I got a surprise running partner today – my husband! He had told me that he was supposed to run 13 miles today, but this morning he offered to run my 18 miles with me! Woohoo!
Since it was a bit windy out, I planned to run on a path near the river that is sheltered. It’s a really great trail for hiding from all sorts of weather – wind, hot sun, rain but apparently not snow. The trail was well covered for the whole length. Speaking of length, this trail is also the only one that you can run on for an out and back that will get 19 miles. At the turnaround point there is a dam.  Those are seagulls flying around in the back.  Too bad I had Alan stand right in front of the dam in that shot…. you can imagine it though, right?  Lots of water flowing!

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An exciting part of our run today was that I got to wear my YakTrax for the first time. Those things really rock. The trail was packed snow and ice and I had no issues with slipping what so ever!

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When I was planning my run yesterday, I figured it was going to be 3 hours. Then later on I thought I had done some bad math and recalculated it (mentally) at 2 1/2 hours. I was pretty excited about that! Sadly, during my run I realized that my first estimate was indeed correct and I was in for 3 hrs. Imagine my excitement when I crushed that estimate by finishing in 2:59:32! haha

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Here is an example of some fashionable way to keep your hands warm. Knit mittens over running gloves. Those mittens make my hands look huge!! I could really use some super warm gloves.  I did overdress a little bit by putting on a fleece jacket (my 3rd layer!) so I wrapped that around my waist about a mile into the run.

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After taking a 1 hour shower to warm up (it was “feels like” temp of 6 degrees!), we packed up for a ski trip in NY. We just had to try out the new truck!!  And you know what…. sitting in a truck for 5 hours after an 18 mile run REALLY made it hard to walk when we got to the hotel 🙂

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Q: Do you hit the snowy trails or stick to the cleared streets?

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