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Planning and Snow

Saturday, December 01, 2012

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Planning for this season means planning for weather conditions. In New England that's easier said than done. It's snowing today. Snow that is smart enough to coat the lawns but stays off the street! I like smart snow. It's pretty. I don't have to shovel it. It is not slippery. I can still go out for my miles of walking and I can even run my brief intervals when I feel like it.

Ice stops me. Huge piled snowbanks blocking views around corners will stop me. It takes a mental leap and physical practice to move indoors to my treadmill. I'm not one of those people who can alternate between street and treadmill. My body won't let me. My mind won't let me. I'm reluctant to give up my fresh air and birds in the trees for afternoon TV. My mind will not allow me to stay on the treadmill for the amount of time that I can move on the roadside.

Last year, it snowed on Halloween. And that was it. A winter without snow was very odd but very good for going outdoors. I can dress for COLD. A reflecting vest and a head lamp meant the short, dark days could not stop me. Except for the Halloween storm, it has not snowed since I bought cleats for my running shoes. The year before last, I bought a cute little set of cleats for traction on snow and ice at an after-season sale. That was the year that I was running. Life was different. All the planning in the world did not stop changes. Some changes are not controlled by plans. People are in my life, or not in my life. My scale numbers seem as uncontrollable as the weather. Snow snows, or it doesn't.
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"studded snow tires for your feet" --- now how cute is that?!
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    I am not one to do the out side thing in the ice and snow doing a little walking is fine but not running might be because i slipped on the ice and broke my foot several years and had to wear one of the heavy boots for several months. but have to agree on Afternoon TV not much on and I don't think you can find much on day time TV either. I do have a walking stick and it was great this summer when when i was out walking. enjoy the snow walking those of you who enjoy it.
    1899 days ago
    You make me want to be outside, particularly since the weather here in SJ is so nice today. I'm not looking forward to the "hibernation" feeling that comes with winter, and shorter daylight hours, and long cold nights.
    1909 days ago
    Funny! Have to agree with BOSS . . . not many would say "cute" and "cleats" in the same sentence!

    But I feel the same way about my walking poles! LOL So, I understand.

    Yes, my head too has a hard time wrapping around the outdoor vs. indoor transitioning. Afternoon TV? OMG . . . I think I'd sooner lllisten to the quiet, cuz there sure is nothing on afternoon TV! LOL

    I agree with you that I can find lots of ways to dress for the cold adn would rather do that and be outdoors.

    HUGS and here's to a good December.
    1909 days ago
  • BOSS61
    "... cute little set of cleats..." - I'd bet a gallon of the Sparky water that yours is the only blog that strung those words together in quite that way.
    1909 days ago
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