Top 10 Tips for a Great AJC Peachtree Road Race!

Peachtree Road RaceAre you ready to have some fun at the AJC Peachtree Road Race on Wednesday, July 4th?  Your training is done so now trust yourself that you have put in the hard work to have a successful race!  Here are some last minute tips to ensure that you are in top form on Wednesday!

  1. Hydrate yourself frequently before, during and after running in order to loosen muscles.  Start hydrating a few days before the race making sure to drink fluids with electrolytes as well as water. During the race drink to thirst, you do not need to stop at every water station unless you feel thirsty.
  2. Get your rest!  Start sleeping a little more each night before the race to ensure you are feeling rested on race day.  Typically during training you should sleep one extra minute each night for every mile you run. For example, if you run 30 miles a week, sleep 30 additional minutes each night.
  3. On race day, don’t forget your sunscreen and wear a hat!  The course is not heavily shaded so you could get sun-burned if you don’t properly protect your skin!
  4. Use a product similar to Body Glide on feet and other areas that may chafe to avoid blisters and sore spots after the race!
  5. If possible, wear clothing that wicks away moisture like “Dry Fit”.  This will help you stay cooler during the run.
  6. Warm up with some light jogging or some light stretching before your race to loosen tight muscles. Do not start any new stretches on race day though.  Stick to what you have done during your training.
  7. If the conditions are very hot, slow your pace down a little to ensure you do not develop heat stroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion.
  8. When you think you want to quit,  think about the joy you will feel while crossing the finish line and celebrating with friends and family and getting that coveted T-shirt!
  9. Pay attention to your body! If you experience pain during or after the race and it does not go away, something may be wrong. Schedule an appointment with an Emory Sports Medicine physician.
  10. If you feel extremely abnormal signs/symptoms during  the race, ask a volunteer to help you to the nearest medical tent for help.  We want to make sure all participants stay healthy to participate again next year!

Most of all though – have fun!  Enjoy the outside and celebrate the fact that you are able to compete in this great American tradition!

Emory Healthcare is a proud sponsor of the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

Emory Healthcare is the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia and includes Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Wesley Woods Center, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory Adventist Hospital, The Emory Clinic, Emory Specialty Associates, and the Emory Clinically Integrated Network.

Come visit us at the AJC Peachtree Road Race expo in booth 527 to get your blood pressure checked and learn more about how Emory Healthcare can help you and your family stay healthy!

About Emory Sports Medicine

The Emory Sports Medicine Center is a leader in advanced treatments for patients with orthopedic and sports-related injuries. From surgical sports medicine expertise to innovative therapy and athletic injury rehabilitation, our sports medicine physicians and specialists provide the most comprehensive treatment for athletic injuries in Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

Emory sports medicine patients range from professional athletes to those who enjoy active lifestyles and want the best possible outcomes and recovery from sports injuries. Emory doctors are the sports medicine team physicians for the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech and provide services for many additional professional, collegiate and recreational teams. Appointments for surgical second opinions or acute sports injuries are available within 48 hours.

About Dr. Jeff Webb

Dr. Jeffrey WebbJeff Webb, MD, is an assistant professor of orthopaedics at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Dr. Webb started practicing at Emory in 2008 after completing a Fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He is board certified in pediatrics and sports medicine. He is a team physician for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, and serves as the primary care sports medicine and concussion specialist for the team.  He is also a consulting team physician for several Atlanta area high schools, the Atlanta Dekalb International Olympic Training Center, Emory University, Oglethorpe University, Georgia Perimeter College, and many other club sports.

Dr. Webb sees patients of all ages and abilities with musculoskeletal problems, but specializes in the care of pediatric and adolescent patients. He works hard to get players “back in the game” safely and as quickly as possible. He is currently active in the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and American Academy of Pediatrics professional societies and has given multiple lectures at national conferences as well as contributed to sports medicine text books.  Dr Webb is an avid runner and has completed 16 Peachtree Road Races.

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  • Bill Morrison

    I hurt my hamstring 4-5 weeks ago and immediately stopped running for a week. Then I started training again slowly. I haven’t hurt it again since then but can tell it is not completely right but I haven’t had any pain and I haven’t “pushed” it either. Should I wrap my leg for the Peachtree or leave unwrapped? I have tried it both ways the past 3-4 weeks, mostly unwrapped and I can’t tell any difference either way. But I haven’t run/walked more then 4 miles during any of my training. I am 68 years old. I just don’t want to hurt it again.