Fall Workouts and Transitioning To Colder Weather

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 4, 2010

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!

Voting is now officially OPEN, so if you’d like to show your support and send me to Challenge #4 that would be awesome. Click on this link and then click the heart. Thank you for your continued support.

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


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!


Spiced Butternut Squash Vegan Overnight Oats + Gingerbread Soft Serve


  • 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!


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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The money shot. ;)


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 at 11:21 am

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!


Therese October 4, 2010 at 11:23 am

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…


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

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


Jessica @ How Sweet October 4, 2010 at 11:23 am

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!


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin October 4, 2010 at 11:23 am

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!


Kirsten October 4, 2010 at 11:26 am

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!


Amanda October 4, 2010 at 11:28 am

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


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies October 4, 2010 at 11:29 am

Ohh, Franky – so suave. haha


Heather (Heather's Dish) October 4, 2010 at 11:29 am

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!


Amanda Davis October 4, 2010 at 11:29 am

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.


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

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!!


Erin October 4, 2010 at 11:31 am

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.


lauren October 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

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


lauren October 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

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


Andrea October 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

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.


jenna October 4, 2010 at 11:36 am

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!


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

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”


Melissa Goldfuss October 4, 2010 at 11:40 am

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?!


kathryn October 4, 2010 at 11:41 am


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


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2010 at 11:51 am

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

Thanks for your vote!


Claire @ Low Impact Fashionista October 4, 2010 at 11:42 am

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!


Marina October 4, 2010 at 11:45 am

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


Shanna, like Banana October 4, 2010 at 11:46 am

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!


Lizzie October 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

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 :)


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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

And I voted for you!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm

“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!



[email protected] October 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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.


Tina October 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm

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!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 4, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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! :)


Moni's Meals October 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm

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


Lauren M. October 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm

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?


melissa @ the delicate place October 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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!


Laurab @ foodsnobstl October 4, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman October 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm

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


Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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)!


Erin October 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm

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!!


Gypsy October 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm

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


Karen October 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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!


Monika @ ForeverImprovingGirl October 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm

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.


Lisa October 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm

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! =)


Elle October 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

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!


Natasha October 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm

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 :-)


Lisa Eirene October 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm

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!


Ashley October 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Ahhhhhhh, sooooo tasty looking!! Even though it’s brown, it looks delicious. Also seriously looks like a tree is growing out of it!


ModelBehavior October 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Good for you girl, I can NEVER get outside in the mornings when its cold! I’m a baby like that :D


Paige @ Running Around Normal October 4, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I stop running outdoors from about mid November through February. I just can’t run in the snow, basically. And it pains me to even think about running in temps that are below 30 degrees – so I don’t! I don’t mind though…being in the gym is a nice change of pace – but just for a few months ;)


Katy @ A Shot of Life October 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

You are so right on the warm up before heading out into the cold! It definitely helps, and even makes the chilly air feel refreshing sometimes! Now if there was some way to combat the rain….


Kayley October 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Angela, I certainly commend you for the ability to take pictures of your overflowing voo/banana soft serve parfaits without picking up that sucker and licking it right off the side of the glass. Talk about self dicipline!!! I say this about all your concoctions, but this one, i will certainly be trying!


Stefanie October 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm

First let me say that VOO looks yummy. I always enjoy reading your blog because of your creativeness and not being afraid to be goofy. You don’t try to be someone your not and that is what I like. The entry yesterday was well written and fun to read.


Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) October 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

That breakfast looks yummy! My problem exercising outdoors lately is that it’s so dark all the time. My normal running time is about 5am and it doesn’t get light here until about 6 or so. Boo! I guess I need to stick with the treadmill.


Jenny October 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I absolutely LOVE running in the cold!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm

oooh I LOVE LOVE LOVE your dinenr party! The colours, the decorations, and most of all…the food! It all looks brilliant! Great job!


