Peachtree Road Race (6.214 Miles) 00:38:32, Place overall: 24
Marathon Pace Miles
VO2 Max Miles
today was my first running of the peachtree road race, the largest 10k in the world. the field was capped at 60,000 runners -- today's official count was 54,284.
overall thoughts:i didn't run as fast as i thought i could, and i didn't feel great. i thought for sure i could break 38 today, but the whole race i was feeling like i couldn't get up to speed (i was missing my target splits by 10-15 seconds, not good). my fitness is just not there yet.
i've been picturing that this race was going to be a hot-humid-july-sweat-fest-party, but today it was actually quite cool and gloomy. there was a steady rain about an hour before the start, but it cleared up and things were very pleasant at the starting line. by the end of the race, it was pouring rain again and it didn't let up for a couple of hours after.
the weather alert system was at the yellow stage when we started, but it went to the red stage by the time i finished. it actually reached the black level for a bit due to lightning, which delayed the race for 30 minutes for some of the later waves. james and i walked home soaking wet and shivering...in july...in atlanta. y'allz, this is crazy.
splits: 6:13, 6:03, 5:49, 6:33, 6:17, 6:16, 1:17
i heard this course described as everything from "all downhill" to "all uphill" -- it had much more downhill than uphill -- there was basically one steady climb in mile 4 (cardiac hill) that offered a bit of a gut-punch, but nothing too terrible. the rest of the course is pretty forgiving -- there's plenty of flat and downhill spread throughout and overall i think this is a pretty fast course. hopefully i'm in better shape next year to take advantage. i was frustrated with how i felt today. i started getting some confidence back after putting in some good track sessions, but i misjudged my fitness today. i'm still missing some elements (more mileage, more race pace work) -- that should happen in the coming months as i start focusing on the half. more patience. more time.
as for the race t-shirt, there is a design contest each year, and the shirt is not revealed until you pick it up at the finish line. the woman modeling the shirt in this photo is this year's winning designer:
here's a post-race soggy phone pic of me loving life in ATL:
and here's a video of the start of the race. see if you can spot me. i'm the woman messing with her watch in a panic because i forgot to change it to the chrono screen before the horn.
Walking Miles: 6.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00
Nap Time: 0.00
Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jul 04, 2015 at 10:44:25 from 126.96.36.199
Not bad Allie. Those sorts of mega-races can be tough. You'll have some great racing in the fall - I can feel it.
From SlowJoe on Sat, Jul 04, 2015 at 11:09:32 from 188.8.131.52
10k is truly the most awful distance there is. I'm pretty sure that as your reps get longer in training, mileage increases, etc, that it'll all come around.
I need a hint for the video.
From JD on Sat, Jul 04, 2015 at 11:14:29 from 184.108.40.206
nice job - 38:30 is just peachy.
From Tom K on Sat, Jul 04, 2015 at 11:17:20 from 220.127.116.11
JD stole my joke! This race was described as much hilly-er than that course profile shows. What half are you doing?
From Jenruns on Sat, Jul 04, 2015 at 11:28:06 from 18.104.22.168
Still, a great time and a great effort. Nicely done my friend. I love your post hairstyle... POOF!
From allie on Sun, Jul 05, 2015 at 13:53:44 from 22.214.171.124
rob - mega-race is a good description -- it's definitely a different experience. so many humans. nice job to you on your race yesterday.
jenny - thanks for noticing my poof, i worked hard to get all those hairs to sit just so.
tom - not sure yet, but probably philly.
joe -- agreed. the 10k is rough -- i wish there were more because i think the biggest issue is lack of practice at the distance. seeing marathon-esque splits on the watch during a 10k, and feeling like you are running a 5k -- that's no good!
JD - how about brainless on peaches? another thing i miss from UT.
From Jason D on Sun, Jul 05, 2015 at 15:12:38 from 126.96.36.199
Good race, Allie. At least you weren't the woman putting up her hair as she cross the start line (~38 seconds in)!
From Fritz on Sun, Jul 05, 2015 at 15:22:24 from 188.8.131.52
Nice job Allie. I can't imagine 60,000 runners in a marathon, let alone a 10k. I suspect there weren't any lonely moments.
From allie on Sun, Jul 05, 2015 at 15:34:41 from 184.108.40.206
fritz - no lonely moments at all -- in some ways it was good, in other ways it was too chaotic and i could have used a moment or two without bubble encroachment. :)
jason - rule #1 of racing -- the hair has to look good.
From Tom Slick on Mon, Jul 06, 2015 at 03:13:53 from 220.127.116.11
I can't seem to find you in that sea of running humanity....Great splits, great time and 24th overall out of 55ooo runners, outstanding.Were you first in your age division? What a hair beast!
From Burt on Mon, Jul 06, 2015 at 09:31:50 from 18.104.22.168
That's a lot of people. Nice job.
From Nancy on Tue, Jul 07, 2015 at 06:07:38 from 22.214.171.124
Nice race. I am surprised that there is a 10K with that many runners.
From Burt on Tue, Jul 07, 2015 at 11:41:59 from 126.96.36.199
From allie on Tue, Jul 07, 2015 at 12:47:17 from 188.8.131.52
yeah, he'll probably be kicking himself for awhile, although i don't know if he lost because he celebrated too early. he put his hand up right at the line, and he wasn't jogging it in...he just wasn't running 40 yd dash pace like the other guy. that was a very impressive kick! not even the announcers could see what was happening until the last 2-3 seconds. "always run through the line" is good advice.
it's confusing to read an article about the overall winner with the last name of Overall.
From Burt on Tue, Jul 07, 2015 at 16:51:16 from 184.108.40.206
I'm just glad he wasn't wearing overalls.
From Jake K on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 at 06:06:08 from 220.127.116.11
It seems like Peachtree is a deceptively hard course. None of the pros ever run super fast times there.
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