I hate winter. I hate cold weather. Winter makes me feel closed in. I tell people that the way I like snow is looking at it in a picture. Since I have lost weight over the past 8 months I feel the cold even more. We have been a little bit fortunate (yeah, that is me looking for the bright side to this!) in that we did not receive any snow until nearly Christmas. So, instead of having 5-6 months of winter, maybe we will skirt by with only 3 months. Fingers crossed! My pedestrian life is literal. I don't drive. I am a professional pedestrian. I could try to explain why I don't drive but it really isn't anyone's business. I will mention that over the past two years I have been dealing with eye issues which would make me stop driving if I ever was a driver. You just would not want me out on the road! The phrase "menace to society" comes to mind. So, being a pedestrian in the winter sucks big time. Sidewalks not shoveled, corners plowed in, and ice everywhere!! Not to mention that it is cold!!!!!!!! I take public transportation to work most days. My walk to the bus stop to get home is around 5 blocks. I don't mind it when the weather is good. When it isn't--it is torture. But it is the price I pay for being a pedestrian.
Another problem is running. I have always been a walker, obviously, but I have never been a runner. Since my healthy lifestyle journey began back in April 2012 I have participated in a few 5k walks. What I noticed about myself is that I hate being passed. Because of this I walk faster making it harder to pass me. Then I see someone ahead of me and make it a goal to pass them! Senior citizen ahead--yup, gotta pass ya! A child ahead of me--you might be younger but I have to pass you! There are times when I am walking where I feel like I have to run. Did I just say that?? Me who always said, "Why run when you can walk?"?? It is something inside me that just felt the need to break into a run! I started the Couch to 5k program a few months back. But did not get very far before it started getting dark at 4:30. I don't feel safe running by myself in the dark. And then it got cold. And then it snowed. All excuses, I know, for someone who is serious about running. I WILL find a way to do it. I have signed up for a 5k in April which I am determined to run NOT walk!! I have a treadmill that could be unearthed which would help a bit. I am seriously considering running in my own backyard until the weather gets nicer and days get longer. It will happen!! And I don't care if I ever run a half marathon or a full marathon. If I only ever run 5k's I will be happy. And proud of my accomplishment!