I’m done with winter

It snowed again the other night. It is winter and it is still March. I’m just saying I’m over it. I’m ready for warmer weather.

After a winter of running in temperatures that hung in the single digits for three full weeks. I miss the freedom of slipping on my running shoes a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. Now its socks, tights, long-sleeved shirt, face mask, hat, and a fleece jacket. It’s so difficult for me to go outside when the temperatures are what I would expect if I were living in the Arctic. It’s still dark when I run in the morning which can sometimes add to the depressed feeling I sometimes get when I run in these temperatures. The morning run is my thing. The opportunity to not have to dodge (too many) cars make me a happy person.

Snow covered

Clear roads during the winter months. This is always a crapshoot. If it has snowed the likelihood that I’ll be slogging through several inches of snow is real. I hate running in this much snow as much as I hate running on the beach in the loose sand. Then there’s the black ice and sidewalks which have been neglected by their owners forcing me to retreat to the street and take my life into my own hands. Despite the plethora of reflective gear and lights, blinking and solid, I still occasionally wonder if I am a purposeful target of the drivers of passing cars.

Street view

Black ice is the master of my fear. It is that treacherous ice which does not appear to be slippery until one puts their weight on it and realizes, on the way to the ground that it is in fact ice. Those who live in warmer climates and have not ventured north during the winter months have asked: “What is black ice?” Black ice, as defined by the dictionary is as follows:

black ice

ˌblak ˈīs/

noun

a transparent coating of ice, found especially on a road or other paved surface.

River view

As the days become longer and more daylight becomes present, I live for those days in a portion of the world where sunlight becomes something which I need for my mental as well as my physical health. Soon I will be able to cease ingesting Vitamin D tablets. Sunshine pushes me out the door. Just the desire to be outdoors sans the heavy apparel of winter is enough to lift my mood.

Soon. Soon I am told, at least by the calendar that winter will come to a close and spring will follow. The days will continue to increase in length. The sun will make more frequent and lengthier appearances and temperatures will continue to become warmer allowing the change of clothing to include shorts and t-shirts.

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I didn’t run today & I won’t be running tomorrow

I went to bed last night excited about the freezing temperatures forecast for tomorrow. Some of us who live in the North are simply crazy while others want to impress others by running in what others might deem “crazy” weather. 

 
As I lay in bed reading I heard what sounded like rain. It was a possibility as the temperature had risen steadily throughout the day. I put down my Kindle, rose and walked to the window where I parted the blinds. I bent down and squinted between the opened slats and verified the sound. It was in fact raining. I turned on the radio and listened to the weather. The forecast called for the rain to cease by the time my alarm sounded at 4:30 AM.
 
Sleep found me and let me go, several times during the night. I woke at 3:00 AM and repeated my earlier scenario. I woke, rose and walked to the window where I parted the blinds once again. I bent and peered through the parted slats and with disgust closed the opening. It was still raining. I enjoy running in the rain but not when it’s 35-degrees outside. I returned to my bed but before becoming one with the warm flannel sheets, I reset my alarm. This time, with all the hope in the world, I would not wake again until 6. Unfortunately this hope would be dashed like waves on the ocean crashing onto a rocky shore. I smiled. A decision well made. Sleep found me.
 
My alarm sounded and after completing all of those tasks which allow use to be ready for the day, I ventured outside slipping and sliding to my car. Confirmation that this decision was in fact well made. Driving to the office was further confirmation as I watched as cars slid along the ice covered road.
 
I sat in my office and watched as the weather changed several times throughout the day. As my day grew to an end the intensity of the wind picked up and with it the snow. As I drove home, I heard the weather report which indicated the winds were now considered to be a “blizzard.” Cars inched along the road barely topping 25mph. The wind speed increased to a consistent 30-plus mph and the temperature continued to drop. By the time I went to bed, the air temperature had dropped to -5 while the wind chill lowered it to -25. I’m crazy but I’m not stupid. There won’t be a run for me for the next couple of days.
 
If you’re running in the cold make sure you dress warmly and cover exposed skin. Don’t run, especially in such conditions simply to impress others. There is nothing wrong with taking a day or two off.