Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Poor Mountain continued

Some of my favorite images from our Poor Mountain run:

Trespassers will be shot on sight.
Yeah right.

Jay reaching the top before me.

"Well, it looks like the gangs have run up here." -Jay

"Do not stop, keep moving." Something about radiation?
Uh, okay.
(What's that tingling sensation?!?)

Cool towers.

Pretty neat, huh?

Did I mention we missed the summit by a few hundred yards?
I can see the real summit from my neighborhood.

It is taunting me.

Run hard out there.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Exploring Poor Mountain

Jay, Anita and I decided to spend the first day of spring exploring the highest mountain in both Roanoke and Montgomery counties. The 3928 foot summit of Poor Mountain is home to several (many!) radio, television, and who knows what else antennas. That was our destination, and man what a day to do it. 19 miles total for the run. Probably about 3000 feet gain for the day.

I'll post some pics of the structures we found up there at a later date. But for now, here is the topo.

We didn't know it until we got back to the car and looked at the map, but we turned around just short of a lookout. Oh well, now we have a good excuse to go back.

Run hard out there.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring is (almost) here

Friday's forecast is 71 degrees, sunny. If all goes well, I'll be taking my lunchtime-workout buddies up this route. Most of them are very new to trail running. The snow is gone, so I am interested to see how much easier this climb is on dry turf.

I told my friends that when we finish we might have some small scratches on our arms and legs, but we will definitely have BIG smiles on our faces.

I'll send an update after the run.

Today's lunchtime workout:

Bodyweight 400

Run to the park
Repeat the following circuit 4 times. Minimal rest.
  • 25 Squats
  • 25 Pushups
  • 25 Crunches
  • 25 Burpees
Run (walk) back downtown.

This is one of the toughest we do in the limited time we have. Today everyone completed the entire workout. That's 16-20 minutes of pure anaerobic activity.

Run hard out there.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

AT/Catawba update

I've got some friends planning a little run on the AT around Catawba this Saturday. Here is a trail report:

I was on the trails on Sunday. The dark sides of the mountains still have lots of snow, and we are getting more now, tonight and tomorrow. My front yard was clear this morning, now it is white again. I can see the slopes that lean towards I-81, and they are very white. Nights between now and Saturday are below freezing. Days are above. Saturday the forecast is for sunny, with a high of 53. Perfect afternoon for refreshments off the trail. But first you have to make it off the trail.

I recommend: gaiters, beefy shoes, a change or two of socks, pants with the ability to change to shorts, short sleeve shirt with a light wind breaker, gloves and something for the head. Sunglasses (snowglasses ?) will be important too.

Run hard out there...