Photo by Beth Price of Beth Price Photography »

When my sweet running friend (and photographer extraordinaire) Beth texted me early one snowy morning recently, asking if I was up for taking some running shots in the woods, I thanked the scheduling gods that I had some free time. Beth, who I’ve known since high school, is expanding her photography business to include editorial, environmental, lifestyle and stock imagery, and we’d been talking for some time about trying to coordinate our schedules–and weather conditions–for a winter photo shoot. I’d run in the woods, serving as her “model” while she snapped pics. She’d get photos for her biz, I’d get the use of them on my web site. Pretty sweet deal.

We couldn’t have asked for better winter weather that morning (well, Beth did mention later she could have gone for a bit more sunshine, for lighting purposes). Big, fluffy flakes, plenty of overnight snowfall. We headed to one of my most favorite running trails and tromped into the woods together, Beth carrying camera equipment and me decked in my favorite everyday running clothing. I am absolutely loving my turquoise Brooks thermal running hoodie as my top layer. I’m also so happy with the Brooks Ghost shoe, which is a new shoe I am trying after several years wearing Brooks Launch.

Since this happened to take place the week I was taking it easy running-wise, to help my tight calf/achilles recover from a snowshoe race, it felt perfect to run back and forth across a snow-covered bridge along the blanketed trail. Just enough running to ward off the chill, but not enough to over-extend myself. Here’s what Beth captured–she’s pretty amazing, isn’t she?

I really like this one.
I really like this one.

 

So peaceful and pretty in the woods.
So peaceful and pretty in the woods.

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I’m now in Week 4 of marathon training. I’m feeling good–my left calf muscle/achilles feels SO much better after taking it easy and having a session with my ART therapist Dan Zemper. I got a big boost after logging 15 miles Saturday–my longest run in a long time.

How’s your winter running going? Where is your most favorite Michigan place to run come winter?

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