I have a hard time motivating myself to get out for a longer run from home these days so I decided to make a plan for a remote run today. I took the bus to Skar (end of the line that goes up the valley next to us) and ran a generous loop around Øyungen and back down to Skar. The bus runs every hour so I had a comfortable 2 hours for my run.
The trails were delightful and I also enjoyed the dirt road sections to be able to move my legs a bit more. I don't think I've actually ever run the trail on the west side, so that was nice. It was sunny but frosty out and there was ice here and there. Only place where ice was an issue was on the trail on the west side as it crosses a lot of steep streams. Normally crossing them would just be a matter of jumping from rock to rock but today the slabs of rock were all thickly glazed over with ice and I really didn't want to go for a swim. A few close calls but I made it across them all with only wet feet.
There are a lot of possibilities for delightful longer routes from here, either ending back at the bus or back at home. Hopefully I'll get out for a few more longer ones over the next several months.
I will consider this my first training towards one of the Sandsjöbackatrail
runs in January. I think my next big target will be a (shorter) ultra in the spring and having an intermediate distance race in January will be a good motivator for the dark days to come. I'm thinking that I will do the "30" km (it's more like 34) because I don't want to be dumb. Feels a bit like chickening out when there's a 44km option but going from slug to marathon in two months doesn't seem like a brilliant idea.