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: