Thursday, November 21, 2013
For the last few days my walks have been about crunching through those last leathery brown leaves on the sidewalks, starting the walk bundled up but placing cap and gloves in pockets before the walk ends
. But all the time knowing I was on borrowed time. Winter would be here before I knew it.
Today was my first winter walk.
Yes, it was snowing! I looked for heavier socks, I pulled out light boots, my puffy blue jacket was grabbed from the back of the closet where I gratefully stuffed it last spring. Jersey
was so excited to get out in the weather but even she fought her excitement and chose the shorter path we use in bad weather or when short of time (my call - she always expects a long walk even if she turns around before we're done). She gets paw freeze when the weather is brutally cold and although today's high will be all of 25 degrees, that's not paw freeze weather. But it WAS the first cold, slippery, walk.
Instead of 60 minutes around the lake we put in 30 minutes in the park closer to home. Instead of a brisk pace, we were both a bit gingerly not having our "ice managing legs" yet. Pretty quickly I saw my first 'spin out' of the season on the road ahead of me. It's time to make some changes in my exercise plans or I'll be watching the pounds come back!
And this is why I keep my gym membership. To the gym with me this afternoon. Bah....winter....