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Next Best Thing to Running . . .

Sunday, December 30, 2012

. . . (which I really shouldn't attempt much any more) has to be cross country skiing!

Skiing is so much easier on the hips and knees: just like the elliptical cross trainer instead of the treadmill or track. Which I do still use from time to time, cautiously and with Pace technique (short stride, rapid cadence, mid foot landing).

But: my cautious running is mostly indoors now. And cross country skiing gets me outdoors! Like running did, all those years when I foolishly clocked 10 km a day on the roads and trails, hitting hard on the heels, without strength training to stabilize the core and joints . . . sigh.

Yesterday the sky was a pale soft grey. The snow was powdery, deep. The wax was perfect: no slip, lots of grip, but absolute ease of glide. A few friendly chickadees. And my favourite sound: whoosh, whoosh, whoosh. Love the flick of the pole forward, the kick and the pull. What a workout!

Today the sky is bright blue and everything is sparkling. It's colder: I'll need my neck gaiter pulled up over my chin and lots of lip balm. And sunglasses!

Winter can be terrific. I'm loving it!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ISHIIGIRL 1/1/2013 9:19AM

    Thanks for sharing. I wish I could just walk out the door and do the cross country. It is a little bit of a drive for us to be able to do that but I have heard this analogy before. I have only tried it a few times, but really enjoyed it when I did it!

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_LINDA 12/31/2012 12:23AM

    That is fantastic! A zen experience :) Love your poetic description -felt I was right there with you :))
My Mom used to love cross country skiing. I never tried it though. Our winters were just too cold for me to enjoy much of. Bundling up so all you can see out of is a slit and you walk stiff like a robot from all the layers that it doesn't leave much flexibility for activity (but was great for cushioning if you had a hard landing tobogganing :P) I am hoping to try my hand at snowshoeing though.
I am so glad you found an activity you can enjoy almost as much as running -shame it doesn't go year round for you (have you ever thought of roller skiing in the summer?)
Keep on Enjoying -hope it doesn't get too cold for you!

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PHEBESS 12/31/2012 12:07AM

    Love X country!

Remember the sunscreen too!

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    That sounds like fun!

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CARRAND 12/30/2012 12:40PM

    It does sound like fun. I guess I wouldn't be cold after a few minutes.

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DALID414 12/30/2012 11:53AM

    You make it sound so fun. It would be wasted on me, I'm miserable in the cold.

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NITTINNANA 12/30/2012 11:35AM

    Sounds like fun!

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LINDAKAY228 12/30/2012 11:22AM

    Sounds like so much fun! Unfortunately in southern New Mexico we don't get enough snow for real snow activities. Glad you found something you enjoy so much and gives you a great workout!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/30/2012 11:07AM

    glad you are loving the winter and the winter sports that go with it.keep on keeping on you are doing great love. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/30/2012 11:03AM

    Sounds great! Glad you have the conditions for a sport you can enjoy! emoticon (Yeah, I know, not a cross country icon!)

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TRAVELGRRL 12/30/2012 10:13AM


As we get older we definitely need to monitor and adjust, adjust and adapt...I'm not a fan of being outside in the cold so cross-country skiing is not for me. However, it is only 18 degrees here right now and we're heading out in a few minutes for our walk!

I'm glad it works for you, and I've heard it's a fantastic workout with lots of calorie burning!

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KANOE10 12/30/2012 10:11AM

    Great job of exercising in the snow. I did not realize the treadmill was harder on the hips than the elliptical. I just tried an a new lateral machine yesterday..It was wierd going from side to side.

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/30/2012 10:04AM

    Sounds wonderful. I used to love cross country skiing, but it hurts my worse knee (both are bad) so it isn't something I can do any more. Hope you have a wonderful time today!

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NANCY- 12/30/2012 9:51AM

    Let it snow!

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STARDUSTD 12/30/2012 9:31AM

  So glad skiing can take running's place for you. emoticon emoticon

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LADYJ6942 12/30/2012 9:26AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. I'd love to try it, one day I will but first I have to have the money. Enjoy

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KATRINAKRAUT 12/30/2012 9:26AM

    I love to XC skiing. unfortunately I currently have to drive a couple of hours to get to snow but we have a place in Colorado and when I am there I can walk out the door and ski. I also like the Après ski endorphins and joining the local ski crowd at one of the watering holes for live music and a drink. But when I am out skiing and I can hear my breath and my heart beat, I feel totally alive and in the moment. It is fun to see the tracks in the snow. The feathery touch of eagle/hawk's wings or the pounce of a fox as they seek out a mouse under the snow. The otter's belly slide as they play by the river. The "snowplow" of Elk antler's searching for grass or tender branches. What is not to like?!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/30/2012 9:21AM

    Yeah I agree. My arthritic knee doesn't allow running anymore except on the elliptical. (Pushing through my heels, using my posterior chain rather than on the balls of my feet.)

XC skiing is the only thing that comes close to that feeling of flying...


(I guess I should qualify that - hucking over a waterfall feels like flying too. But in a different way.)

...plan to head out myself and break some trails in the adjacent state park this afternoon after church.


Comment edited on: 12/30/2012 9:23:54 AM

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