Happy 4th of July and a Peachtree date

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So much fun running the Atlanta Peachtree Road Race this morning with this hot guy! 😎 This race never disappoints for heat, crowds, and hills. πŸ˜‚ But seriously, it’s a really well organized race with over 60,000 runners as the largest 10k in the world. 🌎 Can’t beat that community! ❀️ Finished in 39:55 with a 6:21 pace. Kinda wish I had pushed harder, but can’t be too disappointed. πŸ’¦ Definitely gave me the bug to try more short distances! πŸ’¨ Happy Fourth of July! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡² #gobeyondpace #saucony #milestonepod #runyourworld #runinrabbit #radrabbit #motherrunner #womendrunningcommunity #womenrunning #marathontraining #fourthofjuly #peachtreeroadrace #atlantatrackclub

Happy Fourth of July! My husband and I woke up at 5 am at my parents’ house so we could drive down to Marta and catch a ride to the race start. We were a little tight on time, but arrived just in time to start with our waves at 7:30 am. It was 92% humidity and in the 70s when we started. I think the temps got up to the 90s by the time the race ended for later waves.Β  I did a little research last year on heat and humidity. It turns out that dew point is the best predictor of performance. Here is a helpful article with a chart for dew point. Today’s dew point was around 73 in Atlanta, which is “very difficult” according to the article.Β  All part of the sport! πŸ™‚

I’ll write a race report later, but the race went well for me and I PR’d. I don’t feel like I ran as fast as I could have, but I had a hard time pushing to the point of suffering. I kind of just found a comfortably hard pace and tried to stick with it. My overall average pace was 6:21, but it definitely was faster on the initial downhills compared to the uphills at the end! My finishing time was 39:55. I’m happy to break 40, but I’m also a little mad at myself for not leaving it all out on the course. It certainly makes me want to run more shorter distances to have fun with the paces. πŸ™‚

We drove back up to my parents’ house after the race to collect our baby. Before we left, we got in a fun boat ride with a sleepy baby and all ate lunch. Such a wonderful holiday with my wonderful family!

How do you know how much to push during races so that you don’t blow up or run too conservatively?

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