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The Finish Line

How was everyone’s long weekend? Since March I had been training semi-training for a very popular 10K that happens in Atlanta every July 4th. The Peachtree Road Race is a total of 6.2 miles of rather hilly terrain and not to mention it takes place in the most humid and torturing summer temps. I had been looking forward to the race until the day before and then I started to get nervous about really being able to complete the entire course.

Sunday, I went down to the expo to pick up my number and I started to get excited. The process was smooth sailing despite the thousands of people that were down there. I got my number and proceeded to go find me some official running gear.

Monday morning I woke up at 4:30 and started the process of heading down to the start line. I got down there around 7:30 and this is the seated view of my wave waiting for our start time of 8:55a.

At about 8:50 we started moving toward the start line to get started on our way. I struck up conversation with a few people and it eased my nerves a bit. I was ready!

I completely ran the first 2.5 miles until we hit the first of many hills and from that point on I did a run, walk. Probably more walking than running but at that point it had become really hot and we were told not to over exert ourselves and stay hydrated and that’s just what I did. I finally made it to the finish line. My official time was 1:30:06. I walked over the finish line and I felt like my legs were going to come off they hurt so bad. I got my shirt and found the Mr. and the children who had come down to cheer me on. Grabbed my shirt, a wet towel, some popsicles, ice cream sandwhiches, and some Powerade and started the mile walk to the car..at this point I was struggling but I made it!!

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Next stop half marathon…Thanksgiving Day!

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10 Comments

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    Prototype Mama
    July 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Glad you finished your first big race— I’ve always wanted to do a Marathon but I always chicken out but the thought is now on my mind again 🙂
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    Kim
    July 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    That’s great! Congratulations of finishing the race.

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    fran
    July 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    That heat was a KILLER!!! Good job! I am with you on Thanksgiving Day!! WootWoot!

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    YUMMommy
    July 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Congrats on finishing your first big race!!! Wishing you luck with training for the half marathon.
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    Roses daughter
    July 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Girl!!!!! Those hills!! I just about died! I kept shuffling along because if I had stopped, I would have stopped at Starbucks and waited for the race to be over! You’re doing a half marathon? I was thinking about the turkey day 5k!

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    Chellany
    July 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    So proud of you!! What an accomplishment!
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    Jenni
    July 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Congrats on finishing the race! I trained for the Cooper River Run in Charleston several years ago. I had to have surgery right before the race and wasn’t able to run. Maybe I’ll get up the nerve to train and actually run it, one day.

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    Tiffany
    July 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I applaud anyone who can do the Peachtree Road Race! It take a lot of perseverance. Me on the other hand, once I see the traffic and crowds, I’m heading back up I-85 North to Gwinnett lol!
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    Beach Coast Style
    July 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Congrats on your marathon!!! I don’t think I would run a 1/4 of a mile. My hat is always off to runners!!! Kids are sooo cute!

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    Jackie Garvin
    July 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Congratulations on your race! What an accomplishment! I’m so impressed that you are continuing on. I ran my first 10K in March of this year. After all that training, I started getting sick a few days before the race. I was bound and determined not to let anything get in my way. Things just kept getting progressively worse and worse until I was convinced I was wake up race day and my head was going to fall off! Anyway, I finished the race. I look back at the pictures and I looked just awful! I wrote my blog post with a lot of humor. You might enjoy reading it. I really like your style of writing. I will be back.

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