Today I ran my favorite seven mile route out into the country. It was rather chilly heading out into the 15 mile per hour wind with an 8 degree wind chill but after some of the temps we’ve had lately it really wasn’t too bad! There is a dusting of snow on the ground and it was fun to see all of the animal tracks. I saw deer tracks, raccoon tracks, bunny tracks, and wild turkey tracks. Only one water crossing actually had running water today. The rest were frozen. I did enjoy the sound of the running creek for a minute before continuing my run. I wore my heart rate monitor, which really helps me not push too hard on the huge hills. Overall, I averaged about a 12 minute mile pace, which isn’t too bad considering I had to walk about halfway through all 5 huge hills to keep my heart rate in my aerobic zone. My hips still feel pretty tight even after yesterday’s stretch session so I might take some time to stretch again tomorrow.