My parents decided that they wanted to go too, just to sight-see. We arrived at Cade's Cove at around 8:45. Brian and I started running the 11-mile loop. The first mile was great. Then I started running into hills... and I am NOT a hill-runner! I avoid hills like the plague. But let's face it, I'm in Tennessee. So I was okay with the hills, and then came the WIND. It was about a 40 mph head wind and at times, I felt like I was running in place. My hat blew off my head a few times and I had to chase it down. It was a CRUEL wind!
I had read that the loop was closed to traffic on Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10:00 AM, so that runners and bikers could go without worry of getting hit by a car. When we got there, we discovered that it doesn't actually start until MAY, so we still had to worry about traffic. My parents ended up driving up a couple of miles ahead of us, and then when we reached them, we had a drink of water and kept running. Kind of like leap-frog.
|A gorgeous view at 3.5 miles in... the pic doesn't do it justice|
The hills were KILLER, and the wind was nearly impossible. And to top it off, it started raining at about mile 6. I decided to keep going, because I'm stubborn, but then at mile 7 I could tell that Brian wasn't into it anymore. So I told him it's fine if we stop. We ran to my parents car at mile 7 and hopped in. I didn't get to do my long run like I'd hoped (12 miles) but with the hills + wind + rain, I think I paid my dues ;)
|Running just before mile 7|
|We decided to call it quits during the pouring rain at mile 7|
It was a GORGEOUS run at times, and I loved the view. I just wish the weather had been better, but I still enjoyed the run!
Turns out that later that day, Tennessee was hit with a lot of devastating tornadoes! We finished up just in time.