Run, Weekend Run!

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I feel like we’ve done nothing but run around all weekend.  Both literally and figuratively!  We’ve had a lot of fun family activities, and in between, I did 4.0 miles on Saturday and 5.0 this morning.  That’s the furthest that I’ve ran over the course of two days since my Half Ironman.  I ran on Saturday without the jogging stroller, and today, I ran in my old neighborhood with BFF Nicole, both of which definitely helped matters.

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Holy winter running! It was freezing.  Today, I ended up wearing gloves and ear muffs and my New Balance Wind Blocker (<—review), which is my heaviest piece of winter running gear… and I didn’t even overheat.   I’m sure the Northerner runners out there are thinking, “Winter?! Hah! Right now I am trudging through a foot of snow.”  You are beasts.  I, however, am weak-weak-weak when it comes to the cold – and it was in the 30s, which I think we can all agree is cold, right?  I think once you hit the 30s, it is *officially* chilly.


The only thing that keeps me running through our winter is that, although its harder to get started and the first few miles feel extra rough, the rest of the run is always glorious thanks to the chiller temps.  Smile

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Some random eats…


We started juicing again.

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The one we made today was a ‘kitchen sink’ kind of juice. I just threw everything we had in the fridge in.  Cucumbers, carrots, clementines, celery, green apples, ginger.


And I got this bangin’ takeout salad.  Honey mustard dressing, spinach, red onion, carrots, sprouts, sunflower seeds, golden raisins, and lot of goat cheese.



BBQ chips because, well, obviously.


Gotta go. Smile  Things to do!  Floors to clean!   Movies to see (The Hunger Games – wahoo!)!


Enjoy your Sunday!


What qualifies as ‘cold’ to you?



  • Patricia @ Simply Babies November 24, 2013, 2:08 pm

    What kind of juicer do you use?

    • Caitlin November 24, 2013, 2:30 pm

      There’s a link to my full review in the post!

  • Patricia @ Simply Babies November 24, 2013, 2:36 pm

    Awesome. Thanks!!

  • Lauren Jamison November 24, 2013, 2:39 pm

    You are right about the snow, but even living in South Dakota where it’s frigid, being a Southerner I agree that around the 30’s is friggin cold! I’m not meant to living in these temps!

    Catching Fire was possibly better than the first btw!

  • Ali November 24, 2013, 2:51 pm

    My husband and I are from Atlanta, so we think *real* cold starts around maybe 40 or 45. We live in Sydney right now though where it never really gets below the 50’s, so we somehow appear to be tough ones! People here start wearing wool hats and gloves when it dips below 60, which makes us laugh.

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 24, 2013, 2:53 pm

    Sounds like a fun weekend so far!
    I would definitely consider the low 30’s to be cold, but for me so much depends on how windy it is! Even if it’s technically not that cold, the wind chill kills me!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun November 24, 2013, 3:04 pm

    Can’t wait to hear what you thought of Hunger Games! I can’t wait to watch it! Not sure when we are going to go but hopefully sometime soon!

  • Autumn November 24, 2013, 3:07 pm

    The coldest weather I have run in and enjoyed is low twenties. It’s hard to get started but great once your warmed up.

  • Lela November 24, 2013, 3:10 pm

    This made me smile. I’m a Northerner who moved to Houston and I’ve been overly excited about the ‘cold snap’ down here this week. It’s all the way down in the 40s! I’ve logged 22 miles this week just because of the chilly weather! It really is the best for running!

  • Tory November 24, 2013, 3:25 pm

    I’m a huge cold wuss, but if there is sun and only a little wind I can do temps down through the 30s/upper 20s. If there’s no sun or harsh winds I call it quits around 40. Too many memories of winter practices in high school where we would be running in the teens with >20 pmh winds. It would be so cold that we would have trouble talking because the skin on our face was so frozen/numb. Glad those days are done!

  • Jennifer November 24, 2013, 3:33 pm

    I ‘m from Southern California but now live in Barrow, Alaska. My idea of cold has definitely changed. Cold is now -20. Yikes!!!

  • bonnie November 24, 2013, 3:34 pm

    It’s 18 degrees in Maine right now – yesterday I motivated myself to restart exercise and get some daylight in me by going for a thirty minute walk/jog and it was about thirty degrees… I was wearing two layers on the bottom and four on top though, plus a scarf and hat and gloves. It was snowing and I wanted to get out to see the winter scenery… if it wasn’t about to be dark (ugh) I’d go for another!

  • Amanda November 24, 2013, 3:44 pm

    I have my ranges for cold…. 45-50* means an extra layer…less than 45* means a coat… Less than 30* maybe an extra shirt and I consider less than 25* COLD…. Less than 20* I’m downright cranky lol.

    Now I’m running an 8K on thanksgiving and the low is 14 & The high is 30!!! I have no idea what I’m going to do for this : /

  • Rebecca November 24, 2013, 5:09 pm

    I’m in SF so cold is anything 50 and below! We’re wusses compared to most of the other parts of the country!

  • Maria November 24, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Yesterday my husband and I did a 5k and the temp was in the teens…I’d say that’s pretty cold 🙂 Probably my coldest outside run to date.

  • Amber K November 24, 2013, 7:22 pm

    I star to shiver around 69 and I overheat at 75ish. My body does NOT like anything lower or higher, so I’m definitely more of a wuss than you!

