Last week I attempted to run Hartley, but it was just way too rainy and cold for me. I know, I kind of punked out. I made it 35 minutes though! Anyway, last Friday I decided to try my luck again and this time Hartley was more forgiving than the previous week. There was still tons of mud (FUN!) and once I got out of the low parts and onto the single-track guardrails loop, it was a free for all. I just remembered my other favorite thing about Hartley—Spring Peepers! They were fantastic on Friday. Music to my ears. I was feeling pretty decent for most of the run and had the place to myself. There is a certain tree that I pass every time out there and when I do, I like to give it a little pat and then check my watch. Despite all of the mud and me trudging up one big hill, I was 5 minutes ahead of schedule (at only 3 or so miles into the run)! I don’t know what that’s supposed to mean, but I was happy as a clam and finished the rest of the run feeling good. It looks like the rest of the week is predicted to be rainy, but sort of warmish, which will make for some more muddy running—my favorite!