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On this February 17, we are talking about
Ok. In all fairness, living in Florida means that I don’t really have room to rant too much about winter. Our coldest night this year saw temperatures in the very high 20s. We’ve had a light first. The heat has been on. But that’s about it. However, Florida winters do come with their own list of minor annoyances, and in the spirit of the link up, I’m going to share mine.
I don’t know what’s blooming (or why), but allergies and sinus infections are at an all-time high. The cars and patio furniture are coated with yellow and green dust. Running is hard enough, but not being able to breathe properly makes it even more challenging. It would be really nice to have a break from it.
Even though hurricane season is over, we still have some nasty storms. We have had torrential downpours, lightning, power outages, strong winds, and more tornado warnings than I care to count (including one touchdown not too far away from my house).
Northeners avoid going out in snow, Floridians try not to head out in the rain. It’s just the way it is.
While we’re on the topic of weather… Humidity seems to have become a year-round complaint. We expect it in the summer, but winter humidity is its own beast. For some reason, humid cold is colder than regular cold. Ironically, it seems to make you sweat more, which ends up making you even colder, and it’s just a huge mess. Not a fan.
Our days probably are a little longer than in regions north of us, but I still don’t like late sunrises and early sunsets. It messes with my body clock and my emotions. I’m fairly sure I’m not the only one who gets down from the additional darkness. I feel like I’m always running in the dark, and it would be nice to benefit from some of our beautiful sunrises, and get to see more of the sights along the way.
I was born and raised in New Jersey, and I confess to missing snowy winters. I mean, the fresh, crisp, new-fallen snow. Not the sludgey, mucky old snow that’s been driven on.
There’s a difference.
I know it would get old fast, and my toes would be soggy and frozen, but there is something about the shine of a new day on the crust of a fresh snow. The air seems cleaner, and possibilities seem endless.
I really can’t complain too much. At least not until July, when the sharks start migrating close to the coast, the love bugs start loving and the air is so thick you can cut it with a knife. We’ll need to reprise this with a “Five Summer Running Rants” at that point.
What are your winter running rants?
Do you prefer winter or summer for fitness?