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 it hurt.
The trees became more and more ice-covered as we climbed to Skyline Drive.
Once 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.
We got on a forest service road that paralleled the AT, which was more passable.
The icy trees were so beautiful.
The 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.
But the trail once again became just a bushwhack through heavy branches, so we decided to turn around a little early.
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.
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.
It was a gorgeous day to be in the mountains though.