Fun day of running for three generations of Hunts, with Henry absoultely crushing his first (road) half marathon (47th / 663 overall; there was no division for 12-year-olds, but he had the third fastest time in the 16-19 division) and my dad winning first in his age group. (Tough day at the office for me, but I manged to finish in 1:37:25 for third in the middle-age-man division.
2/25/2023: Mount Cheaha 50K (Talladega National Park)
31 miles on the Pinhoti Trail – from Porter’s Gap to the summit of Cheaha Mountain – for the Mount Cheaha 50K, supported by the best crew in the business; rainy, foggy conditions on a difficult but stunning course with approximately 6,000′ of elevation gain, in 5:46:11.
2/11/2023: Lake Guntersville State Park
Camp followed by Henry’s running of the Eagle Ridge Half Marathon – a technical trail race with over 2,000′ of elevation gain – with Henry (12) finishing 10th overall and 1st in the nineteen-and-under division (I somehow managed 4th overall despite missing a turn and meandering off-course for some bonus time on the trail).
1/28/2023: Birmingham Track Club Adam’s Heart Runs (Oak Mountain State Park)
Henry ran the 10K (finishing 1st in the 14 and under division and 15th overall), and Oliver grudgingly agreed to run the 5K option (running well, though a bit off course); I managed to run the 10-miler in 1:09:35.
1/5-6/2023: Transamerica Trail (Arkansas) / Trace State Park (Mississippi)
After departing the family cabin near the Buffalo National River, drove the Transamerica Trail from Hwy. 65 in Arkansas to somewhere near Holly Grove, AR (stopping every hour or so to run a mile for seven miles total), followed by a late stop to camp at Trace State Park (Mississippi) before returning to Tuscaloosa.
12/31/2022: Ouachita National Forest (Arkansas)
22-mile trail run (3,363′ elevation gain; 4 hours) with Wesley on the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) in preparation for his running of the LOViT 100-miler.
12/1-2/2022: Talladega National Forest (Oakmulgee District)
After a night of camping, 14.36 miles running on isolated forest service roads.
11/24/2022: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Family run (in the rain) for the “Huff, Puff, then Stuff 5K” (Hot Springs, AR), in which I paced Henry to his 5K personal record of 22:49.
11/11-12/2022: Talladega National Forest
Backcountry camping near forest service road 600-1 in the Talladega National Forest.
10/29/2022: Oak Mountain State Park
Henry’s first night / headlamp trail race at the Halloween Havoc II 6-miler in Oak Mountain State Park (I ran the half marathon).