Day 5 of Operation Booyah

So far, so good! Here are some things that have happened since Fat Camp started on Monday:

  1. My skin looks amaze. I started downing water like a pro, and not only do I get extra steps in because I have to walk to the bathroom to pee every hour on the hour, but it helps me not feel so hungry (it’s turned into my own drinking game, every time I feel something that resembles hunger, I drink aqua first). The water – it’s soo, sooo good.
  2. My body has fallen back into a very set schedule. I’ve always been like this – not only a morning person, but someone who thrives on consistency. I fall asleep at around 10 pm, I wake up at 5:50 am (almost on the dot, it’s uncanny). Which is why I’m awake, writing to you folks at 6:30 am on a Saturday. Eye-roll.
  3. Biking to campus for “work” (aka grad school, I still think of myself as part of the workforce and not really a student, since I go in during normal work hours) has been a game-changer. Not only does it wake me up and make me feel energized for the day, but it is so, so relaxing. I don’t have to worry about traffic, I don’t have to worry about getting a good parking spot, I don’t have to worry I’m going to be late because I have to get gas, etc. It is meditative. Since I leave pretty early (around 7 am), the morning dew is still sparkling on the grass, my animal friends make me feel like an animated character in Cinderella, and it’s so, so quiet. At the end of the day, there is nothing better than getting outside in the fresh air after being stuck inside all day. Some days I feel a little grumpy about it, and my car keys sitting on the counter are quite tempting, but I have stuck to it every day and have no regrets!
  4. Tracking my calories/macros is not as annoying as you’d think. MyFitnessPal is a dream come true in an app, for a Fat Camp participant. The best thing? It syncs with my Garmin Vivosmart for step counts and activities (such as runs), and then adds the extra calories I’ve burned for me to eat when I’m active (which I am). Hallelujah! As for sticking to my diet, Volumetrics is the name of the game here – I’ve been eating lots of large volumes of low calorie foods so I don’t feel starving throughout the day.
  5. The mental benefit has been the best. Even though I don’t really “look” different after only 5 days of working out and watching what I eat, I feel totally different. I have more energy, and more joie de vivre – I’m back! My muscles are sore in a good way, my insides feel better when I eat all the green things, and all those endorphins flowing are just spectacular.

The fact that I want this, and am approaching this situation from a place of love makes it different from all of my other endeavors in healthy eating/working out. I want to feel strong. I miss the feeling of being really fit – like I could run a 5K at any moment, go on a super long hike in the White Mountains without wanting to die, do a double header of classes on Saturday morning at BSC with my fave gym ladies. I miss all of that, and I want it back. So working hard for it and sticking to my macros has not been nearly as difficult or soul-crushing as I anticipated. I am working towards the best version of Booyah.

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With that, I’ll wish you all a happy weekend! It’s my first rest day since I’ve started and daaaang do I need it. 🙂

Warmth and love,

L

Simple

It’s past 11 pm. According to my calculations, I should be deep into REM sleep by now. All of my things are ready: my gym bag is packed, my breakfast and lunch are sitting side by side in the humming darkness of my refrigerator. My teeth are brushed. But here I am. Wide awake.

Sometimes things don’t go the way we want them to. I could fill this white page with the clichés: you make plans and the universe laughs at them. Or something like that. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt a true aching need to tap tap tap on my keyboard, illuminated by the glare of my computer screen in my dark bedroom and let the words flow out of my fingertips. A loooong time. I’ll tell you something: I used to write a lot. When I couldn’t sleep, I would sit propped up in bed, a spiral notebook and a ballpoint pen, writing until I finally fell asleep, hoping that I didn’t wake up with ink stains on my bed sheets. When the words built up behind my tongue and buzzed up and down my nerves trying to tumble out, I would commit them to paper. When it seemed nothing made sense, or my mind wouldn’t quiet itself, with unspoken phrases pressing on my temples, I had to liberate my thoughts and manifest them somewhere physical. Spew them out. So let’s do this.

While I was walking to retrieve my laptop out of my impeccably packed work bag, I was thinking of what to write to all of you. Part of me wanted to apologize for not creating new recipes frequently enough. Or providing my detailed workouts on a weekly basis to inspire your own workout/activity. Instead I want to climb right outside of the box and share a (non-vegan, non-active) slice of my real life: change.

Let’s recap. At the end of 2015, I quit my job, left my life behind in Boston, moved to a new state and started graduate school. The first and most immediate adjustment was not being in a real job anymore. No one here cares if you wear a t-shirt that last came out of your dresser in 2006, or roll into class without showering after taking an 8 am spin class. It is so unnatural to not be Ms. Bostonian Senior Scientist anymore – my hands were constantly fiddling, looking for some work to do. The first few days I was here I felt like I was playing hooky from work and would eventually get caught, my manager calling me into his office. Just typing it out – that I’m a student – continues to be so weird and so foreign to me. I still consider myself a working professional, and have to fight the ingrained need to dress in business casual in order to attend Dairy Foods Processing Lab just to learn how to make yogurt. The second, and much deeper adjustment was the quiet. No, I’m not just talking about the fact that I packed up all my sh*t and moved to the woods (I did, in fact). I’m talking about the time available to reflect. My days were always full in Boston, a constant, reassuring cycle – I had my friends, my job, my home – that I took great pleasure in. Leaving all of that was a jolt, a break in a comfortable routine, making room for something new to arise in its place. Here there is time, quiet, and space to reflect on where I am heading and the present that I am creating for myself. My main man Alan Watts really says it best. It has been ages since I’ve read any of his work, until I came across this quote:

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everyone rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves. 

Raises hand* Guilty as charged. For the past two and a half months, I was running around in a panic feeling the need to do, I forgot to just let go and immerse myself in the change. Sometimes we forget that. All of the things swirling around us – over analyzing, over thinking each and every one of them – cloud what is really in front of us (it’s simply us). We are only a tiny speck in the universe. We forget to embrace it, to go out and simply enjoy this beautiful experience.

Life is not so serious. If there is any way to do it right, it is simply to live life joyfully, and not worry so much about the other stuff. Create a present that you love.

 

With booyah zen warmth,

L

Booyah’s Favorite Things

Happy Friday, all! It’s finally here. WHEW. It has been a long, tough week for me, getting back into my regularly scheduled workout routine. I am SORE. Yeow. All I kept thinking when I’ve been working out this week is that these muscles are the ones that will be lifting my couch up three flights of stairs when I move in 17 days…let’s strengthen these babies UP!

Enough about that. I am maybe 46% excited that it’s the holiday season (most of my excitement is being directed toward grad school). I know we are already smack-dab in the middle of Hanukkah, and Christmas is quickly approaching, but I thought I’d share a few of my recent faves that might be the perfect little something for someone on your holiday gift list. Without further ado…

  1. Oiselle Flyte Long Sleeve

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This seamless running shirt is cute enough to wear in real life! The fabric is light, soft, sweat-wicking, non-chafing and of course has thumb holes. The perfect shirt for chilly winter runs and wearing to get coffee afterwards too. It has outstanding reviews and is sure to inspire you to lace up your sneaks and get out there. Find it here: Oiselle Flyte Long Sleeve.

2. Runner Box

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The Runnerbox is filled with all things having to do with running, perfect for your marathoner friends and family: gels, chews, protein shakes, snacks, personal care, running accessories and discounts. Boxes are sent out every two months and cost between $20 and $25, depending on how many months you choose to subscribe. Hi, who doesn’t want a fun gift to open every two months?! Runnerbox also has boxes devoted to cyclists and triathletes.

3. Reach for the Moon Pendant

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This is so CUTE! I randomly came across this collection of necklaces (reasonably priced at around $55 each) with each one having a different meaning. I think it’s such a cute way to wear as a reminder to set your goals high, with a blue moonstone for happiness, blue topaz for joy, love, luck and health; and iolite to open the mind. Adorbs. You can find it at Uncommon Goods.

4. GRID Mini Foam Roller

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I have a serious love affair with my foam roller – it hurts so good! The Grid Mini Foam Roller ($25) loosens tight muscles and helps prevent injuries; it’s a great tool after any workout. This small, travel-friendly roller is easy to store and bring to roll out your legs after you attempt to run off your Chrismukkah feast. It makes the perfect gift for the ones you love. 🙂

5. Garden Jar

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This Garden Jar, although back ordered because it snagged a spot on Oprah’s Favorite Things list, is such a sweet gift idea. It contains three self-watering jars containing basil, parsley and mint. You can grow the herbs indoors in a sunny window and you’ll have fresh herbs on hand when it’s time to throw them in your favorite dishes. SO AWESOME. Find it here: Garden Jar 3-pack.

I hope that you guys all have a fabulous Friday and weekend! The name of the game for me is a) pack it up and b) see friends, so I will be doing that all weekend long. What are you guys up to this weekend? Tell me all about it in the comments.

With warmth,

L

Lazy Sunday Breakfast

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Happy Monday, all! It’s almost Thanksgiving already and I can’t believe it. Time is flying! This weekend, I made an amazing hot plant-based breakfast to warm my bones. It was gray and drizzly on Sunday in Boston, and this meal really hit the spot. I thought this would be the perfect recipe to share today to inspire your own lazy breakfasts post-Thanksgiving. It was my first time making scrambled tofu, and despite the somewhat unpleasant-sounding name, the dish itself was BALLS TO THE WALL. The tofu was crumbled and seasoned with smoked paprika, turmeric and nutritional yeast, and made the perfect high protein replacement for scrambled eggs. I served it with rosemary and thyme seasoned home fries and it made for a very filling, stick-to-your-ribs weekend morning meal. No need to feel left out when your entire family is making eggs and bacon this holiday, you can surprise them with this awesome plant-based breakfast (I bet they will be surprised how much they like it, because it’s flippin’ delish).

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Rosemary and Thyme Home Fries: Often when I make baked potatoes, or have a bunch of Russet potatoes lying around, I will bake a few extra to use for the home fries that my mom made throughout my childhood. She would peel the skin off the cold leftover potatoes, dice them up and throw them into a skillet with sauteed onions and a little olive oil. I added dried rosemary and thyme to the home fries to kick it up a notch. I’ve also mixed half Russet and half sweet potatoes, I’ve thrown in a purple potato for good measure; there are tons of variations you can do to make this suit your individual needs. It’s incredibly easy, tasty and saves well enough to re-use the extra for dinner leftovers. To make these, saute one chopped onion in 1 – 2 tbsp olive oil until softened and fragrant; add the chopped and peeled leftover baked potatoes, and season generously with dried (or chopped fresh) rosemary, thyme, sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook uncovered over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the potatoes have reached your desired level of crispiness, approximately 15 or so minutes. 

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Tofu Scramble

This recipe was adapted from the Oh She Glows cookbook. You can find Angela Liddon’s original recipe on page 33.

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 – 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 16 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 large handfuls of baby kale leaves
  • 1 heaping tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 package extra firm tofu, pressed
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the shallot and mushrooms until most of the liquid released by the mushrooms has evaporated (about 5 minutes). IMG_4670
  2. Add the bell pepper and kale, and saute until the kale has cooked down. IMG_4672
  3. Add nutritional yeast and smoked paprika, and continue to stir over medium-high heat. IMG_4674
  4. Crumble the tofu over the skillet and add the turmeric. Saute the tofu scramble for about 7 minutes, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Angela’s note: If the mixture gets too dry, you can add a splash of veggie broth or water and reduce the heat as necessary. Booyah note: When mine got to that level of dryness, I said “I’m hungry!” and turned the heat off and ate it. IMG_4675IMG_4676
  5. Enjoy! I added some hot sauce (what else is new, you are talking to the OG Spice Queen over here) and ate it up. The leftovers are awesome as a breakfast burrito or breakfast tacos you can take to work, or in a pita. Tofu scramble = not as bad as it sounds. 😉

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I added the turmeric because I thought the smoked paprika was not giving the tofu enough color and wanted to make it look a little more visually appealing. Also, turmeric is chock-full of curcumin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. If you’re interested, you can read all about the health benefits of this spice powerhouse here.

I hope you enjoy making this lazy Sunday breakfast (in your college sweatpants and T shirt from 2001) as much as I did. It’s flippin’ delicious, healthy, flavorful and full of nutrients – full of all the good stuff to feed yourself and your family.

