Monday’s run = 70 degrees and today’s run = 40 degrees. Just like when the weather is transitioning from spring to summer temperatures… going from warm weather to cold weather running takes some time for your body to adjust too!
Give it a week or two of running in the colder temperatures and things will start feeling more comfortable. Every time the temperatures drop I feel like my lungs freeze a bit as I am running (and my nose runs like crazy while I am running in the cold weather) but after a bit of time my body does adjust.
My calves are still not super happy with me so I make sure to run on the grass as much as possible when I am doing my easy runs. The softer surfaces (grass, dirt, track) really help them to feel better compared to running on the sidewalks/road. I just make sure to watch the grass extra careful for sprinkler heads/rocks/little holes because I have a hard time staying upright when running.
I do not do nearly enough hills. Not even close to enough. I tried to throw a few of them in during the 7.5 miles. That first mile (328 ft elevation gain) burned real nicely and made my legs jello by the top.
Brooke was having so much fun with her cousin and the trains while I was out running that she wasn’t too happy that I came back because that meant it was time to go.
Turns out that Brooke can still sprint at gymnastics even with her costume on. The kiddos in her class all wore their costumes today and it was adorable.
Took her for a Halloween themed donut afterwards! I tried donuts on Monday and they nearly killed my stomach but hopefully someday donuts and I will be able to be friends again. Until then I will just drool whenever I see somebody else eat them.
Another 2 lb sweet potato (with a turkey burger and avocado after) that doesn’t look appetizing at all but it was delicious. I actually took the time to bake it (instead of the microwave like lately) in the oven and it tastes so much better that way. With the amount of sweet potatoes I eat and all of the spray tanning I no longer know what the true cause of my orange tinted skin is right now.
I’m pretty excited to try out these Louva sleeves and shorties (I’m wearing one of each in the picture) that just arrived today. I’m a HUGE fan of wearing arm sleeves with a tank for races especially because I start off cold and get hot after a few miles so I can just roll them down or carry them. I also love that they are longer than most with the thumb holes too! These ones are super soft and will be perfect for running during this time of year.
Remember my dearest Bangs Friend? I miss her like crazy and I especially don’t like the fact that I don’t get to be around much as her little kiddo is growing up. I am still kind of upset with my California friends for not moving back to Utah with me.
I have a favor to ask of you… Bangs Friend’s little man (JUDE) is in the running for the Gerber Baby 2015 contest! Could you pretty please go vote for him HERE—> his entry ID is 336590. THANKS:) You can even vote every day if you want until the end of the contest!
While we are on the topic of First Halloweens I of course have to post Brooke’s even though I have already posted this picture at least 15 times on my blog. I think she was a little nervous about the whole costume thing at first but then she warmed up to it… I think.
Flashback to the good ol’ days of getting like 4 hours of sleep a night—> those newborn months are the best but also so so so hard!
Parents reading—> what are your kid(s) dressing up as this year?
How often do you run hills? Do you need more hills in your life or do you get plenty because of the area you live in?
Out of cake, cookies, donuts and ice cream—> which one is your favorite?
Jennife @ JenChoosesJoy
Nashville doesn’t have a flat route, so all we run are hills!
Cake would be my first choice, but I don’t discriminate!
I cannot get over Brooke’s costume. It’s so stinkin cute.
Boston is pretty hilly so I have no problem getting hills in. I also live on top of a major one so I’m sooo fortunate (not at all) that I get to finish every run with a half mile, steep steep climb.
Ice cream is definitely my favorite…but I like it combined with pretty much all of those things…That question is too hard.
Cake but only the icing!!!
The Hungry Runner Girl
I like the way you think. I just like a tiny bit of cake with a ton of icing though.
Shay @ Great Now What
Oh my goodness that throwback lobster pic is ADORABLE! Love it :) I don’t run enough hills, but there really aren’t many around. I think I get overly nervous even for the tiny ones in my route!
My little guy chose Mickey Mouse this year. It’s so darn cute.
I would choose ice cream over the rest, hands down.
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
Ice cream. Always ice cream.
Once I ran over a speed bump running, so running on the pavement is just as dangerous as the grass/dirt. Be careful out there!
Sarah @ SarahRuns26
I’m super terrible with hills. I live in a super flat area, so I have to drive to get to any! I definitely need more hills!
