After a morning hike with Henry to the pond in our neighborhood, eight snowy, afternoon miles of running in Biscuit Run.
Short drive to southern Maryland to run the Frozen Heart 50K, which took place on the trails in St. Mary’s River State Park. This appeared to be a fast course, but that was before it got dumped with snow earlier in the week (six plus inches on the trails; I was lucky to finish only an hour after my original goal time).
Route: Starting at Riverview Park, I ran the Rivanna Trail, plus a couple of bonus miles (22 total). The latter resulted from getting mixed up on some of the new trail sections/detours. I waded through Moore’s Creek at Woolen Mills, which seemed more disgusting than cold (the only other option was to cross a sketchy railroad trestle). Also, I saw three foxes (or the same fox three times).
Route: From the first parking area at Sugar Hollow, ran six miles or so to the Shenandoah National Park, linking up with the Appalachian Trail at Black Rock Gap. Followed the AT north to the summit of Black Rock, continuing north for another mile or so before heading back to Sugar Hollow. 16.25 miles total.
Looking downstream from the waterfall.
Late morning 14-miler with temperature hovering around freezing at the start of the run.
My son got sick and couldn’t run the Kid’s Dash, so I turned up for the 5K alone, stumbling over the finish line in 19:58 (9th/257) on a very scenic/diverse course.
First snowy run of the season (10 miles). Not really a proper snow, but snow nonetheless.
Light, 34-mile week to leisurely take in the leaves on local trails–primarily in Biscuit Run, which borders my neighborhood. Today’s second trip to BR included a 4.5-mile bike ride/hike with Henry, on which I had to carry his bike over only the most technical of spots.
Stashed a thermos of water at Rockfish Gap and then drove south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Humpback Rocks parking area. Rather than head up the popular/crowded route to the rocks, I took the Old Howardsville Turnpike trail. This allowed me to quickly hit the Appalachian Trail north, make a brief stop at the Glass Hollow Overlook (the views aren’t quite as big as those at Humpback, but I had the place all to myself), and then finish the almost eight-mile run to Rockfish Gap to re-fill water bottles. Roughly the same route back, except that I took the blue-blazed Albright Loop Trail shortly after passing the Paul C. Wolf Shelter. There’s a bit of old plane wreckage just off the Albright trail. 16 miles total.
Crewed for Wesley in the Arkansas Traveller 100, which he won with a time of 15 hours, 59 minutes (third fastest time in the 24-year history of the race, and 22 minutes off the course record). I met him at five aid stations along the course (miles 16.1, 31.9, 48, 67.9, and 83.9; our Dad was at the last three), and we had him re-fueled and out of each station in less than two minutes, sometimes much less. At the last crew station (mile 83.9), I paced Wesley through the dark to the finish line. Really fun running through the pitch-black Ouachita National Forest with nothing but headlamps. My only concern was keeping up with Wesley during the last 16.1 miles; he ran mile 100 (mile 16 for me) in just under seven minutes.