I hope you all are having a fantastic start to your week! Happy Thanksgiving week! 😀

With warmth,

L

Friday Faves!

It’s Fri-yay! Woohoo! I have been a busy, busy bee this week and I’m glad the weekend is in sight. I had a wonderfully butt-kicking workout in spin class this morning and I am ready to take this Friday by storm. I cannot believe how fast time is flying now that the countdown to moving is within 6 weeks! I will be soaking up all of my favorite parts of Boston this weekend and cross a few items off my list of “Must Do”s before I head out. It’s all happening so fast!

Let’s get right into what I’ve been feeling this week:

  1. Drinking Champagne Regularly Could Improve Memorychampagne-01.jpg

…Because we all needed another reason to drink more bubbles. A study published in  2013 in the Antioxidants & Redox Signaling journal found a link between drinking Champagne and preventing memory loss. According to the study, Champagne’s phenolic compounds can actually improve spatial memory — the part of memory associated with one’s environment or ability to navigate — which typically deteriorates in old age. The authors studied three groups of eight rats that completed a maze at the beginning of the study, and then six weeks later after daily champagne consumption (can I sign up for that study?). Interestingly enough, the rats showed a higher success rate after the six weeks, showing that the compounds in Champagne may help combat neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Obviously, the authors did not endorse drinking champagne on a daily basis, but felt imbibing one to two glasses a week may still be effective. CHEERS!

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Bubbles and Booyah Hint: If you’d like a great bottle of bubbles for under $15 (but doesn’t taste like it), try Vueve de Vernay. It’s typically Blanc de Blanc, a white wine made exclusively from white grapes, and it is a Brut (dry) sparkling wine with a touch of fruitness. It’s not vintage dated, to allow the winemaker the flexibility of including wines from other vintages for balance and consistency (and also keeps the price point low). It’s delightful and I found a bottle at my neighborhood liquor store for $11.99!

2. There are still good people in this world.

After falling 200 yards from the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Savannah, GA, this man (see video below) almost gave up finishing his half marathon, but Sgt. John Cain of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department rushed to help.

The runner, Robert McCoy, kept whispering, “I’ve got to finish this race.” Sgt. Cain helped him to his feet, and supported him until he crossed the finish line. It turns out that Robert, himself a cancer survivor, was running the half marathon in honor of his father, who died of cancer that past April. As a gesture of appreciation, Robert swung by the police station that Monday to give Sgt. Cain his medal. “He deserved it more than I did, because if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have finished the race for my dad. He’s the real hero.” But Sgt. Cain called Robert the real hero: “Just his motivation, his dedication, his drive to that race made him a hero in my book.”

Are you crying yet?

After all the horrible things that have happened this past week in Paris, this story gave me a little shred of hope – and reminded me that there is still a lot of goodness in the world. ❤ ❤ ❤

3. Athleta Space Dye Strength Hoodie

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Friend and trainer Sarah did an awesome boot camp last Sunday morning at Athleta, with the store being open to her friends for shopping afterwards. We all fell in love with this unbelievably soft and cozy hoodie, which is sweat wicking and comes in super fun colors. I was the hoodie pusher (the Athleta manager told me I should work there) because I told everyone to try it on because it was just soooo cozy. So we all did. And then, eleven of us bought the hoodie, so now we all match in class together. 🙂 It is really soft, and really cute, and on sale! You can also use your Gap Cash to purchase it. You can find it here.

4. Theo Salted Almond Dark Chocolate

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I love Theo chocolate anyway, but this dark chocolate bar is out of this flippin’ world: it combines 70% dark chocolate with almonds and a sprinkle of sea salt. It’s sweet and salty and has amazing crunch. All of my favorite things in one bar! It’s completely vegan, kosher and soy free. I may have eaten an entire bar for dessert last night. Whoops! Also, these bars were on sale at Stop N’Shop, so if you live in the Boston area and are jonesing for one, check there for a great price.

5. Gardein Crispy Tenders

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These guys are a magical meatless product for when you just don’t feel like cooking. They crisp to perfection in the toaster oven (texture is a big thing for me – they aren’t mushy!) and they taste really good. I personally think these ones are better than the Trader Joe’s version. I ate a whole bunch last night for dinner – six tenders clock in at 300 calories and 24 grams of protein. You can find them in the vegetarian freezer section – I highly encourage you to check them out. YUM!

