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First AJC Peachtree? Your questions are answered

Like a lot of our blog readers out there (judging from the comments), my fellow blogger Yvonne is an AJC Peachtree Road Race rookie. I’ve run the race a few times – somewhere around 10 – so I will attempt to answer some of the questions she had. From the comments, I know there are a lot of people running for the first time. Make sure you enjoy the run. I hope this helps and anyone else that has questions (or answers), please pass them along.

–How crowded is it — really? Does it make you want to turn right around and go home?

I’ve never turned around and gone home. But it’s certainly a lot of people, something I’ve found to be commonplace at a lot of runs in Atlanta. Spending the past three years in Jackson, Tenn., I ran in races with no more than 100 people and was just about guaranteed to finish in the top three in my age group. That’s not the case here.

Be prepared to wait in long porta-potty lines pre-race or to make your own potty. For the first half-mile or …

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Dash and dine – what to eat after the race

Now that you're done, what do you eat? (AJC file photo)

Now that you're done, what do you eat? (AJC file photo)

All those calories burned running a race; they don’t stay gone for very long. After running a race, especially if I run well, I like to enjoy a nice breakfast. My favorite two options are Chick-fil-A (most days I am not up early enough for a chicken biscuit) or Waffle House, my vote for second-best AJC Peachtree Road Race sponsor following my employer.

After running a 5K on Thursday (388 Calories burned according to my watch), I went straight for a chicken biscuit combo. As always, it was good. Looking at the Chick-fil-A website, the biscuit, hash browns and coffee contained almost double the Calories I burned running (740). At least I woke up early and made the 7 a.m. race, right? That has to be worth something, even if I’m not taking full advantage of the health benefits.

My all-time most memorable post-race meal followed my final high school cross country race. Imagine being at a Waffle House after running a hard …

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AJC Peachtree traditions (hopefully you’ve got some good ones)

Borrowed from my uncle – the running patriarch of the family – I do 10 pushups before every race. I know from the stares I sometimes get that my pre-race tradition is a little bit different and personally know it’s not that exciting. It’s not even as good as his pre-race routine which also includes situps and some other exercises.

How about some more of my racing traditions, not that they’re any goo?

Wrongly I know, I always try to start near the front of a race, another tradition borrowed from my uncle. And I always wear the race shirt after the same day after finishing the race (hope my boss doesn’t mine me wearing it to the office tomorrow). I always try to thank the race volunteers and police, and give fives to the little kids along the side of the road. Maybe I’ll give a few “Go Dogs” for some Tech fans I see. Not too many other running traditions for me that I can think of (unless beating my brother counts). Come to think of it, finishing ahead of parts of …

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A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Run

Let’s hear about that run in which nothing, and I mean nothing went right.

Here’s my most recent terrible run, occurring today. I go out on the two-mile loop around a lake at a park near my house. Nothing bad about that; I’ve done it several times over the past few weeks with no issues. Trust me, there were issues today.

After not being able to find my way to finish the trail (there are multiple branches and I somehow kept getting stuck on a small circuit and unable to make it through to continue around the lake), I realize my car key has fallen out of my pocket. At this point, I was already headed back the way I came since I can’t make it around, even though I have several times before. This is a first for me, and I know this isn’t good. I start backtracking along the trail, walking and looking for my key. After walking probably about a mile, I am back at my car with no key. I head back out, trying to make it back as far as I went before turning around (I had already turned …

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The AJC Peachtree’s growing rival race

I was there. Interning in Denver in 2006, I missed the AJC Peachtree but got my holiday 10K fix running the Memorial Day BolderBoulder race. (Flickr photo by: scubadive67)

I was there. Interning in Denver in 2006, I missed the AJC Peachtree but got my holiday 10K fix running the Memorial Day BolderBoulder race. (Flickr photo by: scubadive67)

Like any good sports franchise or college team, the AJC Peachtree Road Race has a rival. But it’s not Yankee-Red Sox or Alabama-Auburn ugly between the Peachtree and the BolderBoulder. Instead the Peachtree and the other huge, holiday 10K complete with qualifying times, staring corrals, costumed patrons, beer along the side of the road, and oh yes, a whole lot of runners appear to get along. In the past, Peachtree race director Tracey Russell has headed to Boulder to observe the race, and the two big events share ideas. But there are still bragging rights on the line.

Almost 55,000 people took part in the BolderBoulder on Memorial Day including 53 listing a Georgia city as a hometown as that race continues to grow. The Peachtree will have 60,000 or so this year after the field was increased by 5,000. Was …

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How to be cool (running)

Not that it is breaking news, but the heat can be a major factor in slowing you down. After flying a few weeks ago running during a cooling severe thunderstorm and struggling in almost 100 degree heat on the same four mile loop, I decided to pull some numbers and investigate. That’s what is below, some data on my last five four-runs (all but the June 5 run were training runs on the same loop; June 5th was a race on a similarly hilly but different route).

