Fall Workouts and Transitioning To Colder Weather

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Thank you for entertaining my goofy side and for all of your wonderful & positive support for my Project Food Blog Luxury Dinner Party!

I am truly having a blast participating in Project Food Blog. I don’t think I have ever been so excited for a challenge or come alive so much with the blog before. It has really been inspirational for me. I just can’t get enough!

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By the way, Frank says, Hello Ladies…How YOU Doin’?

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Frank is quite the ladies man, but I’m sure you could tell by the picture.. ;)

I think I shall keep him around for a while.

Fall Workouts and Transitioning To Colder Weather

After one crazy busy and indulgent weekend, I was very eager to get back into my normal exercise routine! I didn’t have a spare second for a workout all weekend and I was really craving it come Monday morning.

The only snag was that it was only 4C/39F outdoors with high winds so I had to really pump myself up to run outdoors this morning!

One of my best tricks for transitioning to the colder outdoor temperatures is to do a 10 minute warm up indoors before you head outside. You can jump rope, climb stairs, do cardio on exercise equipment, scrub the kitchen floor- anything that gets you working up a sweat!

This morning, I hit the treadmill for 1 mile of running (10 min/mile pace) at incline 2% with my running jacket on to keep the heat in. By the end of that mile I was HOT and the thought of running outdoors in the chilly weather seemed quite pleasant!

Transition success. :)

I had a lovely & speedy run and didn’t feel too cold at all. It was quite energizing.

The outdoor run:

  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Time: 33:08
  • Avg pace: 8:17 min/mile
  • Splits: 8:25, 8:28, 8:19, 7:55 (rocked that last mile!)

 

I came home, stretched, and devoured this crazy breakfast!

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Spiced Butternut Squash Vegan Overnight Oats + Gingerbread Soft Serve

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash
  • Gingerbread Soft Serve (see below)

 

Directions: In a bowl, mix the oats, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, milk, and butternut squash together with a whisk. Place in fridge overnight. In the morning make the Gingerbread Soft Serve and layer with the VOO in a glass. Add a Soft ginger cookie if you are feeling frisky!

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Gingerbread Soft Serve

Process the following Ingredients until smooth:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • Splash of almond milk

 

This was my first time having butternut squash in my VOO and it was absolute heaven. It didn’t even need any sweetener!

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Ta-da.

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The money shot. ;)

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It was the perfect post-sweaty run breakfast!

Do you workout outdoors in the Fall and Winter? What are your transition tips and tricks?

I’ll see you tonight for a wrap-up of my dinner party tips, how-tos, and tricks. I will be talking about prepping, timing of the dishes and what days I cooked what, and how I decorated.

Have a great day!

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 4, 2010

First of all, I LOVE the turkey!

Secondly, the soft serve sounds so tasty! I love gingerbread flavours! I’m going to have to try it with ground and fresh ginger!

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Therese October 4, 2010

Oh my! That looks AMAZING! *swoons*

I understand why Frank’s a ladies man, it’s all those colours…makes it hard for a woman to resist all that plummage…

I exercise outdoors as often as possible, including in the winter time. I have no-excuses gear (including a face mask) and remind myself that, yes, it may be 0 degrees out but by the time I get going, my body will heat up 15-20* hotter, that makes it not so bad at all. Plus, running in the stillness of cold, especially when it starts snowing, can be pretty magical…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2010

“makes it hard for a woman to resist all that plummage…” hahah yes indeed

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Jessica @ How Sweet October 4, 2010

Gingerbread soft serve excites me!
I usually don’t work out outdoors much at all – we get so much snow here that I can’t imagine it in winter!

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin October 4, 2010

Wow that breakfast looks delicious! I love the idea of gingerbread softserve. Yum! I think doing a warmup inside is a really great idea because then you crave the chilly outdoors. I like doing jumpingjacks too as part of a warmup because they’re so easy and require no equipment!

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Kirsten October 4, 2010

I run outside throughout the year. I think what helps me transition into fall/winter running is being consistent with getting outside. I find if i start skipping runs because it is too cold I will be more likely to want to skip all of winter running! :) Other tips I have are buying proper colder weather gear. I like to treat myself to a nice Fall running top and that seems to help a bit! ;)

PS: Your dinner party looked amazing!

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Amanda October 4, 2010

I always love your ability to capture the spillage so well. Your VOO soft serve looks like an edible waterfall! ;-)

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Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies October 4, 2010

Ohh, Franky – so suave. haha

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Heather (Heather's Dish) October 4, 2010

the best transition for me is incorporating more weight training into my program. it’s harder to be outside, and so when the weather’s iffy i can still do a great workout indoors!

