I finally got to mark the largest 10K in the world off of my bucket list, the AJC Peachtree Road Race. With this being my first Peachtree, I was so excited to see what it was all about. Hearing other people talk about it doesn’t do it justice to actually experiencing it. The Peachtree is filled with streets full of spectators, live music and people handing out pizza and beer. I have never experienced anything quite like it. Running the Peachtree, requires a 2AM wake up call in order to get to Atlanta well before the start. We caught the first Marta train at 4:45 and made our way over to Lenox Square Mall. I have never taken the Marta train before, so that in itself was an experience. Things that move real fast, such as a train going from 0 to 60 in seconds, will cause me to get sick. Once we got off the train, we headed to the start line to find friends. Dad and I being some of the early risers walking around, made it to channel 2 action news. I love to talk, I can go on and on about stuff, but if you put a camera in my face I clam up. If you ever want me to stop talking, just say you are videoing me. Anyways, the lady puts the phone in my face and says what do you expect from today? Now typically, I would come up with something kind of funny to say. Not this time, I’m over there like um I expect a big crowd and I just want to finish *Insert giggles*. Yes, I laughed nervously and made it all awkward. I’m good at making stuff awkward sometimes, so it’s been funny poking fun at myself this week showing friends the video from Channel 2.
After I got my press interview out of the way, I was excited to see all the people start to fill the streets. It’s awesome that 60,000 people from all over the world, come to run the Peachtree. With that many people though, it makes for some very large corrals. I was in corral H but they had a big screen TV lifted where I could watch the start of the race. I thought that was a really cool thing to do for the runners towards the back, so we could still enjoy seeing the elite runners take off. Another really cool thing about the start of the Peachtree, is the two F-16 fighter jets that fly over after the national anthem. Something about the loud noise, really gets people motivated, at least it does for me. After the two jets flew over, I was ready to go. I started the race at 8:05 AM. One thing I didn’t notice during the Peachtree was the famous Cardiac Hill. I don’t remember going up any hills, however, I was so entertained by everything going on I just didn’t notice. I was literally in awe at the number of people as I was running down the streets. The fact people were handing out pizza and beer during a race was awesome. As was the music and number of people cheering for us. I must say, it was extremely hot and I already knew this was just a fun race for me, so I walked most of it. We ran past the Shepard Center and there were quite a few patients out there cheering us on. I stopped and shook their hands and thanked each of them for cheering for us.
I ran the last half mile in to the finish. All the people screaming preoccupied my mind from telling myself to stop. I finished in 1:23:53, not horrible considering I was taking selfies and talking to people. I was 1788 out of 2,825 in the female 25-29 age category. I was 13,712 out of 27,790 in the female category and 32,514 out of 55,326 overall.
The Peachree was an amazing experience and I hope to run it again next year and every year after that.