It’s the final countdown

Over the holiday weekend, it occurred to me that the PRR is just about a month away. How the heck did THAT happen? It seems like only yesterday that we were slip-sliding all over the place, trying to keep our balance whilst jogging on the ice.

I don’t know about you, but I start getting a little bit anxious about a month before a big race. There’s something about knowing I only have about four more weeks of training that gets my heart racing (in both a nervous and excited way). It’s also around that time when I start  really kicking myself into gear — I stop drinking as much, I start eating better and I don’t allow myself to skip a run. Training goes from a second or third priority to a top priority. It almost feels like I’m cramming for a test — I know I should be doing this stuff for the entire training period, but I’m a procrastinator. The month mark gives me a little extra motivation.

What types of prep do you start doing a month before a big run? Does your routine change at all?

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May 31st, 2011
6:07 pm

This will be my first PRR and my first 10K. I’m so afraid I’m not going to be ready. I’m concerned more about the heat and humidity than the distance. I’m anxious to read how others are preparing during these last few weeks so that I can get some pointers.

Gen Neyland

May 31st, 2011
9:43 pm

To all those participating in this years PRR, Good luck…To all those that missed out or made other
plans this year (me), find another event and shoot for it. Happy trails.


May 31st, 2011
9:58 pm

Hello there Debbie. There’s nothing to be afraid of. I’ve done this thing a lot (somewhere around 10 times) and made it to the end each time. The best way, at least for me, to get ready for the heat/humidity is to run outside in Atlanta when it’s hot and humid. Since the AJC Peachtree takes place in the morning, running at about the same time will give you a feel for what the weather might be like. If you run later in the day, running early on July 4 might actually feel “cool.” But certainly be careful training when it’s hot.

Another trick I like is to run on the left side of the road during the Peachtree. With the sun rising in the east, the left side of the road will generally have more shade, and thus be a little cooler at the start.

Also, a benefit of the Peachtree is there will be tons of water to drink. There are official water stops about every mile with plenty of water plus more people along the side of the road will be giving out water/ice. Make sure to take advantage. One final thing. The first three miles are downhill before the steep incline up to Piedmont Hospital. Make sure you don’t go out too fast because you eventually will have to go up. Let me know if you have any more questions about the race. Matthew


June 1st, 2011
6:56 am

This will be my first Peachtree @ 50.Not a runner, but will walk/jog . May cross the finish line last. But going to do it.

Gen Neyland

June 1st, 2011
9:22 pm

Road Racing Etiquette Lesson # 24 : The left side of the road needs to be respected for people faster and individual runners need to know their place/pace/ability regarding running in a pack. A race the size of the PRR, that may not always be doable but be cognizant that some runner may be hauling by the time they hit Mile 2 and they will silently cuss some slogger blocking their way. Middle of the road is an acceptable starting point and gage from there. Although, it is the Peachtree, soooo….


June 3rd, 2011
9:58 pm

@Sharon, you will not be alone in the walk/jog! I’m over 50 and after too many accidents and injuries my running days are long behind me. In fact my even being able to walk the PRR this year will be a treat and an accomplishment for me. I’m praying my back holds up.

Want to get use to the heat, try driving without the air conditioner in the afternoon.


June 4th, 2011
7:41 am


June 4th, 2011
8:31 am

Sadly, I have not been able to train as much as I did for two years straight. Much as I love my morning work schedule, it cuts out those runs and it’s too hot to train in the afternoons. I don’t have access to a treadmill. I’m going to do what I can running/walking and instead of going for speed as my competitive side demands, I’m going to make an attempt to simply enjoy the race this year.


June 4th, 2011
8:44 am

Anyone get their Peachtree number yet? Still waiting.


June 4th, 2011
8:55 am

Did 5.2 miles at St. Simons in the heat/humidty yesterday….it was rough on flat land…wondering how I’m going to make it on those hills.


June 4th, 2011
9:11 am

I need to quit eating M&Ms first.

