Submitted by Rush 5/29/2022
Got up at 5:00 am this morning and was on the trail at Spivey Gap at 6:30. The birds a chorus in the trees. Temps in the low 50's, no wind, a sunny morning that became overcast. My plan was to run about 8-9 minutes past Temple Hill Gap, and back, for a 15 mile day. I've done this stretch many times. The streams were running full as we had heavy rain several times this week. This meant all the rocks and roots were particularly slick. This is very technical trail so I was very conscious of my footing. A steep climb from the trailhead gives way to nearly 4 miles of gradual downhill with a bump right before No Business shelter at mile 5. The shelter was full of through hikers having breakfast and I was greeted by a chorus of, "Hey hey trail runner!". Very cool. I made the shelter in 1:23 then THG at 1:58 and turned around at 2:05. I'm guessing this out is 70% downhill. I moved well through the mostly uphill back leg. My hip stayed solid (thank you S.E.P.T!!) as I've continued my hip and core work 3x/wk. I even split this run; 2:05 and change in both directions. Not the fastest I've run it but to hit the 7.5 mostly uphill miles in the 2nd half as fast as I ran out felt pretty encouraging. One step at a time.
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