Good morning! Aaaaahh… Crap Free Week is almost over (tomorrow is the last day).  If you read the comments, you might have guessed CFW hasn’t been the most thrilling experience of my life.  But I’ve learned a lot, which I’ll discuss on Friday morning.

 

I made an effort to make a fun yet CF breakfast.

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The star was Sugar and Spice Oatmeal, which contains no added sugar, just natural fruit sugars.  Yum!

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The ‘sugar’ part was two chopped dates and 1 sliced banana, cooked into the oats at the end on the stovetop.

 

The ‘spice’ part included cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

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My oatmeal contained:

 

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 2 chopped dates
  • 2 pinches of clove
  • 2 pinches of nutmeg
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • Topping: Chopped pecans

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This was a Crap Free breakfast worth repeating!

 

And hot lemon water….

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My RoadID

 

I finally purchased a RoadID!  As described on the RoadID website…

 

Road ID was created on the concept that active people should wear ID as part of their gear when participating in outdoor activities. It was started by a couple of guys who began to wonder "why in the heck don’t we have ID on us when we go out for a run or a ride?" We looked at our dogs, they had ID. But, if we had an unexpected accident, while running or cycling, we would be in bad shape – nobody would know who we were or who to contact. That freaked us out.

Road ID, is a Kentucky based company. The principle owners are Edward Wimmer and Mike Wimmer – a father and son team. "Road ID is our business – getting people to wear ID is our crusade." Everyday, people leave their homes without any form of identification. The only way to have identification with you all the time is to wear it. Wearing ID will ensure safety and peace of mind – for you and your loved ones.

 

RoadID comes in a variety of styles, including bracelets, anklets, shoe tags, and more.  I decided to purchase the Dog Tag-style ID because (1) I think a necklace would be most comfortable and (2) I wanna be hardcore.

 

The front of my RoadID includes all my emergency contact info….

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  • Caitlin J. Blogger
  • Kristien (the Husband) – 386-XXX-XXXX
  • Mom – 865-XXX-XXX
  • Organ Donor
  • Pain is Temporary, Quitting is Forever (which is my mantra)

 

The back of my RoadID has a quote from one of my favorite running writers, John "The Penguin" Bingham (I feature his Q&A from Runner’s World on the blog a lot).  It says….

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  • "The  miracle isn’t that I finished… The miracle is that I had the courage to start."

 

If you run, bike, or hike outside by yourself, I recommend getting a RoadID or carrying some sort of identification!  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.  I’ve had my RoadID for about 1 month now and it definitely makes me feel more comfortable on long runs alone.

 

Do you carry ID when exercising outside?

{ 42 comments }

 

  • Erica February 11, 2009, 5:27 am

    That road ID is such a good idea! I need to pick one of those up! Breakfast looks yummy! Yayy for 1 more day of CFW!

  • VeggieGirl February 11, 2009, 5:46 am

    You’re doing FAAAABULOUSLY with your “holy yum worthy” Crap-Free Week eats!! šŸ˜€

  • Erin February 11, 2009, 5:55 am

    I never thought about ID while running. I guess I haven’t done a ton of long outdoor runs, but I’m glad you brought it up. Definitely something to be mindful of.

  • Justine February 11, 2009, 6:01 am

    I got one of the shoe road IDs for Christmas. I do all my runs alone and some of them are early in the morning in the dark, so it makes me feel a little safer in case something were to happen!

  • just me February 11, 2009, 6:06 am

    i don’t carry an id…bad me. i really need to get one of those. i saw bobbi has one too.

  • emilydh211 February 11, 2009, 6:06 am

    way to hang in there with the CFW even if it hasnt been the most fun thing that you have ever done šŸ™‚

  • Mica February 11, 2009, 6:06 am

    Oooh, I got the shoe pouch ID a couple years ago because I could keep my student ID card in it. It’s about to give up the ghost though, so I might look into that dogtag, which is AWESOME.

