Day #22 January 11 2019

Weather: Finally NOT a stunt run!

Warmer weather makes it easier, fresh snow makes it harder.

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Took the opportunity presented by a warmer night, and wandered a bit. Headed up Old Airport Road to Bristol Monument. From the Cemetery road all the way to the entrance of Meghan Trail was pretty soft, having been freshly groomed. I slowed, and slogged through. Used the slowdown as an excuse to shoot tonights selfie by Yellowknife’s Welcome sign.

Meghan Trail slowed me to a crawl, at a couple places because of the snow. The stairs in particular took special attention.

Once on top of the hill, the going got pretty smooth. This part of the trail has been run plenty. When I turned off the main trail onto Stock Lake Trail, things got a bit softer and slower. That’s just fine with me, since it’s even more beautiful if I’m out there longer (not to mention more ‘Walk to Tuk‘ minutes)

I ducked into the small connector trail between Stock Lake and the Frame Lake Trail. It had hardly been run at all. I stepped off the packed trail often, into deeper snow. It slowed me down further, in a most pleasant way.

Coming back through Somba K’e Park was the usual brilliant light show, with an added shiny star – Buddy the dog. Buddy is a very regular trail user, who I met a year or two ago when noxgear gave me a spare ‘lighthound’ dog light to share. (They gave it to me through Yellowknife Social Runners, where you can find a discount code) Buddy enjoyed it, and has enjoyed it regularly. He’s even starting to warm to me, now that we are lit up similarly.

Training Tip: run deep snow for a short, intense workout

My running through the trails is mainly easy, on the best surface you could hope for – foot-packed snow.

As seen in todays feature photo, (bottom of page) many feet press the snow along a singletrack into an easy path to follow, but just a bit off that path, and you will be running in unpacked, fresh, deep snow. The difference can be huge.

With this photo, it is easy to see how intense the deep snow workout can be.

Meghan showing strong form

My deep snow running is infrequent, but I always plan to be soaked and exhausted at the end. Even if it is only 100m, it can be grueling. Like running in soft sand, but it can be MUCH deeper.

It’s always good to remember that once soaked and exhausted, it’s good to be near a warm car or home.

City Skyline and singletrack