Mt Olympus (creek)
Olympus trail to the creek. Still at red air quality. Really feeling the bad air in the lungs on this run, descending the trail back into the inversion it smelled like stepping into a garage with a car running.
Overall a nicely packed down trail. Quite nice to run this again as it's one of my favorite trails. Descent PR was unexpected (8 minutes faster). Much better air today, but still a far cry away from being healthy.
Jan. 10 AM
Awfully warm and windy up there last night. Which is good since all of the inversion is gone, and a lot of snow melted away. Surprised to run on a dry and, somewhat, dusty trail. However, where there was snow it was completely iced over. Took a slight jab at ascending Blister Hill, but it was far too slick. Overall, tip toeing in some spots, hauling ass in others.
What a huge contrast from this morning! Ran this in full winter gear, really cold and actually snowing hard enough that I should've worn ski goggles. Was hoping to spin a few laps, but I couldn't see.
Jan. 11 ~ Off / Alta (skiing).
Zoo TH to Red Butte gate and back. Storm totals in the foothills are in the 20-30" range. Not much foot traffic yet.
Zoo TH to Dry Creek and back. 10º temp reading (via SLC weather on the iPhone weather app). Found it weird to pass people using skis and climbing skins with full alpine winter gear on a popular running and hiking trail. I guess 20"-30" of snow on the surrounding foothills will do that. There's enough snow that there's ski tracks descending from most all surrounding valley foothill summits.
Overview: Tough week for running with the arctic cold snap and snow that came through town. Still happy to have ran a bit.
Vert: 8050' Gain