Blood donation and chilly run.

Woke up this morning and it was again 32 degrees!  I was going to run outside as I don’t like to drive to the gym just to run unless it is precipitating horribly outside.  So, I made some fantabulous oats for breakfast and got right to work:


40 grams of oats, 1 medium banana (part cooked in, a few slices for garnish), blueberry jam, peanut butter.  (Note  it was dark out when I made these, too early).  So freaking good!  Some days food tastes even more amazing, and this was one of them.  Maybe because I was hungry, but not starving like after a workout.

Worked until 10:30 and saw the temp was getting close to 40.  I knew it probably wouldn’t get much warmer, plus we had afternoon stuff scheduled, so here I was contemplating the thought of being cold!


….. nice camera……

I am just a wuss, because the cold only lasts about 10 minutes, then I get hot and sweaty when running, even in almost freezing weather!  3.2 miles of sweaty goodness, although I should have snacked before I went out.

Had a fun lunch of Total Blueberry Pomegranate (love this stuff!), lowfat vanilla yogurt and a chopped kiwi.  I have never had kiwi on my yogurt cereal mash before, and I liked it.  😀


After more work, we took a break to donate blood.  It was lickety split because no one was in line, and my veins were really fast today.  I don’t even think it took 1/2 hour from start to finish at the snack table.

My iron was at 15.4  – Broccoli and chicken rock!!  My iron was higher than John’s LOL.

Afterwards,  I had a bottled water and 1 Lorna Doone (my favorite post donation cookie).

dooneDidn’t want the whole pack because we went out for a latte at Cool Beans, where I spotted my pink item:


I chose a skim latte and it was tasty.


Not too hot, either.  Most times, coffee shops make the lattes hotter than the sun and I burn myself.

Did more work before dinner and then wanted more fall-themed goodness:


Chicken on wheat bread with Cabot reduced fat cheddar topped with cranberry sauce (toasted).  Plus more broccoli – go iron!!

I’ll be working late tonight since I flexed time to donate blood and have coffee.  Plus I have to make more soap.  Busy!  Sitting here snacking on some unpictured cashews while busting out this post.  I admitted them back into the house after being banned for a while and maybe it was too soon.  I’ve eaten too many today.  Think I will put them in the freezer.

PSA:  Don’t forget to donate blood if you are eligible!  It’s a little inconvenient, but you can save up to 3 lives with each donation.  I hope that whomever gets my blood will get a little bit of radiance. 😀

I also found out that it takes 5 days for your body to replace the red blood cells that you donate.  Ooopsss… I have a race on Saturday (weather permitting).  Might be a little slow – or at least that is my excuse and I am sticking with it!

Tomorrow is biking to bagel day, hopefully.  Catch you on the flip side!

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18 thoughts on “Blood donation and chilly run.

  1. debby

    Boy, Lori, I always feel like a weenie when I read about the temperatures that you run in. Here I am, with it no lower than 55 degrees outside, and I am saying ‘its too cold.’ I have no excuses now. I am going to go right now for a short run before I back out!

    And darn if I didn’t forget to get brocolli at the store this week!
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Re-Framing Life, Part 2 =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      I whine a lot about the cold, but you do feel 20 degrees warmer when you run, so that would make it feel like it is in the 60s, which is perfect running weather. It’s just that I dislike the treadmill more than the cold 😀

  2. Barb

    The oatmeal looks particularly yummy! As does dinner…I just made some cranberry sauce last night.

    I donate blood as often as I can. Just started over the past year or so. Something about getting myself healthier made me want to do what I can for others. My iron is always just on the borderline even though I eat lots of good stuff and take a supplement. Last week I had a blood donation gone bad. The vein was good, I was hydrated and the person just couldn’t get it going. She didn’t want to stick me again and apologized saying it was her fault. I felt bad. Now a week later I’m left with a lemon sized bruise on my arm. Next time.
    .-= Barb´s last blog ..Pumpkin Yummy! =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      Ouch! I had one time where the tech hit a nerve and my lower arm tingled for a week or 2. I didn’t donate for a while after that.

  3. Lori

    I don’t like exercising in the cold much either. But I’m kind of a wuss about it. If I access to a gym I’ll use it, but when I go home to my parents in Nebraska during Christmas break I don’t, so I have to bundle up and brave the cold!
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Down, Then Up, Then Down again =-.

  4. MB

    Thanks for donating and reminding me I need to do it again soon. I haven’t gone in so long I don’t even know where my donation card is. Good thing I didn’t go today, they had a shooting at Mass General and locked down the whole place.

    Hope the blood loss doesn’t effect your run this weekend.
    .-= MB´s last blog ..Party Pooper =-.

  5. m i c h e l l e

    Mmmm, I’d pick the Lorna Doone too!

    I am always anemic (just a tad under the lowest number) so I can’t donate. I eat well to so go figure???

    Great eats (esp. the oats!) and good job the chilly run!

  6. Fitcetera

    lol @ your pic.
    you’re too cute.
    and the food … always I love the food.
    chicken and cranberry sauce … well, gees, why haven’t I ever thought of that?
    I can’t donate blood unfortunately.
    I’ve had cancer 3 times … probably not a good donator 🙁
    .-= Fitcetera´s last blog .. =-.

  7. Susan

    Yummm…PB&J oats are always amazing bowls. Although, I agree. It feels like some morning the stars just align or something and that particular bowl is better than usual. Or, I’m just really hungry and easily pleased 😛

    I’m not eligible to donate blood. Apparently I require too much medical attention when I faint.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..There Are No Losers =-.

  8. Josie

    Good on you for donating blood and spreading that radiance around!

    I’m O- and that seems to always be in short supply so I make sure to donate regularly too.
    .-= Josie´s last blog ..9 Minutes =-.

  9. Kat

    Brrr. It is cold here, but not that cold. Good for you for getting out there in the cold and running. I think I am going to shoot for a distance workout on the elloptical today. Thank you for continuing to be an inspiration to me!

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