Monday - Smithfield, RI - 5.8 milesIt didn't occur to me until I pulled off the highway that Smithfield probably got quite a bit more snow than Charlestown. Not that it really mattered, I had my Cascadias and would run in them no matter how much snow there was. There's a good amount up here but luckily I soon encountered some ATV tracks and decided to follow them along the powerlines. It was a frozen wonderland out there. I briefly entered the woods but breaking through the snow crust proved tiring and I was happy to return to the powerlines and run in the ATV ruts. Don't listen to Mike B - this is a great time of the year to get outside and go running in the woods...if you've got the mettle for it.
Tuesday - 0 milesP90X Chest Shoulders & Triceps (55 minutes)
Good workout this morning! CS&T features lots of push-up variations and some light handweight work. Like Chest & Back my numbers are down but I felt spent at the end. Jelly arms definitely in effect afterwards.
Wednesday - 0 milesAb Ripper X (15 minutes)
Thursday - Charlestown/Smithfield, RI - 9.1 milesTook the dog out in the early AM for 3 miles. Cold out there but we were moving at a good clip and the little beast really turned it on at the end.
Headed up to Wolf Hill in Smithfield for the main run of the morning. I expected it to be a tough slog in the snow and I wasn't disappointed. Ran into a large chap and his unleashed beagle almost immediately but both were friendly enough. After that I followed another set of footprints up into the hills which made the going a little easier. I had intended to run along the frozen pond but there was a big piece of machinery up ahead along with a guy using a chainsaw. Hmmm, what were they up to? I backtracked up into the hills and made my way around to the quarry. A lot of people must have had some fun here yesterday as there were sled routes all over the place (including a few dicey ones along the cliffside. Only the brave and foolish need apply.) Tried to see what the construction was up to but it looked like they were just cutting down trees and widening the path. Curious.
From there I ventured back into the woods, following a pair of snowshoe tracks. Ran the usual trails and the snow was making me work. I wasn't wearing YakTrax but the Cascadias proved fine on their own. So many cool tracks out there - I really like the little tunnels that I'm guessing are made by mice. By the end of the run I was very pleased. It was tough out there with the combination of hills and snow but it was so beautiful. I thought about all the people that settle for treadmills at this time of year - they don't know what they're missing.