New House Perks

December 28th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast

One of the nicest perks of our new house would be the regular running group that came built right in to our neighborhood. They run Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and as luck would have it, today is Monday!

I found out about the group from a friend who lives in this neighborhood. He’s been running with them for a while and invited me to join them on a Saturday morning run back in October. I accepted the invite and by the end of the run I was already contemplating what it might take to get our closing date bumped up to that very afternoon.

I emailed my neighborly friend last night to confirm the days and times were still the same and that they were still meeting over the holiday week. When I got the thumbs up that running this morning would be a go, I got my running stuff all set out and ready. The group meets at 6 AM and while I am no stranger to getting up in the 5 o’clock hour – getting OUT before the clock strikes 6 is a whole new ball game.

Yesterday’s journey through my neighborhood streets, to the campus of a large university, through the cemetery and back over the river to make my way home again was great. It was sunny, not too cold and almost all the snow was gone. But when I peeled myself out of bed at 5:40 this morning, I found 6 inches of the white stuff on the ground. The street in front of my house was not plowed and there was one set of tire tracks through the road that showed me just how deep the snow was.

Ankle deep. And it’s still snowing.

So now what? Are they still going to run this morning in this crazy mess? If I was at at the old house, today would definitely be a treadmill day. Do I change out of my toasty purple socks and sexy sweat pants and get in to cold running tights and an adorable pink hat that I knit myself only to find that I’m the only fool that came out this morning? If that were the case, the next step would be to turn around and go home because I’m not running alone in the dark through city streets. Even though the roads are well lit, I don’t know the area well enough to head off by myself when the sky is still black. Well, orange-ish yellowy is more accurate than black really. We’re in the city now after all.

But I digress.

OK, fine. It’s worth the risk. I suited up and off I went, into the orange-ish yellowy snow filled sky, down a tire carved path on the otherwise empty and silent street to make the trek to the meeting location two blocks over. Sure enough, I was greeted by three smiling faces and we were joined by three more folks shortly there after.

Wait. A group of happy, smiling people wearing sneakers and face masks at 6 AM on a cold and snowy Monday morning? Really? Is this a drug run?

I don’t know what it is about running with a group of people, especially considering I barely know anyone besides my friend – but this morning’s cold, wet, orange, snowy and blowy run that was filled with conversation and laughs made today’s run just as good as any sunny and dry Monday morning solo run through my suburban streets or a random treadmill run at an old decrepit gym.

I kept coming back to the fact that if I hadn’t had plans to meet with this group today, I never would have run this morning. I’ve no longer got a gym membership to speak of, so without these plans I surely would have been home this morning wondering what I could do to avoid unpacking or putting away more stuff. There’s no doubt that making plans with a work out buddy can be a powerful tool to keep you on track and motivated and will get your butt out the door when you would otherwise eschew your pink hat in lieu of sweat pants with a large hole in the crotch. (I told you they were sexy.)

Our run took about 45 minutes and when all was said and done I was gone about an hour. Given our somewhat leisurely pace through the ankle deep snow I’m guessing we went about 4 and a half or 5 miles this morning.

My post run breakfast would be an old favorite, fruit cereal.

Monday Fruit Cereal

1 diced banana and 1 diced gala apple tossed and coated in ground flax seed and unsweetened cocoa powder, topped with sliced almonds and chocolate unsweetened almond milk. Who needs grains when there’s fruit to eat?

I enjoyed my fruit cereal while Maxine and her toys enjoyed our generously sized forced air ducts and the big blast of hot air from it this morning.

Hot Air

Looks like I’m not the only one who has found some fun perks that came with our new house.

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19 Responses

  • Your new running group sounds awesome! Talk about serious motivation to get up and out the door on a snowy day.

    Thanks for the reminder of fruit cereal. I’ll bet it would be good with hot almond milk for a cold day too?’s been too long. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Oh, and that picture of Maxine is priceless…haha. ๐Ÿ˜€ We used to have a vent that let up warm air when I was small, and I can remember playing with my toys over it as well. It’s the place to be on a cold morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Jennifer says:

    Oh, man, you must feel like you are on cloud nine!! I swear this house was made for you. What are the odds of getting a new house AND a new running group? I can only imagine how that must be motivating for you and makes the time fly by when you are out running.

