16 miles of Trail Running

16 miles of Trail Running

Trail Running at Kennesaw Mountain

Yesterday was a gorgeous day to run outside. For my long run this week, my goal was to increase time on my feet without necessarily having to increase mileage or speed AND without having to run mind-numbing Z2 run for 4hrs. The trails are the perfect place for that!

Kennesaw Mountain, Cheatham Hill and Kolb Farm are some of the main trails around the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park. Although they are all “separate”, the trails are all interconnected to make for some glorious long run loops. The park’s beauty hides the history of the bloody civil war battle but the cannons, trenches and monuments along the trail serves as a reminder for the 14 day battle in which thousands lost their lives 150 years ago.  

I’m not an ultra runner or a complete trail runner like some of my friends but I love running on trails. Joy joined me for the run and it was just beautiful! She had severe breathing issues midway but was so spunky to continue!!

The Illinois Monument (easily reached from the Cheatham Hill Parking)

Trail Run Kennesaw Mountain

Left? Right? Joy says – That way! 

Trail Running at Kennesaw Mountain

I was super tempted to stop and dip my legs in the little creek too!

Trail Running at Kennesaw Mountain

Lots of trails and lots of history!

Trail Running at Kennesaw Mountain

Positive Takeaways from the Trail Run

  • It took me forever to run those miles – 16 miles in 4hrs 15min (about 15:00 pace) but as Joy said, I was still running after 15 miles and not crawling like I thought I’d be.
  • I felt that I could’ve run 10 more miles today if I absolutely had to. I guess that means that marathon training is coming along!!
  • The hill repeats are paying off, even if they are on the treadmill. I haven’t done a single hill repeat outside and I was worried about it, but I could go up most of the hills easily yesterday and more importantly, recover quickly too. 

How was your weekend? Looks like the weather was either hot or pleasant in most places? Did you get to spend time outside?


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  • Chaitali Shah

    Oh, it looks so beautiful! That seems like a smart idea to mix it up and do some trail running. I’ve been too scared to really try trail running but maybe when I’m done with my Spring races, that may be a good idea for the Summer.

    • I love trail running! I’d recommend finding trails that are wide enough and not too many rocks and roots poking out. Nothing worse than running on trails and tripping and then being out of commission for a couple of weeks… yep that has happened to me!

      • Chaitali Shah

        That’s exactly what I’m afraid of! But that’s a good tip. I’ll ask around to see if I can find some gentler trails ๐Ÿ™‚

  • SD Mom

    I really need to get better about hill training too! Great job on the run and as I always say, Forward is Forward no matter how slow!

  • I do think you are doing well with your marathon training. You just trail ran for over 4 hours! That’s incredible. The north Georgia mountains are so pretty. Lot’s of history too. I’m glad your friend was able to continue after experiencing breathing problems. I like you ONLY listed positive takeaways from your run! Great attitude. Thanks for linking with us Smitha.

  • Tricia Barber Vaughn

    Trail running really takes a lot out of you, awesome job on your run! I feel like the times I did do the single track around here, not too often thought, I really got a great workout. It should help you a lot in your road races! Lots of history and I hate there are those who want to get rid of all of it like it never happened. ๐Ÿ™ Thanks Smitha for linking up with us.

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