Last Week’s Workouts

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Cookie Monster Standing

So, last week, I pulled it back a bit.  I decided to keep in the ‘spirit’ of Half Ironman training but not really follow my plan.  I needed a mental break,  you know?  Additionally, on Monday night, I was making macaroni and cheese and splashed hot water on my stomach – I ended up with a quarter-sized second-degree burn on my stomach and didn’t want to get into the pool for fear of infection. I still got a lot done, though!


Monday: 3400 yard swim (wowza!)

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 4 mile run

Thursday: 1 hour bike + 1 mile run

Friday: 5 mile run

Saturday: 1 hour bike

Sunday: 1 hour run


Total: 3400 yards of swimming, 10  miles of running, 3 hours of biking


So I was investigating this “Cookie Monster eats carrots” thing a little further.  I found this fun video of Cookie Monster and Scott Jurek, a vegan ultramaratoner, at a TedMed conference.  Cookie Monster says that vegetables are always foods and cookies are sometimes foods, although it’s always sometimes. Smile 

Turns out that a few commenters who pointed out the Cookie Monster has been promoting fruits and vegetables for a while were right – Cookie has been exposing the value of a balanced diet (“three square meals and circular desserts”) since the 1970s.


He also did the Healthy Foods rap:

“Me one healthy dude because I eat healthy food.”

I found this fun list of other items that Cookie Monster has eaten (besides cookies and vegetables):  a safe, snow, a pencil, a Volkswagen Beetle, a suitcase, a vacuum cleaner, a grandfather clock, and more.  He also remarked once that he likes tofu stir-fry. Smile


Other fun Cookie Monster facts:  His real name is Sid. His favorite kind of cookie is chocolate chip, followed closely by oatmeal.  And he has a Twitter account, where he says gems such as:





So there you have it.  Cookie Monster does eat a varied diet, although he likes cookies the most.  Obviously.


But who doesn’t?


I’ve been so into yogurt messes lately.  So satisfying, and a great way to get protein in post-workouts, thanks to the Greek yogurt.  In addition to my chocolate yogurt mess, I’ve been eating this mess every now and then – when we have cookies in the house!


Greek Yogurt

Raw oats (and yes, they really do taste good!)

Sugar cookie



The Cookie Monster would approve!



  • Janelle September 3, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Cookies are good for the soul, especially freshly-baked, warm ones. 🙂

  • Katie September 3, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Like you said yesterday, can’t we just let Cookie Monster eat cookies? Lol

  • Erin September 3, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Are your oats gluten free? I’m recently gluten free (for an auto-immune disease) and I can’t give up my precious oatmeal but I’m bummed that gluten free oats are much more expensive. And the “cross contamination” issue with oatmeal is just confusing.

    Anyways I loved the cookie monster post!

    • Caitlin September 3, 2013, 12:53 pm

      Trader Joe’s has GF oats that are pretty cheap!

    • Megan September 3, 2013, 8:15 pm

      Erin can I ask what AI disease you have? I’m having some vision problems and was actually hospitalized over the weekend so they could do about every test possible. No answers so far and I see a nuero ophthalmologist on Thursday but am interested in your experience…

    • Ali September 4, 2013, 9:31 am

      Trader Joes GF oats are awesome! Bob’s Red Mill makes some great ones too in every variety! I have Celiac so I know what you are going through. It’s so hard to deal with cross contamination. I experience symptoms within just a few minutes of contamination. 🙁 Good luck – it gets a lot easier as you go!

  • danielle September 3, 2013, 12:37 pm

    How is it going working with a coach? It is something I’ve considered (once these itty bitty baby years are over!). Do you get feedback on your completed workouts? Were the plans customized for a time goal? I know there are a lot of different coaching methods/plans, just curious about your experience. I hope you post about it when it is over!! I’d love to see her guest post sometime about her perspective of it!

    • Caitlin September 3, 2013, 12:56 pm

      So helpful. I love Marni and would recommend her to anyone. I’ll definitely do a post about my experiences when the tri is over.

  • Ellen September 3, 2013, 1:39 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    This is a totally random comment but, I was reading your last post and noticed Henry’s shoes and wanted to know where you buy him shoes. My son just started walking and I bought him new striderites to help with the walking process but I can not justify spending 42 dollars every 3 months on new shoes for him. So, if you know a good place that sells quality shoes for toddlers that are cheaper then striderite recommendations would be awesome.

