Three January Runfessions

Happy New Year, friends. It’s been a minute or so since I runfessed my running sins. Thanksgiving, to be exact. Thanksgiving seems like it was a million years ago. I must have done something worth confessing since then, so step into the runfessional and let’s begin.

Shorts? Really?

I must runfess I am baffled by my dear hubby’s decision to wear shorts for a run anytime the temperature is above the freezing mark.

When I was a high school teacher, I did get used to seeing students wearing shorts all winter, even on days when it was snowing outside, but come on!

My protestations have caused him to expand the window of days he considers shorts-eligible to those when the temperature is in the high 20s.

I don’t believe he has worn tights yet this winter. (Shaking my head.)

It Wasn’t Named After Me

I runfess I get an absurd kick out of running on Laurie Lane.

Before the pandemic, Hubs and I started most of our runs from the rec center in town. There were more route options, and it was kind of nice to be able to shower there and maybe fit in a quick workout too.

These days, we begin most of our road runs from home. That means we run on Laurie Lane.

There is also a Laurel Avenue in town, which we sometimes traverse. For some reason, running on Laurel Avenue doesn’t give me the same cheap thrill as Laurie Lane.

My real name is Laurel. Everyone calls me Laurie, however. The only person who called me Laurel was my dad and that was only when he was angry with me.

If I heard him calling, “Laurel Ann!” that was my cue to head for the hills.

Maybe that is why I don’t like running on Laurel Avenue as much as Laurie Lane.

Photo by Jan Koetsier on Pexels.com

It Has To Be Done

I runfess I am sometimes impulsive about signing up for races.

As most runners know, in “normal” times we are bombarded with ads for upcoming races. We get ads in the mail, on social media, and in our email inboxes trying to tempt us into registering.

Most of them I can easily disregard, but occasionally one of them catches my eye.

Last year, I got an email promoting My Best Friends Are Cows Marathon.

It was supposed to be held on a rail trail beginning in Lewisburg, a Pennsylvania town almost two hours north and west of us.

I believe last year’s race was canceled due to COVID, but race directors promise to bring it back again this November.

I mean, really. You have to run it just for the name. The cow-themed T-shirts alone would be awesome.

The race website states the marathon consists of two “loops” and the half marathon one. Because the race is held on a rail trail, I believe the “loop” must actually be an out-and-back.

It is not appealing to me to run an out-and-back-and-out-and-back, but the half marathon may be doable.

I foresee a cow shirt in my future.

Thank you for sharing in my Runfessions. I am cleaner, lighter, and grateful for the chance to shed the burden of my running sins. See you again in February for my next Runfession.

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    • I hope we do pass cows during the run. It will give us some excitement to keep our minds off running. Running on Laurie Lane does make the run feel personal! πŸ™‚ Blessings to you.

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  1. I’m with you on the shorts. I never understand how some people aren’t freezing! I also love that you get to run on Laurie Lane. There are some streets named after my last name in my town, but they are not in the part of town that is safe for a single woman to run. LOL I also love the name of the marathon. I hope there are cows for you to admire during the run.

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  2. How fun to have a Laurie Lane close by! The cow-inspired race sounds fun. My youngest wears shorts almost all winter–and then complains about being cold. I just roll my eyes and remind him he has long pants in his room. He will wear long pants if he’s going to be outside for long. I’ve had people fuss at me for going barefoot inside in the winter. I tell them I was raised barefoot and never got over it. I used to run all over outside barefoot, too, but not any more.

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  3. It’s a sure bet that the Cow marathon will get sold out – everyone’s going to want that shirt;-)

    I runfess that the coldest I will wear shorts is 49 degrees and even then there’s a strong chance I’m going for the capris.

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  4. My hubby still wears shorts – crazy!

    Ha Ha on Laurel Lane. Never seen a Darlene Lane or St. Have you?

    Spontaneous? Who me? Yup.

    I also saw a link to that race on FB. No I didn’t sign up. Good for you!!

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  5. Out and backs – UGH. Question for you, I am having hip issues when I run – have you ever had this? It’s making running not fun for me at all these days. I am stretching and got one of those hand massagers to dig deep into the piriformis…its helping a little but I am afraid to run right now!

