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Peachtree Road Race

This year was my third time running the Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10K in the world. Yes, the world. It takes place on July 4th every year in Atlanta. Although running is something I do regularly, training in the summer is difficult, especially this year. Between traveling, moving to a new condo, moving offices, and more traveling, running just hasn’t been at the top of the priority list. But to register for the Peachtree you have to enter the lottery in February/March. In the spring I’m thinking “running! yeah! all the races!” and also that I would surely know someone to run with. Well, I got a number, but couldn’t find anyone to run with in my start wave (I somehow didn’t have any great race times to submit from 2014 and they will NOT let you move up). The weather was not looking good on race day, but let’s be real, I wanted the shirt. And for this race you get your shirt at the end of the race.

Long story short, I got up and made it to the start line. Waited around for my wave to start (not a ton of fun by yourself). And as soon as my group got to the start line, the rain started. And it rained. And rained. And rained. The good news was that it made me run the entire race – having not really trained other than a few 3-4 mile runs – in my best time for this race!

This is a really fun race, rain or no rain, friends or no friends. I highly recommend it – even if you’re not a runner, don’t you want to say you completed the largest 10K in the world?! Plenty of people walk it. Or if you do want to run, just hit me up and I’ll likely be running!

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Cooper River Bridge Run

Almost done with #3 on my 30 before 30 list! The Cooper River Bridge Run is a popular and fairly unique race in Charleston, SC. I have wanted to do it for a few years now and finally pulled the trigger. So two friends and I road tripped to Charleston, where, incredibly, 4 of our college friends live, to run last weekend!

This run is unique, in my opinion, because a good part of the 6.2 mile run is on the Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River. It’s a major road and bridge, so I imagine it is no small feat to close it off for 4+ hours. It was a little colder than I had imagined when I signed up – races are hard in the winter/early spring months simply because you have to get there and wait so long before you are actually running. So my hands were good and numb to start the race! I’ve done a few 10Ks before, but I don’t normally train well and therefore, surprise, surprise, don’t run well. This one, however, is smack in the middle of my half marathon training. I finished with a 8:35 pace – by far my best 10K time yet, but actually not quite as fast as I had hoped. My training runs have surprisingly been even faster – but one downside to races is the crowds and dodging people which really does affect your time. Don’t get me wrong – I’m pumped about the time – but also know I’m capable of better 🙂

Let the half training continue!

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10K Slump

I’ve enjoyed many 5Ks. I’ve even enjoyed a couple half marathons (plus one that was not so enjoyable). But for some reason, every 10K I run is a struggle.

Today I ran the Atlanta Beltline 10K. If you are not familiar with the Beltline, it is the best thing to happen to Atlanta in a long time. It is a paved trail along the old railway line that will eventually circle the whole city inside the perimeter. Perfect for running, walking, biking, dog-walking, and just getting to another part of town without driving.  It is not completed yet, but parts are open and it’s a hit already!

And it is flat (well, the Beltline itself it is, but since it’s not complete the part through Piedmont Park was a little hilly). So you would think the race would be ok, right? I can give many excuses as to why I had to walk so much (granted, I still finished with about a 10 minute pace), but I think my biggest mistake is that I think it’s JUST a 10K. It may be just a 10K, but that’s still 6.2 miles!! No small feat! I obviously kind of trained but I guess not as well as I could have. I think the other main problem is that I run in winter 10Ks that turn out to be 70 degree days ha.

Anyway, it was a gorgeous day and a fun run despite having to walk some. Definitely continue to be excited about the Beltline and will definitely consider it’s location when I am able to move!!