I Tried Ice Skating and Here’s What Happened

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“Hockey Skates or Figure Skates?” I stood there for a moment not sure what to answer. I had not thought about the fact that I would get a choice of which type of ice skate I wanted to try.

After what seemed like a very awkward pause, I responded with the question, “I don’t really skate often, which one would be easier”?

For some reason my mind was comparing the balance required to stand on the ice as to that needed for a tightrope walker.

Putting on the skates were a little tough since the toe is very solid and it is tough to slide your foot into them. Nevertheless I was able to get ready. I am not too proud to say that I was pretty excited as I walked toward the ice. I had done it, I was actually walking on ice skates and not falling over. I wasn’t sure that I had the right size, and my right foot felt a little weird, but I was ready to attack the ice.

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I started out by holding onto the wall. I slowly edged my way around the perimeter of the ice. I felt bad for any kid who might fall because I was in no position to help him or her. There was something pretty exhilarating about being able to glide on the ice. I saw a few people that I knew, and the little kid in me wanted to say,

“Look at me! Did you notice I am actually ice skating!” The air felt cool, and it was very refreshing.

And just like that, an hour and half had passed. As I took my feet out of the skates, it was truly the weirdest sensation. Walking in boots felt so new! Everyone had fun, and it was honestly something I could see doing again. I was truly impressed by the speed and grace that some people were able to skate with. I am not sure when, but I think I will be back! It was a lot of fun. I don’t know if I will try hockey skates a second time, or figure skates on my next skating adventure. I liked the support of the hockey skates, but part of me would love to lace up the figure skates. I am very glad I tried it! It gave me a lot of confidence to know I could skate!

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I am a wife, mother, educator, writer, reader and marathon runner. I blog at EnjoyingEveryMile.com and chase my impossible. Follow me on Twitter at @lmcdonell14

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