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.
This week’s theme is 5 Favorite Winter Activities. Here they are, in no particular order:
What?! 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
This 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.
If 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!
This 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”
Another 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?