Did you race on July 4th? If it’s pouring the morning you wake up for a local race- would you run it or bail because of the weather?