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Winter run must haves for a happy baby

I don’t mind running in the cold, but I was unsure how the baby queen would feel.  After our first successful cold run, I was very pleased.  However, over the past few months I have learned a few things that make cold runs easier with a baby and more comfortable for them.

Prior to getting the JJ Cole Polar bundle me, I was bundling Riley up in 2 pairs of socks, mittens, a hat, snow suit, winter jacket, 2 extra thick blankets, and snow boots.  She was very bulky and it was a huge ordeal to get out of the house.  Thirty minutes to get ready for a 30- 60 minute run. Ugh!

Now, most days, I can just zip Riley up in the Bundle me and we are good to go. It has been such a time saver.

Cold weather must haves:
JJ Cole Polar bundle me
I spent a lot of time comparing different brands of foot muffs (mini sleeping bags for strollers) and the materials used/ thickness of them.  I decided on the JJ Cole Polar bundle me because it offered a few points that interested me.

Pros:

  • Interior is a super soft fleece
  • comfortable for baby to be in (Riley sleeps the WHOLE time she is in this)
  • WARM (I have used this in temps of 20-40 degrees (F) without anything on Riley other than her sleepers.  If the temperatures are lower than 20 and/ or if there is a lot of wind I will added a blanket, light jacket, mittens, or hat depending.
  • extends (bottom zipper) for tots (1-4 years old)
  • wind proof outer material
  • easy to put on the stroller (and take off)

Cons:

  • only one thickness, if baby gets too hot your only option is to unzip the whole thing
  • more expensive than other foot muffs, I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond for $119.00

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/jj-cole-reg-water-resistant-polar-bundleme-reg/3244090?skuId=40851853&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_baby_online&product_id=40851853&adtype=pla&product_channel=online&adpos=1o2&creative=224330644016&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&mrkgadid=3245683085&mrkgcl=609&rkg_id=h-2274b2bf733018688f986bf432e9e82d_t-1520114364&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI27CbopPR2QIVHp7ACh1hsA_9EAQYAiABEgJn9_D_BwIMG_5537.jpg

Bob running stroller

So far, I have been very impressed with how the BOB handles ice, snow, slush, and mud.  Riley finds it quite comfortable as she usually naps while we are out.  To ensure safety the front wheel must be locked at all times while jogging.  Even thought this makes turning a bit more difficult.  From experience, do not unlock the front wheel! I forgot to relock it after a walk one day and once I hit a bump the stroller (and baby!) went sideways.
I purchased the snack tray and handle bar storage separately from the stroller, but they are both with it (somewhere to put your water and phone).  I have not yet bought the weathers shield (for rainy days), but I am thinking I may later this spring.  We have done just fine this far without it.
I have the BOB Revolution Pro in Black :

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/bob-reg-revolution-reg-pro-single-stroller-in-black/1045939167?skuId=45939167&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_baby_online&product_id=45939167&adtype=pla&product_channel=online&adpos=1o12&creative=224304488376&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&mrkgadid=3162248921&mrkgcl=609&rkg_id=h-2274b2bf733018688f986bf432e9e82d_t-1520114462&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5sK5zZPR2QIV07fACh3S5wbMEAQYDCABEgJwmvD_BwE

Fuzzy mittens for mom:

  • Easy on and off
  • Keep hands warmer than gloves (in my opinion)
  • Double as a snot rag (yuck!)

Riley is still young enough to enjoy the jogging motion that puts her to sleep.  I haven’t yet had to think of ways to entertain her while we are out.  I know that day is coming soon, but until then I am enjoying having a happy SLEEPY running partner.

 

What are your tricks for running in colder temps?  Do your little ones nap while running?IMG_5566.jpg

Spring Break

Most college students go away on spring break to somewhere sunny and at least 75…. Not me !  I spent most of my time working, catching up on homework, and getting things done around the house.  I’ve been busting my buns working on getting back into the gym most days of the week.  Some days are harder than other.  I work every day anywhere from 4 hours to 14 hours.  This week wasn’t too bad since I didn’t have school at all.

Progress pic, I am finally getting back to where I was pre-surgery 🙂

Monday-Casino shift 7 hours-Ran 4 miles

Tuesday-Casino shift 7 hours-rest day

Wednesday-Bartended 9 hours –rest day

Thursday– Bartended 8 hours / pizza date-Ran 2 miles

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This pizza was huge. It was so large that I could only eat one piece!

Friday-Volunteered-home work out

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I volunteer a few times a month at a food distribution center for needy families within my community.  Today there was a variety of FRESH foods for them.  Yay!!!!  As a Dietetic’s student I LOVE when there are fresh produce items for people to choose from.  A lot of times items are canned or highly processed.  While making sure everyone in the community is fed, I wish there were better food options for them….

Saturday-Double 14 hours-morning run planned!!

Sunday-bartend 8 hours-long run planned , 6 or 7 miles

 

Staying on top of my work outs is my goal for March!  What is your goal for March?

Just a Mile a Day!

After injuries the past few months and a busier than ever schedule (working 3 jobs and taking classes) I am getting back on track!  Running is a great outlet for me; it reduces my stress and anxiety.  I like running outside best, but I do sometimes run on the dreadmill.  I usually shoot for 4 or 5 miles at a time.  However, if all I have time for is 2 than that is better than none!  I used to run 5 miles every morning as soon as I work up, now I run when I can squeeze it in.  After evaluating my mileage records from the past few months and years, I noticed a considerable gap this year.  I am trying to make 2016 my best year yet for a lot of things.  School, work, blogging, and running are all of my top priorities.

I found an interesting article Runners World posted about the benefits of running a mere 5 miles per week.  You can find this article at: http://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/new-research-big-benefits-from-running-5-miles-a-week

“In other words, it takes only about 4 to 5 miles a week of running at 11:00 to 12:00 minutes-per-mile pace to gain considerable benefit. The authors state: This study may motivate healthy but sedentary individuals to begin and continue running.”

who knew that all you needed was a mile a day!

My most recent run on Sunday:

My running splits have been significantly better in the past, but it gives me something to work toward.  My old average mile time was 7:29 min/mile.

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All of my February runs have been outside 🙂

 

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I am making a better effort to keep up on the things I enjoy and me less stressed out than I was last year.  Running helps me relax and refocus my thoughts.

 

How many miles do you run?

Why do you run?

Are you a morning, noon, or night runner?