We experienced ALL kinds of weather during the course of this run. It was sunny at the start and 50F which compared to what I had been used to running in, seemed VERY hot. Then we got to the snow ( and saw bear tracks around the shelter) THEN CAME THE RAIN.. and the sky opened up and the temperature dropped and it POURED on us the rest of the run. but I had an awesome time!! :o) here are some pictures from that escapade:
Then 1/23/10: JJ and I embarked upon a journey to Grayson Highlands State Park to run a 12 mile loop starting at Massie Gap going to scales, rhododendron gap, and following the AT back to massie gap via wilburn ridge. We meet Joey Licata( trail running friend /ultra runner from damascus: who I may add has impeccable taste in music) , and Doug and Martha ( trail running friends from Todd, NC) at the Massie Gap parking lot and off we went.. It was about 34F foggy and we were running in snow pretty much from the beginning of the run. However upon about 5k of our ascent. I began to notice VAST amounts of ice. Not only on the trail but on the trees and flying around in the wind! :o) It was muddy... it was icy.. it was icy.. it was muddy.. and such was the trail..
There were rocks... big rocks, and small rocks. Rocks you stumbled over.. Rocks you climbed in between( fat man's squeeze on the AT) and rocks I was pretty much sliding down on my butt because it was so icy on them. I felt like the howling winds really made it SOO cold. I told JJ this was more frozen sasquatch than frozen sasquatch!! it was an epic day but I sure felt humbled by the time I made it back to the FJ. My butt was kicked. Mt Rogers schooled me in humility today.
I felt like I definitely gained so much from this run. 1. precious time on my feet 2. grit and determination by running in harsh conditions. 3 the much needed technical prep for black mtn trail marathon ( feb 27th)
I hated that the sun never burned off the fog and I never got to see the amazing view mt rogers has to offer. BUT I did get to see ponies:o) and spend some quality trail time with my friends. :o)