A Rainy NYC Run

Before laying out my running clothes last night, I checked the weather forecast, and it projected cool temperatures and a light drizzle this morning. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this!) Strangely enough, I don’t mind running in the rain; in fact, I kind of like it.  Maybe it’s because I’m from Central New York (my first thought is “at least isn’t not snowing!”).  Or maybe it’s from years of playing softball and field-hockey during downpours.  For whatever reason, I have a strange affinity for rain-running—I set my 5-K PR of 21:13 during a rainy race—so passing up today’s run because of the less-than-ideal weather was never an option.

Even in the mist, making my way along the West Side Greenway was awesome.  Sure, my legs turned red and my curly ponytail somewhat resembled a wet dog, but it was totally worth it.


Before jumping to breakfast, here’s a quick look at what I prepare for last night’s Meatless Monday dinner:  white bean, kale, and mushroom soup.

Oh.  Em.  Gee.  If all my attempts at making soup result in this level of success, Fitness and Frozen Grapes could turn into a soup and seafood (and sushi!) blog.  Recipe coming your way tomorrow!

Oh, and dessert.

Pretty predictable at this point, right?


Anyway, after my wet run, I made an open-faced breakfast sandwich with spinach, egg whites, and yellow peppers.

Plus a slice of Ezekiel low-sodium bread.

After my meal and against my better judgment, I wandered through Times Square in search of Jay Robb egg white protein powder.

The GNC near me didn’t have any in stock, so I decided to brave the throngs of tourists.

I mentally prepared for the worst, so the walk wasn’t as bad.

And the guy working there gave me a free gold membership card, which I’m sure they do all the time, but still.


Back at my apartment, I heated up a bowl of leftover soup.

It’s possible it tastes even better today.  I’m off to track down an apple-almond-butter combo.  Have a great day!

Does your fitness routine change when the weather does?  Do you like running in the rain?

20 responses to “A Rainy NYC Run

  1. Yes! I legit hate running in the cold and running in the rain is even worse. Glad you are having a good time in NYC! It sounds like it-I’m secretly jealous LOL! Running in rain is seriously the worst though-I don’t think I can stress that enough.

    • The only type of weather I object to is hail–that’s just dangerous!

      • HollieisFueledByLOLZ

        Oh geez! For sure. I actually did my longest run ever of 19 miles (9.5 out and back) and it started hailing at the halfway part so far so that I couldn’t see five feet in front of me. It was nuts!

  2. You know what is even worse, checking the weather on your phone in the middle of the night. That is what I call running fever. haha. You make me want grapes, a lot.

  3. I have been lucky enough yet to not have to run in the rain, just cold and dark lately. Glad things are working out for you in NC city.

  4. Excited for this recipe! It looks delish. I always think soup tastes best a day later, when all the flavor develops!

  5. I think I’m going to go to the Union Sq. Greenmarket this weekend and pick up some fresh grapes to put in my freezer haha. Great idea!

    • I love the Union Square Greenmarket! I haven’t been there this season, so I need to swing by soon. You’ll love frozen grapes! 🙂

  6. Carrie, these recipes are so inspiring!! What did you use for the base of the soup? Is it vegetable stock? I’ve never made my own soup, but I feel like it could be such a simple (and delicious!) meal!!

    • Low-sodium vegetable stock! 😉 This was my first time making soup, and I’m so pleased with how well it turned out. Although, I don’t know if you can really mess up something as simple as soup, lol.

  7. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see regular New York City pictures! I will live vicariously through you 🙂

  8. I straight up hate running in the cold and the rain is even worse. Luckily, I live in Southern California and it rains maaybe 3 days a year. I tend to run in the gym anyway so I should shut up because this really isn’t a problem for me! haha! Love seeing the NYC photos, makes me want to travel! I’ll be living through you for awhile…hope you don’t mind! 🙂

  9. I continue on – rain or shine! But that may be, like you mentioned, because I spent most of my childhood playing organized sports in torrential downpour.
    Unless you have the genes of The Wicked With of the West, I say go for it! Get wet. You only live once!

    As for your soup, it looks awesome! I’m a huge fan of soups on cool, rainy days, so good choice. Also loving the fact that you slid some kale in there. I must try that some time.

    Good luck on your next run.

  10. I kind of love going for a run on a rainy, dreary day too. Depends on what mood I’m in, but sometimes it’s seriously all I want. I went to school in Ithaca, NY, close to where you’re from. Maybe that is why we like the rain!

  11. I love running in the rain (as long as it isn’t freezing outside or thundering and lightening)! I’m glad you got out there!

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