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Good morning, my lovelies.  I totally bailed on Meghann and Gina for a workout session AND a shopping trip (sorry ladies!!)…. I just kind of feel like a bum and still have soooo much to do for the holistic supplement website (1 week til launch!) and the ladies’ luncheon ‘working’ wedding shower next Saturday.


Oh, before I forget — about 1 hour before I went to bed last night, I had a bowl of Grape Nuts + skim milk.  I stayed up wayyyy too late watching "Independence Day" (Will Smith is so hot in that movie, even if it’s circa 1996).


I took advantage of the extra hour (turn your clocks back!) and lounged around the house this AM.  I peeked outside and saw that it is nicely overcast, so I didn’t feel pressured to go for a run first thing.  Instead, I had a big bowl of oatmeal.


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings:  sprinkle of Grape Nuts and brown sugar, raisins


It was a DELISH bowl of oatmeal.


And of course,  I had a coffee on the side.


After I ate, I balanced our joint checking and savings accounts, ordered the groomsmen gifts, and read my favorite blogs as my breakfast digested.


And then I went for a RUN, a glorious RUN!  I am getting verrryyyyy excited for the 10K race next weekend! I hope I can make my goal time (57 minutes) because it would be setting a HUGE PR (personal record) for me.  I’ve only run 2 other 10ks.  One was my first race ever, and I clocked in at 1 hr, 1 minute.  The second 10k was this past summer, and I also clocked in at 1 hr, 1 minute.  It was a trail race, which substantially slowed me down.


Anyway, today’s 5.0 mile run was great, and I kept up a very steady pace.


Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 48 minutes
  • Average Heart Rate: 173 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 190 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 475


I noticed something during my run.  When I feel the urge to stop and walk, I can usually just "ride out" the wave and after 10 seconds or so, I’m fine.  I think the desire to stop and walk is more mental than physical for me.


I wanted something warm and filling for lunch, so I made a grilled cheese sammie with Gala apple slices.


Cheddar + Apple = Heaven!!


On the side, I had a spinach salad with carrots and the other 1/2 of my apple.


It was a delish, filling meal full of interesting flavors.


Plans, Plans


I have MAD wedding errands to do today! 


Also, tonight at 8 PM EST is the deadline for the Athleta Contest!  You could win $200 worth of workout gear!  Don’t forget to send in your entries!  A FULL RECAP of all the wonderful entries will be posted tomorrow, and the winner will also be announced!



  • Neesha and Dustin November 2, 2008, 10:27 am

    I’m jealous you like apples so much. Every time I eat them I think I’m going to throw up. Getting fruit into me is like making a child take their medicine…you have to sneak it in! Except berries. I love those suckers.

    I wish my meals were as healthy as yours the last two days…back to the grindstone!

  • Erica November 2, 2008, 11:08 am

    I’m glad you’re doing the full recap! Yayyy! I totally agree with your note about the mental part of running! I always just say to myself when I feel like stopping, ok if you can make it this much further than you can stop. Usually by the time I get to the “that much further” I have pretty much forgotten about stopping! That grilled cheese looks out of this world.

  • VeggieGirl November 2, 2008, 11:14 am

    Ahh, so sorry that you missed out on your morning outing with Meghann and Gina – no worries though!! Sounds like you still had a great morning, with that breakfast (those plump raisins are sooo tantalizing) and the run!! :0)

    Good luck with your running errands!!

  • Lee (seeleelive) November 2, 2008, 11:15 am

    your sandwich looks bangin, caitlin! I always love your posts so much they make me feel good! running outside is always so much more satisfying then you can’t stop without getting home first where as on the treadmill all u have to do is press STOP and go upstairs!! check in with you later 🙂

  • Sharney November 2, 2008, 11:21 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    The picture of your grilled cheese sammie is really making me crave one. It looks delish!!!

    I did have a snack during my run yesterday. I had some gummi bears around mile 9. They definitely helped, but man oh man, 12 miles is tough!!! I wanted to stop around mile 9, but kept on pushing. I am so glad I did because now I know that I can do it. I’m not signed up for a half marathon yet, but I am testing my capability. Now I know I can do it and I really want to thank you for motivating me. Your blog is amazing and you inspire and motivate me every day 🙂 I’ve ran distances that I never would have dreamed of thanks to you. You’re the best!!
    Enjoy your Sunday and hooray for your 5 miles! I have a 5 miler scheduled for tomorrow, but no running for me today! Have a great one, Caitlin :^)

  • just me November 2, 2008, 11:33 am

    dannnng…i seriously wish i weren’t lactose intolerant right now…cause i want your sammie soooo bad! i miss my extraordinarily sharp cheddar cheese by cabot!! (i have yet to find it out here!)

    hope you get lots done today!

  • therunningaddict November 2, 2008, 12:21 pm

    I tend to get this urge to stop and walk very often too. I agree, its really psychological. Its like I have to set blocks of distance that I need to get through and then break for like 30 seconds.

