A Long Run and a Day of Play

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Good afternoon!  We have had a very full day so far, and the Superbowl hasn’t even begun! πŸ™‚


Immediately after my breakfast digested, I set out of a 11.0 mile run.  After three weeks of my half marathon training schedule, I am pleased to announce that (1) I’m starting to actually look forward to my long runs and (2) I’m finding them to be quite pleasant


I got to try out my new running skirt, which I was SO excited to wear.  Target really has some great workout clothes!  Plus, having new gear always puts a smile on my face! The Huz snapped this picture before I left.   My face is shiny from sunscreen. And my hat is reflecting because it’s reflective. πŸ™‚

Around mile 7.0, I decided to eat my mid-run snack for some extra fuel.  I recently bought the Luna Sport Moons, but I wasn’t very impressed.   First of all, they didn’t taste like watermelon at all, and secondly, they were too sticky!  My teeth were glued together!  But the 100 calories of mid-run fuel did the trick.


Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes (11.0 miles)
  • Calories Burned (Estimated): 880


I left my heart rate monitor at home, so that’s just a guess on the calories.  But I usually burn 80 calories/mile.


After returning home, I immediately slammed 1 scoop of Muscle Milk Light with skim milk and a few pieces of Chocolate Orange.


After my shower, I made a pack of Anne’s Mac and Cheese and split the entire thing between Huz and I.  It’s a LOT of macaroni, and the only time I can justify eating like this is following an 11.0-miler! :)  Plus a salad….


Maggie and James "told" me they wanted to go to the dog park today, so we obliged!  They had loads of fun, as usual.



We tossed around a football as the pups played.   Next up, we dropped the kiddies off at the house and headed to the mall.  We made a stop at Marshall’s for a new wok (but they didn’t have any we liked).  I ate a True Delights bar in the car.

We also stopped at Total Wine.  Total Wine is an insane wine superstore with over 8,000 kinds of wine IN STOCK!  They also do free tastings, so I tried some Riesling.


I waited patiently by the shopping cart as the Husband made his selections….


After looking at each of the 8,000 wines (just kidding!), he selected:


  • Malbec from Argentina
  • Riesling from Napa Valley
  • Pinot Noir from France
  • Zinfandel from France


We buy wine wayyyyy faster than we drink it!


And my afternoon snack was the usual:


I bought a new kind of granola at the store — Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed from Back to Nature.  It was a unique granola in that it wasn’t very sweet, but I liked it a lot!


Whew! What a marathon post!


Time to do some work and then it’s FOOTBALL time!


Did you know Superbowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year (next to Thanksgiving, of course!)?



  • Justine February 1, 2009, 3:25 pm

    Wow, what a day so far! Great job on the run…and glad to hear you’re enjoying your long runs! I thought I would dread mine as they got longer due to half-marathon training, but I actually look forward to them. I just take my time and enjoy the run and don’t really worry about my pace.

    I’ve been having jelly beans (per your suggestion) on my runs over 10 miles and so far, so good. I think I just need to take them BEFORE mile 8 or 9 so I get that boost earlier on πŸ™‚ Thanks for the cheap suggestion! Just wondering why you’ve decided to start buying the gels and blocks?

    Enjoy the SuperBowl…GO STEELERS!

  • VeggieGirl February 1, 2009, 3:26 pm

    Fabulous run!!

    Mmm, chocolate orange segments!! Have you ever tried the chocolate raspberry segments?? Those are PURRRRRE heaven.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 1, 2009, 3:27 pm

    hey justine – i think im just been buying gels and blocks because i want to try different stuff. i do really think jelly beans and gummi bears are a great and cheap alternative, but i do like the mix it up!

    i normally take mine at the halfway mark of my long runs, so i would be taking it at mile 5 of a 10 miler. its fun to mix it up and see if taking them early helps or not.

  • chasedaylight February 1, 2009, 3:30 pm

    Wooo 11 miles! Very nice! Have you ever tried Sharkies? They’re REALLY sticky, too, and your comment about the Luna ones made me think of them.

  • mytastytravels February 1, 2009, 3:49 pm

    It’s soo fun going to the wine store! We always buy faster than we drink too, but it’s just fun. We don’t have a total wine in Vegas, but my mom in north carolina does. You have to try the Fireblock Grenache, it’s really great and we can’t find it anywhere here. If you ever get the chance to try Insignia, it will blow your tastebuds away. It was rated the best wine in the world, but it’s way too much $$ . . .some day haha πŸ™‚


  • Mrs. LC February 1, 2009, 3:53 pm

    Whoa, never would have guessed today to be the second biggest eating day of the year next to Thanksgiving!! I would have definitely guessed Christmas as no.2!

    I was in Orlando yesterday but you weren’t!! Bummer! Next weekend then, for Meghann’s bday??

