A lot have things have changed in our lives since our move up north. While some things got easier, other every day occurrences like running outside have become more of a challenge.
Instead of just throwing on a tank top and tennis shoes, I now have to check the weather, layer up accordingly, and decide if it is something I really want to face in the middle of January.
When we got our first snowfall, I was pretty intimidated to face it on a run the next day, as I am still building my winter workout wardrobe. In fact, that is was sparked my Gift Ideas for Winter Runners post. I
need want it all!
Slowly but surely, I am gathering the necessities and finally braved running in the post-snow cold on our last sunny day.
Running On (…or should I say dodging) Ice
Knowing there was a few day’s break in snowfall, I felt pretty confident that I could handle a little bit of a brisk run. At least there was sunlight to warm me up right?
Yes, however, what I did not take into consideration is how slippery the sidewalks and roads would be. Just like driving, I had to be extra careful to run slowly and dodge the ice patches!
One aggressive move = meeting with the pavement in no time.
At first, I was a little frustrated. I had to pay extra attention and take precaution when I usually get to clear my mind and just run on a run. After about two miles, I found a clear sidewalk and got to enjoy the pretty scenery.
I was not kidding when I said there are Christmas trees everywhere around our neighborhood! I still think that is pretty cool, and am happy accepting them as a cushion to saying goodbye to Florida palm trees.
This was also the first time I got to try out one of my Christmas presents from Scott: Outdoor Research Sensor Gloves.
They are a combination of leather, polyester, fleece, and spandex and are very comfortable and warm.
The best part about them is the e-tip touchscreen capabilities from any finger. This allows me to keep the gloves on when I use my iPhone to track my route and control my music.
(Can you tell I am still waiting for my fitness watch?)
It’s fine. Scott definitely bought some more time by gifting me with these fantastic wind-resistant gloves. Worth the price!
Maybe we need to get a pair of these bad boys for Mr. Roadie so he can join in on the next cold outdoor run?
He speaks the truth.
Snack Wrap Lunch
After a shower and getting ready at turbo speed, I was about to walk out the door when I realized how hungry I was. I hate leaving for anywhere hungry. Within five minutes, I created something healthy and delicious to take with me.
I started with a Savory Spinach tortilla (thanks Olga from Tortillas Nuevo Leon!), then filled it with any prepped veggie I could find in the refrigerator. Lucky for me, spinach, romaine lettuce, baby broccoli, chick peas, and tomatoes fit into this category.
I finished it off with three MorningStar Farms Veggie Chik’n Nuggets, a drizzle of light ranch dressing, and a few twists of freshly ground pepper.
I wrapped it up tight, grabbed a side of Mott’s Original Applesauce and enjoyed my own snack wrap lunch on the go!
(Just don’t tell Scott I ate in the car.) (Oops!)
For more easy lunch ideas, check out a few of my Quick + Healthy Budget Friendly Meals. Oh, and here are a few more.
I am looking forward to taking advantage of the next sunny day to enjoy another winter run outside, and I will be sure to share more of my new winter running purchases along the way. Have a great weekend!
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever attempted a run outside in the snow or ice? What was your experience like?
• Do any of you bring your dogs outside to run in the winter with you? I can’t decide if it’s nice or too much for the little guy.
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