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(I wrote most of this post before I was suddenly struck with a strange illness, so the beginning is more chipper than the end!)


I finally got in a long run! It feels so good to pound the pavement again — one day off and I feel all itchy.  The sun was setting by the time I left, and when I made it home, it was pitch black outside.


I did a leisurely 5.0-mile loop with a few long dancing-in-place stops at busy intersections.  Do you pause at intersections or jog in circles waiting for the life to change?  Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 54 minutes
  • Average Heart Rate: 162 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 192 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 463


Random thought that struck me while running:  do you hold in your gut while running? Because I don’t.  My tummy just hangs there.  I tried to run while contracting my abs, and boy-oh-boy… that’s hard! 


This Afternoon’s Munchies


I gave in and portioned-out 1/2 cup of plain NF yogurt and 1/4 cup of granola. 🙂 Which looks extremely small compared to what I normally dump in my bowl.  Instead of mixing the yogurt + granola together, I combined them as I ate and that seemed to "spread around" the granola more.  Good to know!


And I had a pear.


Pre-Run Snack


Before my run, I fueled with a slice of WW bread and PB.


Post-Run Snack and Dinner


A glass of skim milk….


And I cooked, plated, and photographed a dinner of baked tofu, brown rice, and roasted squash.


I rubbed 1/3 block of extra firm pressed tofu in chili powder and pepper before baking. 


But before I got to eat it, I suddenly got struck by this strange sickness.  I actually dry-heaved into the toilet and spent a few minutes laying on the bathroom floor.   After curling on the couch for an hour and picking at the rice, I gave up and drank another glass of milk and ate half a slice of bread. 🙁


I’m not sure what’s wrong with me! But I feel terrible, so I’m going to go lay down (yes at 8:30).  At least I got a run in first! 


Have a good night!



  • Meghann November 11, 2008, 6:53 pm

    OMG! I hope you feel better 🙁

  • VeggieGirl November 11, 2008, 6:53 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious!!! Could the sick feeling be from eating right before running or something?? Eeek!!! Take care of yourself, Caitlin!!!

  • Halie November 11, 2008, 7:02 pm

    Oh no! I hope you are alright! Take it easy and I hope you feel better in the morning! Strange, indeed!

  • Oh She Glows November 11, 2008, 7:03 pm

    Oh no I am sorry you are sick!!
    That happened to me randomly the other morning. I chugged a tea with lemon on an empty stomach and I was sick. 🙁
    I’m guessing it has something to do with the run and eating soon after? Hope you feel better (hugs)

    I do NOT hold my gut in when I run!! Who can do that? I am too concerned about running faster…I could care less what people think of me. 😀

    Oh, but I don’t jog in place because I feel silly (I am a walking contradiction!)


  • haya November 11, 2008, 7:06 pm

    oh i hate when i feel sick like that! i hope it doesn’t happen again.
    drinking milk after might not be the best idea for your tummy though.

  • strongandhealthy November 11, 2008, 7:07 pm

    I hope you feel better!

  • girlrunningaround November 11, 2008, 7:09 pm

    Ah! I hope you feel better soon!

  • Meg November 11, 2008, 7:13 pm

    I sure hope you feel better soon! Take care!

  • Megan November 11, 2008, 7:14 pm

    Hope you feel better!!! 😀

  • Erica November 11, 2008, 7:19 pm

    Feel better! If you continue to feel crappy go to the doctor girl!

  • Katy November 11, 2008, 7:22 pm


  • jenngirl November 11, 2008, 7:28 pm

    I hope you feel better soon!!

    On the stomach question, I don’t necessarily hold mine in, but I try to keep my chest pulled up and out enough so that technically I guess my tummy is pulled in 🙂

  • teacherwoman November 11, 2008, 7:29 pm

    I hope you feel better soon!

  • magpie November 11, 2008, 7:40 pm

    Oh no, feel better! Congrats on the run though. I like to dance in place at intersections.

  • Meredith November 11, 2008, 7:49 pm

    get some rest and feel better!

  • Claire November 11, 2008, 7:52 pm

    Yick…I hope you feel better. Something like that actually happened to me my first year in medical school. I got up and didn’t feel good, dry heaved, sat on the bathroom floor for a while but knew that I HAD to go to class. I ended up being okay…just didn’t feel great! Stick with bananas and such for a little…tummy likes that!

    As for running, I can’t run b/c it hurts my knee (maybe I should try some knee sleeves) but I find that if I’m REALLY working on the cybex that I unconsciously tighten my tummy…other than that, nope…it just hangs there! 🙂

  • Krista November 11, 2008, 8:10 pm

    Oh! I do hope you feel better soon! 🙁

  • Jordan November 11, 2008, 8:21 pm

    I do suck in my tummy, but not on purpose… it’s just a habit from when I used to run in gym class in front of cute boys =P

  • Sharney November 11, 2008, 8:23 pm

    Oh no! I hope you feel better by morning. I hate when that happens. At least it happened at the end if the day and you were able to get your run in as well. I hope a good night’s rest will heal you and you’ll wake up healthy and refreshed!

