My Wednesday started with a brisk 6.5 miles in Central Park – 21 degrees with a windchill of around 15, 5:30 a.m. and dark – I say BRING IT. The park was surprisingly full of other crazy runners like me!
Growing up in Buffalo, NY, the land of cold and snow, I’m fairly used to chilly weather and it’s not too hard for me to get out the door on mornings like this one. I know I’m probably in the minority, so here are some tips to getting your run on in the cold (and liking it):
- Think about how badass you will feel pounding out the miles while others are lazing around in bed
- Warm gloves – cold hands = a miserable Kelly
- Keep your neck warm (especially with cold windchills) – balaclavas work nicely, or a running top with a high zipper
- You know you’ll be warmer once you get started, right??
- Quality tights – I just got some CW-X tights and they are BOMB
- Watch out for black ice – stick to well-salted roads if you can
- Think about how much more boring a treadmill run would be
- Running in snow is fun, and a great workout!
- There is a warm cup of coffee, bowl of oatmeal and shower waiting for you when you get home!
With this unseasonably cold weather in NYC, I’ve been craving different, warmer dishes for breakfast/brunch/lunch. One of my new favorites involves grilled pears, Greek yogurt, honey and walnuts.
Prep is really simple, and a great twist on just plan, cold fruit and yogurt.
Chop up the pear and throw it onto a skillet with some walnuts and sprinkle with brown sugar.
After a few minutes, drizzle with agave nectar and let the fruit caramelize nicely
While the fruit is warming, add some Greek yogurt and dried cherries (raisins work too) into a bowl. I threw some raw oats into this one too!
And when the fruit is nice and tender, pour on top of yogurt – make sure you get all the liquids in too! Top with honey and a little cinnamon.
Enjoy warm and delicious. This dish has a little bit of everything – protein, healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, calcium and many other vitamins and minerals. So eat up!
Question: Anything you’d like to add to my tips? Do you like warm fruit?