6. ATTENTION, ATTENTION: MISSY ELLIOT HAS A NEW MUSIC VIDEO!

This is not a drill. I’ve already added this to my running playlist for this weekend’s long run. 😀

Well, I hope that you all have a super booyah-filled weekend! I’ll be romping around Boston soaking it all in. I’ll be hitting the gym for Sweaturday tomorrow to get my sweat on, and I’m looking forward to catching up with my fave Saturday gym gals (the Real Housewives of Medford). What are you guys up to this weekend? Tell me all about it in the comments section.
With warmth,

L

 

Spiced Lentil, Kale & Turnip Stew

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To me, fall in New England means warming and comforting foods, full of flavor and nutrients. I have been a really big fan of earthy flavors recently, and this hearty stew is no exception. I combined the earthy lentils, kale and turnips with a smoky, piquant flavor from the spices, and the result is amazing. This stew has definitely earned its place in my regular fall recipe arsenal. To make this no-brainer stew even easier, I bought pre-cleaned and cut kale, and pre-cut turnips so I could just throw the ingredients together into the slow cooker and walk away. You can also make this on the stove top – just simmer for about an hour, or until the lentils have fully cooked and you can easily stick a knife into the turnips. This is the perfect recipe for a chilly fall day.

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Spiced Lentil, Kale & Turnip Stew

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown lentils, washed
  • 4 cups kale, chopped and destemmed
  • 16 oz package of pre-cut turnips, cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 – 6 cups of low-sodium veggie broth
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a small sauté pan, then add shallots and sauté until the edges are brown. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
2. Place the shallot-garlic mixture, chopped kale, tomato paste, broth, lentils, turnips, and spices into a slow cooker.IMG_4512
3. Close the lid of the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 5 hours, making sure the lentils are fully cooked (and you can easily stick a knife into the turnips).

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Before simmering on high for 2.5 hours in the slow cooker…

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…After simmering on high for 2.5 hours in the slow cooker! Ta daaa!

4. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with crusty whole-grain bread. Enjoy! IMG_4576IMG_4579

Please note: To make this stew even earthier, I sauteed a (leftover) 16-oz package of pre-sliced baby bella mushrooms with half of an onion and a bit of garlic, and added them to top off the stew. I am a huge mushroom lover so to me, it was perfection. With or without mushrooms, this stew is freakin’ delicious. 🙂
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Sauteed mushrooms to add on top! 🙂

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I really enjoyed this stew. It’s simple, hearty, flavorful and full of good things for you. The flavors are complex and warming; it’s the farthest thing from bland as possible. By purchasing pre-cut and pre-washed veggies, throwing all the ingredients together was a piece of cake! I truly hope you all enjoy this stew as much as I did! 😀

 

Fitness update: Today in Sarah’s bootcamp, we kicked some serious butt with jumping, running, planking and shoulder workout drills. We ended by playing a Western New York fave, Knock Out, and finished by playing 5 on 5 basketball. It was super fun, and definitely got my day off to a great start! Who can say they scored some baskets at 6 am on a Thursday? 😉

Have a great day, everyone!

With warmth,

L

Fave Cold Weather Running Gear

Happy Hump Day, all! I did my 5 mile loop this morning and the weather was a chilly 27°F / -4°C outside at 5 am. Brrrr! It’s actually starting to feel like November in Boston.

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When the weather changes significantly (or in weather conditions I’m unsure about), I religiously check Runner’s World What to Wear Running tool. The results of this tool seem more like a suggestion than a tried-and-true fact. More than half the time, I disregard their advice and usually just pick my outfit out on the fly. I feel like they really favor “light jacket, long sleeve technical shirt, tights and sports bra” as their main cool weather outfit. I mean, come on – they don’t even include VESTS in their tool, one of my favorite things to wear running when the temperatures drop. Also – which tights should I wear? The thin ones? Medium thickness? Lulu tech fleece? Brooks Utopia Thermals? I may spend too much time thinking about these things, but being comfortable while running is important to me. I am usually a victim of overdressing, which slows my pace down because I’m either too hot, awkwardly carrying my layers, or stressing about what hooligan is going to steal them out the bushes I’ve stuffed them into. So, I have rounded up my favorite cold weather running gear to share with you.

