Hey everybody! It’s the first day of spring and guess what’s happening outside?
Mother Nature…you are a hag and I am NOT AMUSED.
So I’m going to join my friends Mar, Cynthia and Courtney today for the Friday Five where we will talk about 5 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT SPRINGTIME! And I will sit here and not look out the window because if I can’t SEE the snow it means it doesn’t exist. Right?
1) Running in shorts.
I’m sure you knew this one was coming and I will be shocked if I’m the only Friday Five participant that mentions it. I miss my warm weather running wardrobe something terrible. Now I don’t know how anyone else feels about me running in shorts right now because my legs are pasty and terrifying, but guess what? Put on sunglasses if you have to look directly at me because the moment the temperature rises above 60 degrees again, it’s ON.
2) Playing Outside.
Between last week and then this past Monday and Tuesday I became irrationally optimistic that spring was here and that there would be more outside playtime. I guess there could be today if we put on snow pants.
Betty was able to enjoy some fun times with sidewalk chalk and some swinging with Mr. Salt.
But now we’ve been driven back inside again. The playgrounds in our neighborhood are calling our names. Now that the days are longer, we are ready to make outdoor activity an every day thing.
3) Baseball Season!!
3 MORE WEEKS!!! 3 MORE WEEEEEEEEKS!
I’ve expressed my undying affection for my hometown Baltimore Orioles on the blog before and now in just 20 short days a brand new season of fun, family times at Camden Yards will be here. It’s so close I can almost hear the crack of the bat, smell the peanuts roasting and taste the $18 beer.
Even Betty loves baseball. Every time we head anywhere near downtown she asks if we are going to a game. No, Betty, because the Orioles are in Florida right now WHERE WE SHOULD BE.
4) Crab feasts, pool parties & BBQs
With the exception of some Christmas parties, it is my belief that the BEST parties happen in the spring and summer. Crabs will be back in season soon which means they will only cost an arm instead of an arm and a leg. Pools will open in May and I will get to take my girl swimming. I will eat meat off the grill and drink cold glasses of wine and margaritas on a deck somewhere with a warm breeze blowing through my hair. In this fantasy I also have a glorious tan, I’m 5 years younger and I’m a millionaire.
Did I mention it’s snowing outside right now?
5) Spring Races.
Let’s get back to running. Some of the best events happen in the spring. Sole of the City is coming up in a couple weeks, and then tons of great races in May and June including the return of The Color Run (Come run with us! BALTIMORE2 at check out for a discount!), the Baltimore Women’s Classic, the Frederick Half and the Baltimore 10 Miler just to name a few. I’ll be taking a little break between April 26th and The Color Run on May 23 because last year I learned the hard way why you don’t race so soon after a marathon. After that though? RUN ALL THE RACES.
Is there snow where you are today? Can you wear shorts on your runs yet? (If so I am ridiculously jealous of you right now.)
I hope everyone has a great and non-snowy weekend! I’m going for 20! Wheeeeeee!