This is the toughest part of winter for me: right after the holidays, but months away from spring. It’s a long stretch between now and April (or even May). The winters in Boston usually seem like they will never end.
This might sound crazy, but marathon training has really changed my perspective on winter. Even my husband noticed my more positive attitude toward the cold. Usually, I am Cranky Pants McGee when it comes to winter!
As you know, I ran outside with my TNT team every Saturday from August to January. Boston was blessed with a relatively warm fall, so the majority of our runs were brisk and sunny. Only a couple of the runs in December were cold, but it only took me 5 minutes to warm-up. It’s just those couple of minutes waiting for my Garmin to load that were freezing!
Training outdoors has made all the difference. (I use to struggle with SAD.) Winter is so much more bearable for me now. Although, it has made treadmill running really boring! I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing?
This morning’s breakfast was a cozy bowl of oatmeal made with coconut milk.
I know that coconut milk is all the rage right now, but I purchased this SO Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage because it was cheap! It was on sale and I had a coupon, so it ended up being less than a $1. For that price, I figured why not? The nutritionals are pretty decent too.
Mixed with my oats, I couldn’t really taste the flavor of the coconut milk, but it made them really creamy.
In the mix:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
- Chia seeds
- 1 big scoop of Teddie peanut butter
I also enjoyed a glass of iced coffee with breakfast.
Did you know that the Disney Marathon is this weekend? I’m not running it, but my teammates and friends are!
PLEASE click over to Elizabeth and Rachel’s blogs to wish them good luck. It’s their first marathon, so I know they’d appreciate the well wishes. When you visit Elizabeth’s blog, please wish her boyfriend, Nick, good luck too. He’s a Team In Trainer!
Speaking of marathons, our coach sent us this video the other day. It’s funny for those of us who have ever trained for a marathon, but it also reminds me that I’m a little bit crazy too!
Question of the Day
Would you ever run a marathon?
P.S. Cute pug faces!