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    • Yeah…out-and-backs are not my favorite. YES!!! I have had hip issues. I dealt with it for almost 2 years before a blogger we both follow (Jeff) suggested I visit a ortho guy who he ran with. The ortho guy was amazing! I was running pain-free within a week. Stretch your piriformis and hamstring. Cross one leg over the other to stretch the outside of your piriformis. Also applied heat packs. So sorry to hear you are having trouble. I hope you heal fast.

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  6. Shorts in the freeze his knee caps must glow. I get quite chuffed if I see a st name family related, I had to laugh as my cousin is presently living in a town called Hodgsonvale, Hodgson is our family name. lol. If an add like the cow run came out in our town people would think it was a fund raiser by herding cattle. It all sounds like a too fun confession time. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

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  7. This post made me smile, Laurie (as do most of your posts!). The idea of your hubby running in shorts reminded me of my youngest son, who wears shorts year-round regardless of how cold it is. And we have an adult male friend, who’s a California transplant, who also wears shorts here year-round. I don’t get it, but maybe it’s just a guy thing. πŸ˜‰

    I hope you run the cow race. I loved that photo of the cow and learning your full name. πŸ˜‰

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  8. I have always loved the name Laurel! Why did you decide to go by Laurie? Although we don’t get snow here, I’m always amazed when I see people in shorts and flip flops on cold winter days. It’s usually the guys, too… don’t we women have an extra layer of fat? I’ll often see a couple where the guy is in shorts, t-shirt and flip flops and the gal is wearing a sweater, coat, long pants and boots.

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    • My mom really wanted to name me “Laurie” after the character in the musical “Oklahoma”. I don’t know why she named me Laurel. She never called me that. Maybe the shorts/flip-flops are a macho thing.

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  9. Wow, 26 miles is a long time to run on a rail trail. I rarely get bored while running, but I’m sure that would do me in. I used to wear shorts down to about 38 but now I’m wearing tights in the mid forties. The older I get, the colder I get.

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    • 26 miles IS a long way on a rail trail. I did a marathon like that once near Annapolis, but I would only do the half for the Cow marathon. I did a half once on the D & L canal trail (like a rail trail) and I sang 99 bottles of beer on the wall to myself. The whole way down to 1. I wear capris or tights for temperatures below 50. I am definitely cold.

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  10. My daughter is the same way with shorts in the winter when she goes for a run. She’ll even wear a tank top with shorts, meanwhile I’m wearing long sleeves, gloves, pants or tights, and a hat! You have to run that marathon. I wonder what the medal looks like- a cow bell?

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    • Oh, no! Not a tank top in the winter!!! I do see some people who are way overdressed in the winter and that looks uncomfortable too. I never even considered the medal. You’re right! I’m hoping it’s a cow medal.

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  11. If you go please get me a cow shirt – Please! I don’t think I would like doing it on a track – they have removed the old rails right? In the county below me, my county and the one above, the old train tracks were made into a path – I know bikers who have riddent the 3 counties.I love when old things are made useful again.

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    • I will get you a cow shirt, Carol. I think it is not supposed to be held until November, though. Yes, they remove the tracks and spread finely crushed gravel on the surface. It’s actually very easy to run on.

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  12. Oh my gosh–that cow’s nose! Such a sweet photo. I’m wondering if that race would have ice cold chocolate milk at the drink station? You see where my mind goes. To the snacks. Always the snacks. I love the name Laurel! I only know 2–one is in her 60s, the other is in 3rd grade. So–a beautiful + timeless name! And how fun that you have TWO namesake streets.

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    • Ooooh, chocolate milk is my favorite post-run drink. Unfortunately, it contains a lot of sugar, so it is a no-no for me. I might make an exception after a half marathon, though.

