Fun morning run in the snow today. I went out on the canal trail above Willard and headed south for 4 miles and then turned around and came back the same way. It had snowed earlier and was still coming down when I left. There was only about a 1/2 inch at home but as I climbed up a 1/4 mile on the mountain there was 1-2 inches. There was more snow the further south I went. It was fun being out blazing a trail in the fresh snow, although, someone beat me to it in one section of trail. The snow made the footing soft, but it was almost too soft at times and felt like I was running in sand. I also had to be careful since the trail is extremely rolling with some steep terrain, and is very rough under the snow. I would have went a bit farther today, but I had to get back for a family Christmas party, and I was tired from the difficulty of the snowy trail. I actually was running faster than I thought at times and is probably a reason why I got fatigued. I was running in the mid 6:00 range toward the end of the run. 58:12 (7:16 ave)
My achilles was sore at first like usual, but it was better than this week than last. I will keep trying to run the way I have been for another couple of weeks and see what happens. If I am still not getting better than I might need to take a week off or more and get better. I have been running in pain since before St. George and it hasn't gotten much better. But it was a decent week for me and I had some good runs, so I am happy with that.
(Hardrock- 217 miles)