The nice part about all my favorite running trails getting snowed over (I don't enjoy running in deep snow) is I've got a great excuse to try out some new (to me) low elevation trails. The last couple weeks have really been dedicated to running and weights with 1 day of snowshoeing (just had to take advantage of some first tracks).
Getting first tracks in Negro Canyon, Donner Lake below
Looking towards Tinkers Knob
Another great trail I ran is the South Yuba Trail which is 100% singletrack and can get challenging due to the constant ups and downs. The day I ran it was absolutely beautiful.
A fun bend along the South Yuba River
The Yuba River's namesake, Yuba
Looking towards Quarry Rd from Confluence Trail
The trails are in great shape, a bit muddy in places but not bad. I was just about the only person out there which was really nice. Unfortunately, I've aggravated an old injury from last summer. I believe I tore my calf muscle after the Reno Tahoe Odyssey last June and now my lower leg is bothering me again. This time it's the outside of the right calf. It starts out hurting at the beginning of the runs but then gets better and then only hurts when I stop and start up again. So I guess the solution is once I start running, never stop :)
Along the Quarry Rd.
After my run yesterday I drove back up to Grass Valley where it was snowing heavily. I got my girls from daycare early and headed home where it was snowing and blowing like crazy. Due to how my leg was feeling I jumped into an ice bath (wow, was that cold. Ice baths seem easier in the summer). It made my leg feel better but then the power went out before I could get my hot shower! This morning was spent shoveling snow just so we could get the truck loaded and get out of town.
Last June I ran my first marathon in San Diego. I look forward to retracing some of those miles in the coming week. In shorts and a t-shirt.
Good luck to those racing tomorrow, I know a few of you have ultras planned.