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Lace Up

July 15, 2012

In what has become a Fourth of July tradition, I ran my fourth Peachtree Road Race this year. Unlike last year, I actually trained the appropriate distance for the race. It’s a 10K, which is 6.2 miles for non-metric minds. Although it’s no marathon, it’s also not a distance most people can simply do without some training. Well, some people can, but I am not one of those people.

My goal time was 1:10 or 11:29/mile. Now, this is not very quick for most runners, but it was something I could accomplish with some effort. The race was actually relatively cool this year — still under 90 degrees by the time I finished — and it was very cloudy for the first half.

This is also the first year I listened to music during the race. The atmosphere, which is more that of parade, is great so I hadn’t used music before. But since I’d been training with a specific playlist*, I figured it would help me pace myself.

My final time was 1:12:10, and my Endomondo app tells me actually completed 6.5 miles. Taking into account all the weaving around people, I’ll take it.

After the race each year, there is a pool party at Matt’s parents’ house, which is always a blast. Plus, after the race I have free reign to eat what ever I want for the rest of the day.

Now the struggle is to keep it up after the race, especially in the heat and humidity of July and August. I’m planning to sign up for a couple 5Ks and a 10K in the next few months in an attempt to stay motivated. And if all goes well, I’m actually considering doing a half marathon in November (yikes!).

Yesterday, I even shopped for two new running tops, a running bra, and a pair of running shorts (only $60 total from Marshall’s). If I have spiffy new clothes, I’m more likely to get myself out there. New shoes and socks are next.

*Now for that playlist. Try not to laugh too much as some of the songs, and keep in mind I created it in early 2009 when I was training for my first Peachtree. I made a few changes before this year’s race, and added one newer song to take the total time just past 1:10.

At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used To Be) — fun.
The First Single (Cause A Scene) — The Format
Classifieds — The Academy Is…
Blame It On Bad Luck — Bayside
Every Morning — Sugar Ray
Snails — The Format
A Favor House Atlantic — Coheed & Cambria (great for big hills!)
Poprocks and Coke — Green Day
Bubble Toes — Jack Johnson (this is soon to be replaced; too slow for motivation) 
Firework — Katy Perry (formerly I Kissed A Girl)
See You Again (remix) — Miley Cyrus
The Kids Aren’t Alright — The Offspring
Brick By Boring Brick — Paramore (formerly Decode)
Some Nights — fun. (this is the new addition)
Hey There Delilah — Plain White T’s
Africa — Toto
One of THOSE Nights — The Cab
Inside Out — Eve 6
Vindicated — Dashboard Confessional

I can’t tell you how wonderful it is having Vindicated as my last song. Generally, I look for songs that are upbeat, but not too fast so I don’t wear myself out too early. If you have any running playlist suggestions, please share!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2012 4:32 pm

    Congrats! I love running the Peachtree — this was actually the first year I didn’t use music! For a fun 5k, I recommend the Vinings Downhill 5K on August 18 — it goes fast and it’s before the heat sets in. I’m running a half in November, and not looking forward to August training…good luck!

    • Melanie permalink*
      July 15, 2012 4:42 pm

      Thanks for the tip! I’m probably going to do the Atlanta Track Club August 5K on Aug. 11 because I recently joined and it’s free for members. But I’ll consider the Vinings Downhill too. Good luck training for your half! Which one are you doing?

  2. Shannon permalink
    July 16, 2012 10:56 am

    Love this post! We really need to swap music playlists, mine tend more towards top 40 (new top 40 and from a few years ago…).

    You can TOTALLY do a half marathon in November! Just remember it’s your race and you’re only “competing” against yourself. It’s fun to see how far you can push yourself!

    • Melanie permalink*
      July 16, 2012 2:28 pm

      Thanks! 🙂 I know what you mean about pushing myself, and hopefully it’ll become much more doable when it cools off a little.

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