I had 90 min between getting home from some training and Marci needing to leave. It was a glorious, sunny, 35 deg afternoon. I decided it would be best spent doing a trail run- I drove to Dry Canyon and had a very wonderful 45 min run. The snow has been nicely compacted by hikers and snowboarders and was very runnable without excessive sinking in. Very enjoyable run. There's nothing to get your heart going right away as starting a workout by running up a snow-covered mountain for 30 min. 30 min up, 15 down. Not sure actual mileage, but it was 6 effort. And I could tell that I haven't used my "downhill running in the snow stabilization" muscles in a while.
I may have to start doing this at least once a week- I think you could even do it very easily after dark. Cody, Paul, Scott- anyone is welcome to join me. Maybe next Thursday evening and/or Sat afternoon?