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Gather round, it’s time for for breakfast!


I am a huge fan of Greek (AKA strained) yogurt.  It’s a little more expensive, but in my mind, it’s worth it due to the protein content (12 to 16 grams).  I’ve seen the Siggi’s brand before but always shied away because it was SO expensive, even compared to Stonyfield Oikos.


Finally, I decided to just buy a few containers and give it a try.  Just for something different!



Holy yogurt miracle – thick, creamy, with real flakes of vanilla bean in the mix.  The ingredient list was only 5 ingredients deep, and it was flavorful without being overpowering.


I had it with 1/2 cup raw oats, chia seeds, and a banana.


In case you’re wondering, here’s my  yogurt preferences breakdown:


Siggi’s probably tops Chobani in terms of flavor, but it was just so darn expensive (over $2 each) that there is no way it will become a regular thing!


Girls on the Run


A quick shout-out for all my Girls on the Run fans – Molly Barker (the founder) has started a new blog, Wandering Through Nothingness.  Check it out!


Gotta Be Flexible


Half Marathon training really isn’t going as well as I’d like it to be.  My foot injury (now healed) threw a major wrench in my plans; also, I’ve been totally overloaded with work and suffering from major anxiety that literally been impacting my quality of life (no sleep… I plan to do something about this soon if it continues). 


The other issue is that I don’t seem to be bouncing back as quickly as I normally do.  After re-reading my own Cures for Sluggish Runs post, I think it’s mostly sleep- and stress-related.  I had to take a good, hard look at my training plan and make some modifications, especially with long runs.  I’m reducing my overall weekly mileage and giving myself more breathing room in between long runs.  I’m not sure I’ll be PRing at the race in March, but thankfully – I have back-up races planned!


The most important thing to me is that training remains fun and safe, so I’m more than willing to be flexible!


Two questions:


1) How’s your training going if you’re prepping for a big race?

2) What’s your preferred yogurt?



  • skinnyrunner February 7, 2011, 10:55 am

    i have a couple coupons for siggis but have never bothered getting them since i didnt really know much about the yogurt. now ill have to!

  • Kris February 7, 2011, 10:56 am

    No training plans since I don’t run races, but plans for getting back into a regular exercise routine. My fav yogurt is Fage — just like we had in Greece. I tried Siggi’s and just couldn’t love it for some reason. Chobani runs second in my list. Happy Monday!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 7, 2011, 10:56 am

    I have a 5k next Saturday that I haven’t been training for. I don’t think be PRing either!

  • Eliz@The Sweet Life February 7, 2011, 10:57 am

    I don’t like yogurt of any kind but I love Siggi’s packaging–so clean and crisp!

  • aubrey @ italktofood February 7, 2011, 10:58 am

    i want to sign up for a race so so so badly. I am trying so hard to listen to my knees and give them a break before I sign up for something. I just put my Brooklyn Half Marathon number tag from last year on my wall as an inspirtation.

    I gotta say I love fage.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 7, 2011, 10:58 am

    Well, this makes me miss yogurt! Of all the dairy I used to love, yogurt was the big one. I need to start making my own. Your breakfast looks so good!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 7, 2011, 10:59 am

    I adore Greek yogurt too! the only brand I can find here in Canada is Liberte, but it’s still SO good and I love mixing it with vanilla and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Have a great day Caitlin!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 7, 2011, 10:59 am

    I’m prepping for the same race and training has actually been going great. I did an 8 miler and some speed work over the weekend, and am feeling strong and confident during training!

    I just tried Siggi’s Vanilla last week for the first time because it was on sale at the grocery store for 2/$3 and I couldn’t get over the chunks of vanilla bean – so delicious!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 7, 2011, 11:01 am

    I just started marathon training again and so far so good! (but my longest run to date is 5 miles so we shall see!)

    I used to love yogurt but lately it just messes with my insides big time. I used to love TJ’s greek! Now I make chocolate avocado pudding/mousse (from Love Veggies Yoga) when I need a yogurt/pudding/creamy food fix!

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) February 7, 2011, 11:01 am

    For awhile, I thought I was allergic to yogurt and I fought back tears on a regular basis. I have always wanted to try Siggi’s/greek yogurt. Now I think I’ve outgrown the allergy and have stashed a few coupons away so I can try it!

  • Madeline February 7, 2011, 11:02 am

    I am training for a half-marathon in May. It is my first one and I am so busy in school right now that I keep shifting runs around and I’m worried I’m not being effective with my training. So – its going to be what its going to be!

    I love greek yogurt. I haven’t tried Siggi’s but I have a coupon – so soon! I really like TJ’s vanilla too, tastes good and inexpensive.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 7, 2011, 11:03 am

    Why not try straining your own yoghurt to save $. It’s SUPER easy and cheap.

    -Take regular yoghurt and place it in a cheesecloth (or even a kitchen towel will work)

    -Tie the cheesecloth with a string or elastic.

    -Use the string to hang it (I like to hang it from my kitchen cabinet hardware)

    -Place a bowl under the hanging yoghurt to catch the whey (which is super nutritious and can be used in smoothies or oatmeal)

    -Let the yoghurt hand overnight or for just a few hours, depending on how thick you want it. If it’s too thick, you can stir some whey back into it!

    Super easy, and super delicious!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 11:37 am

      That’s so fun – I might have to try it one day!

  • Jen @ She said. She said. February 7, 2011, 11:04 am

    I think the fage brand is my all time favorite – the 2%.

    I just started training today for my next half marathon on 5/1. I’m so excited. I posted my basic training plan this morning.

    I think having a flexible plan is key. I’m sure you’ll do great!

