There’s no place I’d rather get water (or Osmo!), than at a mid-race aid station. Last weekend I was back on the start line at a local Atlanta favorite, the Charles Harris 10k Road Race. Charles Harris is a point-to-point, net downhill course that gives runners a great opportunity for fast times compared to the typical hillfests we find around Atlanta.
A point-to-point race also gave a few of my Dynamo teammates and I the opportunity to park at the finish, then run the race course in reverse to the start line!
Ryann, Erin, Scotty, Me, Katrina, Ashley, and Lesley all smiles pre warm-up!!
I really like long warm-ups, so I think our six mile jog actually helped me prepare for the race more than it tired me out. We had PERFECT running weather this year so I went out in a slightly more controlled than usual 5:25 first mile, then spent the next five miles focused on staying strong on the slight uphills and really taking advantage of the downhills.
I’m three-for-three in good races in my SMASH green burnout tee! Definitely convinced it’s lucky!!
I managed to hold on and barley beat the quickly closing Holly from the Atlanta Track Club to finish first female with a new 10k PR of 36:42!! (Full results HERE)
Still smiling post-race with (top) Brent, Carmen, Ryann, Katrina, April; (bottom) Lauren, Ashley, Shanks, Me
I’m thrilled with my run speed given where I am in my training and I’ve already had friends Jason and Meghan say they’ll help pace me to a sub-36 finish time next year!! Not a bad progression considering I was proud of my 53 minute finish at the Peachtree Road Race 10k less than seven years ago!
The long warm-up may have been a secret weapon since quite a few Dynamo athletes set PRs and landed on the podium in a very competitive local field.
Ashley, showing off her hardware. Watch out for this girl – I predict big things!!
After the race I hopped in the car and drove down to Macon to join the Middle Georgia Tri Club for a ride. Luckily the group is full of super strong athletes so I was able to sit in the back and chat while they did the work!
The club had arranged for SAG support, TWO police escorts, a beautiful course, and equally gorgeous weather! I loved seeing new and familiar faces and hearing about everyone’s 2014 race plans. I’m pretty sure I came away from the outing just as inspired as anyone else!
Big THANK YOU to the Middle GA Tri Club for inviting me down to visit! Can’t wait to see everyone at the races!! And CONGRATS again to everyone who race Charles Harris!! The year is setting up to be a good one for all of us!!