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  13. I really am wanting to get back into running as I am starting on a weight loss journey -I miss races. They were always something to work towards & fun to complete.
    I have a friend who ALWAYS wore shorts – even if we were at a start line in snow. It made me cold just looking at him

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    • I hope you do get back into running, Rebecca Jo. I miss races too. We have one tomorrow. we must wear our masks the entire time. We’ll see how that goes! It’s supposed to be 10 degrees at start time. I am hoping Bill wears long pants! πŸ™‚

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  14. My hubby loves his shorts too! He wears them all year round & for all occasions unless formal attire is called for!
    I’ve gotten used to it now, as he finds them more comfortable then jeans or trousers & if he’s happy, then that says it all really! Lol! πŸ˜‰
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

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  15. Oooh, a cow shirt! I have a cow patterned headband that would coordinate quite lovely with that! At least with a rail trail, the hills will be pretty subtle (if there are any). On one of our trips to Pennsylvania, when our daughter was living there, we spent a night in Dayton, OH. I went out for a short run, and discovered I was on Maxton Blvd…apparently, named after our dog πŸ˜‰

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    • We just ran a very small trail race today. Everyone wore a mask. I know what you mean about being hesitant to sign up. I registered for some races that were canceled last year. For one, the only option was running it virtually. Ugh! The cow race is supposed to be in November. I’m hoping by then, races are happening again.

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  16. Before I was married I used to live on a corner and the street the side of my house faced was Laurel Lane. Pretty name. Yeah you kind of need that cow shirt. There are still no races around here to speak of. Thanks for linking!

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    • Ha! that must be a common street name. I think there is a Marcia Lane that I have seen near me. I’m gonna look. If I find it, I’ll send you a picture. We just ran an in-person race today. Everyone wore masks the entire time. It was a tiny trail race. Thanks for hosting!

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  17. Great runessions, Laurie! My real name is Judith (Ann), which I also never use. Except when I have to, like on my license. You know, as common as Judy used to be, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a road with Judy in it!

    Maybe hubby will wear tights today? Although I runfess there is no way I would run outside today. Not even if I was training for something. I woke up to 3F & lots of wind.

    I ran a half quite a few years ago that was “A Run for the Cows”. Literally started & ended at a farm, although not a trail race. My one trail half, OTOH, was 3 loops. Can I say I hate looping?

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    • I think there is a Judy Lane near me. I’m going to search. If I find it, I’ll send you a picture.

      We did our 3-hour race today. It was in a state park about 2 hours north of us. There is no snow on the ground where I live. there, it was completely snow-covered. The temperature was 14 degrees and it was windy. Bill did break down and wore tights.

      Our run today was continuous 1.6 mile trail loops.

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  18. You’ve got to love cow bling β€” maybe they will have cow bells? πŸ™‚ LOL on your husband wearing shorts. When we ride, my husband wears 2-3 more layers than I do. I can’t stand feeling warm after I warm up and he can’t stand feeling cold.

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    • I DO love cow bling. And cowbells would be awesome too. I never thought of that! I always felt like I need to dress about 20 degrees warmer for a bike ride than a run. I’m with your hubby!

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  19. The other day when I was all bundled up from head to toe in 25 degree temps some guy went trotting by in a tank and shorts. How? Why? And yes, you need the cow shirt! I am tempted to do a kiss my mask Valentine race just for the virtual swag which I absolutely don’t need

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  20. my husband also wears shorts all the time. While I’m in like 6 layers and a jacket.

    I could understand getting a kick out of Laurie Lane πŸ™‚

    I would also love to run a race where a cow was featured! I love cows! I actually saw a race for “The Lost Dutchman” taking place in Arizona; I yelled downstairs to my (Dutch) husband “I’ve found our next marathon!” LOL.

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  21. LOL I love the name for that marathon – so creative!

    I enjoy running when it’s colder outside but I always have to make sure I’m dressed properly to enjoy it. I have no clue how people run in shorts in the Winter!

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  22. Growing up on a dairy and beef farm, I LOVE cows and may even have a few pictures of cows hanging in my kitchen. I’ve done a few rail trail out and back marathons and they’re best done with friends with which to chat away the miles.

    I wear shorts down to about 40Β° and capris below that. It would have to be in the teens for me to wear full tights. I walked Pablo today in capris and it was 20Β° (feels like 12Β°) and felt fine.

