Running in a blizzard

When I heard NYC was in for a day of blizzard-like conditions, I suggested to Alma that we do our run first thing on Wednesday morning. The storm was only supposed to get worse as the day wore on, so after I downed some coffee and a banana, we headed out into the early morning snow.

Quick breakfast

snow

The first 20 minutes weren’t so bad – the footing wasn’t great in Central Park, but it was manageable, but then we turned around. Anddd for the next 2 miles our faces were blasted with icy wind and sleet. Mmm, good morning.  The baseball caps were lifesavers in the wind! We ended up running a very slow and snowy 4 miles, but it felt good to get it done.

postrun

Surprisingly, I made it to work without incident (yay, underground public transportation!) and chowed down on the usual cafeteria breakfast: scrambled egg whites with sriracha sauce and Eli’s health bread with pb&j. Prepare yourselves – I had sriracha sauce three times today. Obsessed with that stuff.

Eggs and toast

Mid-morning snack was some hot herbal tea (my throat is feelin’ scratchy, boo) and a chobani greek yogurt.

chobani

As a reward for braving the snow, my work gave everyone free lunch in the cafeteria. Hooray! I ordered my usual salad: romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, mushrooms, onions, chickpeas, feta cheese, croutons, a sampling of potato gnocchi stew, and SRIRACHA sauce. Yum, love it.

salad

Annndddd pop chips:

popchips

Around 3pm I was able to leave the office (snow day early closure, woo!). When I arrived at my apartment, I fully intended to use the afternoon to organize papers, start my taxes, and do other grown-up-y things. Instead, I ate chocolate and took a 3-hour nap. Whoops.

chocolate

I woke up around 6:30pm, still dressed in work attire and totally confused. What time is it? What day is it? Ugh. Grog. Once the nap fog lifted, it was dinner time! Alma roasted butternut squash with olive oil, onions, and rosemary so I put some of that atop a bed of romaine lettuce and topped with dried cherries and MORE sriracha sauce. Weird combo, but it was good, I swear.

butternut squash

Dinner part #2 was blue corn tortilla chips with melted cheese and some refried beans. Healthy nachos – get in my belly! They were good.

nachos

And then I made (and ate) spicy caramel popcorn from scratch. Delicious. Recipe soon, I promise!

caramel popcorn

Ok, it’s after midnight and this gal has got to get to bed!

What’s your favorite way to eat popcorn? Plain? With chili powder? Lots of buttah?

Anddddd Valentines Day – love it or hate it? My cat is going to be my valentine this year. Try not to be too jealous.

  • WOw, I am impressed.
    running in snow scares me. I fell last year in snow and ice and broke my tailbone so I think it would have been RAD all the way for me!
    Stay warm and dry!!

    http://www.justjac.wordpress.com

  • Jacqui

    You girls definitely had the right idea about running this morning! I was all ready to run after work today (no early closure for us – science stops for no one!), but after stepping in a foot of slush getting onto the bus home I decided against it. I had to do my 7+ mile run on a treadmill tonight. UGH.

    Also, I think we are twins. I got home, intending to only eat 2 pieces of dark chocolate as a snack, and meanwhile there was a giant bag of delicious chocolate cookies donated by my roommates friend. I ate waaaay to much chocolate, passed out from food coma, and woke up at 7:30 completely disoriented.

    Here’s to hoping the weather is better tomorrow!

  • Haha I love how you said you were going to do grown-up-y things but you ate chocolate and took a nap. Thats what snow days are for right?? At least you got a run int! Its more than I can say for yesterday 🙂

  • I love popcorn with hot sauce and parmesan cheese 🙂

  • I love running in the snow! As long as the roads are clear, then I think it’s one of the most peaceful things!

  • I love either spicy popcorn with lots of chili powder, or sweet popcorn balls. Hmm…I’ve got a bag of kernels at home, might have to make some tonight!!

  • I bet Central Park was a sight to see yesterday. The only sight I saw was a treadmill in a sketchy hotel gym.
    I have a horrible history with Valentine’s Day…I’ve been (newly!) single for it at least three times. So I’m not anti-, I’m just over it. But I will raid the drugstores for off-price chocolate on Feb. 15.

  • Ellen

    OMG, I can’t believe you ran in the park yesterday! I could barely motivate to leave my apartment. When I finally did to go to my favorite yoga class, and it was cancelled! That was a bummer. However, also a sign that I was destined to be lazy on the couch all day 🙂

    V-day to me=eating chocolate sans the guilt. Yes, please!!

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  • You are such a STUD! Running in cold weather like that. I am way impressed!! My favorite way to eat popcorn is to add peanuts and M&M’s to it…haha! 🙂

  • Wow – can’t believe you ran yesterday! You are a true running warrior. Nice job.

    My favorite kind of popcorn is kettle corn. I get the healthy pop kind and can eat a whole bag by myself.

    As far as vday goes – my hubby and I don’t really celebrate it. This year we’ll be up at his parent’s house for vday – how romantic right? 🙂

  • I like popcorn with a little butter–timeless.
    I need to find those popchips near me!

  • I didn’t know you had a cat! Since I’ve started reading, a few months ago, I haven’t seen any pictures. You need to show your kitty more blog love!

  • Lots of butter and salt for me and I like my popcorn stale too. So popcorn the next day, if it makes it that long, is the best.

  • I can’t believe you went running in this weather – you (and Alma) are AMAZING!! 😀

    I love popcorn plain or with a little bit of melted butter — the real stuff, not the gross movie theater stuff.

  • Wow, way to brave the elements on that run! You’re much more “flexible” in the mornings than I 🙂 And 3 hour naps and chocolate trumps taxes and all other grown up things. Obviously 🙂

    Love Valentine’s Day 🙂

  • You are insane! I never run in the cold…I’m a barefoot runner but STILL even if I wasn’t I totally couldn’t run in that much cold!!

  • the BEST way to eat popcorn is with a generous sprinkling of curry powder and a dash of cayanne or if you feel like something sweet- a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. So good!

  • nachos. that sounds so amazingly good right now you have no idea.

    and…is the peppermint bark ghiradelli not the best thing in the ENTIRE world?