Ear warmer

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Hats are too warm for me unless we are talking arctic circle temperatures. I like to keep my ears warm, and still be able to put my hair in a pineapple on top of my head (although, there are cute ear warmer headbands with cutouts in the back for your ponytail, if that’s your thing). They are easy to slide up if you’re getting too hot, or even take off and stuff them into a pocket (that almost never happens to me – keeping my ears warm is a MUST). It’s also a bonus that this Lululemon Run and Done ear warmer features 360° reflectivity.

Running gloves

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I found these Mountain Hardwear gloves a few years ago, and I have been obsessed ever since (they have even made an appearance on one of my Friday Faves). This pair has features that I couldn’t do without – every single finger (not just thumb and pointer finger, as is standard with most running gloves) is touch screen compatible (yes), they feature fleecy cuffs to keep cold air out (yes!) and they have a fleece nose wipe patch on the back of the thumb (double yes!). Sadly, I’ve searched the internet high and low for this year’s model, and they must not be out yet. If you’re in the market, keep these features in mind – they are super useful. Also, it’s great to get running gloves with reflective features, as you want to be as reflective as possible when running in the dark to stay safe.

Fleece Running Pants

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Lululemon Toasty Tech II Tights

Let’s be honest: my buns get really cold when I’m running outside in the late fall and winter. To keep ’em warm, I am partial to Lululemon Tech Fleece pants, which have sadly gone up in price (UGH). They are great for 20 – 30°F, but if it’s colder than that you definitely want to pull out the big guns: Brooks Seattle Tights. These are the tights to wear when you won’t skip your run because it’s snowing and blustery outside. I have an older pair (Brooks Utopia Tights) that are so warm, I save them for the coldest days. The Brooks Seattle Tights feature windproof and waterproof panels, zips at the ankles for easy on/off and if you get hot, and are meant to be worn below 20°F.

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Brooks Seattle Tights

Marmot Kitzbuhel Insulated Vest

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This Marmot vest is my favorite vest for cold weather running. It doesn’t look like much, but BOY is it warm! It’s thin and lightweight, but the insulation packs a punch. It has quilted insulation and stretchy fleece panels down the side for warmth and movement. Of course, the zipper helps you regulate your temperature as you warm up or get cool, which I really like. Bonus: it’s not actually for running, so you can wear it in real life too. 😉

Rulu and Wool Everything!

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I love Lulu’s Rulu fabric, but this year’s batch has been thinner than normal and not so great (womp womp). On my quest to move on to bigger and better, I’ve discovered Oiselle Wazzie Wool. Merino wool is nature’s answer for warmth, water-repellent, stink-free and breathable running gear. Oiselle has this super cute side-zip merino wool running top that will definitely be on my Christmas list this year. You can’t go wrong.

Speaking of wool…

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I am obsessed with merino wool running socks. There are lots of great options out there, but SmartWool is a fave. These PhD running socks are actually my favorite, and I wear them for every race (if you have small feet, you’re in luck! They are on sale at REI).

Safety First!

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In Boston, it gets dark really early (at like 4 pm). Nathan has some awesome products for visibility in low-light conditions. I have both the StobeLight and the Pulsar Stobe, which both hook on to your clothes or running shoes and provides visibility to cars, people and bikers. They are super bright and lightweight (so you don’t even remember they are there). It important to be visible so you stay safe while you are logging your miles.

Welp, I hope this helps, at least for now! I’ll be back with more of my favorite gear as the temperatures drop even more and as the snow comes to New England. 😀 This isn’t really a popular opinion, but late fall and winter are my favorite times to run outside. I actually LOVE running in the snow (you can take the girl out of Western New York, but not the WNY out of the girl). It’s much easier for my asthma lungs to breathe without pollen, and I like the cold and quiet since no one is half as crazy as I am and out running in the Baltic temps at 5 am. 😀

I hope you all have a booyah-filled day! Happy Hump Day, all!

With warmth,

L