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MIDTOWN: Procrastinator's Guide to the Peachtree
MIDTOWN: Procrastinator's Guide to the Peachtree

ATLANTA-- Race numbers for the AJC Peachtree Road Race are in the mail. You should receive yours by June 20th if you won a spot in the 2011 lottery. For some, it will be a wakeup call.

Race director Tracey Russell said it happens every year, "It's usually not the new runners. They're out there training and practicing because they're nervous about their first Peachtree. It's the runners that have done it before, but maybe haven't run in a few years." They're the ones that show up on 4th of July without a single day of training. They're the ones that end up in the medical tent.

A quick glance at the calendar might give you a sinking feeling, but there is good news for procrastinators. You still have options.

One, consider walking or doing a run/walk interval. You won't be alone.

The Atlanta Track Club doesn't keep track of how many registered runners are really walkers. But if you hang out in the later corrals on race day, you will see plenty. "We certainly have a lot of people that participate on July 4th that begin as walkers. Some say, this is my first year, and I'm going to take it easy, and we certainly encourage that," Russell said.

Two, train up. Now.

There's something many long-distance runners call "the rule of two-thirds". If you can run 2/3 the distance, you can run that distance on race day. It might not be pretty, but you can do it. That means you can build up to just over four miles by the 4th of July.

Back to the calendar: If you can build up to 2 miles this week, 3 next week, and 4 the last week of June; you can meet the 2/3 rule for your Peachtree 10K.

Whatever you do, race director Tracy Russell says do it outside. "If you've been running indoors on a treadmill in air conditioning, it's important to get out a few times, so you don't wait until July 4th to feel the heat and humidity of Atlanta."

While covering the Peachtree Expo last year, a very experienced runner told me, for 95% of us, the Peachtree is a social event. If you treat it like one, he said, you'll have a good race. Good advice. Especially for the procrastinators among us.

11Alive reporters and frequent runners Julie Wolfe and Doug Richards will be running the Peachtree with a live video feed and reporting along the course. Stay with 11Alive for continued AJC Peachtree Road Race coverage.

Are you still looking for a Peachtree race entry? Watch 11Alive at 6am all week beginning Monday, June 20th for FREE race number giveaways.