    I’m not sure if I hold in my belly when running- I’ll have to check on my run tomorrow!

    Feel better, Caitlin 🙂

  • Erin of Care to Eat November 11, 2008, 8:35 pm

    I’m so sorry Caitlin! 🙁 I hope you wake up feeling totally normal again.

  • Justine November 11, 2008, 8:55 pm

    I hope you feel better soon and that you’re not actually sick!

    I run in place a bit at intersections 🙂 Stopping just slows my momentum down so I do a little dance at intersections instead! And I’ve never really paid much attention to my stomach when I run…so I’m guessing it’s just doing what it usually does!

  • just me November 11, 2008, 8:59 pm

    feel better soon!!!

  • Katie November 11, 2008, 9:39 pm

    That sometimes happens to me in the mornings. Did your vision get kind of cloudy or dark? Mine has to do with (I think) ortho- static- hypotension, like what happens when you stand up too fast (although not only then). whatever it is, i hope you feel better soon!

    and to the tummy question: it all hangs out.

  • BOBBI McCORMICK November 11, 2008, 9:40 pm

    ooo no I hope you feel better…great run!!! I posted more details about the POTMC…check my blog:) So glad your doing it!!!!Now rest and feel better 🙂

  • Lily November 11, 2008, 10:43 pm

    Baby in tummy. Oh c’mon, 24 comments and no one has gone in the obvious direction yet? No, I’m totally kidding, and I hope you feel better very soon. You should seriously consider adding inspirational pamphlets penned by no other than yourself on your forthcoming supplements website.

  • Lily November 11, 2008, 10:46 pm

    Oh, and your inquiry also reminded me of that classic children’s sing-a-long tune…I’ll go ahead and type it out in case some are out of the loop…(sung to the tune of “turkey in the straw” or “do your ears hang low” if you happen to be familiar)
    Do your boobs hang low?
    Do they wobble to and fro?
    Can you time them in a knot?
    Can you tie them in a bow?
    Do your boobs hang lo?
    Do they waggle to and fro?
    Can you throw them over your shoulder, and march like a union soldier?
    Do your boooooooobs haaaaaaaaaang looooooow?!?! All of us foodies and exercisers should incorporate the ditty into our exercise regimen tommorow, preferably belting it out in a public setting, who’s with me?

  • Leah November 12, 2008, 12:27 am

    I have had that happen to me before. I really hope you feel better in the morning!!

    Once in a while i’ll ‘remember’ and hold in my gut, but generally not really! I stop at street lights when they are red.

  • Anonymous November 12, 2008, 1:13 am

    Hi! Im a big fan of your blog, and decided to comment for the first time.
    I do hold in my gut while running, but only because after years of dance and horseriding, its what I naturally do anyways. Its given me great abs thats for sure!

  • seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) November 12, 2008, 3:34 am

    That is really scary Caitlin. I hope you were not home alone! I guess the best thing we can hope for is what Erin said…I hope you feel totally normal in the am!

  • emily November 12, 2008, 3:41 am

    I’m sure future husband knows what he’s doing, but do you think maybe your sickness is a reaction to the herbs from earlier? (although I hope by now you’re feeling all better!)

  • Kath November 12, 2008, 4:42 am

    Sorry you were sick!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 12, 2008, 5:00 am

    oh she glows – hahah no you are a RUNNING contradiction!

    claire – the knee sleeves are amazing! i got mine at rei. i couldnt run without them!

    katie – YES!!! my vision goes nuts when i stand up too fast. now i have a name for it!

    lilly- DONT JINX ME. i cannot get preggers right now! (or anytime in the next 5 years) LOL. for the benefit of my parents, let me repeat…. i am…. not…. pregnant. LOL

    anon – thanks for delurking! wow, horeseback riding and dance? you had WAY cooler hobbies than i did as a kid. 🙂

    emily – i thought about it but i dont think so (i’ve taken them before we no reaction). it was strange, though, for sure!

  • Elina November 12, 2008, 6:33 am

    Oh no! Feel better!!!
    I kind of jog in the place in the intersections. My husband thinks people like that look crazy, but to me stopping is crazy 🙂

  • Catherine November 13, 2008, 10:43 am

    Oh no… I know this is way after the fact, but I’m sorry you got sick! I totally jog at intersections (self-consciously)…especially when it’s cold out in order to stay warm! Sometimes I tighten my stomach muscles when running because I feel like that gives them a little workout. 🙂

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