I’m So Happy I Could CRY!

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GUESS WHAT?? I got to go on a RUN tonight! :)  The miracle cure?  My new knee sleeves!!!


Looks pretty silly, huh? But seriously…. they WORKED.  I literally could feel them holding my patella in place.  Plus, the knee sleeves didn’t slip down, chafe, or otherwise irritate me!  They are made of a wet suit-like material, which isn’t exactly a sweat-wicking fabric…. but that’s OK with me, as long as I can run!


If any of you are having trouble with your knees, I recommend you try these out.  Each one is only $18.99.  I ordered a small and it fits perfectly.  If you sign up for the REI newsletter, you get 10% off your first purchase!


I quickly ran 3.0 miles with a stupid grin plastered on my face the entire time!  I didn’t want to push it, so I came home after 26 minutes.  Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 26 minutes (3.0 miles)
  • Average Heart Rate: 169 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 188 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 250


Today’s Eats


I ended up having FOUR afternoon snacks because I worked until 7:00 PM (stupid overtime).  I started with a Z-Bar.  Continuing the tradition of photographing my daily Z-Bar in front of an interesting background, here’s my Z-Bar in front of all my wedding supplies.


It’s pretty messy…. I need to organize!


Later, I had some cantaloupe.


And around 3:30, I had Kashi Go Lean Crunch! with yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup.  I used to be a big fan of Kashi Go Lean Crunch!, but…. I don’t know.  Not as crazy for it as I used to be.


Once I realized that I wasn’t leaving work until really late, I knew I needed a BIG snack.  I ate two waffles + some PB + MORE maple syrup (just a smidge) around 6:30.  This served as my pre-run snack…. by the time I left for my run, it was TOTALLY dark out!


After my run, I ran some errands and stopped at the grocery store to buy a whole rotisserie chicken.  Each chicken is only $7 and the ingredient list is rather short.


I had 1/2 a chicken breast, 1 cup of brown rice, and some steamed asparagus.   Quick and easy.


I microwaved the asparagus in a bowl of water for 6 minutes and then sprinkled garlic salt on top. 

DSCN0007 Off to relax! I hope you had a GREAT evening, too! 🙂



  • Betsy October 22, 2008, 6:39 pm

    i have the same knee brace. they’re the BEST!!! i had patella tendinitis in the spring and it helped amazingly. yay!!

  • Sharney October 22, 2008, 6:45 pm

    Yay, Caitlin!!!! I’m so happy for you and I could feel your joy bursting through my computer! I am so glad that you have found a cure to your problem- it must have felt great to be able to get out there again. Good for you!!

    Food looks fabulous as always. Those rotisserie chickens are the best! Have a great night and many happy runs to you 🙂

  • lauren October 22, 2008, 6:50 pm

    nice! so happy for you!!

  • sara October 22, 2008, 6:55 pm

    glad the sleeves worked! 🙂

    i go through phases with the Kashi Go Lean too, lol. right now my cereal-of-the-moment is Nature’s Path Organic Optimum Slim … alternating that with Kashi granola mixed in greek yogurt. yum.

  • Katie October 22, 2008, 6:58 pm

    Woohoo! What a relief to be able to run comfortably again!!!

  • Meg October 22, 2008, 7:00 pm

    I am so happy that you found something to help your knees and that you got to enjoy a run!

  • Sharney October 22, 2008, 7:04 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    I posted a comment earlier today on your last post, but it’s not there (???) Anyway, I just wanted to answer your question about the color of my dog. Yes, he’s red!! So funny, huh?! It’s an interesting color that you don’t see everyday. Anyhow, he is a Vizsla which is a Hungarian breed used for hunting. On a funny note, Clifford the Big Red Dog (you know, those series of children’s books by Norman Bridwell) well, Clifford is supposed to be a Vizsla. I didn’t know this when we got our dog or else guess what his name would be?!?!

  • Fitnessista October 22, 2008, 7:05 pm

    who hoo! so glad you could run!!!
    sorry about the long work day!
    have a great night!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 22, 2008, 7:11 pm

    betsy – awesome to hear!!

    sharon – guess what? i have a fish named clifford the big red dog. 🙂 he’s red.

  • HangryPants October 22, 2008, 7:24 pm


    Sometimes I don’t take pictures of things I eat all the time, but I like how you do and show them in context (i.e. ZBar).

    By the way, I’ve been seeing your French Waffles all over the place. I need to try them. Yum.

  • Tina October 22, 2008, 7:29 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    When you run in the dark, do you have one of those lights that attach to you or do you just run in well-lit areas?

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 22, 2008, 7:33 pm


    yes! i have a blinkie red light, but i’d really like to get a reflective vest.

    here’s my blinkie light:


    (no spaces)

  • Krista October 22, 2008, 7:41 pm

    I used to have one of those for my right knee when I played soccer. They do work well!!

  • Simple and Divine October 22, 2008, 7:43 pm

    YAYYY! I used to wear the straps that go UNDER your knee… NOW I wear nothing because I can’t do ANYTHING that puts pressure on my foot.. :-\

    Oh well… Luckily there are other parts of life that I enjoy haha.

    I’m SO RELIEVED though, that you found your salvation! After all of this crazy doctor mumbojumbo it’s about time! And I’m sure the hubby is happy? No more Western Medicine Crazies 🙂

    And your eating is SO well balanced! You really have the epitome of a balanced diet and are so noteworthy in your lifestyle, Cait. I really admire that 🙂

  • Rose October 22, 2008, 7:44 pm

    Knee sleeves? How cool is that! I’m so happy for you 🙂

  • Sara October 22, 2008, 7:51 pm

    Where do I find these knee sleeves?

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 22, 2008, 7:52 pm

    simple and divine – thank you, thank you! im sorry you still have knee problems. 🙁

    sara – click on the link above the photo of the knee sleeves! they are from REI.

  • just me October 22, 2008, 8:47 pm

    yay for running!!!!!!!!!! i’m so glad you were able to find those and they work!!!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK October 22, 2008, 9:49 pm

    yeah for the running, I am so glad that you were able to get out on th road. I hope that these will help long term.

    Love the eats, ya I am not a big fan of the GoLean Crunch either, I used to love it and I think I wore it out. It’s great with pb and honey mixed in it:)

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) October 23, 2008, 3:17 am

    I’m so happy for you!! My knees hurt while running often, I have to check these out! THANK YOU!

  • MizFit October 23, 2008, 3:17 am

    **tosses confetti shaped like knee sleeves**

    SO HAPPY because YOURE so happy…

  • VeggieGirl October 23, 2008, 3:46 am

    HELL FREAKING YES!!!!!!!! :0)

  • D10 October 23, 2008, 4:21 am

    It must have been nice not having any knee issues. Glad you found an remedy.

  • Jordan October 23, 2008, 9:31 am

    Asparagus is my favorrrrite veggie in the entire universe.

  • Erin of Care to Eat October 23, 2008, 5:20 pm

    Don’t kid yourself, those are totally sexy!

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