2014 March 05

A week and a half ago, I was sitting at this lookout point in the mountains of Tennessee, overlooking Chattanooga. This particular view marked the turn around of an out and back hike along a portion of the Cumberland Trail up on Signal Mountain. Prior to that moment, I had heard the mountains calling me for quite some time. And so I figured, what better way to answer them than with a proper “runcation.”

Runcation (as defined by VOTR): A vacation that revolves around running, and in most cases, an organized race event. Has been known to include additional adventurous elements. Sometimes also referred to as a dream vacation.

My training partner Martha and I signed up to run the Scenic City Half Marathon taking place along the Tennessee riverfront in Chattanooga, Saturday Feb. 22. The timing worked out perfectly with it not being too close, or too far away from our upcoming first ever full marathon in Nashville at the end of April, and both of us were itching to complete our fifth half marathon (fourth half together). As an added appeal, part of the registration fees went to help fund several local charities. We both selected Room at the Inn, a non-profit dedicated to offering temporary shelter to women and children battling homelessness.

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