    • Caitlin September 3, 2013, 1:41 pm

      They are Stride Rite. I have bought him some used Stride Rites at consignment sales – you may want to check there! His other Stride Rites were $3 🙂

      • Ellen September 3, 2013, 4:20 pm

        Thank you! We have some ok consignment shops I will check them out. I really like Henry’s so cute!

  • meredith September 3, 2013, 1:47 pm

    I used to love that cookie monster song from Happy Healthy Monsters- I recall it fondly from when my son was a baby/toddler. I am all about cookies but realize they needed to show some food balance on Sesame Street lol.

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind September 3, 2013, 1:54 pm

    I LOVE sugar cookies! Haven’t had one in ages.

  • Emily @ The Good Era September 3, 2013, 2:18 pm

    Hahah I love all the cookie monster research that you did! I’ll never turn down a cookie 🙂

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 3, 2013, 2:38 pm

    Yes to sugar cookies in everything!!!

  • Ali September 3, 2013, 3:10 pm

    I love throwing random ingredients into yogurt! It almost makes me feel as if I’m eating fryo-yo, but without all the nasty chemicals. Anyways, Cookie Monster would definitely approve!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 3, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Love the tweets & the Healthy Foods rap! Oh Cookie Monster, you’re good enough for me 🙂

  • Maureen September 3, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I was wondering why some of your runs are in time and some are in total distance? You said you ran 10 miles, but it looks like you also did a 1 hour run on Sunday did you not count that towards your total distance? You noted 2 hours of biking, but your total says 3; I was wondering which was correct?

    And because you’ve used so many training plans when do you decide to count time versus miles when training?

    • Caitlin September 3, 2013, 3:31 pm

      Oh I must have written it wrong. Sunday was a one hour bike. My plan is in time but I just convert to miles when I do totals. Not sure why. 🙂 I just estimate 10 min = 1 m

  • Jessica @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad September 3, 2013, 4:57 pm

    I love all the Cookie Monster info!

  • Emily September 3, 2013, 7:34 pm

    Ow! Hope your burn heals okay! I burned myself with a heating pad once (I didn’t think it could happen – dummy, I know) and it took a year to heal up. I used these waterproof bandages in the pool and shower and they worked great.

  • Megan September 3, 2013, 8:17 pm

    The pool has chlorine so it wouldn’t give you an infection. If anything it may clean it out some more! I’d avoid open water til it is healed but a chlorinated pool would be fine.

  • Amber K September 3, 2013, 8:35 pm

    Ouch about the burn! Thankfully I’ve never burned myself too bad in the kitchen. I’ve come close though.

  • MomHTP September 3, 2013, 10:20 pm

    Thanks for bringing Cookie Monster onto your website. He was my fav.

  • Natalie September 4, 2013, 9:19 am

    Cookies… the solution to and cause of all of my problems! 🙂 Is the cross contamination thing really a huge deal? Or just if you are super-sensitive to gluten? My husband had to go gluten-free a few years ago and seems to do okay with oatmeal cookies.

  • jill September 4, 2013, 7:43 pm

    Don’t negate yourself…as a former competitive athlete now battling severe OA and bowel issues…It is a success if I can achieve a s-l-o-w 20 minute walk each day…success if I can find gumption to slide out of bed and if land on floor, how to get back up…
    laugh or cry …cry or laugh…

    and yes, everyone needs sugar cookies (any cookies) on a day/night basis…it can be done and nothing wrong with it…

  • Kim September 4, 2013, 7:50 pm

    Ouch, sorry to hear about your burn! Cooking burns are the worst!! I have a nice discoloration on the inside of my wrist from an oil splatter back in May. It’s gradually fading, but it’s a daily reminder of how much it hurt at the time!

  • Jen September 5, 2013, 8:16 am

    Love the Cookie Monster facts! Here’s another great video I saw recently, in which Cookie Monster considers “restraint,” hahaha:

  • Jessi @ doctorate housewife September 6, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Have you seen Cookie Monster’s new music video on self-control? Me want it, but me wait! It’s awesome!! That and his “Share it Maybe” were awesome!!

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