I just spent the week in Atlanta on business, and with the an 86km ultra marathon just over a week away, I had to make sure that I found the opportunity to run. I’m tapering down so the distance wasn’t going to be large, and actually not having access to trails might actually have been beneficial to sharpen me up.
4 Wheels Good, 2 Legs Bad
The big problem with Atlanta, and indeed most big American cities between the coasts, is that it’s not really built with the idea that humans might want to travel around it on foot. With a grid system of 6 lane roads, and a number of major interstate highways travelling through the city, my initial run to get my bearings was a bit of a disaster. Stopping at crosswalks every 15 seconds, and running the jay-walking gauntlet.
A common sight while running in downtown Atlanta
Centennial Olympic Park in downtown ATL. About the only place to run in the city centre, but too small to be much use.
More Atlanta downtown
After a quick search on Google Maps I found a large park to the northeast, that could be accessed by running up W Peachtree – it was, it worked, and I got to Piedmont Park, which was an oasis of tranquility. The only other problem was the heat and humidity.
On Saturday I went for a long run, but took a new route for the first time and discovered a great trail that despite being on my doorstep, I had never ran.
The panorama above shows the view from Pointe Feuillette, the high point of the run.
It was a hot and sunny day, so as usual I ran 8km around our valley with Eric, my border collie, then left him at home in the shade while I went on to run the rest of the route. For the first 20km I didn’t see anybody, and had the whole place to myself.
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The first hour of ascent was through shaded woodland which kept me cool and the sun off
The trail is getting a bit precarious, but nice and cool and shady in places
By this point I’d lost the path again
Made it to the top of Pointe Feuillette – mostly downhill from here
The locals, eyeing me suspiciously
A great bird’s eye view of my usual running trails down in the valley
Back down in the valley – the dark groove in the rocks at the top of the hill was the trail I too earlier.
I went out for a 10 mile run this morning in beautiful weather – not too hot, and the ferocious storms that have been battering the southeast of France for the past few days had finally cleared.
I took a couple of 360° panoramas using Photosynth on my iPhone. I’ve usually had questionable results with it but they weren’t too bad today – probably because it was warm enough to stand around for long enough to check that I’d captured the whole image.
And here’s how the waterfall looks in 2D.
The Mougious waterfall in the La Jarjatte Valley
Ravin du Fleyrard
Just across the river on the other bank from the waterfall.
Here’s the run data from Strava.