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March 4, 2012

Outside! SOLC #4

Join the 2012 Slice of Life Challenge 

It's still winter here in northern Illinois, but yesterday I had to get outside for a walk.  We have a moderately hilly neighborhood and a walking path through a nature area, so I can vary my route each time I walk.

As I trudged up the first hill, against the 22 degree, 10 mph winds, I tried to figure out why I didn't take more walks this winter. (Yes, I was being a bit sarcastic with myself!)

We didn't have much snowfall, so the sidewalks were clear.
The temperature rarely got below 20.
I have lots of cold-weather wear:  scarves, hats, mittens.
It's winter. I decided to stay inside.  It was easier!

AHA!  I caught myself!

Today I'm hoping to get outside for another walk, even though it's windy, snowing, and the sky is really gray.  After my quick (it was COLD!) walk yesterday I realized that I like being outside.  I need to get outside.

Now that we are in March, and the First Day of Spring is actually listed on the calendar, I can't wait to get outside and enjoy a walk!


  1. OK--you've inspired me to get out and take Chloe for a walk. I've been putting it off until it gets nicer and I'm done coaching, but maybe we'll start sooner!

  2. Chris,
    I admire that you brave the cold to go for a walk. I just am not a fan of the cold. I often wonder why I live in Ohio especially this time of year. It has been unseasonable warm so I suppose I really need to find a better excuse for not getting out. Today it is snowing so maybe I'll think about giving it a try another day.


  3. Chris,

    The wind is always a challenge for me and yesterday the wind seemed to be blowing from the North Pole. Today in Kansas City the sun looks inviting. I will head out soon for my daily run. I hope the sunny weather reaches you soon.

  4. Fresh air does do amazing things for us! It's all about taking time to smell the flowers . . . even when there's not a one in sight!

  5. You go, girl! Can't say that I miss that cold (brrrr) Illinois weather. It gets cold enough here and those are the days I just let Max out the front door to do his thing!

  6. I can't wait to be able to get back outside and walk. The cold causes my legs to itch to the point of distraction!

  7. You are braver than me! Cold weather makes me want to hibernate, and I'm in Texas! :)