Man am I tired!! Today was just go!go!go! Quick post, possibly a bubble bath!? But probably just a quick shower and hitting the sack.
Girls on the Run “is so much fun” (as the post-practice cheer goes 🙂 ) I am volunteering at a small charter school, and we have a cute group of girls. I’m in charge of bringing the snack on Wednesdays (fruit) so I brought a bag of delicious oranges! I had one, but obviously wasn’t able to take a photo of that. It was a GREAT orange! After our snack, warm-up and lesson, we took the girls down to the field for their run. They were paired up and each had to do a combined 2.5 miles (lesson: promises and supporting and encouraging one another). I thought most kids liked running, but they were dragging along! I ran 12 laps (just over a mile) with them and had them holding my hand, squealing, pulling at my clothes – it was quite interesting! One girl said as soon as I got there: “I’m so glad you’re my coach.” It was cute
After GOTR, the coach and I went for another 2.5-3 miles together. She wants to run more and I would love more than a mile workout on Wednesdays, so it was really nice to have new scenery and company for a run. Then I was soaked (and freezing) but dried off in the community college bathroom blowdryer. Next time I’m going to change into dry clothes despite being sweaty. I don’t think it’s really worth showering at the Y since Micro isn’t a big deal to go sweaty.
I also picked up dinner at a deli I’ve been wanting to try. I wasn’t really that impressed, although they did have whole wheat bread. I ordered honey roasted turkey with tomato, lettuce, banana peppers, cuc, pickle and mustard. It had potential, but was completely soggy by the time I opened it up 🙁
It was a good size though, so it was pretty filling, esp. with all the veggies.
I also had a tiny fruit cup on the side –
And a diet Snapple for tongue excitement
Micro lab went pretty well tonight, although it was long and I didn’t get home until after 9. But next week we have an easier week! Yay!
I was SOOO THIRSTY when I got home. We’re not allowed to drink in the lab so I left my water bottle (empty) in the car and only had a sip of water and Snapple from 5-9pm (and after my workout). I just chugged a big cup of water.
And had a fun banana-PB-GoLean Crunch snack! I’m being encouraged to eat bananas since we have the huge Costco bunch. The husband has had FIVE AND A HALF bananas in the past 2 days!! I think one per meal!
Soggy sandwiches are so disappointing!
I think it’s great what you are doing with Girls on the Run. I was not active AT ALL past elementary school. Now that I’m an adult, I think that it’s so important for kids to get out and move more. I’d like to find something to do myself that would help kids not have to struggle like I did. Trust me, I did not enjoy running. 🙂 Keep up the good work!
I’m actually working on trying to implement Girls On the Run where i live (close to charlotte actually– have you ever heard of shelby???) I did some research on it and i LOVE what it’s all about. It’s a very inspirational program– and i’m sure you’ll find that the girls will get better at the running as time goes on. You said you’re volunteering, right? How do you like it?? I saw your pics from the GOTR dinner and i WISH i could’ve met molly barker. She’s amazing!!
I LOVE your blog and i’m feel embarassed to say i’m slightly addicted to reading it!! I’m always hoping to see you somewhere in clt, so i could tell you in person!! I’ve battled obesity as a child but since college, i’ve really gotten on top of myself to not only workout regularly but eat healthier too. Recently, i had sorta hit a rut w/eating the same things over and over again, but your blog has re-inspired me! i love that you eat “real food.” It’s a big part of my famliy too, so i can TOTALLY appreciate that! i actually told my trainer today to look into your site b/c i know she’d love it too!
I really admire how you are able to fit in workouts into your busy schedule and never compromise healthy eating. You are my hero!
caitlin (seebriderun) says
i’ve said this before about GOTR, but i think it is so wonderful that you are taking time out of your very very busy schedule to inspire young ladies. hopefully each of these girls will grow up with a positive outlook on exercise and eating.
madison (follow my weigh) says
wow 5 1/2 bananas!!
thats so cool what you’re doing with the girls – running a mile was hard for me at that age too! it was kind of daunting.
Sounds fun! Don’t forget that bananas freeze really well, and you can put them in smoothies and baked goods (mashed) afterwards. One of my favorite snacks is skim milk blended with a frozen banana, some vanilla, and a tiny bit of maple syrup.
12 laps is just over a mile? is this a much smaller than standard track?
A standard running track is 400m, convert a mile to metres (1609.344 metres) and divide by 400 and you should have the number of laps (4.02336).
R. Leigh says
Careful husband! My friend ran (almost) out of money while traveling in Peru and ate nothing but bananas- 20 bananas in 3 days! He hasn’t looked at a banana the same way ever since…
I actually know someone who made themselves sick enough they had to be taken to the hospital because they ate too many bananas in one day – and probably weren’t eating anything else. But you can overdose even on bananas!
does anyone have any advice for stopping counting calories? first week is the hardest? just force yourself not to count? nightly I tell myself that “tomorrow” I’ll stop….thanks everyone! oh and another problem is that I just know how many cals are in everything, so even if the actual act of documenting the morsels doesn’t happen, there will still be the running talley in the head….complete with whipping out the cell phone calculator at red stoplights, just to, you know, double check…ahhhh
i LOVE the banana-PB-GoLean Crunch snack. i’m definitely gonna try it! looks like a healthy banana split dessert 🙂 GOTR sounds so fun. i’m sure you’re great at motivating the kiddies
in our group there were some that loved running and some that hated it but liked being with the other girls and the ‘group’ feeling so they put up with it! i think there were even a couple that did it mostly for the prizes and snacks . . . but pretty much everyone got into it by the end and i know they had an amazing time at the 5K.
someday when i have a more flexible job i am definitely going to participate again!
So glad you and the girls enjoyed the afternoon. Oranges are a great snack in my opinion. Love the cereal ON the banana.
putting on dry clothes even if you’re a bit sweaty makes a huge difference. if you can, bring a small hand towel to wipe yourself off/wash your face.
Yup – I know Shelby! Good luck getting your program started. I was starstruck when I met Molly too – she’s awesome. Lemme know if you ever want to do lunch. Hopefully I can find a free Saturday!
Cookienurse + Caitlin,
Thank you and thank you!
It was just part of a field mapped off my cones. We figured it was about 12 laps to a mile. No track.
I think to stop counting you must use gradual steps like any habit you want to break. It’s fine to keep a running tally for a while (I still am) and you’ll realize (as I am) that it will get looser and looser. I’m sure you (and I) will reach a point where it will fade in and out and probably be gone. But really, even if you tally your whole life, there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it’s not interfering with your happiness. You have to do what works best for you.
Hi Kath –
I also had a blast with GOTR on Tuesday and can’t wait for our second meeting today!
As for your banana snack … yum! It looks so good and I can’t wait to try it myself. 🙂
Have a great day!
Haha, 5 1/2 bananas is impressive but I probably ate about a dozen or so in 3 days a few months ago…. had a badass stomach flu and that was the only thing I could keep down for some reason. Bananas and ginger ale….. not a diet I recommend!
oh, makes sense. i was track practicing and thought my calculations were waaaay off for a second.
“wait…12 laps = 1 mile?? and i want to do a 5k…how many laps do i have to do?!?!? ahhh!” 😉
Don’t you hate it when you buy a sandwich and discover that you could have made a better one yourself?
GOTR sounds so fun! I want to get involved!
Hey kath– that would be awesome!! i’d love that! i’ll see when i’ll be in clt next!