Friday, December 23, 2011

I Didn’t Last Long

What a difference a day makes.










I was able to get out with my Yaks for a short run. Probably shouldn’t wear them around the house. Or to the grocery store. They might scare young children.


How did I get the straps on backwards?

Because it was only 5 degrees when I went, I didn’t last long – 30 minutes of frozen snot and not being able to feel my face. I will say the only runner I saw out there was myself.  A bunch of pussies live around here, I tell ya!

The cold air never fails to clear my mind. By the time I got back, the kids were just rousing their lazy butts out of bed. What do they think this is? Some kind of vacation? Oh yeah, it’s vacation. For them. And I suppose a little for me, too.

Check out these daggers hanging from our back deck. You could combine these with the Yak Trax and make a torture chamber.


On a serious note, I read something really insightful today HERE, and I wanted to share it with you. If you are having a tough time these days, consider this:

What would your life be like if you said to yourself:

“I am enough.
“I do enough.
“I have enough.” ?

Kind of changes your perspective, eh?


The winner of the Zipfizz giveaway is Amee from I Run & Do Stuff. Email me at to claim your prize! Check out her blog…she lost 100 POUNDS!


  1. i like my yak trax for when there is a decent amount of snow, if it's just a little they felt weird so I stuck with trail shoes.

    wonder if I will have a chance for any snow running this year..hmm

  2. 5º! you are soooo NOT a pussy! Way to get out there! I wish we had a little snow. Two of my kids have NEVER even seen snow :( What kind of a mother am I?

  3. “I am enough.
    “I do enough.
    “I have enough.”

    This made me cry. I never say that to myself because I don't think I deserve it. Maybe I'm wrong. Thank you.

  4. That's been my mantra for the last say....30 years!

  5. I bought my own Yaks this year and now it won't snow. I guess this is just how it goes.
    Running in 5 degrees is crazy, but the snow looks really pretty.

  6. So I'm a college student home for break and I'm very, very bored, and I came across your blog and found it entertaining and have been reading through the archives yesterday and today (I swear I'm not a stalker, I just have a lot of time on my hands!). I was a competitive swimmer for most of my life, up until halfway through junior year of college. Finally I got fed up and have made the switch to running, which suits me much better (eventually I'll do tris but I need to improve on the bike and I'm quite frankly burnt out on swimming at the moment). Today I went for an 8ish mile trail run on a mountain on the Appalachian Trail, and it was awesome, and I just wanted to let you know that I tried out a peeing technique that I learned on your blog. The one where you assume a straddling stance and pull your shorts to the side. It worked wonderfully--much more comfortable than my usual squat behind a tree AND I was able to enjoy a beautiful view from the top of the mountain as a peed : )

  7. You made it 30 minutes longer than I would have! Man, I am so wimpy.

    Have a fantastic Christmas, Beth! Hope we get together more than once next year (like this year :( ).

  8. That was a lovely post. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love that quote.

    I went out today in "feels like" -8oC (about 18oF) and was okay until I got home - then felt terrible. I was underdressed and didn't realize it. Not sure if I'll be as brave when 5oF comes around...

  10. Loved everything abou this post. Mantra was priceless. I have yak trax too and I they make me feel hardcore so of course I love them. Running when it's VERY cold is good for the sould and mind - good for you for being out there for 30 mins. I have been injured - NO RUNNING since my first/last marathon 3 months ago, so reading your blog is a pain/pleasure thing for me - I miss running A LOT, but today it brought me pleasure. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and thank you for your outstanding blog - you are a gift to so many of us and I wanted to take this moment to let you know that you rock. :D God bless, and happy 2012

  11. 30 minutes more than I would ever do, impressive. And dare I say a bit too nipply for my taste. :) Way to go!

    Love the quotes, I'll be saying those in my head as my 3 year old is throwing a tantrum. :)

  12. Gorgeous photos!
    Except for those icicles.
    Those look mean.

    I'm off to run, too, in Florida's version of "cold." (Stupid, humid state!) I will be dreaming of a white Christmas as the salt builds up on my sweaty running clothes... but then again, I'll still be able to feel my fingers and toes. So maybe it's not all bad here. ;)

  13. I have those and I've never worn them. The coldest I've run in is 18 degrees.

  14. Great questions.

    I am happy to say that I don't have YakTrax and hopefully I won't need them until I move to Colorado.....

  15. I can't imagine running in 5 degrees! You are far from a pussy!! That quote does change perspective! Have a great day!

  16. Wow you are a brave soul to run in 5 degree weather! It looks beautiful there with all the snow!

  17. In Alaska, we would run as long as it wasn't colder than 10 below ~ otherwise your eyes would freeze shut when you blinked! LOL!

  18. I'm anxiously awaiting some snow here so I can bust out my yaktrax. Keep it up!!


  19. Good blog post. I want to thank you for interesting and helpful information and I like your point of view. Thank you! I love to read this type of material Good and attractive information I take from it. Thank you for posting such a good article.
    agario unblocked
    atari breakout
    five nights at freddy's
    geometry dash
    happy wheels
    tank trouble