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Floridians are wimps

by Meghann on January 13, 2011

(myself included)

Yesterday I saw a runner on the Today Show run behind Al as he was reporting live from the blizzard in Boston. That runner had determination. That runner had guts. That runner was an idiot.

Ok, so he wasn’t an idiot, but he definitely had more love for the cold weather than I do. We all have our limits and I’m safely assuming a blizzard is mine.

I used to jump out of bed at below freezing temps and rock the cold weather running gear with a smile.

(whoa – who allowed me to put that photo on the internet?)

But, after completing Disney marathon last year in temps hovering the 20s – cold weather running is not my friend.

I’ll admit it – I’m a wimp, but at least I can own up to it. There’s a reason I live in Florida and year around shorts weather is one of them.

This morning was a cold morning.

It *felt like* 23 degrees and – to this Florida girl – that’s cold. Florida may still be the only state not covered in snow, but we have a reason to run our heaters and that’s good enough for me.

Not feeling the cold weather love; I bailed on my outside running plans and instead headed to that big fancy gym that I pay way too much for.

Awww… gym – we have a love/ hate relationship. I love you when it’s cold, but I’m just not digging this having to drive X amount of miles before dark to make the most of you. We will be parting ways very soon and, though you’ve been good to me, you will not be missed.

I ran 3 miles on the treadmill while messing with the speeds to entertain myself. Then I spent an extra 15 minutes walking at a 7 incline and reading the latest People. ( I<3 celebrity gossip!)

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As soon as I decided I was heading to the gym this morning, I knew I had exactly 5 minutes to pack my breakfast to enjoy at my desk. It’s situations like these when cereal and yogurt becomes my go-to breakfast of choice.

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A full review of my Fit & Fresh container can be found here (note the giveaway has since expired) It’s seriously one of my favorite breakfast-on-the-go containers. Cereal, Berries, and Yogurt all chilled in one nifty little container.

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Breakfast is served. 🙂

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Served with Hot Tea, of course. 😉

1 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

I SSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOO love the Fit&Fresh container. I bought one right after the first time you posted about them, and I use it all the time. It’s perfect.

2 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

That’s an AWESOME container! I love it!

3 Allison @ PickyEatingRD January 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

I have to admit that I am obsessed with that fit and fresh container. It is perfect for bringing food to work when you don’t want things to mix ahead of time. Chobani is the best greek yogurt out there!
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4 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food January 13, 2011 at 9:37 am

Love the Fit & Fresh!! I’m a florida girl too…and refuse to go running when it’s less than 50 degrees…I’m a MAJOR wimp! haha. At least this weekend it’s supposed to warm up a little.

5 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 13, 2011 at 9:37 am

LOVE that cute container!

All of my family lives in Florida and it’s painful hearing them complain about the ‘cold’ while I’m iced in my house. 😉 But I understand that it really is cold there, too! Especially when you’re used to 80 degree temps! I’d be freezing, too!

I love running in the cold!
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6 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 13, 2011 at 9:38 am

I love Fit n Fresh containers! Your breakfast looks so yummy. It’s been a little difficult for me to motivate myself to get to the gym in the early AM these days since we’ve been getting buckets of snow, but thoughts of warm tea and amazing brekkies are usually enough to get me going. 🙂
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7 rebecca lustig January 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

as much as i feel like i can NEVER get warm, i’m actually looking forward to getting out in the cold today! it’s kind of refreshing!

8 Morgan January 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

Don’t worry about being a whimp, I don’t run in the cold either and I live in Cleveland where it’s cold 60% of the year. I do admire those who will tough it out in snow and temps below 40 but I am just fine feeling like I am running in a sauna on the treadmill.
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9 Amanda January 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

I went from living in Upstate NY to Florida a few years ago…and even so, I was such a wimp when the temperatures dropped down south. I blamed it on the humidity and that “it was a different kind of cold”. Still, no one from NY who was knee deep in snow and below zero temperatures felt an ounce of sadness for me. Stay warm!!
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10 Meghann January 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

It really is a ‘different kind of cold’ 🙂

11 Beth @ Will Run for Books January 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

Hmm… 23 degrees isn’t ideal or anything… but it actually sounds warm to me right now. That’s sad… Oh, Chicago winters.
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12 Anna @ History Running Girl January 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

23 sounds great to me too! Thanks Illinois. Not.
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13 Nicci January 13, 2011 at 9:49 am

I usually love cold winter running, but not this time around…extra cold in Texas. I need to get one of those containers for my breakfast.
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14 Jena January 13, 2011 at 9:49 am

I’m right there with ya on the wimp train. This 20’s weather is stupid. I barely have enough clothes to survive this many cold days in a row =) My shorts are sad, and I’m sporting flip flops around the house so they don’t get lonely.

