Another (rainy) Halloween has come and gone, and now it’s November – my least favorite month of the year. Unless you count mid-March through mid-April – that timeframe is at the bottom, too. We have another overcast day full of rain in store today, and more of the same tomorrow. In the spirit of making lemonade, though, we’ve planted a few aces in our sleeves. A trip for the world’s best sandwiches is on the menu tomorrow, and a hike somewhere pretty (even in November) is on tap for Sunday.
With the time-change looming this weekend, stealing my evening light, I need some reminders on November’s strong points, even if the weather is underscoring just why I dislike this month.
It’s not all clouds and rain. Some days are glittering with frost – which means that the ground is hard enough to hike upon, and that it’s cold enough to snow! So Happy November! May your days shine – at least in your mind’s eye 🙂
Just when I had resigned myself to staying inside for the remainder of my blue-sky Friday, the snowplow went by, clearing the way for an afternoon walk. I suited up appropriately and then left the house. Less than a half mile through the four-mile trek, I decided to try running half of it. I wasn’t dressed great for a run – too warm in my down coat among other added layers – but I was eager to try the Yak Trax for the first time, and if you’re a runner (or a previous runner), then you know how strong the pull is once the idea has crept into your brain. However, it’s been…well I don’t know how long it’s been. Suffice it to say it’s been a while since I’ve run because even though we have a treadmill, the only thing it gets used for is cool-downs from other workouts. And because I don’t like to run miles through melty, squishy snow, or in snow drifts. So, I settled for two miles so that I wouldn’t get overheated, and because we had planned to ski Saturday morning (I didn’t want to overdo it). Continue reading →