First Run in the Cold + The Giving Tree

I’m not a runner, but I am occasionally known to go on a jog.  I usually prefer to do so with someone else, a running buddy if you will.  This morning, Rhoda told me she was going for a run, so I tagged along!

I was a little concerned because the last time I ran outside it was 65 degrees (few weeks ago in California).  This morning when I went for a run, it was 17 degrees… kind of cold.  Rhoda is a pro.  She trained for a marathon in Michigan in the winter so she gave me some pointers.

1.  Dress in layers.  I wore a shirt and a jacket with slightly below the knee running pants (I really should invest in full length pants for this weather!).

2. Wear gloves and something to cover your ears.  Forever I had no idea what those big headbands were for.  Guess what?? They cover your ears!

Do you have any tips for running in the cold?

So I headed out and met up with Rhoda.  Honestly, it wasn’t bad at all.  I didn’t feel cold throughout the entire run.  At one point I even pushed my ear warmers back to let my ears breathe a bit and removed my gloves (though only for a few minutes because the back of my hand started to get REALLY cold).

I didn’t really get cold until I was walking home after having cooled down.  Then I was sweaty/wet and in below freezing temperatures.  See the problem?

It was great though!  We did 4 miles and chatted the whole time!  It was also beautiful!  I forget how picturesque it is here, especially in the winter.  I wish I had brought my camera to take pictures!  Oh well, next time!  Thanks for letting me slow you down, Rhoda!

After lunch, I came home and showered then met up with some people for lunch at a new cafe in Ithaca called The Giving Tree.  The cafe is a local, vegetarian place.  Very cozy and cute with mismatched chairs and such!

At this point (around 1:30pm), I hadn’t eaten since breakfast at about 7:30am; I was ready to chew my arm off.   I had a really hard time choosing what to order, because the entire menu was vegetarian so there were a ton of options to choose from!  I got some coffee and a plate of eggs, home fries and toast, which is probably my favorite food on the planet! A bit boring, I know, but I had to go with an old favorite.

Coffee was served in local Syracuse China.

Only made better with Rhoda there to pour the cream in the coffee

As you can see, I hated it.

My friend Celia got a delicious tofu scramble with vegetables!  I had a bite.  I would definitely get that next time!

Delish!  I can’t wait to go back!

Today has been a great day!  Thanks friends for making me smile today!

The rest of the day, normal eating will resume, and I will enjoy my time watching movies (I have two from Netflix that I’ve been putting off).

Hope you all have had a fantastic Saturday so far!


18 thoughts on “First Run in the Cold + The Giving Tree

  1. Anna says:

    Mmmm…that meal looks delicious!

    You are BRAVE for running in that cold weather– I’m definitely sticking to the treadmill, and our weather is in the 30s here!

  2. Jessica@Healthy Exposures says:

    I’m jealous of this entire post 😛
    It’s been so long since I’ve been to a diner – I should fix that.
    And props for running in the cold. I remember running when it was still relatively warm and my throat and ears would get so cold it would hurt. Granted, I am by no means a trained runner…I wish! haha. It’s one of my goals for the upcoming year, though 🙂
    Hope your movies are great!

  3. Whole Body Love says:

    I have some Target running gloves but my hands always freeze in temps below 30 degrees. I bought some (ridiculously expensive) cold weather clothes and they make all the difference in the world! I also wear my fiance’s nose-mouth-neck warmer if it’s super cold!

  4. plamarie says:

    Good job for getting out there and running! I am not a runner. I want to be, but I am not ready yet. Sometimes I have dreams that I am running with ease. mmm…I need to work on it.
    Breakfast looks perfect and I bet it hit the spot 😉

  5. Jenn ( says:

    You’re the second foodie that had home fries today, I’m so jealous lol! I’m also jealous that you have a vegetarian restaurant in your proximity!! There’s a ton in the city, now you say there’s (at least) one in Ithaca — why have vegetarian cuisine eateries eluded the Catskills?! We have Woodstock for goodness sake! haha 🙂


  6. Danielle says:

    4 miles?! You sound like a “runner” to me!
    Some things I’ve learned about running in the cold: Mittens work better than gloves, ear warmers, spandex!

  7. balancejoyanddelicias says:

    I went for a run outdoor yesterday too… the third time in my life! ;D It was fun and much less hard than I imagined…. I’m not a runner either… but I really like to do a short job from time to time! I wish I had a running buddy… now I run with Star but he’s leaving on Monday. We’ll see how I keep up! 😉

  8. Karin says:

    Ah I love vegetarian cafés/restaurants! They make me so excited and happy :).
    The best advice I’ve ever received regarding running is that it’s best when you freeze a tiny little bit when you step outside because you (obviously) feel warmer when you run. I always make sure to cool down right before I’m back at home so I don’t have to walk..

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