2018 Peachtree Road Race

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Jul 27, 2010



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Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran all 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin)

5 x Boston Marathon

Triathlete - sprint to half-ironman distance

Climbed Alpe d'Huez on my bike 



Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to improve times on all distances from 5k to marathon


Married with three daughters - each of them are recreational runners.

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Miles:This week: 19.50 Month: 94.24 Year: 362.24
Race: 2018 Peachtree Road Race (6.214 Miles) 00:47:31, Place overall: 1942, Place in age division: 105
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Today's Peachtree Road Race was my fourth time doing this race since moving to Atlanta 4 years ago.  This was not a great time result for me today, but I attribute that to the poor weather-racing conditions.   Similar or worse to the weather  2 years ago 72 degrees and 100% humidity with a dew point of 71 - as I age, I just do not do well in those conditions.  As expected, I ran about the same time 2 years ago.  

My effort in the first 3 miles was on par as far as splits go with the previous efforts.   I was at or slightly below 7 mins in the first mile with the next 2 downhill miles in upper 6 min range.  However my heartrate this morning was blowing up very early even in the first mile and at least for me, once that happens, I have about 3.5-4 miles before I crack.  My avg HR for this race has never been higher at 178. 

Too bad this wasn't a 5k - because the first part of the race was not too terrible. 

On the bright side, my daughters and my son-in-law all participated and it was a great event as it always is.  I love that my girls want to do the race every year - regardless of whether they have been training - because it makes for a great family event and tradition.    From the giant American flag hanging from a crane above the starting line, to the perfect organization, and nearly 60,000 runners, and with the National Anthem beautifully sung, ending perfectly with an F-16 blasting over Peachtree Road - there's nothing like it on Independence Day.

From Rob Murphy on Wed, Jul 04, 2018 at 15:10:01 from

I'm glad you like it and your family has a great time but 60,000 people in a 10k seems stressful. What's parking like?

From Bret on Wed, Jul 04, 2018 at 16:13:15 from

Parking is literally not a problem. Everyone takes the MARTA - so we park up at the station to the north which drops us at the start and then take the train back at the end. The race goes out in waves every 4-5 mins. My daughter said that while they were waiting to start the race they were watching the women’s elite race finish on the Jumbotron. So the winners were finished before they even started!

You will have to come visit next year and experience it for yourself.

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