5 Favorite Winter Activities

Wow—I cannot believe how quickly this week flew by. It seems like it was only yesterday that it was time for last week’s Friday Five, and here we are again, back at it.

Once again I’m linking up with the DC Trifecta (Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run) for their legendary Friday Five Link-Up. If you’re a blogger, please check out their blogs and join the link-up! If you’re not a blogger, please check out their fantastic sites anyway.Photo Dec 11, 2 56 36 PM

This week’s theme is 5 Favorite Winter Activities. Here they are, in no particular order:

1.  Reading

Photo Dec 10, 11 09 28 PMWhat?! Is reading an activity? Well, technically, yes. Merriam-Webster defines “activity” as “the state of being active; behavior or actions of a particular kind; something that is done for pleasure and that usually involves a group of people.” Although reading’s not physically active, it certainly requires more effort than lying in bed and watching “Veep” on my iPad (which, incidentally, is another favorite thing).

The dark winter days and crummy weather provide the perfect opportunity for curling up on the sofa and reading a great book. My To Be Read list is nearly a mile long, so I have plenty of work ahead of me this season.

2.  Marathon Training

taper calendarThis is a running blog, so it would be very strange if I didn’t choose marathon training as one of my favorite winter activities. After all, if I love running enough to spend a lot of time writing about it on my website, it should be a favorite. And it is.

This may sound weird, but I really enjoy training for marathons. Not only do I enjoy increasing my mileage (and the ability to eat a bit more food that goes with that), I love the structure. I like having a plan, a schedule, that’s been drawn out for me by my coach and that I’m expected to follow. The one thing I’m not crazy about, though? Speed work. Specifically, hill repeats. But marathon training can’t be all sunshine and rainbows.

3.  Skiing

098If you read my blog last winter, you may remember we spent a fair amount of our weekends in the mountains, skiing. I don’t expect we’ll be able to ski as much this winter due to my daughter’s increasingly demanding ballet rehearsal schedule, but it will still be our main family activity for the season. I started skiing when I was 6 and I prioritized having my kids learn to ski so that we could become a skiing family. My kids started when they were about 3 years old.  It’s a family affair, and we love it!

4.  Travel

2014-01-08 15.34.47This feels kind of like a cheat, but I really do like sneaking away from the damp, rainy gloom of the Pacific Northwest during the winter. We try to get away at least once during the season to someplace that gets more daylight and sunshine than Washington… which is basically anywhere at this time of year.  Even if it’s just a short weekender, we return refreshed, energized, and dried out (that’s a rain joke), ready to face the rest of the dark winter days back home.

5.  Being in “The Nutcracker”

Nutcracker 2014Another activity we enjoy as a family is dancing in our local production of “The Nutcracker.”  It started with my daughter being active with her ballet school and grew to include me, my husband, and our son. My husband’s not in love with wearing tights (under pants, of course—he’s no pro and this isn’t a Baryshnikov-type-exposure situation) or the dancing bits, but even he enjoys the acting and stage craft involved. We’re in the party scene, so there’s very little dancing expected of us [sigh of relief]. It’s a total hoot.

What are some of your favorite winter activities?


26 thoughts on “5 Favorite Winter Activities

  1. reading is THE BEST activity – i can’t believe i left it off my list. i love curling up with a good book! and i’m so excited to hear about your nutcracker tradition – i recall you mentioning that awhile ago and i think it’s awesome 🙂

    • We do enjoy participating as a family in “The Nutcracker.” It’s a significant time commitment, but we justify it by focusing on the fact that we’re all together. And believe me–you will hear more about it! It’ll basically consume my life during the next 2 weeks.

  2. Martha B says:

    I think that’s so freaking amazing that your whole family participates in the Nutcracker. Such a beautiful ballet – I have so many good memories as a child going to see it every year at the Benedum in Pittsburgh. I hope you write more about this!
    I am pretty much on board with all your activities, although I never travel anywhere fun in the winter! Sounds like a good plan, though. Great link up – I might just have to play along sometime!

  3. Tricia Johnson says:

    This list sounds like a lot of fun! A few of my favorite winter activities are reading, trying out new recipes, Zoolights and spending time with my family. I’ve been so busy that I don’t know if I’ll make it to Zoolights this year but I sure hope I can! I went to the one at Woodland Park Zoo last year instead so it’s been awhile since I’ve been to our Zoolights!

  4. Jane Likes to Run says:

    I love reading as well. I would definitely consider it an activity! I think I have 4 pages of books to read on goodreads. It will probably take me years to get through that.

  5. Molly, have you already finished Station Eleven? One of my book blogging friends was really surprised by how much she enjoyed it, and I’m curious what you think…may have to add that one to my list. I would love to see you and the fam in the Nutcracker!! Jonathan & I usually go every year, but our city’s big auditorium has been closed for some huge renovations until December 2016…boo. Marathon training really is the best…guess I’m going to have to do this thing again. 🙂 Hope you have an awesome weekend!

  6. The BF and I just started the tradition of seeing the Nutcracker a few years ago. That is awesome you and your family actually participate! I also enjoy marathon training, even through the swampy summer heat. Something about the structure of having a plan gives you more will power to stick with it! Reading is most certainly an activity! The best type of recovery after a long run 😉

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