Pre-Long Run Flips and Fuel

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As I’ve mentioned before, I get really bad insomnia before any long run – not just races, training runs, too.  It’s incredibly frustrating – I just flip and flop in bed all night long, wake up two hours before the alarm clock, and struggle to rest.  Marathon training was the worst!


The other issue is that around 3 AM, it started to pour.  The thunder woke me up, and then all I could think about was muddy trails.  :) 


So, I didn’t sleep very well last night (I am about to leave on a double-digit trail run).  That’s alright because I had an awesome breakfast planned:


I bought this vegan-izable waffle/pancake mix the other day because Angela is coming to visit  me this weekend.  I had to test it out.  :)  I made my waffle with an egg, so it they weren’t vegan, but for Angela, I plan to use the vegan faux flax egg trick.


And on top of my waffles, I had Chobani Pomegranate… yes, I finally located this elusive flavor!


Verdict? AMAZING.  Chobani has such great flavored Greek yogurt – I love the pineapple, too.  There are actually chunks of pomegranate arials (the seeds).  It’s not just flavored pomegranate. 


With 1/2 a banana on top:


Time for my trail run – be back later with a recap!


Interested in learning more about trail running?  Here are my favorite tips for going off road.



  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 26, 2010, 7:14 am

    I can’t find that flavor of Chobani anywhere and I want to try it so bad. Good luck on your run!

  • Becky March 26, 2010, 7:18 am

    I have a similar problem before long runs. I seem to get anxious or something and don’t sleep as well – just when I want sleep the most! Good luck on your run today…trail runs seem so fun 🙂

  • Keri March 26, 2010, 7:19 am

    Good luck on your trail run! I LOVE the pomegranate chobani…I’ll be eating it this morning too!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 26, 2010, 7:21 am

    I find once I’m asleep before a long run, I’m fine – it’s just GETTING to sleep that’s the problem! I’m often lying awake thinking about it, planning a route, what I’ll have for breakfast etc etc…very annoying!
    Good luck on the run 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 26, 2010, 7:34 am

    Have a great run!!!

  • Allie March 26, 2010, 7:36 am

    those waffles look amazing!!!

    that is relly frustrating about sleeping and long runs. you have so many long runs under your belt, it seems like it shouldn’t be a matter of being able to do it causing stress. do you have the same trouble if you move your long runs to early evening, or is it just morning runs?

    • Caitlin March 26, 2010, 11:14 am

      only early AM long runs. it’s so weird.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 26, 2010, 7:44 am

    Hope you have a good run! I get nervous before long runs and races too. I need to start upping my mileage- you are inspiring!

  • Matt March 26, 2010, 7:48 am

    I don’t sleep well either before a long run. I toss and turn all night until it is time to get up. Luckily, I usually take a nap that day so it works out. Make sure you get some extra sleep tonight.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 26, 2010, 7:50 am

    Have an awesome trail run! I can never sleep before an event or a long run either. Sometimes journaling helps, but usually my mind is so full of different thoughts, that I could be writing all night long. 😉

    Have FUN! 😀

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething March 26, 2010, 7:51 am

    Sorry about your bad night of sleep 🙁 I did not sleep so good either because I finally started to up my workouts and my body is sore. I am sure you had a great run anyway. Let us know!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 26, 2010, 8:00 am

    I like that chobani flavour… but the pineapple still reigns highest in my brain! How I wish I was still in the US for their selection of greek yogurt… =(

    Good luck on your run!!


  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara March 26, 2010, 8:01 am

    I can NEVER find the pom or pineapple flavor in Pittsburgh! So annoying. Luckily, I just recently found the caramel so there’s still hope. Have fun with Angela!!!!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 26, 2010, 8:08 am

    I never do sleep well before a long run either…really frustrating! And on the night before a race? Forget about it!

    Re: brown green monsters– chocolate amazing grass! 🙂

  • Stacey March 26, 2010, 8:09 am

    I definitely like trail running too, it works your legs so much more than a regular run, but it IS much harder 😀 Good luck with yours!

    yay! I just found the pineapple Chobani 2 days ago!! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) March 26, 2010, 8:16 am

    I LOVE CHOBANI! I seriously should buy stock in it b/c I spend about 70 dollars a month on it – my family is addicted, too!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 26, 2010, 8:30 am

    I’ve never had chobani, or oikos, or siggi’s, or any of the crazy yoghurts all you bloggers seem to get your hands on. We don’t have those kinds at my grocery store.
    I stick with good ole Balkan style plain.

  • Daniel March 26, 2010, 8:31 am

    I have that same kind of pancake mix – personally I believe buckwheat pancakes are the most delicious kind EVER! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with that mix! (Or so I hope, haha)

  • Katherine March 26, 2010, 8:41 am

    Your about me page is great; I’m trying to refocus my life onto work and better things (we’re sort-of reverse; I focus too much on fitness and not enough on jobs and school). Please leave me any advice you have on balance!

