The Morning After

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I definitely rushed to the computer this AM to make sure last night was real.  IT WAS!  :)  No matter what your ideology, I know we can all agree last night was a historic evening for the American people–and the world–and I know Future Husband and I will one day tell the story of this election to the little Future Husbands and little See Bride Runs

 

And I want to thank YOU for putting up with my politics for the last day or so, and certainly the undercurrents of my opinions for the last few months.  This is a food and fitness blog, but you know it’s always been something much more personal–as I write, I share glimpses into my heart and mind, and it would’ve been impossible for me to hide my emotions yesterday. 

 

So, even if you don’t share my beliefs, I suppose you learned one more thing about me, and I TRULY respect you for your opinions, and I hope you respect me for mine.  America is one of the greatest nations for so many reasons (Future Husband is going to kill me for saying that!…. England rocks, too!), and I hope together we can mend the damage of the last 8 years and grow into the strong yet thoughtful world leader we once were.

 

Of course, when I woke up, I was FREAKING EXHAUSTED because I stayed up waaaaay past my bedtime to watch McCain’s very amazing concession speech and Obama’s even MORE amazing victory speech.

 

Double Shot Oatmeal

 

The only way to cure a case of the sleepies?   Double Shot Oatmeal!

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My oatmeal contained:

 

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut coffee
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 2 drops of Stevia
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: sprinkle of brown sugar and granola

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I vote "YES" on Double Shot Oatmeal!

 

And of course, a very large and in charge cup of coffee.

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Are You Running Yourself to Death?

 

My mom recently forwarded me an MSNBC article called "Are You Running Yourself to Death?"--now, crazy title aside, the article was filled with great information about the stress that running puts on your body.

 

During a very long run, skeletal muscles stiffen and leak injury-signaling enzymes into the blood.  Your body reacts to this injury producing the stress hormones cortisol and vasopressin and releasing proteins called cytokines.  Cytokines trigger your liver to start producing C-reactive protein.  This is referred to as the "inflammatory storm" throughout your body.

 

"In a 2001 study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, researchers analyzed the blood of marathoners less than 24 hours after a race and found high levels of inflammatory and coagulation markers that are also associated with heart attacks… In follow-up studies, the researchers found that after the race, some runners’ hearts experienced difficulty refilling chambers. The researchers also noticed abnormalities in how blood was pumped from the right side of the heart to the lungs."

 

However, the heart damage inflicted by a marathon isn’t permanent.   Unless you’re one of the poor souls to die in the middle of the race (which has happened at least a half of dozen times in the last few years).

 

Marathoners can avoid this potentially disastrous situation through adequate training.  Research suggests that  marathoners who ran 45 miles or more a week had less heart damage than marathoners who ran 35 miles a weeks.

 

Fun Fact: The original marathoner was Pheidippides. A Greek courier who ran 25 miles to deliver news of vicotry at the Battle of Marathon, Pheidippides dropped dead immediately after he told the news.  

 

See you later tonight for some pain-free running! šŸ™‚

Have a wonderful day!

{ 28 comments }

 

  • VeggieGirl November 5, 2008, 6:01 am

    Looove those double-shot oats – yum!!

    Interesting article and fun fact!! Take care while running, Caitlin!! :0)

    Happy Wednesday!!

  • runningwithfood.com November 5, 2008, 6:15 am

    There you go again with that AMAZING bowl of double-shot oats! Super yummy! šŸ™‚

  • Krista November 5, 2008, 6:21 am

    Yummy on the oats!
    Thanks for the info on running! You’re always so informative! šŸ™‚

  • Simple and Divine November 5, 2008, 6:26 am

    I’m so proud of this… So, SO VERY PROUD and feel blessed on this Overcast (seriously tho, the sun is shining on me! haha) Wednesday morning!

  • Meghann November 5, 2008, 6:57 am

    YAY!!!! I actually stayed up to watch CNN make the projection. I was so surprised to see them call it so early, but I guess it was a landslide! It’s a great day to be an American! šŸ™‚

  • arielle November 5, 2008, 7:02 am

    Yay!! I am so happy.

  • just me November 5, 2008, 7:06 am

    i think starbucks should have given away free coffee today…cause i think everyone needs them after such a long night last night šŸ˜‰

    amazing oats and great read! def interesting!

  • sharon November 5, 2008, 7:25 am

    Caitlin,

    Do you keep any salty treats(pretzels, potato chips, popcorn) in your house? All I crave with alcohol is salt, then add a stressful event on top of it. Your amazing you go for yogurt and a carrot.

