This morning I got together with Dave, Dave and Henry for another Saturday run. Today we went for a little over 14 miles, a little under 2 1/2 hours. We went out and back along the snowmobile trials, starting at Lester Park and turning around just short of the Martin Road. Schuney and I ran in snowshoes, while Hypo and Henry spun their wheels in their road trainers. I really don't know who had to work harder in the snow but it didn't really matter, we all stayed together, starting out very easy (around 12 minutes for the first mile) and finishing the downhill 2nd half quicker but in complete control, just rolling along nicely.
It's always such a pleasure to run with these guys, we can stay in a nice pack and we get along so well that it's a great group to be in. And then, of course, there's the beauty of the trails. Today, we had temps in the mid 20s, a fresh few inches of fluffy snow and light, slow falling flakes for most of our run, it was gorgeous.
The challenge of the route we did is the constant climb on the way out. Our turnaround point was just beyond the 7 mile mark, but the first 6 miles is nearly all uphill. There are few steep hills, and the ones that are steep are thankfully short, but it is a steady, consistent climb and you will definitely feel it get to you at some point.
The beauty of that, however, is then the steady, consistent descent you get to feel as you come back down. It's a chance to open up a bit, if you like, and run a little faster, at least a little easier. It's a well deserved reward from the effort you just put in getting to the top.
And such is life, isn't it? Ups and downs. Challenges and rewards. And good times with friends.