My name is Lisa Conrad. I am 47 years old and I am Tubbs Ambassador Material!
I received my first pair of snowshoes for Christmas in 2009. I never asked for them. And I remember thinking “Me? Snowshoe? I don’t snowshoe. It’s cold and, well, snowy”.
My husband was planting a seed. You see, life has thrown me a few curveballs. In 2000, I had a hysterectomy. I was 36. In 2004, I underwent surgery for a brain tumor. The tumor was benign and I am still tumor free! In 2005, I got off my pity pot and started walking. My walks slowly turned into runs. In 2006, I ran my first 5K! I loved it! But I’m not a runner. Lisa Conrad doesn’t do things like this. Or do I? In 2007, I ran a 10k. I loved it! In 2008, I ran a half marathon. I loved it! In 2009, I did a triathlon. And I loved it!
That summer, a routine mammogram picked up a small cluster on my left side. The tumors were biopsied and were benign. The surrounding tissue showed I have LCIS. It’s not breast cancer, but it puts me at a greater risk. I take Tamoxifen daily. No Chemo. No radiation.
So how do the snowshoes and my husband planting the seed come into play? I remember asking my husband if he ever heard of the Tubbs Romp to Stomp. He never answered. I did the romp with two friends in 2010. And guess what? I loved it! In 2011, there were 10 of us. And in 2012, there were 19. New friends thanks to snowshoeing!
- I want to introduce more people to snowshoeing. You don’t have to be an athlete. If you can walk, you can snowshoe!
- Snowshoeing is an inexpensive way to enjoy winter. No lift tickets! You can snowshoe in your own backyard!
- I love to run trails. How many friends, new and old, can I get off the treadmill and into snowshoes during the winter months?
- I never realized how beautiful winter is. The white snow, the bright blue sky, the crisp clean air. How could I not see this before?
- I want to continue to have fun!
- Snowshoeing has given me the opportunity to enjoy the snow. I want to make a snow angel and say thanks! Want to join me?