Day
Time
Distance
Run time
Pace/Mile
Temperature
Day’s mean temp.
Above/Below mean
Heat Index
Percent Humidity

June 7
9:45 AM
4.06
36:27
8:59
79
80
Below
81
60

June 5
8:06 AM
3.95
32:42
8:17
72
82
Below
73
78

June 1
5:28 PM
4.02
37:09
9:14
96
84
Above
98
35

May 26
6:03 PM
4.06
34:49
8:34
70
75
Below
70
83

May 24
7:48 PM
4.03
36:00
8:55
85
78
Above
84
37

- Weather data from Weather Underground.

My quickest runs came when it was coolest. I remember after that June 1 run, I couldn’t cool off. I literally stood in …

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Let me hear it – my running playlist

A local runner heads through Piedmont Park listening to her iPod. After years of running earbud-less, I have started running to music. (John Spink, AJC)

A local runner heads through Piedmont Park listening to her iPod. After years of running earbud-less, I have started running to music. (John Spink, AJC)

I’ve blogged before that I was going to attempt to run while listening to music. And I’ve done that, now for about a week. Surprisingly, things have gone well (with issues formulating a playlist and keeping earbuds in especially during the rain).

Below is my playlist in the random order it just came up. I’m not sold on it, but it has done all right considering my big issue about running to music was coming across songs that annoyed me in the middle of a run. I am sure these songs eventually will annoy. We’ll see how my mood toward running with my iPod changes when they do.

As you can see, there is a wide variety of genres, an interesting mix. I’m not into the running cliché stuff other than “Born to Run,” and anyway, it’s Bruce. I’m into things that happen to entertain me while in out in street. A common …

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Snakes on a trail: What would you do?

What would you do if he/she appears in front of you on a trail? (Photo: Ed Kabay, Zoo Atlanta)

What would you do if he/she appears in front of you on a trail? (Photo: Ed Kabay, Zoo Atlanta)

What would you do?

You’re running on a somewhat familiar trail around a small neighborhood lake. At several points the trail forks and you have the option of which way to go. You go left. All of a sudden in front of you is a snake taking up the entire path.

At one point in my life – thanks to STT science classes at Fernbank – I wanted a corn snake (never got one, though). I am not anti-snake; I just don’t know how to identify them. I can’t tell if the snake will kill me or if I’m good.

When I saw a black and yellow snake ahead, I quickly chose to turn around earlier this week. It wasn’t scary-looking or anything. I just didn’t want to mess with it. I picked up some speed (good work snake) and chose the other fork. Usually, animals don’t do much to me while running. Just ignore that barking dog chasing you and it will eventually stop. That’s always worked for …

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Whatizit? A new outdoor elliptical trainer

Izzy at Austin Rd School 1

Remember Whatizit (who later became Izzy)? That's exactly what I thought when I first saw the ElliptiGO. (Johnny Crawford/Staff)

The two-wheel ElliptiGO takes the gym outside. But really, what is it? (Photo courtesy ElliptiGO)

The two-wheel ElliptiGO takes the gym outside. But really, what is it? (Photo courtesy ElliptiGO)

Whatizit (remember him)? Is it running? Biking? A goofy-looking cardio activity? Some combination of the three?

On a run through my neighborhood earlier this week, I saw someone on one of these ElliptiGO bike-like machines. I am sure I gave it a second look because, honestly, I didn’t know what I was looking out. I have done a little research. Turns out I am not alone.

From The Washington Post: The first time you see an ElliptiGO, chances are you’ll have the same reaction Stacey Moses did: “That thing is goofy-looking.”

An Ironman triathlete with bum knees and a bad hip – needed a low-impact exercise but wanting to avoid a bike saddle – came up with the device. After about five years of design work and engineering, the first model came out in …

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The anti-social runner runs with someone

i’ve never been one to run with another person or a group. It usually comes down to pace. I’ve never found a person that runs about the same speed as me (that also wants to run with me), making it hard for me to find someone to run with. Past living locales may have played a part in that and also the fact that a lot of my friends didn’t used to run.
Last Saturday at the Brookhaven Bolt 5K, for the first time in a long time, I ran an entire run/race with a college friend. Way back during our days at UGA we ran together a few times, but he was always way ahead of me. Even after nights of going out, he would still top me. I couldn’t keep up training, either.
This time, we stayed together, and at the end told each other we each were trying to keep up with the one another. We pushed each other. And at the end, we were both pleased with our times (at least I was). Certainly, it was different than running alone. It wasn’t just a head-game to keep up my pace in the race. I …

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