Thursday, December 24, 2009


After 13 years I still haven't figured out how to train in the winter. I have spared no expense to stay warm and dry but something always keeps me from walking out the door! Christmas Eve morning and I am watching a snowstorm roll through our area, pretty sure the only exercise I'm going to get is shoveling. My last run was last Sunday a 30 minute dash across Moose Lake to make sure all the slush was gone. I had cross country skied both Friday and Saturday and both ankles were slightly swollen?? crappy boots or bad technique not sure which. The rest of the week was taken over with Christmas shopping and getting the resort ready for guests. They are supposed to arrive on the 25th, hopefully the storm won't keep them home. So what is my plan to get my 2-3 runs in this winter? anyone with any suggestions? I think I will cut myself some slack over the holidays and try to get in 2 runs, 2 skis and 2 video workouts by the 1st of the year. Thankfully there is always a January 1 to start over on...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Winter has officially arrived here in NW Wisconsin. I have been running up here for 13 winters and I still have trouble dressing, I have been spending endless hours on the net reading about layering and shopping for the "perfect" jacket. Haven't bought anything yet but have most of my Christmas shopping done.

I haven't run in a few days, this time of year so many other more important things to do, like "Cookie Day". Bake 15 different kinds of cookies with the women in your family and drink lots of wine and Capt. As my new daughter-in-law says this is better than Christmas!

I did have two great training days last week, Thursday a nice long slow run and Friday speed work on the Birkie trail with the Ski & Tea ladies. This week with all the new snow will start the cross country ski season. Now I don't ski but I am going to learn I have lessons lined up for the next 2 Saturdays, figured I should be a skier by Christmas...