Last week, Sammi emailed me to say she was in town and asked if I wanted to meet up for a run.  Isn’t she cute?  So smiley.


I was excited to run with Sammi today because I knew it would be (mentally) hard to run the day after my 10-miler.  We did 5.65 miles together in about an hour.  We took a few walk breaks.  I think we were talking so much we were out of breath!  That’s my last run until Sunday’s triathlon – I have bike rides planned for the next two days, and then it’s rest time.


Then, I had a conference call in my car on the drive home.


I tore into the house and made this lunch as quickly as possible.  I was starving!


Annie gave me the idea for this AMAZING sandwich:


In between a whole wheat English muffin was a mix of almond butter, sunflower seeds, raisins, and shredded carrot. 


I also had two slices of watermelon:


Chips and salsa:


And a Cherry Banana smoothie, which had 15 frozen cherries, a banana, and vanilla almond milk:


And for accountability’s sake, I tossed back a couple extra chips and a handful or two of sunflower seeds.  🙂


Totally random, but the Husband just sent me this video.  It’s a rap song called “All I Do is Win” and I thought it was super sweet motivation for me to kick butt on my triathlon.  I also thought it was really weird because my Husband is NOT the type of person to listen to rap music.



Then, around 3:06, I realized Snoop Dog flashes the University of Miami U and sings about the Hurricanes.  So that’s why the Husband likes the song!  :)  I almost died laughing.


What is your “power song” that you use for extra motivation?  I really like the Boondock Saints theme song.


The Breville Juicer Raffle is over, and the winner has been contacted!  We raised exactly $700 for the Livestrong Foundation!  :)  Stay tuned for the next raffle:  I’m giving away a Blendtec Blender!



  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 9, 2010, 1:16 pm

    Wow your lunch sounds incredible!!!! Very sad that I did not win but so fantastic that you raised that much money!

  • Meredith @ Sweat Every Day March 9, 2010, 1:18 pm

    I like “The Middle” by Jimmy Eats World and I also really love “Diva” by Beyonce. Perfect for motivation!

  • Madeline March 9, 2010, 1:23 pm

    This is a great power song! Ludacris makes me laugh so much because every song he’s in, he shouts “LUDA” before starting his verses! I wish I could just shout my name before I started talking. Such an entrance.

    Power songs I really like are mostly hip hop and pop, so right now I’m all over Lady Gaga (especially Bad Romance) and Ke$ha. Blah Blah Blah is amazing, if you haven’t already checked it out, DEFINITELY add it to your running playlist!

  • Bronwyn March 9, 2010, 1:24 pm

    I have a few power songs; usually they just have a great beat.

    Poker Face Lady Gaga
    Tik Tok Ke$ha
    The Way I are Timbland
    Kids MGMT
    Jesse’s Girl Springfield
    Sexy Bi*ch David Guella
    In My Arms Kylie Minogue

    My power songs change periodically, but a few of these I can always rely on.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet March 9, 2010, 1:33 pm

    It may sound strange, but any song by Michael Jackson revs me up!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 9, 2010, 1:33 pm

    There are so many power songs out there!!

    There’s a Rock mix that I downloaded from DJ A.M. that’s incredible! I LOVE working out to it 🙂

  • Christie @ Honoring Health March 9, 2010, 1:34 pm

    That spread you put on your sandwich looks so interesting. I need to give that a try!

  • Kristina @Mendonpondmusings March 9, 2010, 1:38 pm

    Love the song! Also the smoothie sounds delicious. I need to be better about freezing fruits – goal for this summer!

    I’m a big fan of My Humps by BEPs!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle March 9, 2010, 1:38 pm

    I’ve got a few “power songs”- I’m all about fast beats, one of my faves is Sandstorm. I used to have the Boondock Saints song on my iPod, I’ll have to add it back- thanks!

  • Carolyn March 9, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Ooohhh…I might have to be in for the blender. I could use a better one. 🙂 Hi, Sammi!!

    • Sammi March 9, 2010, 2:39 pm

      Hey Carolyn! lol. A new blender would be really nice!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 9, 2010, 1:46 pm

    😮 genius sandwich idea! Ohmygosh that sounds good, crikey 😀 Raisins in a sandwich…love it!
    Anything by Britney/Rihanna/Gaga do it for me power wise 🙂

  • whitney @ whitinspired March 9, 2010, 1:52 pm

    I love Please Don’t Stop the Music by Rihanna or anything by Ke$ha…I’m obsessed with her currently.

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story March 9, 2010, 1:54 pm

    Lately, it’s Adam Lambert’s song “If I Had You” but “Eye of the Tiger” almost always works. 🙂

  • Lauren March 9, 2010, 1:57 pm

    I have a couple songs that really motivate me:

    “Uprising” by Muse
    “Bad Romance” (remix) by Lady Gaga
    “Volcano Girls” by Veruca Salt
    “Burrito” by Pete Yorn
    Anything by M.I.A.

