I think as a trail runner it's way too easy to get caught up in that one thing that we love to do, running! Last year, we had a lousy winter, but it did make for great early season running on dirt - and that was perfect leading into Western States; this year, by contrast, it hasn't been so easy to get out for long runs, as it's been cold, and definitely more snowy.

I'm still running 4 to 5 days per week, but making a conscious to mix it up a little, and the running focus early season has definitely been more on quality rather than quantity. As far as mixing it up goes,  XC skiing and a bit of skimo have been great cross training. 

The Thursday run group goes from strength to strength, and the interval sessions I arrange are making everyone faster! On the weekends I try to do another quality workout - last night for example I did 2 x 20 mins at tempo intensity, a 'double day', with an easy hour jog in the morning. Friday I didn't work but had a great day out on the planks at Bow Summit; 4 hours of non stop ski touring - 1000m + of laps with Adam, Laura and Donato, so to be able to get in that workout last night is encouraging. It's a long weekend, so I'll try to get in something longish today and see what tomorrow brings!  Life ain't bad!

A few random pics below to go along with my babbling this morning. 

 

XC skiing at CNC doesn't get much better that's this - 3.5 hours of classic last Saturday. 

XC skiing at CNC doesn't get much better that's this - 3.5 hours of classic last Saturday. 

Thursday night 'Dirtbag Runners Bow Valley' - headed to Indian Flats road for some suffer. 

Thursday night 'Dirtbag Runners Bow Valley' - headed to Indian Flats road for some suffer. 

Greasy powder at Bow Summit, and all the terrain to ourselves

Greasy powder at Bow Summit, and all the terrain to ourselves

Adam putting in the up track

Adam putting in the up track

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Saira organizing the kids mid-run yesterday morning. 

Saira organizing the kids mid-run yesterday morning. 

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