  • Katherine: Unemployed February 7, 2011, 11:04 am

    funny you would put okios at the bottom. I really don’t preference much but should put some thought into it. I really like siggis

  • Andrea February 7, 2011, 11:05 am

    I’m currently training for my 2nd marathon coming up in May. It’s tough because I’m focusing much more on building speed and strength but I’m currently very happy with how my training runs have been going and the recovery after!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 11:39 am

      Yay! I’m glad you’re enjoying training 🙂

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 7, 2011, 11:05 am

    I like Siggi’s but there’s no way I could buy it all the time. WF has it on sale sometimes though, 2 for $3 (which is an amazing price!).

    I really prefer organic yogurt so I look for that first. Oikos is also really expensive but I’m going to try the TJ’s organic brand! I actually love Wallaby organic yogurt but it’s not Greek. Still good protein though!

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 7, 2011, 11:06 am

    Haha your line “holy yogurt miracle” made me laugh out loud. 🙂

  • Melissa February 7, 2011, 11:08 am

    Never tried Siggis…Chobani is currently my yogurt of choice.

    As for training, I feel mentally “off” this training cycle. Just completed my first full in December and have a half coming up this weekend. So after a (short) recovery period, this race has kind of snuck up on me training plan-wise. Despite some insane-o work hours and stress I have been OK with keeping up with my runs during the week (including speed) and even been fairly consistent with getting in yoga/cross training. However, I have just felt “out of it” on my long runs. Not necessarily physically tired, but mentally have had to play games with getting myself out there. My longest run since the marathon has been 11 miles and I know I will be fine on Sunday but I had hoped to build in a 13 and 15 mile long run week. Life got in the way somewhat (death in the family, health issue with one of my doggies) so while I may not PR this weekend as originally hoped/planned I have comfort in knowing I can cover the distance and enjoy participating in my local race.

    Best of luck in your continued training!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 11:40 am

      <3 I hope you have fun at the race – that's all that matters!

  • Megan February 7, 2011, 11:08 am

    I love Fage (if you have it in your local store, I definitely recommend giving it a try). Chobani is second on my list.

    • Christine February 7, 2011, 8:14 pm

      This is my favorite too – they just started carrying it at our local Costco!

  • allison @ thesundayflog February 7, 2011, 11:08 am

    chobani all day every day.

    im training for a 5k in march and a sprint tri in august, and i suddenly have horrible foot pain. im hoping its a mild case of plantar fasciitis because of my sneakers, so i bought new ones yesterday and am going to take the week off from running. i HATE messing up my schedule, so it’s starting to get to me. but i care way more about the tri than i do the 5k, so it’s important to me to not make it worse!

  • Kayla February 7, 2011, 11:09 am

    Love your notes on your training plan spreadsheet. I need to give myself gold stars or something on my wall calendar. LOL

    1. My training is going well. I don’t have a membership to a gym here in Michigan since we moved, so I’ve exclusively been running outside, and I am so proud of myself for pretty much sticking with it–gloomy, chilly winter weather and unplowed sidewalks aside. I’ve only missed three or four runs since the start of the year, and I’ve never missed a long run. I think if I can stick out the winter running, I’ll be way prepped for the half in April!

    2. I am slowly coming around on new and better yogurts. I was always a Dannon Light ‘n Fit girl until I started cleaning up my eats and realized the ingredient list is a mile long. I tried Chobani and liked it, but in limited quantities. I need to get better about eating more Greek yogurt, though. It really is so much better for you. I got a couple containers at Trader Joe’s (the little 5.3-ounce fat-free flavored ones), but I have to eat up the crappy yogurt I bought on sale last week… Price is definitely a hindrance for me when it comes to yogurt.

    • Karen February 7, 2011, 11:14 am

      Running regularly outside in Michigan?
      You are the bomb! So impressed.

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 11:43 am

      I was also a Light and Fit girl 🙂

    • Heidi February 7, 2011, 3:21 pm

      Kayla. I am also an outdoor MI runner training for my first half in March. Had my first fall this weekend OUCH. Had been running in icebugs which were great right up until I fell. Extenuating circumstances– my first 1O miler heading for 13.1 and home when new snow fell during my run covering ice smooth ice enough that I couldn’t see and that cleats didn’t grab into ice. How are coping w the ice/snow? Are you using yak trax, screw shoes or other? Thanks for any input or advice. I have a lot more training to get in before March and one fall was more than enough.

      • Kayla February 7, 2011, 4:42 pm

        Hey Heidi, I’m in Muskegon, so we’ve had quite a bit of snow and I can sympathize. I cringed as soon as I read that you feel! Ouch! How am I coping? As best I can. I run on sidewalks as much as possible, which often has been waaaayyy slowing down to compensate for the resistance the snow provides. But I was getting sick of having to slow down so much and trying not to break an ankle that I started running on the shoulder. We live in a relatively quiet neighborhood, so I just keep my music low enough that I can hear traffic and run against traffic — and even in the middle of the street if it’s a really quiet/dead road or cul de sac or something.

        Be careful! I’m probably asking for it by not taking more care (wearing Yak Trax or something comparable), so I’ll knock on wood right now.

        • Heidi February 7, 2011, 7:00 pm

          Thanks so much for responding. Stay safe out there. Good luck with training and your upcoming run!

  • Emilee Joy February 7, 2011, 11:09 am

    I don’t eat yogurt anymore (I’ve transitioned to a vegan, soy-free diet), but when I did, Chobani was my favorite, specifically the pineapple flavor. It was like dessert for breakfast. Yummy. That was really the only Greek yogurt I liked. I also liked Stonyfield regular yogurts (either low-fat or fat free), especially strawberry or chocolate.

    I’ve thought about trying out some coconut yogurt (I drink a lot of coconut milk), but it’s pretty expensive. I’m with you on the expensive thing. If it’s too much money, it won’t be a regular indulgence.

  • monicanelsonfitness February 7, 2011, 11:09 am

    i love fage, oikos, and siggis and I rotate! 🙂

  • Stephanie February 7, 2011, 11:11 am

    I’m a Chobani girl all the way! Pineapple Chobani is my all time favorite ever. Have you tried their new flavors yet??

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 11:43 am

      Yea I love the POM flavor too!

