Two words: winter wonderland
Two more: first tracks
Today was positively religious. It was POURING rain as I woke up and only got worse during the next two hours. I was going to meet Dave Swoish for a run but then received the, "I woke up feeling like I have the flu!" text bright and early. Rats. Luckily some guy named Ian Goepferd was supposed to show up too so I drove out with fingers crossed.
I parked the car and huddled in the driver's seat watching the rain hammer the windshield. I was seriously about to drive home when I saw some guy in a raincoat and running pack walking around. Hello Ian; I guess I need to do this. Donning my own shell (Patagonia Houdini Jacket) I got out and we headed off.
The trail was a literal river. At first I was trying to hop over the deeper puddles but within about .125 miles I stepped into some deep, running water, got soaked, and so happily splashed along after that. Honestly, it was not freezing cold so my feet were fine.
As we climbed the rain turned to snow and as the precipitation changed so did my mood. First it was just a dusting, then there was even coverage and near the top I was plunge stepping through 12" of snow! For most of the climb I could see one other pair of Brooks Cascadia 8 footprints in front of us but then just before the summit they turned off and were finally getting our first tracks. Awesome.
Just being in the snow is a blast but descending in the snow is what I love. It's kind of like skiing in the powder in that it no longer much matters where you land, you just launch yourself down the mountain, land in fluff, repeat. I bet I was screaming like a 12 year old girl at her first One Direction concert.
Going down the snow lasted a long time... no complaints from me. And when it finally abated the temperatures rose just a bit so other than my hands which were in wet gloves all day I never got cold.
Today was one of those days you wish you had your camera along. And thanks Ian, I am SO glad you showed up. It was a blast running with you.
|12:00 PM - 182 lb.
|large bottle w/2 scoops HEED, 1 GU, 2 Hammer Gel
|Time of Day
|low 40s at the bottom, somewhere around freezing at the top, calm at the bottom, windy at the top
|Brooks Cascadia 7, Garmin Fenix, Ultimate Direction Fastdraw Plus
|Injinji Run Original Weight Mini-Crew, Brooks Equilibrium CoRe Short, Brooks 5" Essential Run Short, Craft long sleeve undershirt, Brooks Podium SS shirt, Patagonia Houdini Jacket, SmartWool cap, Patagonia Capilene gloves