I think I’d vote cookies, but ice cream or donuts could take the top spot depending on my mood. Cake is easily my least favorite.
OMG Janae! Miss you like crazy! flash backs to brooklyn and brooke (in THAT costume!) laying on my foot rest. And already voted for Jude ;)
The Hungry Runner Girl
Okay. Seriously. Those were the good old days. Also, you are one of the people that I am mad at for not moving to Utah with me.
None of the above. Popcorn. I think our friendship is on hinges since it wasn’t even included. It’s like, how could you???
Your cupbop would make Ross proud (from the other post) That is his all time favorite food truck. With Waffle Luv in close second (obviously).
P.S. That marathon video you posted yesterday? Hilarious. I think I sent it to a dozen people yesterday
The Hungry Runner Girl
I didn’t include it because anytime you bring your dessert popcorn I eat 5 bowls of it and then want to die afterwards. Can we go on a group date (meaning… you two and me) to Cupbop soon? We will get waffles for dessert. Miss you and missed last night;(
I don’t think it would take much convincing to get Ross to go to cupbop.
I was sick for a full 24hrs after eating allthepopcorn last time. But just think. If you die eating delicious popcorn, it would probably be the best way to go and you would definitely die happy.
Missed you last night!
Brooke as a lobster!! SSOO cute! My daughters first Halloween she was a Pea Pod :)
-My daughter is going to be Pinkie Pie from My little Pony! :)
-Cookies, cake, donuts, ice cream. In that order :)
Brooke’s pig costume is beyond adorable!! Do they make them in adult sizes too?!
I don’t have kids, but I can’t wait to see what my friend’s kids are dressing as!
I do a lot of hills just cause they can’t be avoided where I live, but I’m at a much much lower elevation in Austin, TX. I tried running in Wyoming last September and I DIED. How do you people breathe up there?!
Cake is my favorite! I can’t say no to buttercream frosting.
mary @ minutes per mile
cake WITH ice cream! the two cannot be consumed independently IMO :)
The Hungry Runner Girl
I love a girl that has such strong opinions about dessert:)
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
I need more hills! I add them when I run on the treadmill but most of my running is on multi-use flat trails. During training I was good amount running a hilly route, but now that it’s dark to 8 am I stick to the safety of the trails.
Brooke’s costume is adorable! I’d pick donuts, always, although cookies are a close second.
My daughter is going to be an Indian.
There are several hills on the 3.5 mile loop I run usually. Right now I’m 7 months pregnant though so I’m more walking the loop instead of running it!
Ice cream is where my heart is at. ❤️
Ice cream, all the way! Although I have been known to eat the frosting that I make for my daughter’s birthday cake with a spoon!
My daughter is going to be a Greek Goddess. She is almost 11 and loves the Percy Jackson books.
Where I live in VA, there are always hills! I have to tell myself that there are flat parts to my routes, but not really.
Sending lots of prayers to your Mom. My Dad has had two heart attacks and a stroke, so I can relate to your worry. Positive thoughts!!!
My kids are going as a ninja ( red) and Harry Potter.
Def need to do more hills, I keep telling myself that, but also seem to avoid them during my runs…
Cake is my weakness…. the darker chocolate the better!
In the past we’ve done really well with the costume thing at our house. My girls were the Rockford Peaches last year (please tell me you know what that is!) and a cat and mouse the year before. This year they are being Cinderella and the fairy godmother. I feel like I’ve slacked a little on the costume thing this year because my youngest (the fairy godmother) is wearing an old cinderella costume with wings haha and I bought my oldest’s costume.
My daughter (16 months) is going to be a strawberry!
I used to live in Chicago so there were NO hills but then we moved to Nashville in January and I’m dealing with hills all over the place! You can’t avoid them!
Cookies are definitely my choice. Chocolate chip. And warm, right out of the oven please.
Ice cream! What has really helped my calves is rolling them on a baseball. A REAL baseball – not a soft, nerf style. I sit down on my bum and then lay my calf on top of the ball and then roll from my heel up to my calf and sideways. It gets out any knots better than foam rolling because it can get into the muscle. Also on the outside muscle.
homemade cookies or ice cream. or better yet – homemade cookie ice cream sandwiches!
It’s hilly where I live so it’s tough not to run hills.
