10 Peachtree Road Race Tips For Every Runner

We’re a little over a month away from the 45th running of the Peachtree Road Race. Ahhhhh I can barely stand it!

July 4th has always been my favorite holiday, and the Peachtree has only added to the excitement of the day for me.

IMG_6781I ran my first Peachtree Road Race back in 2004 with my dad. I remember having such anxiety about the experience the night before that I barely got any sleep and ended up relying on pure adrenaline to get me through. But I didn’t need any help. It was the experience of a lifetime! And it continues to be so every year we run it.

In honor of this being my 10th Peachtree Road Race, I’m sharing 10 tips that I’ve either learned myself, have been shared with me, or I’ve watched someone else learn the hard way. Enjoy!

  1. Don’t run through water. I know those sprinklers and hydrants are going to look deeee-licious when you’re 3 miles in and sweating like a crazy person. Avoid. At. All. Costs. If you run through, yes you may cool off, but you’ll also be heavier and have increased you chances of a blister by 1,000%.
  2. Try to run *toward* the middle of the road. Whether you’re running or walking, stick toward the middle. Peachtree Road crowns like nobody’s business, and believe it or not, you’ll be working even harder against this malformation if you run far-right or far-left. But also please remember to be courteous, and if you’re walking, stay on the right side of the road.
  3. Don’t feel like you have to have headphones. Just because some runner prefer it doesn’t mean it helps your performance. Don’t worry — there is entertainment and music 90% of the way along the course.
  4. Wear good socks and shoes. I’ve seen it all — no socks, shoes bought the night before, Toms, etc. Please, please, please, people. Invest in your health. Spend the money and go out and buy some decent socks and shoes. Like yesterday. Train in them. Thank me later.
  5. Don’t take the beer. Whatever. You. Do. Don’t take the beer. Trust me. My husband learned the hard way last year. You’ll be burping and regretting your way to the finish line.
  6. Get to the start line early. I know, I know. It’s an early race and there can’t possibly be traffic that early in the day. Yeah –  you’re wrong. You’re actually the compete opposite of right. July 4th is probably Atlanta’s worst “off” traffic day. Give yourself plllllenty of time so you aren’t stressed before your six.
  7. Do your homework. Train. It’s that simple. It’s not an easy course, and honestly even if you are able to run 6 miles now, you’ll still be challenged. Just do your homework and prepare as much as you are able. It’ll be more fun.
  8. Be polite, respectful, and aware. It’s a fun even. No doubt! But that doesn’t mean that everyone can lose their minds and act like complete fools. Be safe. Don’t drop your guard. And be courteous to those around you. 60,000 people is a lot. Awareness is your friend.
  9. Be in the moment and enjoy it! Don’t get wrapped up in the race. It’s probably the second-best part of the Peachtree Road race.
  10. The first? Celebrating America. Health. Home. Smiles. Fun. Family. Freedom. Does it get much more July Fourth than that? Every year I dedicate my run to something or someone. America — and those who serve her — is always a top candidate.

So that’s it from me. Hopefully, like years in the past, I will learn something new this year and be able to share it with you before next year’s race!

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Happy running!

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