Back home, the girls were pumped about all the snow and wanted to go sledding. In the spring and "green" months, I had been out to Towners Woods park in Ravenna and knew about this big "cereal bowl" that would be great sledding in the winter so we packed everyone up, picked up my sister-in-law and niece and headed on over. That hill was FAST! Clearly, it had been nicely packed and slicked up before us so once we crested the hill, we were off and flying. A few wipeouts, a few moments of the kids' crying (due to face-fulls of snow), but overall a really good time. Once we had been there for over an hour, the kids were all thoroughly wiped out. It's fun to sled but the flip side is that you have to walk back up that hill every time to go again. Deep snow and little legs tend to wear the young ones out pretty darn fast. For me, I took advantage of the deep snow and steep hill and got some hill work in by running up it each time. (geez....can't I ever give this running thing a rest?!?!) I shot about 47 seconds of video below. Check out my youngest daughter taking out this unsuspecting girl who didn't know she was in the sled path. Hilarious!
Oh yea, how could I forget about WRTR?! WRTR stands for Western Reserve Trail Running. It's a non-profit organization formed about a year ago to promote trail running in our area. After it's inaugural year last year, the kinks in the system have been poured over and worked out and a whole new race series and rules have been launched for 2009. To that end, communication was identified to be incredibly important and I was asked to be the editor of their monthly newsletter. I was given a pretty liberal creative license to do what I wanted as long as I hit on a few major items. I sent out the inaugural newsletter on Sunday morning and so far, so good! Here is the web version of the newsletter. A word of advice to many of you regarding the Race Series: if you plan on running the Fools 50K on April 5th, do not delay. I really think it going to fill up and close out early. I know many got closed out of this Sunday's BT50K due to its super fast sellout in 3 weeks. If you're a 2009 NEO Trail member (as I am), the fee is only $25! That is VERY cheap...especially since you'll get a new pair of running shorts along with the race itself. Don't delay!
And lastly: to the young man who came up to my booth at the Pufferbelly restaurant last night in Kent as I was enjoying the best sandwich on earth, the Grouper Reuben: he thanked me for posting this video on my blog so without further delay, a reprise. This video never gets old and never stops bringing on the laughs...especially if you're a Star Wars fan. Enjoy!!!
(check out this great picture of the foot bridge besides the Lock 29 parking lot and the Scenic Railroad train station in Peninsula...kinda hard to imagine everything green, isn't it? Spring will be here soon!)
Happy Trails, everyone!