March 28, 2010 - Reuters - Colorado: A normally peaceful, quiet, and happy-go-lucky Colorado couple snaps and goes on a rampage, driving their SUV wildly through muddy parks after winter continues to bludgeon their trail running efforts...More details at 10.
This could have been us. Three spring dumps in 8 days has taken it's mental toll. We're tired of winter and this ain't whining any more. Just plain done with it!
Photo from I-25 from this last storm - not even funny Old Man Winter!
So when the dust, umm Powder, cleared from Friday's storm and the weather report for Saturday was continued flurries, Happy Trails was at the breaking point. We got in a 5 miler yesterday and that was all we could take - 35 - 45 mph winds, temp 31 with 15 wind chill is just plain wrong for March 27!!!
Well, Sunday dawned with sunny skies and expected temps in the low 50's. Good sun, good temp, however - lots o' mud. We did not care - if we did not get the miles today, the short 50 mile drive to the state mental hospital in Pueblo was on our to-do list!!! We headed over to the North entrance of the Air Force Academy to start our run on the Santa Fe trail - not singletrack, but it is dirt and kept us off the pavement!
Nice view of Mt Baldy holding a good stash of spring freshies.
Lots and lots of water running through the Academy streams!
There was no way we were running in knickers, even with the 40 degree start - Kathleen sporting a wonderful pink ensemble. Go away winter, we want warm trail running!!! Nice view of Pikes Peak-ing out over Blodgett Peak.
Air Force Falcon Stadium on a beautiful day.
Good full view of Pikes - note the sign on the left: Definitely don't want low flying aircraft while we are running!!!
MUCH Happier Trails today - regardless of the shoe swallowing mud at times, sun and an eventual 50 degrees puts a smile on our face. (Now we just need to work on the tan lines....)
More snow being held on the north end but we did not care. The run was just what the Dr. ordered today and we had a great time out on the trail. We were able to run 12.5 miles, enjoy the sun, renew our will to live - you know, all the things that happen on a good spring run after shoveling 2 feet of snow in the past week! It was good to be out - and most of the whining is tongue-in-cheek, just FYI!!! (Although that could change if we get Armageddon Snow week again - stole that line from Jill, who feels our pain too!!!) Have a great week and Happy Trails!
Shoes - Asics 2150 Trail