Claire October 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I definitely like to run outdoors in the fall since that is the season I prefer to most. I ran XC in high school and some college and that was the season for it…so I love it dearly! I love that you warmed up inside, so smart. Today I did a treadmill run since I don’t yet live in the nicest area for running, but I miss it so much!

oh, and I can’t wait to make gingerbread oats!


[email protected] October 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm

holy shit!! again with making me say shit everytime i visit ur blog!! im actually bummed in a good way (if that makes sense) because heres ANOTHER recipe similar to the ginger bread in theme that i really wanna make. i was gonna comment because tonight im picking up walnuts and then i will make these!! i have all the other ingredients but i love walnuts and it wont be the same without them. i pray to god they turn out similar <3 haha

now i have to save this recipe so i can make it for a breakfast soon!! <3


tina October 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm

omg, i LOVE that trick for warming up inside!!! i’m totally going to use that- that you SO MUCH!

your dinner party was amazing- can’t wait to try out those recipes! :)


tina October 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm

omg, i LOVE that trick for warming up inside!!! i’m totally going to use that- that you SO MUCH!

your dinner party was amazing- can’t wait to try out those recipes! :)


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Oh my- such a tasty looking breakfast!! I’d want to eat this on Christmas morning :)

I don’t work out outside nearly as often in the winter, but the indoor warmup is a great idea!


AnneWF October 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I love how your glasses are always over flowing with your tasty breakfasts and snacks. It always looks so good. Mmm…


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I run outside in the fall when it’s not too chilly, but I haven’t been able to brave winter running yet! I like your idea to warm up indoors first! But I’m still not sure what to wear when running in cold temperatures. It would be awesome to see a post on it! :D


Fanta October 4, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I LOVE how you set the table, great ideas and the presentation was perfect!


Kath October 4, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Oh Ange, I have a big question for you.

When your beautiful VOO parfaits do the drip down the side, what do you DO!?

Do you lick it off after the photo shoot? Wipe it up with a towel?! Obviously the drip creates the most gorgeous photos, but the type A in me would go nuts with the logistics!!!



Amykinz (Foodie4Healing) October 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Thank you for sharing your warm up solution! I’m for sure doing that! It will not only help me to warm before my chilly MN run, but it will also help me keep a more accurate measure of my true run time (since I can’t yet afford a Garmin!) Now, if only I can get this junk out of my lungs, so I can get back to training for my 5K in Nov!


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Amber K October 5, 2010 at 10:01 am

This is exactly why I have a gym membership. The weather can’t stop me from working out!


Marathon Bound Gal aka Grace October 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Those ginger cookies look so delicious, one of my favorite cookies next to molasses cookies. YUM! I prefer to workout outdoors, I’m an outdoorsey kinda gal. I try to stay away from anything indoors if I can help it, but sometimes I just can’t and sigh at the times I do have to run on a TM or workout indoors. Although, I love hot yoga, so that is definitely an indoor workout, unless you live in Phoenix….teehee!


Miranda October 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm

That’s is a good tip about warming up indoors. I have always managed to stop exercising once the cold temps set in, but this year I am going to try to keep up my running all winter, I have a goal of a half-marathon in April. But I have a question, what do you recommend clothing wise for various temps? And do you have a temp that is too low to run in? I am in Kansas, so I won’t get as cold as you do, but we still have our moments!



Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 5, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Oh hells yeah, does that parfait ever look FANTASTIC!!!!!!


janet October 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Did you add cooked squash? It must be cooked!


Sagan October 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Yummy! I’m used to mixing frozen bananas with cinnamon and cacao powder in the food processor, but I hadn’t thought of adding ginger and molasses. I like that combo. Excited to try this recipe.


Fred February 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

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Ajali August 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I totally hate the winter. I’ve ran outdoors during the colder days before but it was never a pleasant experience. This year I will try the warm up method. I think it is important to work out outdoors as much as possible, but them chill bites is no fun. Thanks for the tip!


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