Mid-Monday Munch

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Lunch left me stuffed and sleepy.


One food that I’ve really missed since cutting back on gluten on the advice of my medicine man is TORTILLAS.  Bread is easy to replace because there are so many good options on the market, but I’ve yet to see any gluten-free tortillas.  But today, I realized that corn tortillas are inherently GF – just corn and lime.  Yaaaaaaay!  Seriously.  Yayyy!


Try this delicious combo:


  • Refried beans
  • Goat cheese
  • Corn salsa (from Trader Joe’s)


With steamed greens on the side:


Let’s see – oh, I ran 3 miles this morning!  I was proud of myself because I only took two walking breaks and ran a negative split (which is when the second half of your run is faster than the first half). 


I hardly ever wear my Garmin 305 on runs anymore, not because I don’t like it (I love it!), but because I feel like it creates unnecessary pressure.  I don’t need to worry about speed while I’m trying to build back mileage; plus, I’m not specifically training for any road races.  I have to say that after 36 races – mostly road races – I think I’m going to transition to mostly triathlons.  I’ve found myself researching tris that are months and months away, and I haven’t even looked at doing any big road races this fall. 


I’m actually doing a 4-mile road race this Saturday (just for fun, no speed pressure), and I have a sprint triathlon on Sunday.  SO PUMPED.


I love halves and marathons, of course, but man – tri’s are so much more fun to train for!  I never thought that I would say this, but I love swimming.  Even in lakes.


Who am I?! 



  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey July 11, 2011, 1:37 pm

    I love TJ’s white corn tortillas! They don’t have a bunch of crap in them, which is hard to come by – even in corn tortillas. I make my own wheat tortillas, but corn – they are hard to make!

    I love that you are all about the goat cheese!


  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) July 11, 2011, 1:39 pm


    Except maybe goat cheese. That might be a tie.

    • Mel July 11, 2011, 3:10 pm

      Swimming and goat cheese are, I think, tied for The Best.

      Caitlin, I can’t @ reply you on twitter because mine is set to private so you won’t see it, but re: the weekly cleaning schedule, can I ask what happened to the cleaning service?

      • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 3:19 pm

        She’s been coming like, once every 6 weeks. I can’t justify the cost to have her come as much as she needs to. And in the 6 weeks between her appointments, man – the house gets dirty. LOL

  • chloe @ 321delish July 11, 2011, 1:40 pm

    what an awesome picture! and that meal looks soooooooo good. so simple and summery too.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 11, 2011, 1:40 pm

    I looove tortillas too, but they have to be the soft ones because the hard kind are way too messy to eat (and I don’t need help spilling food all over myself because I manage to do quite enough of that already!)

  • Kelly July 11, 2011, 1:44 pm

    That picture of you on the bike is AWESOME!!!

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:35 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I like giving the thumbs up in race pics.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 11, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I think Tri’s are the best! 3 sports into one day?! Count me in. I loved the change up of activities during it the most….marathons are great and all, but they CAN get boring after a bit!

    I love corn tortillas too! Yumm-YY 🙂

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 11, 2011, 1:52 pm

    Corn tortillas are great when you’re g-f – it took me a while to realise they’d be suitable too! But you still have to be careful as some of them contain wheat.

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots July 11, 2011, 1:54 pm

    I want to do a tri SO badly, but I’m so scared of the bike part. I haven’t really ridden a bike since I was young and it is so intimidating. It seems like there is so much gear and knowledge that goes along with biking.

    I guess everyone has at least one part of a tri that they are scared about, right?

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:36 pm

      Yup! It’s normal to feel that way about the bike but I promise it’s not as scurry as it seems.

  • Jennifer Cook July 11, 2011, 1:54 pm

    I am with you Caitlin! Currently training for my first tri, and I am loving it! I haven’t even come close to getting bored or burned out like I do when training for a long road race. And I absolutely love swimming and look forward to those workouts every week!

  • Natalia July 11, 2011, 1:54 pm

    You’ve totally had Food for Life’s GF Brown Rice tortillas before! I remember because you desribed the texture as chewy and liked it. Now I sound like a creepy stalker, but you totally know what I mean ;)They’re a good GF option that I always use.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:36 pm

      Hahah I love this comment.

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life July 11, 2011, 1:57 pm

    Good for you, I’d love to someday take up swimming its such a big fear and so uncomfortable for me. I’d love to beat it!

  • Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty July 11, 2011, 1:58 pm

    Brown rice wraps are good to!!

    • K July 11, 2011, 8:51 pm

      Second this!!!

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) July 11, 2011, 2:00 pm

    You make me want to try swimming!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 11, 2011, 2:01 pm

    That is a cool picture of you on the bike! My race photos are always so unflattering.

  • Tami July 11, 2011, 2:09 pm

    oh, sign up for a half ironman…maybe that will be for 2012 for you. i loved every minute of it…the horrid run and all. i still LOVE to run by the 3 sport option is a good fit right now.

  • Rachel July 11, 2011, 2:12 pm

    There’s lots of brown rice tortillas out there for us GF peeps! But anything Mexican-y tastes better on corn tortillas. 🙂

  • allison @ thesundayflog July 11, 2011, 2:13 pm

    yum! TJs brown rice tortillas are good, too. i always find that corn tortillas are dry and fall apart (which i think yours did too, in this picture above haha). and i totally hear you on tri training! as much as im ready for my race to just be here, ive totally enjoyed the 3 sport training rather than just running! plus i think its super sweet to say ill be a triathlete in a month 🙂

  • Katie July 11, 2011, 2:14 pm

    You should also try the refried black beans from Trader Joes’s. Very yummy! I’m guessing you’re doing the Run for Your Cause race Saturday, I’ll be there as well! Have fun!

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:36 pm

      Refried beans are my fav, black beans sound AWESOME.

  • Steph @ A Life Without Ice Cream July 11, 2011, 2:15 pm

    I love finding something new to be excited about! So glad you’ve fallen in love with swimming! Every time I read a post where you have your cap on I’m that much closer to giving it a try! (tri)

    I’ve fallen in love with cycling since I bought my new bike (hybrid) and feel like I just need to add some swim lanes to the fitness routine and then I’m bound to try a tri.

  • Jessica July 11, 2011, 2:16 pm

    LOOOVVVVEEE corn tortillas – and I’m not on a GF diet, I just seriously prefer them. Another tasty option is to mix up fresh or frozen corn, black beans, and your favorite salsa, then either use it as a salsa dip, use it as burrito/enchilada filler (super good topped w/ tomatillo salsa and a little mexican crema) or mix it up with some rice as a whole protein dish-unto-itself. But yeah…pretty much anything rolled in a corn tortilla with green salsa and crema, I’ll eat 🙂

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 11, 2011, 2:25 pm

    Two events in one weekend! You will be one busy girl this weekend!

  • Laura July 11, 2011, 2:35 pm

    Trader Joes Brown Rice Tortillas are awesome. I’ve become addicted to them. I like to throw them on the stove, heat them up so they get almost crispy and then put some earth balance, olive oil spray or coconut oil spray on them when they are done. You can make them the base of a meal, or on the side to dip in hummus. Delish!

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:37 pm

      Whaaaaa! My TJs doesnt have them.

      • Laura July 12, 2011, 11:43 am

        You should ask them to carry them. I’ve found TJs to be especially receptive to customer requests and if they bring a product into the store, feature it, and customers buy it, they’ll keep stocking it! It’s worth a try… 🙂

  • Mary July 11, 2011, 2:37 pm

    Ah HAH yayy!! I’m SO glad you love swimming! I think that’s my favorite part of training for a tri, the swim. it’s relaxing. just you and the pool. no pressure 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 11, 2011, 2:39 pm

    the lack of ability to swim is the one thing that makes me miss belonging to a gym. I love swimming but never have the chance to do it.

  • Irene July 11, 2011, 3:02 pm

    the first line of this post makes me laugh. my friends and i have taken to (jokingly) calling each other out on complaining about our first world problems… i.e. last night, i complained that a tv show (which hadn’t even aired on the west coast yet), was taking far too long to download. our most common one that we joke about is feeling tired after a big meal. first world problems… highly amusing, but also highly problematic.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 3:04 pm

      I also have a term for those problems but it isn’t very PC. LOL.

  • Krystina (Organically Me) July 11, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Oh man, brown rice tortillas from Trader Joe’s (or Food for Life) are AMAZING! They’re so chewy and big.

  • Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers July 11, 2011, 3:29 pm

    Have fun at the race! As for your lunch, I must admit – anything with goat cheese is good!

