Monday, December 27, 2010

Midwest Trail: Greene Valley (Winter)


Last weekend, I visited Greene Valley again for a nice winter trail run. In a very cool coincidence, Daniel of Tranquility in Every Stride was running there as well, though our paths did not cross. I did see a few other runners, but none that look like his profile photo, though that may be a glamour shot for all I know.


Winter trail running has its own share of things to be prepared for, least of which is being able to park where you were planning to.


The Du Page Forest Preserve has gotten funding to preserve the old red barn, which will eventually be available for community events. Like a trail race, maybe?


This may have been the most beautiful December day imaginable around here, at least winter-wise, with sun and blue skies. Above you can see that, even in winter, this trail gets some decent usage. The trail was a few inches of powder covering several inches of thick, slippery ice. I am upgrading my review of the Treksta Evolutions from a really good trail shoe to one of the best I've ever used - NO problems with footing.



Kind of surprisingly, after all this cold weather, the East Branch of the Du Page River had no ice. Either the current is just too fast or it's just too polluted to freeze. Either way, very strange.

Finally - maybe not as sexy as Last Mile Lounge's Jamoosh or The Boring Runner Adam in tights, but this one's for all the mountain-man-loving women (or, to be fair, men) out there:

19 comments:

  1. Dust a little snow into your beard and take another pic.

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  2. You kinda look more like a Minnisota fur trapper/trader.

    Very pretty preserve! I'd love to own a farm like that - reminds me a lot of the farm my grandmother had in NE Iowa.

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  3. I'm with Jill. All you need is a coon skin hat and you'd be set!

    Beautiful pictures though!

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  4. I love the snowy beard pic! You look very handsome!

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  5. I'm all for the mountain man look! Beautiful scenery too!

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  6. How about that beard. Jerimiha Johnson. worthy of the GURU.

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  7. great looking place to run! My hubs has a beard, and works that frozen look as well : )

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  8. Might Kovas. You have snow or salt and pepper in your beard. What man/woman wouldn't love you?

    Have you seen the glamour shot of me in the bathing suit with the underwear?

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  9. Great shots of the snow, looks like a fun place to run.

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  10. Very cool that you really like those shoes.

    It takes a lot to pull off the tights. But, you make up for it with your amazing beard growing ability. I normally mess with my wife and don't shave for a few days......she doesn't notice.

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  11. Nice beard!
    That trail run looked so beautiful! I'm glad your trail shoes are working out for you!

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  12. Looks like a great place for a run. I'm not sure about running on unplowed trails though - that's pretty tough!

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  13. Kovas, you are dreamy. You are way hotter than Jamoosh in tights.

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  14. You don't get too many December days that are that gorgeous!!!

    The frozen beard works for you! ;)

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  15. Now your looking like your running around here with the frosty face...nice scenery!!!

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  16. What a pretty trail. We're coming up to the Chicago area at the end of January for a tournament. I may pick your brain about a good place for a run.

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  17. Your mountain man look definitely trumps me, tights or not!

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