I can’t believe it’s already been a whole year since Drew and I ran our first race put on by the Atlanta Beltline Running Series. Time flies! We actually procrastinated registering for this year’s race up until just about a week beforehand. Waking up at 6 A.M. on a Saturday is not something I want to do often, but I figured it would be worth it. Plus, no doubt I’d gotten faster than last year and really wanted to see what kind of time I could pull out. No offense to The Color Run, but if you’re trying to get a PR or run competitively, that is not the race to do it.
Race day arrived, and we literally rolled out of bed, laced up our running shoes and drove out to the course. It was the exact same route as last year, which is both good and bad. The first part of the race started off-terrain and while Drew, a former cross-country megastar, was excited for it, I’d much prefer all 3.1 miles to be on smooth, flat pavement. Thankfully that part of the race went by pretty quickly and before I knew it, I was within reach of the finish line. The race seemed to go by a lot quicker than last year and when I looked up at the clock to see my final time, I understood why. I beat last year’s time by a whopping 3 minutes!
It was great to see and hear Drew rooting me on from the finish line. After running the race step for step together the year before, we both decided that we would queue up together at the start, but each try to do our personal best. Drew finished with a 21:00, while I followed shortly behind in 21:56. Sweaty and happy, we celebrated our great runs and headed toward the post-race party for some water and vendor swag. As it turns out, I ended up winning my age group and placing 6th overall female. I even got a huge winner’s mug to show for it. Drew did great as well, placing 4th in his age group and 23rd overall out of over 300 runners!
After heading back home for some much-needed showers, we walked to Piedmont Park for yet another jaunt at the farmer’s market. I was determined to get my precious almond iced coffee since I’d missed in the weekend before. We also headed back to the Nectar food truck for their delicious breakfast paninis. I ordered the tried and true egg, mozzarella and pesto panini while Drew changed things up a bit with the spicy chipotle chicken. With another race day in the books, I’ve already set my sights on another 5k in September that several co-workers are running. Should be fun!