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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Andrews

Triple Peach 2018

The Thanksgiving Half Marathon concludes Triple Peach 2018! This year was my second year completing the Triple Peach series. Triple Peach consists of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, PNC 10-Miler, and the Thanksgiving Half Marathon. I already wrote about the Peachtree Road Race and the 10-Miler. While I consistently run the Peachtree and the 10-Miler, I rarely run on Thanksgiving. This year, since I had a free entry I stayed in town to take down the 13.1 miles to finish Triple Peach. How was the half marathon?

Packet Pick Up

This year packet pick up was in a new location in Atlantic Station. Pick up was quick and easy. There was plenty of merchandise for sale and props for pictures. I picked my packet and was out in less than 5 minutes. Parking was also free for the first 2 hours.

Race Day

The race started at the Georgia State stadium (former Turner Field). The best part was there were plenty of free parking. The half marathon started at 7:45 am after the 5k race. I was in Corral C with my favorite run buddies. While the course was slightly changed, it was still classic ATL running (hills, thrills, and chills).

The most amazing part of the race was that I cut more than 20 minutes off my previous time for this race, but it was a struggle. I switched back to using GU gels after using Gatorade Endurance earlier in the season. By mile 12 I was totally out of energy. Thankfully a run angel gave me half of his banana at mile 12. I finished in 2:27, which is 22 minutes faster than the last time I ran the race. I am rebooting my sub 2 efforts and hoping to reach the goal for Publix next year.

Along with our half marathon finisher medal, we also received our Triple Peach medal and tee-shirt and personal size pie. I am proud of my sub 2:30 finish. This month I have run two sub 2:30 half marathons and I was so excited about my progress. I have not run a sub 2:30 in many years and I am glad the times finally reflect all my training efforts.

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