Tough getting up at 5:15 on Mondays!
We ran our 'standard baseline" run this morning at 5:30 that consists of 6.5 miles in the foothills. This route has multiple hill repeats (4 hill runs going up) that are tough! Especially when my legs are still tired from Saturdays run.
It's just a tad bit cold (understatement) at that time of morning.... still dark outside so we run with lights. The trails were mostly just frozen mud but there were multiple sections of the single track trail covered in snow... frozen snow. Not the type of snow enjoyable to run on.
One fun tidbit from this mornings run was at about 6:00, we were on the first part of the trail, still dark, and my headlamp saw up ahead of us a line of about 8 deer heading up the mountain (saw their shining eyes). Well, I followed the line of deer up the hill with my headlight only to see (again, shining eyes) the hill covered in deer. Probably about 25 in total. Then as we continued to run, we'd see 3 deer here, 2 there, and so on. At the end of the mountain trail in Lindon, it was getting light at that time, we saw another 10-15 deer covering another hillside. As Rich and I ran down the street road towards home, we saw 5 deer running down the street. Probably saw around 50 total deer on this mornings run.... pretty cool. Due to the recent snowfall, leaving the mountains covered in snow, and with the snow having mostly melted down by the homes, probably brought so many deer down to eat.
It definitely helped make it worth while in waking up so early.
Lace 'em up! Chainsaw