    Have a great weekend, Laurie!

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    • I love cows too. Maybe you want to do the race to get the cow T-shirt too! πŸ™‚ I did one out-and-back half on a rail trail. I was so bored, I sang 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall to myself.

      I wear capris below 50 degrees. It was 14 degrees at the start of our run today and windy. Bill broke down and wore tights! You must be warm-blooded!

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  23. If you register, please send me the date, I will put the date in my calendar a nd I will come and cheer you on, Lewisburg is just 1 hour south!!! Love the picture of the cow. Most of my congregation are dairy farmers, retired dairy farmers and some not so retired. We’d want to see your picture with the cow shirt on too! Blessings, Michele

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    • Ha! I will let you know if I register. Maybe we were in your neck of the woods today. We ran a race outside of Mifflinburg in RB Winter State Park. I was amazed at the amount of snow on the ground there! We have nothing here. Blessings to you, Michele!

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  24. My son and I were just shaking our heads this afternoon as some of the kids were walking around the high school in shorts despite our weather advisory about frostbite with temps that feel like -20 today! That cow run sounds so fun!!

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    • Yikes! It’s good your son had the same reaction as you to kids wearing shorts in frostbite weather! It was 14 degrees and windy at the start of our run today. Hubs broke down and wore tights! πŸ™‚

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  25. I did not know your name is Laurel, that is beautiful! Of course I like Laurie too. I have an aunt named Laurie although I think she spells it Lorie. That trail is the one I run on! Maybe I’ll see you there in November! And yes, if the race is only on the trail, it would definitely be an out and back race. The trail is 9 miles one way!

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    • Thank you, Meranda. Your name is beautiful too! What a coincidence! I definitely want to watch for the race sign up for the Cow Marathon. I would only do the half.

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  26. hi
    laurel is such a pretty and unique name and the laurie is a nice version from it
    and that is unique to live in an area that has two street names that connect to you
    – my children have sent me photos of “yvette” street signs –
    one from canada!

    and cheers to your hubs having such good temperature adaptability!

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  27. I would definitely do a race called My best friends are cows! I love cows! I don’t eat them! I would love to race amongst them!

    Speaking of kids wearing weather inappropriate clothing, I will never understand it. I live in a desert. I see kids in hoodies, long black pants, etc. in the middle of the summer and wearing tank tops and shorts in the winter (not that it’s that cold here but still). I know adolescence makes them contrary, but they have to be really stubborn to do this.

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  28. I had to explain to my husband this week that unless the temperature is above 55, please don’t tell me, “It’s not that cold today.” πŸ™‚ So I’m smiling at your husband wearing shorts as long as it’s not below freezing.

    My daughter collected cow things for years so even though she’s not a runner, she’d have to go watch that marathon. What fun!

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  29. What fun Laurie!! I loved your confession about preferring to run on Laurie Lane over Laurel Avenue, and completely understand your logic :). Go for the cow run – please, I love a rail trail as you know. Joining up from Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share

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  30. Laurel is a pretty name but Laurie suits you. I laughed at your reason for liking Laurie Lane better. I got “Linda Susan Schaub” when I did something that was considered bad by my parents. I thought I never warranted that entire name and yes it preceded something I didn’t like. I also laughed at the story about Bill wearing shorts … “My protestations have caused him to expand the window of days he considers shorts-eligible to those when the temperature is in the high 20s.” Ha ha. We had a walker at the Park, a former football coach who very begrudgingly finally succumbed to shorts after the first snow fell. On top of it, he wore a heavy windbreaker with his shorts. At least Bill is not wearing a parka with his shorts!

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    • Thank you, Linda. I guess a lot of people our age got called by their full names when we were in trouble. Susan is my sister’s name. Yes…the more I complained about Bill wearing shorts, the lower his temperature cut off was. Ha! He finally started wearing tights this past weekend when we ran in 14-degree weather!

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      • Yes, it’s funny how we have that in common by virtue of our birth year isn’t it? I was baptized Linda Susan Mary, but I don’t recall ever being called all three names so maybe I wasn’t THAT bad. πŸ™‚ I laughed when you said what an impact your words had on Bill’s shorts. That’s awfully cold weather 14 degrees. We are going to have brutal temps starting Friday and I don’t know whether to complain to Mother Nature or the Groundhog!

