I’m Over Winter

It appears as though Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction last weekend for six more weeks of winter was correct.  After enjoying a gorgeous 59 degree afternoon on Groundhog Day, the temperature has been struggling to rise above freezing here in the DC area.  Today we’re in the midst of what’s been predicted to be the biggest storm to hit DC since Snowmageddon in 2010.  My school district made the decision yesterday evening to cancel school today.  We’re predicted to get anywhere between 6 and 12 inches of snow (depending on which forecast you look at) before the current snowstorm ends and leaves the DC area.

The snow forecast as of Wednesday evening at 7pm Photo Credit: NBC Washington

The DC area snow forecast as of Wednesday evening at 7pm
Photo Credit: NBC Washington

And I’m sure this isn’t the last of the winter weather.

I’ll fully admit, I’m over the 2013-2014 winter season.  Although I very much appreciate the breaks from my regular routine in the middle of what’s become a very hectic school year, we’ve already used our allotted snow days and are in jeopardy of pushing the school year into the last week of June.

But school isn’t the only reason I’m ready for the 13-14 winter season to retire.  I’m ready to be able to run outside consistently again.  Other than our races at Disney World, I have only been able to run outside three times since early November.  I’m not one for the cold, and I have difficulty breathing when I try to run outside in extremely cold temperatures.  Although I have strategies for coping with treadmill running, the treadmill simply cannot replace the enjoyment that I find in running outside.

Not only has the weather been preventing me from running outside, but the cold air has been a deterrent from getting to the gym as routinely as I’d like to.  Its become very easy to come home from work, curl up on the couch, and avoid going to the gym.  Although we have a very small gym in the basement of our apartment building, the equipment isn’t well maintained and its often overrun with young children who treat it as a playground.  It becomes quite aggravating every time I try to work out down there.

And when I do bundle up and make the trek to our local Gold’s Gym, I frequently shiver in sweat during the trip back home.

Its a no win situation with this winter weather, and I’m definitely ready for spring to be here.

QOTD: Which season(s) do you prefer running during?

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20 Responses to I’m Over Winter

  1. Lauren says:

    I definitely feel your pain! It seems like there has constantly been snow on the ground here in St. Louis. It’s supposed to get all the way up to 40 degrees today, but then tomorrow I heard it’s going to snow again. We just can’t catch a break! Fall is my favorite season to run in, because it feels so great to get a break from the awful humidity of the summer, but you can still wear shorts and a long sleeved shirt during your run and not have to be totally bundled up like you have to be in the winter.

  2. I hear ya about this crummy weather! I much prefer running in the summer. I don’t care how hot it is! After this year I promise I won’t complain about the heat!

  3. Wow! That’s a ton of snow! It’s been a cold winter for us here on the Gulf Coast too…having ice days was something I’ve never seen here in my lifetime! Fortunately it isn’t too cold to run outside…you just have to wear layers. I hope spring comes soon for you!

  4. I know what you mean! I went outside Tuesday in the freezing cold just because I knew this crazy snow storm was coming. I am getting tired of the treadmill, too. I definitely love the fall. It is always so pretty to run outside then.

  5. This is my first winter after living in Florida for 2 years and at first it was nice now I’m over it! I can’t wait to be able to run outside again as well, I’m tired of fighting for a treadmill at the gym.

  6. I will run in the death of summer over the winter any day! I hate being cold. We don’t have a treadmill so I have to get out and run no matter what the temp is so I’ve just been dealing with it but I’m absolutely ready for shorts weather!

  7. Lindsey says:

    I’m with you! So ready for warmer weather. Just try to remember that the couch will be there when you get back from your runs and that it will all be worth it on race day! :-)

  8. I agree! I’m sick of running in this weather. I definitely prefer running in the summer, it’s just a lot easier to get out the door when it’s warm out!

  9. I love those 3 perfect days in spring before it gets too hot :)

  10. I hear ya with the difficulty to breathe while running in the cold. I’m used to running in FL, so when I went up to VA for Christmas, i had quite a rude awakening when I went for a run! Hopefully spring will come soon for y’all.

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