Monday, October 08, 2012


I'm no where near the level of endurance to get up and run 26 miles, but jumping out of bed Sunday morning to run out and watch more than 30,000 people start was awesome.  Seeing all those beautiful people starting out on their race is so motivating.  I've had running on my mind for the rest of the day.

Although I had "completed" the Couch to 5K program a couple of weeks ago, I haven't actually ran an entire 5k route.  That is until Saturday when my husband joined me for an early evening jog along the lakefront.  He hasn't run with me since the first months of meeting me.  I suppose after getting married, he didn't have to work so hard to catch me {wink}.  Running with him, the miles flew by and before we knew it, we had finished my 5K loop without a stop.  Yippee.  We had to hurry home because it was freezing in Chicago, and you know, once you stop running, the wind blows right through you.  Some warm tea and a few moments in the steam shower was the perfect cure.

Now that I've seen it possible, I'm so psyched for my first race in November.  Time to gear up for winter, because running on a machine in a gym just doesn't appeal to me.  I'm convinced that the best way to conquer a Chicago winter is all about dressing warm and getting outside daily - exercise, fresh air, natural light and gazing at the horizon is the best prescription to beat the winter blues.

What do you do for exercise throughout the winter?


  1. I've already pulled out my longs (tights). When it gets real cold I have my base layer (very thin silk-like material) then a super soft pull-over that does a great job of wicking sweat. I wear my longs for my legs and a light jacket. To top it all off, I wear a headband (hats don't work for me) to keep my ears warm and a light pair of gloves for the beginning of my walk. My hands are always super hot when I'm walking. Does that happen to you?

    1. I get cold hands, but if I over dress, my chest gets way too warm. Like tonight. I expected it to be cold because it was gray and windy, but it was too warm for my fleece. I was dying, but only had a jog bra underneath. Soon enough I'll be trying to cover anything exposed, including my eyes, right?!