In 2015, I decided to scratch an item off of my bucket list.
That item was to participate in the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on the Fourth of July. For those unfamiliar with the race, the Peachtree Road Race is a 10k that starts at Lenox Square Mall in the Buckhead area and ends at Piedmont Park—6.2 miles.
My first experience in the race started in dramatic fashion with a thunderstorm delaying the start time. When the lightening and thunder ceased it continued to rain, which made my first race a wet and cool experience.
Although the race was a rough experience for me—a person who hates exercising—it felt amazing to accomplish something I never thought I could accomplish. I was so happy about finishing the race that I decided to do it again in 2016.
Coming into this year’s race I knew what to expect course-wise, and I understood that there was a lesser chance that it would rain again. So I was prepared to walk in 80-plus degree weather, and low and behold it was hot and humid the morning of the race.
My plan was to take my time—don’t try to do too much, stay hydrated, keep my body temperature at a good level and finish my race. That’s what I did and I was happy with my results.
I finished the race in two hours and 10 minutes. I did not stop once, I drank as much water as I could and I walked through every water-spray fountain to cool my body temperature down. Although my legs and muscles were tired, as normal, I didn’t feel as tired. I still had a lot of energy afterward, which means my stamina is improving.
I felt great after the race and decided to participate in the race every year until I’m physically unable.
If you live in the Atlanta area or live close by and haven’t participated in the Peachtree Road Race, I suggest that you try it. Whether it’s for a fitness goal, a lifetime goal or just to say that you’ve did it.