1/16 - Rest.
1/17 - 1.91 miles. :21:01. Steamboat. Noon. Just a short run to take advantage of a sunny but cold afternoon after a decent snowstorm rolled through. PM. ~4 miles. Quick run after work on roads around the middle school as the sun was going down. Started to get pretty chilly.
1/18 - 4.83 miles. :44:57. Steamboat. Noon. Ran from my shop over to Christian's to say hi to my friend that I haven't seen that much lately. Luckily, I was also able to catch up with Jonny B. and Astaman Vibration while I was there. From there, I ran to the Core Trail and ran it from the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge (actual name) through town to Fetcher Park to meet Katy. I ran a progressively faster pace each mile from 10 min./mile down to 6:30 min./mile. Not a bad effort considering it was very cold and I wore Microspikes on my feet and carried a 10 lb. backpack!
1/19 - 6.3 miles. 1:00:01. 5-600'v. Stagecoach. PM. Cruised downhill on the roads to the boat ramp by South Shore in near complete darkness. The footing was actually quite good considering a decent amount of snow and ice. It was cloudy but relatively warm for a January night. A little windy. Tried to push the uphills on the way back home. Mostly because I wanted to get home and cook dinner!
1/20 - Rest.
1/21 - 16.47 miles. 2:58:01. 1670'v. Stagecoach. AM. Really glad I got this one started early as the weather turned to shit in the afternoon. I was able to catch the sun rise over the Continental Divide for about 20 minutes before it disappeared behind the clouds. From the crib, I ran 2.5 miles next to the road before jumping on the snow covered trail on the north side of Stagecoach Reservoir for a couple more miles. The snow wasn't that deep but the footing did get tough in spots. About a half mile was just post holing shin deep snow. The next section was a couple miles of snow covered dirt road before I crossed the dam and ran some more snow covered trail along the south shore. There were quite a few people ice fishing on the lake, in various spots. I had no idea it was so popular around here. The last seven miles were a mix of dirt roads and asphalt. I ended on 400' of climbing in the last .5 mile on snow covered trail. There were no real low points during the run and I felt really good running a very conservative pace. I ate two gels and just about finished my 21oz. water bottle. After the run, I met up with Graffitti Pete in Oak Creek and he proceeded to give the ribs on my left side a beat down with his tattoo machine. That hurt way more than the run but he gave me a sick Japanese hannya face that I'll have the rest of my life. Good times!
1/22 - 3.10 miles. :33:11. Stagecoach. Noon. Just a chill jog with Katy after hiking up the mountain and snowboarding a little bit. Nice and mellow dirt road run on ice and new snow.
Totals: 36.61 miles.
A solid week with a great long run. Looks like the weather may have turned a corner and winter snow conditions MIGHT return to the Yampa Valley. We had a decent storm roll through Saturday night but who knows if we will start getting it on a regular basis as is the norm here in the north central Rockies. If it does, it could affect my opportunities to get running mileage and, instead, I will just do more touring on my splitboard (as I originally planned for the winter). Truthfully, I was enjoying the chance to run in the winter since it's not much of an option in a normal snow year.