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 (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 it 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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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.