Last night we bought a family Christmas presents. We bought new snowshoes over at MedVed.If you are from Rochester…. you know that MedVed is THE running store. It’s got history, amazing people and incredible service. They treat you like an athlete. They have running programs and all sorts of fun stuff…. I am going to link into some of those opportunities this season. I haven’t before and I don’t have a good reason why.
I began snowshoeing in 2000, 6 weeks after my son was born. I loved it even though back then snowshoes were difficult and awkward. I once even won a 5K snowshoe race…. on my birthday no less.This season it seems like a good fit to get back out into the snow. A lot of that has to do with Luc. He’s become a very fit runner these days, running a bunch of 5K’s (in fact he has one tonight) and it seems like one of the sports (along with tennis now too!) that fits him well. The bonus part is that we do it together.
Here is one of our fireside chats about youth in sport, Luc is in this one!Youth triathlon
Last year Luc learned how to snowboard…. but was more interested in trying out snow shoeing with us. So lucky him. He’s got a pair now as well.We decided on a pair of Dions… they came highly recommended by our community and Bob Dion himself! Thanks everyone for the input! We also settled on not direct mounting our shoes just yet. You can go from bindings to direct mount but not the other way around. So we held off on that for now.
It’s winter here in Western New York. It’s cold, there is snow. Glorious snow. I have always loved the snow. There are two types of people here; those who hate it and those who love it. I have spent winters hating it. For no good reason. There is nothing about it that’s hateful. Cold can be cold but get good gear. It makes fabulous Christmas gifts.Stop in to MedVed…. they will outfit you from head to toe in hats, base layers….. everything. They will teach you how to dress for this stuff. The best thing about MedVed….. they don’t have ego. They are regular folks just like you and I. They just want you to be outside and to be healthy. They’re down to earth and real.
We have so many gorgeous places to snowshoe around here. Mendon, Harriet Hollister. There is even a snowshoe running series (which I plan on racing… click here). There is something about being in the middle of the woods in the dead of winter. Not a car in sight. With friends or solo making your way through fluffy beautiful snow. It creates this blanket over the world around us and makes everything so bright. So beautiful. Peaceful. Did I mention no cars?Snowshoeing transfers beautifully into running as well. It strengthens hip flexors and other muscles you didn’t know you had. The soft surface is great for reducing the impact of the roads on the body. It’s a great compliment to any running program. It’s one of the reasons I am getting back into it.
Life is too short to be stuck inside on the grind all of the time. You have to learn to embrace the elements if you are going to survive around here. You ahve to be willing to step outside of the box and try something new (or return to something!). I have been guilty of that myself too many times.Oh heck maybe I will even join their race team.
It’s a winter wonderland out there today. Go out and love it up!