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gahurts posted 7/7/2013 08:10 AM

Thursday I ran for the first time in the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. It was my 2nd race ever and my 1st 10K. I was so not ready. I had not completed a Couch to 5K training program I had started several weeks earlier. I went a whole week without training a couple of weeks before because I had a medical procedure done three weeks to the day before the race.

It was Fantastic!! I had a great run. Ran the entire first half without breaking stride. Had to walk up most of the hills after that but ran all the level areas and definately the down slopes.

My net time was 1 hour 16 minutes and 2 seconds!

I came in the top 50% of all finishers and in the top third of men.

kernel posted 7/7/2013 08:22 AM

Good for you! Enjoy your victory! Now you might want to find a hot tub.

fireproof posted 7/7/2013 09:07 AM

Congrats! That is Awesome! Also you had to run in the rain!

Really that is great! What an achievement!

gahurts posted 7/7/2013 09:39 AM

We got lucky with the rain. It held off until the race finished.

Yes I was sore the next day. My legs hurt so bad that everytime I got up from sitting I groaned.

Chrysalis123 posted 7/7/2013 09:58 AM


Dreamboat posted 7/7/2013 10:28 AM


inconnu posted 7/7/2013 10:59 AM

That's fantastic!

nowiknow23 posted 7/7/2013 11:01 AM

Yay! Well done, ga.

tesla posted 7/8/2013 15:47 PM


ajsmom posted 7/8/2013 15:49 PM

And without running shorts!

Woo Hoo!

Great job! I'm so not a runner, but some of the races sound like so much fun, I might have to take a crack at them.



jo2love posted 7/8/2013 16:50 PM


sadcat posted 7/9/2013 06:14 AM

Good job! I saw some of it on TV, looked way to sweaty for me

gahurts posted 7/9/2013 06:22 AM

Thanks everybody.

Aj's Mom, when I stopped after the race to get a beer, a woman sitting next to me could not believe I ran the whole thing in jeans. Told me to invest in running shorts.

She11ybeanz posted 7/9/2013 08:20 AM

That's awesome!!! Congrats!!! I ran my first ROAD 10k this year! Its funny cause I've been running and racing for years but had never done a road 10k! I think its a nice challenging distance! And, you got a very respectable time!!! GO YOU!!!

Yes.....and I agree on the running can shave off a little time by doing that next time! But, to make you feel better....when I was 18 and joined my 1st gym and had about 50 more pounds to lose, my first workout outfit was a pair of jean shorts and a Lane Bryant black velvet tank top!!! I probably looked funny to most people but I bet they aren't laughing now!!!

[This message edited by She11ybeanz at 8:22 AM, July 9th (Tuesday)]

nutmegkitty posted 7/9/2013 08:37 AM

I'm so impressed that you did a 10K!!

I signed up for a 5K in October and I'm already nervous.

gahurts posted 7/9/2013 08:54 AM

Thank She11y. I know the running shorts will feel a lot cooler but I hadn't thought about them helping on my time too.

Nutmegkitty, I did my 1st race last Spetember. It was a 5K Corporate run through downtown Atlanta. It was a lot of fun. The extra energy you feel from everyone around you really pumps you up.

If you have a smart phone, I recommend getting a running app. I use RunKeeper. It announces my pace and distance every 5 minutes and tracks my progtress. It is so cool when you are running in the race and the first 5 minute announcement says yopu are running faster than you ever thought you could . It also helps you to pace yourself.

Good luck and have fun!

Amazonia posted 7/9/2013 09:17 AM

My first six months of running, I wore a pair of men's shorts that were too small for my fatty XH, and old tshirts. When I finally tossed those old basketball shorts, I invested in some cute women's running shorts that show off the 150 stairs I do every day in my metro commute (aka my ass looks fab).

fraeuken posted 7/9/2013 10:43 AM

Inspiring! Starting to train for my first 5k next weekend. It can be done!

She11ybeanz posted 7/9/2013 10:52 AM


nutmegkitty posted 7/9/2013 13:00 PM

Thanks for the tip - I downloaded the app today!

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