Hello from the cold! Yup… it is pretty darn cold today.
Not just outside, but in our house. Our heat is working, and the temperature feels good, but it is my body that feels a little shivery and under the weather.
You see, my husband had the great idea of running outside last night. As part of my lazy day yesterday, the option to skip the gym and go for a neighborhood run instead sounded great to me. This, of course, was before I realized the temperature had dropped down to the teens!
Mind you, the weather snapshot below is of today’s forecast at the sunniest part of the day. I am pretty sure our run last night was at 18 degrees Fahrenheit.
By the way, does anyone else think that what is predicted to happen on Monday looks a little strange? I posted a picture of this on Instagram earlier and received some pretty humorous explanations:
Dandelions might grow, fireworks might happen, an alien invasion might occur, or it could just be a really intense snowball fight. I guess only time will tell! 😉
After debating over whether I should join Scott for the run, I finally decided to go for it. I layered as much as I can, starting with a new dri fit longsleeved fleece under my sweatshirt. I put leggings under my sweatpants, and made sure to grab a scarf to be able to slide it over my nose once we started running.
Both Scott and I had warm beanie hats on under our hoodies, and to finish it off I sported my new warm sensor gloves. I knew it would be anything but flattering, but I had to snap a photo of the ridiculousness that made up what we were about to tackle.
(Apparently, I did not get the pose like a thug memo.)
We both started off feeling pretty cold, but knew it would warm up a little once we got our heart rates going. After a minute or two, my body started warming up and I actually felt good.
As always, I had my iPhone in hand to play music and track our distance. All was going according to plan until about a mile in when my phone shut off. It had battery, but completely turned off because of the temperature.
That is how you know it’s cold!
Frustrated, I kept going, but started to get a case of the sniffles. At that point, I decided to make a left and take the shorter route home while Scott pressed forward to knock out our planned four miles. I still felt good and probably could have joined him, but something told me to not to push it and instead turn back for home. So I did, and I ran 2.5 miles at an 8:35 pace.
This morning I woke up thankful that I came in about fifteen minutes early because I have a case of the shivers and a small cough.
I guess it is true what they say about being out in the cold… “be careful not to catch one!”
Today I am making sure to fuel my body with plenty of vitamin C. I am already two servings in of Blueberry-Acai Immunity Emergen-C and refuse to let my body give into the cold from the cold.
I woke up craving eggs and bacon, and today I made them in the form of a healthy breakfast wrap. It is a very easy thing to do!
I started with enough egg white liquid for two people (about 1/2 cup) and sprinkled some shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese on top.
While waiting for that to scramble, I heated up four strips of Jennie-O turkey bacon. If you get it crispy enough, you might not even know that it is turkey.
I placed the eggs on a spinach tortilla wrap, then tore up the bacon and topped it off with a drizzle of Taquera salsa from Tortillas Nuevo Leon (Thanks, Olga!)
That sure gave it a kick!
I folded the sides in and carefully wrapped everything tight.
I cut it in half and became pretty proud of myself after tasting the results. It was a good combination!
Two cuties finished breakfast off and I felt a little better, full and ready to take on the day.
Hopefully I am not the only one who learned a lesson from last night’s run outside in the cold. It might not be the best idea to do it, unless you are geared up in the appropriate running attire made for that kind of weather.
I am still new to handling a cold winter, and have just been taking situations as they arise day-by-day. I know I need to listen to my body and try not to overdo it. It might be a little while before I try running in the teens again, and I will be sure to do some shopping before hand!
Face mask, anyone?
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever gotten sick from being out in the cold?
• Any tips for running in it, besides investing in the right type of clothing?
I learned my lesson as a kid not to stay out too long in the cold weather. I get hives (cold uricaria) which is the worst! No matter how much I layer up, i start with itching then hives. So I stick to the gym and run on the treadmill. Plus I have experienced a runners anaphylaxis at times in the warm temps. I always carry Benadryl with me in my gym bag. I try to keep active and run on a weekly basis, but if i skip a week or more of no running, i have take benadryl before I run again. Fun huh?? 🙂 Some people say it’s good for you to run out in the cold, but why expose yourself to discomfort and contracting a cold? Besides, you’re teeny tiny and look fabulous. Listen to your body and don’t over do it. Girl, you make thee best breakfast meals!! Thanks again for the shout out! You should drink hot green tea. Lipton has green teas with superfruits to warm ya up. 🙂