    Love Maxine’s pj’s, by the way. :) Too cute!!!

    Did you guys have forced air at your old house? Stupid question but is forced air the same as having a heat pump or electric a/c/heating?

    • Alison says:

      Yes, we forced air at the old house. I’m not sure what a heat pump is but basically we have warm air blown upstairs from the basement from the furnace!

      • Jennifer says:

        Ok….a heat pump just runs on electricity. We have electric a/c and heating so there is no furnace or anything. Yours looks pretty powerful, though, by the looks of Maxine’s hair. (haha)

  • Liz says:

    I love this post!! It truly made me smile. The feeling you get with other people who are just as crazy as you (in regards to exercising at the wee hours of the morning in snow ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) is so amazing and heart warming. I love my exercise buddies and cross country and track friends. They get me, they get the running thing and we have a bond. I am soo happy to hear that you now have a group of people to run with. That is something very special. :)

  • I still sit on top of our heater vents in the living room. I make a “blanket tent” around myself and sit there until I can’t take the heat any longer. It’s wonderful. My husband thinks I’m insane.

    Glad you got a great workout in!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Great job with getting out and running this morning. I have a group of friends who are meeting at the gym in the morning to workout. It’s helping me get out there and actually lift some weights. Without them, I doubt I’d even go! Couldn’t agree more with the accountability aspect of group training.

  • Cindy says:

    oh my gracious…GOOD FOR YOU!

    It was meant to be! For sure.

    So glad you are in your new home and getting settled! Love your fruit cereal too…
    and I love Maxine’s hair…glad to see Ming Ming is there just in case someone needs rescuing!

    Good for you Mama! Snow and all…

  • Your run seriously sounds like mine about a week ago, except my eyebrow and eyelashes froze over. We looked like we were going to rob a bank, but we were giggling the whole 8 miles. :)

    That vent and Maxine is seriously so cute!!! I used to do that same thing at my grandpa’s house at her age!!

  • Libby says:

    How wonderful you have a group to run with. I think you’ll like the earlier starts once you get used to them. I love getting my exercise out of the way early – I seem to get so much more accomplished in the day.


  • GREAT that you found that running group. So nice to have that little perk. Love Maxine’s hair.

  • Erica says:

    SO cool that you have a running group in your neighborhood! Sounds like a lot of fun (in the hat you knit yourself ๐Ÿ˜‰ ;)). I can’t wait to hear more about your runs

  • Amy says:

    I love running with a group or a tleast a partner! I had the best running partner ever when we lived in England, but haven’t been able to replicate her yet since we moved to Japan. I love your style of writing. You always make me smile and today Maxine’s adorable pjs and wild hair made me laugh. Thanks, Amy

  • Crystal says:

    That sounds like a whole lot of fun- even with the snow and cold weather.. I would love to live in a place where this was the norm.. good for you! What better way to make new friends- and keep with the exercise than to have a bunch of random people to go with! Congrats on the new house! P.S. I love the color of your wood floor!

  • SO glad you’re enjoying your new home, your new neighborhood, and your new friends! LOVE the hardwood floors, by the way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Oh, but I don’t think I could ever brave the snow like that. But then, I’m not a runner!

  • Bernadette says:

    I was wondering about the running group that came with the new house! That sounds oh so fun!!! We have a running group by us that I’ve been way to chicken to run with for so many poor reasons and one good reason, they run at night in the dark and I’m not ready to break an ankle just yet.

    And I love Maxine’s hair and moose pj’s! Adorable, that little one is simply adorable!


  • Okay I have three comments

    1. Why have I never made cereal with chocolate milk, I am not too smart am I

    2. That photo of Maxine on the vent might be one of the funniest in weeks

    3. Me and Brad are going to start saving for a house this month so you can only post things about how awesome new houses are because he reads your blog once in a while and I can’t have him changing his mind

  • Sana says:

    What a lovely group of people :) I am always motivated to run when I am with others! I make plans because I feel guilty if I don’t go.