I decided to do my long run on Friday night after work. Seemed like a better option since Saturday morning was going to be below zero again.
I had a fantastic 12 mile run. It was only 10 degrees, but there was not much wind. The trails had a nice layer of snow to offer both cushion and grip. And I didn't see a soul. A few of the trails were unbroken, so I was the only person who had been there. Later in the run with the headlamp on, the light was reflecting off of stray snow flurries. Very pretty! And I felt really strong throughout the run. One of the best runs I have had this winter! So much fun.
I was a bit of a frosty mess when I returned. Here is picture of me following the run:
|Ice, ice, baby! Winter running, Minnesota style!|
|"Baby, it's cold outside!"|
With the long run out of the way, today I took the day off and headed down to Plymouth to check out the Art Shanty Projects on Medicine Lake.
This is an annual event (more or less - they missed last year for some reason) where local artists build some of the coolest, most creative ice fishing houses (a.k.a., "shanties") and display them on a frozen lake in the middle of winter. Here are some photos I took:
|2012 Art Shanty Projects on Medicine Lake|
|Nordic Village Bridge|
|The Sashay Shanty - "aims to recall the romanticism of winters of yore."|
|ICE-Cycles Shanty - something of a bike shop|
|"Monsters Under The Bed" Shanty - I liked this one!|
|This thing rocks! An awesome robot fish house!|