I run hills a LOT. living out near Angeles Crest and all these mountains means I must!
I LOVE donuts. i had i think 3 on sunday. love em. want more, always. but not cake donuts.
Lots of hills where I live!
That’s a trick question, right? Can’t have cake without ice cream!!
Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me
I’ve never run in such cold temperatures. I’m not sure how well I’d handle that, but I do prefer to run in chilly temperatures compared to the San Diegan sun! That’s probably because I don’t know what real cold is!
Ice creams are my first choice! :)
meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles.com
I love warm chocolate chip cookies but I think chocolate fudge cake is my first choice! I don’t run enough hills at all and really only do them if I am running a hilly race and need to remember how to do the hills lol
I don’t have children, but I am dressing up this year for the first time in a while because I was invited to a costume party. Bought an abstract ghost costume from Etsy that I probably could have made myself if I had enough craftiness in me to even use scissors. Etsy for the win!
I run on farmland most days, so lots of hills. I’m guilty of not using any incline on the treadmill though. I hear you on adjusting to colder air. My lungs are never happy. Side note: I recently almost signed up for a half marathon in Rochester in January solely to avoid a social situation I don’t want to attend. HA!! Glad I came to my senses.
Donuts, but only the ones cooked in lard. Yes, really.
Linda @ The Fitty
It’s hard to convince myself to get out if bed first thing in the morning sometimes because I’m so snug and warm. But once I start running I feel the adrenaline!
Robyn @ Robyn's Living Life
I love ice cream over something warm and sweet is my favorite!
My dachshund is going as a lobster this year for Halloween. I’ve never seen a dog who enjoys Halloween so much, it’s crazy!
I’m actually a little jealous of your colder weather… here in Florida it’s still hot, even in the morning! Tomorrow during my run it’s supposed to be in the mid-60s and partly cloudy, which would be perfect… if it wasn’t also going to be 100% humidity.
Another thing about Florida is it’s flat, flat, flat. No real hills for miles here.
Question for anyone – does anyone know any good stretches/tips for lower back soreness? I’m getting back to my pre-injury mileage and my quads, hips, and lower back have all been feeling pretty sore. It’s usually just a little bothersome for a couple miles but goes away as I get into my run.
Grant do you have an exercise ball? I would suggest lying on it, and rolling around a bit on it, fully relaxed. Works wonders for my lower back.
I live at the foot of a hill that’s a little over a mile long, so most of my runs have some hilliness in them. I live up in Salt Lake, and I don’t think I could escape hills if I tried, especially on my bike. I’m actually trying to find bike courses with fewer hills because the only training I ever get is riding up canyons!
First of all where did you get that neon jacket in your first pic!??? I absolutely love it!
I’m going as Mary Catherine Gallagher for Halloween and I’m so excited! I would eat ice cream for every meal for the rest of my life if I could!
This comment was too good not to reply! LOVVEE the movie Superstar…great costume. And I’m with you on the ice cream — all dayy everryy day :)
My sweet little nephew is dressing up like a hedgehog and he looks SO cute!
I try and tackle hills as much as I can so I can get some strong glutes and even stronger mental muscles!
Ice cream… Ice cream until the end of time :)
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona
Cookies would definitely be my favorite!
Annette in GA
Our whole family is dressing as vampires for Halloween- me, my husband & our 6 yo son.
Where I live is very flat so we have to run bridges to get hill work.
Ice cream. Always ice cream.
Melissa @ See Dav Run
I get plenty of hills in Raleigh, and I love them. raining up here and then running races elsewhere (flatter lands!) is the best.
Out of cake, cookies, donuts and ice cream—> YES PLEASE.
About these Louva arm sleeves: how’s the fit for the biceps? I have struggles getting arm sleeves that will stay up on my upper arm but warm up quickly and like to avoid layers when I can.
Margaret @ youngandrungry
I desperately need hills! I live in Memphis, which is flatter than my chest, and you really can’t find hills anywhere in the city. Team cupcake!
Becky @ Ok, so here's the plan
All I have are hills, I would send you some if I could. I couldn’t even find a flat area for my long runs during marathon training this year. Most of my long runs ended up being 2000ft of climbs.
