Posts tagged “trails

The Year of the Fat Ass

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club puts on a ton of Fat Ass events – runs with no entry fee, no awards, and no wimps – and the best volunteers and aid stations you’ll find anywhere. This year was all about the VHTRC for me – I ran or volunteered at as many of our events as I could. I ended up with a lot of miles, a lot of smiles, the support and love of my tribe, familiar trails to come home to, new trails to play on, new friends to share trail with and new adventures planned for 2016. Life is good.

Here’s a look back on my year of the Fat Ass! Happy, happy trails!

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Redeye 50K – January 1, 2015

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Gap to Gap, January 18, 2015

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TWOT 100K, February 13-14, 2015

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Elizabeth Furnace 50K, March 14, 2015

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Bull Run Run 50 Miler – volunteer – April 11, 2015

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MMT 100 – crewing and pacing – May 16-17, 2015

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Holy Cowan’s Gap 50K – May 24, 2015

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VHTRC Trifecta – Jeremy’s Run – July 3, 2015

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VHTRC Trifecta – Browntown – July 4, 2015

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VHTRC Trifecta – Sophie’s Death March – July 5, 2015

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Catoctin 50K – July 11 (not technically a Fat Ass, but close enough)

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Catherine’s Furnace 50K – July 25, 2015

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The Ring – 71 miles – September 5-6, 2015

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Women’s Half Marathon – volunteer – September 19, 2015

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Grindstone 100 – pacing my love to his first 100 mile finish! YAY! – October 9-10, 2015

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Hot TWOT #2, 109 miles – October 23-25, 2015

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MGM 50K – December 5, 2015

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Boyer’s Furnace 40 Miler – December 26, 2015


Catoctin 50K

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

-African Proverb

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Cool creek at Catoctin

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Very much like the Massanuttens

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Spectacular views from the top!


Jeremy’s Run

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Neighbor Mountain

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Swimming hole at the trailhead of Jeremy’s Run


Pacing Fun in the Mountains

This spring I’ve had the privilege to spend a lot of time on trail pacing friends in their events. It’s been fun and so very rewarding to watch them finish goal races – with smiles all around.

Pacing Bob Gaylord at MMT100

Pacing Bob Gaylord at MMT100

Pacing Lara Zoeller up Sherman's Gap to Veach during the Old Dominion 100

Pacing Lara Zoeller up Sherman’s Gap to Veach during the Old Dominion 100


Winter TWOT

The Wild Oak Trail is my very favorite trail. The way she wears winter is magical.

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View from Little Bald

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A snowy day on Little Bald

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And even more snow on Big Bald

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At the top of Little Bald

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We could have used snowshoes.


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

 


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

 


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


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