Atlanta Beltline 8K: A (Half-Baked) Race Report

On Saturday, I ran my first race since Boston. It wasn’t something I had trained for, exactly, but what the hey. It was a beautiful morning and some friends were running and there were rumors of free Chipotle, so I showed up for race-day reg.


(The tear-off at the bottom was the free Chipotle coupon, and it was taken at the finish line. The nerve!)

I’ll just go ahead and stick the scroll-down details here:

  • Finish Time: 49:something. That’s like 9:50 pace. And for me, a personal worst by about 15 minutes!

Some relevant contributing factors:

  • There were three water stops and I walked though all of them.
  • I also added some distance by traipsing across a park in search of a bathroom. I had to pee. Badly. (Fortunately it was unlocked.)

But while those things certainly affected my finish time, I’m going to place most of the blame on the extra weight I’m carrying around these days.


Not a beer gut – it’s a nearly-half-baked baby gut. Arriving February 2014!

55 responses to “Atlanta Beltline 8K: A (Half-Baked) Race Report


  2. Congratulations Shelby!!! Such great news and so good to see you’re doing well. :-)

  3. Congratulations Shelby!!!! I am so very excited for you!

  4. Congratulations! I can’t imagine running while pregnant……

    • Thanks! It really hasn’t been too bad so far, except for having to pee ALL OF THE TIME. We’ll see how long I keep it up though!

  5. YAYSIES! Congrats! A 9:50 pace for that far along is pretty fucking awesome! I think I had thrown in the towel by then.

    • Ha, thanks! I actually had no idea what pace I was running (Garmin has been temporarily retired and there were no clocks at the mile markers) so I was actually surprised to come in under 50 min. I had thought I was doing 10+ minute miles for sure.

  6. Congratulations Shelby. You inspire all of us, running with baby and all!

  7. Dang! No more beer?!?!?!
    Hang in there. It’s only 9 months. CONGRATS!

    • I know, it’s sad! Lucky (?) for me, I spent most of the peak beer-drinking (summer) months feeling kinda crappy anyway, so I didn’t really miss it. I do now, though.

  8. Congrats Shelby!!!!!

  9. Aaaaaahhhh! Congrats!

    I know I’m way too excited. Hope you’re feeling as great as you look and these next 20ish weeks go well.

  10. Oooooh so excited for you! Congrats!

  11. Ah! As a runner and also your mom, I am sooooo on the fence about this racing business right now….PLEASE keep Baby safe.
    (Btw, excellent race time!)
    Maybe next time, just run the water stops and walk the rest, heh!
    Love you!

    • Oh, mom. Fine, we will call it “happy jogging with a race bib pinned to my shirt,” okay? I think we both know I am not setting any land speed records with my running these days! I’m just happy to be out there breaking a little sweat. And baby doesn’t seem to mind. :)

      • Well, I have to admit you do look radiant, happy and healthy, Honey!
        Obviously you are on the right track!

  12. so THAT is where you have been! Congratulations!! You look so adorable.

    I ran and raced through-out my entire pregnancy. I love that you are keeping at it too!!! It gave me a whole new outlook on how strong I really was and what running, to me, was all about.

  13. weeeellllll that describes the lack of beer (and chirping crickets :) ) around here!! i am due in feb too with #2 – just found out it’s a boy!!! do you know yet!? GREAT race considering the gestation. i am pretty sure i can’t do 8K straight out anymore :) i plan to run through this preg like the last but am already down to 8 min run / 2 min walk breaks. (in my defense it’s freaking hot in miami but still.) SO excited for you!!!!

    • Congrats on your boy! I remember seeing your announcement a while back and thinking we’d be due pretty close to one another! I’m Feb 22, so just a bit behind you, I think. Anatomy scan is next week – hopefully baby cooperates and we can learn the sex; waiting until 20+ weeks to find out has been KILLING me. :)

  14. Woot woot! That’s the Auntie train firing up! Can’t wait until next week when I can start buying things instead of just lurking…
    Congrats on the race and looking great!

  15. yay! Congrats! So excited for you!

  16. Congrats!!!!!! Great to see a blog post from you!!

  17. Congratulations, lady!

  18. Congratulations! This is wonderful news. I’ve never been pregnant and won’t be for at least a few years, but I still love following runners along to see how the running journey works (or doesn’t) for them. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Yay; you’ve returned to your blog! Congratulations on your wonderful news. You have an adorable baby bump. :-) Hope baby cooperates so you find out boy or girl soon.

  20. Congrats! So exciting!

  21. Whoa! Congratulations!


  23. WAY TO BURY THE LEDE. But, congratulations!

  24. Way to go, Shelby!!!

  25. Ahhhh!!! Congratulations!!! :)

  26. Congratulations!!!!

  27. Ahhhh how exciting! Congratulations :) you look fantastic!

  28. exciting!! congrats, shelby :)

  29. Just yesterday I clicked over to your blog because I saw your blog on the side bar but I hadn’t seen you on my list for a while! Now we all know where you’ve been :)

  30. Congratulations!

  31. Best personal worst report ever! Good for you for still running – and running well.

    February is a GREAT month for a birthday đŸ˜‰

  32. Ahhhhhh!! Congratulations!!

    I’m a pregnant runner (and devoted follower of your blog) and we are due at the same time. I’ve also been plodding along. No “racing” for me, save a 5K in the grey week when you’re maybe, maybe not pregnant yet.

    I would selfishly love it if you would blog more since we seem to be right around the same point (including being too sick to even be sad about missing out on prime summer beer drinking). Its pretty amazing how hard it is to pick up the pace. I’ve been running about 9:30 pace and I cannot go any faster. At all. Even if I was being chased. That is max, max speed.

    • Congrats to you too!

      I am hoping to blog a little more in the next few months. I don’t want to turn this into an annoying pregnancy blog, but it would be nice to get back into it. I hear you on the pace! I feel like I have one pace right now and it’s around 10 min/mile…my lungs feel totally fine but for some reason my legs just won’t go any faster. So strange!

  33. I knew it! Congratulations!!!!!!

  34. Congrats Shelby! I’ve been missing your blog lately and when an update pops up, I’m so keen to read. This is such wonderful news. Keep up the running as long as you want to and as long as you can. My friend ran (not raced) a Half Marathon at about 5 months and we bought her a shirt that said “One Mother Runner” on the front and we wrote “You’ve been passed by a pregnant woman” on the back – she had lots of laughs and comments at that race, for sure!

  35. CONGRATS!!! How exciting! I am 35 weeks in and sadly had to stop running pretty early (probably around 16?) because of sciatica – and I miss it dearly! Keep up the fantastic work. :)

  36. Congrats!! I hope you continue to blog because I love your writing style. It always makes me laugh.

  37. Congratulations Shelby! Anytime you have both feet off the ground, you are running. Who cares about the pace?

  38. Congrats, Shelby! You look great!

  39. Congrats, Shelby!! Although I kind of hate you for how adorable you look since I’m completely convinced I will look like a small condo when I gets knocked up. But mostly congrats :)

  40. WHOOOOA race recap curve ball! CONGRATULATIONS! Wicked exciting.

  41. Ahhh! Shelby! This is great news! I’m so very excited for you guys. The ATL is lucky to have your little one as a soon-to-be resident. Those of us in RDU still miss you!


    Congrats on the pregnancy! I hate to say “I knew it!” but if I’d been pressed, I would have guessed you’d gotten yourself knocked up. Yay! :)