On Saturday, Six of us decided to run on the snowy trails instead of the pavement at the annual Chili Run at Wyandotte County Park. This is the 3rd year in a row that we've run this on the Chili Run day. I led the way, breaking through the 9" of new snow for 10 miles. The newer singletrack section of trail was hard to find with all of the snow, so we ended up doing some bushwhacking, too. You can see by the "before" and "after" photos above that it was a good workout. Photo on top: Kyle, Alex, Caleb, BadBen, Mike. Photo on bottom: Jason, Caleb, BadBen, Mike, Kyle. For Sunday's run in SM Park, only me and a trailrunning newby (Christian) ran. He did fine in tougher than normal conditions on a 9-mile trail run. He'll be back for more, probably on Tuesday. Only 19 miles total for the weekend, but I can justify the "short mileage" because of the effort expended to run through deep snow. One of the runners on Saturday said it was the hardest run they had run, to date. The "long and the short of it" is: I think my training is still on track.
Homebrew update: My Imperial Rye IPA is still fermenting like crazy in the primary fermenter. The Christmas Belgian Tripel, which I finally named, is finally mature enough to drink. It turned out to be a wonderful (sipping) beverage. I had about 4 brandy snifters of it while watching six hours of football, yesterday. Yum, yum. A meal in itself.
I find ways to enjoy life as much as I can. Also, life's too short to treat people poorly.
I'm into long runs in the park, consuming salt, popping blisters,
eating roadkill & tree bark, and burying whiners in shallow, unmarked
graves. I also enjoy designing trail race courses that would make the
Marquis de Sade blush.
A fun time for me would include banging muddy shoes together, setting
broken bones with a machinist's vise, and duct-taping-down any part of my
body that is bleeding or just flopping-about uselessly.
What helps me to be an active trailrunner and grandpa?
1) Daily sponge baths with bovine stem cells;
2) Copious amounts of delicious & nutritious homebrewed beer; and
3) My secret elixir...Bicarbonate of Figleaf.