Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Coalfield 5K supporting the Coalfield Cross Country team. The race started at 8:00am and ran through a subdivision next to the school then through the cross country trail on the school grounds, back in front the school and down another road before turning around and heading back to the school for the finish. It was a pretty fast course with a nice little uphill just after the start. Then there was a nice 1.5 miles or so on the trail the cross country team uses to practice on. It's a graveled trail with a couple of foot bridges and two covered bridges. After the trail, it's back to the road and a slight up hill just before heading back to the finish at the school.
30 runners and walkers participated in the race. Somehow, I managed to garner a third place finish in my age group. Of course, I could diminish that result by telling you there were only 4 other males running in my age group and one of them was the overall race winner. Regardless, it was still a finish that I was happy with. I finished 17th overall with a time of 28:47, beating my sub 30 minute goal. Now it's time to shoot for under 28 minutes for my next race.
After the race was over, Robin and I headed back to the house to get ready for our next excursion. We were going to make our way across I-40, up I-81 and back down I-26 to the town of Erwin, TN for their annual Apple Festival. After getting cleaned up from the race and ready for festival time, we were out of the door and on our way. The drive was very pleasant as we gazed the Smoky Mountains, Cherokee National Forest, and all the splendid fall colors. The Southern Appalachians especially the area in Cherokee National Forest of to the east of I-26 heading towards Erwin, were absolutely magnificent. Larges swatches of oranges all over the mountains with splashes of bright reds and brilliant yellows, and the subtle mixing of what green is still left. Honestly if I hadn't been the one driving, I don't think I would have realized we were in a car for watching the scenery pass by.
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park enjoying the scenery once again as we traveled. The Cumberlands were just as gorgeous as the rest of the Southern Appalachians in Cherokee. Lots of brilliant oranges dotted with magnificent reds and bright yellows. The eyes just couldn't get enough really. Of course by next week, we should be at peak fall colors around these parts so we will be sure to get out again and get more photos.
Pinnacle in Cumberland Gap, and walked the paved path to the overlook. We couldn't really do a whole lot of walking around up top, but regardless it was still nice to get out and enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful scenery. We snapped plenty of photos while up there and couldn't believe the amount of chipmunks that were all over the park (typically when we are out and about we might see one chipmunk if we are lucky). Once we were done up at the overlook, we made our way back down the mountain and headed back towards home. We had a wonderful day and an amazing weekend altogether. We really couldn't have asked for any better.
Tim and Robin