Hello divas! I hope that your week has gotten off to a fantastic start. I am (mostly) recovered from my holiday weekend. If you are a follower on some of my social media, you know that I ran the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on Saturday. It was super fun to be able to run the world’s largest 10K with about 55K of my closest running friends so I thought I would share some thoughts and my experiences with the race.
The race actually began on Friday when I headed into downtown Atlanta with the bestie, Chris to pick up my race packet. Of course, this also means that I had to get my traditional pre-race photo.
Next came the expo. Now ya’ll know how I love race expos. You can check out all kinds of other races, fun gear and free samples. I even scored some new running shoes. And stopped by the Verizon booth for a fun photo with Chris.
I spent the rest of the day chilling out and preparing for the big race. The hubby made it down after he got off of work and we had an early bedtime.
Race day started bright and early. We left the house at about 5:30am in order to make it to the start line. After fun times on MARTA, and a bit of a walk, I finally made it to my corral (R) and posed for a pre-race selfie.
Being in the back can sometimes be a little bit of a pain. It started pouring down rain shortly after the front packs started which was interesting. Then before my corral could make it to the start line, we had a rain delay. Seriously. I have never had a rain delay for a race in my life. We had to camp out at the mall for 30 minutes while we waited for the thunder and lightening to pass by. Thus the sad face.
After about a 45 minute wait, I finally made it to the start line and was ready to hit the street.
The race itself was pretty fabulous. There was a lot of support along the route – even in the pouring rain. My favorite was around mile 3 when the local Episcopal priest was blessing the runners with holy water. How cool.
It rained for about 3/4 of the race. That combined with the large amount of people made running a little difficult so it was a pretty slow race for me (about 1:48 and some change). I was able to smile for a couple of cameras along the way. Finally I made it to the finish to get my snacks and shirt, finisher photo and pose with the bestie before meeting my hubby and heading out for the rest of our holiday.
All in all, I loved this race. It would have obviously been better had it not rained quite so much (and thus the drowned rat look). But it was great fun and an Atlanta tradition so I was thrilled to participate in it. There were people of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels so it made it almost like a big party.
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