I am not a fan of loop race courses but the thought of running a race in home territory (Midtown, Piedmont Park) was too irresistable to pass up.
It turns out the Four Seasons Race for Research is a very nicely put together local race.
Went with the gf and we signed up for race day registration. The course starts a little west of the hotel on 14th Street and continues into Piedmont Park. You wind around in the park and then get out on 10th Street and run up to West Peachtree and back to 14th Street for the first loop.
We took this one pretty easy, running about 9:30/mile the first two miles and then kicked it up the last three (I haven't downloaded my data from the Hammer of Dawn yet) but kicked it up the last three miles with somewhere around an 8 min mile pace.
The post race extravaganza was great -- the Four Seasons staff had lots of water, juice, coffee and sports drinks available. There were the typical apples, bananas and bagels available plus yogurt and danish.
I was pretty happy that for the fourth consecutive 10K this year I've qualified for the Peachtree. What once was a challenge is routine.
Time: 8 a.m.
Temp: 65 degrees
Gear: SST (Firecracker 5K), shorts, Nike Air Pegasus/D4.