8 Miles, 10 Miles

First and most importantly, Happy Friday!

Secondly, thank you for all the kind and supportive comments yesterday. Hearing from readers and knowing that my running and cooking adventures provide inspiration is why I write this blog! It should be noted that the author of yesterday’s email did apologize, however I received another not-so-nice email when they realized I discussed the issue on my blog. All I can say to that is…Oh well! I use this blog as way to discuss issues that affect my quest for a healthy lifestyle and I think yesterday’s blog post was beneficial for me in that respect.

My daily eats and running mileage have been MIA lately, so prepare for a monster recap! I’ve tried to keep it balanced :-)

I woke up feeling wayyyy tired on Wednesday morning and kind of headache-y, so instead of running right away, I hydrated (decaf coffee and water!) and ate breakfast first.

I made a delightful bowl of oats:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water
  • chopped apple
  • sea salt and cinnamon
  • tsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs (or a lil more!) almond butter
  • sprinkling of chocolate chips


After waiting awhile for digestion (and downloading the new Jay-Z/Alicia Keys song..) I was ready for my run! The weather was brisk (50 degrees), but sunny so I wore shorts and a long sleeve shirt. 90% of me was comfortable, but my hands get cold no matter what!

I was feeling quite sluggish for most of this run, but my legs finally perked up around the 5 mile mark. I finished the 8 miles in about 1 hour and 12 minutes (9:00 per mile pace). After a quick shower and change, it was off to work!

My tum was feelin’ a little off (I think I might be getting a cold), so lunch was a little lighter than usual:

  • 1 cup oikos plain greek yogurt
  • sliced banana (it’s hiding in there somewhere!)
  • 1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

pumpkin seeds

And a vita muffin + cappuccino for a snackeroo (do you like that word? I think I made it up!):

vita top


Worked, worked, worked throughout the afternoon and then came home for an easy dinner: apple cider, Campbell’s Selects onion soup with lentils, and a whole wheat sandwich thin with arugula and mozzarella cheese.

french onion soup and sandwich

Andddddd I was still hungry. I got a new container of hummus (Sabra’s greek olive – LOVE) and was going to have it with some pita chips, but then I decided that another sandwich thin would be a better option. More whole grains and fiber!

arnold sandwich thins and sabra's hummus

I finished up some work on the computer, chatted on the phone, and finished the night off with half of this lil’ guy: a Trader Joe’s PB&J bar! This brilliant creation featured milk and dark chocolates, raspberry jam, peanut butter, and crushed potato chips (!!). And while this is definitely a treat, 1/2 the bar only had 150 cals, 4 grams of fiber (not shabby!), and 3 grams of protein. Plus a lil calcium and iron. Sweet :-)

pb & j bar

I woke up feeling a little under the weather yesterday, so an early a.m. gym visit was just NOT going to happen. Instead I spent some time in bed reading emails and catching up on google reader.

And then off to work for me! I’m running low on fruits and veggies in the kitchen, so breakfast was two bananas and a packet of Nature’s Path Flax Plus instant oatmeal made with 1/2 water, 1/2 skim milk. This oatmeal presentation wasn’t nearly as beautiful as yesterday, but you get the idea…

Flax Oatmeal

Lunch was another sweet potato with lentils, mozzarella cheese, and hot sauce. I know this is boring, but it’s so quick and delicious! I heated everything up in the microwave for about 90 seconds to get the cheese melty :-)

Lentils & Sweet Potato

Afternoon energy: decaf cappuccino and a vita muffin top.


vita top

Things got pretty crazy in the office around 4:30pm and the next few hours were go-go-go. I had a plain whole wheat Arnold sandwich thin sometime around 5:30pm. Too busy to snap a picture, so this stock photo will have to do:


I really like these sandwich thins. They’re perfect for all sorts of sammies – pb & j, hummus & veggies, deli meat, etc. Or you could top with tomato sauce and mozzarella and make a mini pizza!

I left the office a little before 8pm and was feeling hungrryyy, I debated going straight home, but instead I had a snack in the elevator, and headed directly to my gym. I’ve found that if I don’t allow myself any internal debate (and just GO to the gym or a run), I’m much more likely to get it done. So I snacked on an Honest Foods cranberry lemon zest bar (oh my goodness, so delicious!) and was on the treadmill 15 minutes later.

Honest Foods

Must have been the energizing carbs, protein, fat, and fiber in my snack – I ran 10 miles in about 1 hour and 28 minutes (yes, all on the treadmill). I originally planned on going to a road workout with my track club, but due to the late night in the office, that didn’t pan out. By the time I was free to go running, it was dark and I would be by myself, so I made the decision that the ‘mill would be safer (although more boring).

