Though it was raining when I arrived at Carol’s, but by some miracle, by the time we got on Marta, it stopped. Unfortunately, we didn’t know that for a while, because we got stuck in the Marta station. There are two stations that are close to the start of the race – Lenox and Buckhead. Lenox is closer, but we happened to be on the line that went toward Buckhead so we thought we’d just get off there instead of changing trains. Apparently, since the Buckhead station is about a quarter mile past the start of the race, on the route, they were only letting people out of the station in waves, to not interrupt the race (or something like that.) It felt like we were trapped forever, but it was probably only about 10-15 minutes, if that.
We had intended on starting in Wave G, but by the time we got out, that wave was already starting and by the time we got to the start, we ended up in wave L. No big deal really. Since it wasn’t hot and sunny, it didn’t matter if we got a later start.
The three of us mostly ran with some occasional walk breaks, mostly for water, for the first three miles. At mile 3, I really had to go to the bathroom and didn’t feel like running with a full bladder, so I told Carol and Laura to go ahead. Also, i was being wimpy and didn’t want to run up a hill.
From miles 3 to 5, I kind of did a combination of jogging and walking, walking up the hills. The rain was still holding off and it actually ended up being pretty great weather for running. You know I’m walking if I’m taking selfies. Also, hello crows feet. I need to stop slacking on my eye cream.
At Mile 5, I decided there was no reason that I shouldn’t be running, so I did. I just ran at a comfortable pace and tried to take the atmosphere in. I didn’t have any music, but there were so many people and spectators that it didn’t really matter. It was sort of nice to run a race and enjoy it instead of running for time. I’m always running for time.
It looks like it’s raining in this picture, but really it wasn’t.
I ended up finishing in like an hour and 25 minutes (I walked A LOT) which was totally fine with me. The Peachtree is not really a race to PR in, especially if you haven’t been running.
I met up with Carol and Laura fairly easily afterward. We hung out for a little while at the park and then at Laura’s condo before I headed home to take a much deserved nap.
Another Peachtree in the books! I didn’t want to do it, but it ended up being one of the most enjoyable Peachtrees that I’ve done.