Seen on the run (February 2, 2019)

We had registered months ago to do WazUPwidis this morning. But Brian was sick all week and still had a lingering cough. He was nice enough to say he would still go with me, though. When I went to bed last night I was still planning to go do it. By the time I got up this morning and thought about it, I realized that I didn’t want to spend four hours in the car to run a 5K. And if I felt that way, I knew Brian didn’t want to spend four hours in the car to watch me run a 5K.

It’s a fun race, and if we were both doing it and then running up Mill Mountain afterward like we had planned it would have been worth it. But under the circumstances it just didn’t make much sense.

I told Brian I would just run with the CAT 50K training group again.

It started at 7am this week, so the sun was just coming up. It was a beautiful sunrise with just the tiniest sliver of a moon. And 22 degrees.

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Photo credit: David Carl Smith

My toes didn’t thaw out until about the time I reached the top of Jarmans.

I was surprised how much snow there was up on the ridge.

It was nothing like the section of the AT we ran last week, but there were still many, many blowdowns.

I had company climbing up Turk which was nice. The view from the top was worth the extra climbing and rocky technical trail which (as a bonus! fun!) was covered in snow.

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On the way back down I was mostly by myself, which was nice too. The sun was out and it was quiet and peaceful in the snowy woods.

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When I got back to my car, I started to drive away with my gloves and hat on the roof of my car. I had placed them there and then gone about looking for my car key, stretching and texting Brian to let him know the run had taken longer than I thought it would. By the time I was ready to go, I’d forgotten they were still up there. As I was pulling out, I checked my rear-view mirror and saw someone chasing me with my hat in his hand trying to get my attention. He helped me gather up my clothing.

Fun times.

That is not the first (or second) time I’ve driven off with something on my roof. I’ve also driven off with a slice of cake and an iPad on my roof before (two separate occasions and both survived).

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Seen on the run (January 26, 2019)

Another run with the CAT 50k training group.

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Photo credit: Amanda Blondeau

It was cold, but not as bad as I thought it would be.

The AT is still in pretty bad shape, though. There were so many blowdowns! The mile of switchbacks down to the shelter reminded me of Mahoosuc Notch, except with tree branches instead of boulders. It was more of an obstacle course than a run. And since it was an out-and-back, we got to go through it twice!!

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It was nice to have some company on the climb up to the turnaround, and the sun even came out for a few minutes.

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Seen on the run (January 19, 2019)

We ran with the CAT 50K training group again.

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Photo credit: Amanda Blondeau

I was (of course) worried about the snowy trail, but it ended up not being too bad (kind of fun, actually!). Those river crossings were COLD though. I don’t think I’m going to do trails with river crossings anymore unless it’s above 40 degrees. My toes just don’t warm back up if I get them wet when it’s that cold out.

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It was the same course we ran on New Year’s Day and we managed a slightly better pace (even with me tip-toeing through the slippery sections!).

Sugar Hollow to Skyline Drive and back

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Seen on the run (January 15, 2019)

My anxiety about spraining my ankle again made me leery of a snowy trail run, but Brian really didn’t want to run on roads (and I can’t say I was all that excited about it either). Plus it’s his birthday week. He may not be as into celebrating birthdays as I am, but I strongly believe you should get to do what you want during your birthday week.

Or month…

The trails at Biscuit Run were pretty sloppy. A mix of mud and crusty ice and snow. I definitely was worried about slipping or twisting my ankle, but it was also a lot of fun and so much better than running on roads.

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The only company we had out there this morning.

img_20190115_113712281_hdrThe snow really is beautiful. I love how it sparkles in the sunlight.

Seen on the run (January 12, 2019)

We ran with the CAT’s 50K training group this morning. We were actually able to keep up with some of them!

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Photo credit: David Smith

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