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Training Log Archive: Swampfox

In the 7 days ending Dec 3, 2017:

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Sunday Dec 3, 2017 #


Long run up at Happy Jack, clocking in at just under three hours, at a pace that can be best described as leisurely. Windy, but not bad windy, and quite mild (50s), so very pleasant out despite the wind. I saw one freshly blown down tree across a trail, but otherwise I didn't come across any new scenes of destruction. Probably I just ran in the wrong place.

Winter came roaring back into the area at 9:53 pm. I know, because I was in the kitchen preparing an exceptionally delicious pre-winter lemon pie, and I got it done just in time because I heard extra wind noise outside and, looking out the window, I witnessed the first blasts of snow arriving on gale force winds--and checked my watch to precisely time the event. In the space of a mere few minutes, everything outside went to white. Dang. Now I might even have to wax some skis.

Saturday Dec 2, 2017 #


Despite it being winter (they say), there is not much sign of it, other than occasional icy stretches of trail higher up in the hills. I did note some fading snowmobile tracks on several of the ski trails while I was running today.

But got to bike in shorts again today, so not all bad. Plus, California poppies have started to grow back in from their roots in my yard--interesting, considering they are annuals and the fact that this certainly isn't sunny California here.

All that said, I have confidence that sooner or later, we will get some colder temps and some snow again. Either that, or, well, you know, we won't. ; )

Thursday Nov 30, 2017 #


Back home after being away for (most of) the month, and very surprised to find zero trace of winter down in the valley. Ran trails at Happy Jack, where there is some snow in shaded areas, however it didn't feel much like winter up there either, at 51F. Hard core skiers can't be happy, but I won't complain--I got to go on a wonderful bike ride before running, and did so in shorts and a t-shirt! I reminded myself to enjoy it while it lasts, because surely it won't last.

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017 #


After spending the night at the edge of the Ozarks, I had planned to find a trail to run on before driving up to Lawrence, KS to pay a visit to Maprunner and Spike. And I had picked out a likely candidate. Right before leaving the motel, serendipity struck when I checked email, and found a note from Spike, who suggested running at a place I had never heard of--Hobbs State Park/Conservation Area, near Bentonville. He was running lidar for a KP map of that very area at that moment!

That was enough to change plans, and point my car towards Hobbs State Park. How could I do otherwise?

It turned out to be quite an area, about 98% (from what I saw) wonderfully open mature oak forest with some pine on ridge tops, hilly, and well dissected with a steep reentrant/valley system. I found some nice trails to run on. And then, when I reached Lawrence, I was able to compare that with the piece of finished KP map Spike had. It would be a great area for orienteering, and the kind of area where strength in climbing (and descending) hills would pay big dividends.

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