    • Melissa February 7, 2011, 11:54 am

      Pineapple and POM are my two favs…the pineapple one is so good it’s almost guilt inducing 🙂 My grocery store has been perpetually out of the new flavors…I am excited to try the mango and black cherry.

  • Karen February 7, 2011, 11:13 am

    I’ve been doing the Couch to 5K program to try to become a runner. I have knee and back issues, and after reading up on doing barefoot running, I decided to do a bit of the C25K barefoot each week. My knee and my back feel great. But I developed a bad case of tendonitis in my ankle now. So, it’s rest, rest, rest for now. 🙁 wah.

    I also love the Fage greek yogurt. It also has a short ingredient list and runs about $2/container up here in NJ. Cherry and blueberry are my favorite flavors. I’ve also gotten a big container of plain yogurt and mixed in homemade pumpkin butter! Yum!

  • ashleigh February 7, 2011, 11:14 am

    My greek yogurt preferences are the same! I love chobani the most, but sometimes I’ll get TJ’s just because it’s cheaper. I only buy oikos on sale or if I have a coupon. Siggi’s is DELICIOUS, but $2.50 for 1 serving of yogurt? No thank you!

  • Tami February 7, 2011, 11:14 am

    i am running a half at the end of March and my training isn’t where it should be so I am just going to go with it, run when I can and we both know we can do the distance, maybe it won’t be a PR race but not every race can be.

  • Sara February 7, 2011, 11:15 am

    I love Chobani but it doesn’t love me! The first time I tried it out, I ate one a day and came down with a mysterious, constant stomach cramp. I figured out that the Chobani was the only “unfamiliar” thing I had been eating, and when I stopped eating it, I was cured. Has anyone else ever experienced this? I stick to Fage because I don’t have a weird reaction to it. Oikos is pretty good, too, but Fage is more readily available at my supermarket (and is usually on sale!).

  • Kara February 7, 2011, 11:16 am

    Have you tried the Dannon greek yogurt? I really like it-especially with honey! 🙂

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 11:44 am

      I have not but I should look into it because I’m sure its so much cheaper!

      • Kara February 7, 2011, 3:26 pm

        It’s not bad-I pay $1.35 per yogurt at my local harris teeter, and they often have deals. They sadly don’t sell it in the larger containers though so I’ve had to go to Chobani, or Oikos for the bigger plain yogurt ones. Thanks as always for your great posts!

  • Heather February 7, 2011, 11:17 am

    Siggi’s is the bomb! I agree though that it’s pricey, so I’ll get Fage or Voskos. No real training going on for me, hope you get your groove back!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete February 7, 2011, 11:18 am

    Oh man. I’m sorry if you are feeling a little off. That sucks. Stress does that! And lack of sleep.

    I love yogurt, but it upsets my stomach (dang dairy!). I actually didn’t like the texture of chobani. It was weird. When I was in Germany (before I found out about all my diet intolerances) I ate a wonderful greek brand yogurt that was creamy and rich. It was soooo freaking good. It only had a few ingredients too. I bet that it probably tasted similar to Siggi’s.

  • Paige @Running Around Normal February 7, 2011, 11:19 am

    I love Fage 2% Greek yogurt best by a long shot!
    My training plan just started for the Illinois Half Marathon – I ran it last year, but this year I’m dealing with a hip issue. Going to take it step by step (literally) and decrease my mileage as well.

  • Brianna O. February 7, 2011, 11:20 am

    I’m running a marathon in June but I’ll be doing a couple half marathons and a 15K before that as “training” runs! 😀

    My favorite yogurt is Tillamook…I love the huckleberry…mmmmmmmmmmm!

  • Orla February 7, 2011, 11:20 am

    Oh Sorry to hear that you haven’t been sleeping – I go through phases of insomnia and have done since college (around exams I used to get crazy) Now the slightest stress causes really bad sleep problems for me. Add that to the fact that I go to bed early and get up early – my partner goes to bed late and gets up late … not fun!
    I love greek yoghurt – it took a while though. I try to limit my servings though as it plays havoc with my asthma. One serving every 5 days or so. I have it with stewed apple. nom nom.

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) February 7, 2011, 11:21 am

    I recently switched from brands like Astro/Silouhette yogurt to organic real yogurt… and although the high calorie count shocked me at first, I know that its way better for my body then a “yogurt” loaded with aspartame. 🙂

    I just found out yesterday of a place that sells greek yogurt where I live… so soon ill be able to try it!

  • Kim February 7, 2011, 11:22 am

    TOO funny that you talked about Greek yogurt. I am currently eating FAGE greek yogurt, and honestly trying not to throw up after every swallow. I bought it because of its protein content (17grams for the 2%) and sugar (only 8grams). I love Chobani Peach, but it had 13grams of sugars…but at least i don’t feel like throwing up when i eat it. LOL. Glad i only bought 2 of these FAGEs. 😛 Blech. 🙂

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 11:44 am

      Add honey!!

    • Kara February 7, 2011, 3:27 pm

      I second Caitlin! And put some fruit or granola in with the honey. Complete transformation!

  • Ellie @ The Mommyist February 7, 2011, 11:23 am

    I love Nancy’s organic whole milk yogurt. I know Greek yogurt is the more popular choice these days but I think Nancy’s will always be my favorite. It just tastes so much fresher to me.

  • Regan February 7, 2011, 11:23 am

    I am starting to train for my first half marathon (May 14!). The training is going well so far. I need to remember to take it easy, while still accomplishing the miles.

    I love Chobani for yogurt with fruit already in it. I also tend to buy Trader Joe’s when I am in the mood to do some mix-ins. So yummy!

  • Kim February 7, 2011, 11:24 am

    also, where did you get the Siggi’s? I live in Huntersville/work in the University Area. Trader Joe’s is right here, but i don’t think i’ve seen that brand there. 🙂


    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 11:45 am

      It was at Earth Fare!

