I wasn't sure if anyone was going to show up, but Todd Hartung posted on Facebook that he'd be there, and even offered me a ride into the CVS. Sure enough, he pulled up in front of my house at 6:55 a.m., with 3 inches of snow covering his car. Todd said Tony Read would be meeting us in town.
Tony was only going to be doing 6 miles, so we started out running the regular DART loop, heading down South Street past Davidson Elementary. As we started down the snowy greenway, a family of four deer dashed across the trail in front of us. An inspiring sight!
Then we headed up Avinger Lane towards Pine road, and had the road all to ourselves, until an SUV roared up the street blaring its horn at us. Other than that, the few drivers we encountered were quite courteous. Amazing how unwilling some people are to share a road that is 99 percent empty.
After another run down the beautifully snowy greenway at the end of Pine Road, we said goodbye to Tony and headed into River Run. After a couple miles in this upscale neighborhood, we headed west toward the farms of Mayes Road. The wind picked up here, but overall, the weather was quite pleasant -- a light snow, about 30 degrees. The most difficult part of the run was slogging through the somewhat slushy snow on the road. But it was definitely preferable to some of the truly chilly mornings we've had recently.
Then we headed back up highway 115 towards Davidson. We cut through the Antiquity subdivision and across its picturesque wooden bridge. When we arrived back at CVS, we were at 11.67 miles, so we ran a bit farther up Concord to get an even 12. Here's the GPS plot of our run. Here's what we looked like at the end of the run:
|Todd is looking relaxed in his new running jacket|
|Dave is wondering if he should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque|