We are back from a great weekend up north. We had such a great time!! Mrs. Schlub found this amazing 3 bedroom cabin up in the snow so we invited my family along with us and split the cabin three ways. This made it amazingly affordable plus it is fully furnished and has an awesome kitchen so we were able to avoid the restaurant dinner bills.
We arrived up there Friday mid-day before my family got there, unpacked all our stuff and quickly threw on our snow stuff to get a little sledding done. Mrs. Schlub and I were a little worried about how our 3 year old would take to the snow. She hates being cold and pretty much uncomfortable in any way (little diva lol) so we thought she may not like the snow. Well we were wrong, she was loving it, she even wanted to sled down our little man made bunny hill all on her own.
Friday evening before dinner I threw on my retrofitted trail shoes and headed out for some snow/trail running. The week leading up to our travels, I searched around the area and thought I had found some pretty good trails that I would be able to seek out. Well I wasn’t exactly sure where the cabin was and the trails I found were nowhere close to the cabin lol. So I ran down the little road that the cabin was on and discovered that this road was only made for the 5 cabins in this area. So I headed back to the cabin, grabbed my snow boots and started postholing (I think that’s what the snow runners call it lol) through the forest. After about a quarter mile of running and hiking I came across a road that had been snowed over and some of the local snowmobiles had used for some riding. I swapped my snow boots for my trail shoes, and was able to knock out a nice little run. After about a mile and a half I threw my snow boots back on and started to sludge through the snow again as I headed back to the cabin.
Side note, my feet were freezing!!! I didn’t prepare my boots properly or wear the right pants so as I was postholing through the snow I was getting so much snow inside my boots. Then when I swapped the boots for my old trail shoes, there is a huge hole in my left shoe right at my big toe. Basically I was taking in snow the entire time I was running and my feet were pretty much frozen. Not running in the snow very often I was seriously scared I was going to suffer from frost bite and my toes would need to be amputated lol. Lucklily, I had started a fire in the fire place before I left the cabin so as soon as I came in, I pulled my socks off and set my feet right in front of the fire. I quickly started to get feeling back, phew no frost bite.
The rest of the weekend was spent playing with the kids, building our own sled trails, and snowball fights. I had hoped to get a few runs in while we were up north but sometimes life happens. I had a ton of fun with all our family time and honestly I’m not too upset about missing a couple runs. I have to be honest, I’m reconsidering my whole “weight room is overrated” motto….my whole upper body is sore and achy from holding onto the sled the whole weekend. You would think such a leisure activity would have minimal impact but I guess not. I like to think I was really shredding on that sled so that’s why I’m so sore lol.
This was one of those weekends that missing runs was 100% okay by me. When I get my heart set on some new trails I get pretty disappointed if those plans don’t pan out, but I was having so much fun with the kids I didn’t miss the runs at all. It was cool running in the snow but definitely needs to practice if I was going to do that on a regular basis. I’m back in the valley now where we are seeing 50* temps and perfect running weather. I’ll take it!!!
Have you ever been postholing before?