  • jenngirl February 1, 2009, 4:11 pm

    Your Sunday is just fabulous! A great run (wow 11 miles!), awesome lunch, playing outside with the dogs, and WINE shopping! So fun!

    Your Annie’s mac always looks so yummy by the way πŸ˜‰

  • just me February 1, 2009, 4:19 pm

    greatttt run! sorry those luna moons didnt’ taste all that great…didn’t you like the pom ones though? buy those again! haha!

    glad you had a good day so far! and i wouldn’t know if superbowl is the next biggest eating day…i’ve never taken part in any of the festivities..but it sure sounds like it! what about easter though? that always seems food popular w/ ham and stuff…and christmas!

  • ksgoodeats February 1, 2009, 4:29 pm

    Congrats on the run – that’s great that you are enjoying them!! Annie’s looks like perfect post-11 miler fuel πŸ™‚

    AHH the puppies! I love seeing them!

  • Kailey February 1, 2009, 4:47 pm

    Goodness gracious, 11 miles! That’s amazing to me. Your puppers are so adorable I practically squeal everytime I see pics! I know I haven’t been commenting for long, but I’ve been reading your blog forever. I’ve been inspired to start my own. Feel free to check out the first post! snackface.wordpress.com

  • dailygoods February 1, 2009, 6:37 pm

    wow awesome job on your run! Your posts always inspire me so much. I am training for my first 10k coming up in April, and I love reading about how much you enjoy your runs! i hope I can get to that point sometime soon πŸ™‚

  • robinbb February 1, 2009, 6:42 pm

    I find the Luna Moons to be too sticky as well. It took me a long time to find something I could take during runs and I finally settled on Power Gels. Everything else hurts my stomach or are too hard to eat.

    I love the running skirt. I have about 10 running skirts and love everyone of them. I am jealous you can wear it on an outside run right now. I wore my winter running skirt instead today.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 1, 2009, 6:44 pm

    daily goods – aww thank you! i think a lot of my “enjoying” long runs comes from the fact that i try to consciously look forward to them instead of dread them. glass half full and whatnot! πŸ™‚ good luck!

  • jane February 1, 2009, 6:55 pm

    Nice long run!
    I really liked the Luna Moon pomegranate flavor. But I use Clif Shot Bloks cause I like the flavors and they are bigger so it’s faster (i tend to slow down when i eat while running so i try to do it quickly). I agree they stick to your teeth a bit, and they get worse if they are old, so try to buy them fresh rather than stocking up on a bunch and storing them. Oh and make sure you take them with water, but I’m sure you know that. I still like them better than the weird consistency of Gu. Plus, i stick with the clif products cause they use way more natural and better ingredients than other ones like Gu or PowerGel or Sport Beans that use all kinds of chemicals and sugar.
    You look adorable in your running skirt, by the way! I’m so jealous you can wear a skirt- it was 43 degrees here and that was like a heat wave for Pittsburgh in February!
    I liked your post about the Steelers- I am worried about what kinds of riots will go down this year! My sister went to Oakland to watch the game with her Pitt friends and my dad wouldn’t let her take the car cause he was afraid it would get tipped or something! Pittsburgh- a drinking town with a football problem πŸ˜‰

  • brandi February 1, 2009, 7:32 pm

    I LOVE those chocolate oranges!!!

    I need a running skirt -they are too cute!

  • tryingforatri February 1, 2009, 7:46 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know that!! It may be a little different where I am in Canada though, we tend to celebrate the Stanley Cup playoffs more!

    I love the running skirt!! Great job on the 11 miles πŸ™‚

  • Sarah W. February 1, 2009, 8:08 pm

    I tried the Luna Moons and I found the same thing – they got stuck in my teeth! annoying!!!

    I'm probably going to try out just plain ole jelly beans next time since we have them available in bulk – jelly belly! at wegmans! yummm!!!

    I LOVE chocolate oranges!!!yumm – every year for xmas my aunt used to get me one!

    we have a total wine & beverage out here and it takes my husband FOREVER to decide on wines!! argh!!

  • lauren February 2, 2009, 7:29 am

    great job on the run…and I feel the same way about the luna moons…sticky!

  • Greg Tuttle February 2, 2009, 9:00 am

    Hi, Caitlin Γ’β‚¬β€œ
    Your blog post came up as I was doing a search. I'm glad you and your husband enjoyed the store, I'm in the same boat with buying wine faster than I can drink itΓ’β‚¬β€œthere's too many to choose from! We look forward to seeing you both again soon.
    Greg Tuttle
    Wine Operations Manager, Total Wine & More

  • Chic Runner February 2, 2009, 12:08 pm

    Love the skirt and great job on the run! I have tried the moons too. Sometimes gummy food makes you feel like you aren’t even taking a gel!

  • HangryPants February 2, 2009, 12:42 pm

    The granola looks delicious! Not sure I’ve seen it in stores around me.

    I love the Gene’s Law positive message sticker on your fridge. You so cute!

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