Wednesday, February 25, 2015

This Takes FOREVER, and TWO.

It officially takes me no more than ten minutes to get dressed before I leave for a run in the very cold mornings.  Below, I have illustrated how many layers I put on for anything that "feels like" negative temps:  An ear warmer, paired with a beanie, two pair of gloves, and my Buff, that Fearless Leader Greg and Solemate Steph got me for my birthday.  THAT THING is a LIFE-SAVER!  It ROCKS.  I don't really like wearing my balaclava -- my head gets way too hot too fast, and I just plain 'ole don't like breathing through material.  The Buff allows me to still cover my ears, my chin and parts of my cheeks, without having to cover my mouth and nose.  I don't feel trapped, and that's a good thing while you're running.  Clothing wise:  I've got a pair of running tights with a pair of thermal pants on top, a compression shirt (long or short sleeve, depending on how - that number is), and a long sleeve thermal top over that.  Socks = SmartWool.

Also, sorry, honey...I've been using your gloves.:)

And with this type of temperature (plus wind gusts of 18-20 mph), I needed some WICKED TUNES.

Another reason why I *steal* these gloves -----> There's a clever place to put your house or car key.

 It's been so long since I've taken pictures while running, since my fingers are seriously in danger of freezing off if I take off my (+Harry's) gloves.  So yeah, as you can see, I'm out of practice.

Two fantastic things happened:

1.)  My eighth graders wooted and hollered about how they wanted to do the FitnessGram PACER test over and over again.  THAT made my heart smile!

2.)  My spirit was lifted sky-high when this song came on while the second graders' Fitness Hoops activity.  My favorite thing to do is join my students in their activity, especially if it's sporadic movement throughout the gym.  When this song came on, I nearly---lost---it, and it made the kids soooooo stoked.

Two delicious things I ate:

1.)  I got home, told Harry about my day (since the Kid worked from home so he could go vote [Chicago Election Day]), and had a yummy snack before heading to the gym.

2.)  Harry had some miles to run on the dreadmill, and I had Yoga class.  Since we religiously celebrate Taco Tuesday, we rolled over to the Chipotle for some dinner afterward.

And while I needed a few things from the grocery store, of course we left with four or five bags of groceries --

-- that Harry never lets me carry.  I swear, we live three blocks from the store, and I ask the whole way home if I can help, or if I can carry something.  Noooooooooooope.

 Two truths:

1.)  Because Lord knows that'll happen again.

2.)  I struggle.

Two Nutella-related pictures:

1.)  <3

2.)  <3 <3 

Two things that enhance my happy:

1.)  Getting mail from this store.  <3 

2.)  Scripture about running.

Toodles for now, friends!
Does it take you forever to bundle up before leaving the house where you live?

QUICK:  Tell me two things about your day!  Please.:)

SWEETS:  Do you crave them? 
-Always.  Just always.


  1. It takes me even longer to just convince myself to leave, even once bundled up. Seriously. The mental struggle is so real.
    Do I crave sweets. Is that even a question.

    1. I don't even know why I bothered asking that question. At the very least, I should've added an asterisk, where I excluded you. <3

  2. I have a balaclava too and didn't like breathing through the fabric the one time I tried to wear it. You can just scrunch them down around your neck, that's what I do sometimes to keep my neck warm. I also bought a super nice Champion C9 jacket that zips way up around my neck, more than any jacket I already had.
    I don't have hair ties to lose, as I have really short hair, my daughter on the other hand has very long hair and so she has that problem, hense I have that problem because I have to keep buying them!

  3. I am so impressed with your subzero running!! Good layering tips and that key pocket on the gloves is GENIUS.

  4. Good for you for still getting out there and running. I've been wimping out and running on the treadmill. I've been thinking warm thoughts but it doesn't seem to be helping for forecast any....

  5. I live in PA so I definitely feel you on the cold! We're going through a heat wave this week's been up to 20 most evenings!!

    I recently started a blog, so my nights are so different how-to preparing posts, taking and editing picturrs, thinking up new ideas's so much fun!!

    I just found your blog from hungry runner girl and I can't wait to add you to my reading list :)

    - Gretchen -

  6. How lovely! I can't wait to read about your adventures!

  7. I grew up here ( the Chicago area) but I have to say these winters have been brutal lately! I'm glad you're getting out really helps!


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