Seen on the run (June 9, 2019)

Misty Foggy Rainy

South on the AT from Rockfish gap

A busy morning on the trail. Close to a dozen thru hikers, plus a few runners and day hikers.

We had planned to do at least 13, but neither of us was feeling very energetic. We turned around at the shelter so ended up with just over 9 miles for the day.

My attitude was much better though. Even though I was exhausted, I was still happy to be in the woods.

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Seen on the run (May 26, 2019)

Riprap/Wildcat loop Cranky irritable annoyed exhausted anxious sad My cousin died Molly is sick again I can’t remember the last time I slept through the night I checked my hydration pack after Promise Land and couldn’t find a leak. I filled it up the night before this run and refrigerated it overnight. When I pulled it out in the morning there was no sign of leakage. Five minutes into the run my back and legs were soaked. By mile 6 I was out of fluid. It was hot. Fuck it. I hate rocky, technical downhill. Why did I choose this route? Oh yeah. I wanted to see the Rhododendrons. And jump in the swimming hole. There were a few Rhododendrons here and there. I tried to feel happy. I mostly just felt tired. There were people at the swimming hole. I felt self-conscious. And I really just wanted to get home and check on Molly. Two thousand feet of climbing in the last 2.5 miles. In the heat. Brian shared his water. *When I got home I discovered a crack in the small plastic piece that connects the tube to the bladder in my hydration pack. I’ve had it for maybe 9 months.

Seen on the run (April 7, 2019)

Humpback Rocks loop and Dobie Mountain loop

I headed up to Humpback Rocks first.

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I thought I was too late for the sunrise, but was pleasantly surprised.

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It was gorgeous.

There were already quite a few people up there enjoying the view. That made me happy. We should all do this more often.

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People were camping at every campsite I passed. It was cool to see so many people at the shelter, too.

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While I definitely enjoy solitude and generally try to avoid crowds, the trails were eerily empty this winter. It’s nice to see them coming back to life.

My foot felt a lot better when I woke up this morning and it only bothered me for the first couple miles of the run. After that I hardly noticed it at all.

It hurts a little now, though. Not sure what that means.

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Seen on the run (February 16, 2019)

CAT 50k training group run on the Mau Har/Three Ridges loop.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.