WE AIN’T FRAID OF NO SNOW
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About a dozen runners showed up at the Highland’s start at 8:00 am this morning. After a half mile we split into three groups: Cassedy, Young and a couple others in the fast group; Jen Cochran and two others a little behind the middle group of Gary, Natalie and Ashley from Charleston, Chris from Pittsburgh and Lorraine from Richmond.
This is a report of that middle group.
Temps in the low 30s at the start with a stout cold wind. We run the initial road miles and the farmland trail easily getting our shoes wet early. As we start the first climb everyone is feeling good and enjoying being outdoors. We get to the first major water crossing and the big log that would keep us relatively dry looks too slippery so we decide to wade across nearly knee high ice cold water. This is when we learn that at her last Ultra Lorraine took a spill at just such a crossing, totally submersing and having to be treated for hypothermia at the finish. Needless to say she was a little skittish on the major water crossings.
As soon as we got to the other side we started a long slog through at times knee deep snow that kept our wet feet cold and our speed to “walking”. Snow alternating with occasional freezing pools dogged us all the way across roaring plains. Cold wind whistling around us gave me a clue where it’s name originated.
Ashley led us through most of the early miles and the major water crossings. We were never lost but a few times we explored alternative trails for short distances. I may have taken the lead in one or all of those instances. Boars nest creek crossing soaked our feet once again – we are hoping there will be a rope there race day. We finally got some actual running in parts of the downhill from Boars Nest, the Railroad connector and South Prong trail. More snow as we reached the ridge top on South Prong continuing until we approached the ten bridges section where it was just freezing water again. But it warmed up about 10 degrees or more during the last few hours so the cold water wasn’t as uncomfortable as it had been earlier in the day. Ended the run with a three mile downhill on gravel Forest Service Road 19 finishing at 2:54. Natalie’s GPS gave us just under 22 miles.
The run ended up a couple hours longer than we anticipated but I was very pleased. I got a first hand look at the tough first half of the course; was on my feet for 7 hours without cramping or bonking – it gave me confidence that come June I will be able to finish my first HS40. The conditions have to be better then, right?
Gary Smith 4/5/14