  • Abby November 24, 2013, 10:08 pm

    14-19 degrees here this weekend here in Wisconsin. Still got the kids outside for walks!! I laughed out loud when you said we are beasts! :). The amount of layers we have to put on, takes 15 – 20 minutes to get ready.

  • Rachel November 24, 2013, 10:39 pm

    I have turned into such a delicate flower; it’s been “cold” here in Phoenix & by cold I mean barely 60 degrees! We moved to Phoenix in August (when it was 100+ degrees everyday) so 55 is a shock. As a native Michigander I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this.

  • Val @ Balancing Val November 24, 2013, 10:51 pm

    Although this sounds sick . . . cold weather here is about 72 degrees and after living in hawaii for 2 years, it actually does feel cold to me!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 25, 2013, 4:58 am

    I think it’s always harder to run when it’s cold out – mentally and just the fact that you need to wear so many extra layers that weigh you down!

    I need to get back to juicing again! I love my juicer, I just wish it wasn’t such a pain to clean haha!

  • K November 25, 2013, 6:22 am

    I consider cold to be low 30s (so zero Celsius) which I LOVE! Probably because I live in Brisbane (aus) and in winter it hardly gets below 65. Anything below 65 means my scarf and leather gloves come out…

  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change November 25, 2013, 8:27 am

    Cold is anything below 20 for me! From Ohio and I can stick it out for a bit :). Love the juicing, such a great way to get veggie and fruit!

  • Laura November 25, 2013, 8:49 am

    I definitely think once you get into the 30’s or below it is chilly! I need to dig out my fleece lined running tights since it is so cold today! Brrrrrrrrrrr!

  • Sara November 25, 2013, 9:34 am

    So juicers…I love juice (I buy 100 percent carrot or one of the Naked green juices and I found a Charlottesville-based company, Lumi, that makes great juice!) Anyway, I am debating between getting a juicer or not. Does it save money to buy the produce and make juice or just buy it from a local company or a company that only uses 100 percent vegetables in their juice. I can drink 8 oz. of carrot juice for about $1 a day. Hmm. How much produce do you need to make an 8 oz glass of juice?

    • Caitlin November 25, 2013, 1:04 pm

      I would say stick to your current method. It’s expensive, time consuming, and messy. It’s fun to juice at home but if I had a way to get cheaper juice someone else I would.

  • Amy Q November 25, 2013, 9:55 am

    Sadly, single digits are cold for me. And we go a lot lower than that temp wise in the depths of winter. Cold is relative- whatever the coldest you are used to is what’s too cold for you! No matter where you live! I love the snow- it’s the cold and dark here that aren’t so great.

  • Aerevyn November 25, 2013, 10:29 am

    I had to laugh at calling yourself wimpy compared to northerners because in Massachusetts yesterday it was super beautiful but 23 degrees and BREEZY. My brain went all Nancy Reagan on me: “Not me, not now.” When I went out with the Hund for a walk … I thought my nose was gonna freeze and snap off. Up side … it ended up being a jog. : )

    I love being outside, but I really do need to break down and get a gym membership.

  • Aerevyn November 25, 2013, 10:34 am

    Hunger Games! I had to go out and see it the first night. So much fun.

  • Rebecca November 25, 2013, 10:47 am

    Dad and I went to Catching Fire on Saturday night and it was good. I had a few gripes, as usual, but I think I liked it better than the first one.

    Today’s high is supposed to be 37, with a low of 14. Tomorrow’s high is 17, and then we go back up into the 20s or 30s for the rest of the week. It’s not so bad if it isn’t windy, but wind is the worst. I’m just hoping it doesn’t snow very much before Christmas so I don’t have to drive home from school in the snow. Two more weeks. Got a bunch of catching up to do…

  • Mary @ Health and Fitness November 25, 2013, 11:13 am

    I cant live without Veggie-fruit juice beside me because it’s very nutritious and very healthy drink. #kangaArticles

  • Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac November 25, 2013, 11:48 am

    I’m seeing Hunger Games over Thanksgiving with my mom!! I can’t wait!!!

  • Ali November 25, 2013, 11:56 am

    I live in Denver and I think the 30’s qualify as cold but still manageable. I am juicing today too!

  • Julie November 25, 2013, 12:13 pm

    I live in Iowa. We bailed on a 5K this wknd ‘cuz the temps were in the single digits AND it was windy! No thx! I just took up running this fall so I haven’t yet figured out what my minimum running temp is (I pretty much pull the plug on walks in the low 40’s); I’m guessing I’ll try to keep running in the 30’s. #hooked! (& hate the treadmill!)

  • Jess November 25, 2013, 1:10 pm

    Earlier this month I took my dog out for a run before work.. it was -20 degress celsius so my google converter says that is -4 farenheit… Anyways that was chilly, I find once I’m moving it’s fine, just cold on the face!

  • Irene November 25, 2013, 3:26 pm

    We have the same vacuum! Do you mind sharing how you clean it? 🙂

    • Caitlin November 25, 2013, 3:44 pm

      Ugh I hate that vacuum! The suction sucks.

      • Irene November 26, 2013, 12:52 pm

        It totally does! It worked great when I first bought it so I think it’s because it needs to be cleaned? I’m like you and obsessed with clean floors and they never really feel clean with this POS.

  • Jenn@Be ME November 29, 2013, 8:49 am

    We moved from Cali to DC and I am COLD. Just got some winter running gear though : )

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