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      • Ha! I never had 2 middle names – one was bad enough! I think we are supposed to get more snow on Sunday. Oh, that groundhog. I think one near us saw his shadow and one did not.

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      • Yes, I got the full “treatment” for whatever bad deed I had done and it couldn’t have been much of a bad deed because, as an only child, with older parents, I had no wiggle room at all and I was forced to toe the line always. Must have been for “perceived wrongdoings”! Not again with the snow! There goes running for a longer period of time! Winter HAD been great but now it is anything but nice.

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      • My parents were older too when I was born. I think by then, they were both kind of involved in their own lives and I slipped under the radar. I got away with things my older sister never did. The snow is in the forecast, then it is off, then back on. I hope it doesn’t happen!

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      • You were lucky getting a free pass occasionally Laurie. I’m not happy with our weather at all. I didn’t walk this morning … not bad for me, but thought I’d go to the Park, walking, not driving. But the E.R. doc on the radio said “limit your exposure to no more than 10 minutes” … it was -2 real feel, 7 air temp and 25 mph wind. OK, it was smart to stay home. Two inches of snow tonight. I blame the Groundhog for this.

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      • Bill and I ran this morning. It was snowing here even though the temperature was above freezing. We got maybe about 2 inches, but it melted right away. The roads were slushy and my feet got soaked right away! Thank goodness we were only doing about 4 miles. You were smart to stay home. I blame the Groundhog too!

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      • We had this Deep Freeze weather again and through Wednesday. I wavered though – wanted to get down there, but still brutally cold; even though I decided to wait until later in the morning to go, the streets were dangerous, still not plowed or salted. Maybe after Monday night’s snowfall they’ll come thru and take care of them. You and Bill are hardy souls. Four miles with wet feed is rough!

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      • Wow! The streets are still treacherous?!? That’s crazy. Today was sunny but cold while we were running. We tried to take advantage of the sunny weather. Snow is in the forecast for a lot of the week.

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      • They’ve never plowed nor salted Laurie and we had that 4.2 inches of snow last Thursday night. It’s snowing now with another 2 inches and more on Thursday. I don’t know why they didn’t plow and salt, even the main cross street. I attempted to walk to the Park but turned back as it was too slippery.

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      • I would think that a place that gets as much winter as you do would be on top of plowing and salting. We missed the snow that was forecast for this morning. Whew! More snow is in the forecast for Thursday but I hope they are wrong about that too! You were smart to turn back. You don’t want a fall to prevent you from walking for months.

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      • I would think so too Laurie – I’ll try again tomorrow morning, but like you said, a fall could prevent me from walking for months, so I will turn back and come home and wait until the weekend when I can go later (but it will be even colder). I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to make it there tomorrow morning without the streets taken care of and dipping to single digits … just not safe.

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      • I hope you were able to get out for your walk. Bill and I ran today and we probably shouldn’t have. We got a little bit of snow. The roads were icy/slushy. Too slippery for just sneakers and not enough snow for sneakers with YakTrax. I opted for just sneakers and was very happy I could stay upright for 4 miles.

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      • No Laurie – still no walk and feel badly for my walking regimen as well as my furry and feathered pals. It is a week today since I’ve walked. I’m nervous about the snow as the street and cross street are still not plowed or salted, we had another inch of snow last night, maybe some more tonight. If I don’t walk tomorrow morning, it might be awhile as we have 2-4 inches of snow Friday into Saturday and more brutal cold on the weekend, potential blizzard conditions Tuesday. Not a happy camper. I have the crampons and thought about using them, but you are not supposed to walk on cement as it grinds down the teeth … my driveway is clear to the cement. I do have the YakTrax. I wish we had slush at least.

