Our winter hasn't been nearly so extreme, but ice has been problematic for a large chunk of the recent weeks.
That was my first run of 2021, and as a friend of mine said, it was definitely "spikes or die". I got out before noon as we were predicted to receive ~15mm of freezing rain starting yesterday afternoon, but we fortunately got a solid coating of snow first!
We got an annual pass to our local conservation authority's parks as a Christmas gift (my mom is awesome!), so headed over there. It's usually the site of a snowshoe race around the beginning of February, but unfortunately the pandemic has put that on hold; nothing to say I couldn't bust out my snowshoes for a run anyway, though!
The simple joy of bombing down a hill with perfect traction!
Just about the most beautiful spot in Cambridge.
A snack and change of sweater later, I headed back out to another wooded tract in town with my spikes; I might have been ok without them as the surface was more like corn snow (it has been around the freezing mark most of the day), but was certainly happy to have them after the sun went down.
I've always been tickled by this spot where the trail goes right through a tree, and it looked even more dramatic in the snow by headlamp!
So I'm at 59 runs now, and will definitely be taking advantage of the snowy trails again tomorrow before it's back to work (and not having a vehicle available, so just running around my neighbourhood) on Monday.
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