    • Caitlin March 26, 2010, 11:15 am

      hmmm i guess its about just prioritizing your goals? it’s not a bad thing to not be overly focused on your career if that’s not what you’re into. a job can just be for $$. that’s cool! do you feel a little exercise obsessed? and not in a good way?

      • Katherine March 27, 2010, 1:48 pm

        I definitely feel that way. It is hard to get into the right mindset. If you check out my blog, I’m trying to figure out how to balance it all (and mostly get an internship for summer!)

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries March 26, 2010, 8:47 am

    Have fun on your run, girl!! You can do it 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 26, 2010, 8:51 am

    i love trail running…it’s so much fun after a long hike when you’re coming back down the mountain! hope your run goes well, and just enjoy being outside!

  • Kelly March 26, 2010, 8:57 am

    The Pomegranate is my favorite flavor! So good!

  • Evan Thomas March 26, 2010, 8:59 am

    That was your first time finding pomegranate? It’s pretty much my favorite! I love that the campus stores here carry it

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) March 26, 2010, 9:02 am

    I have my first double digit run tomorrow (on my birthday!) and I am petrified! Not sure why, since I ran 9 miles a week ago, but 10 miles/double digits, just scares the sh!t out of me!!
    Good luck on your trail run!

    • Caitlin March 26, 2010, 11:16 am

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY and good luck!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired March 26, 2010, 9:03 am

    You’re such a good host! Good luck on the run 😀

  • Ellen Collis March 26, 2010, 9:04 am

    I talked to a guy who was running the NYC half-marathon the night before the race and he said, “I always have to get my 8 hours of sleep.” And I thought of you and said to myslef, “Poor Caitlin won’t be getting that many hours!” I think I would bejigity with my sleep before a race too. Never done one though…guess it’s time to find out!

    • Caitlin March 26, 2010, 11:16 am


  • Catherine March 26, 2010, 9:05 am

    I have the same problem before long runs usually! Although freakishly the night before my first marathon last fall I actually slept like a baby – it may have been due to a full week of psycho nerves and no sleep though!

    Good luck on your run! Just curious, don’t waffles & yogurt sit kind of heavy in your stomach before a long run? I can usually just stomach some toast with a very little bit of honey and almond butter or just a date or two – then I bring gu’s and stuff if I’m going over 10 miles.

  • Jenn (from March 26, 2010, 9:05 am

    I’ve seen that pomegranate Chobani in stores but haven’t tried it yet. LOVE their pineapple flavor! Yum

    Good luck on your run!


  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 26, 2010, 9:07 am

    I have the same problem sleeping. I hope the run goes well!!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels March 26, 2010, 9:07 am

    Have a great run and that breakfast looks delicious – you are having quite the week in awesome breakfasts!

  • Robyn March 26, 2010, 9:17 am

    Pomegranite Chobani is my fave!

  • Nicole March 26, 2010, 9:21 am

    I have sleep issues when it comes to any AM workout, but this is pretty new for me….like the last month. I began training for a 1/2 marathon last week and am really worried about pushing myself for am runs, especially when they get longer. This week I was going to make myself get up no matter what at 5:30 so I could have a snack before any workout, but I missed the alarm every morning! I’ve been really frustrated at myself which has impacted other aspects of life, like eating 🙁 Plus I’ve been trying to put in extra hours at work which makes evening workouts harder, I’m hoping this weekend I can calm my mind and get back to it next week!

    • Caitlin March 26, 2010, 11:17 am

      ugh so frustrating! i hope you figure out your schedule. maybe you just need more time to adjust.

  • Abby March 26, 2010, 9:23 am

    I really want to try the Pom flavor! And I understand not being able to sleep before long runs. I just get filled with so much anxiety! It’s awful!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 26, 2010, 9:38 am

    I have been looking everywhere for the Pomegranate flavor. Glad to hear you think its awesome too! And that really stinks about the anxiety you get before long runs. I have trouble sleeping sometimes but not usually related to running. I’ve heard that you should try to fall asleep for 15 minutes, and if you cant sleep you should get up and do something low key like read a book in a dim light until you’re about to fall asleep and then get back in bed. Not sure if that would work for you, but sometimes it helps me!

  • Sarah March 26, 2010, 9:44 am

    i never have problems sleeping but i just ran my first race last weekend (8k!:)) and i woke up at 3:30 (to a drunken roommate…) and couldn’t fall asleep till 5am!! urgh…6:45am wake up was not fun. hope the run went well though!!

  • Kristina March 26, 2010, 9:57 am

    Funny that you say that the pomegranate is the elusive Chobani flavor 🙂
    There is always pomegranate at the store I buy my Chobani at (I’m in Akron, OH), but I can NEVER find the pineapple or honey! Glad to hear you liked it…it’s my favorite of the flavors that I can buy, haha.

  • Joanne March 26, 2010, 10:10 am

    The pom. chobani was good. But the pineapple I thought was too sweet. I really prefer the plain because the fruit on the bottom changes the texture of the yogurt.
    Have fun this weekend and, before that, have a good run.

