After a week of light running as a result of the flu, I had planned to come back with Coleen's Frozen Ass Run on Saturday night. But late in the week, I still had a bit of a cough, and was still feeling a little tired in the mornings. I decided not to push the issue. If I were to show up at the event, I was pretty certain I'd overdo it. So, for the fist time in four events, I blew off one of my two favorite runs of the year (the other being Coleen's Sweaty Ass Run in the Summer).
I fell back to the 8.75 mi River Trail loop. I knocked it out both Saturday and Sunday mornings and felt fine. I felt so good, in fact, that I questioned my decision to pass on Coleen's. But in the early afternoon on Sunday, a weariness (that I don't normally feel after a run) set in. I had to take a nap to get it together. So, maybe I did the right thing after all.
The runs were both glorious, with ice and snow making the run slightly more challenging. I also pretty much had the trail to myself both days. Deer made their presence known on a couple of occasions, but otherwise I only saw a couple of cyclists and one other runner. Just the type of running I like best. So, if I did have to give up my favorite group run, at least I replaced it with top-notch solo runs that I prefer.