The awesome people at Lifetime and Gildan sure did know how to treat the ambassadors. A couple of months before the race, I got a surprise pink package stuffed with shirts, socks, a hoodie, water bottle, and other goodies from Gildan!
Race day came and I wasn’t feeling super confident. The weather was a little dreary but luckily, it ended up being a great night! I recruited one of my OTF friends, Kimberly, to run the race “with” me (she’s faster than I, so we started together and she waited for me at the finish).
We arrived with time to spare before the race, so we checked out all the pre-race areas – they sure know how to make a girl feel special! There was a “marketplace” full of vendors…Gildan, Girls on the Run, Aspire Beverage, Yoplait, Sunset Grown, and a beauty bar where you could get a mini massage, a manicure, and/or your hair done for the race!
They also provided a super easy and convenient bag drop off inside the Southwest Porch at the Park Tavern, which was great as it was nice to have something a little warm to put on after the race was over!
I got the opportunity to meet Abby, the National Brand manager and one of our ambassador contacts for the Esprit de She race series! It was great talking to her and hearing her passion for the race as well as to hear inspirational stories of women who had participated in their various events throughout the year across the country.
After warm up was done, we lined up in the corral. There were a lot of women who were running their first 5k! It’s such a great first step and a huge accomplishment. I remember running my first one and am thankful for taking that step in life.
Soon, we were off! The course was fairly well lit…there were a few dark spots but I just slowed down when I felt like I needed to…my biggest fear was slipping on wet leaves as it had rained the entire day before. I stuck with my intervals and felt great during the whole race. The course winds through Piedmont Park with very little incline. It’s mostly on a paved road/trail but there is a small part of it on a gravel/dirt trail.
I kept going back and forth with a woman in front of me and made it my goal to finish before her. As I approached the finish line I kicked it up a notch and managed to pull ahead!
After crossing the finish line I went to turn off my GPS and noticed my time…could it be? Did I just PR? WOW!
Considering the conditions I was crazy proud of myself! It was the 2nd time I’d PRed the 5k in 3 weeks! This called for a celebration, so Kimberly and I headed into the Southwest Porch to grab some food, take some pictures and redeem our free drink from the bubbly bar.
We also walked around a little more and checked out some of the awesome vendors they had. Those tomatoes were AMAZING! They also had a pizza but we missed out on trying a slice of that. Oh well! I highly recommend checking out Aspire Beverages…it’s a sports drink with much less sugar than Gatorade or Powerade…I loved it and will be getting some of my own soon!
We had a great time at this year’s Esprit de She Atlanta 5k/10k race! It’s a great event to get a bunch of your best running friends together, run a race, and party it up afterward!
Thanks for another great race, Esprit de She…see ya again next year!
Until next time,