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Amanda Davis October 4, 2010

This is my first fall/winter as a runner so my first experience working out in the cold. This morning when I ran it was 39 F and it was definitely a little chilly, I like your suggestion though and will definitely try that.

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 4, 2010

I agree–I’m so happy I decided to participate in Project Food Blog. An excuse to get creative with food that’s for sure. Gingerbread soft serve…I can’t stop thinking about it!!

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Erin October 4, 2010

There are no words to describe your breakfast – the perfect mix of fall and winter, I’d say! I’d make this for lunch right now but I’m craving something hot instead.

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lauren October 4, 2010

I LOVE your dinner party concept. The food look amazing, the poem is so clever, and your photos are gorgeous! You got my vote :)

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lauren October 4, 2010

I LOVE your dinner party concept. The food look amazing, the poem is so clever, and your photos are gorgeous! You got my vote :)

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Andrea October 4, 2010

Good idea re: warming up inside before heading outside. I went out Saturday when it was 10 degrees in my t-shirt and shorts and was chilly for the first half of my 7K run.

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jenna October 4, 2010

this breakfast looks amazing!! wow!!

it looks like you had a fantastic weekend. i made your dinner rolls over the weekend and they were amazing angela!!!!!!!!! yum!

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 4, 2010

I love working out outside in the fall — yesterday I ran a 10 mile and it was around 35 degrees when we started!!! But as cold as it was, I seem to work harder in the cold (to get done sooner) and as warm as my body gets I never overheat :)

I loved your project food blog entry — the food was beautiful and I loved your “table scape”

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Melissa Goldfuss October 4, 2010

Glad you got back to working out! It definitely helps to relieve stress and get your endorphins going! I voted for you and know you’ll advance… how could you not?!

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kathryn October 4, 2010

Voted!

Note to self – move to Canada, get invited to Angela’s house for dinner, buy strech pants.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2010

bahaha you are funny. I suggest the empire waist. ;)

Thanks for your vote!

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Claire @ Low Impact Fashionista October 4, 2010

All I have to say is…FRANK hahaha.

As for Fall workouts outside- they are my absolute favorite. Not too hot so your slimy with sweat, not too cold so your layers weigh more than you and you can’t move because you’re bundled up like the indomitable snowman, the weather is just perfect enough to break a nice sweat. I feel crisp and refreshed afterwords rather than melted or frozen!

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Marina October 4, 2010

I’m dreading the colder weather, because I really don’t do well in cold. My lungs close up even when i walk outside, I can’t imagine how it would be if I try to run. So, I’ve joined a gym, and I’ll do some yoga at home :) Nice solution I guess.
your breakfast looks so amazing, I wish I could just take it out of my screen and devour it :D

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Shanna, like Banana October 4, 2010

Well cool for Cali is in the low 50′s and I like it. It’s the only time I actually enjoy running ;)

More classes though and lots more Bikram…it feels great when it’s cold out!

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Lizzie October 4, 2010

I have run outside through one winter and that was enough for me. I loved the feeling of strength (if that makes sense) that I got from braving the elements, but when it came to snow, I just couldn’t do it. Too much of a risk of slipping and falling (though where I live, people are hardcore and you seem them out in blizzards!). I’ve retreated to the gym, where I can still run, but also swim and bike and maybe this winter take some yoga classes. I’ll still be outside as long as it isn’t snowing (cheers to that!).

It was cool enough on Saturday that I donned my arm warmers before a 4 miler and that helped, especially when running in the shadows of buildings :)

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Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 4, 2010

I like the idea of warming up indoors first to get the blood flowing.

And I voted for you!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 4, 2010

“do a 10 minute warm up indoors before you head outside.”–love that! I do 10 mins of yoga stretching, sun salutations, etc before I go outside. I HATE cardio machines, i.e. treadmill, eliptical, etc and NEVER use them. I always say, I was born in the cold weather, and dammit, I can take it :) Even if I dont want to live in the cold year round, I can tough it out in just about any outdoor workout. Even 0 degrees. Or when I lived in Phoenix, 115 degrees. I just dress for the conditions and realize, even though it sucks sometimes, I’d still rather be outside, in NATURE, than on a machine. I love being outdoors, in most all climates :) But yes, in the winter, gotta warm those muscles up first!

