Winter is for Snowshoeing

Admission: I avoided snowshoeing for the longest time. It always seemed so slow and boring compared to cross country skiing. My thinking was: Why plod when you can race?!?! But I changed my tune this winter and have been snowshoeing a lot, to visit the cottage, to find chaga, to gather water (more on that … Continue reading Winter is for Snowshoeing

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Ax and Saw: A Project for Fall and Winter

There are two quirks of my personality that have a habit of sabotaging me this time of year. One is my natural tendency to want to hibernate as the days get colder and darker, and I've written in the past about how I struggle in the fall to keep up my positive attitude and maintain healthy … Continue reading Ax and Saw: A Project for Fall and Winter

An Open Letter to My Pre-Workout Self

Dear Maria, I know you don't want to work out. I can imagine exactly how you feel right now: tired, burnt out, unmotivated, and/or slow. Also, probably hungry. Just about anything seems better than changing clothes and getting down to it. Suddenly, work just got a lot more interesting didn't it? Or did you suddenly … Continue reading An Open Letter to My Pre-Workout Self

Racing the Chippewa Canoe Triathlon

This past weekend was one of my big highlights for the year: the Chippewa Canoe Triathlon. Sara, my best friend from college, first suggested we do the race in 2010. We've done the three events—canoeing, biking, and running—through woods and water in northern Minnesota nearly every June since then. It's a hard race traversing nearly … Continue reading Racing the Chippewa Canoe Triathlon

Two Rules to Dress for Cold-Weather Running

When it gets cold, I forget how to get dressed. As fall transitions to winter and the temperatures start to drop below freezing, I respond by piling on more and more layers (and eating more and more cookies, although that's not the point here...). This sounds warm and cozy, but it's problematic when I go … Continue reading Two Rules to Dress for Cold-Weather Running

Brr! How to Layer Up and Brave the Cold

Colder weather can make it hard to get outside and enjoy being there for any length of time. Fall poses a triple threat: the days get shorter and darker, the weather can be finicky and unpleasant, and there always seem to be a lot of holiday distractions (hello Halloween candy!!). Winter is just plain... winter. Dressing the … Continue reading Brr! How to Layer Up and Brave the Cold