The Blizzard Named Jonas

Last Saturday we had a nice little visit from the one and only Blizzard Jonas.  I have had my fair share of storms out in Mammoth Lakes/Mammoth Mountain, California and one or two snow storms here in the city.  But never have I been caught in such a blizzard!


So let’s rewind a few days and start on Friday.  Lucky for me, the November Project workout was located a mere 10 minute jog to Union Square.  There we spent about 20+ minutes running around the park, doing burpees, step-ups, and dips.  Work was work and most of the folks were chatting about the impending storm.  Everyone was throwing around bets if it would actually turn out to be a bad storm.  Last year’s so-called blizzard ended up being a bust, so no one was really sure what to think.  Well, we were all in for a surprise.  The predicted 12-18 inches turned into 24-30 and this blizzard missed being ranked #1 by a mere 1/10 of an inch!

IMG_8317 IMG_8318 ^^ Saturday morning I woke up and was about ready to leave for the gym (running in a storm? no thank you, I’m not that crazy) when I turned on the news and saw the reports of MTA possibly being shut down and the vast amount of snow that had accumulated.  Between the news and the fact that the wind was whipping outside our windows made me re-think my plans and I settled into watching the news and eating breakfast.  (oh and a nice little encouragement from a friend to be logical and stay inside)  It would have been fine if I made it to the gym but the prospect of walking back if the subway really did shut did not sound enticing.

IMG_8319 IMG_8320 IMG_8328 IMG_4859^^ After about four hours of being cooped up and two movies later, we decided to take a walk.  The wind had somewhat settled and we were feeling the effects of being cooped up.  Goodness I truly feel for the people who have storms like this all.winter.long.  Well, by 2:30 all cars were required to be off the road and all the stores were closed.


The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent watching more movies and television shows (thank you Netflix), a mini workout, and an early bed.  Some of my friends were out at the bars buuuuut I didn’t have any desire to venture out into the wind.

IMG_4871 ^^ Sunday morning was absolutely gorgeous!  The sun was out, the snow was somewhat crisp, and Central Park was FILLED with people.  I swear I have never seen so many children and families in one place – most of which were all sledding down random hills throughout the park.  I ran a loop with one of my friends (faster than I had anticipated, which was a pleasant surprise, especially with the snow), and then met up for a few Cat Hill repeats with the rest of the girls above.

IMG_4876 ^^ The morning (or rather afternoon by the time we sat down) wouldn’t have been complete without a nice little brunch.  I took a mini oops or hiatus from whole 30 because I was craving avocado toast so darn much.  Sure, there was chia pudding, but after eating it all week, I wasn’t really in the mood.  I have noticed some positive effects but it’s sure tough to implement outside of your own kitchen!  More on that to come, but here’s to Blizzard Jonas – sorry you didn’t make it to #1 but it was a storm for the records, that’s for sure.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”  John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America