Chris and I had a great hike up the mountain. The weather is beautiful. Alum Cave trail was in great shape until the very top. We reached ice on the last quarter of a mile to the top. We had our "Stabilicers" ( ice walkers ) on for the last part of the trail. The temperature up top is a warm 31 degrees. There is about an inch of fresh snow on the ground. The sun is helping to melt some of it. I am sure it will refreeze tonight. The forecast is calling for more snow tomorrow night.
For those of you who emailed me wanting to know about our race, here are the results. We did run the Chichamauga Battlefield Marathon in Georgia. Chris ran his first full in 5:44. I ran my first half in 3:08. It is safe to say we are hooked. We have signed up for another half in February and my first full marathon in April. We did train on the mountain. I will say that training at 6500 feet is great. The small section of trail we ran was not so great. If you hiked up this summer and witnessed two fools running back and forth, now you know what we were training for.
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