Seen on the run (March 2, 2019)

Sugar Hollow to just beyond Blackrock and back with the CAT 50k training group.

The temperature didn’t feel too bad when we started out, but that first river crossing was so cold itĀ hurt.

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Photo credit: Pete O’Shea

The trees became more and more ice-covered as we climbed to Skyline Drive.

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IMG_20190302_090121331_HDR.jpgOnce we were on the AT and climbing toward Blackrock, the ice was so thick and heavy that the trees were bent over and blocking the trail.

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We got on a forest service road that paralleled the AT, which was more passable.

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The icy trees were so beautiful.

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IMG_20190302_092843555_HDRThe rocks on Blackrock summit were coated with ice, which made descending the other side towards Trayfoot mountain rather treacherous. Luckily it was only for a short stretch.

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Photo credit: Brian Hapeman

But the trail once again became just a bushwhack through heavy branches, so we decided to turn around a little early.

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On our way back down, the ice was melting and raining down on us. Some of the bigger chunks of ice really hurt! Particularly when they hit you in the face. The fallen ice was several inches deep on the trail in some places.

We ended up a little short of our 16 mile goal, but it was a fun adventure.

Seen on the run (November 11, 2018)

Cold, beautiful and really, really slow.

I am ridiculously slow and cautious on the leaf-covered rocky trails now. I’m so worried about spraining my ankle again. It’s frustrating and I hope I get over it soon.

It’s nice to have such a patient training partner, though.

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IMG_20181111_101704194_HDRRiprap/Wildcat loop

Seen on the run (October 21, 2018)

A full week off from running because of a stupid chest cold.

I was hoping for at least 8 miles today, but my body had other plans. I’m trying to feel good about the fact that I’m listening to my body and taking it easy, but not running is so much harder than running is.IMG_20181021_095142574IMG_20181021_095109118_HDRIMG_20181021_104650877

It was a gorgeous day to be in the mountains though.

 

Appalachian Trail Run

The original plan was to go to Sugar Hollow and run the same loop that I ran two weeks ago. I’m a creature of habit.

Don’t worry, I wasn’t planning to write about it.

But I got turned around.

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I decided to drive up to Shenandoah National Park and do an out and back on the AT instead. I stopped at Mudhouse in Crozet for second breakfast (I’d had a bowl of cereal at 5, and it was now going to be 8 by the time I started my run).

I headed out in the foggy mist.

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The trail was muddy and slippery (and a bit of a river in places).

I hadn’t run far before I happened upon this pretty girl.

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She went back to her breakfast, but kept her eyes on me.

IMG_20140628_141342I told her that I didn’t want to bother her, but that I would like to get by. She started to leave, but stopped after a few paces and turned to watch me pass.

IMG_20140628_140904I saw evidence of thru-hikers before I saw any actual thru-hikers. I ended up seeingĀ many.

IMG_20140628_084339_656Bear bags.

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Does anybody know what kind of flowers these are?

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I ran through a field full of them and they smelled wonderful.