My alarm went off and I rolled out of bed and instictively grabbed my iPhone as always. I kinda noticed a glare coming from the window, but it really didn't register until I looked at the news on my phone: Many Areas Already Reporting 3-5 inches of Fresh Snow.
Ahem. WTF!?! What happened to "just a dusting" or so starting in the morning?? I looked out the window. Everything was covered. I opened the back door. The snow was up to the stairs.... Dang. I ate some breakfast and had some coffee. Got my #plankaday done... I really REALLY wanted to get out today - heck if I couldn't run outside I'd settle for the dreadmill again!!! I threw on my shoes and went out the front door. Nothing plowed. Marginal shovelling of the walks. The snow was still coming down in blankets. Where I live this just isn't "runnable"... and I obviously wasn't even getting to the gym. My littlest boy ran out and tugged on my pant leg. My husband was right behind him saying something to the tune of "you'd better not be thinking of doing something incredibly stupid". So, I closed the door and went in the house with 2 out of my 3 boys.
At this point, simply put, I was pissed. I had a holiday screw up the first part of my week and now the weather is screwing up the rest. I really wanted to do something today. I wanted to RUN, but that was proving to be impossible. Then I thought, why don't I WALK? And then, I called on an old friend. Leslie Sansone. In my "About Me" section, I know I mentioned her. I owe a lot of my present day fitness to her and her videos. Almost a decade ago her Walk Away the Pounds series got me off my rear end and on the road to a better life. It's still amazing and tear jerking for me to think about, but when I first started I couldn't even get through the ONE MILE walk. I could not walk ONE freaking mile!! And here I am, about to start training for a half marathon and eventually a full. Just wow. Anyway, Leslie has done a lot more videos and branched out quite a bit from those originals. A while back, I saw her "Walk Slim 5 Really Big Miles" DVD on sale at Target (plus I had a coupon - SCORE!), so I picked it up. I honestly placed it on a shelf and never got around to doing it. Until today. It seemed like just what I needed. A 5 mile walk was perfect for this day!