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Anyone else struggling with getting back into a routine after being off for the holidays? I know I have. Add in that Lil Man was sick an entire week before Christmas and daily naps became the norm, I'm really struggling to make it through a normal day.

Although we haven't gone back to school yet, Hubby is back to work. And that means if I want to get in a workout or at least one without company and interruptions, I have to get up early and workout before Hubby goes to work. And the rest of the day is the usual go go go.

Thankfully I've had the opportunity to try Alert Caffeine Gum. 1 piece of Alert Gum is about the equivalent of a half a cup of coffee. (And for me that means no jitters). It's just enough ooomph to give me the boost that I need.

Appalachian Trail Snowy Winter Run

As the sun warmed things up to the upper teens, I couldn't help myself but get out and check out the Appalachian Trail. I'd been there a couple of weeks ago and it was very runable (and the parking lot was clear of snow).

Well, duh, I forgot it snowed between then and now! I saw that no one was going up to the lot, and after I turned in, I realized why. It was ICY! I also forgot my microspikes or yaktraxs. After stepping out of the car, I realized I needed something more than my trail shoes.

So I decided to go back home and get something so that I could have a better footing. I started down the hill, with my foot on the brake, I never even touched the gas, I started sliding.
I held my breath as I stopped right before hitting a tree. I crept down the rest of the hill and prayed that no one was coming when I hit the ice at the bottom.

Thankfully I made it home safely. I had decided to just run at home because there was no way that I was attempting that parking lot again.

But instead, I asked Hubby and Lil Man to just drop me off on the road so that I could run the trail.

And that's what they did.

The plan was for me to call them when I was finished and they could come pick me up.

I choose my microspikes since the terrain was rocky, and I have to say, that I love them. I didn't slip once!

And trust me, it was slippery!

But about .6 of a mile into my run, my phone died form the cold. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!  How was I supposed to call home now? I could be out there for hours before Hubby would come get me. Grrr.... at this point I realized that I didn't think this through. We should have specified a time instead.

So, I turned and headed back to the parking lot, because at this point I wasn't sure that I wasn't going to have to try to run home from the trail.

Thankfully, I ran into a couple (the only people I saw out there) who let me use their cell phone.

I called Hubby and they came to get me.

Today was absolutely beautiful. This is the first time that I've been on the trail with it totally snow covered.

I did learn some valuable lessons though. Next time if I'm dropped off somewhere, I'll have a backup plan if I'm unable to call. And, I will put my phone in a sock with a hand warmer to keep it operational!

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  1. Running with snow?It looks so refreshing!I wish I had the courage to run in the cold!But it seems that my body is not collaborating!Ha ha!


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