Today was the kind of winter running day that you dream of. I like to do my Sunday runs later in the day so I can sleep in and run in the warmer temps and I'm so glad I did that today. My plan was to do between 2 and 3 hours in Hartley, looping around the guard rail loop and what I'll call the swamp loop, making a nice figure 8.
I started at the parking lot at the Nature Center and hit the guard rail loop first for a clockwise turn around the trail. The trail itself was perfect, packed down but still soft from the fresh snow we received and the warm temps of the day. I knew there was a possibility of some slippery ups and downs so I wore my Salomon Fellcross. They proved to be the perfect shoe for the situation. I think having the right trail shoe for the conditions is akin to choosing the right kick wax for your skis and I nailed it today.
After the guard rail loop, I cruised over to the swamp loop and then back to the parking lot. Then, I turned around and did the same thing in the opposite direction. Then, I turned around and did the same thing in the original direction again. Overall, I ran 2:41 and loved every minute of it. The temps were perfect, the sun was shining and the trail was incredible. Great day!