Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Peachtree Road Race 2011
One of 60,000 runners. That will be me on the morning of July 4. On a whim at the office last week I registered for the Peachtree Road Race lottery and Monday morning I got the email that I was chosen at random for the race. This is only the first or second year they've done the numbers for the race by lottery, it used to be first come first served and the race would fill up in one day.
It's the largest 10k in the world. For those of you not in Atlanta, the Peachtree is a 10k that starts in Buckhead and ends in Piedmont Park. It's a pretty hilly road. The finish line is actually only a few blocks from my house. Click here if you want to see the course map. I've heard that it's really popular because of it's difficulty - the big hills are at mile 2 and mile 5. Awesome.
Your start time is determined on your times in other official races. This will be my first official race (I doubt The Warrior Dash counts) so I don't have a time. I can only imagine I'll be number 59,000 something. The first wave of runners starts at 7:30am, I'll probably be starting closer to 10:00am when it's nice and hot. I'm not complaining, I'm overly excited about this! My first race will be a 10k AND it's the Peachtree!
For a couple of weeks I've been talking to my dad about when he's going to come up and visit with my stepmom. We'd chosen the 4th of July weekend because we all have more time off work that weekend. I signed up for the race after we had chosen this weekend, again, never thinking I'd get a number. Having them at the finish line when I cross will make the race even more special. My dad never missed a game of mine growing up and having him there for this accomplishment will mean the world.
I have 14 weeks before the race. I have an 8 week 10k training schedule ready to go. My goal until i start that schedule is to be able to run 2 miles, maybe 2.5 miles without walking once. I'm not there yet, but I have a few weeks to build. I want to RUN the Peachtree!!! I'll need motivation - I have 14 weeks of running ahead of me. That sounds terrifying. :)