I decided that the goal of that race was to run without pain, because I was still concerned about the groin/pelvis. Thankfully, albeit slow, I ran it pain free. I didn't write a race report, because except for being slower than usual, there wasn't anything going on with me, and I've written about the course, here, here, and here. I ran the next Saturday, and then we had the 3T5K.
When I first heard about the 3T5K, I was like, "Yes!" It is at 3 Taverns Brewery. I like their beer, it is relatively close, and hello, a 5K followed by beer at 8:30am. What's not to like? Oh and then I got sent a $5 discount code. Woohoo! So D and I signed up. Our friend W, did too.
On Friday, D and I went to get our obligatory carb-loading pizza (doesn't matter the size of the race, we always get pizza). The slices were huge. We couldn't remember the last time we had a slice from Avondale Pizza. We always get whole pies.
|Slice of Sausage, Tomato, Extra Cheese|
So after that, we went and picked up our bibs. Georgia (for now) has weird beer laws, and you can't buy a pint at a brewery. However they were having a discounted tour (tour the brewery for a fee, and get 4 9oz beers free). So we did that. And then came home.
|More Friday Night Carb Loading|
In the morning we got up, and got ready. I was feeling a little nervous. We got to the brewery and W got there right as we did. We chatted and went to the start.
The race started right at 8am in front of the dogs' daycare (we didn't take them there). Of course being Atlanta, there was not a chip start (although there was a chip finish). I still don't get that...it is almost every race, and it is not just one race organization...eh. It ran to the beginning of New Street and turned right onto College. Then another right onto Sam's Street. I didn't even realize there was a street right there (that went anywhere). It was relatively flat. Then came a big downhill. It was nice, and I really liked my pace, although I knew it was slightly too fast. Right after crossing S Columbia Drive, I walked for 1 minute. I continued running and was pretty sure I saw W with a group of the really fast runners way out ahead of me (as in, I still had to run 2 streets to get to where he was). Mile 1: 12:30
So I started running up Heatherdown. There is no down on that road. It was all uphill. I got to 14 minutes and had to walk up part of it. I noticed a woman who would run past me every time I passed her. I guess she thought she could take me. The thing was, she would stop running every time she passed me. It was very annoying. Anyway, we turned off Heatherdown, and got onto Missionary Dr/Inman. It was relatively an slow uphill grade. I walked at 19 minutes. She continued her passing me, then walking thing. We passed the Winnona Park Elementary and turned up Avery. (2 MIles was 13:XX)
Slightly rolling hills (they finally went down). I tried to stay running every 4 minutes/walk 1. We turned on Winnona and then did a little offshoot. At the offshoot, I saw if I ran the woman. I knew I could create distance on the hills. Somehow I got some momentum to run to each cone. The rest of Winnona was uphill. Back onto Avery with a little more hill, and then right onto College. Yay! Downhill. I was feeling decent, albeit tired. I wasn't going to break any records, but I started relaxing and thinking about the beer. I could see I had one more hill. We ran with traffic which was a little scary because the sun was directly in our faces...so I couldn't see, which made me think drivers couldn't see. The cops did a great job of keeping the cars in their lane. I started thinking that I was pretty sure I could beat 41. I was trying to remember what I ran at Tri-Cities. I couldn't remember. That beer was going to taste good. I crossed Columbia and started getting towards the old Ace. I really wanted to walk. I started up the hill. Eh, walking was good. I could see D and W waiting at the last corner, so I ran again. Finally got to the corner. Yay. I ran down the hill to the finish line. Then we went and got beer! I don't know where that woman finished, except behind me!
Both D and W had good races. We ate beer, listened to some awful music (it was not the band that was inside, but Spotify or Sirius outside). We ran into a friend T, who ended up winning his age group. We finished our beers and then went home.
The next day, we met back up with W again (we may have had some more beer on Saturday with him), and celebrated another brewery's birthday. (Wild Heaven 7).
|Hanging out at Wild Heaven|