Ice cream. All day long. I have pumpkin ice cream in my fridge, I may need to go get some of that…
Amanda B @ Cupcakes & Miles
OMG! I love love love Brooke’s costume! Could she be any cuter?!
I don’t know if I can really pick just one! I mean I love donuts, but I love me some carrot cake. Ice cream and cookies are great, but…oh gosh, there’s too much pressure to decide. Cupcakes! I’m going with cupcakes! ;)
I’d say that cake is probably my least favorite dessert. They have to be like the right type of density and frosting (I typically hate frosting) and 90+% of the time they’re kind of gross. Of the other 3… Ice cream and donuts are quite yummy. <3
Marissa @ Run Riss Run
Brooke’s face cracks me up in that costume!
I do hills about once a week, which is a pain since I live in a valley!
My kiddos are going to be an angel, a storm trooper, and Darth Vader, and the dog has a Yoda headband to wear for trick or treating.
Ice cream for life!
I love your blog! I am fairly new to running (started to lose weight) but already I am addicted to half marathons…although I am a SLOW runner…if you can even call it that – LOL!
Thanks for all the tips! Brooke is adorable!
I am following you and you can follow me at Annster’s Domain if you want.
Emily is going as Olaf- in a ballet tutu and sparkly tights. Adorable.
I need more hills. Heck, I need more running in general. I’m going to do a nice short flat run today while Emily is in dance, because I need to start somewhere! :-)
LOVE the lobster costume! I dressed my puppy up as an octopus. Gotta love the sea creatures :)
I don’t think it’s possible to choose a favorite! Love a classic chocolate chip cookie … Or cake with peanut butter or cream cheese frosting … Or a warm apple donut from the cider mill … And each of those tastes so much better with ice cream!
I’m sorry you still can’t stomach donuts! When does the doc think you’ll be back to normal?!
Okay my nose runs horribly when I run in cold weather. What do you do? I bring tissues but they get all ripped up and linty. Suggestions?
the piggy eating the donut <3
That baby is adorable in the pumpkin! And Brooke’s costume is cute!
I run hills, but not enough…………visiting Nashville family is when I get to run MAJOR hills!
I prefer cake………..but I like them all!
Ice cream for sure. My family used to run a dairy though so it seems like a requirement… I hope donuts like you again soon.
We’ll have Spiderman in our house for Halloween!
I run hills at least twice per week. It’s pretty flat up and down the coast in SD but if you go inland there are a couple of killer kills! I think I have the perfect amount of hills in my life.
I would say cookies or frozen yogurt. I actually don’t like Donuts… I know that might hurt you to read that lol!
Oooooh, no fair on the Gerber baby contest. My lovely wife entered both our little ones.
Ooh, sorry Clark. I hope your kids do well in the contest too.
Cute baby pic. I’ll head to the site and vote. In the blogging community, we should support each other’s readers and friends whenever we can.
Hands down, my favorite is ice cream but cookies are a close favorite and this summer, I ate my way through several containers of cookies and creme ice cream. Which is why I have some extra pounds to run off in the fall ?
I managed to get some hill repeats on my run today too. It’s. (Puff) Not. (Puff) Easy! (Puff) ?
Angela @ Witty Aspirations
An ice cream cake – best of two worlds. :)
Brooke is seriously adorable sprinting around in that costume like noone’s business.
Cookies for the win-I’m a cookie monster. Ice cream sandwiches made with cookies is top notch to me. I also love cake, especially that part where the icing is nicely stuck to the cake in a moist bit of deliciousness. But cookies……homemade……
I have to go out of my way to find a flat route. Really now, if I am not running a hill I am about to. It’s annoying sometimes, especially when ya just want a nice easy run. The struggle is real here in bucolic bavaria…….
Honestly I am not really sure what my youngest son is for Halloween but I’m helping him make it and he’s digging it whatever character it is.
I just voted for Jude. He is definitely the cutest baby in the contest ;)
My three year old boy chose Peppa Pug thus year and made his one year old sister be George! It has been quite the hilarious halloween!
Jill @ RunEatSnap
I moved to Minneapolis in June and last night we had snow flurries! AH! “Why God, Why?!” LOL. I lived in Salt Lake City for 2 years and I’m originally from IN so I’m no stranger to cold and snow but I’m NOT READY!
Little Jude really looks like his mama!
That last photo of Brooke- haha so cute!