CAT 50k training group run on the Mau Har/Three Ridges loop.
Photo credit: Amanda Blondeau
Cold hard pellets of ice rained down on us as we set out on the trail this morning. We climbed steadily and it wasn’t long before the ground was covered.
The temperature felt relatively comfortable until we neared the top. The wind up on the ridge was bitter and the ice-covered trail was really slippery.
It warmed up and got more slushy and less slick as we headed down the other side. The trail was still really rocky and technical though, so it was slow going for me.
We met several hikers and one runner headed in the other direction. More people than I would have expected considering the weather.
It really wasn’t that bad, though. We had a nice group of runners and the views were stunning. The weather just made things a little more interesting.
I’m grateful for these CAT training group runs. They make getting out for winter long runs so much easier.
Brian came back from Detroit with another cold. So he stayed home with Molly who has an abscessed anal gland in addition to the UTI. The poor little thing has to wear a cone of shame until it heals.
Such a beautiful day to be running in the mountains. Can’t tell you how much better the sunshine makes me feel.
We made it up to Blackrock!
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.
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.
Many blowdowns and butterflies, a tiny toad and blue-sky views from Blackrock summit.
Also, a falling tree branch missed landing on my head by about two feet and I stopped for a very refreshing swim at Snake Hole.
Misty mountains, wildflowers and a bear.
Sunshine, a very cold swimming hole and lots of rocks to test my ankle and climbs to remind me I’ve been away from the mountains for too long.
It felt good to get back out there, though.
I love my mountains.