:)

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Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice October 4, 2010

Haha, Frank’s mouth creeps me out a bit. I always love your breakfast, especially when it’s overflowing out of a glass like that. YUM.

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Tina October 4, 2010

You are doing a great job with Project Food Blog! I am very impressed and will vote for you today! I thought your dinner party was awesome! I think some of the contestants are not really putting in the effort others are which kind of bugs me. So you definitely have my vote!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 4, 2010

I think I know what I’ll be doing with at least one of my soft ginger cookies!!! :) I’ve never tried butternut squash in my oats but it sounds heavenly. I think I’m probably going to hit that Vitamin A toxicity point we were talking about! :)

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Moni's Meals October 4, 2010

Go Angela! Love what you are doing and yes…”crazy” breakfast indeed. :)

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Lauren M. October 4, 2010

It’s cold and drizzly here in Southern California. It made for a pleasant run. When I got back and saw your breakfast it got me CRAVING some VOO.

P.S. I love that spoon. It’s from Anthropologie, right?

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melissa @ the delicate place October 4, 2010

i do a little of both. i’m not a martyr though haha if it’s super cold and snowy i will stay inside! also goes for cold/rain. i warm up on the treadmill or stationary bike for 5mins to get my blood pumping before i head out for a run as well. def much better option than freezing for the first 10mins of an outdoor run! btw the gingerbread softserve looks amazing!

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Laurab @ foodsnobstl October 4, 2010

I have to just bundle up and get my butt out the door, otherwise it simply won’t happen. I can’t wait to read additional posts about the party. I really enjoy reading your big and I think your recipes and posts are only getting better. I have about twenty things I want to try to make!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman October 4, 2010

I love your stick-like spoon and the twine around the pear as a centerpiece. You’re very Martha today. :)

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 4, 2010

Ohhh your breakfast looks and sounds incredible as always, Angela! I love the Fall flavored eats :)

Adapting to colder weather’s always hard for me. I find it so painful to run when I can hardly breath and facing blistering winds (even if it’s just a slight wind..it *feels* blistering)!

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Erin October 4, 2010

Hey Angela,

gotta question on the butternut squash voo, do you just put raw butternut squash in it? or do you cook it somehow beforehand to get it soft?? it sounds amazing and I have a butternut squash on hand, but wanna make sure I know how you made it before I carve into it :-) Thanks!!

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Gypsy October 4, 2010

I have the same question!
I’ve also seen canned butternut squash just like canned pumpkin so I was wondering if she used that…

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Karen October 4, 2010

That is a fantastic tip for the cold weather transition! Why didn’t I think of that!? haha

Love, LOVE the twig spoon addition to such a nice fall breakfast. Perfect!

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Monika @ ForeverImprovingGirl October 4, 2010

That’s brilliant! It never occurred to me to start my workout at home. Usually I just tough it out for the first few minutes in the cold (because I run in winter as well) before my body settles into a happy self-heating equilibrium.

The one tip I do have, if you run with a GPS watch, is to put it out on the balcony or front-porch to sync while you’re getting ready. That way you can start running the moment you get outside instead of cursing the weather AND your Garmin as you stand shivering and miserable obsessively willing the little bar to fill up more quickly.

I <3 Frank. And, as a vegan, <3 the fact that you created a vegan Thanksgiving.

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Lisa October 4, 2010

Your banana soft serve always looks sooo good! I am making that right now. You inspired me!

I never workout outside. I am more of a treadmill kiinda girl! =)

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Elle October 4, 2010

That after run snack looks too good to eat! It must have been WONDERFUL!

I am on a quest lately to eat only beautiful, delicious food.

I am on the Left Coast and enjoy running in the slightly cooler weather we are having this week. I do tend to wear either a t shirt and/or tights as opposed to tank and shorts, as the temps cool. I also do more indoor workouts – add strength training and indoor cardio occasionally as I have more room when we are not living on the boat.

Hello, Frank!

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Natasha October 4, 2010

Hey Angela, you have my vote :) I’m actually doing a dinner your style, using most of your recipes for Thanksgiving on Saturday. It will be my first Vegetarian Thanksgiving for my sceptical family and my first time making dinner completely from scratch! Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. I would love to share your idea of posting a picture of say… Franks “cousin” George…would you be okay with that? LOL~ it gave me a good chuckle and think it would my guest too. Wish me luck :-)

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Lisa Eirene October 4, 2010

I did a lot of running outside last Fall/Winter. It sucked when it rained but I had to do it. I was training hard for Hood to Coast!

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