Hope was in the air this weekend! You could feel it, hope that this winter might actually come to an end.
Today I went for a run. Sunny and 50 degrees felt amazing after so many weeks of freezing temperatures. It has been a long time since I have run outside. Cold, snow, and salted roads make it difficult. But today I got outside. No hat or gloves; nothing more than a pair of running pants and a shirt.
I ran on roads gray and slippery with salt. The snow, despite 4 days above freezing, is still over a foot deep, but there was still a feel of spring. A hope that, soon, things will change. The sun shone brightly and as I ran I tipped my face towards it, loving the feel of warmth on my face. Such a foreign feeling! Birds flew overhead, a groundhog hopped about the snow, and I even saw a bug. I ran so happy, feeling as though I had just been released from a prison. Spring! I remember you!
But, it’s come to an end. Continue reading “the polar vortex vs spring”
Today I began my triathlon training for the year. By that I mean I got my butt in the pool and swam. I haven’t swam since August because, well, I don’t like to swim! Lay on a beach, yes. Float on a raft in the middle of the pool, yes. Sit in a hot tub, of course. Actually swim, no! Unfortunately 1/3 of a triathlon is swimming so I have to start the training.
So I got my suit on, stuck my head under the shower, and walked out to the pool. Of course, since it’s January, every lane was filled with three people. I stood, freezing now, while the lifeguard filled me in on the abilities of the swimmers in each lane and which lane would be best for me to join. Finally I slipped into the water, adjusted my goggles, and dove under. “Wow, this feels great!”, I thought. Then I surfaced and began to swim the freestyle (which looks nothing like the real freestyle) and it became painfully clear to me just how long it has been! All I could think was that I am glad it is only January!
Part of my dislike of swimming is overcoming the boredom of back and forth laps in a pool. When I run (my favorite!) I have my playlist to keep me company if I am running alone. I love my running playlist. It’s named “Running Fast”! Continue reading “my running playlist”