However, with that said, I have done my best to get out there and run. I have been able to get a few short runs in during the week. And, last Sat., I met up with some people from my running group last summer for a run. We met at the Skyline Open Space Preserve and were going to run through the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve.
I was really looking forward to the run. As the weekend approached, however, I knew it would be a rough run. It rained a lot on Friday and rain was anticipated on Sat. It was cold and windy. We exchanged e-mails on Friday and still planned to head out there for the run. When we got there, it was cold, wet and windy. Worse . . . it was muddy. We arrived and debated for a few minutes on whether we should just leave and save the run for a better day. However, we decided to attempt to run and the run started up this hill:
It did not go well. We made it about .1, .2 if lucky and stopped. It felt like our feet dropped in 1 foot of mud with each step. It was cold and windy. We walked back down the hill and considered calling it quits. Yet, we saw another path that looked a little better and we headed out. We stopped a couple of times and considered whether to go on or turn around. We lost one on the way, but me and four others kept going. Even though it was very cold (40s) and windy, we pushed on. Here are some pictures:
We made it about 3 miles out and to the top of a hill (Borel Hill) and then decided to turn around. The wind was nasty and the footing was getting worse. The plan was to go either 7 miles or 11 miles but with the weather we were happy with how far we got.
I'm in the last picture. As you can tell . . . I need Santa's help with winter running clothes. I had to use my bike jacket, a regular hat and my bike gloves. Last winter I was injured and could not run. So I have very few winter clothes for running. I've been a good boy, so I hope Santa helps me out.
The route back was very interesting. There were a lot of running down hills and with the poor footing it lead for interesting moments. No falls, but we were all over the place. A few times it felt like I had no control of my feet they were going where they were going to go. Almost ran into bushes, someone in front of me, someone behind me and a few times came close to doing a face plant. Yet, that made the run fun.
We decided to take a short cut back due to the conditions. We ended up running about 5 miles. About 4.9 miles longer than what it looked like we were going to do.