For the fourth year in a row, I participated in Atlanta’s biggest 4th of July tradition, the Peachtree Road Race. I know I’ve talked about this race before, but it’s the world’s largest 10K with something like 55,000 people running it. Registration opens on a day in March and you basically have to register on that day or you won’t get in. This year was the first year that they did online registration (previously you clipped a form out of the newspaper) and also the first year that they had timing chips.
I had promised Jason that I would walk with him when he wanted to. Truthfully, although I could have run the entire distance, I was grateful for the walking breaks. We basically would run to a certain point, a light for example, and then walk until we were ready to run again. This system actually made the miles fly by. We said we wanted to do it in 1 hour and 30 minutes which averages a little less than a 15 minute mile, so a brisk walking pace. And we did! We came in at 1:31. Not bad for walking most of the race.
Afterwards, we got a bunch of free stuff – mini larabars, powerade (which I thought was too sweet and gave to Jason), granola bars and an ice cream sandwich. The hardest part of the entire race though, was yet to come after we crossed the finish line – getting back to the MARTA station. It was seriously a mile walk uphill! There were a lot of groans of, “Where is the station??”, my own bitching included!
I really wasn’t looking forward to this race since I hadn’t really been running much, but it turned out to be pretty fun.