So far I’ve ventured out 3 times in the 20’s. A few weeks ago when it was down in the 20’s I bundled up eskimo style and went running.

Thankfully this cold spell hopefully won’t last long and we’ll be back in shorts in a week or two!
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15 Ellie January 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

YEP, I am one of those runners who is wearing 4 or 5 layers. Running in the cold actually makes me feel really STRONG and POWERFUL. Let me tell you. Plus I am in love with finding snowy trails that have never been touched and running through them. My Garmin says I’m running about 12 minutes per mile when I do this but it sure makes me SMILE.
It’s all about the attitude
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16 Gabby (Quest for Delicious) January 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

I understand what you mean! It gets ridiculously hot here in Vegas but I almost prefer it to the cold because I like to wear shorts and tank tops. I’m a total wimp when it comes to cold weather too but when you live in a place that gets upwards of 110 degrees, I feel like being a wimp is justified. (;

17 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

I know how you feel! It was 19 degrees here in Jax this morning… I was going to go out for a run, but decided otherwise!
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18 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 13, 2011 at 9:58 am

Yeah, I can’t really say that I’m a big cold weather running fan either. We’ve had about 10 inches+ snow on the ground over the last week or so and it KEEPS coming so… no thanks. I’ll pass on that. 🙂 We’re suppose to have sun and 40 degree temps on Saturday though so I’m definitely getting out of the gym and onto the pavement for that! 😀
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19 Jess January 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

I’m kind of a wimp now, but last year I trained for a marathon Nov.-April. Some mornings my team would meet to run and it’d be single digits outside. It was kind of nice. Amazingly I still managed to overheat and peel off layers. I think my ideal running temp is about 38 degrees.
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20 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

that container is AWESOME! wow. i want one.

and i’m a cold weather wimp too! i’m a wisconsin girl, but that doesn’t mean i like to run outside. take me to the gym from november-february at least!
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21 Vikki January 13, 2011 at 10:10 am

Also a wimp. I would be terrified of falling on a patch of ice. I live in SC and I’ve already done that twice this year. I have exceeded my yearly quota for ice falls. I will not be running/walking outside until the temperature hits 40 degrees and the ice is off the ground.

22 Meghann January 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I’ve only slipped on Ice while running once – during the Disney marathon – and it was NOT a fun experience. Totally with you on this one.

23 Ann January 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

That’s a neat container! I need something like that. Your breakfast looks delicious all mixed up!
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24 Maryann January 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

What a convenient breakfast container!

Don’t worry, southern Californians are wimps too 😉
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25 Theresa @ActiveEggplant January 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

You are SO right! I moved to FL for the warm temps darnit – so this winter (and last year) are just killing me! I moved here from the “snow belt” in PA, so I know how bad winters really can be – but when you go from temps in the 70s to the 30s over the course of 3 or 4 days it’s a real shock to your system. My running group actually cancelled our morning run today because the temps were so low!
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26 Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! January 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

My parents just arrived in Florida yesterday from (freezing cold!) Canada and even they noted how cold it is, so don’t beat yourself up too much! lol

27 Bobbie January 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

OMG- I packed the EXACT same breakfast this morning. Good right? 🙂

28 Meghann January 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Delicious!

29 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

I’m a wimp too! 60 degrees is cold for me 🙂
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30 Kelly January 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

I gave up on trying to get to the gym in the morning during the winter, after work workouts for me.
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31 Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing January 13, 2011 at 10:40 am

I tried for days to convince myself to go run in the 30 degree weather. Then I would look outside and see the trees swaying in the wind and turn right around. Luckily I have an indoor bike trainer and a gym membership. 🙂
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32 Mimi January 13, 2011 at 10:41 am

To your credit, even though I’m a native Michiganian, I wouldn’t have run in those temps, either!