  • ttfn300 February 11, 2009, 6:07 am

    i just got a wrist id for xmas, so i could also wear it biking šŸ™‚ LOVE your inspirational quotes on there!

  • Ryan (chasing daylight) February 11, 2009, 6:15 am

    I saw Road ID’s advertisement in Runner’s World and definitely looked into it. I really need to order one…plus I want their shoe pouch! I also have a thing of pepper spray that straps onto the palm of my hand while I’m running, so that makes me feel safe too!

  • Jess February 11, 2009, 6:25 am

    On long runs I put my license in my waist pack so I have it with me in case something happens.

  • Colleen February 11, 2009, 6:36 am

    I bought a red wrist-band Road ID last year…I had an extra line to put some more text so I had “Go Biscuits Go!” engraved at the bottom. It’s what my husband always says to me when I go out for a run! šŸ™‚

  • Jill February 11, 2009, 6:39 am

    You are doing awesome sticking with your CFW!! This breakfast looks insanely delish!

    The road ID is a really good idea. I love the quote you put on it!

  • Betsy February 11, 2009, 7:16 am

    Awesome!! My boyfriend’s birthday is coming up and I was going to do a whole package of running stuff – this would be an awesome addition. Thank you for mentioning it!!

  • Kailey (SnackFace) February 11, 2009, 7:16 am

    Those oats are anything but boring crap-free food! The road ID is smart! I never work out outside, so I’ve never even thought about that!

    Have a happy humpday!

  • Meg February 11, 2009, 7:20 am

    Love your road ID! That is so cool!

    Yummy oats!

  • jenngirl February 11, 2009, 7:21 am

    I have no doubt that you are going to have a very intelligent and organized recap of CFW on Friday, I can’t wait to hear what you’ve learned!

    I’ve never seen Road IDs but that sounds like a great idea!! šŸ™‚

  • Danielle February 11, 2009, 7:22 am

    Love the road idea what a cute way to wear your identification.
    Love the oatmeal!

  • Amanda February 11, 2009, 7:23 am

    Love the idea of Road ID! My boyfriend’s parents got me a gift certificate to their website for xmas. I got a pink bracelet šŸ™‚ and a flashing light to wear when it’s dark!!

    Unfortunately, I feel like I am more afraid of being mugged/attacked when running alone than being hit by a car/having a heart attack. I wish there was some way to incorporate that kind of safety into the Road ID!!

  • Adventures in Newlywed February 11, 2009, 7:24 am

    The road id is great – thanks for the idea! I’m ordering one right now for my husband’s birthday!

  • balanceisbest February 11, 2009, 7:35 am

    Yummy CF oats! One more day, you can do it!!!

    I borrow your mantra sometimes when I’m running – it really helps me to push myself during a run!

    Kaneil, balanceisbest

  • brandi February 11, 2009, 7:40 am

    crap free oats are the way to go šŸ™‚

    I don’t have any ID when I go running, but right now, I usually go with my husband.

    If I really start going more by myself, I definitely want to get one.

  • ksgoodeats February 11, 2009, 7:49 am

    The road ID is really smart! Those spices?! Best known to man šŸ˜‰

  • Holly February 11, 2009, 7:56 am

    I love your Road ID! I have a shoe tag one, and after listing my husband’s cell and my mom, it just says “SWIM BIKE RUN” on it. šŸ™‚

  • lilveggiepatch February 11, 2009, 8:04 am

    That’s my mantra too!!! Lance knows his stuff. That was going through my mind the whole time during step class yesterday…

    I have a shoe ID but it’s kind of annoying to wear all the time. It does have a little pouch, though, so I can carry cash for emergencies.

  • tfh February 11, 2009, 8:04 am

    I should get a road ID…because it’s smart. And because yours is darned cute.

  • Rose February 11, 2009, 8:20 am

    Cool RoadID. Whoever came up with that idea is a genius. You never know what can happen on the road… best to be safe!

