Winter is here.
I try not to travel much during the holidays. The weather and roads can get a bit dangerous. And it's tough to fly during the holidays because my dog-sitters are usually out-of-town and I don't like to board Sadie. Well, all the 10-day weather forecasts I looked at for the week of Thanksgiving looked good, so I thought I'd give it a chance. I planned to drive down to Salt Lake City for a couple of days to visit my dad, and then we planned to drive up to Alpine, WY to visit my grandparents and brother on Thanksgiving Day.
The drive to Salt Lake was fine. Roads were clear and safe. Too easy, right? Well, sure enough, a blizzard snuck up on us in the Northwest and made its way down through Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah. Driving up to Wyoming and then back to Washington was slow going. Cars were overturned in snow banks, tow trucks were stuck in ditches, freeways were reduced to 10 MPH, etc. It took a couple days to get home, but I made it safe.
Yep, that's why I don't like to travel during the holidays.
Anyway, I did some running too. Went on a few good runs with Dad near SLC, then had a very cold run in Alpine on Thanksgiving morning. And then I finally made it back home with enough time to squeeze in a long run, which turned out to be one of the hardest, most tiring non-ultra length runs I've ever been on. I picked up the backpack that I'm taking with me to Chile so I can start getting used to running with all my gear. I don't have all my gear yet, so I stuffed the pack with about 12 lbs of newspaper. I'll increase the weight as my trip gets closer.
My long run was 23 miles, with my weighted pack, in mid-20 degree temps. What made it so hard was that about 14 of the miles were in at least 6 inches of snow, with some places as deep as my knee. Very tiring. The rest of it was on packed snow or ice. It took me 4h11m to make it home. Very tiring.
Here's a photo recap of the week:
|Above the clouds on White Bird Pass, Idaho|
|Sadie enjoying a pre-blizzard view of the Salt Lake Valley|
[video] Running with Sadie up a snowy Potato Hill above the Salt Lake Valley
[video] Running with Dad above the Salt Lake Valley
|Dad on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail above the Salt Lake Valley|
|Minus-10(F) on my Thanksgiving morning run in Alpine, WY|
(It's too cold to smile)
|Back in Pullman/Moscow for a 23 mile run through snow|
|The few miles of plowed path felt like a little piece of heaven|