Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow Training?

I've decided today that playing in the snow and ice TOTALLY counts as cross training.

I've loved it that several people who are used to these kinds of winter conditions suggested that I go for a run. I might have considered it if the snow had stayed, well... snow. Snow did fall all day yesterday, but by the time we had 6-7 inches (!!!!!unheard of in these parts!!!!!) the falling precipitation had turned to ice. When I ventured out into the beautiful winter wonderland of my neighborhood, I found that everything was just a solid sheet of ice. I was doing good to walk on it.

As in, I could have gone ice skating on my driveway.

This was going to be fun, to say the very least.

Now I won't lie... since it so rarely snows in middle Tennessee, there's a small part of me that reverts back to being a kid when it does happen. I found myself paying attention to the school closings, even though it's been years since I was in the county schools.

I remembered this one time when I was in middle school and we had enough snow that we were out for a week! I'm not sure why, but I have this vivid memory of playing Yoshi's Island on my Super NES... and I had just reached the world where some of the segments were set in the snow. I can remember playing through it and watching the real snow coming down outside.

I'm not going to lie. I busted out that game and played it for a while last night.

Even though I was excited and think that it's beautiful, I'm not going to lie about something else... I was a little disappointed it had to come when it did. See, I had plans to see that boy I keep casually mentioning here and there. Since we both were born and raised around here, neither of us feel good about driving far in this kind of stuff... It's not the end of the world since we'll see each other in a few days, but it still kind of sucks (you know how it goes when it's the beginning and it's new and all that jazz.) We settled for a fun phone date instead, which ended up being another reminder of how much I enjoy just talking to this man.

After spending all day inside yesterday, I was eager to get out today and play.

Play I did.

The solid sheet of ice wasn't great for driving, but it was perfect for sitting down on a plastic disc and flying down the hills. I had a blast! I felt like SUCH a kid and didn't even care that I am almost 27 and was totally acting like one.

Don't judge me for how large I look in the above photo. I REALLY hate being cold, and I'm not even going to detail how much clothing I had on.
I totally wore myself out. Walking all over the neighborhood to try out all the hills is tiring enough, but doing it on ice? Even harder. As I found good hills, I OF COURSE had to give them several good runs before moving on... so I climbed a lot of the hills extra times. I definitely am counting this as a workout.
While sliding down icy hills is supper fun - believe me, you go SO super fast - it's also a little rough. I have a feeling my bottom will be bruised, but this isn't going to stop me from doing it some more tomorrow.
My parents decided to venture out to dinner, so I opted to join them. As much as I enjoyed my dinner of Toaster Streudels last night, Chili's sounded much better.
Last night, everything shut down. Tonight? Things were open again, and there were a surprising number of folks who were crazy enough to brave the icy roads for southwestern tacos and molten chocolate cakes. I only hope they passed on the 2-for-1 margaritas tonight.
It's funny... sometimes I do hang around the house for a couple of days without really going anywhere and it's fine, but I'm feeling restless. I think it's totally different when you're stuck around the house and just can't go anywhere you want.
I shot some videos WHILE going down the hills today, so stay tuned for those and a few more awesome snow pictures soon.
As for those of you in the great white north, stop laughing. I know this is nothing to you, but to us southerners it's a big deal! Seriously, there has been nothing on the local news except for stuff about this snow storm. If anything else important is happening outside of our snowy bubble, I haven't heard about it!


courtney said...

i didn't end up working last night, and thought about calling to see if i could come sledding with you... only when i went out to check my car, i realized it was going to take twice the amount of time to clean it off as it would have taken to drive to you. at least. i played in the snow here. :)

Niki said...

Looks like a fun day!! Solid ice here too which totally sucks for my 11 miler today :( Treadmill here I come! I am totally restless too! I busted out yesterday to go to Kroger! Haha! Funny when going to Kroger is the highlight of your day! Ready for this ice to melt!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Haha, I can't help but laugh a little bit, but I DO understand that you guys are not used to getting that much snow! Just like I'm not used to NOT HAVING snow but all of January there was NO SNOW in my town. Needless to say, I was thrilled to wake up to 5-6 inches of snow yesterday morning :)

Jocelyn said...

Sounds like fun to me! Now that turns to ice is the worst because you can fall and hurt yourself! Booo. Greta job having fun, totally counts as cross training!

Love to Run said...

OK OK, I will stop laughing. It is fun to see you southerners and how you react to snow. At least this time you got a real accumulation of snow, not just the 1/2 to 1 inch that freaks you southerners out as well.

And hey, sledding is still fun when you grow older. I use the girls as an excuse for me to get out on that tobaggan. And right now you guys may have more snow that us in southern WI. I see bare spots in the yard right now.

Enjoy! said...

YAY! Looks like you had a fun day!!! I have that same hat!! :) Good taste!!! :)

Chic Runner said...

I love the pictures and that is a ton of snow for an area that doesn't get any! sounds so fun! though I'm with you on the whole hatred for being cold thing :)

Jon said...

That looked like a ton of fun! Actually, you have WAY MORE snow than we do; its been mostly green all winter here outside of NYC. Is it ironic to envy the south's snow?!?!?