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I am so glad that blog reader Meghann and I agreed to meet up for a run this morning, because getting back on track feels SO good after yesterday’s tailgating debauchery!


Pre-Run Snack


Before I left for the run, I had a slice of WW toast, a tablespoon of PB, and a small sliced banana.  Obviously, I was seriously craving coffee.  Six hours of sleep is not cool.


We met downtown to do my favorite paths–Lake Eola to Lake Lawsona and back.   Meghann is really sweet, and we seem to have a lot of similar interests (dogs! veggies! running!).  I’m really glad we met up, and we’re definitely getting together again soon.  Yes–she does have 1 drawback–she’s a FSU fan.  SIGH! 🙂


Meghann was really motivating! I kept asking if she wanted to stop or take a break, and she was like, "Nahh! Let’s do another loop!" This is especially exciting because we’re BOTH running the Miracle Miles 15k in a few weeks, so we’re going to do our long runs together until then.  Woot woot!


Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 55 minutes (5.25 miles)
  • Average Heart Rate: 169 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 189 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 505


After the run, we walked to the Downtown Farmers’ Market and browsed the veggie stands.  Right after I took this picture, a woman came up to me and said, "Don’t fruits and vegetables just make the most PERFECT PICTURE?" 🙂 I said that I agreed, of course!


I bought a Neon Eggplant, which the salesman said was less bitter than a regular one.  I just thought the color was cool (regular eggplant in on the right):


Does anyone have a good Neon Eggplant recipe?


Meghann and I also had brunch at the Farmers’ Market.  They have little outdoor tables underneath a nice, shady tree.  There was some live music, too! What a perfect brunch! We shared some fresh fruit…


And I had a Chicken Tikka Gyro with the yogurt sauce on the side.  This was amazing–hot and spicy and delicious.  Plus, it was made by a British lady, and those Brits KNOW their Indian food!


Meghann had some Spanish corn pancake with refried beans, zucchini, squash, and a mango pico de gallo.  I forgot what’s it called!  It looked so pretty, I had to take a picture:


All in all, it was a perfect run and a wonderful brunch. It’s so great to meet new people–it’s just so hard to meet new people when you aren’t in school anymore! Yay for new friends!


Well, I need a NAP! And I’ve got a ton of work to do… boooo! Have a great Sunday, and PLEASE let me know if you’ve got a Neon Eggplant recipe! 🙂



  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 7, 2009, 5:57 pm

    Matt said…
    i always love a good brunch after a great run. back when i was doing long runs consistently, i would end my run at ihop and have a massive stack of pancakes. i need to start doing that again when i start training for my marathon!

    September 7, 2008 1:55 PM
    Jenna said…
    ok maybe I should have pulled myself together and went to the market with you guys this morning. Totally jealous of the produce!! wednesday sounds great! Let me know what time works for you!

    September 7, 2008 2:05 PM
    Meghann said…
    Yay, I made it on the blog! This morning was so much fun. The mexican dish I got was amazing, too bad you're allergic to Mango.:( I can't wait to hang out again. Yay for new friends!

    September 7, 2008 2:22 PM
    just me said…
    wow, that is one bright eggplant! i had one a long time ago but i can't remember how…i think it was in some sort of japanese dish though…yummy! hope you can find a dish for it soon!

    and glad you had a great run! and at the tailgating event!

    September 7, 2008 2:36 PM
    VeggieGirl said…
    So glad that you and Meghann had fun this morning; and hooray for farmers' markets!!

    Wow, that eggplant really IS neon, haha!! I'd say, just use it in a stir-fry or pasta dish or something.

    September 7, 2008 3:00 PM
    Ricki said…
    Hi Caitlin,
    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog, and for visiting! I think you are my hero–I am almost the same height as you, would LOVE to be the same weight. (Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to run, but I do walk as much as possible, with my own 2 doggies!). Looks like you've got some really great nutritional and health-oriented info here–can't wait to browse around! 🙂

    September 7, 2008 3:40 PM
    Claire said…
    I don't really have a recipe for the neon eggplant, but it's a really good eggplant in stirfry. I usually just cube it and use some other veggies, add some soy sauce in corn starch to thicken it and some Catalina dressing (just a little for flavor…I think it's a secret ingredient) and enjoy. Somehow, the neon eggplant is better in stirfry than the regular globe eggplant.

    September 7, 2008 3:57 PM
    christie i. said…
    Wow, that is one crazy looking eggplant! Hooray for farmers markets. Glad you enjoyed your morning with Meghann!

    September 7, 2008 4:01 PM
    MWS said…
    I just caught up on your fun time last night; it all looked awesome! sorry your team lost tho!

    yay for blogging friends transitioning into real life friends 🙂 meghann sounds like a great running partner!

    those fresh fruits and veggies look SO delicious and vibrant. farmers markets rock!!!

    September 7, 2008 5:56 PM
    Caitlin said…
    thanks the suggestions on the neon eggplant everyone! if i had soy sauce, i would definitely have made a soy sauce-based stir fry! 🙂

    September 7, 2008 7:45 PM
    ttfn300 said…
    i love farmers markets 🙂 such great finds!!

    i just used eggplant a couple of different ways, my favorite is roasted in ellie krieger's ratatouille tart…

    September 7, 2008 8:55 PM
    BeachRunner said…
    Way to get right back on track after a fun diversion.

    September 8, 2008 12:11 PM
    ashley said…
    I was just at Lake Eola! Maybe when I start my 15K training I can join in!

    September 8, 2008 7:29 PM

  • Heather May 12, 2010, 8:00 am

    your and meghanns first run together. que the “awwww”.

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