Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Road-Salt Blues

I have been feeling emotional about road salt.  My car, the carpet of my car, my shoes, my favorite boots, my floors... Road salt is everywhere right now. I found some on the ELBOW of my running jacket yesterday and almost lost it.  How did it get there?

Even with the snow and the bitter cold, we have been getting plenty of sun, and with all the snowed-in days, I should be very well rested. Winter just has me out of sorts.

I saw some little bunches of daffodils at my grocery store and decided to buy them to remind myself that spring will eventually come.  I put them where the cats can't bother them, on my kitchen counter. I know that some cats can get up on kitchen counters (or even refrigerators) but thankfully, mine cannot.  Ours are both pretty old and they still manage to get into enough trouble.

One of the first things I did when the snow emergency was lifted was to go to my gym.  I wanted to use the Spin bikes but they were all locked up. I used a really dumb video-game-style exercise bike while waiting for a treadmill to open up, and then did an interval workout. I hate running on the treadmill, so the only way I can make myself do it is to play with the speed. I didn't quite do a Jillian-style 10 mph interval, but I did do two minutes at 8 miles per hour (7:30-minute miles).  Considering that my normal running speed is closer to 11-12 minutes per mile, it was tough.  It felt great to sweat!

I got my first outdoor run the next day.  I don't normally run two days in a row, but this was a special occasion.  And on Friday, my husband went to school and I was finally back to my normal routine. I had a very productive afternoon at work and also spent the morning straightening up the house. I'm hoping that we don't get snowed in again this winter.

What I did this week:

Monday: Snowed in, shoveled snow for an hour
Tuesday: Snowed in, Kettlebells
Wednesday: Dumb exercise bike thing, 5 minute walk warm-up, 20-minute treadmill interval run, 5 minute walk cool down, went to campus in the afternoon to get a few things done
Thursday: 5 minute warmup walk, 20 minute easy run, 5 minute cool down.
Friday: Spin class! Boy did I miss it!
Saturday: Pilates Circuit
Sunday: will swim this evening with the masters' swim group.

I am hoping the ennui will lift now that I'm getting back to my normal routine. I got a manicure and pedicure yesterday and I almost feel human again.


  1. Your knee was okay on your easy run, I hope? If so, that's good!

    My cats get up on the counters, even though one is old and the other is overweight. They've found creative ways to get up there (can't do it in a single leap)

    1. The knee comes and goes -- I haven't figured out what triggers it. It was fine for the run.

  2. Great idea to buy flowers! That's now on my list for today. The masters' swim group sounds great. I've thought about joining one here.

    1. I love my swim group. for a listing of groups near you.

  3. You did very well with your exercise, even with the snow situation.

    My feet are driving me nuts. Working on them again today.

    1. I had some heel balm that worked well but I can't find it. Trying to keep lotion on them.



    Not sure if that would work with non-cows milk. But I was excited to see it. Sodium is such an issue for me. I could see myself making crustless chicken pot pie with it.


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