  • Erin of Care to Eat November 5, 2008, 7:27 am

    I really think Obama can help us unite as people.
    I haven’t felt this hopeful in so long. It’s amazing!

  • Lee (seeleelive) November 5, 2008, 7:27 am

    haha i agree with just me of trying to heal….awesome point!!!

    and i have heard that running can be decremental on the joints and bones-especially on concrete-thats why many experts prefer treadmills since they “give” but i guess tracks do the same thing! i do not know much, but i remember my aunt telling me this once!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 5, 2008, 7:29 am

    lee – no, i used 1/4 cup of brewed coffee!

  • seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) November 5, 2008, 7:29 am

    I must try those oats! did you use dry coffee?

  • Lisa November 5, 2008, 7:30 am

    hi beautiful girl.

    quick question:

    what are those supplements that you take?
    do you take calcium?
    are they for your joints?

    i have been having major hip pain and am wondering what its from?
    i really do not run that much?

    have you ever experienced it?

    my BF is a Dr. and said to rest for a few days/take some pain pills and see if it gets better.
    just wondering if you have had any experience with this?

    i maybe run 2-3 days a week.

    THANKS GIRL!

    x.

  • Rose November 5, 2008, 7:35 am

    Great post, Caitlin! I felt the same way last night – minus the future see bride runs thing šŸ™‚

    Thanks for the link to the article. Will read soon.

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 5, 2008, 7:35 am

    lisa- i take chondrocare, which is a gluosamine, methylsufonyl methane, and chrondrotin mix. i also take calicum. if you do a search on my blog for “chondrocare” you can see a description of what these supplements do for your joints and ligaments.

    i also take a caclcium supplement.

    your hips might be out of place? i would do lots of gentle stretches and take a break from running. a supplement might be helpful for you overall, but it wont help any short-term issues.

  • Meg November 5, 2008, 7:37 am

    Love your double shot oats! I think I will try this with pumpkin spice coffee.

  • BOBBI McCORMICK November 5, 2008, 7:43 am

    I need to try those oats, I love LOVE love coffee!!!! I appreciate your wisdom, I know that running is hard on the body but like you said the right training and adequite rest is a major key to being a life long runner…

  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! November 5, 2008, 8:15 am

    love the double-shot oats….. I’d have triple shot if I can. ^_^

  • Oh She Glows November 5, 2008, 8:25 am

    hehe…I just said this exact comment in Kath’s blog: “I stayed up waaaaay past my bedtime”

    šŸ˜€

    I respect you for sharing and being so open with your opinions! Thanks for not being afraid to be true to yourself.

    Have a GREAT hump-day! šŸ˜‰

  • Eliza November 5, 2008, 9:32 am

    Hey…love the blog. i just started a food/nutrition/healthy living one myself. can i add you to my blogroll?

  • Erica November 5, 2008, 9:33 am

    Wow- what a crazy article on running! Thank you for posting this up! I hope you are having a nice Wednesday šŸ™‚

  • Sharney November 5, 2008, 9:48 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    I know what you mean about being tired!! Between watching all the election coverage and my non stop coughing attacks from my bronchitis last night, I was up until 4:00am!!! Needless to say, I’m home from work today. Now I just can’t wait for the inauguration šŸ™‚ Yay Obama!!!

    Your oats look fabulous- I hope they keep you awake today! Have a great day šŸ™‚

  • Oh She Glows November 5, 2008, 10:15 am

    Ok I think I am loosing it! I just titled my post ‘The Morning After’…and then I came to your blog again and realized you put the samr thing! I know I read it but I guess I only picked up on it subliminally? lol. *embarassed* lol…I had to change it because I don’t want to steal your title! hahaha

  • Catherine November 5, 2008, 10:59 am

    Yes, this certainly is an incredibly historic day!! Very good article on running, thanks for posting it.

  • tfh November 5, 2008, 11:02 am

    Maybe it’s just a result of my first election being the 2000 debacle, but I also keep checking to make sure the election results haven’t changed. Rationally I know they can’t, but I keep checking! Thanks for the caffeinated blog entry.

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) November 5, 2008, 11:44 am

    I stayed up way too late last night too! Well late for me as I’m usually in bed by 10:30, 11pm the latest. I missed my run this morning but that’s okay the trade off was worth it. šŸ˜€

  • runninghigh November 5, 2008, 12:32 pm

    Love your blog—and your political sentiment!

  • HangryPants November 5, 2008, 8:53 pm

    Aw, I love the insights into your personality, etc. so don’t apologize for sharing. It would be dull if you didn’t!

    Re: your other posts today. I love BBQ sauce and yes, vegetables are beautiful. Sorry, I have no natural acne remedies.

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