  • Meghann February 11, 2009, 8:25 am

    Yay I can’t wait to order my RoadID! I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time but I hope to do it soon! I can’t wait to have that added protection on me, just in case.

  • Thinspired February 11, 2009, 8:33 am

    Love your oats this morning! I have yet to try dates in my oatmeal.
    Great product recommendation, definitely something I wouldn’t have thought of. I love your personal touches to it!

  • Sara February 11, 2009, 8:34 am

    That Road ID is such a great idea! I want one. I love your quote on it. Congrats on almost finishing CFW. Your oats look delish.

  • Lindsay February 11, 2009, 8:37 am

    I do have a RoadID. I did the shoe tag kind. My father was the one that suggested I get one, wants me to be safe and all. Someone pointed out that if I get knocked out and someone steals my shoes from my body then it really does me no good. I think that's taking it a bit too far though.

    Also, all my numbers are now void. My father & brother changed their numbers and I no longer work where I used to (father & brother live 10 hrs & 5 hrs away so I wanted someone local and I have no friends where I live so I went with work). I have to order a new tag soon. Luckily, they do have replacements metal part. Much cheaper than buying a whole new one!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 11, 2009, 8:58 am

    I’m lovin CFW! Inspiring. I need to cut some sugar out of my diet =)

    Those oats look great. Dates in oatmeal are sooooo good. They melt like candy!

  • Annie February 11, 2009, 9:00 am

    Love the C&B spoon!

    Only one more day of CFW! =)

  • Bec February 11, 2009, 9:21 am

    That is such a good idea, I definitely am going to look into one. I love how you can put that you are an organ donor on it too!

  • Mo Diva February 11, 2009, 9:41 am

    I need one of those!

  • aron February 11, 2009, 10:17 am

    i have been meaning to get one of those forever. i try to remember to carry my ID when i go running, but usually i forget. i am good about everything else though (always have a phone, etc). need to add this to the list šŸ™‚

  • angelcubbie February 11, 2009, 10:41 am

    Hey Caitlin,

    I just wanted to get your thoughts on this. I exercise first thing in the morning Mon-Fri. Typically I have a half of a banana w/pb and then eat breakfast later, but I’ve been wondering if on days my workouts are somewhat shorter, I can skip the pre-workout snack or if it’s bad for my metabolism. So, say maybe I wake up at 6:45, go on a 45 minute run, get ready for work and have breakfast by 8:45. So about two hours. Is this too long to wait to eat breakfast or is it alright?

  • alessa February 11, 2009, 10:45 am

    I am so bad about running with nothing on me, I really need to invest in one of these! I have also seen the wrist band ones, do you wear this around your neck?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 11, 2009, 10:45 am

    angel – speaking from personal preference, i would have a snack before a 5 mile run because i dont think i could make it through the run without chewing off my arm. i may compensate by a slightly smaller breakfast if i wasn’t faminished afterwards. but, i’ve heard that if your workout is under 1 hour, you might not need a preworkout snack in the AM (depending on how big your dinner was the night before, etc). i would just make that decision on a day to day basis depending on how hungry you are or are not when you wake up.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 11, 2009, 10:46 am

    alessa- yes, like a necklace!

  • angelcubbie February 11, 2009, 10:55 am

    Thanks for the feedback! Most of the time I wake up hungry, but some morning I’m not and can get through a 5 mile run fine without a preworkout snack. I was just more concerned if waiting two hours to eat breakfast would be harmful to my metabolism. I’ve read mixed things.

    Love the road ID! I live by myself and go running early in the morning, I think I defintely need to get one of those. Thanks for the great idea!

  • MyRunningJourney February 11, 2009, 2:37 pm

    That’s so cool! I’ve been thinking lately that I need to start taking my license with me when I go running, but I never do. This would be perfect!!

  • Bridget February 12, 2009, 2:15 am

    A great idea!

    In my neighborhood, I never felt safe running-or walking, at any time of the day. I generally went to Altamonte Springs instead.

    By the time you read this, the last day of CFW will be on. Woo hoo! =)

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