Cold front!


8 miles @ 8:12 pace on trail

This was a nice little run! I felt my knee a bit in the beginning, as usual, but then it went away. Or maybe since I enjoy running outside so much my runners high went straight to me knee. Who knows?


It was a chilly morning here! A cold front came through last night and I awoke to 50 degree running weather. I’ll take it. We won’t be having many more cold mornings around here 🙁 This means I had to take full advantage of the coolness and head out to the trail for a run. Luckily I was able to wait for the sun to rise and provide a little warmth. Yes, yes, I am a wimp in cold temps, but I still love running in them! I kind of feel bad even writing that as the people up north would be dying to have temps like this as their high. Sorry guys and gals! Get some good use outta those treadmills.

I remembered both my Garmin and gloves this morning. My hand are ALWAYS cold and its nice to have an added layer of protection on these cold mornings. If my hands get too hot or sweaty I just hide the gloves somewhere along the trail and pick them up on my way back or I’ll just carry them if its a shorter run. It probably would have been better if I left my Garmin at home like last week, hehe. I looked at my pace around mile 3 and it was 8:21. Perfect. I was hoping to get close to an 8:30 pace for my outside runs and 8ish on the treadmill. Wellll, that didn’t happen. I ended up with 8:12 (including my quick stop for water), clearly NOT slower. I blame my negative splits on the cold weather! Although negative splits are usually a good thing!!!

My calves were pretty tight so I whipped out this fun little calf stretcher thing:

calf stretcherIt really helps get a deep stretch in your calf… Here is how to use it:

calf stretcher2

Ohhhh Riley… photo bombing as usual!

So what do you make for dinner when it is chilly out? Well Chili of course… Chicken Chili to be exact! I’ve been wanting to try a few recipes for this I’ve seen around the blog world and this was the perfect chance! Here is my take on Chicken Chili:

Recipe for 2- put all ingredients in the crock pot (except yogurt/cream cheese) and set on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8, if you’ll be gone longer than that try using frozen chicken breasts and set on low for 8-10 hours:

2 chicken breasts

1 can Rotell tomatoes

2 cloves garlic

1 cup corn

1 cup black beans

chili powder


red pepper flakes

1 (6 oz) greek yogurt or cream cheese

Stir in greek yogurt or cream cheese in the last 30 minutes after you have shredded the chicken and VOILA! I scaled this recipe down a lot so we didn’t have any left overs. You could easily double it and have lunch for the next day 🙂


What are you making for dinner tonight?

What is your favorite weather to run in?

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  1. Nothing like soup on a chilly day!!! 😉
    I love that calf thing!! I remember using it quite a few times!!! :))))

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