South on the AT from Rockfish Gap
Not every run in the mountains is spectacular.
After a stressful week, today’s run just felt like a difficult slog through the heat.
It was still pretty, though.
Brian saw a bear. It was running towards him on the trail. I had stopped to take pictures and missed it.
The woods smelled so good this morning. Sun warmed earth and fresh air.
I wondered who else in the world was having such an exquisite dawn.
-from Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
WazUPwidis urban run and stair challenge
So much more fun than your average 5k.
After the race, we refueled with post-race snacks (which are always good at Mountain Junkies races) and then headed out on the Blue Ridge Marathon course for some more miles.
In other news, I found a tick attached to me yesterday morning.
I’m guessing I picked it up on my walk in the woods the previous morning. Didn’t know I needed to be checking for ticks in December. Yes, I read that before, but I didn’t take it seriously. I need a mental break from worrying about these damn things. But that is not to be. Now I will wait to see if I get sick. And check for ticks. Every. Freakin’. Time.
The moon sure was pretty this morning, though!