  • Angela @ Pinching and Packing July 11, 2011, 3:30 pm

    I have only ever done road races, but the BF and I signed up for our first tri in September. I am excited, and nervous!!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 11, 2011, 3:32 pm

    Oh, lunch looks delicious! I’ve been craving some tex mex like a crazy person right now. YUM!

  • Mary July 11, 2011, 3:33 pm

    Love that you’re transitioning more to tris – I’m tots doing the same thing. Just did Triangle Triathlon this weekend and came in 5th in my age group! Yay. Next on my calendar is Lake Logan (Western NC) on August 6th, and Wilmington YMCA Sprint in September (17th). Come join me!

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:41 pm

      Do you live in Charlotte? I’m interested in Lake Logan but I don’t want to drive there all by myself!

      • Mary July 12, 2011, 9:36 am

        Nope, sadly I live in Chapel Hill. I just realized it’s a 4 hr drive for me… dagger! I think it’s like 2hrs from CLT. Decided I’m going the night before and getting a cheap hotel room. You should do the same and get the Hus to tag along for company!

  • Ally July 11, 2011, 3:49 pm

    Man, I wish I lived near an Olympic-sized or even lap pool. The closest gym pool I’ve got is barely regulation, if that. 🙁

  • Sophie @ threetimesf July 11, 2011, 4:33 pm

    How did you develop such a love for swimming? Seriously, I just can’t gte myself to enjoy it….

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:41 pm

      Practice? Joining a nice pool gym? I think that has a lot to do with it.

  • Johanna B July 11, 2011, 4:49 pm

    La Tortilla Factory makes GF wraps. They’re on sale at my local Hy-Vee. On my way after work to check them out.

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul July 11, 2011, 4:53 pm

    Oohh cool poster Caitlin!
    I believe Ezekiel has GF tortillas too, but I don’t know if you’d fancy them. They’re definitely not like the corn ones.

  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 11, 2011, 4:55 pm

    I think its great your figuring out what works for you! No need to put extra pressure on yourself.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 11, 2011, 4:55 pm

    I would like to get into triathlons. I think it would prevent burnout- training for long distance running races kills me! I need to shake it up a little.

  • Savannah(Sweet and Savvy) July 11, 2011, 5:02 pm

    That’s soo good to know that corn tortillas are GF!!

    I have IBS, and my doctor and I both suspected I had celiac, but my blood test results game back negative. After online research, I think I still may be gluten intolerant, but have avoided cutting gluten out of my diet, mostly because I know it will be difficult. I will also have a hard time explaining to my parents and other people that I am cutting a popular ingredient out of my diet without medical advice.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 5:39 pm

      Okay, I could totally be wrong, but I think you can test negative for Celiac and still be gluten intolerant. Anyone else know?

      Also – maybe you can just try an elimination diet and cut it out for two weeks and see if it makes you feel better? If you still have symptoms, whatever, eat bread. Then you’ll know for sure.

      • Savannah(Sweet and Savvy) July 11, 2011, 6:52 pm

        Thanks! Ill look More into that. You’re probably right. Now that you say that, i Think I Have heard That before. I was thinking about doing an experiment Like that to see if my symptoms improve.

        • Amber K July 12, 2011, 12:17 pm

          I tested negative for Celiac, but my gastroenterologist suggested that I go gluten free because I am intolerant. He said it was probably the case because when I did a gluten-free experiment I felt SO much better. You can definitely be intolerant or sensitive without the autoimmune aspect.

          Some people don’t really understand because they say “well since you don’t have Celiac, you can just indulge sometimes.” I gave into the pressure and tried it. Yeah….being gluten-free for awhile and then specifically eating some? Bad plan! It just further reinforced that my body can NOT tolerate it.

        • Savannah(Sweet and Savvy) July 12, 2011, 6:46 pm

          Thanks for this info, Amber! It’s so good to hear from people who have experience in this area. [even though I’m sorry to hear you’re intolerant]

        • Savannah(Sweet and Savvy) July 12, 2011, 6:48 pm

          also, did other things improve besides traditional stomach issues when going GF?

          Did your moods, energy, etc. improve?

