Peachtree Road Race 2017
Thursday, July 06, 2017
I did it! My first Peachtree is in the books. I was very nervous leading up to the race but it all melted away the moment I got to the starting line. My friends were there. The crowd's energy was infectious and we saw an amazing flyover by jets before the race began.
The Peachtree is the largest 10k in the US. It goes from Buckhead to Piedmont Park. It passes some beautiful Atlanta landmarks. It was hot 90+ degrees with over 80% humidity. There were water guns, fire hydrants and hoses aplenty to cool off. The runners all had fun and were super friendly. What struck me were the spectators. They offered pixie sticks, high fives, hugs, fruit, pizza and yes, beer. It felt so good to be cheered on by so many people who had no clue who I was, but encouraged me and helped me get through.
The last mile was hard for me. My ankle, that I twisted and have torn ligaments since April, started to "talk" to me. All I could think of was "I will finish. I will finish". And I did. My goal was to complete it in 2 hrs. Well, my official time was 2 hrs and 2 minutes.
I wanted this race badly since last year. This was one of my main goals for the year. The Peachtree was something I've watched on television for years. I always wanted to do it, but didn't know where to start. I was afraid. Then I got the nerve. Then I got GBS. This was one of my motivators during my PT. I knew I could do it and I did it. Life handed me a whole bunch of lemons last year. My goal was to turn them into lemonade and I did. And I even managed to turn one of those lemons into a peach.
(closest thing to a peach)