      • Kim February 7, 2011, 11:48 am

        they are building an Earth Fare about a mile from my house in Huntersville, so I’ll have to check that out. 🙂 thanks!

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair February 7, 2011, 11:24 am

    I know it’s bad but I’m a HUGE fan of Liberte Mediterranean yogurts. SO DELICIOUS. They have a high fat content though so I will usually treat it more as a treat (a small serving for dessert) rather than eat it every day for breakfast.

    I agree – once you go to greek yogurt you don’t go back.

    I have been feeling overwhelmed/anxious lately too. Took on way too many projects this month and now freaking out about how to fit them all in. Sigh.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) February 7, 2011, 11:25 am

    I love FAGE, and I feel like it’s getting no love in these comments!

    • Lily's Health Pad February 7, 2011, 11:36 am

      Fage is hands down the best. Nothing beats it! I’ve never had Trader Joe’s before though.

      • Marissa C February 7, 2011, 1:59 pm

        FAGE FAGE FAGE! I buy no other. So good and creamy–even the 0%. Chobani and the other brands really don’t compare.

    • kate February 7, 2011, 1:59 pm

      fage all the way!!! i love it! just made a green monster smoothie with it, in fact 🙂

    • Cheryle February 7, 2011, 8:56 pm

      I have tried all the greek yogurts available to me (Oikos, Chobani, Trader Joe’s, Siggi) and BY FAR my favorite is Fage 2%. It is super creamy, and perfect with berries and a drizzle of agave nectar. Ah, I am drooling just thinking about it!

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 7, 2011, 11:30 am

    I finally tried Chobani for the first time last week (I do almost all my shopping at Trader Joe’s, so it’s not really an option!). LOVE Chobani – I’ll be making special trips to a regular grocery store to get this stuff!

  • Susan February 7, 2011, 11:30 am

    Siggi’s are good, and I just can’t bring myself to pay full price for them. Whole had them on sale last week and I bought a few.

    I don’t know if you have a Coscto membership or know someone who does (or even have Costco in Charlotte), but mine has 12 packs of Chobani for $12. That was a score. I also like Fage and Costco has a HUGE tub for around $6.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) February 7, 2011, 11:32 am

    I slept in instead of doing my 11-miler this weekend because I was volunteering at a race for most of the weekend and wanted to sleep in at least ONCE this week. I have an 18-miler this weekend!

    I like Fage 2%, hands down. I have yet to try Siggis, but most other Greek yogurt doesn’t come close to Fage.

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Cooking February 7, 2011, 11:32 am

    I am training for Grandma’s Marathon in June and my running partner and I were supposed to do 9 miles…but that snow storm from the midwest blew into Boulder! We opted to not go, but I tried a short run in the snow and it was pretty hard. The snow was above my ankles. Hope you find some peace of mind soon!

  • L. February 7, 2011, 11:34 am

    I suffered from massive anxiety a few years ago. The book: The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety (Forsythe) changed (and saved) my life. I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone suffering from or trying to “manage” anxiety through avoidance or medication. Seriously. I still go back to it when I feel the anxiety creeping in. I loved it so much that I actually tracked down the author so I could send him a letter thanking him for writing it (and he wrote back!).

    • Caitlin @ TPL February 7, 2011, 11:37 am

      I may have to check this out, thanks!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 11:46 am

      I will also check this out. it’s bad lately.

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life February 7, 2011, 11:34 am

    I think I might be the only person in the world that doesn’t like Siggi’s. In all fairness though I think it was the flavor I picked.
    My training for the NYC Half-Marathon is going pretty well. I haven’t been able to hit all of my shorter runs like I want to, but I make sure I have time for the long runs.
    Good luck finding some serenity.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 7, 2011, 11:34 am

    I’ve been having to be pretty flexible in my training these past few weeks due to weather. Which it’s not a big deal. Like you said, it’s about being safe! You’ll get the miles in one way or another.

  • Lily's Health Pad February 7, 2011, 11:35 am

    Oh yes, Siggi’s is GOOD. But $2 is crazy expensive for yogurt! At least Chobani goes on sale for $1! (Still too expensive, but I can live with it, I guess.)

  • Caitlin @ TPL February 7, 2011, 11:37 am

    Just posted this morning about how I had to modify last minute to listen to my body… hard for me to do but I’m glad I made the right decision! I’ve been flexible with training to avoid injury I just always make sure to run at least three times a week and get a long run in.

    I love Okios plain greek! Although I just got a new brand “Athenos” which I’m excited to try!

  • Kaitlin February 7, 2011, 11:37 am

    my marathon training has been a little crazy too! It’s hard when life gets in the way. If you’re really having major anxiety, I really suggest seeing someone, even just to talk! I have crippling anxiety at some times and it’s really not fun at all 🙁

    I love Chobani vanilla as well, but I just bought the TJs kind you show up there. I’ll try it out this week!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 11:47 am

      Yea.. that’s definitely my next move if this doesn’t stop soon. I can’t live like this!

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing February 7, 2011, 11:42 am

    I buy Fage 0% at Costco and that’s pretty much all I eat for yogurt. They sell Chobani there, but only the flavored varieties and I like my yogurt plain. I just bought some of the new Yoplait Greek yogurt and can’t say I was a fan. Had a nasty aftertaste. Unfortunately I have three more containers to get through. Guess I’ll be using them in smoothies.

  • Camille February 7, 2011, 11:44 am

    I loove Greek Yogurt, I just wish it wasn’t so dang expensive! I save it for a special treat!

  • Sarah for Real February 7, 2011, 11:44 am

    Training isn’t great (knee problem) but I’m still almost 3 months away from my 12k so it’s not an emergency… yet. I’m trying not to let it bug me.

    I like full fat organic Greek yogurt. I usually get Greek Gods (which isn’t organic, but “natural”) because it’s less expensive. I can’t stand 0% yogurt and I only tolerate 2% if I have to. It’s all sorta… jello-y and gummy in comparison. There’s no creaminess. Fat is a nutrient too, just like protein! Don’t hate!

