Friday, February 08, 2013

Pre-Blizzard Trail Run

Courtesy: WGME News
School was cancelled today! Yay! It was already snowing when I woke up at 4:45am, though the blizzard conditions aren't expected until later in the early evening. For now though, very safe and runnable. Not enough snow on the trails for snowshoes yet, but the Yaktrax were perfect.

Headed out the door a little before 7:30am for a run in the woods out back. 10F/-12C with a moderate snowfall throughout, but thankfully not much wind. I couldn't find my sock liners, but the smartwools were more than adequate.

The woods were wicked peaceful. Saw a ridiculous amount of snowshoe hare tracks and when I reached the pond about three miles in, I spooked a huge bald eagle in a nearby tree. Really neat to hear its ginormous wings flap as it took off.

Just a great run all around. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a blast. Trail running is simply the best, especially in fun conditions like this. Legs felt awesome as well. For the two road runs earlier in the week, I still felt a little beat up from Sunday's race. Yesterday's trail run felt much better and today the legs felt super springy and fresh. Time to heal along with the softer surface of the trails really helped.

Will spend the rest of the day relaxing, but also getting some work done for the creative writing class and I should probably store some more water in case the power goes out. Plenty of beverages in the fridge, as well as food. Glad we have a gas stove so we can still easily cook if the power goes out. I think baking some chocolate cookies while sipping a homebrew might have to happen here shortly; who cares if it's morning?

Ran 7.3 miles @ 10:36/mile pace.
Trails, coated in a few inches of powder snow. Icy underneath in several spots.
Very hilly.
10F/-12C, moderate snowfall throughout.
New Balance MT110, Yaktrax Pro, warm-up pants, long tights, windbreaker, long sleeved shirt, short sleeved shirt, beanie, mittens.

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