  • Monica @ Musings of the Granola Girl March 9, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I ran a half marathon this weekend and the power songs that shuffled onto my ipod at the last 2 miles were “alive” by pearl jam and “truckin'” by the grateful dead and it really PUMPED me up for a strong finish 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 9, 2010, 2:00 pm

    RADIO by Alkaline Trio

  • Raya March 9, 2010, 2:01 pm

    I have been craving chips and salsa for days. Yum!!! And too funny about that video!!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 9, 2010, 2:04 pm

    AMAZING sammie idea, I need to try that this week! Looks delish!

  • Kelly March 9, 2010, 2:07 pm

    Wow that sandwich sounds so random yet so good now I want to try it.

  • Sophie @ yumventures March 9, 2010, 2:07 pm

    The first song from the Lion King is really motivating to wake up to…I used to have it on my alarm clock!

  • Maddie March 9, 2010, 2:10 pm

    I try to incorporate as MANY power songs as possible into my Spinning classes…here are 10 greats:

    1) All My Life – Foo Fighters
    2) Crank it Up – Scooter (no lyrics except for a “crank it up” every so often but will make your legs CRANK)
    3) Le Disko – Shiny Toy Guns
    4) Reach for the Sky – Social Distortion
    5) Calabria 2008 – Enur
    6) The Way I Are -Timbaland and Keri Hilson
    7) I Made It – Kevin Rudolph
    8) Burn it to the Ground – Nickelback (usually NOT a fan)
    9) Everlong (look for it remixed) – Foo Fighters
    10) Suddenly I Replay – Rhianna/KT Tunstall mashup

  • Julie March 9, 2010, 2:11 pm

    I love the upbeat Pink songs. Does anyone else do body pump?? I LOVE most of the songs and have downloaded tons of them for my workout mixes..sometimes I forget I’m running and randomly bust into a squat….

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward March 9, 2010, 2:12 pm

    I really like “I’m Shipping up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys.. I think it is also in The Departed.

    Also, Lose Yourself – Eminem!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) March 9, 2010, 2:17 pm

    Aww, what a fun run! What a creative..sandwich! I assume all those ingredients worked well together? Never woulda thunk it 🙂

  • Morgan March 9, 2010, 2:32 pm

    At a race a few months ago, I heard Empire State of Mind (Jay-Z and Alicia Keys) blasting at the finish line-it got me sprinting to the finish. Empire State of Mind was my 2009 NY Marathon Theme Song-every race needs a theme song!!!

    Also, *NSYNC gets me pumped like no other. Long story. Involves college, beer and a tour bus.
    Plus I know about 90% of the dance moves!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething March 9, 2010, 2:33 pm

    Love your sandwich combo…kinda reminds me of meghans spinach, carrot, almond butter wrap….
    my motivation song is Empire state of mind by jay z and aleisha keys!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full March 9, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Mine is a little corny… “Don’t Stop Believin'”!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 9, 2010, 2:47 pm

    “you’re so damn hot” by Ok Go. It’s like 10 years old but still on my ipod 😉

  • LindsayRuns March 9, 2010, 2:57 pm

    My favorite song right now is “untouched” by the Veronicas.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 9, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Right now it’s set to Just Dance by Gaga!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 9, 2010, 3:02 pm

    anything fast by michael jackson or lady gaga pumps me up…haha, my husband always says i only like volleyball warm-up music 🙂

  • Amy @ Second City Randomness March 9, 2010, 3:03 pm

    he he he… I listen to a lot of rap because the beat totally gets me worked up! So I’m a huge fan of Jay Z for that reason. Random, I know…

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 9, 2010, 3:09 pm

    Whenever my husband does something out of the ordinary (like yours listening to rap music) it somehow ALWAYS links back to sports 🙂

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers March 9, 2010, 3:11 pm

    i have two power songs:

    1. “defying gravity” from the wicked soundtrack
    2. “proud” (aka the theme-song from the biggest loser)

    i’m such a dork!!!

    • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run March 9, 2010, 3:21 pm

      I love Wicked!!! I am going to add Defying Gravity to my playlist – what a great idea!

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run March 9, 2010, 3:21 pm

    I am embarrassed to admit that my current favorite power song is Miley Cyrus singing The Climb. And yes, I am 32 years old 🙂

    There are so many good ideas on here though. I think it’s time to update my ipod.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 9, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Very interesting sandwich spread!!! Yum! I’m loving “Run This Town”…cliche, I know, but it pumps a girl up, yo! 🙂

  • samantha March 9, 2010, 3:34 pm

    love it! i just downloaded that song for my first 5K this sunday 🙂

  • Matt March 9, 2010, 3:38 pm

    Sounds like it is taper time! How is the tricep? Isn’t that what is hurting? Or your bicep? I just know it is your arm lol.

    • caitlin March 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

      bicep and its getting better!

  • Allie March 9, 2010, 3:40 pm

    that sammy is genius!

  • Jenny March 9, 2010, 4:13 pm

    Be careful making calls while driving!
    dont want u to get hurt!!!

  • Brooke March 9, 2010, 4:28 pm

    That sandwich totally caught my attention. YUM!!!! I think I may have to borrow that idea!

