You Get the Peachtree You Pay For

When I signed up online for the 2010 AJC Peachtree Road Race, I had no intention of training with more of a purpose than in past years, much less writing about it.
But when I got an email after my registration that said was looking for volunteer bloggers, I thought I could have some fun with it. What could go wrong?
I told a co-worker who ran the race last year in about 50 minutes that I would be blogging about the Peachtree. He planted a crazy thought in my head. Why not publicly set a goal that I will run it in under an hour?
Why not, indeed. So I kicked off my Peachtree posts by throwing a gauntlet down at my own feet.
The next helpful suggestion my colleague offered was to retire my “75-minute shoes” from last year, even though I think I had enough life left in them to get to past this July 4th. But a nagging thought was planted – what if running in the old shoes cost me a chance at finishing under an hour?
So after polling blog readers for shoe shopping suggestions, I bought a pair of Mizunos for $86.40. They’re fine and an improvement over running on my old Asics with 300 miles on them. But I doubt the magic of Mizuno will shave about 15 minutes off my 2009 time.
I jammed my left middle toe into my coffee table in April and it never quite healed. Or maybe the injury happened when I threw down the gauntlet. I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that longer runs made the pain in my foot flare up and readers suggested I try non-cotton socks.
So I bought two pair of Thorlos for $22.60 and they helped, enough that I went back and spent $9.54 on a pair of Balega socks. I have to say this was money well-spent.
My blogging counterpart, Lauren, recently suggested summer running goes better with a non-cotton shirt. Done, for $21.20. I ran five miles in it Saturday and was still drenched at the end. But even soaked it was definitely lighter than the cotton shirts I’ve been wearing.
The meter started running back on March 21 when I registered online and put $41 on my Amex. I could have committed then to go to the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo to pick up my number and saved the $5 mailing fee. But I was noncommittal.
The grand total to get outfitted in a way that gives me a better shot at finishing the 2010 Peachtree in an hour: $181.73.
Whoops, forgot about the chafing issue and the requisite petroleum jelly. Make that $182.92.

11 comments Add your comment


June 17th, 2010
7:41 am

you should try body glide, you can get it at Big Peach Running Co, it works better than vaseline and doesn’t stain your clothes, it’s the #1 selling accessory for runners, oh and it cost about $6 rather than the $1 vaseline


June 17th, 2010
7:43 am

I notice you aren’t wearing any pants. Maybe that will make you faster; maybe not.

Gen Neyland

June 17th, 2010
8:08 am

Read anything by George Sheehan. The guy can still motivate us, God rest his soul…


June 17th, 2010
8:10 am

I’ve bought 3 new pairs of shoes in 2 months. One pair is supposed to be my racing shoes. My postal scale says they’re about 1.5 oz. lighter than my other shoes. Than I bought a pair of shoes that is a half size smaller trying, once again, to go lighter. They were, of course, about half a size to small. My third and latest pair seems perfect to train in. I’ve already got good sock. My next decision to make is what shirt to wear taking into account weather, water and MARTA.

Lauren Dieterich

June 17th, 2010
9:11 am

BodyGlide will change your life. Best. Invention. Ever. Even if you don’t wear pants.

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John McCosh

June 17th, 2010
1:01 pm

OK, I bought some BodyGlide during my lunch hour. I hope this stuff is as great as everyone says. Now I don’t have enough for the pants.

Gen Neyland

June 17th, 2010
1:58 pm

The great thing about BodyGlide is that it is so aerodynamically efficient, nobody will even notice you might not be wearing pants as you’ll be but a blur streaking up Peachtree…Also water repellent, kinda like Rain X. Dang expensive stuff, ain’t it..?


June 18th, 2010
8:00 am

With all this talk about Body Glide there must be a whole lot a chafing goin’ on! That shouldn’t be the case. Maybe you should try a different running shirt or shorts, if you choose to wear them.

Lauren Dieterich

June 18th, 2010
9:09 am

The right shirt and shorts can still chafe in adverse conditions – when you’re sweatier than normal, when you’re running through fire hydrant or holy water sprinklers, or when running (for me) longer than 12 miles.

Also as the lone woman commenting here, allow me to ahem… note something. There are certain anatomical reasons I need Bodyglide. It’s not the wrong shirt or shorts, but the fact that I have to wear a sports bra. Wow… don’t you just love being an athlete? Modesty flies right out the window!


June 20th, 2010
9:20 am

Hello, Peachtree Race looking forward to it… I’v been running a year this past june 5th. If you wear the right clothing, that absorbes sweat, you don’t need body glide . I cut the liner out of my shorts and wear spandex boxer briefs, they not only give great support, but also helps keep your muscles from cramping. I told myself, that I wanted too run this race @ 50. I’ll turn 51 shortly after midnight on the 4th, and I plan on running this race under 1 hour….. I like to wear new clothes in a big race as this, I’ll be looking for new shoes today. And the guy running with no shorts, you want need the Vaseline ;-) … Happy Running… Ken