2009 AJC Peachtree Road Race: How did you prepare (or not) for your July 4 run?

It’s almost time for the 40th AJC Peachtree Road Race. Have you been getting in a lot of extra miles, cutting back on junk food or pretty much just chilling in the HOTlanta heat?

Are you aiming for a PB, or will you just be out there to have a good time?

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July 1st, 2009
12:34 am

I’ve been doing a lot of praying.

Yonah Dawg

July 1st, 2009
8:25 pm

Ran about 7.5 miles last night over 1.5 hours . . . sore as heck today.


July 1st, 2009
8:26 pm

I got my number, what was enough of an early morning work-out :-)

Momma M

July 1st, 2009
8:55 pm

Ran a 1/2 marathon 2 months ago. Haven’t trained well since. I have a number. Just a lot of fear.

Mike T

July 1st, 2009
9:28 pm

Kinda – I’ve run eighteen 5K’s this spring – but 5K’s are not 10 K’s – so just about the bottom of “the hill,” my body is gonna be saying – DUDE! What are you doing????? We’re supposed to be stopping by now………………. and then it’s on to Brookwood Station… (huff and puff, huff and puff);
then on to the water in front of the Temple (huff and puff, walk a little); then dodge the water spray just past Spring St…press on to 14th St…. on to 10th St…. hang a left…. smile for the pic …
and race for Charles Allen Drive…. Hallelujah, thank you Jesus for the END!!!
(huff and puff some more);

Suwanee Dawg

July 1st, 2009
9:41 pm

Cut back on junk food and carbs, and been running about 4 miles, three times a week for the last two weeks. Before that, nada…hope this is enough training to make it on Saturday….


July 1st, 2009
10:15 pm

I think I have been doing OK. I am worried abut the heat, but there will be plenty of water. Just looking to have a good time and to earn the t-shirt at the end of the race!

Been there, done that

July 1st, 2009
11:16 pm

This will be my fourth Peachtree, having run my first in 1979, the tenth anniversary. Not in good enough shape to run the entire distance, will have to walk some, but should make it. Ran 4 miles last week and hurt my leg, so it’s touch and go. Heat shouldn’t be the issue, drinking lots of water. Oxygen will be the issue with 55,000 folks breathing it all up!


July 2nd, 2009
10:15 am

I’m in the very last group to start, but still plan to beat at least 10,000-20,000 runners with a time of about 1:20 at age 66. I used to make it in about 55-60 minutes, but that was in 1995.


July 2nd, 2009
1:39 pm

Running and walking Stone Mountain six days a week. It is only 5 miles. I hope the extra mile does not take me by surprise. I am lookig forward to it although I have to get in the back to meet up with my friends.


July 3rd, 2009
7:53 am

I’m stuck in the 90,000’s group, so I’m hoping to avoid walkers, disregard the extra heat, ignore the fact that my legs are stiff from the standing and waiting, and still post a sub-58 minute time. More important, will there be any donuts left as I run by? Will there be any fans left – I hate running in the last group!!


July 3rd, 2009
8:24 am

I ran an average of 8 miles per week for the past 6 weeks, and threw in three 10K practice runs. I’ll be really happy if I can finish sub sixty minutes.


July 3rd, 2009
8:46 am

not much, but more than last year…2 miles a few times a week

Independent thinker

July 3rd, 2009
8:51 am

25th consecutive for me…every year since 1985. Am ready to go.


July 3rd, 2009
9:10 am

I walked around my neighborhood (2 miles) once last month … :0
Where’s the nearest pub? I’m shooting for 1:50


July 3rd, 2009
9:13 am

20 mpw, every week, year round. That includes a 5-6 mile run once a week. I might not be fast, but I will be the one running up the hills when everyone else is walking.


July 3rd, 2009
9:19 am

I’m just hoping to finish before they start reopning the streets behind me


July 3rd, 2009
9:47 am

Very little training. Time group 1, but will run with my wife since it is our 10th anniversary since running our 1st P’tree. This will add about 10 minutes to my time- or more if I drink beer on the way…

you'll be fine!

July 3rd, 2009
10:08 am

to everyone who’s run 4 miles – you guys are doing great. You’ll do fine, if you can run 4 on race day, the extra energy of the course will get you through the full 6.2. Mike T i’m with you, I’ll make it to the bottom of the hill, but the climb up to the Chic-Fil-a will be tough… then just toughing out the “olympic mile” as best I can – and waiting till I hit the High Museum. By that point, if I’m still going I should be so delirious that I might make it to Jock’s and Jills. Order two beers to go. Raise em up, smile for the camera. Go home.

It's Closed

July 3rd, 2009
10:21 am

You’ll have a difficult time with the Jocks and Jills beer. It’s been closed for about a year now.


July 3rd, 2009
10:41 am

Not really – ran 6.2 in late May and nothing since. I’ve downgraded my gaols to (1) no walking and (2) under 60 minutes. My goals of a sub 55 minute time seem out of reach …


July 3rd, 2009
11:33 am

I’ve been training 15 mpw with several 10K runs on the weekends, but I’m not looking for a PR since I’m in group 9! Hopefully I won’t pass out from the heat!