Sunday, October 18, 2009

Frolicking in/around the Iron Mountains=BREADZILLA plus!



On Saturday, 10/17, 8 of us set off on a chilly trek south of Damascas, VA on the Appalachian Trail ... 6 of the group ran , 2 hiked, this brief photo display focuses on the
"runners"...though you can be sure with the dropping temps and pelting frozen precipitaiton , "running" in some spots, is a sorely over ambitious term! (Yet yay for us-chilly, windy and wet!)

This photo shows 4 of the 6 of us "toasting" each other. We didn't know before we started, yet we are all wearing Montrails: L to R (me w/purple sock: W's 10.5 Mtn Masochist, Rick in the Streak, Beth in Womens' 10 Streak and Dennis in Masochist. We met for a mountain running adventure, several hours before celebrating the official unveiling of the creation by fellow adventure runner JJ Jesse . Little did we know our adventure would take us though 34 degrees and the 1st frozen precip of the season.
Annette and Dennis trying to be balanced as we show off our shoes (and calf muscles)...
Dinking around like this was fun for me as I am returning to running after a 2 month lay off....
Dennis and I will run the Ridge to Bridge Marathon next week... a 75% dirt road, 60% down hill marathon. He'll likely scream it in sub 3:00, I am doing the run as a training run, looking forward to running through my old stomping grounds as an NC Outward Bound instructor. Go, Dennis, Go!

This is a trail break: From L top: Doug, Dennis, Annette and 2nd row, Rick, Beth and Jenny. We really didn't plan on being groupies-yet I couldn't resist this photo when I realized ALL of us were Nathan Products dependent this day! Yippeee!
The real whole purpose for the documented above 24 ish mile G0vernment's Road loop was the coming together of trail running friends to celebrate and burn calories as we made our way to the formal unveiling of JJ Jesse (and Bonnie's ) super, amazing, cooker of yummy pizzas in the "Breadzilla." JJ was too busy prepping for the festivity to join us today...yet he has in the past and after he recovers from pizza essence overload, I hope he will very soon...JESSE-YOU ROCK AND CREATED YUMMY FOOD, A GREAT COMMUNITY AND AN AWESOME PIZZA MONSTER COOKER!
Above. Sniff. Shiver. 34 degrees. Eat pizza, relish amazing human contact and give thanks for weekends!

6 comments:

jenn said...

YAY!! great blog annette! I so enjoyed running with you this weekend! and meeting George! Too bad we didn't think to document the "ice bath" in the stream on film! I agree about nathan hydration packs! I am VERY attached to mine! worse than a security blanket! :o) have a great week! Hope we get to run together some this winter! I love it when the iron mtn peeps get together! such a wonderful collective of awesome runners! :o) HUG!

Rick Gray said...

What a great Saturday. Great friends, wonderful tough run and then to finish up with great food and even more great friends! Rick

Iron Mountain Trail Runners said...

Collectively an amazing group of folks, those times are too be remembered and cherished! You guys did the best loop there is! Gov. Road is an amazing route to work up a good appetite. We are truly blessed to live so close to the best trail running in the country!

Nick Whited

Jamie Donaldson said...

Glad you are back to what you love! I'm happy for you :)! Go Girl!

Sophie Speidel said...

Sounds like a great time was had by all! I love days when all we do is run in the woods, laugh with friends, and eat and drink at the end. Ahhhhhhh.

annette bednosky said...

Amen to all the above!