It’s About That Time…

Well here we are. Boston just got buried under a boat load of snow AGAIN, and I think it’s making me a little bit crazy. I know I’m not alone either. I don’t want to complain too much, but with a historic year for snow in the books –70 inches so far– (and considering it’s all come within the past 2 weeks), I hope you can all understand being a little bit frustrated with Mother Nature right now.

It’d be one thing if I had a ton of free time and close proximity to head out snowboarding with all of this fresh powder, but alas, that is but a cruel dream to torture myself with. Instead I have some dirty snow to shovel and angry neighbors covering each others cars in snow piles when their spots get taken (true story).

Anyway, since I’m feeling a bit stir crazy, today’s post might seem a little strange. It doesn’t really have a point. But neither does all this snow so I guess we’re all on the same page here.

It’s about that time…

…That I need spring. Listen. I grew up in New England. I’ve chosen to stay in Boston since college, and I truly do love it here. It’s not winter that I’m complaining about — that I’m used to. It’s this insane onslaught of snow and a feeling of restlessness that goes along with it.

It’s around this time of year every year (February in particular) that I start getting a little bit nutty at work, and this year’s endless snow is not helping. I am yearning a return to the stadium for some killer workouts, heck, even the ability to do hill sprints on walk up my street. There have been so many days lately where the city is all but shut down, and I think there are millions of people getting a bit stir crazy right now. With more snow coming on Thursday and then more yet again on Sunday, my crazy may  not end any time soon. Watch out!

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This is me walking to work the other day– just before I had to wait 90 minutes for a train that never came. #MBTAproblems 

…That everything hurts. I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong lately, or if I’m actually just at the point in my life where at any given time, something will be hurting. It seems like my entire left side, from my hip down to my ankle is in pain lately, and I don’t love it. My training doesn’t love it. Because of this, I’ve started really paying extra attention to my mobility though, spending a good 30 minutes most nights foam rolling and stretching. I feel like it’s already made a bit of a difference, but that might just be wishful thinking on my part. Someone please tell me that at 32 years old, I’m not just destined for pain every day? I’m counting on my foam roller to be my savior right now, so I hope it doesn’t let me down!

…That we remember what being neighbors means. There’s a lot of ugliness in Boston right now, with people fighting over parking spaces, getting overly frustrated with the lack of consistent public transportation (count me in that camp), etc. But it’s around this time that we need to forget the ugly and look out for our neighbors.

I feel like being a neighbor doesn’t necessarily mean what it used to — honestly, I only know a couple of my neighbors names. But I think it’s important to forget all of the winter frustration for a time and focus on helping those around you. Help your neighbors shovel out their cars and driveways, or if you’re not able to do that, maybe offer them some fresh hot chocolate when you see them outside?

Helping others around you will help you to feel better about this miserable winter — trust me. I shoveled out several of my neighbors cars and driveways the other day, and it was honestly the best thing I’ve done since this snow debacle started. Neighbors helping neighbors — doesn’t it have a better ring to it than “Neighbors dumping snow all over each other’s cars”?

…That I get my pull up game back. I have kind of neglected pull ups and chin ups for the past few months for no reason at all. Well, it’s time for that nonsense to stop. I’ve been adding parallel grip pull ups in between sets of my lower body lift days, and I’m feeling much stronger after just a couple weeks of doing this. I suppose there is a silver lining to the snow — after all of this shoveling lately, I may just add a couple more reps into my arsenal! Hoping to get back to my best of 8 consecutive reps soon — and hoping to get to 10 reps not too long after.

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Why hello old friend! 

Hey Bostonians — how crazy are you feeling at this point? Have you seen any ridiculous acts because of the snow? Non-Bostonians — sorry for the snow rant! 

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3 thoughts on “It’s About That Time…

  1. You are right. It’s a good time to connect with neighbors. I always get a good feeling of community during a snowstorm. Good luck with the pull ups. I’m impressed because I have macaroni arms!

  2. oh, man, living in East boston I am RIGHT THERE WITH YOU with all of your frustrations!!! Being a born and raised Mainer who went to school in VT, you’d think I’d be used to it, too, but the thing is: cities aren’t make for this much snow. If I was home in Maine or up in VT? sure, bring it on. But with parking and commuting and snow it just doesn’t work!!! I’ve definitely made friends with neighbors and it’s great to see people helping, what sucks is having your spot taken when you’ve been gone for 13 hours and just finished teaching a class (moved my space saver and all!), having snow thrown on your car (yup that happened to) and having to have so many workouts replaced with shoveling workouts…. needless to say, i’m over it 🙂 but I do feel so much stronger and have been increasing my pullup/chinup reps 🙂 Hang in there!!

  3. I’ve lived in MA all my life. I’m on the south shore now – Quincy.
    Boy, I’m starting to think this snow will never end.

    And it’s making my work life hard too. I manage 6 walk sites for a nonprofit. No one is thinking about registering for the walk & fundraising when there’s snow on the ground. (Even with my cheerful prompting.)

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