Time flies by so quickly. Seems that I go into work on Monday morning and before I know it I am leaving Friday afternoon. I can't believe how quickly time goes. I no longer think to myself "I wish it was Friday". Friday is always right around the corner.
This week I was busy with meetings and appointments. I did manage to get Topaz and I out to the trail to snowshoe each evening for 5-8 miles. One of my meetings wrapped up at 845 PM and I didn't need to be at the High School to pick up the boys until 1000 PM, returning from Snowboard Club, so I was able to fit in a good hard workout on the stair stepper at the gym. That is the workout that gets my heart rate to flat line. I stepped at a level 13 (out of 20) for 60 minutes. My MHR was 188; my AHR was 175. It is a workout that totally kicks my ass. And lungs. I was amazed to see 5 people at the gym at 9 PM. You see, there is hardly NEVER more than 3 people at the gym I attend. NEVER. It's crazy. Even after New Year's and nobody is working out. Crazy.
Last night we watched Eight Below. Troy and I saw it at the theatre 2 years ago and he wanted to Netflix it. I had forgotten how sad it is. It is a wonderful movie, but I cried during the whole thing. Happy tears, sad tears, happy tears. If you have a special attachment to a certain dog, you will cry steadily. Even if you don't have a love for animals, it is very good family movie. I was emotionally spent afterward and went to bed to read Pillars of the Earth. It's such a wonderful book. 1000 pages worth of great reading. I'm so glad there is a sequel. I'll have to pick it up tomorrow.
Today Topaz and I went out for a 3 hour snowshoe run. We didn't see any wildlife this morning. Topaz sniffed out a few wolf tracks but we never did come across anything. I saw tracks from someone pulling a sled. I never did see a vehicle or a person, but the tracks were fresh. Who is out there pulling a sled? Training for Arrowhead 135? I followed the tracks for a while but never saw anyone. Strange.
It looks like the cold snap of the winter is going to hit next weekend. Just in time for the Northwoods Snowshoe Marathon in Duluth. Figures! Temperatures are calling for below 0 lows and single digit highs. Wearing layers is a good thing. I might even try some foot warmers to shove into my shoes. Anybody out there running this with me? There usually aren't too many takers, especially for the marathon. There is a 10K and 1/2 marathon option available.
Today I am going to hit the hill snowboarding with the boys. They are getting SO much better than me. It's kind of embarrassing!