Plus, going to the gym means an excuse to read those celeb gossip magazines. My fiance makes fun of me, but I like catching up on Hollywood every now and then!
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33 Hangry Pants January 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

That’s funny because when I see Floridians run in the summer heat I feel like a wimp. I’d much rather bundle up in the winter than run in the summer!

34 Aleyta January 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

Yummmm!! Breakfast looks awesome!
My fav is vanilla 🙂
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35 MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan January 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

My daughter in Tampa is whining about the cold. She forgets that she is a Buffalo girl at heart. We wear shorts when it’s 30!
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36 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

Stay warm there. I heard it was the coldest December in 100 years in Florida.

37 Jennie @ Designed To Be Fit January 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

I live by the water and it’s not so much the cold that gets me, but the wind! It seems like it’s always so much windier when it gets cold like this. Still happy to be the only state without snow. 🙂
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38 Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow January 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

I’m coming at ya from Boston girl and I totally agree- that runner was an idiot! Determined, focused and strong yes but still crazy! : )
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39 Michelle C January 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

Ahahahah. I live in Boston and at around noon I contemplated running, but when I saw the snow was almost up to my knees!

40 Kiran January 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

My hands are freezing just as I am typing this comment. Now I miss Spring. Come soon please?

41 Meghann January 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Agreed. I’m ready for Spring 🙂

42 Rae January 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

Im with you sista. Of course living in NY, I have little choice and bundle up my cold self for 2 hour runs in 15 degree temps 🙁 My advice if you dont have access to the ‘mill? Do loops 🙂
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43 Nina January 13, 2011 at 11:28 am

Guess I’m crazy…I went for a 6 mile run yesterday at 10 am, in the middle of our blizzard here in Boston. It was surprisingly awesome and I felt really hardcore when I was done haha! So much better than the treadmill, in my opinion.

44 Meghann January 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Yep – crazy! You didn’t happen to run by a camera crew for the Today Show did you? 😉

45 Nina January 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

haha no, but that would have been awesome!!

46 michelle January 13, 2011 at 11:29 am

I go in stages with being a wimp when it’s cold out. Sometimes I just dont have a choice if I want to get a good workout in.

47 michelle January 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

Oh, and I love that container!
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48 Vanessa January 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

i just have to say i love your breakfast today. i usually do fiber one cereal and oikos yogurt.. i was just wondering do you count calories

49 Meghann January 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Nope – do not count calories. I like to switch it up with different yogurts and cereals just to keep it interesting 🙂

50 Heather January 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

I need to get one of those containers – it looks amazing to bring breakfast to work in.
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51 Christin@purplebirdblog January 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

That container is the coolest!!
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52 Amanda @ JustAmandaJ January 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

I woke up to it feeling like 23 out, only difference is it stays that way all day here :/ I miss FL, no more wanting to live in the seasons, I told my Husband we can vacation in the seasons! Although, amazingly I’ve acclimated pretty quickly from having to take my puppy out every morning.
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53 Tina January 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I sort of agree about the idiot part, but it makes us tough runners!
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54 Mandy A January 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I lived in Orlando till I was 20 and then moved up to Nashville, where I’ve been ever since. 11 years later and I STILL don’t like winter!!! I’m not a big fan of snow.. it’s pretty and all.. but driving in it is the pits. Especially here, where we’re just not equipped for it and everyone gets in accidents trying to get around in it!

It’s been snowing here since Sunday… I’m ready for it to be done 🙂

Still a Floridian at heart… always will be 🙂

55 Hope January 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

That container is so cool! I definitely need to get one of those!
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56 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I have been running indoors on the treadmill almost exclusively this winter.

57 Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner January 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I DESPISE the cold! I was at the gym today 😉

And I have that breakfast container!

58 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I LOVE the Fit and Fresh container! I’ve had one for a few years, and still use it!
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59 Evan Thomas January 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I ran 4 miles in 30 degrees today around my neighborhood. It was a little surreal running next to snow drifts almost as tall as me and head on against a snow plow, but it felt bad*ss

60 Allison @ Happy Tales January 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Hey I just found your blog recently! Just wanted to say that I also, am not the bigggggest fan of cool weather running, although, I’ll do it. I just want spring to come around!

