I ran 10.8 at Deer Grove today. The yellow trail was in very good shape, with maybe just a one-half inch of snow. Way less snow than what we got in the Evanston/Skokie area. You could see the dirt/gravel so traction was not an issue. The bike path east of Quentin appeared to be completely clear, at least what I could see from the road. I did criss cross a portion of the bike path west of Quentin, and that was a little snowy in shady areas (though melted in full sun).
Sharz - I really love Busse. I run there rarely, but always enjoy it. I am struggling to find a good shoe for the trails here. In Atlanta, I wore the Montrail Mountain Masochist but that shoe is WAY overkill here - I've been wearing my old Cascadias for the last few runs, and find they are okay. But I am going to keep looking.
Oh no, I was promised by a local that the NBT is clear in the winter! I'm thinking I'll need to join a gym for a backup, especially for long runs. My neighborhood, too, is good for 6-8 miles but I'm not a big fan of repeating loops.
Busse is only 5 minutes or so from work so I ran there sometimes this fall- I saw they have a spring marathon there, but it sounds like the repeated loops might get old.
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In the winter we do group long runs on Sheridan Rd when the Green Bay Trail is not clear. Out and back from Plaza Del Largo in Wilmette. Mostly head north. A 20 miler will take you through Highland Park. We also hit Fort Sheridan.
Anyway, my post from this morning was eaten... in short: 12 miles. 15F temps. Not that bad. Below 10F starts to suck. 42 on the week for me too... probably be closer to 50 next week. Then Boston training will begin.