I ran all last winter in KSOs and Injinis. The first 5 minutes or so are cold, but once your blood starts moving your feet will warm up and your exposed skin will feel colder then your feet. I think I've ran down to about 19F last winter and in snow. The worst is when its 33 and slushy, I'll take freezing and solid snow over slush any day.
Did three miles this morning after Backpacking all weekend. I did 38 miles in 3 days in my KSO treks covering rain forests to snow fields, to glacier overlooks. It was an amazing time. My legs felt exhausted the last 2 days, so I rested and ran today. Feeling good again.
So I did a 38 mile backpacking trip in my KSO Treks. They worked great for me except for an the random toe stubbing/hooking on stumps. I did the Hoh River Trail in the Olympics up to Blue Glacier Over Look. It was a great time and my feet felt better then if I wore my boots.
Doing a 3 day 35 mile hike at the Hoh River Trail in the Olympics this fourth of July! I'm thinking of going all Treks. Its mostly flat so it shouldn't be a problem. I'm a little worried since the first campsite we got a permit for is 15 miles in day one
I transitioned rather easily, sore calves for the first week and then no real issues, some tenderness on the bottoms of my feet, a week later on with top of the foot pain, and that was about it. I'm sort of like wolverine in my ability to recover from injury. I might be a slow runner, but I can heal wicked fast!
Just updated my blog (link is below) with reflections on running the Niagara 50K Ultra.
I found that blog post very moving Alan. Its not all about races, its about being in touch with who you are and what you enjoy. I'm sure that young grey hound will love being your running buddy!
Did 7 miles last night with my dogs, probably their limit in distance and temp, it was about 50 out so not to hot. I always run them before feeding time so they stay motivated. Even at the end of 7 miles, the last 2 blocks to my house, I drop the leashes and they sprint to the door ready for dinner. It makes me laugh that they still have energy to sprint.
I'm in week 2 of training up for some sept races, things are going well, I'm using the same training program i did last time around to run my first marathon. Using Hal Higdon's marathon training program, even though I'll only be doing 2 half marathons this time around. The first 1/2 is on a mountain and all trail, so I figured I'd better run way longer so I can handle the hills and not bonk. The good news is compared to my first time around just getting started with VFFs, I feel like a million bucks! Just need it to stop raining so I can get some trail runs in at some point.