  • November 2, 2008, 12:59 pm

    i havent had grape nuts in so long but adding them to oats sounds fabulous!

    i love the cheese + apple combo – i really need to have this soon 🙂

  • Marissa November 2, 2008, 1:28 pm

    I agree that sometime knee pain can all be in your head. My physical therapist said mild pain is ok, just as long as it does not continue to increase. He also said while recuperating from an over use injury mild pain is to be expected. It’s hard because sometimes when I am running I question whether my body is actually in pain or if I it is just my mind thinking I should be in pain. Good luck!

  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! November 2, 2008, 1:40 pm

    that sandwich looks amazing!!! melted cheddar…….ohhhhhhh… yummy~~

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 2, 2008, 2:11 pm

    lee – yes!! good point. it’s so much easier to stop on the treadmill. i’ve definitely experienced being 5 miles from home and being like ‘ughhh i wanna stop’ but i’ve still got to get home! LOL

    sharon – awwww that is so nice of you to say! thanks. i love your comments. i’m glad you had gummi bears! they are a fun mid-run snack, huh? my first 12.0 miles was very mentally challenging for me. i felt like i was going bonkers when i realized i had run more than 2 hours at once!! hehe. but its all downhill from here!

    marissa – i have experienced the same thing with my knees! its like im SO worried about them hurting that i start to feel like they’re hurting even when they’re not. i just try to focus on something else when that happens, and the “phantom” pains usually go away.

  • ms November 2, 2008, 2:17 pm

    caitlin ~ i’m definitely having a cheddar and apple sandwich tomorrow!

    i purposefully don’t run on the treadmill on days i’m not feeling motivated to run. it’s just too easy to step off the treadmill and start doing something else around the house.

    and, hey ~ is it the celebration 10k you’re doing next weekend? i’m running that one ~ i’ll look for you and introduce myself.

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) November 2, 2008, 2:28 pm

    Your oatmeal looks like a little cheesecake! 😀 My entry is posted and my lame outfit is up. LOL

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 2, 2008, 2:28 pm

    ms – YES!! it is!! meghann from is also running it!! shoot me an email, we should figure out a way to meet up!

  • Danielle November 2, 2008, 2:30 pm

    Best of luck with your crazy day!

  • magpie November 2, 2008, 3:43 pm

    Awesome run and your lunch looks sooo good 🙂

    Wow about the site! Good luck with the launch!

  • Oh She Glows November 2, 2008, 4:35 pm

    I hear you on the wanting to stop and walk being more mental than physical! Once I decided that I was fit enough NOT to stop and walk, I suddenly didn’t feel the urge to anymore! Running is so psychological more than anything. Great job!

  • teacherwoman November 2, 2008, 5:15 pm

    Glad to hear you had a glorious run! The weather was beautiful here and I enjoyed getting out and hitting the pavement again!

    BTW, I gave you an “award” on my post today.

    I hope you got a lot of wedding errands taken care of! 🙂

  • lighterportions November 2, 2008, 6:37 pm

    I saw Independence Day when I was pretty darn young. And it kind of terrified me. I haven’t watched it since.

    Love hearing about the lovely run. Seriously, all this running talk I hear is making me sooo close to getting outside and just running. I’ve never really done that before, the outside run thing. It intimidates me. But I really want to try it!

    And I also really really want to try that sandwich. YUM.

  • *Andrea* November 2, 2008, 6:50 pm

    hope you got all your errands done today! good decision to get things done… can’t WAIT for the site to be up!!!

    your cheddar/apple sammie looks so good! i went to this restaurant (Melting Pot) last weekend where the meals are all fondue and to start we dipped apples/bread slices in cheddar cheese. SO GOOD!!

  • strongandhealthy November 2, 2008, 7:01 pm

    I’ve got to try the apple and cheese combo. I love making apple and peanut butter sandwiches. I’ll bet apple and cheese is just as good. What a great idea!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 2, 2008, 7:16 pm

    lighter portions – awww you should try it! its so much more fun than working indoors!

    andrea – oh i love melting pot! i hear they are all closing.

  • Rose November 3, 2008, 7:43 am

    I love that leaf bowl. Where did you get it? The photo of the oats is just lovely.

    PS: My run the other day was great! 30 minute jog – I went outside and did end up stopping to walk twice (going up hills, of course).. So far, so good! Thanks for checking in on my blog…

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 3, 2008, 8:00 am

    rose – yayYY! i got the lead bowl at Marshall’s. They have tons of cute stuff for fall and winter.

  • Shayla January 8, 2009, 5:53 pm

    Hi Caitlin!
    I absolutely love your blog and was wondering how you made that mornings bowl of oats? They look so plup and delicious! Do you microwave the oats with the banana in them and add in afterwards?

  • Caitlin (see bride run) January 9, 2009, 5:04 pm


    Here’s how I make my oatmeal:

    Mix 1/2 cup oatmeal
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup milk

    in a small saucepan. heat on medium for about 5 minutes until liquid is mostly absorbed.

    Add sliced banana to saucepan and stir vigorously. Allow remaining liquid to cook in.

    Serve and enjoy!!

    Man I miss oatmeal!

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