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Long Run and a Winner!

Happy Sunday everyone! How’s the weather in everyones neck of the woods? It was supposed to be sunny and 70 here today but its cloudy, windy and 60 boo!!

At least I could still run!

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Very slowly but 13 miles none the less! I have a BIG issue with starting too fast. I am really bad at pacing myself as well as holding a pace. I bounce between 8:30 min/mile and 10:40 during almost all of my runs, not helpful.

Part of it was actually really exciting! I took my normal path but instead of looping where I normally do I kept running. I know the area from driving but have never run it. I ended up on a muddy path leaping over roots and branches ( I felt super bad-ass) plus it was downhill for almost a mile so I was FLYING! The only bad thing? It really pooped me out and then I had to go uphill on the return… no fun, no fun. Plus I ended up in a not so great part of town, unhappy moment. But at least it was an adventure!

I woke up extra early for this run because PerMa asked me to come to her church with her for the last sermon of the season. It was actually really nice and it was the flower sermon so we came home with some lovely decorations

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Post- run and pre-church I of course had breakfast! Overnight oats are so great for after a long run because right after, I’m starving, thirsty and I don’t want to think or move.

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Peanut Butter Thin Mint OIAJ

1/3 cup raw oats

1 scoop chocolate whey protein

1 stevia packet

enough water to cover

the rest of the PB

Let sit over night

In the morning

1/2 banana

Frozen mixed berries

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And what some of you have been waiting for…

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A winner!!


The White Chocolate Peanut Butter sounds amazing, I would love to try that.

Devon from Running to Balance!!

Congratulations beautiful girl! E-mail me your mailing info (Caitlinoco@aol.com) and I’ll ship your goodies out ASAP!

Alright my lovies, I must eat and stretch, have a relaxing Sunday!

Peace!

Caitlin

Tell me about an adventure you’ve had recently!

What’s your favorite post workout meal/snack?

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Meet Kate!

Hi everyone! So most of you know that I love running and am currently in training for the Chicago Marathon in October. However, I have only been running just over a year and only ever run by myself. I thought it would be fun for you all to get a different perspective on running in relation to other sports and with other people.

I asked my friend Kate to share her experiences with you, she is the sweetest girl you will ever meet and sent me this post in no time flat. So without further ado, say hey to Kate!

I’ll be back this evening, see you then!

Hey! Caitlin asked me to guest-post, so here I am. My name is Kate, and I go to school with the lovely Caitlin (we lived on the same floor freshman year!). I was a relatively serious gymnast from ages 4-17, had a stint with cheerleading, and started pole vaulting at age 15 and continue today. I am proud to say that I celebrated my two-year anniversary with distance running just this week.

It all started half way through my last season as a gymnast. I abruptly decided to quit for personal reasons unrelated to the sport, my team, or coaches, and shocked everyone, including myself. When a Beloit-bound friend from high school made the choice to run cross-country, things got interesting. I was very skeptical of distance running. But he really wanted a running buddy, so I caved and said I’d try it. Track wasn’t til spring and what else was I going to do my first year? I found running to be very relaxing. When he and I ran together, it was a great way to unwind and share stories about our days, and when I was alone, it gave me some time to think. Oh, it was difficult, but I liked that challenge. Since I’d quit gymnastics, I’d really missed that every day, give it all you’ve got, no off-season kind of mentality.

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The team. You never have to stop being part of the team, ever. There’s an alumni race every year and people come back decades after they graduate. It’s an awesome way to stay connected, and to meet the newcomers. This was taken just this past season.

So, there I was, a novice runner on a collegiate team. I was very intimidated, but the team was incredibly supportive and a complete blast. I got lost on the third day of practice, and the captains came and found me at my dorm to make sure I was ok, and my coach called me because he didn’t want me to quit. I wasn’t (and still am not) very good, but I do believe that running has been on of the best things that could have happened to me. I love racing, being at the starting line with your team that’s really more like family, when you hear your running brothers cheering from the sidelines, making up goofy things to do, that great race, your coach going nuts about your new pr, those moments after chatting about goals and new strategies. I love that feeling after a hard workout when you know you’ve just done something awesome. I love annoying the crap out of our coach with top 40 pop music that he hates (as our revenge for 6:30am Monday practices). I love knowing your team is always going to be there when you want to stop trying. I love eating together, hanging out together, getting into mischief together. And I love summer and break running, knowing that what I do isn’t just for me, it’s also for the team.

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Prime shenanigans example, there’s an annual camping trip at the beginning of the season that involves running, bonding, donut burgers, and a little mischief when the coach goes away…

I know many runners never get to experience being on a competitive team, and I’m sure it’s not for everyone. But I truly love knowing that someone else is benefiting from me competing at my best, and that they’ll still be there at my worst.

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Me and my girls. This is from my freshman year, right before our home race. The boys are in the corner being less cool than us. They are jealous of our matching outfits. (The boys and girls teams practice together every day, and we are extremely close and only a little bit rivals)

My Love Story

I have something personal to share with you all. About a year ago, I fell in love, extremely in love. I need my love every morning. I never forget about it, I can’t function without it. 201106050837.jpg

Breakfast, I love you.

I realized how strong my love is when I woke up this morning slightly cranky and tired. I immediately decided to skip early morning yoga and thought I should take a complete rest day. I stumbled downstairs, made a yogurt oatmeal bowl and within 2 minutes of eating felt better and ready to take on the day.

I know not everyone shares my love, but oh I wish they did! I actually have never really been a breakfast skipper however for most of high school and my freshman year of college the options were basically


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Or of course if I are breakfast in the dining hall something like this


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But I also had pizza as an after school snack so there you go.

When I decided to lose weight (initially in the healthy way) the first thing I knew was I had to get breakfast under control. I’d always read about the benefits of eating a good, filling breakfast

  • Breakfast enhances your body’s metabolism.
  • Eating breakfast improves your daily nutrient consumption. Even a simple breakfast can provide you with a great amount of vitamins like vitamin B6, A, minerals like calcium, iron, etc.
  • Breakfast is essential for improving your concentration and productivity throughout the day.
  • It is also observed that eating a healthy breakfast plays an important role in controlling weight gain.
  • Eating breakfast also reduces the risk of heart diseases and is also essential in checking your cholesterol levels.
  • Breakfast keeps you energized the whole day and controls your hunger pangs and snacking urges.

I got into a rotation of either oatmeal of cheerios with skim milk and strawberries, occasionally scrambled egg whites with veggies and on the weekend one big pancake with flavored yogurt and fruit or a whole wheat bagel sandwich with cream cheese and veggies.

This was January of 2010 and I have eaten breakfast every single day since. Obviously my tastes have evolved


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Protein Bakes


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Microwave Pancakes

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AMAZING YOGURT BOWLS


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Breakfast Cookie Dough

And of course


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Oatmeal/ Overnight oats ❤ ❤ ❤

This morning I enjoyed a yogurt parfait, not pictured but it was greek yogurt, oats, rice chex, a banana, truvia, and cinnamon in an almost gone almond butter jar. Delicious =).

Alright, I must decide what to do with my day. Have a great Sunday all!

Peace!

Caitlin

What’s your all time favorite breakfast? Ignore nutrition! All time, ignoring nutrition… either french toast or a big blueberry muffin with sugar on top like from Panera or Starbucks.

Favorite summer time fruit? Cherries!

Pick my workout please! Power walk? Vinyasa Yoga? Zumba?

National Running Day!

HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!!!

You know you want to bust out your sweet running kicks and hit the streets!

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I just got NEW sweet running shoes, Mizuno Wave runners 14, LOVE THEM, LOVE THEM!

Running has amazing benefits for your mind and body, it can

Aid in weight loss and maintenance

Has been shown to relieve symptoms of depression

Boosts your immune system and metabolism

Can improve balance and coordination

Releases endorphins so you feel amazing afterward!

Never run before? Not a problem!

Try the coach to 5k program from cool running

OR my personal favorite (that I still use EVERY TIME I run) olympian Jeff Galloway’s Run/walk/run method


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Jeff has used this method to coach his runners to sub 3- hour marathons. It is not wimpy, it is still running, it is amazing for new runners or seasoned runner who want to prevent fatigue and injury (who doesn’t want that?!)

If it’s you millionth run today, or your first, just give it a shot! Believe me you won’t regret it, I sure never did =D

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Peace!

Caitlin

Are you a runner? Are you celebrating today? How did you get into running?

Not a runner? What do you like to do instead?!

Shopping, Gardening and Yogurt

Hello all!! My has it been forever?! I’ve been somewhat busy, my older sister has been home for a total of 5 days in the past 2 weeks before she goes away for the whole summer so I’ve been spending my time catching up with her! We spent some quality shopping time together

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The car that we share

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She always like to drive =)

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We ended up at the best place in the world… TARGET!! Our main goal was shoes

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I made away with some boat shoes. Uggo picture but I promise they are cute!

She’s leaving super early tomorrow morning so we had a fun goodbye dinner tonight.

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Delicious fluffy bread ( I had two)

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All three of us got different salads! Big sis got the falafel (she’s stubborn about her food posing for pictures =P)

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PerMa got the Spinach

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And your one and only fave permanent blogger got the fatoush! Lettuce, cucs, green pepper, tomato, pickled turnips, and pita chips. It doesn’t look like much but the bowl was deep and it was FILLING, I didn’t even finish it. But that’s ok, I needed room for dessert!!

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Menchie’s Frozen yogurt JUST opened near us, of course we had to try it!

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Mine on the left, blueberry yogurt with mango and graham crackers and PerMa’s on the right, chocolate with graham crackers and peanut butter sauce. Again with the stubborn sis but she got mango sorbet topped with blueberries and raspberries (she’s vegan).

Annnnnnd in some other news. I have been running.

10 miles saturday, 4 miles with 2 miles of hills today plus body weight exercises.

Cross training, power yoga on Sunday and total conditioning group fitness on Monday.

And gardening.

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In my running clothes… after my 10 miler, I then took a nap.

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But PerMa did a BEAUTIFUL job!

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And eating lots of oats in a jar

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I AM SO SAD YOU ARE GONE

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Oh, I was also sick one day

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So cinnamon and I hung out

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And watched three twilight movies in a row. I must have Taylor Lautner, I will have him, mark my words.

I think that’s a long enough post for you all! I’ll try to catch you up on everything over the next few days, be back tomorrow with June goals and a may review/telling you how I failed =)

Peace!

Caitlin

Do you have siblings? Do you like to hang out with them?

What did you do over memorial day? Yard work? Pool?

Twilight, yes or no?

Bad Blogger!

I’m so sorry friends, I realize I’m the worst blogger in the world! Truly it’s just been laziness (I believe created by the horrible weather that we’ve been experiencing). So let me break down my last few days for you!

Half Marathon

This past Sunday I ran my first half marathon. it was the Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k.

Me and my mom ran it plus my sister came up from school (she’s an hour from home) with a friend of hers and they ran it too! It was a lot of fun to have so many female, runners together, even for just one night!

I got up at 5:30, got dressed and everything together that I hadn’t the night before. I ate a honey roasted PB and banana sandwich on whole wheat toast and we were out of the driveway by 6am!

We had to park about 1/2 a mile away from the start so we got a good warm up in. The start was right outside of Browns Stadium (<3 Peyton Hillis <3) so we got to use the bathrooms in the stadium before instead of port-o-potties.
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The first 5 miles were on highways and hills. It was fun to run on the highway but I very stupidly took aleve before the race so for this whole time I thought I was going to vomit. Eventually the feeling passed and the second hour flew by, was great and super fun! Especially going over the huge bridge!

