November 1, 2009
The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Areas (CRNR) has several locations that are very good: Jones Bridge (I see deer about 50% of my runs), Vickery Creek (beautiful waterfalls), Island Ford (50% of the running is usually along a part of the Chattahoochee which is a class I whitewater river), Gold Branch (at one part of the trail, the river is sometimes so still as to make it an upside down mirror of the trees and clouds in the distance). . . . .I also like Big Creek Park in Roswell (good to combine trail running with mountain biking), Autrey Mill Nature Preserve in the City of Johns Creek (the city has put chipped bark on much of the trails making it the lowest impact trail of all times), and Sweetwater Creek (the most beautiful trail in Metro Atlanta)
Usually, I enjoy running 6 to 9 miles. Sometimes up to 12 miles, ... sometimes longer. Usually my pace is 10 to 12 min per mile on trails. On flat trails, I can go 8 min per mile. On long trails with lots of elevation changes, I can have a pace of 15 min per mile.
Amicalola Falls, Chattooga River Trail,
I already do. If you are reading this and would consider leading some trail runs, let me know.
I do not run on pavement anymore. I enjoy trail runs because viewing nature is always better than viewing cars. I find that running in groups is more motivating & fun. My runs are about endurance and not speed - my pace is 10 to 13 minutes per mile.
Running along class 1 to class IV whitewater rapids at Sweetwater Creek state park sure beats running along a 4 lane road anytime.