Two Round Trips Through Downtown Gatlinburg

We are in Gatlinburg with family for a couple days.  We ran almost 6 miles Sunday morning before leaving to come here and then took Monday off (my first day off after 9 days in a row)  I threatened to take my girls for some hill repeats since we are half way up a mountain.

I decided, mainly for my personal reasons, not to make them do the hill repeats.  I first took Payton and we drove down near to downtown Gatlinburg.  We ran to the last light at the end of the strip and then turned around and ran back to the van.  From where we parked it turned out to be almost 3 miles.  We did a small out and back to make it 3 miles.

I did a quick round trip (drive) back to the cabin to drop Payton off and to pick up Ashlee.  We went back to the same parking lot but this time we ran 1 mile out and then back to the van for a total of 2 miles.  Ashlee is still having some issues with her thigh so we took it short and easy.  This run was better than most of her last runs as far as her thigh is concerned.

The interesting thing about downtown Gatlinburg is that even though it is the flattest place around it is still either going up or going down the entire time.  The last 1/4 mile back to the van was a pretty steep climb, but still better than the ones around the cabin.

Running through downtown is worse than running the Peachtree Road Race.  We were out early and that was the only reason it was even doable.  We almost took out a few old people who took a b-line to a shop right in front of us, but we got lucky and avoided the collision.

We are headed home this afternoon so we will not be able to get those hill repeats in - DARN!

I want to take an opportunity to thank Thad for featuring me as the Runner of the Week this past week on his Runner Dude Blog.  Go over and take a look.

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