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Love the statues =)

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During the race I had water and poweraid at every stop plus to 8 ounce bottle of water and one of gatorade I had with me. I also had 2 GU’s, I normally use beans but after this I am switching to GU’s, they just worked better for me!

My time was pretty slow but not horrible.

Workouts

Monday– 45 VERY EASY elliptical, my quads were on fire, I needed and easy peasy recovery.

Tuesday- 50 min ET, some body weight work. Evening- Total conditioning group class. I went because I LOVE the teacher and PerMa was going, it kicked my butt. I have never done so many jump squats.

Wednesday– 15 min bike intervals, 35 min ET, 30 min core class.

Thursday– CRT (Cardio resistance training) group fitness class. Very fast compound strength moves for an hour so you get a full body and cardio workout.

Food! (best part)


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Whole wheat toast with honey roasted PB, raspberry jam and banana

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Two poached eggs on sprouted grain sesame toast with lettuce and tomato, baby carrots and everything topped with dijon

*baby carrots and dijon=new best thing EVER*


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The other night we made pineapple-tofu stir fry to use veggies up. Green beans, carrots, asparagus, spinach, green pepper, onion, tofu and pineapple all stir-fryed in vegan worcestershire sauce that I found at whole foods, score!!

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I had a small portion because I snacked a lot that afternoon

And fun lunchtime snack plates
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Romaine with hummus, four slice tofurkey slices, leftover roast cauliflower, two pickles and pineapple chunks.

And the other day I tried my coconut milk “yogurt” for a nighttime snack

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Topped with frozen pineapple chunks to make it very tropical. I now love this stuff, too overpriced but so so good!

And for a last note, my grades came out today so I wanted to brag

Total Earned Credits Total Grade Points Term GPA

4.00

12.90

3.225


Course/Section and Title Grade Credits

BIOL*110 01 Human Biology

B

1.00

SOCI*291 01 Contemp Food Movements (WL)

B+

1.00

ENGL*195 01 Brit Lit Hist:Lit Landscap(WL

B+

1.00

IDST*228 01 MLKjr/Quest Racial Just (IS)

B+

1.00

I promise promise promise to get beck to regular blogging, still love you all !!
Peace!
Caitlin
What are your favorite stir fry ingredients?

Favorite vegetable dip/topping?

Anyone a baseball fan? Be jealous of my Indians =D

Shopping Addict

The first thing I always do when I get home (besides hug my bed) is go shopping!

Yesterday I hit up Trader Joe’s and finally today I got to my beloved Whole Foods and Target!

Some of my wonderful goodies

TJ’S

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Did I tell you guys I’ve given up cow’s milk? I’ve had it one time in about two weeks (today actaually, I forgot to ask for soy milk when I went to starbucks after yoga)

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I’m thinking it should be like naturally more? Anyone know?

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Whole wheat graham crackers!! I nearly cried.

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I am a big fan of those chocolate bars!

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And a pretty decent size for 100 calories!

Whole Foods

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Some things I have been excited to try for a while!

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I was way too excited about the bulk products. Medjool dates (YUM YUM YUM) raw cashews to make my own cashew butter, buckwheat so I can make breakfast bakes and nooch. Plus fresh ground honey roasted PB.

I had some of the PB and dates for a snack, it was to die for.

And some other random fun things

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SO HAPPY

And I won’t bore you with everything I got at Target but it was a lot of workout clothes.

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And a pretty sweet new watch

Today PerMa and I went to a power vinyasa class for a pre-race day workout. I’m not sure it was the best idea because my quads and butt were already KILLING from barbell strength yesterday but I guess I’ll just power through tomorrow?? Yikes…

We then went to pick up our race packets, the race shirts are really neat!

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I love my city! =D

I’ve pinned my number on for my first half tomorrow!!

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We had a standard pre-race dinner. Whole wheat spaghetti with mushrooms, artichoke hearts, garlic and canned tomatoes sauteed in EVOO. With a little piece of garlic bread.

Need to get some sleep, see you tomorrow post-race!

Peace!

Caitlin

What’s your favorite grocery store or store in general?