Despite the warm up we had last week, the cold returned to the Midwest before any of us could even get used to any possible spring like conditions. It was nice while I lasted? Maybe. I’m not even sure at this point. However, I did decide to haul it up and out on Saturday morning to put in some real miles. On the road. Away from the safety of my treadmill. It was a balmy 20 something and while I wasn’t frozen, I was none to warm either BUT the sun was shining and that was a big win! It was a glorious day and I was happy to be outdoors and running with
the wind some good friends! It was so much fun that I decided to go take a peak at the trail, hoping that the two spring like days we had last week started a massive thaw cuz I want our trails back! Some thawing occurred, yes. But we have a long way to go as you can see below. That’s hard packed ice.
I dug in the archives to get a historical perspective of trail conditions around this time over the last couple years. Same trail, about 3 miles east on March 6, 2013 is pictured below. That’s a fresh dusting of snow. Runnable. Pretty safe. Beautiful. I remember last year being on the trails most of the year. I also remember calling the Village of Frankfort and the OPT committee to ask if we could get a section plowed. I’ll spare you the details and just let you know that the trail will not be plowed. Ever. They are committed to leaving the trail “natural” in whatever state the conditions provide so that it can be used for seasonal activities. Respectable.
Another section of the same trail, 1.25 miles east of the snowy black & white is pictured below on March 7, 2012. Now that looks like it was a good winter to run.
I know that eventually the snow and ice will melt away on the trails but as for now, I’m dreaming of springtime. Not running in circles in a subdivision. Not running every single mile on the treadmill. Just long stretches of open trail that is clear and dry. Until then, I’ll just be thankful for the sun on my face and all of those amazing runners who run outside every week, no matter what. I even took Aby out to join them on Sunday so that she too could get an outdoor run under her belt in prep for the upcoming track season. It was only 11 degrees and the sun was hiding so wore our brightest outfit to make sure that traffic could see us at all times. Hehehehe!
** Dreaming of Spring ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **
Ah…your thoughts completely with you! It is tough winter for anyone…let alone runners. Kudos to all you making do and staying safe and injury-free. Grete Watiz signed by BIB once…”Frogger…Dreams come true.” Gotta go with that…stay with that…dreams come true…ok?
The thaw was nice while it lasted, but now that it’s ice under the snow it’s the worst it has been all year!
I was running outside on Sunday as another “last hurrah” before Polar Vortex 3 rolls around and ushers me back into the gym. This is the first year in FOREVER that I’m actually looking forward to warmer temperatures. I’m usually the person that bemoans the coming of summer because I can’t stand the heat, but this winter has finally broken me. What. the. hell.
I will always choose winter running over summer running BUT this sub-arctic, icy winter in which running outside is not happening? Well, that’s been no fun at all. Good job getting out in the sunshine! Here’s hoping it can happen again before July. 😉