This past Saturday, we had the opportunity to run the once in a lifetime Road To Gold: A 2020 Test Event. This run was the last 8 miles of the 2020 Olympic Team Trials Marathon. It was an amazing opportunity for Olympic hopefuls to preview the trials course they will be running on next year. The 2020 Olympic Team Trials held in Atlanta will send 6 Americans to Tokyo for the Olympic Games.
This course featured the best hills Atlanta has to offer. We started near Centennial Olympic Park where the 1996 Olympic games were held and then made our way through midtown then past the Olympic rings back to Mercedes Benz stadium. In my personal opinion though, I couldn’t imagine running this course for 26 miles. However, if you are fast enough to qualify for the Olympics, I assume hills are not a worry.
This was the first time I ran since getting sick last week so I was a little rusty. I purposely took it slow in the beginning because I knew I needed to hold out for 8 miles. I was making great time until after mile 6. I was 1:09 at mile 6 and then after that it was like my body decided to give up. Before I got sick, I had made a goal of 1:30. I was 7 minutes off from that goal so I finished in 1:37:01. That’s still one of my best times for a long run. I was 99 out of 113 in my age group. There was tons of fast people at this race.
I have learned my lesson though that I can’t run a long run and then wake up the next morning and run a 5K. I decided months ago I would sign up for the Run Your Bundts Off 5K which was Sunday after the 8 miler. It sounded like a good idea at the time I registered but at the day of race, it was a terrible idea. I was sore and physically tired so I didn’t have a good race. However, I still got a really neat shirt, a mini bundt cake and a medal.
This weekend we are running closer to home so hopefully we will get to see some friends we haven’t seen in awhile!