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Is it really spring?

The calendar may indicate spring, but the temperature and outdoor conditions are still wintry. It is a challenge to go out and run in the cold, surrounded by snow-covered landscapes, but I need a break from the boredom of the treadmill.

When I step out the door I feel so cold and miserable and I am tempted to return to my warm house. However, if I can withstand the freezing temperatures for a few minutes I will survive. So, I walk as fast as possible for 10 minutes to warm up before running. Thank goodness, in a few minutes, I start sweating and quickly forget about the frosty weather.

Last week I did three 3-mile runs and one 4-mile run. The running trails near my place are still too icy, so this means that I am limited to the main rural highway and some side roads in my neighborhood. Luckily there is virtually no traffic on the side roads, so it is possible to run in the center of the street where the pavement is less damaged and there are fewer potholes. Nonetheless, I have to pay close attention to my footing to avoid injuries and by doing this I usually miss the nature around me. There were lots of deer on the roads, but my huffing and puffing sent them running in the woods, making it difficult for me to get my camera out in time to snap many photos. 

 

 

 

 

Off to a good start

The first week of 2017 is in the books. I was able to stick to my exercise plan in spite of some cold, wintry weather. I began the year with a 8-mile (about 12 km) cross-country ski excursion on New Year’s Day. It only takes me five minutes on foot to access the off-road trail that travels across New Brunswick. The trail is used by snowmobilers in the winter and ATVs in the other months. It is a great place to bike, run and walk in the summer and a perfect place for cross-country skiing in the winter.

After a longer than expected journey on Sunday, I had sore muscles (especially my upper body – the ones that don’t get a workout from running) and I really wanted to skip training on Monday, but decided that this would not be a good start to the new year. I managed a mere 2.3 miles in 35 minutes. I used Tuesday as a rest day to recover from  skiing. I went to bed early thinking about running. On Wednesday I got up at six and did a 3-mile session (36:31) before breakfast. The next day I did an early morning yoga workout and then shovelled snow for two hours. Yesterday, I did another 3-mile run (35:41), followed by 30 minutes of stretching. I ended the week with an easy  6-mile trek on the trails this afternoon.

Share Your World – 2013 Week 20

It has been a long time since I took part in a Share Your World Challenge but I couldn’t skip this week because the very first question gave me another chance to put in writing my dislike of Canadian winters.

Do you like winter, or not, and why? I detest winter in Canada and I am determined not to spend another one in this country. In the past, I returned home on a couple of occasions in the winter and only lasted a few weeks before taking off again to travel or work in some other place. Last summer, I came home with the intention of staying home for at least a year and finding a job. I survived the winter but I have decided to go abroad again in September to a warmer destination.

Are you a listener or talker? It depends on the situation. When I meet new people or I am in an unfamiliar situation I tend to listen, observe and keep my opinions to myself. At other times, usually when I am with a small group of people, I am more of a talker.

apple juiceWhat is your favorite juice or fruit drink? Apple juice – every two months I go to the states for cross-border shopping and I always bring back 6 gallons of Mott’s apple juice. I drink two or three glasses every day  after working out. With only one gallon of juice left it is time for another shopping trip to Maine.

What do you have to be so happy about? I am happy that it is spring in my neighborhood. After spending a long, cold winter indoors I am delighted to be able to run and work outdoors. I am busy building raised gardens, a rock garden, and doing some needed landscaping around my place.