Going ‘long’ on Atlanta Adventure Run

Every third Thursday of the month, I try to take part in an Adventure Run, hosted by the Road Runner Sports location not far from my house. It’s a great way to sneak in what is for me, a long run.

For those not familiar, Adventure Runs are a bit of a scavenger hunt. At 7 p.m., a map is revealed at the start/end point (in this case the Road Runner store) with several “stops”. Participants then try to get to as many of those stops as possible within an hour. At each stop, runners collect tickets which are then drawn in a raffle immediately following the run.

I’ve found that breaking the run into short, attainable distances really helps me go longer than I normally would. For this run, I logged 5.6 miles — two more miles than a “normal” morning run.

I was able to make it to several stops, including a few outliers that I hadn’t attempted on previous Adventure Runs. The Strava map shows the route. I made it to the following checkpoints:

  • The North Face Retail Store
  • Bluemercury
  • Trader Joes
  • Atmasphere
  • Roots Pressed Juices
  • Bhojanic
  • ROC House Fitness Spa
  • Naan Stop

I collected quite a few raffle tickets, but frustratingly, won nothing. Meanwhile, a guy not far from me took home four prizes. When the luck is going your way…

Despite the lack of prizes, It felt great to log that many miles, on a hot and humid July evening in Atlanta.

Day 2 of cycling was a blow out

I was off and riding for the second morning of my new fitness hobby, cycling. Things were going great as a weaved my way through the neighborhood streets of Buckhead. That is, until….

PPPPFFFFFFTTTTTTSSSSSS!

Apparently that’s the sound my front tire makes as the innertube succumbs to too much pressure, a pinch, rock or something. Anyway, it was blown.

Fortunately, heeding the advise of many more-experienced riders, I had packed a spare tube and C02 cartridge for reinflation.

After much wrestling to actually get the tire off, the blown tube was extracted. More wrestling, grunting, swearing, and the tire was back on, with a new tube.

Popped the CO2 gun on the stem, pressed to inflate…

WOOSSSHHHH! POP! PPPPPPFFFFFFTTTTTTSSSSSS!

I’ve now learned that reinflation of road bike tubes requires a bit of a careful touch. Challenging with a sensitive CO2 gun trigger.

With no more spare tubes and C02 at the ready, the ride, was over.

So, leaning the bike back on its rear wheel, with the deflated front wheel up in the air, I began the long walk of flat tire shame back home.

Clearly, more learning to do…

Wednesday morning’s run

Ah, the dreaded hill climb route. This one is shorter than my normal routes, but has a lot of elevation changes. Nothing is flat. I’m either going up or down a hill for most of this one.

The Chastain Park Trail hits hard about halfway through this one, with a steep climb from Lake Forrest Drive to Powers Ferry Road — a rise of 68 feet in just 0.2 miles. A segment known on Strava as the “Trail of Tears”.

While my split times were nothing special, I was happy to realize that I actually set a Personal Record on the aforementioned “Chastain Trail of Tears” with a time of 2:29.

All aboard for the world’s longest flight

That’s not hyperbole. Qantas actually does operate the world’s longest, regularly-scheduled flight, in terms of distance.

QF8 departs daily (except on Tuesdays) from Dallas, Texas and arrives some 16 hours later in Sydney, Australia.

Travel writer Jennifer Bradley Franklin and I hopped the flight and were met with classic Australian hospitality, entertainment and amenities from our Qantas hosts.

Be sure to check out our latest installment on traveling to Sydney with Qantas!

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