We’ve had an unseasonably warm January around here. The warm temps were a blessing in disguise for our January 5th wedding (the reception was outdoors), but I’m pretty much over the warm temps now. I know the folks that ran the Disney Marathon last weekend are definitely over them. When I ran the race in 2010 the temps were in the 20s at the starting line (I still shiver remembering how cold that race was), for 2013 the temps reached the low-80s as runners crossed the finish line. Every report I’ve read goes on about how hot and humid the race was, suddenly I’m thankful I didn’t run it as I had originally debated doing so.
It hasn’t felt like January here, it’s felt like April or May. Then yesterday afternoon, we were handed a little cool-weather tease when a cold front moved in with rain and wind. The air grew cooler as the day wore on and continued to cool overnight. The coolers temps aren’t here for long (highs for tomorrow are projected back in the mid-70s) so I made sure to take advantage of them while I could with a good run this morning.
Bliss. Running bliss.
Running with it’s in the 40s outside is so much better than running when it’s in the 60s. It’s crazy how much easier the run feels and how much faster your legs move. I covered 5 miles and loved every minute of it. Man I wish the weather was like this everyday. We’re lucky that we avoid the extreme low temps, snow, and ice that northern runners deal with this time of year, but dealing with high heat and humidity sucks too.
I was craving something warm when I returned from my run. I have a stash of almost-empty nut butter jars that I’ve been meaning to turn into something tasty. Hot oatmeal in a jar? Don’t mind if I do.
In the jar:
- hot oats w/ raisins, cinnamon, raisins, walnuts
- the last of the almond butter
Totally hit the spot. Warm, creamy, and exactly what I was craving. If the temps stay cool, I may see another one of these babies int he future for tomorrow morning as well.
After I finished cooking the oatmeal on the stovetop I accidentally left the burner on (whoops!) and burnt my fingers when I went to clean it later. Such a rookie mistake – always make sure all the burners are off before you start cleaning! Now I have three blistery fingers and it hurts to type. 100% my fault, but I’m still allow to pout over it.
Have you ever made a “rookie mistake” while cooking? My friend Courtney will never let me forget the time I accidentally forgot to put eggs in the cookies we were making. Why are these cookies so odd? Wait – I think I forgot the eggs. D’oh!