Instead, I cut left and bailed onto the Brookbank Trail. I figured that I would head up into the Dry Lake Hills and see if the hills and trees would give me some cover. Luckily, I made the right choice and it was way better. Still cold but at least the wind was minimal.
I had a really good run and the snow was in great shape for running. I only punched through a few times on Little Gnarly, the worst section of the run (which wasn't bad at all!). As a bonus, I got to follow some fresh animal tracks (the only fresh tracks on the trail) for the whole length of Little Gnarly. Kinda cool.
In the end, it was a good run even though it was still a 'jogging' pace. I felt good and the knee continues to feel like it can take more miles. I think that next week I will start putting in a 'faster run' at least once a week to add to the growing mileage.
I will admit that I am having a harder and harder time motivating to run in the super cold though... I had dreams of running in the warm sun of Sedona this morning. Man, I haven't been down there to run for a while.
Here are a couple shots from the run this morning...
Yesterday: 0 miles
Today: 10 miles (Parked at Elden Lookout Road gate and ran Elden Lookout Road, Brookbank, Little Gnarly, Schultz Pass Road, Rocky Ridge Loop in 1:48 with 1,500 feet of elevation gain).