Seen on the run (March 30, 2019)

Sugar hollow to Blackrock plus the Trayfoot/Payne run loop with the CAT 50k training group

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Photo credit: David Carl Smith

David kept telling the people on the ends to squish in. That’s why I look like I’m hiding behind the guy next to me. I always look like such a dork in these group photos.

It started out chilly. By the time we got up to Blackrock it was raining and cold. That was NOT in the forecast! We all stopped to put our coats on.

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Half an hour later the sun came out and it got hot.

The Trayfoot/Payne run loop was really nice with no leaves on the trees. I had only done it in the summer. There’s a lot of ridge running with beautiful views that you can’t see in the summertime.

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It was uncomfortably warm, but I was loving it after all the cold wet weather we’ve had this winter!

The water crossings on the way back actually felt good. I stopped and rinsed my salt-crusted face at each one.

On the way back, the trail was lined with purple flowers that must have opened with the sun.

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Spring!! It’s finally here!

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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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