The quiet of my mid-afternoon train heading out from the city was replaced by the squeal of a dozen cellphones that had just received the same Severe Weather Alert. The message was terse: “Blizzard warning this area. Prepare. Avoid travel. Check media.” After Sandy, Long Island does not kid around when it comes to severe weather events.
I decided to take a break this morning after considering either a run or an elliptical session. I’ve been pushing myself rather hard of late and I thought a day’s rest would be the most beneficial path. I just gave up my monthly LIRR pass in favor of individual tickets. That meant that I’m also forgoing my monthly metro card. So on the days I came into the office this week, I walked from Penn to midtown and back rather than paying for a ride. It’s not a substitute for a workout, but it’s a couple of miles at a fast walking pace.
I’m hoping the dire warnings about a blizzard are more hype than reality. It’s not that I don’t like snow, or shoveling. It’s actually the opposite on both counts. But large amounts of snow interferes with outside running (How I wish I’d bought snowshoes last year) and it can bring LIPA to its knees. Of course we now have the generator in case we lose our power. Unfortunately I don’t have a 15 amp extension cord that will reach the treadmill on the second floor.