After running every part of the course in three different practice runs, I decided that I wanted to do a longer run to revisit portions of the course, but before doing the entire 13.1 miles in a single run. So, I mapped out a nice 10 miler.
I parked in the lot of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce just off Montford Avenue and I240. A good place to park within about a quarter mile of the starting point of the Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon. It’s a nice little warmup run to the Citizen-Times building right across from the back side of the Grove Arcade. I started out and ran the race course four about 5.5 miles and then improvised because I didn’t want to cross Beaverdam because I figured if I go that far I’ll wind up doing the entire course. So I took some detours and headed toward the end of the course, to pick up the trail on Edgewood, west of Merrimon.
I took Country Club to Dogwood and found my way to the top of the rose garden and headed back down to Kimberly. I took Kimberly south to Edgewood and headed west across Merrimon to the intersection of Edgewood and Barnard, which is where I reengaged the course.
The pull up Broadway was tougher than when I did it a few weeks ago. I was already 8.5 miles into this run when I encountered it and it was warm and sunny.
This is a good, tough practice run. I probably added some extra hill work to it, especially with my detour on Country Club and Dogwood. Great run, finished off with some Gatorade and a Latte with a Vanilla Bean Scone!