29 November 2011

Winter Running in Snow and Mud and Dark

No racing lately (and not much blogging), but lots of running. Winter is coming fast, so this is the time of year when I try to sneak in as many trail and mountains runs as I can before there's too much snow to run on them.

I also discovered an exciting new trail in Asotin Creek Canyon that's only about an hour drive from me. Sadie and I plan to explore the canyon much more in the spring.

I had a nice holiday break in Salt Lake City and Boise, and despite eating more pie than was probably good for me (Who am I kidding? It was SO GOOD for me!) I was able to put some good miles in.

Sadie hurt her front left leg a few weeks ago - I think it was from chasing the tennis ball - so she got several days off and skipped three Saturday long runs with me. She hasn't limped for two weeks and seems to be doing fine after 50+ miles last week, so I think she's all healed up now. 

Next up on the schedule are the two Pullman Winter Ultra 50k's and a trip to Texas for the Christmas/New Year holiday that will include running a marathon with my sister on New Year's Eve.

Enjoy some photos from the past few weeks:

First snow on Moscow Mt.
Lower sections nice and clear still.

Higher sections much snowier.

Sadie loves snow more than any dog or human
I've ever seen in my life!

Enjoying first tracks on a Saturday morning mountain run.

Bighorns on my first trip down to the Asotin Creak canyon trail.

First impression. Not bad. I expect to put some
good miles on this trail next year.
(You can see snow at the top of the canyon.)

Ripping down the canyon.
(photo courtesy of my buddy Aaron Whiteman.)

Beautiful weather at the trailhead. It's deceptively winter though;
only a few miles in and a thousand feet gain there is snow covering the trail.

This is how dark it is when I get off work now.

My new favorite trainers for the off-trail days: Brooks Pure Flow.
Two huge thumbs up.

What's winter without a seasonal porter?
Palouse Falls Polar Porter is tasty.

Q: What's the first thing you do after hours of
driving to get to your dad's place in Utah?
A: Give him a hug and say hi.
Q: What's the second thing you do?
A: Take Sadie for a run below the Wasatch Mts.

Early-morning visit to the mountains.

Wasatch mountain running.

Wasatch mountain running.

Looks like I'm not the biggest cat on the mountain.

Pure Mud.

And I was trying to avoid the mud puddles.

With dad in the mountains. Hard to beat this.

Dad pointing to his favorite trails.

Keep running!



  1. I love the early morning visit to the mountains pic. Haven't seen that one before.

    Hope Sadie is staying cleaner than you and that Palouse Falls keeps that porter a'flowing.

    Happy running!

  2. Hi Scott,
    Glad to here Sadie is over her injury :0]
    Dude for the snow and ice invest in a pair of YakTracks-Awesome :0]
    Brooks, I'm one step behind you as I just got my first 'Green Silence' and think they are wonderful :0]
    Once again great pic!
    Hey man keep blogging, you are great inspiration !

  3. Sadie is one great athlete - glad she got over her injury. I must admit, I wouldn't like to run in that much mud!

  4. nice pictures...

    envious of your trails.

  5. My favorite trails are the ones we run together...

  6. So much better than where I've been running lately! Thanks for sharing =)

  7. Love the pictures! I can't wait for the New Year's Eve marathon with you!!!

  8. Never seen all that mud!
    Great pictures.

  9. you need to submit a pic for that Rave Run thingee on Runner's World...