I was pleasantly surprised by the trail conditions today near the school today. I had expected maybe about 20-30% snow cover, but it was probably more like 5%. I also expected a lot of mud, and while there were a few good patches of that, it wasn't that bad at all. Felt really, really nice to run on actual dirt again. It's definitely been a long while.
And... the weather was perfect today. Upper 50s and sunny! Awesome spring day. Made running in the woods all the more better. I ran mostly on the old railroad bed, with a few side excursions to explore some new trails. Those resulted in a few bloody scratches, as wanderlust took over on a couple of dead ends, and I wanted to bushwack ahead and check out the views from on top of some of the hills.
However, I didn't feel particularly energetic today. I attribute this solely to a crappy diet the past couple of days (ice cream and cereal was dinner last night). Still, the pace was decent for these trails.
Ran 11.3 miles @ 9:00/mile pace.
AHR/MHR - 138/169
Upper 50s, sunny.
Shorts, short sleeved shirt.