Getting Ready for Speedwork

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Good afternoon! It’s been another wild day at work…. I’m still rushing around like a crazy woman to do that proposal.  It should be done today, thank goodness!


Around 10:00 AM, I remembered I needed a snack. :)  I had Kashi Pilaf (cold) + 1/2 cup plain NF yogurt.


This pilaf is so versatile.  It’s kind of pricey for a box ($4.10 at my store), but a little goes a long way.


And for lunch, I had one of my favorites…. sweet potato + black bean wraps!


Ever since I discovered that microwaving a sweet potato for 6 minutes gives it the same consistency and flavor as baking it on the oven for 45 minutes, I’ve been a sweet potato convert.  It’s so easy, especially for lunch time. 


I added 1/2 a sweet potato (the dogs get the other 1/2 once it cools down) and 1/2 cup black beans to a 100-calorie whole wheat wrap.


The trouble is…. this wrap always looks so tiny!  Especially next to my voluminous salad


I had a handful of almonds to round out the meal and add some CRUNCH!


All together now….


Plans, Plans


After work, I need to go run some errands, so I think I’ll do tonight’s speedwork session at the gym on the treadmill.  I’ve got 9 sessions of 400 meter dashes to do (groan), but I’m trying to remain POSITIVE about it.  My last speedwork session FLEW by, even if was challenging!


Back to the grind!  Enjoy your day!



  • amy. October 15, 2008, 9:31 am

    Mmm that wrap looks literally perfect! Such a beautiful lunch. Have a nice afternoon 🙂

  • sharon October 15, 2008, 9:35 am

    I have got to try that wrap. Looks really delicious!

    Good luck with your run this evening. You WILL do great!!!

  • VeggieGirl October 15, 2008, 9:37 am

    I already planned on having a sweet potato with black beans for lunch today – now you made me even MORE excited for it, after viewing your lunch photos, haha :0)

    Stay positive, for sure!! The speedwork WILL go well again; and good luck with the proposal!!

  • greendogwine October 15, 2008, 9:43 am

    That wrap looks so good! Do you add any sort of seasoning to it? I need to get wraps and try it out this week!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 15, 2008, 9:45 am

    sharon – thanks!

    veggie girl – LOL it’s like we read each other’s mind!

    GDW – I added pepper… that’s it. I tend to like stuff unseasoned so I can taste the natural flavors.

  • Krista October 15, 2008, 9:46 am

    Your food pictures look great! Yum!

  • Chic Runner October 15, 2008, 9:57 am

    The wrap looks good. 🙂 The speed work out will go by quick. Just keep thinking that it’s almost over 🙂

  • arielle October 15, 2008, 10:11 am

    I am a little interested in this pilaf.

  • *Andrea* October 15, 2008, 10:13 am

    i need to learn more about this pilaf!! is it hard to prepare? it certainly looks deeeelish! LOVE your sweet potato wraps – they’re genius!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 15, 2008, 10:14 am

    andrea – naww its just like making rice!

  • *Andrea* October 15, 2008, 10:17 am

    alright. i’m convinced! totally buying it (plus i love kashi-anything!!)

    good luck with your speedwork! it reminds me of when i did track in high school and was in the best shape ever. no pain no gain 😉

  • jenngirl October 15, 2008, 11:47 am

    That lunch looks gorgeous, so colorful!

    Speedwork always seems to go by faster to me too, good luck at the gym tonight, and with the rest of your workday! 🙂

  • Betsy in Pittsburgh October 15, 2008, 12:22 pm

    When you microwave the sweet potato – is it whole? And do you have to poke holes in it or anything?

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 15, 2008, 12:26 pm

    Good luck with the proposal!

    The wrap looks so good!

    Congrats on being featured as the guest lunch post on Kath’s blog today!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 15, 2008, 12:31 pm

    betsy – yup. i just poke a few holes in it, wrap it in a wet paper towel, and nuke for 6 minutes.

    foodie – thanks!

  • Marlow October 15, 2008, 2:01 pm

    Good to know about microwaving the sweet potato! I can’t wait to try it!!

  • Jordan October 15, 2008, 2:22 pm

    I want to try the sweet potato / black bean combo really bad, but I just can't. I'm so accustomed to having my beloved Smart Balance, cinnamon, brown sugar, & walnuts on top that I just can't imagine a sweet potato without 'em.

  • BOBBI McCORMICK October 15, 2008, 2:25 pm

    I just love your idea of yam wraps!!! Well at least thats what I like to call them had one the other day it was so yum, thanks for introducing me:)

  • Anonymous October 15, 2008, 2:35 pm

    Hey Caitlin,

    do you know how many calories are typically in a medium sweet potato (A range), I’ve heard different things and seen different things online so I never know if to think around 100 for one or 200 plus. thanks!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 15, 2008, 2:40 pm

    jordan – explore your options!

    anon – i’ve always considered a small/med sweet potato to be 180 calories (without skin).

  • Girl on Top October 15, 2008, 2:56 pm

    The wrap looks delicious!

  • Emily October 15, 2008, 4:54 pm

    Do you weigh yourself at all? I stopped weighing myself during the summer and decided to not worry about numbers and just go with how my clothes feel. Now today I’m having a “fat” day (due to my monthly friend) and wondering if I should weigh every once in awhile to keep a better eye on it. My pants felt tight all day and I think not weighing is making me pretend I’m immune to weight gain. What are your thoughts?

  • teacherwoman October 15, 2008, 5:20 pm

    Okay… I am definitely going to have to try that wrap. I have seen you mention it a handful of times and it looks so yummy.

    Question… are sweet potatoes the same as yams?

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 15, 2008, 5:40 pm

    emily – well, i use to weigh myself every day, which is very frustrating — it’s normal for your weight to change a little everyday! so, the batteries on my scale died a few months ago, and i never replaced then.

    i usually weigh myself once a week or every two weeks at the gym or the supermarket. if i’ve higher than notice, i don’t really worry about it unless i KEEP weighing in higher. then, i try to up my cardio or cut back on drinking or random munching.

    research proves that weighing yourself weekly helps maintain weight loss, just so you stay aware.

    good luck!

    teacherwoman – LOL! according to wikipedia, “The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) has traditionally been referred to as a “yam” in parts of the southern United States and Canada even though it is not part of the Dioscoreaceae (yam) family.” So I guess not!

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