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!