I am so thankful we have not had much of a winter this season. Today we had morning temperatures in the high 40’s which is great running weather. Other than the overcast of rain, this morning was perfect. I was able to finish and make it home before the rain came.
The race hosted by Hooz Running started at the Stone Mountain Village Visitor’s Center – 891 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA – benefitting the American Heart Association. The course was a 1.5 mile loop run through the city twice and the last 2 miles was an out and back on the trail at the foot of the mountain.
Registration was $30 and I opted to pick up my packet before the start of the race at 7:30AM. The race started at 8:00AM. Our packet consisted of a bib and a white long sleeve cotton tee-shirt with 2 safety pins. Not many races provide long sleeve tee shirts so this was a plus.
There is a 4.90 mile loop at the base of the mountain that I have run before so I just assumed this was our route because I never check the course route prior to the race. Well this was not the course 😜. We started at the Visitor Center and ran a 1.5 mile loop outside the mountain twice. This loop was quite hilly the first loop so by the 2nd loop my legs were feeling it. Also during the 2nd loop I started to get a right side stitch. I haven’t been running distance so my body is not used to my gait. I would always get stitches when I first started running and remembered I need to slow down and lean into the stitch taking deep breaths – it worked!!
OK, the first 5K of the 5 miler was completed and now it was time for the last 2 miles. The last 2 miles were on the course where I thought the whole races was going to be. Only problem was the first mile was basically all down hill which made the return a beast.
I was able to run the whole race for which I have not run 5 miles without walk breaks in a long time so I was completely geeked. My time was not bad at all – stayed under an 11 minute mile considering the elevation. My gait felt strong and my breathing was on point.
Post race we received a dog tag as a finishers medal and three yummy pieces of chocolate. The chocolate didn’t stand a chance – LOL. Overall, very well put together event and I had a great time.