  • Alison March 9, 2010, 4:31 pm

    that’s a great pump up song! and that sandwich looks awesome. i love carrot-raisin salads so that just makes sense!

  • Alyssa March 9, 2010, 5:09 pm

    haha, that song is awesome, that’s the first time i’ve heard it. i’m typically a indie rock/ hard rock girl, but for some reason rap music when i am workout out and running totally puts me in the zone. It makes me feel like i’m some other person… makes me feel realy badass and sexy! LOL! Right now, Kings of Leon “Sex on Fire” has got to be my favorite workout song and song in general. It is just raw and badass I just give my all during that song!

  • Jojo March 9, 2010, 5:16 pm

    I actually heard both of my power songs on my run this morning…and they were much needed for that extra push. “Gotta Get Through This” by Daniel Beddingfield and “Last Resort” by Papa Roach.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly March 9, 2010, 5:22 pm

    Oh I love Sammi…isn’t she adorable?!

    My favorite song to get me through is Journey…Don’t Stop Believing!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 9, 2010, 5:29 pm

    So glad you liked the sandwich! Good luck on your triathalon 🙂

  • Jolene ( March 9, 2010, 5:49 pm

    I like any song that I can dance too (mostly rap/ hip hop) for getting pumped up. My students love to get pumped up before a b-ball game to the song Forever by Drake, Eminem, Lil Wayne, etc.

  • Alyson @ Nourished Fitness March 9, 2010, 6:00 pm

    Love that sandwich, so creative, it sounds delicious! I think Eminem’s Collapse is my favorite pump up song 🙂

  • Erin March 9, 2010, 6:11 pm

    That sandwich looks good! Also…my boyfriend (who is from L.A.) is now currently mad a Snoop because he is supposed to be all about USC.

    I love rap songs and good hip hop songs with good beats. Ke$ha and Lady Gaga are also great.

  • Cara March 9, 2010, 6:50 pm

    Wow carrots sound weird in a sandwich like that, but I imagine it was spectacular. I might have to give this a try sometime soon!

  • Juli D. March 9, 2010, 7:29 pm

    My Hero by Foo Fighters. It is the ultimate sports/running theme song and pumps me up every time!!

  • Mary @ Fit this girl March 9, 2010, 7:35 pm

    That song is addicting! I really dig it, I just wish they didn’t sing about strippers and dope! Doh! 😉

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit March 9, 2010, 8:00 pm

    Music is EVERYTHING for my workouts. 🙂

    I like to listen to high intensity music that transforms my energy the minute I hear it.

    Some of my favs:
    Bad Romance- GaGa
    4 Minutes- Madonna
    I gotta Feeling- Black Eyed Peas
    Silence- Delerium

  • Faith @ LovelyasCharged March 9, 2010, 8:05 pm

    Stronger by Kanye West is one of my favorite workout songs! I also love anything by La Roux or even Flo Rida.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 9, 2010, 8:14 pm

    Any song on the black eyed peas latest CD can really put me in the mood to kick it into high gear!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) March 9, 2010, 8:25 pm

    wait, all i have to do is ask to jog with you and it’s set? HECK YESSSS. BTW I used to be afraid of the dark and I still am. 🙁

  • Catherine March 9, 2010, 8:31 pm

    Hmmm… I would definitely say some rap songs tend to pump me up, but I have to say I have some guilty pleasures like MmmBop!

  • Lauren @ A Fit Foodie March 9, 2010, 8:55 pm

    I actually love the song “Gotta Get Thru This” by Daniel Bedingfield. It always keeps me pushing when I feel like taking a break!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 9, 2010, 9:01 pm

    oooh I love the colour of that smoothie – so gorgeous!!

  • Michelle @ G(Y)G March 9, 2010, 10:05 pm

    I’m always so impressed with your variety of vegetarian meals. I used to be vegetarian, and was always working hard at varying my diet. Now that I’m eating meat again, I find that I can go days without a vegetarian meal, and if I do have a vegetarian meal it’s usually nothing spectacular. But today I made a dinner that I think you would love! Lentil tacos. I have the details in a post on my blog, you gotta check it out, I think it would make your mouth water. 🙂

    • caitlin March 9, 2010, 10:27 pm

      oooo! lentil tacos sound good.

  • Kate March 9, 2010, 11:15 pm

    Hey Cailin,

    I love your blog, I’ve been reading it for a little and your meal combinations always inspire me to make a snack!

    Could you please ask Sammi where she got her tank top & what brand it is? I saw it at a race years ago, loved it, and I’ve been looking for it ever since!

    thanks so much,

  • Heather March 10, 2010, 11:12 am

    your smoothie looks so good!

  • Caroline March 12, 2010, 11:07 am

    This video struck me as really powerful and I turned on the Killer’s song as my carrel finally made it to the starting line on Sunday. It was great!

  • Meg March 18, 2010, 11:24 am

    I just got so excited when you mentioned the Boondock Saints theme song. It is my absolute favorite. I used to listen to in on repeat on my ipod before every basketball or lacrosse game! I’ve never met anyone else who actually listens to it outside of watching the move, I used to get made fun of for having weird Irish music on my ipod!!

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