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Joggling through the snow and the mind

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Snow is endlessly tricky for joggling. Every few feet its texture changes. It occasionally conceals ice or puddles underneath. How many times my feet have gotten wet and cold as a result!

How the snow cloaks the earth, how it masterfully conceals. You try to master it, yet in the end it always wins, balls get dropped, feet get wet, or a body part is injured. As tricky as a snowy forest is, it still pales in comparison to the cloaks all humans wear. As tricky as joggling in the snow is, figuring out humans is far more challenging. Snowy terrain is easy. Navigating the icy terrain of the human mind is something else entirely.

What is real and what is illusion? Our senses aren’t always reliable. We are so easy to fool, and we fool ourselves better than anyone else can. Who can we trust, when we sometimes can’t even trust ourselves?

Wait, so that is a small tree ahead and not a person? I thought that was a shrub in the distance, and not a dog. How was I to know this snow concealed a small pond? If only it were always so easy.

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Joggling after the blizzard

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Adventures in the blizzard

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The people in the suburbs just north of New York City who witness the strange spectacle of a man joggling probably think he is either crazy or just very serious about fitness. Of course, being crazy and being very serious about fitness aren’t mutually exclusive. Running in a blizzard is crazy, but joggling in one is even crazier. Still, you do need to be a serious athlete to do something crazy like this.

Joggling in the early stages of a blizzard isn’t easy, although you may have an uncle or cousin who thinks otherwise. My State Street boots may help keep my feet dry and warm, but they are difficult to run in. My feet and knees start hurting if I try running at my usual pace in them for more than a few yards, so I’m forced to do intervals between running very slowly, and a fast power-walk while juggling.

Luckily it wasn’t too cold(35 F or 1.6 C) yesterday, but the snow, which sometimes turned to sleet, kept blowing in my face. My sunglasses came in handy to protect my sensitive eyes, though they would sometimes get blurry. I did my usual route along the Bronx river, but only covered about 3.5 miles.

I also tried joggling with snowballs a few times. Juggling with them wasn’t especially difficult since I had heavy gloves on, but they would fall apart very quickly. I also got caught in the crossfire a few times between groups of kids throwing snowballs, but I managed to dodge all of them.

All in all, a wonderful time joggling in the blizzard.

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Joggling is a winter sport

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Some people said it couldn’t be done, but everyone must know that joggling can be done during the winter, even with snow on the ground. Happy Thursday everyone!

Old Man Winter versus the Joggler

Too bad I can’t borrow the fur, feet and reflexes of this guy.

Winter will soon be upon us. This won’t be the first winter I’ve joggled in. I have no problem joggling in a snowstorm or snow, as longĀ as it isn’t too deep, and already did so in an early recent snowstorm, even with heavy snow blowing in my face. It was a ton of fun, but it is also a lot more exhausting. Obviously, the snow blowing in my face temporarily blinded and disoriented me so that I was more likely to drop the balls(I was surprised by how little I dropped them though I didn’t do it for very long).

Normally I dread Old Man Winter, since he often makes the roads and trails I use for joggling almost impassible with snow and/or ice. But I really should see this more as an opportunity, however challenging the weather conditions might be. I realize I may not be able to joggle at all if there there is too much ice in my area. When it rains cats and dogs, I often “joggle” in place at home; while it may not be the real thing, at least I am still getting a good aerobic workout.

I will do the same thing if ice or blizzards make outside conditions too difficult for outdoor exercise. Again, I keep repeating to myself “opportunity”. Maybe I’ll learn new things about joggling due to the nasty weather. In a way, it is like a new winter sport, “Old Man Winter versus the Joggler”. I have to outsmart it. I may have to learn some new tricks, and will definitely have to dress the right way, to win this battle against the elements.

In the very least, the challenging conditions of the winter will help improve my fitness to the degree that when spring comes around, I may be almost unstoppable at races.