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Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Running | 7 comments

That Time I Ran Central Park When it Was 23 Degrees Outside

This morning when the alarm went off (Atlas being the ‘alarm’) at 6:15 I surprised myself. I decided to get out and go for a run through Central Park rather than going back to sleep after feeding Atlas.



As I was feeding Atlas I had this mental conversation with myself:

“I’ll feel better after I run.” 

“No, I’ll feel better after I sleep for 3 more hours.” 

“If I don’t run now, I won’t get to run at all today and I really want to run today.”

“If I don’t sleep now, I may not get to crawl back into this perfectly warm bed until midnight tonight. That’s so far away. I really love this bed.” 

“The weather app says it is 23 degrees. What does 23 degrees even feel like? I bet that will make for a nice run because my legs will go numb. But I bet that wind hurts my face. Such a pickle.”

“Did I order cookies last night? I did, didn’t I. Oh man, and I ordered that brownie too. Topped with cookie dough. Gosh, that thing was awesome. Did I eat all that? I think I did. Dangit.”

“Yep, time to get in my running clothes. Better bundle up.”

After layering up real good, I headed out the door before I could change my mind and I’m so glad I decided to brave the cold! The cold air woke me right up and while it was painful at first to this Florida gal, I felt good once I got into a groove. It was such a special way to start the day because it was my first run through Central Park. It was almost euphoric to run in such an iconic area. I hope it is the first of many great runs through that incredible park!


I finished just under 4 miles before heading home to walk the dogs while Dave and Atlas continued to sleep.


I can’t wait until I’m able to run the entire park loop. It is 6 miles, but I didn’t have the time this morning because Dave had to get to work, which meant I had to be home with our little man. And if I’m being honest, I wasn’t feeling 6 miles today. I’m still easing back into running post pregnancy.

After walking the dogs, I came home to kiss Dave goodbye and quickly change into warm pj pants, a long robe and super cool socks to get warm.

IMG_3727 You know it is cold outside when you need to get into warm clothes AFTER a run.

What’s the coolest place you’ve ever run?

What motivates you to get out of bed and run in the mornings? 

Obviously for me, it is brownies slathered in cookie dough. Speaking of which, I better get to that…make sure I’m motivated tomorrow morning. 😉




  1. I definitely think food plays a part in my motivation 😉 I love that you went out for a run!! That is great. It probably made your entire day even better 🙂 I wish I could run in the morning, but I just don’t do the dark and it’s too dark for too long! haha
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    • It did make my day so much better! I accomplish so much more when I get my run knocked out early! And I agree with you – running in the dark is for the birds! I only went this morning because it was light outside. Dave offered to get me a jacket with reflectors so I could run in the dark and be safe. I assured him I wouldn’t be waking up at 5am to get in a run during the winter so we should save our money on the jacket. haha

  2. I find it amazing you are running in 20 degree weather and even more amazing that the voices from the internal debate sent you down the path of sweating over sleeping! I can’t wait for it to get warmer and be your co-runner on the 6 mile loop that you are striving for 🙂 You are such an awesome runner! Love you dearly! BFF…AE
    Oh what gets me motivated to run in the morning?! Every work out is dedicated to my father!

  3. I am so proud of you!! My favorite saying to get my butt out of bed is that I never regret a run – and it helps when I remind myself that if I don’t get up and do it now, it won’t happen later today.. .;)
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  4. The coldest I’ve ever run in is in Seattle….37 degrees. I can’t imagine what 14 degrees cooler feels like.

    What motivates me to run in the morning is knowing how good I’ll feel afterwards!

    Stay cozy!

  5. This post totally motivated me to make brownies and cookie dough 🙂 I do the same inner dialogue in the mornings before working out, usually accomplishing the workout when I convince myself how much better I will feel once I am finished!!
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  6. Your conversation with yourself made me laugh!! HAHA. I totally KNOW what you mean, girl.

    You should be proud of yourself though–that is impressive. 23 degrees is COLLLLLLLD.
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