Jim Philips

June 4th, 2011
9:27 am

I’ve never run this race or a 10K before. I’ve been running on Peachtree to prepare. This morning, I started near the High Museum and ran downhill to Peachtree Battle, the low point. Then I turned around and ran back up the hill to where I started. That covered all of the hard parts. Hot and sweaty, but I made it.


June 4th, 2011
9:44 am

Just finished my first 10K run around Stone Mountain (one loop and then some). The terrain there is more difficult that on Peachtree, so I have high hopes I’ll make it to the finish line in one piece.


June 4th, 2011
9:53 am

I normally run 4 miles but I ran 5 today….Totally excited about the race, this will be my 5th PTRR!


June 4th, 2011
10:00 am

In the past I ran it because it was my home city’s race (well, actually I live in Tucker, but nevertheless). I run 10 to 13 miles on Saturday and do 3 to 4 hour long runs weekday afternoons, either at the Tucker High School track or on a treadmill at my gym when temps get too hot. I’m not overly excited about the race this year as I feel the lottery system is making us too much like New York City. My only goal in this one is keeping my pace under an hour.


June 4th, 2011
10:04 am

@mattbornstein. The only problem with running on the left is you miss the holy water sprinkler as well as the priest sprinkling runners as they go past on the right hand side around mile 2. I forget which church he represents. I always make sure I get the holy water from both sources just in case. :)

Ramona S

June 4th, 2011
11:11 am

This will be my 6th PRR. I am more than ready for it. :) As for the first timers, good luck. Enjoy the run. And please remember…if you are going to walk stay on the right side so us runners don’t have to slow down to go around you. :)


June 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

I just keep on keeping on since I run all year round. The main thing right now is acclimating to the heat. It will take this whole next month to gradually get acclimated. But I have to say right here, that it surprises me how many people don’t run 10-11 months of the year but then “train” for the Peachtree for a month or two. Maybe if you are young, in good shape, and otherwise athletic you can pull that off. But for most of us middle aged folks it is going to take more training than that to run this race. I know I will be dodging missiles after I say this, but I’m just not impressed by people who can’t run the whole thing (unless, of course, you have some kind of physical disability or health problem – that’s another story, so that’s not who I’m talking about!) If you plan to run the Peachtree, then why not train like you really mean it? In the years I have run the PTRR, it has become less of a RACE and more of an “event”. They should just call it “Big Crowds of People Walking and Jogging down Peachtree Street”.


June 4th, 2011
12:10 pm

@Nora. I run the entire race BUT I am passed ever year by people doing the run/walk. So it depends which one gets you to the finish line faster and/or with last pain. There is no such thing as only one way of running. As for missiles, you are entitled to your opinion and training method just as anything else including run/walkers. Whatever works best is what someone should use.

AT Powell

June 4th, 2011
12:11 pm

This is my 4th PRR and first time attempting to run it in less than 1 hour. I have been running mornings 3 times a week at Stone Mountain in and morning but with the race being a month away I am going to push it to 4 or 5 and will restrict my diet even further.


June 4th, 2011
12:32 pm

Nora, consider me the first offended at 42. Get bent. This day is not about YOU!


June 4th, 2011
12:47 pm

This will be my 31st. I did not do the last three and I’ll probably walk some of this one. My knees are shot from running for 35 years! In my youth I ran it in about 46 minutes every year.


June 4th, 2011
12:53 pm

I run all year but feel this race is for everyone! But please,PLEASE don’t take up the left side if you are not running UNLESS you have to.I do feel some just do it out of spite and some have no clue about it.Mile 1 and 2,well that may be a hard thing to do in this crowd,but later down the line just be respectful about it,PLEASE!

Gen Neyland

June 4th, 2011
6:47 pm

PRR Vet :
With all the newer medical technology and resources out here helping runners try to remain injury free for life, doesn’t all the years of prior running make you feel a bit jilted..? I’m a 20 year vet and wish some of the doctors out here now had been around years earlier.