    • Sarah for Real February 7, 2011, 11:47 am

      Oh p.s. the fat helps you to absorb other nutrients in yogurt like calcium!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 11:47 am

      Fat rules!

    • Marie February 7, 2011, 11:56 am

      Just posted about this myself! I have the full fat Greek Gods yogurt almost every morning for breakfast– I agree fat rules! Soooo creamy.

  • Michelle @ Living Learning Earning February 7, 2011, 11:45 am

    I love Chobani – just found the black cherry flavor and can’t wait to try it! I’d like to try Siggi’s but it’s just too expensive. Maybe on a day I’m feeling like living luxuriously…

  • Lindsay February 7, 2011, 11:45 am

    My training for the NYC Half-Marathon on 3/20 is going okay..I am just ready for the race to be here! I’ve been trying to run higher mileage and do tempos or speed workout once a week to get used to my desired race pace. Hopefully it pays off.

    I am a HUGE fan of Chobani, but tend to buy Trader Joe’s more frequently…they have huge 16 oz containers of 0% plain that are only $2.99 and I can usually get 3 servings out of it when I mix in my own fruit, oats, cereal, etc. I am dying to try Siggi’s since they have some fun flavors but the price is a major deterrent for me 🙁

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 7, 2011, 11:46 am

    I haven’t eaten yogurt in ages, but when I used to eat a lot of Greek it was always Fage. I don’t think I ever gave Chobani a go, though- such a horror, since it seems to be most bloggers’ favorite!

  • Sara (Miles and Manhattan) February 7, 2011, 11:47 am

    I haven’t trained for a race since the NYC Marathon but I can totally sympathize. I also think the stress of being injured when you “know you need to train” is probably contributing. Hopefully a couple glasses of red wine and some couch time are in your future 🙂

  • Katie @ peacebeme February 7, 2011, 11:47 am

    I have to say I hate all yogurt! but I would pick traditional vanilla over Greek if I had a knife to my throat. 😉

  • Marie February 7, 2011, 11:49 am

    Not training for anything so I can’t comment on that– however yogurt I can weigh in on! My favorite Greek yogurt is Greek Gods full-fat yogurt, the green one. It’s amazing and so creamy, and for $3.30 for the large container I usually get 5-6 servings, making it super cheap. I think it’s better than Chobani, but tastes about the same as Fage while being cheaper. It’s hard to find, though!

  • Kiran February 7, 2011, 11:49 am

    You read my mind or what? I was in Whole Foods yesterday contemplating getting Siggis’ but it’s darn expensive! I walked right pass it. Perhaps when its on sale – we’ll stock up 😀

  • Tracy February 7, 2011, 11:53 am

    Love Chobani 🙂 I buy the 12-pack (of individual containers to take to work) at Costco, but the only flavors are strawberry, blueberry and peach. I so wish we had pineapple or pomegranate. I also buy the Fage brand in a larger tub for the fridge at home. Recently though, I’ve spied Chobani in a larger tub (with plain as an option, which is good because sometimes I don’t really want the fruit flavor). I like some of the Oikos flavors, but don’t buy them unless I have a coupon (too spendy for how small they are).

    I’m training for a Spring half marathon (not my first), and it’s been going well, except a lingering off-and-on injury. I’m allowing my weekly mileage to take a hit for a few weeks, because I have loads of time before the half (in May).

  • Michelle February 7, 2011, 11:55 am

    My training is going well-ish? It was awesome till I had similar outside foot pain as you described and had to take a week off (Went to the doctor and it turned out to be a pulled tendon in my foot!) I get to run again tomorrow and have 6 weeks till my race so i’m optimistic! And i’m determined to stay on top of it because my best friend juts told me she’s flying to NYC to watch me race!

    I also love chobani yogurt best! I tried Siggis but didn’t love it that much and it was expensive!

  • Lee February 7, 2011, 11:56 am

    What about Fage? I think that’s probably my favorite. That and a local yogurt called Atlanta Greek Yogurt which is extremely expensive.

  • Jennifer February 7, 2011, 11:57 am

    I start my first ever half training next week! eeek!

    I love Chobani greek yogurt. I get it at Costco.

  • Lisa February 7, 2011, 12:00 pm

    I’m training for a marathon right now, but not following any hard and fast program. I think I may have done too much too soon! Last week I ran 49 miles, including a long run of 24 miles. But this week I felt so drained and tired, I could only manage to get 25 miles total accomplished all week! I did do yoga and plyo for a bit of cross training, but I’m a little worried I burned myself out a bit the week previous. Sigh! My race is early April, so I may try to readjust and follow a plan a little more stringently rather than seeing how far I can go! Good luck to you with your training!

  • Lisa February 7, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I tried Siggi’s once and thought it was pretty bitter but I’d like to give it another try because my tastebuds have changed since then. I’m more used to the plain greek yogurts now instead of the ones loaded with fruit and sugar.

  • Heather February 7, 2011, 12:02 pm

    I have never tried Siggi’s but I love Oikos. Like you said, Chobani is too expensive for me. Sadly, I don’t have a TJ near me either.

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove February 7, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I’m training for a 5/3 Riverbank Run 25k on May 14 and have not been enjoying it! I ran it last year and really had a good time (even with training). Right now I’m just in a funk, every run sucks but I’m trying to just run through it!

  • Lizzy @ runbakerace February 7, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I heart Chobani! Sometimes I don’t follow a training plan and just go with how I feel. Eventually the running mojo comes back. Good luck in your training!

  • Taylor @ Delish World February 7, 2011, 12:05 pm

    I’ve been training for the Shamrock Half on March 20. It is def not going as well as I want it to. Like you, I am finding it hard to bounce back. Also, the cold weather and icy roads are throwing a huge wrench into my plans. I am a bit panicy by how things are going, but all I can do is keep running right?

