The daily log of Jamie Hershfang for Saturday, March 02, 2019

Atlanta Road to Gold Race


: 2.20 Mile(s) : 00:17:02 : 00:07:44.54 /mile : Vaporfly 4% Flyknit (Crimson) : 0.0


: 8.20 Mile(s) : 00:49:43 : 00:06:03.78 /mile : Vaporfly 4% Flyknit (Crimson) : 0.0


: 3.00 Mile(s) : 00:24:00 : 00:08:00 /mile : Vaporfly 4% Flyknit (Crimson) : 0.0


: 2.90 Mile(s) : 01:09:00 : 2.52 mph : 0

Daily Note

6:35 am
2 miles easy + strides

7:15 am
First time in Atlanta and surely hope to come back in a year!! I honestly knew it was going to be hilly but without a true course or elevation map, I didn’t know what to expect. Woke up at 4:45, ate my normal breakfast and we left around 5:30. We parked around 6:15. My friend Erika drove so I pretty much had to warm up with what I’ll was going to race in. Not ideal but made it work. Brought a throwaway top to warm up in and kept it on until the start. Temps were in the low 50s and about 10 mph winds. Felt alright on the warmup, pretty dark out but seeing a bunch of the elites got me really excited! Probably the biggest smallest race in a while. Nothing compared to the congestion of Chicago races. Got in the corra pretty easily and was there for about 10 minutes before the gun went off. Ran into Jason Holroyd from St. Louis which was the only familiar face. Gun went off and I felt like people were sprinting. I saw a bunch of women ahead of me and Imade it my goal to just focus on my effort. Gradual uphill in the first mile, a few turns, and then a long stretch of downhill leading into mile 2. I passed the mile in 5:59, and mile 2 in 5:57. I passed a bunch of women and found myself with one lady who seemed to be running my pace. We ran with this tall guy for a while before passing him and then it was just the 2 of us. Long gradual uphill after 2 miles and felt like we really slowed down. Stopped looking at my watch and just raced. Passed 3 miles in just over 18 minutes, which surprised me because it felt like we slowed down a lot. The crowds heading up that stretch were cheering and super supportive and the energy was high. I remember she kept trying to gap me on the downhills so I stayed a step behind her and used her to block the wind. I don’t remember many splits after that, but I do remember my legs feeling pretty bad at mile 4. I could tell she was struggling on the uphills as well so I pulled beside her and we worked together. Many more turns and hills later, we got to a nasty hill before mile 6 and I could tell she wasn’t behind me anymore. I got a second wind after a water stop and tried to put in a surge to wake my legs up. I didn’t even care what pace I was running at that point, I just wanted to catch the guys in front of me. The last 2 miles or so were the hardest part. One hill after another, an underpass, more bridges. I kept the same efforts up and down the hills and passed the guy ahead. Pretty sharp U-turn with a little over a mile to go. I could tell I had a pretty decent gap on that other lady and I was running by myself. Nasty headwind when we turned into the last mile, and it seemed like every turn was uphill. Some Atlanta Track Club guys we’re cheering along the side and said l had 400 to go. So without looking at the watch, I trusted them and just tried to make it hurt. When I saw the finish, they were cheering my name and I saw the finish line tape. I didn’t expect that at all but I was smiling so hard and soaked it all in. Such a fun finish! 49:43, some people say it was 8 miles, some had 8.2, I had just over 8. Regardless, downtown Atlanta messes up GPS and I wish I took better splits. Legs were definitely tired but I ran as strong as I could. Best finish to the morning was getting on the awards stage with the elite men and women and shook their hands. Caught up with Jason Holroyd for the cool down miles immediately post race and found my friend after the awards ceremony. Such a cool experience, even more excited to keep pouring in the work!

8:20 am
3 mile cooldown