Medals4Mettle is an organization that presents donated finisher's medals from the completion of a marathon, half marathon, or triathlon to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life.
Originally my plan was to do a half marathon hike up on the Appalachian Trail for this but the weather did not cooperate. Instead I decided to simply do a half marathon suburban hike. I was out the door before 7:00 AM heading east. The goal was to go 6.5 miles out, turn around and go back. I've experienced this before and have said it many times - you really do not see many things even if you have driven down a road hundreds of times. There is just something nice about slowing down and really seeing your surroundings.
The only challenge (besides making my legs walk 13.1 miles) was - my footpod stop working at 2.34 miles. So I really did not know how far I should go. Ended up doing more of a lollipop route instead of an out and back guessing at the mileage. When I got home retraced the route in my truck. It was only 11 miles. Went back out and did the last 2 miles.
It's quite different doing a virtual race, but it really does support something good.
Just a few pics from the route:
|At the corner of Peachtree & Old Peachtree|
|New Life Baptist Church|
|Home Depot on the 4th of July|
|Look who is coming to town|
|Crops look good|