Waking up sick on race morning (with snow and temperature in the 20s), Henry made the game-time decision to run the Lost Falls trail 10K in DeSoto State Park (Fort Payne, AL) – finishing, remarkably, 15th overall. The race took place exactly one month after my COVID pneumonia diagnosis, so I was just grateful to be trail running again (finishing first overall was a surprising but nice bonus).
Paced Henry during the Loch Ness Trail Fest 10K (which was closer to 7 miles), with Henry finishing fourth place overall.
From the North Trail Head, ran the blue trail (stopping briefly at King’s Chair Overlook) and made the loop back on the white trail (with an inadvertent detour on the “storyteller” trail) (12ish miles).
Hammies Trail Run at the Hoover Met, where Henry had a strong finish in the 5-miler and Oliver had a strong finish in the one-mile fun run (I somehow managed to win the 10-miler).
26.2 miles (approximately) on steep and technical trails during the Mystery Mountain Marathon in Fort Mountain State Park, GA.
Thirteen-miles running on the Appalachian Trail from Sam’s Gap to the summit of Big Bald (5,516′) and back, followed by some hiking on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Asheville later in the week.
Several long trail runs and family hikes over the weekend on the Pinhoti Trail between Dugger Mountain and Oakey Mountain, near the Chief Ladega trail in Piedmont, AL.
Out-and-back family hike from North Trailhead to Eagle’s Nest Overlook, followed by a short run along the yellow trail to meet up with everyone at the BMX Track.