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Peachtree Road Race - Part II

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Well, I signed up, folks.

After I read all the details, it turns out that they have changed the requirements slightly since I ran it last (July 4, 1996) and now in order to be in a decent starting wave, you have to submit VERIFIABLE 10K race results from an approved course run sometime over the last two years.

Since I haven't run any races in the past 2 years, I will automatically be placed in one of the last waves to go out (I was in a middle-of-the-pack slot last time as your 10K time submitted for seeding was on the 'honor system' back then and I signed up for about a 9 min mile pace for 10K). Therefore, no matter what, I'll run a crappy time. I mean, the last waves don't even start until the first wave runners (mainly Olympic/near Olympic-level athletes) are about done with the race! emoticon

There are 55,000 contestants in this race, It is HUGE.

But now that I know there is no chance to run even a mediocre time, the pressure is off and it's all about simply finishing.

And that much, I know that I can do. Even if I have to walk some of it.

The heat is usually a killer, even though the race starts fairly early in the morning. But if I walk part of the way, that won't be a problem.

Maybe if I'm lucky, it will rain. I don't usually like to run in the rain, but in July in Atlanta? It would be a blessing.

So anyway, I have 3 months to drop some more weight and get into better shape. And I REALLY need to start doing some of my running outside. I don't really like that idea as I am still so chubby and much prefer jogging in the privacy of my own basement where no one can see me. But I will definitely have to suck it up and take this training out in public pretty soon if I expect to run from Lenox Mall to Piedmont Park in the middle of summer!

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    No doubts in my mind that you will do this with a great time. I'm sure you will feel better about it after you get a few runs in outside.
    4150 days ago
  • IBASE1
    Way to go! This will be my 22nd time running (or walking) the ptree. I stopped timing myself around the 2nd time. It's just for fun. Enjoy the excitement and cheering. Be safe.
    4150 days ago
    We're all here to support you!!! I'm so excited for you, and look forward to hearing about your training and the actual run!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4150 days ago
  • _UMAMI_
    Good for you! I'm glad you signed up (had read about your mental debates earlier, but thought it was best for you to decide, not "us"). But, seeing that you've signed up, I'm happy for you, because you chose the challenge, and that's a good thing.

    Whatever the outcome (it's the first step, or it's too hot, or you are massively successful), you undertook the challenge, and you are pushing your envelope. And, seeing how you're doing so far, I think you'll do well.

    4151 days ago
    Glad to hear you decided to go ahead and register. If it hadn't been on Sunday, I might have tried to get in.

    I'm sure you'll do great, no matter your finishing time. You have lots of time to get ready and in better shape. Maybe I'll come cheer you on!
    4151 days ago
    I know a lot of people who run the Peachtree, but it's too crowded for me. I'll be cheering for you!!!!!
    4151 days ago
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    You'll do great in the race! I was thinking about running it myself, but my husband would probably throw a fit since I just registered for a "destination race" yesterday (Miami in January). I looked at the Peachtree Road Race website, and it's chip timed, so regardless of how late you start, you will still be timed from start line to finish line (not pre-start line time). So RUN (and pray for rain in July)!! You'll be awesome!!
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    4151 days ago
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