No more mud!!! or at least for this run. Finally the long awaited snow covered the trails, so I put my "man pants" on and my winter gear of course, and headed out into the soft, wet snow.
I quickly found out that my trail running shoes are not waterproof and that is a bit of problem because I'll have to be on the look out for some upgraded shoes, but I'll worry about that when the time comes.
I ran my usual route and extended it with 2 km of up and then downhill on the forest trails. The setting was like a fairy tale, with everything being white and no noise except the sound of the snow settling gently down. I think this was my first real run in the snow, and the felling was more than amazing. Running tends to be pretty demanding on the joints, but snow adds a hole new dimension to it and gives the feeling of stepping on clouds. The usual shock that you feel in the knees and ankles is replace by the nice, comfortable feeling of the snow absorbing the impact. Running downhill was especially fun and care free.
I didn't break any speed records but I manage to add 2 km and around 100 m of elevation to my run without actually feeling it so that's a definite step forward. I'm slowly approaching the stage where I can run the race distance with the required elevation gain comfortably.
A bit a of a faster pace was to be expected ( even though it didn't happen) because I had a light meal before going for the run. It consisted of a banana and a pancake made with whole-wheat flour, which I tried for the first time and tasted great.
I definitely felt a bit more energetic with some food inside of me but maybe running fasted improves the body's usage of glucose. More experimentation and reading is required.
Running in the snow is something I recommend trying at least once, it's awesome :) Stay active and take care,