The temperatures are starting to rise.. but only a little. It was a balmy -8C when we drove down to the parking lot near Fort Edmonton, and set off through the river valley trails. Something different, besides the standard runs from the rec centre or my house. Mixing it up a bit.
The trails were not fresh, but a dusting of snow –literally not much more than just a single-flake layer of the stuff– the previous night had made everything fresh and bright again.
We ran through the dog park, over the bridge and around the park beside where the giant ice castle gleamed in the daylight, and then looped back up and through the trails, jutting up some tree-lined wooden stairs before dodging back into the trails for our home stretch.
I was over-dressed, but it’s so tough to decide what to wear in these fluctuating temps, the sun warming bit here and the wind cooling bits over there, but in the end it was all good (even if it did feel a little slow on the slippery trails.)