The snow finally arrived and I headed out to the quarry trails for some true snowshoe running. I used the ice/rock cleats with the Dions and was glad I did because there were several spots where I could hear the cleats hitting rock. The wind was picking up so there were drifts and some bare spots but overall the snow depth was pretty good for running.
|Mason City Globe-Gazette photo from previous article|
I was pleased with my cardio-vascular fitness and able to stay at a running pace for the first half of the loops but soon learned that breaking the trail by being first tracks ended up sapping more strength than I was willing to expend on this initial time out on the shoes. I walked some stretches in order to pack the snow for faster runs in the coming days. However, with the wind closing the footprints behind me, I may need to repeat the break-in tomorrow.
It's really calming to be in the woods and making fresh tracks with no sign of walkers or skiers...only an occasional deer using the trail or perhaps a few rabbits tracks.
5 miles on the snowshoes and a couple more walking with Piper.