A Summer-Like Fall for Runners

The weather outside is so far from frightful, it’s not even funny. In fact, I’d call it downright delicious. 75 and sunny in November? As a runner, I can’t get enough.

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While my legs have definitely been feeling it, I’ve been running pretty much every morning for the last couple of weeks. There’s a part of me that feels as though I have to take advantage of these unseasonably warm days and lighter mornings even if I wake up tired or grumpy. Even if I have work to accomplish at 6am. Even if I instinctively don’t want to run.

Of course, once outside, it’s blissful. No hats or gloves. No triple layer tops. No ski socks. Just me, the warm air, the fall flora, and the sun.

From the Schuylkill…

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…to the Delaware…

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….it may look like fall, but it feels a whole lot more like late summer.

To uplift my mornings even further, I’ve been totally digging a bunch of new running songs released over the last few months:

If we’re being honest though, I could probably just run to Adele the entire time. I couldn’t be more excited for her new album to drop at the end of the month and plan on running to it through all of winter. Bring on the emo workouts. If you need me, you can find me bundled up in winter-wear, weeping tears of joy along the banks of the Schuylkill river.

The only downside to these beautiful mornings is that I’ve been skipping out on all that juicy complementary stuff that helps strengthen me as a runner. I had been hitting up yoga once a week, for example, to combat dark mornings. Or, I’d set up a chair in my living room, grab the five pounders, and make my way through a few barre videos. The variety is healthy, and I’m definitely missing out on that now.

But of course, it can’t stay 75 and sunny in Philadelphia forever. I know the mornings will get darker. The air will get colder. And as winter approaches, I will inevitably get lazier. So, we take what we can get, we live in the moment, and we enjoy it while we have it. In the words of Scott Jurek, “Rational assessments too often led to rational surrenders.” As it gets colder, I recommend that we all think a little less rationally.

Is this not the warmest November ever? Has the weather been unseasonably warm by you too? How do you transition to fall and winter running?

7 New & Affordable Workout Pieces to Treat Yo Self

The first run after a long vacation is never easy. From Christmas through New Years, I somewhat laid low; not entirely, but compared to my typical fitness routine (a solid sweat, once a day) I definitely erred on the side of lazy. Well, lazy with a side of cookies and cinnamon buns.

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By the time I got back to Philly on Friday, I knew it was time to shape the fudge up.

While it would have been nice to spend another two days on the beaches of Puerto Rico, getting back with an entire weekend to spare turned out to be just what I needed. It gave me the time to get back into my routine. To stock my house with fresh ingredients–fruits and veggies, homemade soups from a local vendor, local breads and cheeses. And, unlike the previous week spent swimming in the Caribbean, it gave me the time to run.

My first run back was actually great, despite the fact that outside, it was rainy and cold. It’s not the workouts themselves that I’ve been struggling with; rather, it’s the simple act of getting my butt out the door.

And so, to counter the back-to-reality blues, I went shopping.

Between a lack a motivation and the new year, I didn’t really need any other excuse to drop a few dollars on updating my workout wardrobe. That, and the fact that the last three times I went to my weekly barre class with coworkers, I noticed a hole in the crotch of my seriously old (think high school and college old) tights. No shame.

Anywho, here’s what I picked up from Athleta — I store I’ve literally never considered purchasing anything from until today. What great stuff!

Stripe Chi Top: Originally $59, nabbed for $44.99. I actually tried on the large just for size, as this was the only available top. I loved the loose fit and wound up buying it anyway. I’m thinking it’ll be great with a tank underneath throughout the winter.

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Shanti Jaspe Tank: Originally $54, nabbed for $26.99. Great, relaxed fit. Purchased the medium. Can’t wait to have an alternative to my old t-shirts! Does not come with cat.

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OC Vinyasa TightAWESOME fit on these and perfect for both workouts and lazy weekends. The gathered fabric on the tush makes them super cute.

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La Breezy BomberThis. Thing. Is. Awesome. I got the medium, and it fits like a glove. Admittedly, I probably won’t be able to wear this until March or April — it’s super light, but it’s incredibly breezy, as its name implies. Original price was $98, but you can nab it now for $34.99. Cat does not come with this either.

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Odyssey Chaturanga Yoga Knicker (orignally $59, nabbed for a sweet $19.99) and the Quest Chaturanga Capri (not on sale for $59). Both very comfy and flattering from behind. The knickers I got in a small. The capris in a medium.

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Bonus buy: glittery headbands from Anthropologie. Originally, these were $15 for a pack of four. The pack I got was on sale for $5. Much more my speed, considering I’m bound to sweat these puppies up in no time.

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Your turn! Do you ever buy yourself little workout treats in order to find the motivation to get moving? What’s the last thing you bought for yourself that’s health or fitness related?