After dutifully sleeping in a little on a Saturday morning, I headed out in the white stuff to hit the gym. I'm still full-well into recovery mode, but making efforts to get my needed hits of exercise-induced adrenaline whenever I can. After working up a good sweat on the weight machines, I'd planned to top it off with an easy couple miles on the treadmill. But as I turned that direction, I looked outside the big windows of the gym and saw it was still snowing. At the spur of the moment, I decided to run outside instead.
Why do stupid things happen to good people??
The first mile out wasn't bad at all. The air was cold and crisp and the flakes were falling gently on my face. But the second I turned around to head back I realized I was only enjoying myself because I'd had the wind at my back. Those gently falling flakes turned into poisonous darts, stinging everywhere I had exposed skin (which was quite a bit since I hadn't planned on doing this in the first place). The sweat I'd worked up at the gym was now subject to the biting wind, encasing my body inside what felt like a meat freezer. And to add insult to injury, I couldn't avoid sloshing in big puddles all over the road, soaking my shoes and socks with cold water.
So much for my little Winter Wonderland.
If nothing else, those two miles reminded me I'm alive... which is never a bad thing. I actually much prefer training in winter than I do summer, but this will definitely take some getting used to again. Here's my cue to break out the winter gear. There's nothing like hauling around an extra five pounds of clothing layers, gloves and hats.
I'd planned to get some groceries right after my workout and had to literally towel myself off once I got back to the car. I'm sure it did little to help the attractive drowned rat look I had going on, though. I shivered my way through the fresh produce, grabbed a loaf of bread and gallon of milk, attempted to make polite conversation with the cashier and finally headed home with the heat on at full blast.
I don't think a hot shower has ever felt so good.