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      • Hmmm…it seems like this winter is much harsher than last. It definitely is here. You will have to hoof it this spring when the weather breaks! πŸ™‚ I would definitely be getting antsy without moving for a week. So sorry you can’t get out! I use my YakTrax even when it is partially snow-covered. If it grinds down the teeth, I figure I can always get new ones. We have our Ice Festival in our town beginning this weekend. Just ice sculptures this year. People can walk around town and view them. No food, no light show, no chili cookoff, no kids activities. It’s better than nothing!

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      • I probably should have done that … now colder and snowier weather is moving in starting tonight. Ugh! I don’t know why I save things … am I going to be 80 years old and in crampons? I think the beauty of them is putting them on at their destination. I do have the YakTrax Pro. If it doesn’t snow tonight I’ll try tomorrow. We have our ice festival in Plymouth this weekend – it’s not near me but in past years, it was so warm they had to cover the sculptures during the day to keep them from melting and just have the viewing at night.

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      • We have our ice festival in Lititz this weekend too. Usually, there is a street fair, a chili cook-off, food trucks, a light show, and ice sculptures. This year just the ice sculptures, but they are very cool! Lititz is a tourist destination, so our town was hopping this morning. We had to dodge people during our run.

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      • Our ice festival in Plymouth did it different this year due to social distancing. They have a large park where the four dozen sculptures are not in the park this year, but located in front of merchant’s stores, no food, no amenities. That many people so early – sounds like a hoppin’ town and event! I am happy I finally had a walk today and made it to the Park to visit my little buddies and feed them. It was snowing while I walked, but very peaceful at the Park and I was happy to return. I hope I can go tomorrow, though I shoveled when I got home and the pavement is covered again. I had best go tomorrow as more snow Sunday into Monday and Tuesday blizzard-like conditions. Ugh for all that.

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      • It sounds like Plymouth is doing the Ice Festival in the best way possible for this year. The sculptures in Lititz are being done gradually over a period of 9 days. They started on Friday with about 2 dozen. I think there will be about 50 or 60 by the end of next weekend. The rain and snow we were supposed to get last night missed us again. I am keeping my fingers crossed over the next few days that all of the precipitation stays away.

        I bet your little furry friends were extra happy to see you in the park. Do you still see Parker? Stay safe!

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      • Yes, they totally revitalized it for the pandemic as most of the fun stuff is gone and this was how they wanted to keep some of the creativity. I heard the news at 8:00 p.m. – change of shifts on Sunday at Accuweather and this meteorologist upped the snowfall from 3-6 inches over 18 hours to 3-10 inches. No!

        I went back again today Laurie – it sure felt good and it was sunny. I did see Parker both days and took some pictures of him today.

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      • Oh no! We have been dodging the bullet, weather-wise lately. Lots of snow/ice in the forecast but none has materialized so far. Keeping my fingers crossed.

        I was worried because I don’t think I had read about Parker lately. Glad he is still at the park!

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      • We had been dodging the bullet each time too until that 4.2 snow on February 4th – every since then we’ve had snow nearly every day and now we have this first storm going out now … a very snowy landscape. I looked out not long ago – didn’t like what I saw either!

        I know I worry too when I don’t see him … I see him most days but sometimes I think he goes into the neighborhood if pickin’s are slim at the Park. There are bird feeders to ravage or maybe someone is tossing out peanuts there. I can’t imagine how they live otherwise since the grounds have been frozen for weeks and now snow-covered as well. I will use the photos I took yesterday of him for an upcoming post.

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      • We got a bunch of rain last night. I could hear it hitting our skylights. The sound of rain always helps me sleep! Ugh!!! Snow every day!!! That would be awful! When we visited my son in Colorado for Thanksgiving a few years ago, it snowed every day we were there. Today on our run, Bill and I saw a big hawk sitting on a branch very near us. He was eyeing a squirrel on the trunk of the tree he was sitting in. I didn’t want to upset the balance as we ran by, but neither one of them budged.

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      • Despite our brutal cold, a week from today they said we will have rain and 40 degrees. No sometimes they can’t predict a day ahead, so a week ahead makes me dubious, but perhaps they said that to make us feel better about today. I heard the wind after I went to bed and the snow drifts were pretty bad (at least a foot, if not more). The rain helps me sleep too. I used to have a pair of headphones with soothing sounds and rain was one of those soothing sounds.

