5 years ago I ran the inaugural Intown Ten 10K in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta and I set a PR that day and ran it a few other times since then. I had to miss last year due to scheduling conflicts, so I was excited to return to this race for another go at it. The course takes runners through some awesome neighborhoods along the way. While the course has its fair share of rolling hills (hey, it is Atlanta) it is a pretty forgiving course.
I arrived nice and early to the race. Since I am familiar with this race from previous years, I knew that parking is fairly limited, and I would rather get there early than stress about parking. A new addition to the race this year is a 5K which was starting about an hour earlier than the 10K. I knew that there would be road closures for the 5K happening plus additional runners with the new event, so I ended up arriving about 45 minutes before the 5K start.
My friends Danielle and Katherine came out for the 5K to get times for Peachtree Road Race proof of time! Once the 5K started I ate my pre-race breakfast and waited for them at the finish line. They both did AWESOME! Danielle was within seconds of her 5K PR and won her age group! It was so exciting to watch her come in being one of the first females to cross the finish!
Once the 5K wrapped up, it was time for me to head over to the start line for the 10K. There were definitely a lot more runners for the 10K than the 5K. Maybe it was the later start time? Who knows. Just a few minutes after getting lined up, we were on our way!
After doing a ton of traveling to races the past 5 weeks, it was awesome to be back in Atlanta to run. I don't know if my legs we digging the hills (especially with a lot of Florida running lately), but I was happy to see that Atlanta skyline!
The course takes you through mostly residential areas of Virginia Highland and a number of folks were out cheering us on along the way. I wish I would have had a better race, but I had some GI issues at mile 4 which made for a not so fun last two miles. YIKES! It is a good thing that the course is so pretty because it really distracted me from my belly issues.
The Intown Ten 10K has been pretty good to me the past three times that I have ran it, so I am definitely planning on returning for another trip through Virginia-Highland in 2018. Perhaps I will try my hand with the 5K to switch things up a bit.
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