        • Natalia July 13, 2011, 8:46 am

          Yes, you can definitely NOT have Celiac but be intolerant to gluten. My body can’t process gluten, but I also don’t have Celiac. I would be more than willing to tell you about my experience if you’re interested! (asideofsimple@gmail.com)

  • katie @ KatieDid July 11, 2011, 5:20 pm

    I also gave up my garmin a month ago after my marathon and running became so much more enjoyable for me. I don’t even wear a watch anymore, just me and the road. It’s liberating!

  • Emma @ Getting There & Going Places July 11, 2011, 5:31 pm

    I love swimming too! It’s the best way to exercise as far as I’m concerned! 😀
    That lunch looks mighty good! 😀

  • Marissa C July 11, 2011, 5:45 pm

    Eeck–good luck with back-to-back races!

    I’ll preface this by saying you are in MUCH better shape than I am, but in March I did a 5k race on Saturday and a sprint tri on Sunday. I was training for a half-marathon at the time, so I wasn’t totally out of shape, but those suckers wiped me out like no other. I have never been so sore or tired in my life and I promised myself I would never do that again! I actually took a half day off work the following Monday because I was in so much pain!

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:42 pm

      Oh man, I am fully anticipating this will whip me. Just hope its not painful!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 11, 2011, 5:46 pm

    Yay for triathlon! I can’t wait for our season to start again!

  • LauraJayne July 11, 2011, 6:54 pm

    I love corn tortillas too, but I used to always wish they were fried because they made the perfect taco! However, I started toasting them (requires constant monitoring so as not to lose the tortilla completely) and they make the perfect hot & crispy shell without all the extra fat! Makes a perfect tostada too!

  • Katherine July 11, 2011, 6:59 pm

    I love corn tortillas so much more than flour anyways!

    O, and ya, you can send me that Garmin! I need one!

  • Pamela July 11, 2011, 7:42 pm

    You are so inspiring, Caitlin. Feeling nervous about SKYDIVING on Saturday (yes, I jumped out of a perfectly good plane), I headed to the pool waaay early – before free swim opened. I borrowed goggles and ended up swimming laps (feeling like a tool in a skimpy bikini) for the first time EVER. All your swimming had me amped to try it! I did 500 yards, and dude, there are muscles on my rib cage that I didn’t know I had SWEARING at me today. I’m so sore! But perhaps that was from the dive…? All I know is that I’m buying a swimsuit, cap, and goggles to do it again ASAP.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2011, 8:42 pm

      yay! I am so excited you are going to get into swimming. I used to do laps in a bikini too 🙂 Hehe.

  • Lauren July 11, 2011, 7:58 pm

    Your motivation to embrace swimming is so inspiring. Wish I loved it, actually, I wished I even tolerated it, but swimming is one bane of my existence. I don’t even enjoy doing it for fun so I know I would never want to supplement a workout with it.

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 11, 2011, 8:33 pm

    Yeah, corn tortillas are GF. I feel like I should have just thrown that out there a few weeks ago for ya.

  • Mary July 11, 2011, 8:58 pm

    I agree tris are so much fun. I much prefer the cross training to just one thing. And I LOVE the swimming too!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 11, 2011, 9:46 pm

    Brown rice tortillas from Seeds for Life are great. I use them because they bend like flour tortillas.

  • JenATX July 12, 2011, 9:14 am

    how inspiring that you tackled your swimming fears & now love it… cah-razy!

  • Amisha July 12, 2011, 10:15 am

    Hi Caitlin!

    Quick trick with the corn tortillas – if you quickly heat up a nonstick pan and throw them on there for 30 seconds per side, it will become really flexible and wont rip when you fold them. Makes tacos a LOT easier to eat. Enjoy!

    • Caitlin July 12, 2011, 10:26 am

      Thanks gurl!

  • Amber K July 12, 2011, 12:12 pm

    Finding a good GF tortilla has been tough for me, because I’m not a fan of corn tortillas. Plus they break so much easier than flour ones. I saw some rice tortillas before but they were sooo expensive. I might have to try my hand at making my own.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble July 12, 2011, 5:54 pm

    hahaha! I love that you just realized tortillas are gluten free! I do miss wrap though. Tiny corn tortillas are good for tacos and such but I’d like a good veggie wrap. I did see Trader Joe’s had brown rice wraps so think I need to check those out soon.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales July 13, 2011, 5:11 pm

    Ah! That is so exciting that you’ve discovered a new love for tris — you go girl!

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