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A new beanie and a great winter run

26 Jan

I originally planned to run with a friend today, but she had to cancel due to some oncoming cold symptoms. While she rested, I got myself ready. I bought this bright pink C9 by Champion beanie from Target yesterday on clearance, so I was excited to try it out.


Here’s my little review: The hat is bright, cute, comfortable and has a moisture-wicking liner inside. I wish it had a ponytail hole because I had to adjust it a couple of times to keep it over my ears. Overall, it kept my head warm without making me look like a fool, so I like it!

Today was a perfect winter running day – cold, dry, and sunny! The windchill temp was about 14 F (-10 C) and the sun was shining very brightly. I ran at an easy pace and stopped a few times to take pictures of the scenery.

winter run love

4.19 miles | 38:46 total time | 9:15 avg pace

My foot continues to do well and the orthotic inserts seem to be doing their thing, because I have not had any unusual pain or discomfort. I took that as a sign that I should go a little further today and it felt gooooood. It was a really great run!

Any other winter running lovers out there?


I tried to run this morning, I promise…

16 Jan

As planned, my alarm went off at 5:21 AM this morning. I looked out the window to see if it had snowed and there was about 2″ of fresh powder covering the roads. No plows had gone through at all and they probably wouldn’t for at least another hour. So I hit snooze and opted for an evening run!


I ran without music (mostly because I left my iPhone on the dining room table) and I felt like it was a good choice. I was more attuned to my body, breath, and experience. This helped me avoid falling on slippery spots, adjust my form, focus my breath, notice the lightness and energy in my body, and pay attention to every sensation in my foot. I was also able to just let my thoughts wander. Of course, the only one I can remember now is, “Wow, the sound of my ear muffs scraping against the collar of my jacket is really annoying….”

2.39 miles | 21:39 total time | 9:04 avg pace

I felt really good on this run and still no pain in my foot! Slowly and steadily, the miles are going to start increasing, I can feel it.

After the run, I made a delicious dinner of wild caught salmon, sweet potato puffs, and cauliflower. These sweet potato puffs are AHHHmazing! It is so hard not to eat the whole bag by myself in one meal….


It doesn’t seem like my return to “Rise and Run” will happen this week, so that will be a new goal for next week! I’m really not a morning person so I’m going to have to re-train myself to get back into the routine I was in before the MFI hit. I might need a little a lot of encouragement!

There’s a Gaiter in my Post!

9 Jan

First things first. I have this policy of not weighing myself regularly because it encourages too much focus on a number rather than overall fitness. I’ve always preferred to judge success based on changes in my body shape, how I feel, and other goals met. That said, I had a routine doctor’s appointment this morning and had to step on the dreaded scale. Dun dun DUNNN! My suspicions were correct…the eat-every-cookie-in-sight-even-though-you’re-not-running diet I was on has resulted in a little extra weight. Womp womp. Guess it’s a good thing I was given the green light to run again, eh?

Speaking of dieting food, I whipped up this “Italian Style” Spanish rice for dinner the other night. It doesn’t look like much in the photo, but it was a pretty tasty and relatively healthy dish

20130109-204257.jpgIt’s brown rice, Italian seasoned ground turkey, tomato sauce, orange and yellow peppers and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top. Yum!

In other news, I came home to a little package from Running Warehouse. How exciting! I knew it was coming, though, so let’s not get too worked up…

Inside the box: Buff multifunctional headwear and Spenco orthotic arch inserts. And they arrived with free 2 day shipping!20130109-204317.jpgI was looking for a neck gaiter to wear on the colder runs and the description on RunningWarehouse.com cited this Buff product as one that is meant for hot or cold weather. Wellllll…..this one is definitely NOT meant for cold weather. It’s super thin and more of a decoration. I probably should have done a little more research on it before choosing it, but there’s free return shipping so it’s only a minor inconvenience.

The Spenco orthotic inserts were among the top two or three options I had narrowed down based on some online research for alternatives to extraordinarily expensive custom ones. I ultimately chose to go the cheaper route because of articles like this. So I plan to try out a couple of non-custom orthotics to deal with my overpronation before spending a small fortune on custom foot levelers. I popped the Spenco inserts into my running shoes and immediately felt a difference. I wore them when we went out to grab dinner and I can honestly say I had no pain in my foot whatsoever…so I am hopeful that they might be a good match! We will see when I test them out on my next run this week.

While we were out, we stopped at EMS because they’re having a super sale on outdoor winter stuff and I was still looking for something that would actually keep my neck warm.  I found this simple SmartWool one just waiting for me to buy it:

20130109-204324.jpgAnd thanks to the super sale, it was 40% off! I LOVE SmartWool products and I’m pretty confident this is going to work perfectly. They have underpants too and I would be lying if I said I’m not considering buying them…