  • mary (whats cookin with mary) February 7, 2011, 12:09 pm

    I really enjoyed how thick Siggi’s was… but did you find it a little sour ? Bc of that chobani is def my favorite flavored yogurt and fage (2%) is my favorite plain yogurt. I think Siggi’s is def over priced and a little sour ;P

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 12:11 pm

      I’m OK with kind of sour yogurt but I can see how some people would think it was too sour!

  • Christina February 7, 2011, 12:10 pm

    I’m training for my first 10K for a St. Patty’s Day run (Leprechaun Loop)and I’ve had to cut back from the Hal Hidgon’s 10K novice training program I’ve been following. I’m a mother of 3, nursing my youngest, which is my main priority. After noticing some decrease in my milk supply, I decided to cut back from 3 runs a week to 2 runs a week. Also, just having a busy family schedule has made me rearrange the order of running/cross training days every week so far. I’m definitely not going for a fast time, just hoping to finish. 🙂 Family comes first in my case.

  • bakingnbooks February 7, 2011, 12:11 pm

    I love Greek Yogurt – it was so expensive though 🙁 Wish I could find some with “grass-fed cows”…might be kinder to my stomach 😉

    I admire your ability to NOT pour maple syrup over your yogurt though…unlike me 🙂 Also love a dollop of nut butter!

  • bakingnbooks February 7, 2011, 12:12 pm

    …meant to say it “is” expensive…because clearly i still buy it 😉

  • shannon February 7, 2011, 12:13 pm

    Fage all the way!

  • February 7, 2011, 12:13 pm

    I can empathize. I am training for a 10k in March and a half-marathon in May and I just feel worn out. And I haven’t really even been sticking to my plan very closely.

    As far as yogurt is concerned, I like plain chobani best.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2011, 12:17 pm

    I think it is so good that you are flexible! So smart.
    I had a long run on Friday and I couldn’t bring myself to even think about exercise Sat or Sunday at all. I think its best to listen to our bodies. I hope you start feeling better soon!

  • Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg February 7, 2011, 12:18 pm

    I’ve tried Greek yogurt numerous times but I just don’t really like the taste :/ Maybe I’ll have to give this brand a try!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing February 7, 2011, 12:25 pm

    I LOVE Siggi’s! I buy it every so often as a treat. Orange ginger is the best in my opinion. Just ever so slightly flavored :).

  • Cati @ crave and create February 7, 2011, 12:29 pm

    I just started training for my second half-marathon (it’s in May). I did myy first one last year and injured myself durng training. It’s taken nearly a year to get back to normal, but I’ve been Couch-to-5K-ing it for the past few months and have gotten back to the point where I feel like I can start a half marathon training plan. I’m a little nervous about it, but figure I’ll take it slowly and give it my best shot!

    My favorite Greek yogurt to buy is Trader Joe’s 0% (price + flavor). My favorite “treat” is an occasional Fage 2%. It’s soooo good.

  • Kacy February 7, 2011, 12:32 pm

    My preferred Greek yogurt is 2% Fage. I just love it.

    My training is actually going really well, better than my first two half marathons. I think it’s because I’m just doing it for fun and not stressing it.

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 2:57 pm

      Yay! I think its so much more fun not to stress over training!

  • Charlie February 7, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I am always jealous when I see all the kinds of Greek yogurt you have in the US! Here, we only have one (Liberté) so it has to be my favorite :P.

  • nicole February 7, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I don’t think I have a preferred Greek yogurt, since I don’t actually eat yogurt much anymore. My training for my marathon is going pretty well so far! I did an excellent 13 mile run yesterday, but I know it’ll get progressively harder.

  • Annette February 7, 2011, 12:41 pm

    I am not training yet for anything specific, but muscle tone wise–things are going great 🙂 I love Oikios as well!

  • Reenie February 7, 2011, 12:42 pm

    Greek God’s ~ Honey Yogurt ~ very good.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 7, 2011, 12:45 pm

    My training is currently on a stand still essentially. I have an overuse injury right now with my left leg so I have to take off running for a week. :/ With the 1/2 at the end of the month, I am starting to worry, but hoping I can be up and running at the end of the week. In the mean time, there is a lot of stationary bike work going on!

  • Lu February 7, 2011, 12:45 pm

    I’m not doing as well as I’d like. I had a terrible run on Friday and now my ankle and foot hurt. I feel like a wuss. It’ll get better. I hope you feel better soon and get some well deserved rest.

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe February 7, 2011, 12:48 pm

    I love Atlanta Fresh, it’s a local brand that makes a few cheeses too. It’s not too sour, perfect consistency, and a good price. Chobani is definitely my second fave though. Siggi’s however, I can’t stand, it’s already a really sour yogurt and for some reason it only comes in sour flavors like grapefruit, makes it unbearable for me.

  • Ella February 7, 2011, 12:52 pm

    training is not going well. i moved back to school 2 weeks ago and between the gym being SO packed with everyone trying to lose weight for spring break, first week of class stress, snowdays, sorority recruitment, and the flu i haven’t been able to get in good runs. to add to it i just found out today the gym across the street from my apartment is closed, so now i have to trek down to the main campus to use that track…bah.

    i love chobanni. had some this morning, actually. i’m interested in trying siggis!

  • Sharon February 7, 2011, 12:58 pm

    If you like Chobani(my favorite),they have a new kids 4-pack, 3.5 oz. each, called Chobani Champions. The flavor is called Honey-nana. Sooo good and perfect size for snacking.

  • lindsay February 7, 2011, 1:01 pm

    Whole Foods has a coupon right now for Siggis!
    I tried the pomegranate one, but it was too tart for me. Should get the vanilla to try…

    TJ is my favorite plain greek yogurt…

  • LauraJayne February 7, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I was training well until I got sick a couple of weeks ago – and found that I had somehow lost a TON of my endurance (just without running for 3 weeks). I could barely run two miles. I was feeling bummed, but signed up for some races and committed to running every day, even if just for a mile – it’s helped me to feel a lot better, and I think I’ll be back on my training plan next week!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 2:58 pm

      Your endurance will come back quickly – its like riding a bike 😉

  • Jenn February 7, 2011, 1:12 pm

    Love the Greek Gods Greek yogurt. Plus they come in the big tubs for only $3.89! They have plain, low fat, and my fav-honey!

