Monday - East Providence, RI - 5 miles - minimal elevationWindy as hell out there today. Went over to the Ten Mile River bikepath for some lazy miles to restart the engine. My beard was at a 90 degree angle for the entire run. Had to watch out for a few falling branches.
Tuesday - 0 miles
Wednesday - Providence, RI - 3.5 miles - 1200' elevationMore climbing at Neutaconkanut Hill. Crunchy snow and icy on the trails and had to be a little careful at times. Is all this hill work helping? It's hard to tell sometimes.
Thursday - Charlestown, RI - 6.5 miles - 600' elevationWorking from home due to snow (we received very little in Charlestown but Providence got a bit more). Went for my lunch run at Carter which was just as lovely as can be. Just enough snow on the ground to make it beautiful but it was still easy to run in.
Friday - East Providence, RI - 5 miles - minimal elevationMotivation lacking and I needed to find somewhere to run up near work. Settled on the traintracks that lead up towards Attleboro. Another nice snow run - they received a little more snow but I was able to use ATV tracks for much of the run to keep my shoes from getting too wet. Another nice easy run (I guess this sums up pretty much all my runs these days) and I enjoyed the snow while it's here.
Saturday - 0 miles
Sunday - Exeter, RI - 9.5 miles - 750' elevationA little more snow on Saturday but not a crazy amount (we haven't even had our driveway plowed once this winter!) I wasn't sure what the conditions would be like in the woods and I worried that it would be a slushfest. Luckily the cold night hardened things up but that proved to be it's own challenge. I went over to Arcadia. At first I stuck to the dirt roads but once I passed the gate I was just following boot and ski tracks. What I didn't realize was that there was a thin but continuous layer of ice under the snow. It was treacherous at spots, especially the downhills (didn't even occur to me to bring spikes - it's been that weak a winter).
Once I hit the singletrack of the Shelter trail I wasn't dealing with as much ice but now I was starting to break trail so the going got slower. Much of Breakheart trail hadn't been touched and I was hiking much of the climbs now. Once sharp curve hid ice underneath and I went down - didn't realize how bloody my knee was until I got back to the car but it turned out to be mostly cosmetic. Not a super long distance/elevation but the snow made it a good workout.