I have been attempting to write about my running adventures for a while, but things (work) have been getting in the way. Sucks, but it does help pay for my running shoe addiction as well as my fitness tourism affliction.
Where to begin…the first run after my last longish run (Nov 9 – time flies!) involved intervals on the snowy trails to my favorite little lake. Stand-out memory: cold, snowy and difficult, but sunny.
Then I did a short little run in the community forest when I had a spare 45 minutes. It was gorgeous! The moon was out and I had a hoot with Kobi. Couldn’t get any decent shots as my camera was dead/frozen after 20 minutes.
Then I pulled a stupid. Let me re-phrase that, and then I went for a run at dusk a few days later. I neglected to bring my headlight or extra reflective gear. One of my superpowers is my exceptionally short memory and inability to plan ahead.
I ran with Kobi back to our favorite lake and realized the trails were going to kill me as they were so hard to run on – imagine running in unpacked sand in a snowsuit. Okay, I don’t run in a snowsuit, but I’ve got a lot of layers on thanks to the -24C temperatures. I decided to run the lake road back a forth a few times to get my mileage in. This road scares me during the summer when the bears are out and in the winter when I’m convinced there are packs of wolves waiting for me. But laziness beat fear (yay lazy!). I would not/could not run an extra five kilometers of trail, it was just that hard.
I of course underestimated how much lake road running I had to do (another superpower of mine – the inability to do simple math when running in the cold or the heat or when hungry). So I had to keep running on the trail for another 1.7km in addition to the 2.47km I had already run on the trails to get home (I’d have gone to three decimal places if my garmin permitted).
I resorted to my last resort – Kobi and her superpower, that is her inability to heel when on a leash. I put the girl on her leash and she assisted/pulled me for those last 1.7km. Please note it is pitch black by this time and I can’t see a thing.
I pretended we were pioneers in the 18th century running to the next settlement (home) to do something (have a hot shower). I honestly don’t know why I was thinking that, but it was kind of fun pretending it was the “olden days”. We made it to the settlement just fine.
And finally in summary, I did a quickie snowshoe run, well more like jog as I don’t run fast in those things. Kobi loved it and therefore I loved it too. It was super cold again, but Kobi needs her exercise and I also need to start collecting “outdoor adventure snowsports series” points. This is the second winter I’ve done this. I set a challenge at the beginning of winter to complete “x” number of winter related activities before the end of winter (more like end of snow).
Last winter I set the goal at 150, then 175, then 200 as we had a ridiculously long winter (I landed at 206). This year I’m setting the goal for 150 again. I can only count running on trails in my snowcross runners, snowshoeing, skate skiing or cross-country skiing. I’m currently at 8.
I forgot to turn my headlight off for the photo-op, but at least I remembered to wear it this time!