How to dress for cold weather running?

Happy New Years Eve!!

I was very tempted to skip my run today and blame it on the icy, not-so-safe roads.  But around 3 o’clock I finally got myself together, layered up, and drove down to Castle Island to run on the ice-free sidewalks. 

It was around 28 degrees and windy but within 15 minutes I was warmed up and able to enjoy the gorgeous scenery……

BTW, here’s some of my top tips for running in cold weather:

  • Dress in multiple layers so you can gradually take them off if needed
  • Dress for about 15 degrees warmer than the actual weather.  If not, you’ll be a sweaty mess in no time at all…
  • The shirt closest to your body should be made of wicking material, such as dry-fit.  This will wick the sweat away from your body, keeping you warm and dry.
  • Wear wicking material socks and not cotton socks.  I actually ran in cotton socks forever but recently found out that they don’t wick away moisture and keep your feet wet and prone to blisters!
  • Pack tissues and chapstick if you have pockets in your clothing 😀

Today I ran in spandex, a dry-fit t-shirt, a thick long sleeve, puffy running vest, gloves, and ear warmers.  I was a little warm towards the end of the run, but it overall I felt good today.

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Check out this delicious spread that Mike put together….. 

It consists of pepperoni slices, garden herb wheat thins, and baked brie wrapped in a crescent roll.  Wow, so good!  We sometimes add chutney (pear, raspberry, etc) to the top of the crescent roll but tonight we just ate it without and it was still amazing.

And the gooey goodness inside…

Speaking of delicious snacks, I had a bunch of these cookies yesterday at my mom’s house and now I want to head to TJ’s ASAP to pick up a couple more boxes.  Yum!

OK, time to log off and get ready for the night.  Mike and I are having a low-key evening with dinner out in the city and then chillin’ and watching the NYE specials tonight (including Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffon on CNN… love them!!)  I’m also hoping to play Scattegories if I can convince Mike I’ll play nice this time….

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What are your plans for tonight? 😀

What are your New Year’s Resolutions??

Hmmm I don’t have any at the moment but I’ll come up with a couple tonight….

Best medicine for a cold/sore throat?

A run in the freezing rain, of course.  Seriously, it made me feel a million times better.  After spending the day working a high school track meet, I hit the road for my mom’s house on the Cape.

I arrived at her house around 4 and knew I had a very small window of time to figure out if I wanted to nap in order to feel better or take off for a run before it got dark out.  A run always makes me energized so I changed into my new running gear, threw on my mom’s old rain jacket (she made me wear the brightest thing she owned so ALL the cars could see me…..  ) and headed out in the rain.

I ended up running 5 miles in 39:30 minutes without even stopping once.  It was my BEST run I’ve had in weeks!  Running in the rain is always for fun for me but it also motivates me to hurry my butt up and finish the run so I can take a hot shower. 😀

I also ran in my new Nike Dri Fit spandex and they felt amazzzzzing!

My other spandex slowly fall while I’m running which leaves me adjusting them every couple of minutes but this pair stayed in place the entire run.  Plus, they have a handy zippered pocket in the back for my keys/debit card.  They were a little pricey (for me) and cost $55 but I figure if I wear them once a week for the next 3 months and again next winter then they average out to nothing!

Dinner

Dinner was a delicious bowl of home-made Tuscan soup with rolls and dipping oil on the side.  As my mom just quoted “I can’t believe how bad store-bought soup is compared to home-made.”  Oh, so true!

The rest of my evening will be spent drinking wine at home and then heading out for a couple of drinks with my friend. 😀

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Do you like running in the rain/ wintery mix?

What’s your favorite brand for running clothes?

I’d say Nike as #1 with GAP and Target tied for second place

Chicken Sausage, Broccoli, Risotto!

What a beautiful morning in Boston, huh? 

At least it’s not snowing so I can’t complain. 😀

Since I’m the worst at sleeping in, I woke up at 6:30 and hung-out with Rocky on the couch.  We drank coffee and watched Fox 25 news (his request) for a couple of hours.  

Workout

Around 9 I finally had motivation and headed over to the gym for a random workout.  I ran for 15 minutes on the treadmill, lifted weights for 15 minutes, and then jumped back on the treadmill for 15 minutes of power walking (it was waaaay too hot in the gym to run). 

Btw, do you have a favorite celebrity that motivates you to workout?  Hands down, mine would be Jennifer Aniston.  With Jessica Alba, Jessica Beil, and Halle Berry as close runner ups.

Whenever I’m on the treadmill or stairmaster, I try to keep a gossip magazine open to a picture of Jennifer Aniston as motivation to keep going and push it harder!  I love the fact that she works hard at maintaining her figure and doesn’t just diet to stay in shape.  Go, Jen!     

Dinner

Oh, do I have a yummy recipe for you.  While I worked an indoor track meet this afternoon, Mike picked up ingredients to make this insanely delicious meal.  It looks like a lot of steps but it’s really a fairly simple meal, promise.

Chicken Sausage & Broccoli Risotto

Ingredients

  • 1 package of chicken, spinach, & feta sausage (or any sausage), chopped into little pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2-3 cups broccoli
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of carrots, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (optional – I wouldn’t add this but Mike likes garlic so it was included… )
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup grated fontina cheese

Directions

1) Add 1 tablespoon of butter and broccoli to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until tender (about 5-7 minutes).  Transfer to a side plate.

2) Next add the chopped sausage, onion, and carrots to the skillet and cook until brown (about 5-7 minutes).

3) Add the risotto and garlic to the mix and continue cooking for another couple of minutes.

4) Pour in the wine and cook until it’s evaporated (about 2 minutes).

5) Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, and water to the skillet.  Cover and cook until it boils.

6) Transfer ingredients to a cast iron skillet and bake in the oven @ 450 degrees for 15 minutes.

7) Pour the mix into a large bowl and add the remaining butter, grated cheese, and broccoli.  Stir until its creamy. 

Enjoy!

Mmmmm I can’t wait to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow….

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Which celebrity motivates YOU to workout??