  • Alicia February 7, 2011, 1:13 pm

    I love chobani too! Look at Super Target for Siggi’s. About a week ago they were on sale for $1!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 7, 2011, 1:13 pm

    I love Siggis too but my favorite has got to be 2% Fage. SO creamy..

  • Emma February 7, 2011, 1:14 pm

    Fage is my favorite with Chobani being a close second. Most the time I just buy plain because I like being able to add any flavors I want to it. But Chobani’s flavors are great:)

  • VeggieGirl February 7, 2011, 1:16 pm

    Greek yogurt is my top preference. Looove Oikos!

  • Jen February 7, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I’m training for a 1/2 on April 2nd and another 1/2 on June 26th, then a full marathon on Oct 2! Big running plans this year!

    As for yogurt, I’m not a greek yogurt fan. For some reason, I am in love with plain (store brand) yogurt. I pair that up with my homemade granola and I’m a very happy girl.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 7, 2011, 1:37 pm

    I love Greek Yogurt – being lactose intolerant, it’s the only dairy I can really stomach. I always buy TJ’s 2%!

  • sisters running the kitchen February 7, 2011, 1:42 pm

    love greek yogurt. its the only yogurt i eat now. i like chobani and fage 0% plain. fage is better in my opinoin but to each his or her own! haha

  • Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) February 7, 2011, 1:43 pm

    I like Fage a lot….I have a hard time finding Chobani.
    As for my half marathon training, it’s going really well so far. I ran my farthest distance ever on Saturday (4 miles). I bought new shoes which I’m excited about.

  • Amber K February 7, 2011, 1:57 pm

    My preferred is Chobani, definitely. It might be Siggi’s if I ever tried it, but I refuse to, even if it’s on sale. I know that I would never buy it with such a ridiculous price, so I have no desire to have it trump my Chobani!

  • Kara February 7, 2011, 1:58 pm

    My marathon training is going pretty well, but I’m having a lot of doubts about my ability to run that far. I keep reminding myself of that Nike ad “I used to run with doubt, but now she can’t keep up”

    Hope you can get some quality sleep soon!

    I hate all yogurt, so my answer is to eat cottage cheese. 🙂

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 3:03 pm

      I love that Nike tagline, thanks for sharing it!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul February 7, 2011, 2:02 pm

    I like how you always listen to your body Caitlin. And I tried Siggi’s once b/c of a coupon I had, but maybe I just got the wrong flavor…Hmmm the feeling of milky grainy-ness in my mouth wasn’t too pleasant for me! Hehe but glad you liked it! I love Oikos (but expensive) and Fage! I like Chobani only when it’s flavored.

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} February 7, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Milk from grassfed cows makes it totally worth it. I use plain Organic Stoneyfield yogurt. I get the big tubs because we go through a lot of it!

  • Vanessa February 7, 2011, 2:13 pm

    Can’t tell you how many times I’ve TRIED to like Greek yogurt. But to me it tastes way too much like sour cream to be anything but a savory substitute for it. I’ve tried it with fruit, honey, cinnamon, etc. Maybe I’m not trying the right brand, and need to give Siggi’s a try. Might as well! =)

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 7, 2011, 2:26 pm

    I’ve never tried siggi’s before, but I’ve heard so many great things that I think I’m going to shell out the money to try some… chobani is my trusted favorite though!

  • Jennifer February 7, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I am planning to make yogurt this week. I have never done it before. But it will be better than the store brand we buy. I will be using whole milk and no fake sugar. I can never find anything but low-fat and fake sugar!

  • Haley February 7, 2011, 2:30 pm

    I flippin LOVE Siggis! I don’t usually eat much yogurt though, because it makes me feel inflamed (and my acupuncturist says it doesn’t do fun things for my body).

  • Little Bookworm February 7, 2011, 2:37 pm

    Sorry about the major anxiety Caitlin. Hope it goes away soon! Favourite yogurt = Fage Greek yogurt!

  • Parita@myinnershakti February 7, 2011, 2:46 pm

    I love Chobani and Fage, but really want to try Siggis. I read an article about the guy who created and commercialized it and loved his story. Maybe I’ll convert…who knows!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In February 7, 2011, 2:56 pm

    I usually buy Oikos because it’s organic, but sometimes buy whatever I have a coupon for.
    And if you liked vanilla Siggis, just wait til you try the pomegranate & passion fruit! It’s incredible!

  • Gillian February 7, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Favorite yogurt – Fage Greek. Ran 13 miles on Sunday outside here in Chicago. Got lots of stabalizer muscles workout in on that one. Running Austin 1/2 marathon in 2 weeks. But i’m only running 2 x per week because I also started training for an ironman in january. So swimming and biking on other days. I’ve run 19 marathons and have always tried to be flexible with the schedule. If you start worrying about not running then it starts to be not fun anymore.

  • Rae February 7, 2011, 3:09 pm

    Training for the National full marathon-training is going well-Im doing the FIRST plan bc I’m ironman training as well-it really helps to limit the runs, and do other cross training in terms of injury!!

    As far as yogurt….my mouth loves Siggis but my wallet prefers chobani 😛

  • Heidi February 7, 2011, 3:17 pm

    Kayla. I am also an outdoor MI runner training for my first half in March. Had my first fall this weekend OUCH. Had been running in icebugs which were great right up until I fell. Extenuating circumstances– my first 1O miler heading for 13.1 and home when new snow fell during my run covering ice smooth ice enough that I couldn’t see and that cleats didn’t grab into ice. How are coping w the ice/snow? Are you using yak trax, screw shoes or other? Thanks for any input or advice. I have a lot more training to get in before March and one fall was more than enough.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence February 7, 2011, 3:31 pm

    Chobani is probably my favorite yogurt- pineapple, to be exact!

