Running in the Woods in Winter
Running is a good set-up for a strong cycling season.
Deep winter has finally settled in here along the
We soon agree on a time to meet at The Spot. I don the same grubby sweats from yesterday?s run which charges up my dog, Will. He knows as soon as I touch my trail running shoes it is time to get ready for big fun. Charles and I live on opposite sides of a thirteen hundred acre wooded area - the Westwoods- so we meet at a split on the trails we have termed The Spot. He brings his dog, I bring mine. We both have nearly a mile to run to get there so the warm-up is covered before we rendezvous. We then proceed down the trail to
It is as simple and healthy as can be imagined. The terrain is quite varied and blocked by roots, rocks and downed trees. That is what turns a simple winter run into an obstacle course. We hop, step and jump our way through the woods. It is a varied, full winter workout. It is not fast running and you seldom settle into a steady pace. It means that you get not only an aerobic workout, but also need to traverse an agility course. The dogs love it and run twice our distance. My dog, Will, is an English Setter and he can easily put in 10-