Sunday, December 12, 2010

Running in a Winter Wonderland

Surely now I can claim to be a real runner. I still can't run more than a few minutes without having to stop and walk, but surely going out today and running in a snow "storm" gets me a few points toward "official runner" status, right?

I have never been an athlete. Ever. (Those of you who've known me since 7th grade feel free to chime in and support this claim.  You were there.  You saw it.)  I was the only person in Fellowship of Christian Athletes who was not an athlete. I was the one who hated gym class because it drug down my GPA and it was so incredible humiliating. I was the kid who could not climb the rope or do a single pull-up when we did the President's Physical Fitness test.

But I love snow. Won't it be funny if winter is what turns me into a runner? I was so excited today at the thought of going running out in the snow, that I went out before I even ate lunch. (Which shows how stupid I can be, because I knew I needed something for energy, but was too impatient.) So I was so tired and in my walking intervals I was going really slow because I was enjoying the moment (and because I am notoriously horrible at negotiating slick surfaces and was slipping along - had I known it was easier to run on slick roads than walk on slick roads, I might have started running years ago). But I did it. I was the lady you would drive by and shake your head at the sight of. But I am now thinking that the people running in the snow are not as crazy as we non-runners have always believed. I mean, if you are going to be uncomfortable anyway, why not do it in beautiful, serene surroundings rather than in the heat and humidity of August?? Right?

Just amazed at how much I am loving winter running. (or winter wogging, actually) Which is good since there is a lot of training to do this winter if I want to actually run most of the Mini in May. Not that I wouldn't love it more if Santa would get me some warm running clothes, smart wool socks, and yak trax!

(And yes, this blog post has a record number of "I"s in it, but it is a "yeah me" post so that in the middle of February I can look back and have some encouragement.  Next time I will try to write from a less self-centered point of view)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I think I will make today "Watch It Wednesday".  Here is another You Tube clip.  This is one of the songs Kaylie's dance class is working on this session.  Get to see them perform on Sunday!!


Another example of people with too much time on their hands....