Holiday Cross Training
|December 5, 2012||Posted by Lauren under LifeontheRun|
Somehow, between my self-proclaimed month of rest and coming down with some sort of sickness after visiting my family for Thanksgiving, 9 full days passed without me running one single step.
The crazy thing about this – I hardly even noticed.
It’s funny how when you’re injured, or tapering, or resting for any other reason than “I just don’t feel like running” those days until you can run again seem to drag by. I feel every single non-running day pass, counting them down in hopes that I would be that much closer to lacing up my shoes again and hitting the pavement.
But when I just don’t want to run, the non-running days add up without me even noticing. For those 9 days, I didn’t even miss running. Not in the slightest.
Plus, not running gave me plenty of time to focus on other cross training activities.
On Saturday, I got in some good “strength training” in the form of chopping down and carrying our first official Christmas tree.
In past years, Evan and I have gone out to get a little tree for my apartment. Even though both of us spent the holiday with our families, it was nice to have a little bit of festivity for those weeks leading up to it. This year we will be heading to PA to celebrate Christmas, but it’s our first year in a house. Our first official tree together. So the choosing of that tree is something we obviously took very seriously.
I just need to pause and say that we tried this Christmas tree farm on a whim (having never had a Christmas here in VT and not really knowing the best spots in the area) and I was blown away from the second we got out of the car. Big red barn, petting zoo, a warm fire, free hot cocoa, Santa for the kids, and wagon rides out into the seemingly endless fields surrounded by mountains.
And to top it all off – it was snowing. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.
After some precise measuring to make sure that the large tree we selected would actually fit in our living room, we got to work chopping it down.
Hours later, the tree was set up, and our house started looking just a little more festive. Have I mentioned that I love this time of year so much??
…only slightly lopsided…
Then on Sunday, I got a great full body workout on the slopes.
I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t more than a little nervous about how we would survive our first Vermont winter. I’ve lived in New England for most of my adult life, but have spent most of my time in areas close enough to the ocean that we never got truly pelted by snow. This will be my first in a noncoastal New England state. So Evan and I decided that if we were going to be here for endless months of cold and snow, we might as well make the most of it.
Despite the fact that neither of us has skied in at least 4 – 5 years, we bought each other season passes (Stratton has an amazing deal for people under 30 if anyone is interested). Sunday was the first time in our entire relationship that Evan and I skied together. It was warm, the little snow that was on the mountain was slushy, and by mid-afternoon it had started raining.
But we had a blast. Somewhere along the line, I had kind of forgotten how fun skiing was. By the end of the day, my whole body hurt. I could barely walk. And I had decided that I was officially trading in my running shoes this winter for a pair of skis. Forget running through the snow and cold. I would be spending the rest of the winter perfecting my new sport.
This proclamation lasted precisely 24 hours. Because yesterday, a package showed up. And all thoughts about quitting running for the rest of the winter went out the window as soon as I saw what was inside:
The Saucony Kinvara TR (a pair of trail shoes I’ve been coveting for awhile now) AND the brand new, not yet released Mirage 3. I have professed my love for the Mirage 2 many times on this blog and I’m pretty sure this next version is going to win my heart just as quickly….even if they aren’t green. They look very different from their predecessor, and I’m excited to see how these changes feel on the run.
Speaking of which…I need to get running. My days on the couch have officially ended.
Full review to come!