I took my cross country skis and spent a couple of hours on the Archangel Valley Trail up in Hatcher Pass. It was perfect skiing conditions. Beautiful powder snow, and not as cold as the icy cold ski trip on Sunday. I actually felt warm the entire 4 miles. I probably would have skied longer but it was getting so late that I wanted to get out before dark.
I'm glad I am taking time to get in some skiing this winter.
I had a wonderful run today on the groomed trails of the Morgan Horse Trail on Lazy Mountain. The snow was perfect for running. I work my yak tracks on my running shoes because without them it would probably have been really slippery. It was a very slow run though. It is a very hilly trail system. But a good hill workout for sure. I think I will come back soon and give it a try on my skis.
With the new snow and the 3 degree temperature, it wasn't very reasonable to try to run outdoors anywhere. But I did get down to the Menard Sports Center to run on the indoor track. I wanted to run 5 miles but a bunch of high school boys showed up when I reached mile 4 and they were so obnoxious, cutting me off, passing me on both sides and being generally annoying, that I decided to quit at 4 miles. Everyone else who had been using the track this morning did the same thing. It's just uncomfortable when it is that crowded and when the other users are being so rude.
I was pretty tired and didn't run very well, so maybe I needed to stop anyway. I did feel really sluggish after the first mile. But I'm really glad I went there instead of crawling back into bed!
What a perfect day to ski at Archangel Valley. The Walkabouts planned to ski there today but the only one who showed up was Pam. So the two of us skied all the way to the gate and back for a wonderful ski for the full 8 miles. It snowed 4 or 5 inches last night so the snow was fabulous. It was quite cold so the snow was the perfect powder. I could tell I was still a little tired from a combination of the marathon last Sunday and the long flight back home from the Bahamas. But it was such a worthwhile workout. I am so glad to finally see some snow. It's pretty a very dry winter so far.
It was a very warm day, about 80 degrees and I was miserably slow but I managed to cross the finish line of the Bahamas Marathon still standing. It really was a lovely course all along the oceanfront. Just a tad warm for my Alaskan blood though. This was marathon number 40 for me and also my 10th country, which now makes me a voting member in the Marathon Globetrotters Club.
Marathon Globetrotters Club
I really enjoyed meeting so many of them. We had our first official meeting there in the Bahamas. It was so nice to have a few friends along the way while I was running too. I even had a little cheering section as I finally stumbled across the finish line.