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Boyer’s Furnace 40 Miler – A VHTRC Fat Ass

The Boyer’s Furnace Fat Ass was held on a beautiful Saturday in late December. Blue skies, sunshine and temps in the 60’s made this challenging 40 miler even more of a treat.

The view from Kennedy Peak.

The view from Kennedy Peak.

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Orange Trail rocks

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Sunset over Fort Valley

 

Wordless Wednesday – My Tribe

Vermont VHTRC

My Tribe – the VHTRC at Vermont 100

Maryland Heights

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The Year of the 100

A few scenes from my 100 mile runs this year…winter TWOT (a DNF, 3 loops, 81 miles), MMT, Vermont and Grindstone. What a wonderful year of running and friends. Run happy!

Winter TWOT - February 2014

Winter TWOT – February 2014 

Winter TWOT - a cold, snowy and icy journey

Winter TWOT – a cold, snowy and icy journey that ended after 3 loops and 81 miles – and a cranky IT band

MMT 100 - May 2014 - this picture pretty much sums it up

MMT 100 – May 2014 – this picture pretty much sums up the trail conditions

MMT rocks

MMT 100 – I had a blast running the orange trail! A fabulous weekend in the Massanutten mountains with the VHTRC!

Vermont roads...this 100 was a "one and done" for me

Vermont roads are really, really hard. This 100 was a “one and done” for me.

Vermont 100 - The Sound of Music hill

Vermont 100 – The Sound of Music hill 

Yep.

Vermont. Yep. 

Grindstone 100 - October 2014

Grindstone 100 – October 2014 – so happy to be back on my rocky, technical, mountainous trails. My favorite 100 of the year. 

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

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