Randy picked me up this morning and drove to Bradbury. After last weeks solo run I wasn't sure what to expect but was surprised to see a good turnout that included Jamie, Mindy, Stephen, Ryan and Jim. We headed out of the park on the snowmobile trail and I didn't have a specific route in mind, but several of us agreed a 2 hour run would be good. Randy's car told us it was 11 degrees at 8 am, which I didn't believe but Jamie's car confirmed this.
We ended up running a great big loop that took us about 2 hours and 15 minutes, a little longer than I was expecting but not too far off the target. I had never run this loop just as we did today so I wasn't sure what to expect.
Trail conditions were pretty icy, but luckily most of us were wearing screw shoes. Stephen screwed his immediately upon arrival at the park and I should have offered to let Mindy screw hers too (sorry, I saw the Yak Trax in your hand).
By the time we finished it was 32 degrees and I had stripped off one of my shirts. Although the elevation profile makes it look like the whole run was very hilly the ones at the end felt the hardest and I really warmed up running uphill. My Garmin told me that we ran about 14.5 miles but I have typically found the distance to be short compared to other peoples GPS and to measured race routes (don't buy a Garmin 405). So I think it was probably closer to 15 miles.
distance: 14.56 miles
weather: 11-32 degrees, mostly sunny, breezy
conditions: hard packed snow, ice
gear: Brooks Cascadia 3 with screws, wool socks, tights, 2 long sleeve tops, Source 1.5l hydration pack, thin gloves, buff