  • Miles 1 – 9:20 pace
  • Miles 2 – 9:20 pace
  • Mile 3 – 8:55 pace
  • Mile 4 – 8:55 pace
  • Mile 5 – 8:34 pace
  • Mile 6 – 8:34 pace
  • Mile 7 – 8:00 pace (faster effort #1)
  • Mile 8 – 9:13 pace
  • Mile 9 – 7:20 pace (faster effort #2)
  • Mile 10 – 9:13 pace

“Dinner” was rather late, but yum. I had about a cup of plain, non-fat Oikos greek yogurt left in the big tub, so I mixed in about 1.5 Tbs of almond butter, a chopped apple, a dollop of pumpkin butter, and some pecans for a garnish.  I think that mixing the nut butter thoroughly through out the yogurt really put this flavor combo over the top.

Yogurt Mess

Clickety-clack went my keyboard into the night – a little bit before 1am I toasted up 1/2 a whole wheat sandwich thin and slathered it with Sabra’s greek olive hummus.


Finally, finally, I finished up all I needed to do and hit the sheets. Phew, what a day. Thank goodness it’s almost the weekend!

Don’t have time for a gym visit – Check out these 5 Fun Ways to Workout at Home.

We all get in grumpy moods sometimes, but according to a recent study it can actually be GOOD for us. Interesting…

And the best part of Friday – a new Running Shorts article from me and Matt!! Are you excited?

Question: What’s your strategy for fitting in exercise to a busy work/school/social life schedule? Do you wake up at 5am to run? Take a walk during your lunch break?


12 Responses

  1. I generally try to get my workouts in during the day, but that means I’m limited to 4-5 miles and then I can luxuriate in long, lazy runs on the weekends (until we get snow!). I also take advantage of my 2 mile walks to and from work every day. Knowing that I’m at least getting 4 miles of walking in every day is some comfort when I can’t break away for a lunchtime sweat fest.

    Love your sweet potato/lentil/mozzarella combo. Sounds delicious and comforting!

  2. Awesome post! I love hearing about all the food and exercise you do. It’s totally different than how I work.

    I work from 7:30am to 4:00 and I live about 23 miles from work so getting up super super early for working out is really not an option. So I take a run when I get home. I have a treadmill(which is good because it’s getting cold) and I also have weights that I do daily as well.

    I’m married and so my goal is just to fit in work, exercise, cleaning, cooking and socializing every day. Usually two or three of those things don’t happen. haha

  3. I wake up to run. Sometimes it’s not my favorite moment but I always feel better afterwards
    Great run and great eats!
    I’ve been thinking of buying that TJ bar but it seems so expensive fore something I could recreate with my hoard of peanut butter at home

  4. I just try and work out whenever i can find the time, but sometimes my busy schedule gets the best of me. That TJ’s bar sounds fab! what was the textures like?? HOpe you have a great friday!?


  5. I have to be at work at 7:30 in the morning (teacher).

    5 days a week I rouse myself up at 4:15 to be running by 4:30, shower by 5:30, and have a bowl of Kashi Honey Almond Flax and get dressed. On Saturdays I get to “sleep in” till 6am and then go for my run because I have grad school all day till 4:30.

    Not to mention all the papers I have to grade, lessons I have to plan and homework I have to do… it’s an exhausting life but without running I wouldn’t be able to keep it all together. :-)

    LOVE YOUR BLOG, it’s a total inspiration to me.

  6. 10 miles on the treadmill! WOW, you rock!

    Btw, if they are reading your blog again now, I hope they read this comment:


    How dare they get mad about writing that on YOUR blog. ESPECIALLY since you were just offering to do volunteer work, might be different if it was your employer, but volunteering? Umm, NO, not OK!

    Have a good weekend!

  7. Hey chica,
    Cramming in a workout can be hard sometimes. I knew I would have to miss tonight’s yoga class since I’m going to a Timberwolves game, so I got up early this morning and went to yoga class then. Yesterday I had friends over after work so I ran my 3 miles on my lunch break! Whenever I can squeeze it in, I will make it happen!

    I neeeeeed to get some lentils! Arrrrghggh!

  8. I try to just cram it in when I can. Somedays it’s at 530 which sucks, but lately classes at 530 have been pretty good at the gym lately so that helps.

  9. I can’t believe you did 10 miles on the treadmill — THAT’S dedication!!

    I have to make sure I get my workout in right after work, even on the busy days. There are too many distractions at home (not to mention an incredibly comfy couch!); once I’m home, I’m in for the night.

  10. First off, sorry to hear that that wellness dork attacked you with another email criticism after redeeming him/herself slightly with an apology. I concur with you, “Oh well!” Maybe this will teach him/her to be less aggressive with their unsolicited opinions next time some one just wants to help.

    When life gets busy and a workout seems impossible, I just try to move around whenever possible. If that means walking faster to the subway, taking stairs instead of elevators, doing a late-night workout (I have to be at work too early for morning workouts), or doing extensive workouts on the weekend, then that’s how it rolls.

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