Bundled

It’s a cold one today.

Really sunny. But freezing.

I woke up at 5:30 with the intention to run. I checked the weather on my phone before getting out of bed: 16 degrees it said. “It’s cold out,” I said to ABS. “So don’t run,” he said.

Sometimes he doesn’t understand me at all.

I wasn’t complaining. Just observing. I got out of bed and turned on the lights before I had time to change my mind. I stretched and crunched while watching the news, per usual.

This happened:

Feels like -4

So it’s a little cold? Big deal. That’s what layers are for.

And hats.

I'm excited. I like to run.

Notice in my hand I’m holding pink fuzzy gloves. I don’t have real “professional” fancy running gloves, but these ones — a Christmas gift from my mom last year — do the trick. Plus, they matched my outfit.

Who says you can’t be tough in pink?

Thumbs up. Hardcore.

My eyes are squinty.

Once I stepped outside, I did get slapped by the wind. It stung. But I felt fine, honestly. Aside from a few stomach issues — I’ll spare you the details of how wretched I felt during mile 5 — the run was awesome. The sunrise in Central Park was stunning (sorry, no photos, because that would have required me to remove my gloves) and there were plenty of people out despite the brutal temperature. I ran 6.4 miles at a comfortable pace.

Once I got back to my apartment I took my time thawing out before jumping right in the shower. Someone (ABS) once told me that if your skin is really cold and you get right into a hot shower, the water can cause nerve damage. Anyone know if there’s any truth to this? Sometimes I think he makes things up just to see what I’ll believe…

Days like today call for super cozy outfits. It doesn’t matter if they are flattering, trendy or adorable. It matters that you’re warm.

See?

So warm

Let me tell you a little bit about this sweater: First of all, it’s technically my mom’s. I stole it from her at some point during high school. (Sorry, Mom — Do you want it back?) I then wore it to the Honor Society induction ceremony when I was a senior in high school. I paired it with black jazz pants for the ceremony — trendy, classy and cool. Right? I’m not sure if I’ve worn the sweater at all since then, yet it managed to make the move from my parent’s house in New Hampshire through four years of college and to four different apartments in and around NYC.

It’s big, it’s bulky and it’s perfect for a day like today.

Today is also a good day for pom pom hats.

Like my poof?

Now that you know the history behind my clothing choices, let’s start this day, shall we? Here’s what’s coming up in my life:

  • Work until 5
  • Spinning with my favorite teacher, Matt, at Crunch
  • A dinner date at Land (I’ve been craving pad thai) with a fabulous friend

Lastly, won’t you join me in wishing a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my favorite guy in the world?

Look at those cute parents

Happy Birthday, Dad! I hope you have an amazing day!

Ali

Ali

8 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday to your Dad!

    Sometimes I do kind of wish that I had a need for such fabulous winter clothes. The truth is that they would probably only get worn every few years. Our “winter”(and I use that term pretty lightly) has been soooooo weird. It was in the 30’s last night, and it’s in the 70’s today. Huh? .. Your weather might stink but atleast its consistent. I can’t figure out whether to pack away my sweaters or keep them out. (That’s totally a white girl problem, by the way) 😉

  2. Your early morning conversation with ABS made me laugh, nod knowingly and like you more. I’ve had that same exchange more than once in my life (like, yesterday.)

    I am also sporting the bulky oversized sweater look today. I paired it with leggings and boots. Comfort and warmth definitely beat any need for style when it feels like the arctic in the middle of a tornado storm.

  3. I can’t get over how cute you look in that pom pom hat! Love the sweater, looks great. Very impressed with your ability to workout twice in a day like this, long morning run AND spin. Hardcore!

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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