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Pass Mountain Trail – Shenandoah National Park

A snowy run during the Polar Vortex. Animal tracks, deer beds and lots of snow made for an interesting and fun climb up the mountain and a fast, ski-like descent back down!

Trail on the climb up Pass Mountain

Trail on the climb up Pass Mountain

Pass Mountain summit

Pass Mountain summit


VHTRC Cat 8 – Massanutten Mountains

Virginia Happy Trails Running Club MMT training run – a cold and snowy run in the Massanuttens. Beautiful views, frosty temperatures, good friends on trail…a fun day!

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Bird Knob

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winter trail

 


January TWOT

The Wild Oak Trail…a 27 mile loop with 8000 feet of climbing. My favorite trail to play on.

Scenes from a wet, cold, windy and fun January day.

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Magical moss

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Winter trail

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Little Bald trailhead

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Gorgeous sunset – our reward after a foggy, wet and windy day on trail


Snow Run on the Appalachian Trail

An early January trail run to Thornton Gap and Shenandoah National Park on the Appalachian Trail.

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Snowy trail sunrise

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Whipped cream snowdrifts

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Winter creek

 


New Year’s Eve Sunset Trail Run – Shenandoah National Park

On the last day of 2013 I was lucky enough to run a favorite mountain trail, with someone I adore, and chase sunset through the mountains. A climb up Buck Hollow to Mary’s Rock with a breathtaking sunset, a champagne toast and a fun, dark descent back to the car to a delicious picnic of ahi tuna and veggies was a spectacular way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Here’s to a fabulous 2014 full of mountains, trails, miles, friends, laughter, adventure, love, happiness and possibility!

Sunset from Mary's Rock

Sunset from Mary’s Rock


VHTRC Boyer’s Furnace Fat Ass Forty

A 42 mile run in the Massanuttens with the VHTRC on a lovely late December day with temperatures in the 60′s…ahhh. Life is good.

“Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach.”  -John Muir

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Sunrise in Fort Valley

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Early climb to Woodstock Tower

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Super clear views as far as the eye could see

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Gourmet aid station!

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A lovely stretch of trail with many Massanutten rocks

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Late afternoon views

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The final push through the river trail at Veach Gap


VHTRC MGM50K Fat Ass

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club hosts the best Fat Ass events. The annual Magnus Gluteus Maximus 50km was another fabulous event. With a sprinkling of snow at the start and some icy rain at the finish, most of the day was just cold and cloudy. The trails were challenging with a snow and ice layer that turned into mud as the day went on. Aid stations were stocked with the best of ultra fuel – cheese puffs, M&Ms, holiday cookies and bourbon. The after-party at Hemlock was a rollicking good time. And as always, the best part of the day was playing with great friends on the trail. Cheers to another year of happy running in the VHTRC!

The obligatory "groupie" shot at the start

The obligatory “groupie” shot at the start

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Icy rocks by the river

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In the Do Loop

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Aid stations in true VHTRC style


Vicki’s Death March

An annual Black Friday run – Vicki’s Death March is a VHTRC Fat Ass event – 25ish miles of the “best of” Shenandoah National Park. Starting at the Old Rag parking lot and continuing to White Oak Canyon, Hawksbill, Little Stony Man, Skyland, Corbin Cabin and Nicholson Hollow, and ending up back in the parking lot of Old Rag where post-run beverages and festivities wait! This year there was considerable ice and snow on the trail which prompted several of us to detour from Skyland taking the Old Rag Fire Road back to the parking lot to avoid ice on Corbin Cabin and Nicholson Hollow. We ended up with 22 miles of glorious trail running with friends on a cold winter day. Absolutely the best way to spend Black Friday.

White Oak Canyon

White Oak Canyon

Overlook on the climb up White Oak Canyon

Overlook on the climb up White Oak Canyon

Upper falls - White Oak Canyon

Upper falls – White Oak Canyon

Snowy trail

Snowy trail

View from the AT on the way to Skyland

View from the AT on the way to Skyland

 

 

 

 

 


Rosaryville Veteran’s Day 50K

Rosaryville 50K is run on single track mountain bike trails in Maryland. It’s a 3 loop course that is fairly flat, not terribly technical (perfect for getting lazy and falling!), and extremely runnable. The Veteran’s Day race was much better weather-wise, with temps in the 40′s and 50′s as opposed to the over 100 degree temps of the July race. With the help of Tom and Hai – Sara and I both ran a 50K personal best time of 5:25. What a fun, fun day to run with friends.

Rosaryville State Park, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Rosaryville State Park, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Finishing with triple PRs - Hai, Sara and myself. Thanks to Jon Valentine for this awesome picture!

Finishing with triple PRs – me, Sara and Hai. Thanks to Jon Valentine for this awesome picture!


Mountain Masochist Trail Run 50 Miler

It was a fabulous fall day to run 50++ miles with 9,000+ feet of climbing in the mountains – on a very tough course. Tight cut-off times made this a bit of a race against the clock, but I had a few minutes to take some photos and finish in 11:32. It was too gorgeous not to capture some of these great memories in photos. What a fun, fun day on trail. Enjoy!

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as the sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”   – John Muir

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Fabulous fall colors

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The mountains were glowing with autumn colors.

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A beautiful sunrise on the ridge.

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The Lynchburg Reservoir sparkling in the autumn sunlight.

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A patchwork quilt of fall colors.

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“The mountains reserve their choice gifts for those who stand upon their summits.” Sir Francis Younghusband

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The reward at the top of The Loop. Worth it all…


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