Snowy Treads


I’ve been slacking a bit on my posts this past week and on boot camp attendance.  I didn’t go once this week (*sheepish shrug*).  It was cold as in the high teens/20 degree temperatures.  Brrr.  That didn’t stop others though.  Maybe I’m not as cut out for the cold as I thought.  I did manage to still squeeze in a few workouts and even tested out my new kettleballs Friday morning.  I’m very excited! But do need a few lessons to figure out some moves.

This morning I woke up for an early run.  I started a little run/walk group that meets Saturday mornings, but no one else showed.  Hey, it was 27 degrees so I don’t blame them.  But I didn’t mind and appreciated some “me time” out on the trail.  I was bundled up–hat, gloves, neck warmer, warm running pants and some cold weather tops.  The sky was gray and overcast but the trails were glistening with the snow  that fell from the past two days.  There is something incredibly beautiful about running in the snow, in my opinion.  I passed some other runners pitter pattering their way along the covered trails.  And as I got deeper into the trails, I saw some kids sledding which brought a smile to my face.  No cross country skiiers–I actually did see one a few winters ago!

I felt really good, my legs were a little stiff from the kettleball squats I did yesterday, but overall I felt great.  The snow is a natural cushion to help with the pounding and knee pains.  My breathing was fine and I wanted to go further than I had in a long time.  I mapped my run at the end and it appears that I ran about 7.5 miles, which is encouraging considering I have some upcoming 10 mile races!  Next thing to do is make a training plan.

Enjoy the photos!

Cute (and well-behaved dogs) waiting for their owners to come out of a coffee shop.  I had to snap their photo before starting my run.

Cute (and well-behaved dogs) waiting for their owners to come out of a coffee shop. I had to snap their photo before starting my run.

Trail Run Jan. 2013

Lone runner taking on the upcoming hill.

Trail Run 2 Jan 2013

The watershed of the Potomac River is looking a bit icy down below.

An old railroad car sits off the trail.  It used to be a passenger railroad train that ran from the Bluemont Park (part of W&OD trail) to Georgetown. This form of transportation ended in the 1950's.

An old railroad car sits off the trail. It used to be a passenger railroad train that ran from the Bluemont Park (part of W&OD trail) to Georgetown. This form of transportation ended in the 1950’s.

The peacefulness of a snowy trail run.

The peacefulness of a snowy trail run.

My favorite view!  Check out the fall shot of this.

My favorite view!

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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