The Hampton Hills Adam Run (HHAR) was quite a challenge today. The 3.2 mile trail was snow covered to a depth of 12" and the footing was loose. Pepper and I ran mostly in the footsteps of previous walkers, but the compressed, foot trodden snow trail only lasted about a third of the way. There were snow shoe tracks the entire way, but I couldn't run on them since they weren't fully compacted and therefore proved to be unstable footing. After the first third of the trail, we used a deer path that followed the hiking trail, and that wasn't too bad. I wore my vff's without socks so the top of my tootsies got a little cold with the snow cover. The cold told me not to make the second circuit as my initial ambition desired. All in all, the run was quite a work out. My ankles were twisting from side to side; my groin muscles were yelping; a knee was saying "hay, what are you doing?" And when I got home, I needed a shower and a nap. I finished the run in a 16min/mi pace - my slowest to date for any run. I ran HHAR at 13min/mi in September last year - a half a month after I started running. Time wasn't a concern though. After the first 1/4 mi, I thought maybe I should just turn around, but I'm glad I persisted despite my time.
It was a really beautiful run. There is nothing like the quiet of a snow covered hillside, without leaves so that you can see through the forest.