  • Katie March 26, 2010, 10:24 am

    Looks like a yummy breakfast!! Hope your run goes well!

  • Kacy March 26, 2010, 10:44 am

    I love Greek yogurt on top of waffles. The Pom chobani is great in oatmeal too!

  • Heather March 26, 2010, 10:46 am

    the only chobani flavors I have had are strawberry and vanilla…I must try…

  • Andrea ( March 26, 2010, 10:54 am

    Good luck on the trail run! That buckwheat pancake mix is my favorite- it’s delicious!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 26, 2010, 11:10 am

    That Chobani flavor is GOOD!!! The pineapple is still my favorite though…

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 26, 2010, 11:15 am

    The pomegranate Chobani is definitely good, I didn’t know it was elusive, they have it next to all of the other ones at my store. I even got to try the new raspberry. Although I have heard that there is a strawberry banana, but I have never seen it. Now that I’d love to try.

  • Laura Georgina March 26, 2010, 11:20 am

    At least it’s a run with good friends through beautiful scenery and not a solo long run… It’ll be totally worth the nerves and lack of sleep in the end 🙂 I wish I could get into trail-running, but I’m the clumsiest thing on two legs and I’m petrified of killing an ankle or something.

  • steph-exercise physiologist and artist! March 26, 2010, 11:21 am

    Oh my gosh that storm last night was CRAZY!! I stayed up pretty late last night (took a vacay day today!) and my two little dogs wanted to go out around midnight (I live in an apt on the 3rd floor) as soon as we got half way down all three of us ran back up b/c it basting us so bad! it was raining sideways.
    Guess they didn’t have to go that bad, they just came in a went to sleep!

    That breakfast looked so good that I imagine it set you up nicely for one good run!

  • Carolyn @ March 26, 2010, 11:37 am

    Hope your run goes well and you stay dry.

  • Kayla S March 26, 2010, 11:38 am

    I’m obsessed with the pom. chobani… soooo GOOD

  • Nicole, RD March 26, 2010, 11:38 am

    I looooooooove the pomegranate Chobani! Have a great weekend!

  • clay March 26, 2010, 11:56 am

    Do you think long distance running is for you? I wouldn’t want to sacrifice good rest if that’s what it takes to do double digit runs! And i totally agree with the pomagranate and pineapple chobani. I usually don’t go for the flavored yogurt but chobani is really good!

  • Courtney March 26, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Yesterday I did my longest run ever (8 miles) and I was SO nervous leading up to it. But I think that little bit of adrenaline helped me…plus it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be so that was nice.
    adventures in tri-ing

  • Julie March 26, 2010, 12:37 pm

    I’d love to get into trail running! I’ve never done that….good luck on your run (although I’m sure you’re back by now) 🙂

  • eatdrinkandbemerrynyc March 26, 2010, 2:27 pm

    i hate pre long run anxiety!! And it’s never as bad as you think it will be!!

  • KatieTX March 26, 2010, 2:32 pm

    I found that pom flavor once and was also so surprised it had actual pom seeds in it. also, the random natural food store I found it at had it on clearance for $1..I bought them all 🙂

  • Jalita March 26, 2010, 5:21 pm

    I know you like the Chobani Greek yogurt and I know you probably have a great grocery store that sells it. I was very surprised to find this brand of greek yogurt. I’ve never had it before, but I got some. I haven’t eaten it yet, though. I bought it was few weeks ago. I got the strawberry and Pomegranate. Ha! It’s surprising I found the Pomegranate before you. 🙂 I was just so surprised to see this brand in my grocery store (I live in a small town and the grocery store I go to isn’t that great with selling the products I’d like to buy). I remember buying the actual Pomegranate fruit at my grocery store, though. That was interesting to prepare and eat the arials.

    • Caitlin March 26, 2010, 5:28 pm

      Oh the strawberry is great! Yum

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear March 26, 2010, 6:02 pm

    Yep..Pomegranate and Pineapple are for sure my favs! My mouth is watering looking at those waffles!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 26, 2010, 8:00 pm

    Because I don’t normally workout in the morning I have the flip flopping issue. I usually settle it with some chamomile tea and some benedryl.

  • Samantha March 26, 2010, 11:21 pm

    I get that way the night before races!! I think I’m just so excited I can’t sleep. Just like when I was younger and had field trips in school haha. I’d go to bed early so I could go on the field trip faster and end up laying in bed for hours!

  • Jolene ( March 27, 2010, 12:40 am

    I love thunder showers, but not if they keep me up all night!!

  • Lorin March 27, 2010, 1:41 am

    What do you do with the other half of the banana, put it in the freezer for a green monster?

    • Caitlin March 27, 2010, 1:46 am

      I put it in a ziploc bag and then in the fridge. If u keep it in the peel it keeps well!

  • Jes March 27, 2010, 4:52 pm

    Oh my other friend Caitlin and I are very interested in starting to do trail running! Thanks for the link!!

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