I had such an incredible time yesterday. Let me tell you about it :)
My sister Emily (who also ran) and I woke up at 6:45 to get ready. The race officially starts at 7:30, but our time group didn’t start until 7:57. When I looked out our window, I saw all the runners lining up for the 2009 Peachtree Road Race.
I packed a sandwich thin and some peanut butter to eat before the race, but kept debating whether I’d need it or not. I finally decided to have half a sandwich thin and just a little PB.
Here we are before heading down to our time group. Do I look nervous? I was.
On our way to line up, I met someone who reads this (who is hopefully reading now ;) ), but was so nervous about the race and dumbfounded that someone who reads this actually recognized me that I didn’t even ask their name :( So if you’re reading this, I’m sorry I had to rush off :(
Emily and I met up with Erin just in time to start the race. The plan was for Emily and Erin to run together, and for me to run by myself. I know it’s more fun to run with someone, but I sort of wanted to run alone this year. To prove something to myself, I guess. I really had so much fun.
Here they are running the race, and after the race. They ran it in a really good time, but I won’t tell since I know some people like to keep it private. My goal was to finish in 1 hr. 45 mins. I know this is awful to admit, but I really didn’t tell anyone this goal beforehand because I honestly didn’t think I could make it.
Mile by Mile:
Mile 1 (15 mins.) The first mile flew by. I jogged the whole thing.
Mile 2 (15 mins.) The second mile flew by, also, but I did walk part of it. This is the mile where you get sprinkled with Holy Water at The Cathedral of St. Philip. That gives you a little pick-me-up whether your Catholic or not!
Mile 3 (15 mins.) Mile 3 got a little harder, with the first two hills. I walked up the first hill. The second hill is know by runners as Cardiac Hill, because it’s a killer hill. However, Shepherd Spinal Center is located on the hill, and patients line up in their wheelchairs to cheer us on, and it just gives you the strength to make it up that hill seeing these people with such great attitudes. I think that’s really one of my favorite parts of the race.
Mile 4 (20 mins.) Obviously, those hills tired me out. At this point I started to mostly walk.
Mile 5 (20 mins.) This is where my thighs really started to kill me. This is also where I started to really doubt that I’d be able to make it in my goal time.
Mile 6 (16 mins.) I cranked it up a notch at this point I was really wanting to make my goal time, but my thighs were really hurting. When I saw the 6th Mile marker, and saw that I only had 4 minutes until my goal time, I pretty much gave up hope that I’d make it in time, but kept on jogging as fast as I could anyway.
The Last .2 (4 minutes) I MADE IT!!! I literally teared up and got the biggest grin on my face when I crossed that finish line and looked at my watch to see it read 1:45. I was just so proud of myself.
Here I am after the race with the highly coveted Peachtree Road Race T-shirt.
Dad met me in the park, and before we headed back to the hotel, we made sure to grab a few free Powerade drinks. My favorite so far is the Powerade Zero Strawberry. Then we went on our way to the Marta Station, and back to our hotel. I left my HR Monitor on, and when we finally got back to the hotel, it said I had been walking for 3:15 since the start of the race (but that counts the Marta ride, which took make 15-20 minutes, too). That’s a whole lotta walkin’!
When we finally did make it back, I got a nice, refreshing shower, and then we hurried down to the breakfast buffet.
They have the absolute best grits. They are SDG!
I also made sure to get lots of the smoked salmon, because it’s a favorite of mine. Here’s my spread, with cantaloupe, watermelon, pineapple, eggs, smoked salmon, sausage, and grits with cheddar. Scrumptious!
I asked for for some tea, and they brought me some sort of Organic breakfast black tea.
Before we checked out and started on our way home, we made sure to snap our traditional PRR T-shirt shot.
When we got home, I took a nice long nap. Later that afternoon, we went over to some family friends’ house for bbq and blueberry cobbler. They also set off fireworks later, and we roasted marshmallows and made S’Mores. Could you get any more American than that?!
I had a fantastic Fourth of July weekend with family and friends, and I hope you all did too!!!!!!!
P.S. Make sure you check out my pre-race post.