I recently met up with a few friends for a bonfire. You see, here in Nashville it’s cold. And when I say cold, I mean it’s colder than a brass toilet seat on the shady side of an iceberg. We even moved the bonfire up from 7pm to 4pm, which had me as happy as a hound dog with two tails. Speaking of dogs, it was a “perfect night for a weenie roast,” as someone said.
Also, there were real dogs there, too.
However, I could tell when it was time for me to go. It was when I started making comments about how nice it is to have a warm home to go to. It was also when my fingers were feeling like frozen weenies. Great night, though! I’m thankful for friends I can spend time with who are adventurous, outdoorsy, and dog people.
One of my goals for this year in regards to exercise is to run 250 miles and walk 250 miles. There are just over 2 months left and I’ll admit there were days I wasn’t sure I could do it. Today I feel good but with a bit of concern because here in Nashville it’s getting cold. Hey, I’m from Florida… if it’s not sunny and 80, I expect snow.
Me with a slight cool breeze:
So when and where I run or walk will definitely be affected by winter approaching. I’ve been in the habit of walking with my 2 dogs each day, about a mile, but I will be totally transparent– only 1 of us likes the cold weather. So me and my spirited beagle overrule the young adventurer in the family.
Here is a screenshot of my progress so far on the 250/250 goal:
You can see that if I just do about a mile and a half each day (combined) I will reach the goal. Awesome! I’ve been using both the Garmin VivoActive HR and the Forerunner 245. They have been great GPS watches for tracking, as well as entertainment– the Forerunner is the “music” version of the watch so having a playlist right on my wrist has been really nice and convenient.
I am determined to reach this goal, but as the temperature falls I will have to adapt… and probably take some walks and runs in the cold.
I should definitely clarify the title… what I mean is this: Winter is upon me. Because real winter hasn’t officially started. But for me, anything below 50 degrees is winter, and so my winter has already begun here in Nashville. Gone are the days of 90 degree weather [sad emoji]
There are things about winter I like; Christmas, snow, warm fires, walking through chilly, quiet forests, foggy mornings, snuggling with my dogs…
Dang, the more I think about those things the less upset I get. But for now, grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! I wish it was spring already. How many days?
Nashville is going through it’s normal bipolar disorder this time of year. And it’s pretty much literally bipolar! One day is 70, the next 35. I was about to admit that I’m just about over it but honesty is the best policy so I’ll confess I was over the wintery weather back in October, or whenever we had our first sub-50º day.
But much like that guy in the scene from that movie with the dueling banjos (I’ll spare you any graphic details if you haven’t seen the movie), he had to grin and bear it, if you know what I mean… and with this weather, we’ve all had to do the same thing.
But warmer days have been increasing, and that’s just lovely. I was talking to someone about this very thing, yet she shattered all my hopes and dreams when she said the temp later this week’s going to drop down to the 20s! Did we do something wrong, God? What have we done to deserve this?!? Why don’t You help us when we need You most?
OK, OK, I’m being a little dramatic. It’s not so serious that I’d blame God or anything, but can a guy get some southerly winds up in here?
-Out of the Wilderness
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