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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

This past weekend the luck of the Irish was with me in my March race and Peachtree Road Race qualifier in Piedmont Park. This was my first race with spring weather, and Atlanta’s Downtown skyline in the background didn’t hurt either!

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Since it was my third race this year and my first one on pavement, I was ready to kick my pace up a notch. I also really wanted a fast time to submit in the Peachtree lottery. After all the hard work, I couldn’t be happier with my results! I had a PR of 27:36.

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Time for an Irish cheers!

“May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door!”

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Next race is none other than the Happiest 5k on Earth — the Color Run on April 4. If you’re looking for a team in Atlanta, let me know, and I can send you an invite to Tickle Me Pink!

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This past Saturday RT and I completed my February race – an obstacle 5k called The P.I.G race. It stands for perseverance, integrity and grit.

Turns out we used all three of these things plus a good sense of humor. The race was small around 30 runners. They said people dropped out because of the cold.

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The trail was poorly marked. We even ended up running a big loop in the course twice. A volunteer had to come guide the pack.

Once we were back on track, RT and I wound up leading the race. We passed a few runners who hadn’t gone the wrong way putting us firmly in first, which was a really cool feeling!

The obstacles included crawling through chicken coops, going through ropes, stepping around hula hoops, jumping over barricades and climbing over barriers. But the hardest obstacle was avoiding tripping on gum balls and horse poop – hence the good sense of humor.

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We had a few running companions like the guy pictured above in blue and his friend, our photographer. In the end we finished first. It felt great! I had a few guys congratulate me after. They were impressed by our pace – ha never thought someone would tell me that.

Sadly I don’t know our exact time or distance. But the win inspired me to push myself a little harder on the next race.

Finishing always feels like a win, but now a medal (or gold pig) feels possible!

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Next up:

Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5k in Piedmont Park | Sunday, March 15

(My knee is a little strained after my Sunday run. I should have rested a day because of all the strain that trail run put on my knee. So here’s hoping my knee improves quickly! Time for a few days of R.I.C.E)

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