riots #26: a trip to atlanta on the 4th of july

Next up on my summer calendar? A trip to Atlanta, Georgia. Yes, I know we just got home from our vacation, but I was also lucky enough to be running the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4th, so off I went. This has been a bucket list race of mine, and I was so happy to be selected in the lottery.

Sunday – 5 miles, running

It was tough dragging myself out of bed into the humidity, after the gorgeous New England weather, but I completed five miles.

In the afternoon, little man attended a birthday party at Dave & Buster’s. He had a wonderful time with some friends he hasn’t seen in a while, and scored four stuffed sloths with points he’s hoarded.

The child loves sloths.

Monday – 4 miles (run/walk) + 9Round

A neighborhood friend asked for some help getting back into running, so I ran to her house, and we ran and walked together for a few miles.

I wrapped up the morning with a trip to 9Round before little man’s clarinet lesson. He’s making great progress.

We were supposed to have plans in the afternoon, but a sick friend led to a cancellation. I wasn’t sorry to sit back and do absolutely nothing.

Tuesday – 5 miles, running + 9Round

Another day of running and 9Round.

Friends, it’s hot out there.

Little man had Scouts in the evening so Mr PugRunner and I had a little dinner date while he was occupied. It was a nice way to spend the evening.

Wednesday – rest

The boys drove me to the airport super early and I had a smooth flight to Atlanta.

Not going to lie, the Atlanta airport is a bit intimidating – it’s huge! I finally found my way out and Ubered to the AJC Peachtree Road Race expo to get my bib and meet up with Amy!

It was great to see her and meet her family! The expo was bustling with lots of fun things, but I didn’t need to make any purchases so it was off to The Varsity for lunch. The Varsity is definitely an Atlanta institution and we all enjoyed our burgers and hot dogs.

After getting settled, Amy took me to a little town square in Marietta. There were tons of shops, restaurants and bars, and I adored every second of it.

We enjoyed some craft beer and a yummy dinner and decided to call it an early night.

I laid out my flat runner for the race and attempted to get some sleep.

Thursday – AJC Peachtree Road Race

Of course, I will write an AJC Peachtree Road Race report soon – there is no way I can do it justice. Needless to say, this was the largest race I’ve ever run, with so much hometown support and enthusiasm. It’s like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.

If you can run this race in your lifetime, do it. It’s definitely one of a kind and absolutely worth it. I’m so grateful to Amy for guiding me through my first time (yes, I am pretty sure there will be more).

After showers, we enjoyed a lovely BBQ and time chilling on the couch watching some of the race footage from the day. It was pretty fantastic.

Friday – rest

In the morning, Amy took me back to the airport and I flew home. The boys picked me up, on their way home from Tampa (the Runs With Pugs family was all over the place over the holiday!)

There’s no place like home!

Saturday – 9Round

I thought about getting up to run but I was still tired and Mr PugRunner had planned a 9Round visit, so I joined him. It was a tough workout, but I enjoy going with him when we can make it work.

And then it was time for fun. Our friends had invited us for a post 4th of July party and we had a blast.

The night ended on a sour note when I got a staple stuck in my finger. No photo, but Mr PugRunner was an absolute trooper in getting it out. Pro tip: stay away from dry cleaning hangers.


Running and cross training are both going well. I’ve been able to

After all the delicious blueberries in Maine, I’ve craved blueberry pancakes. I hope those count as a “new recipe” since I NEVER make blueberry pancakes.

Due to high temperatures in Atlanta, I made certain to drink more than my normal amount of water.

Flying allowed me to get in more reading time and I am on to Storm of Swords in the Game of Thrones series. I also promised I would finish reading the Harry Potter books with little man, so I will be working on those at the same time.

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27 Responses to riots #26: a trip to atlanta on the 4th of july

  1. I LOVE Peachtree! I did it last year and it is such a well organized 10k, especially for the amount of runners they have! Glad you had a good time! I will definitely be doing it again one day.

    I’ll check out your link up and definitely use your BDR code for my next race- I’m targeting the Safety Harbor event in February since they added the new triple challenge option!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It was so amazing how smooth and efficient everything was. I was super impressed.

      I will be at Safety Harbor, doing the Double Challenge It will be my first time there, so I’m looking forward to it. I’ve heard such great things about that particular BDR and I can’t wait to try it! So excited you will be joining in the fun!

  2. Glad your week went well, even in all that heat. I flew through ATL on my way to DC (back in April). Not only was my flight late arriving, I had like 30 minutes to get across the airport (on the train) and I was the last one on the place … minutes before they closed the door. Crazy!

    • runswithpugs says:

      OMG it was insane. By the time I got off the plane, went to the bathroom and made it to baggage claim, my bag was one of the last ones left. How does that even happen? It was a little nerve-wracking, but I made sure to give myself plenty of time for the return flight.

  3. Laurie says:

    That Peachtree race has been on my bucket list too! How awesome that you got to run it. I must look into it for next year. We traveled north for the 4th to visit my sister in Cape Pod. It was humid there, but not hot, so we got some good runs in.

    Now I want blueberry pancakes! 🙂

  4. Darlene says:

    Wow. You’ve been travelling.

    I would love to do Peachtree. How exciting to be running such a big race.

    But boating is my favorite thing to do on July 4th.

    Now I want pancakes!!!!
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  5. Laetitia says:

    Can’t wait to read the recap of peach tree! I’ve actually never been to Atlanta (well, outside of the airport at least) so that would be a fun excuse to go!!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I’ve been to Atlanta a few times but it’s fairly drivable for us (4-5 hours depending on traffic), so my airport experience is super limited. Seeing a new city is the best reason to run a race, as far as I’m concerned 🙂

  6. Can’t wait for the recap! Sounds like a fun trip, albeit a short one!
    Those pancakes look delicious!

  7. Great job on your race! I’ve heard so many great things about it and I feel like I am missing out on it. I will be running the Publix Atlanta Half Marathon next year. I am excited but nervous because I know it is a hilly course.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Not going to lie. Atlanta is a beast with hills. At least for me, coming from a pancake flat area lol. It was not easy, but I was so glad to od it. You’re going to have fun!

  8. How cool that you got to run the Peachtree Road Race. That sounds like an incredible experience. I can’t wait to read your recap. Love blueberry pancakes. Those must have been so tasty!
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  9. Kim G says:

    I love that you were able to do the Peachtree race last week! That race is on my bucket list, especially since I’ve never been to Atlanta

    • runswithpugs says:

      Atlanta is a pretty cool city. There’s a lot to do for adults and kids, and there are really some great races. We’ve been very lucky to have some great experiences there.

  10. Peachtree is definitely on my bucket list! Looking forward to hearing more about it. Was it crazy hot?

    • runswithpugs says:

      Hot isn’t even the word. It’s inland so there is literally no breeze. I was a mess by the time we got back to the house. I would have stayed in the shower all day if possible.

  11. Coco says:

    Sounds like a great week — except for staple stabbing — ow! I think the Atlanta airport is one of the largest. — just like the race. 😉

  12. So happy to hear you enjoyed Peachtree! Can’t wait to read your race recap!

  13. Angela says:

    The Atlanta airport is huge, so I would feel the same way. I have hard so many great things about the Peach Tree road race, sounds like such a fun event!! Looking forward to your recap of it!!

  14. Wow, what an active and fun week! The Atlanta airport can definitely be intimidating. Can’t wait to hear all about the race!
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