Key words for Day 5 were: flexibility, patience, and gratitude.
Note: Again today, the blog post must be abbreviated. It's been a long day!
Day 5 Run
Today's run was interesting. I started in fog and drizzle. The sun finally broke through in the afternoon. The run started north of Peaks of Otter between Mileposts 80 and 81. It ended near Milepost 106 at the intersection of The Blue Ridge Parkway and Hwy 460, just north of Roanoke.
The run featured 2 very steep descents, so steep that I had to walk most of both in order to protect my cranky left quad. But it also had 3 significant climbs. My legs were pretty tired from the day before, not a surprise. Here's details on the run... https://connect.garmin.
The Blue Ridge Parkway was closed to traffic from Milepost 91 to 106; however, Park Rangers and Maintenance Staff at the National Park Service allowed me to run through the closure. In fact Ranger John Holter met me at the gate at Milepost 91, and a maintenance staff member stayed with me all the way to the finish.That was an amazing and kind demonstration of support for RelayWithRay! I ran to the end of the closure even though it required an extra 5+ miles.
Photos and Video
Here's the start of the run...