|Flat Niffercoo - didn't end up needing the mittens!! I wore my new Skirt Sports skirt with my 2015 MCM shirt as a shout out to my many friends running MCM this morning!|
The bathroom line at the ladies' room was ridiculous. I was in line for about 15 minutes, and when I came out, the line was twice as long. A volunteer said there were porta potties out on 17th (??) street, and I saw them while I was doing my warm up, but the lines for those were even worse! I did my 2 miles weaving back and forth Atlantic Station and finally settled into up and down one little road because it wasn't very crowded. Everything felt surprisingly good since I had run the 3 days before.
After my warm up, I needed to pee again, but the lines for the porta potties were even worse - and I had about 20 minutes until my start. I walked back to the regular bathrooms but they were worse than before. I then wandered around a bit trying to find an open store or some other bathroom options but couldn't find anything. At last I stumbled upon a marvelous sight - more porta potties! These were near the Target, and when I made my way down to them I discovered there were NO lines! They really should have announced these better! I had resigned myself to using potties on the course, but didn't need to! Yeah, this level of detail seems a bit TMI for a race report, but I was really surprised at the seeming lack of preparation in this area.
I asked a fellow racer where the start was located and it was directly behind me, so I started walking to my corral. I was placed in Wave B, which is generous since it was for 8:30 pace and there was no way I was doing that for 10 miles today. I decided I would be lining up in the very back for everyone's safety!
|Start Line Selfie!!|
The course itself was new this year, featuring running down Cardiac Hill (the beast of a hill from the Peachtree Road Race). It didn't mean much to me since this was my first time! LOL But I really, really enjoyed the course! I don't know much about downtown and I only very rarely knew exactly where I was, but we ran through some lovely places. Of course, the hills were there - it's downtown ATL! But I've been training on hills again for the last few weeks and I felt much stronger than I did during the Peachtree. There were 2 really significant hills in miles 7 and 8. I was doing 2:00/0:30 intervals and it helps so much in situations like that. I have also been working on my form going uphill and not powering my way through. It helps to conserve energy!
I felt so very good today. I can't even describe it - I was expecting to be sluggish and slow but I felt strong! Once I saw that I was able to run at my target "race pace" I just went with it. I ended up finishing about 20 seconds per mile faster than race pace! Oops! I'm definitely going to have to be careful at Dopey and make sure I don't get carried away by the atmosphere! LOL
One funny thing about this distance - I passed the 8 mile marker and thought, "Only 5 miles to go!" and then I realized, "No! Wait! Only TWO miles to go! WOOHOO!!" That was surely a great feeling!
I crossed the finish line feeling amazing, but I didn't see any photographers. Bummer! I was able to get a nice selfie with my medals, though! My finish time was 1:41:46 - and average pace of 10:11/mile. Pretty good for
|I'm going to blame the excess wrinkles around my eyes on being happy! Laugh Lines, right?!|
|Front of the spinner|
|Back of the spinner|
Next year this 10 mile race falls on my 10th Runniversary (yesterday was my 9th!) so I'm pretty sure you can guess how I will be celebrating! I think I'll even make a cool shirt to wear that says something about it being my 10th year of running!
Lots of races this weekend - hoping everyone had a fun and safe time!