Posts tagged “trails

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


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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