It was a beautiful morning out there today - blue skies, with just a few high clouds ... light breeze, but that was quickly blocked when I entered the woods. Of course the trees haven't leafed yet, so the sunlight filtered through to the trail in patches. All things considered, not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning.
I wore my heart rate monitor during the run, mostly for curiosity. I didn't think I'd be able to maintain a consistent heart rate given the terrain on the trails, and that turned out to be the case. My heart rate varied from a low Zone 1 up to a few clicks above my AT in Zone 4. For the most part, however, I was able to keep it in a comfortable Zone 3. Today's run wasn't so much about pace, as it was just spending some time in the hills. Overall a good training day, but I've certainly got some work to do over the next 7 weeks!
Here are a few photos from past visits to Clear Creek: