Posts tagged “winter

MMT Training Runs – MLK Weekend

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club puts on several excellent training runs for the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 race held in May. The Martin Luther King weekend was the first of the fat ass events. It was a warm, cold, sunny, snowy, foggy weekend to run!

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Sunrise in the Massanutten Mountains – MMT Training Run #1

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Orange trail – before the snow – Waterfall 50K

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Orange trail- after the snow – Waterfall 50K

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 Wild Oak Trail (aka TWOT)

A wonderfully wintery day on the TWOT trail. 28 miles, 8100 feet of climbing…happy, happy trails.

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My favorite spot – on the climb up Little Bald

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The view from Big Bald

Snow trails descending Big Bald

Snow trails descending Big Bald

Vicki’s Death March 2014

A VHTRC Fat Ass run on Black Friday every year. This year was a blue sky, sunshine, SNOWY adventure.

White Oak Canyon

White Oak Canyon

Big Meadows Horse Trail

Big Meadows Horse Trail



A snowy Skyline Drive

A snowy Skyline Drive

View near Hawksbill

View near Hawksbill


Maryland Heights



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

The HAT Run 50K

The  25th running of the HAT Run 50K took place in Susquehanna State Park in Havre de Grace, Maryland on March 23. It’s a fun ultra with great aid stations and plenty of single track trail to play on. Although it’s a big ultra (over 450 runners) it was very well-organized with plenty of aid, fabulous volunteers and great swag, including a technical hat (of course), a technical tee and an Under Armour hooded sweatshirt with the race logo embroidered on it. One to put on the calendar for next spring!

Views of the Susquehanna River

Views of the Susquehanna River

And a few fields tossed in for fun...

And a few fields tossed in for fun…

Crazy cool tree on the HAT course

Crazy cool tree on the HAT course

Trail on the HAT Run - Susquehanna State Park

Trail on the HAT Run – Susquehanna State Park

Hashawha Hills 50K

A winter 50K put on by the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club – Hashawha Hills starts at the Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster, Maryland. It’s a 2 loop course that takes runners on a wild ride through frozen and muddy fields, hills, streams, fire roads, and horse trails surrounding the park. Great day playing on trail – and a most fabulous finishers mug made by a local potter.

butt slide hill

butt slide hill

one of several ICY stream crossings

one of several ICY stream crossings

as the frozen mud began to thaw....

as the frozen mud began to thaw….

mud...lots of mud

mud…lots of mud

pine needle trail

pine needle trail

sweet finishers mug
sweet finishers mug


Appalachian Trail in February = Winter Wonderland

A snowy run on the Appalachian Trail from 522 south towards Mt. Marshall.

View from the climb towards Hogwallow Flats

View from the climb towards Hogwallow Flats

Pristine trails in a winter wonderland

Pristine trails in a winter wonderland

Icy 8

The Icy 8 – an 8 hour race put on by Athletic Equation – was a fun day of 8 mile loops in icy temps at Lake Anna State Park. This was a particularly beautiful section of trail with a cushy bed of pine needles to run on.

Icy 8

Icy 8

Old Rag

Rock Scramble on Old Rag

Bouldering over Old Rag


Running down Old Rag

Running down Old Rag – a perfect blue sky winter day


White Oak Canyon – Winter Waterfall

White Oak Canyon

Lower Falls

Massanutten Mountains

A winter day on trail from Shawl Gap to Signal Knob and back down the Tuscarora Trail. Icy, snowy, rocky fun with lots of climbing and amazing views as a reward.


The climb from Shawl Gap


Fort Valley Overlook


Prince William Forest

Unique bridge

Creekside trail

Trail dancing


Bull Run – Occoquan Trail

Winter View


Holiday Lake 50K

Holiday Lake 50K – a beautiful course, great people and a fun race to run!

The view from the bridge - one of many reasons I trail run.

Climbing along the lake

Holiday Lake

Chinquapin in Winter