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      • I am looking forward to next week. Every day is supposed to be in the 40s or even 50s. Spring is coming, Linda! Snow in the forecast for tomorrow, though. I had to call all the Meals on Wheels drivers to tell them the meals are canceled. My grandkids are excited, thinking they will not have school. I should get a pair of headphones like you have!

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      • I’m hoping that our promised warm-up to 40 next Tuesday happens. We are still in this Polar Vortex mode (-6 this morning when I got up) and this snow nearly every day mode. More snow tomorrow and freezing rain Sunday night (possibly, but looking like it). That’s too bad for the seniors but it has to be safe to do the deliveries. They canceled some schools yesterday, even the virtual schooling was given a “snow day” which surprised me. I had the headphones for years and got them at Radio Shack. Then they went out of business. Radio Shack has began an online store, but does not have all the items they used to carry. Sharper Image has this sleep headband with lots of nature sounds, but it is pricier than what I paid years ago, but has a 25% discount right now. Here are their sound samples – guaranteed to help zone you out!
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      • Wow! -6?!?! That is seriously cold. We haven’t gotten anything like that this year. So far! My grandkids had a virtual day today – snow and sleet. They still (at 7:00pm) have not plowed our street and we only got about 3 inches of snow! Thanks for the link!

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      • Maybe they didn’t plow due to the cold? I know they said they weren’t salting because of it. Snow and sleet are good reasons for a snow day. We have now exited the Polar Vortex and it is in the “teens” but it is snowing again. Getting to the Park will be tricky as the two spots I stop at for feeding the squirrels and birds are off the perimeter path, so adding tonight’s snow and also Friday’s snow will be a good foot to go through and stomp down a flat spot. Hopefully next week’s balmy temps will help me out a little.

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      • I don’t know why they didn’t plow. Maybe they just forgot?!?! We got about inches of snow and some ice over the last 2 days. Our grandkids had 2 days of virtual school due to the weather. We did go sledding today. The sledding hill had a bunch of bare spots before this last snow, but it was good again today. One benefit of this winter weather! I hope your furry little pals can hang on until you get back to the park!

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      • I don’t know either Laurie … I think they forgot. The Winter wears on you when you have snow every single day. Tonight we are back in the deep freeze again, but at least the sun came out today. I did not get to the Park because it was ice everywhere and to get to the spots where I feed them, I have to wear high boots and they do not give as much support as my hiking boots, though they have lug soles, but my ankles feel wobbly. I thought about taking a second pair of boots, but that was a lot to carry (I’m walking not driving), along with their grub. It melted some ice today, so tomorrow’s the day because 1-3 inches of snow/slush on Sunday into Monday. I am disgruntled with this Winter now!

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      • We were supposed to have rain tomorrow, now I see the forecast is for 3 – 6 inches of snow. If we do get that, the kids will not have school. We ran today with a group of runners we never ran with before. We wound up going almost 10 miles. We had to step around the ice! You will have to get a backpack to tote all of your critter-feeding equipment you need.

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      • Oh no – well, that’s no good! We were fairly clear yesterday and had a couple of inches of snow/slush last night. I decided to shovel in case it didn’t melt and had lumpy ice, but it all melted. More wintry precip tonight, but not as dramatic as your snowfall. Fingers crossed it goes the other way and you don’t get slammed. Be careful on that ice Laurie … I hate dodging ice. I do have a backpack and it might be a good idea to use it … of course, the critters would see me coming onto the pathway, but not carrying any bags in my hands and panic. πŸ™‚

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      • We had about 4 inches yesterday. The snowplows barely clear the streets anymore. They have either lost interest or are out of $$. We are supposed to get a warm-up now. Good!!! 50+ degrees tomorrow. Let’s get rid of some (all?) of this snow. Run was sketchy this morning. Lots of ice and slush still on the road from yesterday. I am so ready for Spring!!!

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      • I didn’t end up going because when I go out (I start work at 11:00 a.m.), it was patchy ice and lots of slush. I decided to wait until tomorrow as the rest of the week sounds promising, 40+ for us – feels good and I don’t know why they are doing a slipshod job either. They had no snow/ice most of December and January so they weren’t paying them OT or using up salt. Now we have potholes everywhere from the rapid freeze/thaw cycle.

