[photo by Gary]
You kinda had to be there for this rollicking run over hill and dale for some 19+ miles, from Pine Grove Furnace State Park south to Caledonia State Park, in southern PA.
The weather was wintry, in the upper teens at the start, dropping some as we gained altitude on the ridgetops, and with up to 3" of snow in spots. The snow was fairly trampled, as the AT had obviously been recently well traveled despite it being mid-winter.
Besides my companionable companions, the highlights of the day for me were just covering some beautiful trail miles, drinking from a couple spring-fed streams, the brilliantly deep blue sky. But mostly, I guess, the satisfaction that comes from the words of Dr. George Sheehan (the running philosopher from the initial boom of the 1970s), who challenged us: "First being a good animal."
On the trail on Monday, I was a good animal. My mind was sharp, my feet sure, and I felt full of the possible. It doesn't get any better than that.
With this run under my belt, the Seneca Trail 50K in 2 weeks is well within my comfort range at my present level of training.