Sunday, October 31, 2010

Views from a run...

Today was my last long run before my taper begins. I have mixed feelings about the upcoming Chickamauga Marathon. Mostly excitement with a little fear of the unknown stirred in. This may sound odd but mentally I see this as a training run. I have no real expectation of a time goal, I just want to have a good race. For me, this race is sort of the gateway to the beginning of my Goofy Challenge training so it may be the anticipation of the Goofy that has given me such a relaxed outlook on Chickamauga.

The only two things that have me a little nervous about Chickamauga are that it is such a small race and it is a no headphones race. I am an attention deficit disorder runner. I LOVE the distraction of big races. There will be no bands, cheerleaders or Disney characters lining the civil war battlefield. The race field is limited to 700 runners which makes me think that there may be stretches where there are few people in sight. I guess that will give me a challenge. I must entertain myself for four hours. Shocking, I know... LOL.

As promised, here are a few sights from today's 11 miler at Stone Mountain. Unfortunately, the best sight of the day ws not captured on film. I was passed by a cyclist wearing one of those silver plastic "sweat" suits from the 80s. When he got up to speed, his plasticy suit blew up like Violet, the blueberry girl, from Willy Wonka. I was trying to decide if it was a Halloween costume or an unintended effect. I am pretty sure it was the latter.























Stone Mountain is a little conflicted on how to decorate for Halloween...




7 comments:

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

I didn't know what to expect as far as time at the Denver marathon either, with the unknowns of the altitude. This looks like a pretty place for a run! Happy taper!

Thomas Bussiere said...

Enjoy the taper and have fun with the marathon. Goofy is a blast - You will love it. Consider an ice bath after the half - Worked for me and many others.

lindsay said...

LOL about the decor. i would think chickamauga would be scenic... that won't help distract you at times?

Jennifer said...

Great pictures! Have fun with your taper. More important have fun with this next race, you have a great attitude and it will serve you well! I've not done the Goofy but I will second the ice bath.

Johann said...

700 is still quite a big field. Just relax and enjoy it. Beautiful pictures. Have a great week!

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said...

Is that Stone Mountain in GA? If so, I live in the metro area as well. :)

I don't think I could handle running without music or other distractions either. That would kill me.

Amanda said...

Gorgeous pictures. Ah the Goofy - I am so anticipating it....I'm sure you're going to do great!