It has been quite cold here the last few days - or the opposite slushy and sloppy - so an indoor shorter run was what I did last. Well the weather finally cooperated and we got another blanket of snow last night. It was just right this morn for a run - the snow was light and powdery so it was easy to run through and this time I stayed away from the unplowed hydro corridor and stuck to my trusty cemetery route which is always plowed and salted - so no need for the cleats today. Went at a slower pace and took a couple of walk breaks at 8k and 15k, each around 30 sec each, to chomp on a frozen energy bar and catch my breath a bit. This approach really worked because I managed to get 17 in without feeling totally burned out and could have gone a bit further if work wasn't calling me home again. I've always tried to run the full distances, but it seems on the longer stretches that the walk-break strategy is really effective. Live and learn.