Actually, I could have raced this one solo because we had a special appearance from this man!
At the last minute, M got one of those rare calls from crew scheduling saying the first day of his trip was being removed from his schedule. We don't ask questions, we just say thank you.
I had prepped myself all week to run with the kiddo, so I stuck with the plan. I wanted this race to serve as one last tune-up before I run a real 10K race by myself this weekend.
Ready to get my run on
Buzz, the Georgia Tech mascot, was working the crowd at the starting line. Emily wasn't amused.
Buzz running away after making Emily cry
Funny side story:The guy who won the race wasn't very amused by Buzz either. M said it was hysterical to watch. As the lead runner was coming down the final stretch, Buzz started running alongside him, attempting to hold his hand across the finish line. The flustered runner began swatting and swerving to get away from him.
The race started on New Peachtree Road (not to be confused with Peachtree Rd which runs directly parallel to it, and later turns into Peachtree Street when it reaches midtown). The start was a little tricky with two sharp 90 degree turns within the first 800 meters. The crowd was still tightly packed at that point, and I had to come to a complete stop more than once.
We eventually ended up on the other Peachtree Rd, and it was a straight shot through town from there. Traffic was whizzing by us in the opposite lanes, so we had to be careful to stay within the cones. I had to do a lot of bobbing and weaving for the first couple miles to work my way up from the back.
This course was significantly easier any other race I've run in Atlanta. There were a few rolling hills the first couple miles, but the last 4 miles were a gradual descent to the finish line.
I can see the finish line. Only 100 meters to go.
We finished with a time of 48:25, our fastest race yet!
We don't have a Dunkin Donuts near our house anymore. Seeing the orange and purple boxes sent me into a temporary food trance. I went a little crazy at the refreshment table.
Um yeah. I didn't eat it all. I swear. Not even half...
Ok, maybe close to half....
But M was happy to help me out.
It was another fine morning in the ATL.
Gun Time: 49:11
Net Time: 48:25
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