Today's planned long run of 15 was a step back from last week's 20. I'm winging it here, but the general plan is to schedule a 20+ mile run every other week. Its been a while since we've been to the far end of Wildwood so we had initially intended to park at the Germantown Rd trail head. But I was worried there might be icy spots on that steep, windy road, so we went back to the Leif Erickson/Thurman Rd trail head instead.
Last Saturday it was bitter cold, but with just a little ice on Leif. This week was warmer, but due to our recent snows there was a lot of icy slush and snow on the trail. Leif is usually very runnable (this first section is basically gravel and packed dirt), but picking our way through the ice really slowed us down.
After 6+ miles we headed up Saltzman Rd (a closed gravel road), and then turned back on Wildwood. This is where it got really interesting. We ran into every trail condition possible....snow, slush, ice, frozen mud, slippery mud, shoe sucking mud, puddles, and a few blessed, pine-needle, covered, dry dirt sections. Did I miss anything? Sharon improvised a new song called "50 Ways to Break Your Ankle." At one point she commented that the conditions were making it a really tough run. Me: But it's more fun than a road run, isn't it? Sharon: Hell yeah, it's more fun! Right on!
We turned back down the Wild Cherry trail (yes, there really is a trail with this name!) and back down the quarter mile of Leif to our car. Our run turned out to be excruciatingly slow, but full of fun.