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Race Report: Peachtree 10K

Monday, July 12, 2010

It has been a week since the 10K, I wasn't sure how well I would run, with my knee problems. It was the first attempt at running in 13 months. I concentrated on putting my leg down gently and without too much impact, and I felt no pain during the race. However, it did slow my pace considerably. But remaining uninjured was a more important goal, and I didn't want my pride get the best of me. I managed a 13 mile an hour pace for the 6.2 miles and didn't need to walk, except for a few steps to drink water--can't drink on the run,

There were several runners in costumes: Santa Clause, ballerinas, Uncle Sam, and some with red, white, and blue body paint, The painted people had paint running all over them as they sweated off that mess, There were a few military runners carrying huge flags--now that's must have been quite a workout.

Many bands of various genres were playing at various locations on the course. At the halfway point a church pastor was sprinkling runners with "holy" water. There were some "unofficial" offerings of food drink. I saw free beer, and also free donuts. Neither appealed to me at the time. A restaurant (Moe's Southwest Grill) was shooting t-shirts out a "t-shirt cannon", I didn't want to carry anything in my hands to the finish, so I tried to avoid that. The water stops were plentiful, as were spray stations to cool off. This year the heat wasn't too bad, It was only about 75 degrees when I finished,

I collected my t-shirt at the finish--had to finish to get the shirt. Then I looked for my family, who finished well ahead of me. We had our picutes taken together, and went in search of some refreshment. Plenty of fresh fruit, bagels, nutrition bars, drinks were available. This race really knows how to please the runners and walkers.

This was the 8th year for me to do this race with my family, so it is now our July 4 tradition.

My muscles were very tight and sore for several days, due to my not running in the last year. So I do not intend to run, except only very occasionally. I want to preserve my knees, and I have been told to limit this activity, I survived, had a good time, and will savor the memory. And now I will return to no impact activities, like the elliptical. Arthritis and age have caused me to modify my activities, I may be no Spring chicken, but there is still some spring in this chick.
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