03.07.16Top 5 Tips for Running in the Winter

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I’ve been training for the NYC Half-marathon, which is coming up on Sunday, March 20. The training has been a bit brutal with the harsh weather. Even though it’s a milder winter for New York, it’s no easy feat to do long runs in 20-30 degree weather. I’ve compiled a list of the things that have helped me most when running in the cold. What would you add?

  1. Layers, layers, layers. Perhaps the most obvious thing you can do, but it’s so important. For your base layer, be sure it’s moisture-wicking for your sweat. I like a long-sleeve running shirt with either a pull-over or running vest on top.
  2. Keep your head warm. This year, I bought a fleece headband to cover my ears and forehead. Though it’s not the cutest thing in the world, it makes a world of a difference.
  3. On windy days, wear a hat. I love my new Nike running hat! I bought it mostly to shade my face from the sun (I don’t run in sunglasses), but I quickly realized that it’s a lifesaver at blocking wind. Just tilt your head down to let the wind pass over the bill of your hat instead of right into your face.
  4. Pack tissues. This might not be the case for everyone (if not, lucky you!), but my nose runs and my eyes water like crazy when it’s cold outside. Add in running and I am a streaming mess. Yes, you can use your sleeves, but having a few tissues tucked into a pocket or the waistband of your pants is really helpful!
  5. Warm up indoors. Before heading out of the house, do your stretches, jumping jacks, and butt kicks inside to get your body warm and heart rate up. It’ll sting less when you step outside ;).

BONUS: Promise yourself a warm bath when you get back from a cold run for some extra motivation.


02.26.16Friday Finds

Happy Friday! I hope you have a fantastic end to the week and may 5:00 come quickly :). Here are some favorite links lately!


Image from my Instagram. Townhouse where Breakfast at Tiffany’s was filmed.

For the wine and Girl Scout cookie lovers. (Thanks, Bailey!)

In honor of Oscars weekend.

I love this winter to spring transitional style.

I’ll be trying this banana bread recipe in the next week.

How to never regret a purchase.

My new favorite bacon-wrapped asparagus recipe (the sauce!).

A recent addition to our living room.

On my “to read” list.

02.24.16What’s Up-Wednesday

Hi friends! It’s been a little while, hasn’t it? Between work, school, and other life happenings, it’s been a crazy few months! I’m making a conscious effort to get back into my little corner of the world wide web more often – though I can’t yet predict how often. As a way to catch up a bit, I thought I’d link up with some other bloggers who answer some questions on the last Wednesday of each month. Here we go!

What we’re eating this week:
We aim to have home-cooked meals each weekday. Tonight we’re having lemon pistachio ravioli, but I’m really looking forward to my favorite winter meal on Friday: loaded potato soup. That recipe is the best I’ve ever had. I love making a big pot of soup and then being able to eat it across several meals. It’s far from healthy, but it is SO GOOD.


What I’m reminiscing about:
On Sunday night, Rob and I went to the New York Carolina Club’s meet and greet event with several Tar Heel basketball players who now play for the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets. Being around over 100 UNC alum and getting Tyler Hansbrough to sign my jersey made me feel so nostalgic for my fun college experience – so many amazing memories with friends!


What I’m loving:
The Anthropologie Capri candle I got for Christmas. It’s burning right next to me as I type!

What we’ve been up to:
Getting together with lots of friends – new and old, running as much as I can, and redeeming my Christmas gift from Rob: tickets to the NYC Ballet!



What I’m dreading:
Currently nothing!

What I’m working on:
I’ve been working on an article write-up for my Marketing and Branding class today.

What I’m excited about:
My sister coming to visit this weekend!

What I’m watching/reading:
Recently finished reading The Husband’s Secret (SO good) and just started A Praying Life.

What I’m listening to:
I’ve been enjoying Spotify’s free 3-month trial of their premium service! You can follow my current favorites here.

What I’m wearing:
Black denim, black booties, black and white striped shirt, cream poncho.

What I’m doing this weekend:
It’s a busy weekend ahead! We are having a quiet night in on Friday with a Redbox and potato soup (and likely stove-popped popcorn). On Saturday we are going on a lunch double date with friends who also moved to NYC from Charlottesville. We are trying AG Kitchen on the Upper West Side. Then my sister arrives!! We have lots of fun in store, including some yummy meals and our friends’ Oscars viewing party.

What I’m looking forward to next month:
My half-marathon on March 20 and seeing my family at the end of the month!

What else is new:
We finally pulled the trigger on art for over our couch. We had been wanting this framed print since July, and now it completes our room! It brings back memories of the most beautiful animal we saw on our safari in South Africa last summer, and I love the simplicity of it.



What’s up with you?!