Finally, after getting up with the girls and lazing through breakfast...I figured I should just get it done.
After all - I never regret having DONE a run but I would always regret skipping it.
So, I got on my running gear and started the car. I stopped to buy supplies for a little craft project (more on that Monday) on the way to Glenmore. I parked next to Starbucks so I could get a coffee after and then zoom home. And then I hit the paths.
Sure, it was snowy. The paths were coated in white and I was really grateful to have pulled on my trail shoes.
Off I headed to the north with the wind in my face. I figured 5K out, 5k back and I'd be done. My plan was to run within the pace guidelines of my training schedule which were 7:19-8:12/k. It was only around -4 but the wind made it feel slightly colder. Still - it was bearable and almost refreshing to run in. I never felt like I was freezing and, as you can see - I was dressed fairly normally for this run:
When I got to the turn off to the dam, I turned right and headed out over the dam walkway.
Then at River Park, I turned toward a path I'd never taken before. And discovered a hill that might rival the one into and out of the Weaselhead. This one goes down into a nice picnic area along the Elbow River. Fun to run down...not so fun to run back up. I'm not embarrassed to admit I walked up it. I tried to get a pic of it on the way back but this was all I got before my phone battery died:
It doesn't look daunting there, but trust me - it curves and snakes it's way up. and up. and up.
Then, with the wind at my back, I finished the last 4.5K and the run was done. I think I'd like to go further down that new path and explore on a longer run sometime. Good thing I have a few of those coming up!