The Climb was every bit as tough as I thought it would be. How do you take on a task that is too large? Carve it up into little pieces and be patient.
Note: This will be an abbreviated blog because of a slow internet connection tonight. I'll edit it this weekend with more information.
Day 4 Run
Much of the climb today was too steep for me to run. I have a dozen of ultra marathon friends who could have eaten this for lunch--but not me, I did lots of walking. Three thoughts dominated my day: 1) My legs cannot be so dead at the end of this day, that I cannot continue tomorrow. 2) Break it up into manageable chunks--a tenth of a mile at a time, from curve to curve, "to that tree", etc. 3) And Zika Rea's marathon advice (probably spoken a little more colorfully than I'll say it here), "When you get tired and question if you can make it to then end, ask yourself 'Can I keep doing what I am doing?' If 'yes', then keep doing it."
Here are the details for today... https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1176730743. It took nearly 3 hours to cover the 3300' climb in 13 miles. But it's done!
Photos and Video
We posted several photos on http://www.BRPWeather.com/; we have more but again, a slow internet connection prohibits us from posting more. We'll post more this weekend. I have photos from Otter Creek, the James River, and the first 5 or so from the climb. Go to BRPWeather.Com, then zoom into the north end of of the Parkway in the Google Map to see our photos between the James River and Peaks of Otter. And... you can upload your photos to BRPWeather.com also; just click on the Photo link and follow the process--it's quick and easy! We hope this will become "Instagram for the Blue Ridge Parkway."
We do have a few videos for you to get a feel for what happened today...