Friday, June 17, 2011

The road race, my number and training

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- The Peachtree Road Race is a 10 kilometer road race held annually in Atlanta, Georgia on July 4, Independence Day. Don't these folks look intense? They are the ones who are seeded, start at 7:30am, finish quickly and are probably on a plane home before I will even be starting it. :)

- Yes, there will be 66,720 people in front of me and my start time is 8:55am. Last year, on July 5, my boss (who runs every year) suggested we all do it together in 2011. I didn't think I would be accepted into the race by The Atlanta Track Club and readily agreed. Be careful what you ask for...

- So I finally started training for it on April 1 and can be found at this park after work most afternoons. In April, a woman pushing a stroller with twin babies in it, passed me like I was standing still. :) But yesterday, I actually passed someone. I'm getting there.

And so I will always be able to say that I "ran" the Peachtree Road Race. I hope you have a happy and pleasant weekend, my friends!


desk49 said...

In and out
they seem to run
I bet they'll
miss most of the fun

Okay I'll do it
but hoping not
the boss said less start
I only hope to stop

My speed's not great
but don't you know
kids in strollers
make me look slow

So a tip of the hat
and a sweet fondue
have a good weekend
I know I will too

Fireblossom said...

Ee yikes. Running? In Atlanta in the summertime?

"Good luck, Lynn!" called Fireblossom from her lawn chair.

Jannie Funster said...

Yay! You so rock! It's the doing and trying that matters, not how fast you go. I'll be thinking of you that day at your 8:55. 7:55 here.

I hope there will be much peach pie eating after that 10 k!?


happygirl said...

Go number T66721, go number T66721..., now I'm tired. I wish you all the best in the Hotlanta, road race. I'm sweating just thinking about it.

Louvregirl said...

Oh Lynn~ I'm so excited for you! You will run...and run well!
lg (Wish I could be there to toss you a water bottle or spray some cool water on your back!!!) Sending cool hugs in advance!

Ileana said...

There you passed someone!! Woo-hoo! I love that you're doing the race and seeing progress. Keep up the good work, chica! xo

TALON said...

Good luck to you! It's never about how fast you run, it's about finishing. You'll have a blast!

Have a lovely weekend, Lynn!

Lynn said...

Ellis -

I hope you do have a great weekend - and I love my poem. Another good one! Thank you for it.

FB -

Hee hee! You made me chuckle out loud, FB.

I know - it's crazy.

Jannie -

Hmmm - I'll have to see about some peach pie. That sounds good. :)


happygirl -

It's in the 90s most days here and I've been walking so much in the late afternoon heat, that I think I'll be fine that day. I hope so anyway! :)

lg -

I like that you want to do that - you'll be with me in spirit. Thanks, friend.

Ily =

That passing thing was a milestone, let me tell you. :)

Talon -

Good point!

LL Cool Joe said...

I admire anyone who runs! Good for you! I'd happily sit and watch you run though. :D

Have a healthy weekend!

Riot Kitty said...

Good luck! I'd want to finish fast just because of the heat.

Jeff said...

Good luck--I hope it isn't too hot when you run--Atlanta can be very hot in July. -Sage

Cloudia said...

yes! you are certainly getting there!

Aloha from Honolulu :)

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Lynn said...

Joe -

I mostly walk, but I think there will be running that day, if I want to keep up. :)

Riot Kitty -

I can't even imagine what it will be like to be in that crowd. Of course, I'll blog about it.

Jeff -

It's pretty hot right now - I've been walking in 90something degree heat every day, so I've gotten fairly acclimated now.

Cloudia -

I hope. :)

Snaggle Tooth said...

Wow! Such a lofty ambition you're taking on! Best of luck with your run for feeling good! I thought you were just out walking...

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

I am just mostly walking, but I will be expected to do a little light running during this race (thankfully only the people in front are racing for time). My friends tell me that you run briefly at the beginning, but walk most of the way, so I think I'll be fine. In any event, I do add a little running each time I walk.