Under overcast skies with -4C temps(-14+ with windchill....46kph gusts) I headed out dealing with icy and crusty snow conditions. It actually was pretty good to run upon - yesterday's rain had melted the snowcover to a couple inches so it provided mostly staple footing with a little give that is easy on the body.The biggest challenge was determing where icy patches may be or semi frozen marshy sections that resulted in wet feet.
Dressed in running tights and a MEC mid weight jersey, PBK winter gillet and LG shell I was toasty warm even when idle and exposed to the gusting wind. The(new) winter gillet is fast becoming my favorite piece of winter kit.A snug fit the MOA garment made in Italy for Probikekit is excellent and keeps my core toasty warm either on the bike or run.
Ran my usual trails on the Mainland Commons but then explored the terrain between there and the Bi-Hi via the top of Main Avenue using trails, powerlines and (soon to be) boulevards.The powerlines are definitely challenging with snow cover masking the pools of water/ice and other obstacles. It really becomes more about leaping, hiking and,in some cases, walking.
Looped around to come out by Halifax West High then home via the Powerline Trail.It worked out to be about 7km according to Runningmap.com but was a mixed bag of running, hiking and even rock climbing to investigate an old stone structure I happened upon.