If you’ve been a regular around here then you know I don’t really run a lot of local races. I like running close to home it just hasn’t really worked out for most of the year. We’ve either had other plans or I haven’t wanted to fork over the cash since we’ve been traveling so much.
I have been looking forward to this event all year! The PNC Atlanta 10 Miler and 5k is put on by the Atlanta Track Club and is one of the last big events (with the exception of the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon) of the year. I’ve also never raced a 10 mile race so it’s an automatic PR 😉
I added the 10 mile race to my calendar back in September since it would fall between the Chicago and New York Marathons. The Mr. also agreed to run the 5k in preparation for the two races he will be running with me at Disney in January.
Here’s how the race went.
Since it was a 7:30am start the Mr. and I were up early. It was cool and pretty brisk. We ate breakfast, got to Atlantic Station, parked and then headed toward the corrals. I really needed to go to the bathroom, but the lines were insane so I decided to just wait and go during the race.
We were off! It was pretty crowded and my calves were feeling so tight from the day before. I stopped to stretch them out then we got back to it. The 5k course and 10k course split around 1.5 miles so I said goodbye to the Mr. and continued on.
The hills are just what you’d expect…HORRIBLE, but the weather and sunrise was glorious. The hills started right after we crossed the start line and were relentless. At this point I had to go so bad I couldn’t wait any longer. I stopped right before mile 2 for a *6 minute* bathroom stop. Geez!
After that it was down to business. I used the rest of the race as a long tempo run to prepare for the New York Marathon next weekend. The hills were challenging and plentiful. I managed to keep it together and run a solid race.
The 10 mile course even included Cardiac Hill (sorry for the blurry picture) which is a 3/4 mile stretch on Peachtree Road that rises more than 12 stories. There was even a separate challenge within the race for Cardiac Hill too.
After all that we were headed back towards the finish line and toward this iconic skyline. This race was so much fun and I couldn’t ask for a better day. I was so pleased that I was able to bang out a long fast run!
Splits: 13:40, 19:42, 11:15, 11:16, 10:47, 11:03, 11:09, 12:12 (cardiac hill), 11:26, 11:02, 11:16 (last 393 ft)
After the race we decided to avoid all the downtown traffic and headed to Sandy Springs for some breakfast. Flying Biscuit was perfect! I ended up taking half of this home and ate it for dinner.