Hello divas! I hope your week has been fabulous so far. As you read in the weekly report yesterday, my Father’s Day weekend was filled with fun in Atlanta, including running the Braves Country 5K at Turner Field. It was so much fun that I have to share the race recap with my readers.
I started the weekend by heading to my sister Jessica’s house on Friday night. It was her birthday so we had a pre-race dinner at IHOP before heading to bed early. But not before I laid out my clothing for race day.
Race day started bright and early with a 4:30am alarm. As we had to drive a little over an hour to the race from Jess’ house, this means it was still dark when we headed to Atlanta. We arrived, picked up our shirts and race numbers and began warming up for the 7:30am start. Oh and we snapped a couple of pre-race photos.
It was finally time to head to the starting line. We were in wave C as we are slower runners so we waited a few minutes before it was our time to cross the starting line.
The race itself wasn’t too bad. There were quite a few hills which caused some tightening of my calves so I had to stop and stretch them out a bit. And let Jessica to leave me behind a bit, but that turned out okay. The route was scenic, passing Grant Park and the Oakland Cemetery before heading back to Turner Field. I was so excited when I ran downhill and saw this site:
So I turned the final corner and made my way around Turner Field. Then at the mile 3 marker, I made my way through the tunnel and into the stadium.
I crossed the finish line with a time of 48:01. As you can see, I was all smiles. I mean I was running on the field of my favorite baseball team’s stadium.
Jessica was waiting for me in the stands as she finished about 3.5 minutes before me. I took the time to take a quick photo then we headed to the car to get a change of clothes and treat ourselves to a trip to Zoo Atlanta.
Overall, it was a fabulous race. It started early enough that the heat and humidity was not an issue. The route was very pretty, though a bit hilly. This was my first race since early April so I didn’t do as well as I hoped but my time was still just under 15.5 minutes/mile. I obviously still have some work to do before my half marathons this fall but this is a pretty decent start. My overall place was 1,475 out of 1,612. My gender place was 714 out of 797 and my division place was 123 out of 131.
Jess and I didn’t take a finisher photo taken as we were busy picking up our game tickets and changing clothes and stuff. But we did grab this photo right before game time on Saturday night, complete with our race shirts.
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