this was a short tune-up workout for saturday. i'm excited to race now that i have several weeks of training under me. i have far fewer miles on my legs than i normally do at this time of year (des news season!), but i feel like my fitness is in a good place. my 10k PR is fairly weak at 38:11. i think i can pull off a 37-something on saturday, so that is my goal.
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.