Workout Wednesday: Winter Running

Vegan Goodness:

Today we ate the following.

  • Breakfast: A blueberry smoothie for Dad and LP and then Mom made tofu scramble and toast
  • Lunch: Leftover pasta with vegan alfredo for Mom and Dad, leftover lentil soup for LP
  • Dinner: LP and Dad had crackers and peanut butter for a snack.  Mom had a more grown-up snack – hot chocolate with brandy.  Oh, the joys of not working!
  • Dinner: Stir-fry (tofu, bell pepper, mushrooms, carrots and broccoli) with peanut sauce and soba noodles

Money Matters:

Today Dad had jury duty – but just for one day.  After he got home we went for a walk to the library.  Nothing spent!

Workout Wednesday

I’ve never really been a winter runner.  In the winter I’m usually fully into the school year, and the only way I can get a workout in is to go to the gym at 5am on my way to work.  However, being home with the kiddos (and the G-man) has given me an opportunity to go running in the middle of the day, or in the afternoon, which is much more tolerable than 5am in this mid-winter months.  After our last major snowstorm and the flu, I’ve been running just a couple times.  However, I’m starting to get a sense of the special joys and challenges of winter running.  Just some things I’ve finally learned:

  • Keep an eye out for ice patches – especially near sump pumps that drain into the street.
  • Dress in layers that can be adjusted easily.  A full-zip jacket is better than one that I have to pull over my head
  • Drink lots of water after your run, even if you want a hot cup of tea
  • It’s ok to look goofy as you do high-knee steps to get through a snow drift – as long as you don’t fall down!
  • Your neighbors apparently notice your running – and comment on it – more in the winter
  • People who shovel their sidewalks nicely are awesome.  People who don’t shovel their sidewalks suck.  I have always shoveled our sidewalks, but from now on I will strive to have them fully cleared and as nice as possible.
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