  • Jen February 7, 2011, 3:32 pm

    Brown Cow Greek yogurt! Delicious. I like vanilla or plain and I add in my own stuff. The absolute best is vanilla yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes.

  • Kelly February 7, 2011, 3:34 pm

    My training is going fine but I haven’t gotten into the serious long runs yet. I love Chobani too but often spring for TJ’s for the cost factor. You’re right about Siggi’s. It’s sooo good, but who can afford it? I’ve had some pretty nasty Greek yogurts from the more easy-to-find brands of yogurt. Blech. Super nasty.

  • Angie February 7, 2011, 3:40 pm

    I just recently tried Siggi’s its awesome but way to expensive I agree. I love Fage plain yogurt and sweetening it up in my own way!

  • April February 7, 2011, 3:55 pm

    I love siggi’s too! It is expensive, but I still get it for a treat a couple times each week! DELICIOUS!!

  • Michelle February 7, 2011, 4:01 pm

    1. My training is actually going great, which is a surprise to me! Usually I flake out, and I’ve only missed 2 days, due to huge snow. Hopefully I can keep it up.
    2. I actually like my yogurt on the looser side (get your mind out of the gutter) so I like Wallaby. Its Australian and organic, but not thick at all. My favorite is the maple flavor with walnuts, YUM.

  • Heather February 7, 2011, 4:32 pm

    My favourite yogurt is Liberte, plain, 10% MF, I love it!!!

  • Mary February 7, 2011, 4:38 pm

    1. My favorite yogurt is Fage 0% with a tsp of agave and sometimes with cinnamon or granola. I love the thickness and creaminess – YUM!
    2. I am training for a sprint triathlon this summer. I normally do a lot of cardio but rarely run. I had to decrease my mileage because my knees are swelling so I know how you feel.

  • Gracie (complicated day) February 7, 2011, 5:00 pm

    I have a marathon on Sunday that I basically didn’t train for. I ran a 30k last week and I’m calling that training! I can’t believe how lazy I was about this race.

  • Mindy Knows February 7, 2011, 5:35 pm

    1. Have you seen the recent articles in the Wall Street Journal and FItSugar about the effects of training on your love life? Just curious if you’ve experienced this because I’d have to say that right now my half marathon training is going TOO well. My bf recently complained to me that I’m always “gone running” when we used to make and eat dinner together and snuggle on weekend mornings. On my rest days I’m out with my girlfriends or whenever we do go out as a couple it’s with a group. Oops. Thankfully, we’re both good communicators and value what we’ve got going so I adjusted my training last week. I wish he was a runner, but he’s not. Instead, we compromised and played tennis together over this past weekend and are going to bike next weekend, just us two. For the full scoop and links to the articles I mentioned, I just posted this today:
    2. If I eat yogurt it’s gotta be frozen. 🙂 Otherwise, I prefer cottage cheese.

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 6:28 pm

      I did read this article and thought it was interesting – my husband feels the same way when I peak at marathon training!

  • Kristyn February 7, 2011, 5:55 pm

    Thanks for letting us know about Molly’s blog! Awesome! =) And lunch out is so much fun when you don’t feel guilty about spending money on it. I definitely agree!
    Love the picture above of Charlotte. Ah I miss it down there. I went to a teeeeeny tiny school outside of Charlotte called Wingate. Oh the fun freshmen year of 2002. haha
    I’m definitely a Chobani addict. It’s on sale a lot at my grocery store. Score!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2011, 6:28 pm

      Yay 🙂 Charlotte rulez.

  • Kia February 7, 2011, 7:27 pm

    I am training for my first 10k. I have yet to miss run, but I am incredibly slow which is a little frustrating.

    Chobani is my favorite greek yogurt. I’ve never tried Siggi’s though.

  • Jolene ( February 7, 2011, 8:52 pm

    I like a runnier yogurt. My favourite kind is a mocha one I found at an organic store in my neighborhood.

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life February 7, 2011, 9:04 pm

    I’m training for the National Half too! And training is going OK. I’m not quite as driven or regimented as I was for my first half, but I think I’m doing okay. Running in this winter weather is tough, and it’s hard to gauge my progress. I’m not sure I’ll PR either, but when you make every race about PR’ing, I think that takes some of the fun out of it, don’t you?

  • Laura Turrentine February 7, 2011, 10:06 pm

    Teacher here takes Chobani to school DAILY!

  • Maren February 7, 2011, 10:37 pm

    I am training for a half that’s a week after yours and my training was going great and then last week, life happened. Darn life! 🙂 I didn’t fit a single run in and then had 9 miles yesterday and WOW did I feel it!! I am still pretty sore! Anyway, I learned my lesson and I am vowing to no longer skip any runs!!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Chobani, but my stomach doesn’t 🙁

  • Addi February 8, 2011, 2:42 am

    I’m SO glad you posted Siggi’s!! I fell in love with this yogurt several months ago and haven’t been able to go back to any other yogurt since. I even looked at their website to read their background and why it’s so exceptionally good. Apparently this is the way all yogurt is made in Iceland. They have a print out you can bring to your local grocery store to request that they carry it. I am contemplating doing this so that I can get it closer to home. I can’t afford to eat it every day but in my opinion it’s worth the splurge!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 8, 2011, 8:44 am

    Liberte is really the only widely available Greek yogurt in Canada and luckily I really love it! I’ve tried Chobani and Oikos, and I actually didn’t like them as much!

    I think it’s awesome you’re keeping your priorities straight with training. There will be plenty of other races, but you’ve only got one body and you need to take care of it. 🙂

  • Alisa February 10, 2011, 8:59 am

    I found Fage 0% at Costco and it is so much cheaper in the one large container than smaller ones at Whole Foods!

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