Lunch at the Yard House + Transitioning to Cold-Weather Workouts

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Hi, friends! Happy Hump Day!

Quinn and I enjoyed a lovely lunch with my mom, sister, and Matthew at the Yard House yesterday afternoon. It was so nice to see them and catch up. (Matthew wasn’t sure what to make of Quinn! Haha!)

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To start, we shared an order of the truffle fries, which are the bomb. In fact, they’re so good, I usually just order them as my meal + a couple of beers when I go to the Yard House. #pictureofhealth

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For my meal, I went with a soup-and-sandwich combo: turkey club + French onion soup.

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Quinn had lunch at the Yard House too!

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After lunch, we wandered around Legacy Place for a little while and then popped into JP Licks for coffee and warming up. It was cold outside!

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At JP Licks, I ordered a decaf soymilk latte, which was really good. It was so strong and full of flavor. Who knew JP Licks had such tasty espresso?!

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While we warmed up and sipped our coffees at JP Licks, Quinn started to rub his eyes and get a little cranky, so I knew it was time to hit the road so he could nap. He passed out within seconds of getting in the car and slept the whole way home.

Back at home, Quinn and I played for awhile (he loves peekaboo) and waited for Mal to get home from school. When he got home, I headed out for a chilly, 50-minute run at Southfield. It was super windy yesterday, so I bundled up and then drove to Southfield in my nice, warm car. Haha! I didn’t start my run until almost 4:00 pm, and I knew the temperature was going to drop even more, so driving seemed like the perfect solution since I could stay warm for as long as possible and then return from my run to a warm car. Oh, and I could swing by the liquor store for wine on the way home. Boom. #wineme

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Health News & Views

When the cold weather arrives here in the Northeast, it makes it so much harder for me to get psyched about my outdoor workouts. The thought of standing outside, waiting for my GPS watch to load while enduring frigid temps and ice-cold winds makes me want to nix my run all together and curl up under a warm blanket on the couch.

Of course, I don’t want to spend the entire winter indoors and skipping my workouts, so I decided to change up my thinking about the cold weather starting right now. This way, instead of chickening out on my cold-weather workouts, my transition in thinking helps me better prepare myself for the weather, which ultimately makes bundling up for the great outdoors a little more enjoyable!

4 Tips for Transitioning to Cold-Weather Workouts

Questions of the Day

How do you feel about cold weather workouts? Love ’em? Hate ’em? How do you deal with them? Any tips/tricks?



  1. Your post today has uncanny timing because transitioning to cold weather running has been my focus for the past week! I’m in Indiana, and it has been frigid here this week–ridiculously cold, and it makes it hard to get out the door to do anything. I’m determined to run through the winter with the Indy chapter of Back on My Feet (a national non-profit organization that partners with residents of local homeless shelters), and I’ve found it so helpful to be a part of a group to hold me accountable on mornings when the temp is only in the teens. I also bought some new running shoes and am working on finding some quality cold-weather gear to keep me warm. Do you have any favorite cold-weather running tops, tights, gloves or jackets? A post on that would be super helpful! 🙂

  2. Can you recommend a good pair of running pants for cold weather!? I am smack in the middle of training for a 5k (yes not near as far as a half marathon) but I dread the treadmill and it is COLD here!!!!! We had -20 degree wind chill last week!!! 😀

  3. I have the hardest time being motivated to do workouts after work w/this cold (So Cal is cool in comparison to you though lol) weather. Although, in my defense, this is my first winter as an outdoor runner. So as I get more cold weather gear, I look forward to it more. 🙂

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