Today I was able to wrangle a run at Bradbury. It was late in the day, and the conditions were really variable. Anywhere the sun was hitting the trails, things were really, really soft. Anything in the shade was rock solid. The soft parts were really slow. The firm sections I could move right along.
I was looking for about 5 miles today, but I wasn't really sure about the trail distances. I don't quite have Bradbury dialed for that yet. I headed out the Northern Loop Trail to the Boundary Trail to the Summit. I stopped briefly to take in the view and say "hello" to the hawk counter dude. Then I headed down the Tote Road, which was really firm and sweet for running, back to the Northern Loop Trail to the parking lot. I thought about heading across the street onto the Snowmobile Trail, but I knew that they would have seen a lot of sun. I didn't really feel like slogging along in the soft snow for an out and back. So, since I'm an idiot, I thought it would be a good idea to go up the Summit Trail. At the summit, I took a left onto the Boundary Trail and followed in the opposite direction from earlier then back to the Northern Loop Trail and done. Based on the trail map, I ran 5.8 miles in 1:01:44. Based on the conditions, I think that's a pretty solid pace. Either way, it was a beautiful afternoon, so I'm psyched I got out. Plus, that put me over 20 miles this week, which is sadly momentous.
Totally unrelated, but earlier, I was driving my hybrid, wearing an LL Bean plaid shirt and tan corduroys...while listening to Ice Cube. That's awesome.