Here in Northeast Ohio the snow is finally melting. Woohoo! My kids and I note how much more grass we see each day. And the best part is that melting snow happens when warmer temperatures and sunshine arrive! After this winter of many many record lows, we deserve it. Come on spring!
When asked what our favorite signs of spring are, our minds might instantly jump to thoughts of opening the sunroof on the first 50+ degree afternoon to blare the latest Bruno Mars smash. (What?) Or perhaps we might picture that long-awaited vitamin D infusion that happens as we emerge from our basement treadmill lairs to squint mole-like into the sun. While these are obvious, there are some lesser appreciated signs of spring that I’d like to discuss today.
1. Everything is wet. All the time. You might think you want to take a little shortcut through some grass at some point on the run. “Just gonna cross over this little strip of grass,” you think to yourself and BAM! Ankle deep in muddy sludge. Pro tip: skip those pretty, brand-new shoes this time of year.
2. Did I say wet? Oh how cute. What I meant to say was every good place to run is muddier than a monster truck rally. You want to look like you were mud-wrestling but can’t find someone to mud wrestle? Hit some trails this time of year. Pro tip: Forget the emergency towel in your trunk and pack a tarp.
3. Did I say muddy? Oh, silly me! I meant all the best routes are flooded and impassible. This is the time of year our favorite riverside running routes end up part of the river. Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly run on the same boring roads and … Nooooo! …… don’t say it … Not … the … gasp! … TREADMILL again … NOOOOOOO! Pro tip: If your route is closed due to flooding, crawl back to your basement treadmill and ask forgiveness for all those mean things you said about it last week.
4. Dog poop abounds. Running on your favorite path after the thaw? Better hope you have a laser-like ability to spot dog crap. Dog owners apparently get a pass from cleaning up when there’s snow on the path. Who knew? Pro tip: if you have a dog and take it to the park, pick its sh*t up. ALL. YEAR.
5. Holy pasty whiteness! For those of you in the presence of pale people like me, don’t forget your shades. These legs that haven’t seen the light of day since … hmm?… when was it? … October? … Hell, I don’t know. A long-ass time ago! … are scary white. Pro tip: scary white is preferable to scary orange so pale people, pass on the impulse to apply self-tanner.
What are your favorite lesser appreciated signs of spring?