Monday: 0 - plenty of shoveling.
Tuesday: 7 miles - Rome Point trails alone. Wow, this was a draining run. The first trail was easy enough with packed cross country ski tracks in the snow. As I got further from the parking lot, the trail conditions worsened. I trudged through virgin snow on the cedar grove trail and yellow dot (except for the coyote and deer tracks). The snow wasn't deep - maybe 4 inches - but crispy on top - and I was only wearing my trail shoes with Yaktrax. I reached the beach and couldn't believe how easy it felt (usually it's tough). I was able to cross the stream with a high tide using blocks of ice that had formed. Lots of gulls, brant, and starfish frozen in ice. Unfortunately, I had to return to my car via the snowy trails. It felt good to finish in a misleading 59:13. I treated myself to a delicious coffee afterwards.
Wednesday: 0 - dentist and hanging with my kids - went to the snowy playground and also hiked around the woods looking for animal tracks. Not alot of tracks around, just some squirrels and a coyote.
Thursday: 12 miles - Shumunkanuc Hill to Alton to Bradford to Klondike to Shumunkanuc Hill alone. A nice long morning run on roads. Chilly start (22 degrees - 32 degrees when I finished). I ran with my new winter running gear and was never cold or uncomfortable. I was shooting for a 7 minute pace run, but I knew that was going to be difficult with the up and down course. My first two miles were sub 7 minutes, but by mile 5, I was at 35:45 (7:09 pace). I picked up the next two miles as they were mostly flat, busy, and narrow shouldered with the snow. By mile 9, I was at 63:22, but I had three very hilly miles left. I gave it a good effort and finished up in 1:26:33.
Weekly Total: 19 miles
Last Week: 20 miles
Year to Date: 1,396 miles