Saturday, Hannah and I headed off to run with the WNC Trail Runner group in South Mountains State Park for the Sultan 50k (aka South Mountains Crossing). Since Uwharrie is next week, I opted to only run half of the run this year and run with Hannah as she would run the toughest run of here life to date. After making a wrong turn near the start, which added another 1.5 miles to the already 16.5 mile journey, we ended up running 18 miles with about 3,700 ft of gain! The course was absolutely stunning, with many open views to waves of mountain ridges stretched out to the horizon. The trail wasn't technical and it was actually more of a dirt rd/gravel rd the entire way except for a boulder hopping and step climbing mile past a beautiful waterfall. Hannah did great and ran 5 miles more than she has ever ran before and with more climb to boot. Congratulations as well to all the other runners, 3 of which finished the full 33 miles and 6900 ft of ascent in under 5 hours! Also, a big thanks to Sultan for putting on this run! Can't wait to come back next year for the full monty! Here is the Garmin data: Sultan 50k (halfish)
After the run, Hannah and I went out to eat at Jalapenos Fresh Grill with a few other runners to enjoy some of the best Mexican food I have ever tasted. We had a great time talking and joking around with everyone. After Jalapenos, Hannah and I had one more item on the agenda to attend to. Go see Jill Andrews at the Grey Eagle in Asheville. We hadn't seen her in over a year and couldn't pass up the opportunity to see her while she was close by again. The show was amazing as she played some old favorites and some new gems that will be released this May on her forthcoming release. Here is a quick little sample of her show if you have never heard her before.
This weekend was one of the best I can remember. Big thanks to Adam Hill and family for putting us up for this night at his home in Asheville. I can't wait for the next WNC Trail Runner group run, Rattle My Heart 50k!
Also, a quick note on my January running totals:
Miles = 193
Vertical Gain = 23,000 ft
(funny how this looks like one week for Krupicka, haha)