I’m melting/Trees are terrifying

After our massive snow dump a few weeks ago, we are already well into spring meltdown mode. This is what the streets in my neighborhood looked like last weekend:

Streets, ponds, whatever….

The week before last I did all my running (a total of 14 miles) around town in these less-than-delightful conditions. Thankfully, last week was spring break, so I was able to prioritize getting out to the trails to run.


We did a quick getaway near Yellowstone for our anniversary. Went to Yellowstone and walked around Mammoth Hot Springs:

Then spent the night in a new lodge nearby.

The view from our room.


2.8 miles on a very slushy trail.


4.2 miles on a less slushy trail. But still slushy. ‘Tis the season.


I drove out of town a little ways to find a trail that was still relatively frozen. Shortly after I started this run, I started hearing loud snapping/creaking noises and wondered what large animal was crashing around in the woods. Well, it was the trees, creaking loudly in the wind.

These trees are jerks.

I survived the scary trees and ran to the lake and back, for 5.5 miles.


6 neighborhood miles – much drier than last weekend.

Weekly total: 18.5 miles, with 2,900 feet elevation gain. Maybe I’ll make it to 20 miles this week?

In non-running activity, I started a free trial of ClassPass. I think I’m going to do a separate post about it (she says, while wondering when the last time was she posted more than once a week…), so watch for that if you’re interested.

How do you handle running during mud/slush season?

Have you tried ClassPass?

Linking up for the Weekly Run Down with Kim and Deborah

17 Comment

  1. Nice elevation gain for the week and good job surviving the creaky trees!

    1. Hannah says: Reply


  2. Your getaway looks beautiful. Way to get in those miles while traveling.hope spring makes it your way soon

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thank you!

  3. Your getaway looks really nice! Nice job getting those hilly runs in

  4. Wendy says: Reply

    It is so gorgeous where you live. Here–the mud/slush thing is just something we live with. It doesn’t last long, thankfully!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Oh, mud season here will last pretty much through June!

  5. Ugh…as much as I welcome the warmer temps, I do dread all the slush and mud. Thankfully, it really wasn’t too bad here. Almost all of our snow is gone, and the streets are dry (albeit quite sandy/gritty in places). Such beautiful pics!! Thanks for linking with us 😉

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      our streets are mostly dry now, but the trails take a long time!

  6. Kim G says: Reply

    The slush and mud is one thing that I hate about the switch from cold to warmer temps! It just makes everything so messy.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      That and the allergies!

  7. I am so not a fan of mud season. A local runner posted some photos of her trail run, and while I’d been wondering if that area was clear, it may have been mostly clear but also really muddy. I’ll pass.

    Yellowstone for your anniversary sounds amazing!

    I do think April is going to bring us plenty of showers, though. 🙁

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Yeah, muddy running is not so great for the trails…..

  8. Your pictures look so pretty with all of that snow, but I don’t miss it at all. 🙂

    The noises made by the trees would have freaked me out too.

    I have never tried ClassPass and had no idea it was still around.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I much prefer the snow to the slush 🙂

  9. Good work and I loved the Yellowstone pictures. We haven’t got slush season here as we’ve had no snow and it’s getting a bit late now for us to have any significant amounts. Hooray, because this time last year it was awful.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thank you!

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