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      • That’s how it has been here too – patchy ice and lots of slush. It got up into the 50s today. spring fever for sure! When I ran this morning, it was still a little icy, though.

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      • Same here Laurie … I walked this morning but the Park perimeter path was full of black ice and lumpy ice. We got to 48 degrees today and I can’t believe how it melted so much of the snow and cleared the street. But at the Park I was picking my way around the perimeter path and didn’t linger today.

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      • Yesterday and today were great running weather – sunny and fairly warm. It eventually warmed up to mid-50s yesterday and just 50 today. I love it! It’s starting to feel like spring. The snow is about 50% melted already.

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      • Oh, lucky you! We had significant snow and ice melt but still a little dicey at the Park, but because most of the snow was either gone or just down to a small layer, I walked on the grass – otherwise glare ice was everywhere. Our 40s were great for two days, but we’re back to a high of 35 again and possibly freezing rain Friday into Saturday. Hope not, but it will warm up on Sunday, so should be okay. I hope that’s it for snow/ice this year … probably not though.

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      • Oh no! I hope the freezing rain is missing you. we are supposed to get some rain overnight. I am hoping it ends by tomorrow morning. I want to do a long run. My running shoes are not waterproof. If the roads are wet when I run, my feet get soaked! I am hoping winter has gasped its last for this year too. All of the highs I see in the paper are in the 40s and 50s.

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      • I think tonight/early tomorrow is the only ugly weather for us and they are forecasting next weekend to be great weather too. Let’s just sweep Winter under the rug and go forward! I’ll skip tomorrow, but hopefully if it warms up, Sunday is salvagable. Hope you get out on your long run.

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      • We got a dusting of snow last night, but when I woke up this morning to go for a run, it had already changed over to rain. Now it is 50 degrees so a bunch of the snow is melting. I did my solo long run in a chilly drizzle.

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      • That was us Sunday morning Laurie. It was beautiful and sunny this morning but very high winds – that was okay, as it was dry. Fingers crossed you still don’t get that promised snow!

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      • I have a high school friend who married and moved to near Rochester, NY and she used to call her mom here in Lincoln Park every night. Her mom would tell Carol the weather and the next day she had the same weather. So she said the same thing … looks like Rochester is five hours away from where you live. We had cold weather today … hard to believe it got to 60 late Sunday.

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      • Yes, Rochester is north of us. We have been through there several times (I think on our way to Canada). We had sunny weather today and temperatures in the 50s. It’s going to be cooler this rest of the week, but next week, there are days in the 60s. Yay!

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      • My friend actually lives in a hamlet called Honeoye Falls. It is close to Rochester. I would love to live in a place like that. They have no big stores and Dunkin Donuts has been fighting to bring their franchise to this little town and they keep losing – they only have a few stores, not big grocery stores. It’s quaint with a big waterfall and waterwheel and semi-rural. My kind of place. We had great weather too Laurie – I think we’ve turned a corner as we have cool days until Sunday, then in the 60s too! Yay for me too.

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      • That little town does sound idyllic! Maybe when you retire!!! We have the same weather forecast, only one day later than you. We get your used weather! πŸ™‚

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      • Secondhand news!! Her town does sound perfect to me, no crime, not busy – I picture it like Mayberry. But your town sounds nice too from things you’ve mentioned in your blog. I just Googled it as I have looked it up before – this is how your city’s website describes it: “Visit Lititz, PA, It is the ‘Coolest Small Town in America’.”

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      • Yes. We were ranked “Coolest Small Town in America” in a poll a few years ago. It is a cute town – lots of little shops and restaurants. Lots of tourists, especially in the summer.

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      • That sounds nice – kind of like Wyandotte which is near me. It’s close to the Detroit River, so they have lots of events, all which were cancelled last year, but they have parades, a street/art fair and fireworks for the 4th. They have something called “Third Friday” where they have bands, food vendors and sometimes fireworks on the water.

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