This morning Topaz and I headed out for three hours of snow shoeing. It was 26 to begin but by the time we finished the temperature had raced to 49F! Woohoo :)
Amazingly, there were no cross country skiers out on the trail and it looked as if no one had been out since I forged through the trail a week ago. I hate that the trail is closed to everyone but xc skiers, especially since they don't even use it. So I used it again.
The snow had melted yesterday and refroze during the night, leaving a nice crusty surface on the snow drifts which I could run upon. It held my weight in most of the areas. I wasn't even leaving tracks in most places. Eventually as I came into the wooded areas, and the sun began to warm the snow, I began to post-hole through the surface, making the running much more difficult. I began to walk and catch my breath.
It took us 3 hours to run/walk 13 miles.
I have almost 80 miles in this week and I don't feel exhausted; it has to be because I had some cross training this week and most of my runs were at 75%-80% MHR.
Today it is supposed to be 54F; this may have been the last snow shoe run.