61 Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hey I don’t run outside in the winter in my neck of the woods either . . . mostly because there is way too much snow
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62 kathleen January 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I grew up in florida and then moved to boston (now I am in pittsburgh). One of my favorite things is running in the snow. Seriously, it sucks for the first half mile. But once your lungs warm up and your nose stops running. Nothing beats winter running when it’s snowing. I love the crunch noise the snow makes under your feet and once you are finished and you walk into your heated house. You feel as if you an conquer the world. Now, it tends to feel warmer out when it’s snowing. So there’s a big difference between 20 and snowing and 20 degrees with no snow. The later tends to just feel bitterly cold.
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63 Katherine: Unemployed January 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Georgians are wimps too! I feel ya
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64 Mandy January 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

What is that cereal? It looks yummy!

65 Meghann January 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm

It’s a mix of Kashi GO Lean, Greenwise Flax Flakes, and Attune Granola Munch.

66 Monica C. January 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I am so right with you. There was a time when I would brave the elements and wrap myself up so I could feel like a “real runner” (mind you, I live in Dallas, so I think the coldest temps I’ve ever run in were somewhere in the 20s). Now, though – I know I’m not going anywhere but the treadmill if it’s less than about 45 degrees!

I need to also say that I am LOVING the fact that you’re on a training hiatus, because I am, too. My last marathon was also on December 5 and I am not currently training for any race. I’m just trying to mix it up – still running, but short distances, doing workout DVDs and yoga (tried Bikram yoga for the 1st time earlier this week and loved it). I’m loving this mix-it-up fitness mode and it’s great observing you living it in your blog!
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67 Meghann January 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm

aww.. thanks! I’m loving that I’m not training for anything specific too! It gives me so much more flexibility with trying new things!

68 Kristen January 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I wish I had seen the Today Show guy. I felt pretty bad ass yesterday running in 19* weather with a windchill of 6*! And I HATE cold! I like to live vicariously through you and all the other Florida running blogs I read! Enjoy your warm weather, and believe me, we’re ALL jealous! ;o)
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69 Kacy January 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I hate driving to the gym in the dark too, and running in cold weather. I miss summer!
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70 Kara January 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm

My love of celebrity gossip has gotten me through so many workouts.

Running in the cold is only bad for the 1st mile, after that, you’re warm!
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71 natalie (the sweets life) January 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I hate the treadmill but sometimes it’s the only way!! I’m a wimp too!
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72 Lacey @ Lake Life January 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Thanks for posting about your cereal container again! I meant to pick one up when you first posted but had completely forgotten about it.
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73 Lauren @Hungry Dancer January 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Living in SoCal I am also a warm weather kind of girl. The cold freaks me out! hahah. I am always amazed at how awesome of a runner you are! Running is the one thing that’s harder then anything for me! Any tips on how a novice runner can learn to actually enjoy it?
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74 Lauren @ Running Examiner January 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I yearn on a daily basis to live in Florida! Running just sounds SO much more pleasant there. Urging the Florida-born boyfriend to find a job down there so we can relocate…

(He’s willing!)
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75 Sana January 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I loveee hot tea on a cold day!
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76 Lauren January 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I agree! When I was in Colorado this past week, I saw someone running outside in the high altitude when it was only 1 degree outside! That night, it got down to -30. Ahh!
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77 Allie January 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I NEED one of those containers. I was just saying how I wished something like that existed.
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78 Lauren @ Team Giles January 14, 2011 at 12:46 am

Girl I’m a huge wimp this winter. I just can’t get my southern-self to go out and run in this cold. No thank you.

And seriously… I NEED that Fit&Fresh container… I have a salad one, but I’ve never seen that one. Totally perfect for my breakfast. I’ll be on the hunt for them now!
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79 @stampylisa January 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm

ugh, i was down there in FL from 1/5 til 1/15 and it was cold almost every one of those days. I think there was one day that was warm where I was in Palm Coast. bleh. and now I’m back here in IL and it’s been snowing all day. I can’t win for trying.

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