A Frigid Five

Can you believe I was wearing shorts and a tank top and dancing on a beach a mere few days ago? Because I can’t.


It’s soooo cold in D.C., but yesterday was sunny so I decided to bundle up and head to my favorite trail for a run. I hate the treadmill!


Yep, that would be snow on the ground! Luckily it wasn’t slippery since there’s dirt underneath.


This is the trail where my friend Ashley and I did a lot of our longer training runs for the Army Ten Miler in October. It’s also where we’ll be training (starting very soon!) for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in March!


I love this trail — it’s flat, goes for miles, and has beautiful views of both the canal and the Potomac river.


My run was actually rather nice once I warmed up! It was refreshing to be outside. Plus, I had entertainment:


It’s so cold here that parts of the canal were frozen solid, and there were some people out playing a game of ice hockey! Not sure if I’d feel safe doing that, but to each their own… note the sweet shoe goal :)


At one part on the trail there’s even an adorable ferry!! Shockingly, it was closed… I can’t imagine why! ;) Certainly not the ice…


I ended up running 5 miles at about a 9 and a half minute mile pace… slower than usual since I kept stopping for photos ;)

Time to figure out dinner and get organized! I head back to work tomorrow morning (I’ll be working on site Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays now instead of from home like in the fall), so I also need to get my lunch ready. Now that I won’t have the luxury of being at home for lunch anymore, I’ll definitely be sharing some fun packable lunch ideas with you all :) I also start class again tomorrow night — my first nutrition course!

Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!


  1. 1

    You are super brave to be running in the cold!!! Have fun in class :)

  2. 2

    I’m at home in Michigan right now and I went outside to run and I was SO afraid I would slip! I chickened out but I’m glad someone was brave enough to take on the snow and ice! Beautiful scenery as well!

  3. 3

    I hate the theadmill too! Every since the blizzard up here in NOVA I have been using my condos gym for running. I did make it out once for 8.5 mile run a few Sundays ago. I thought about going out today but instead I just took a 2 mile (roundtrip) walk to Redbox.

  4. 4

    Welcome back to DC! Definitely chilly out, but I’m so glad it’s sunny at least! I ran on the C&O canal for the first time today and loved it. :)

  5. 5

    Brr, you are one brave soul for running in this cold. I’ll stick with the treadmills. ;)

    I hope the Cherry Blossom Race is a bit more seasonal. ;)

  6. 6

    That’s a gorgeous trail – even with the snow and ice. I have an 8 miler in March and I’m terrified of having to go outside and run in the cold!

  7. 7

    brrr….it looks like colorado :) i love running in the cold…less sweat and exhaustion!

  8. 8

    Looks like my run from yesterday morning. Brrr. I feel the cold just looking at the pictures.

    I can’t wait to see your fun packable lunch ideas. As a RN, I’m always need inspiration on what healthy lunches to pack that are easy and doable! Can’t wait!

  9. 9

    That is such a beautiful place to run, snow or no snow!
    And i’m very curious to see your lunches as well. I have classes and a part time job so there are several times where I have to pack meals, so I can relate! And i’d love some new ideas!

  10. 10

    I am curious to see your lunches. I pack mine every day and don’t photograph it nearly often enough and I really should. :-) You are so brave to run outside in such cold weather – it’s too icey out here to do it.

  11. 11

    Hahaha I love the trail sign. High winds! Nice run, have a great Monday!

  12. 12

    That seems like a great trail! I know, you have had a serious weather change. I bet your miss CA huh?

  13. 13

    I totally saw people playing hockey when out for one of my runs too! It brought such a huge smile to my face. There is something about running in the snow that is so peaceful!

  14. 14

    Brrrrr! That is one cold run!!

  15. 15

    I know this trail! Good one! It’s a bit of a drive for me, but worth it when I can make it on the weekends! Welcome back to the East Coast! PS: where did you get your black headband/ear cover from? I am looking for a black, simple, warm one. Thanks!

    It’s from EMS :) I’d definitely recommend it… soft and fleecy and warm! -Anne

  16. 16

    I’m not a runner yet, but love reading your blog for motivation! Beautiful photos!

  17. 17

    Which trail is that in DC?

    It’s the C&O Canal trail :) -Anne

  18. 18

    thanks for letting me know about the headband. i love EMS!!!!

    No problem! Me too :) They have the best cold weather workout stuff! Plus, 10% discount for students! -Anne


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