My goal for Commitment Week 2 was to try new things.  Gotta shake up the old workouts, ya know?!


I managed to make it to one new fitness class (Pilates – SO DECEIVINGLY HARD) and do a different workout every time I pulled on my sneakers (or, um, swim cap).  Here’s what I did:


Monday:  35 minute stairclimber (I’m addicted) + strength training

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: 1000 yard swim (workout below)

Thursday: Off

Friday: Run 2.5 miles

Saturday: Long walk

Sunday: Mat pilates

Here’s the swim workout that I tackled.  It was fast and fun.


So – about Pilates.  Whoo hoo.  As I said, that was so hard.  It looks so easy with those light weights.  But I don’t move my body in those crazy ways ever – and I felt every single inch of the burn as a result.  I also really liked the class because I got to essentially lay down for an hour.   Henry is wild toddler man these days – even Pilates felt like a rest.


And here are some awesome meals that I enjoyed this week:


Spinach smoothie:


Henry liked it as well!


Banana peanut butter toast with watermelon:


Banana oatmeal with some protein powder mixed in:


Frozen spinach with rice and black beans, all cooked in a stirfry.  This is my new favorite go-to meal.


Tofu, carrots, and spinach corn tacos with creamy aioli sauce.


The Beer Mile


Have you heard of The Beer Mile?  The Beer Mile is a running challenge during which the runner drinks four cans of beer (one at the start, another after 1/4 mile, another after 1/2 mile, and the last one at 3/4 mile).  Here are the official rules.  Beer drinking counts towards the overall time, so you can imagine how hard – and gross – this is.  I watched a YouTube of this guy breaking the Beer Mile world record (he did it in less than FIVE MINUTES) while I was stairclimbing on Monday, and I laughed (and ooo-ed and aww-ed) the entire time.  INCREDIBLE.

If I were to do the Beer Mile, I think it would take me at least 14 minutes.  I can do a 9:00 minute mile, but I don’t think I can chug a beer in less than 20 seconds, plus I would be seriously slowed down by all the boozing.  14 minutes is just an educated guess because I WILL NEVER TRY THIS.  Hah.


How fast do you think you could run the Beer Mile?



  • Krista May 5, 2014, 2:49 pm

    What brand of corn tortillas do you buy?

    • Caitlin May 5, 2014, 2:53 pm

      Trader Joe’s – they are good as long as you heat them up first.

  • Carina May 5, 2014, 3:01 pm

    A recap of my first beer mile from last year:

    Complete with detail on how I managed to pull ahead (like you, I’m not particularly fast, I’m a kind of BQ-by-the-skin-of-my-teeth runner, but I was surprised how well I did). Too lazy to search for it to share a link, but in Dec. 2013, I did a post on defending my title, and I’m going to do the spring 2014 beer mile in a few weeks!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. May 5, 2014, 3:17 pm

    The Beer Mile makes me nauseous just thinking about it. There’s NO WAY I’d cross the finish line without puking.

  • Amber K May 5, 2014, 4:50 pm

    Ugh, the beer mile sounds disgusting! Then again I hate beer and can’t even drink it if I’m sitting down. But still, it sounds awful!

  • April May 5, 2014, 5:01 pm

    If you change your mind about the Beer Mile (or just want to watch the hilarity in person) you could always come up to Greensboro on Saturday! I opted for the 8K portion of the event- I’ll save my beers for after I’m done.

    • Caitlin May 5, 2014, 5:26 pm

      haha this sounds great!!! good luck.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 5, 2014, 5:53 pm

    Great workouts! After reading this though I now want to go and have a peanut butter and banana sandwich. I used to have them when I was growing up!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs May 5, 2014, 6:05 pm

    Ugh, I’m not sure my stomach could handle a Beer Mile — especially if I was actually going for time…

  • Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} May 5, 2014, 7:11 pm

    I would have to say mine would be about 15 minutes, I don’t really drink beer so I think this would hit me HARD!

  • Rebecca May 5, 2014, 8:40 pm

    Considering I don’t drink beer or run, I’d be a zero. Lol.

    Sounds kind of similar to this weird ritual my college’s track team had, only they used chocolate milk and I think they just ran as far as they could after chugging a glass without puking and whoever went furthest won. A kid in one of my media classes made a video about it, but we only got to see his rough draft, and I don’t remember him explaining it all that well in said rough draft. Sounded disgusting, anyway.

  • Runner Girl Eats May 6, 2014, 6:11 am

    I was just talking to a friend about this and I determined it would take me around 45 minutes-I’d chug a beer then run a lap and immediately lay down to take a nap. Maybe when I wake up I’d finish the beers/mile.

  • Jill May 6, 2014, 8:11 am

    Ughhh…my brother ran track at university and they had a beer & donut race for initiation. Run a lap, drink a beer and eat a donut. Run another lap, etc. He said he felt very, very ill, but that it was also fun. I find running hard enough without donuts and beer! (although donuts and beer at the finish line of a race would be welcome)

  • Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) May 6, 2014, 9:08 am

    that is awesome that you are trying new things…what a great way to get out of the normal day-to-day routine we all get stuck into. kudos to you! pilates is such a great workout…expensive though, huh? I really enjoy pilates and yoga, though…i think it really compliments my running.

    and yes i saw that beer mile! 4:57…UNBELIEVEABLE. I dont know think id ever be able to run even a mile that fast. haha. and im really bad at chugging beers (college days..was never first place in those competitions haha).

  • Jen @ Bagels to Broccoli May 6, 2014, 10:07 am

    I would be ALL kinds of buzzed with this! I can’t even do four beers in one night without even being seriously wonky…can’t imagine guzzling them in ~ 10-15 minutes!

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork May 6, 2014, 1:16 pm

    Spinach with rice and beans! What a great, quick, go-to meal! Thanks for sharing!
    Yes, workouts such as barre, pilates, and yoga can be incredibly difficult!

  • Nancy @ May 6, 2014, 2:10 pm

    That video was awesome. I love how his wife totally doubted him because that’s exactly the way I would be if my husband ever attempted this. Count me out of any beer miles 🙂

  • Mandy May 7, 2014, 9:48 pm

    I found your blog via googling Lady Comp. For the record, I love Pilates too! Just started again after a one year break. It’s amazing the results you will see quickly with Pilates several times a week. Just curious if you are still using LC? This is my 3rd month-so far so good!

    • Caitlin May 8, 2014, 7:46 am

      I am not – Do you like it? I think they updated the model after I used it!

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