I am coming at you live from Ontario (as almost always,) where we have been locked in winter’s icy grips for what seems like an eternity. I’m not a climatologist, but this winter seems worse than others that I recall down in the southern reaches of this province… of course that gives a sense of deja vu as I’m sure I have said that before. Alas, what is a runner/cyclist/Vitamin D-seeker to do whilst awaiting the arrival of the green shades of spring?
I got a cool pair of green tinted sunglasses from Sunskis Canada! The pair I picked were the Headlands with lime green lenses… perfect for turning everything to a spring-ish hue of green! Unfortunately “everything” consists of snowbanks and ice! At least I look cool while waiting for the real thing!
Seriously though, I have been enjoying some great runs over the past few weeks in spite of the non-ideal conditions. I have consciously accepted the fact that spring is not actually right around the corner and that I better make the most of a few more weeks of winter. I got out on some of my favourite trails last week and thought about how nice it was going to feel to run those same paths with many less layers on and no layer of snow/ice between me and the dirt. It worked. I reminded myself that there will be days in July when it is so hot I will be wishing for a bit of cool air to breathe or a snowbank to lay down and cool my body on. The grass is always greener… see what I did there?!
Most of all I have reminded myself that I am lucky to have the ability, time, and desire to just get out and be active no matter what mama nature throws my way. I am grateful for this, and it would be foolish to complain (too much) about the weather I do it in. I’ll be glad to see you go winter, but in the meantime I will peacefully co-exist with you as long as you stay.