Rain And Snow So Suck It Up!

by Connie DeLaVergne on March 18, 2012

It feels like winter will never leave but if you want to walk in the PNW, you got to suck it up.

13 March 2012 Spring in the PNW

almost spring in the pnw

TUESDAY: It’s our first morning walk in a year and I’m excited to resume them because I’ve missed my Tuesday morning walks with Sue. She calls before coming over and initially I’m afraid she’s going to cancel but she’s really just checking in because the weather forecast is not good. I glance out the window, dry and gray.

“Yeah, I up for a walk,” I reply. “Why not?”

“Just making sure,” she said. “It’s cold this morning, and rain is likely.”

“We better get started while it’s still dry,” I conclude.

Not 10 minutes later Sue’s at my door. I decide to grab my wooly headband, scarf and gloves, as well as my coat. It was a good decision.

Without discussion we head up hill toward the 154+ Bellevue College Steps for one of our favorite walks. It’s a good one because we can follow it without thinking, the hills and steps come at the beginning of the walk and we can stretch it out as long as we want, or cut it off early if we’re short on time.

We usually walk about 4 miles on this particular route and get a nice combination of inclines, neighborhoods, parks and wooded trails. There’s also a Starbucks, just in case we want to indulge, or need to warm ourselves up.

Before reaching the top of the first hill I am grateful to have the extra gear because it’s really quite cold, and starting to rain a little.

If you’re going to walk in the Pacific Northwest with any regularity you have to accept inclement weather, and like I said above, suck it up. Believe it or not, walking in cold wet weather can be enjoyable, if you’re prepared for it.

Getting fresh air and catching up with my friend Sue is one of my favorite ways to exercise. We walk early to get it out of the way and there’s never a shortage of conversation. And she pushes me to walk at a fast clip.

I think we made it to Robinswood park before the rain really started coming down but by the time we left the woods and crossed 148th Street, it was snowing!

March 13, 2012 and big fat snow flakes are falling all around us. We’re getting drenched in the process because it’s barely cold enough to snow (maybe 32-33°F) and the flakes are very wet.

But, ya know, it was really FUN!

We both dressed warmly, we were happy to be walking and we talked the entire time. Additionally, my heart rate was pumping, I felt good about exercising and the snow brightened up the otherwise dreary, almost-spring day in the Pacific Northwest.

The point I’m trying to make is this: Get outside and walk even if the weather is cold and wet. Just make sure you dress warm, walk fast and have plenty to talk about with a good friend. That first step out the door is the hardest, but after that it’s just plain fun.

Walk on my friends.

Walk On!



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