SMYRNA, Ga. -- It's been 6-1/2 years and I had never found my way to the Silver Comet Trail until today*
One reason was that I was never sure where to access it and I am very unfamiliar with that part of the 'burbs.
So I drove around for a while but lucked out and found a sign that said "Silver Comet Trail" and then "Silver Comet Trail parking" that led me to Milepost 0.
It was fun -- there weren't so many people out and I decided I would run out five miles and then turn around and come back.
At first I didn't really like the angled nature of the path of the first mile or so. My legs were really fighting me -- and later I think I discovered why-- it's a slight grade but totally uphill!
I was happy to meet up with the Mableton trailhead at Mile 4.2 but I decided I'd still continue on until I hit 5 miles on the Hammer of Dawn.
When that happened, I turned around and was pretty pleased it was all downhill the rest of the way.
Ten miles was arbitrary -- I felt that I really had to push it at the end of the ING Georgia Half Marathon, so I should do less miles.
I think my current range is about 8-9 miles. Inside the last mile to go I had to worry about leg cramps.
But I got it done. It will be an excellent place to train and explore from here on out.
Time: 2 p.m.
Temp: 53 degrees
Gear: LST (Ted's), shorts, AP/D2.
*To run on the trail, that is. I did cover the grisly killing of the cyclist for my news organization a few years back at around Mile 16.