Give me calculus, algebra, trig, microbiology, even organic chemistry and after some quality study time I will get it.
But not physics. My brain is just not capable of grasping moving parts!
I got Matt to run 8 miles with me this morning!! And Faith + Tate joined in for 5. It was a blast to have a group of runners. [In fact, any Cvillians interested in an 8AM weekday running club?]
We mapped out our course and wrapped up due to the near-freezing temps. I filled my camelbak with hot water! I’m always glad I bring it.
I had a piece of toast with sunflower butter and pumpkin butter. Matt almost left without eating – I told him to have a plain piece of bread at the least. Faith and I think it’s hilarious (and scary!) how our husbands give no thought to running 8 miles when the two of us are checking and double checking all of our details.
We ran 1.5 miles to F+T’s and picked them up to continue on before splitting towards the end to finish up.
The run was hard, due to tons of steep hills! It looked something like this:
See that “210 ft gain”? Can someone explain that to me. I was hoping that if we ran the route in reverse that we would have a 210 ft LOSS.
This is Matt’s attempt. He was no help. He just kept saying: “It’s physically impossible” in a nerd voice.
Here’s my attempt to explain a mountain and two ways to run up:
That didn’t help much either.
On to brain food!
After hot showers we I made a pumpkin smoothie!
I wanted it to be more like blended oats than a watery smoothie. I think I got the texture pretty good! Next time less yogurt and more oats!
- 1/4 cup raw oatmeal
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 small banana
- 1/2 scoop Vega Vanilla Chai (key for spiced flavor!)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
Served up in the Ramen bowl!
I’ve got on Pandora‘s Peaceful Holidays (mostly piano – no honky words) and I think Matt is tolerating it!!
Lots of errands to run today, including VOTING and lots of packing for Foodbuzz!
Heather (Heather's Dish) says
oooooh, great tip on the pandora station! tuning in right now 😉
Alina @ Duty Free Foodie says
I never took physics, and my family constantly make fun of me for not being aware of basic physics concepts.
Honestly though, the only science that interests me has to do with nutrition. Besides nutrition or maybe sports physiology, show me the cool results, don’t bore me with how they happened.
aubrey (italktofood) says
I wish I was going to FoodBuzz! I’ll be in Sonoma working at The Girl & the Fig! If you and some other bloggers end up going to Sonoma, let me know!
OMG so fun you work there!! Matt and I are going to Sonoma for a few days (Sunday-Wed.). Which days are you working?
aubrey (italktofood) says
Yay!! I work wed-sun.
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is says
I’m terrible at science and math. They make me ill.
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) says
The smoothie sounds yummy! That is the same bowl that I saw at the antique store labeled as a pot. I think they just did not know what it was. Have a great day Kath!
Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun says
It’s so funny how guys and girls’ brains think differently. My husband is the same way. He can analyze things and figure out stuff like physics, the shortest past, most effective method to things relating to math/science but can’t consider effective things for training or caring for himself. I can plan things out to avoid error in general life to the tee.
Allison K says
Ugh. I never took physics, and for that I am glad!
Samantha @ Bikini Birthday says
Net gain, perhaps? ie, the difference between the highest and the lowest elevation over the entire run.
Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg says
Haha…if I start thinking about stuff like that for too long, my brain starts to hurt. Which is why I’m an English teacher 🙂
Great work on the run!
Holly @ couchpotatoathlete says
Ha! Matt sounds like my husband — he understands all that math/physics/stuff and I just don’t!
I have yet to turn on Christmas music — you’re nuts! 🙂
Those of you that never had to ake physics are so lucky!
@ Tina: It’s exactly the same for my boyfriend and me. When we go hiking, he has it all mapped out in his head but when I ask if he needs anything from the grocery store, if I don’t ask “what are you having for lunch”, then he never thinks he needs anything (and then complains that the fridge is empty…)
Oh my gosh, my husband is the same way!! He plans in detail the things that are important to him (i.e. the backpacking route) but doesn’t give a second thought to what we will be eating in the woods for 3 days. Haha.
I like physics, but I never had the feel for it, y’know 😀
love the ramen bowl!
Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) says
Oh physics. I’m right there with you, Kath. 😉
Halley (Blunder Construction) says
I have a very mathematical mind, but still, me + physics = bad situation! So bad that I had to give up my childhood dream of being an astronaut in college, once I realized that physics was not my forte.
I refuse to take physics. I managed to sneak my way out of it in high school and college and I know that I will be a happier person in life if I never see the inside of a Physics classroom.
Apparently I am the only one here who likes Physics! Well not crazy theoretical stuff, but “this is how the world works” physics!
Don’t worry Christine – I like physics, too! In fact, I’m a high school physics teacher!
What type of Camelbak do you use? I was thinking of getting one but there are so many options/sizes. Love your blog!
I have the Charm. It’s for running.
Physics are terrifying to me! I took Astronomy in college, which mixed physics along with scary space facts (space never ends! time is different near a black hole!). Ahh! Too much thinking 😉
Anna @ History Running Girl says
My boyfriend doesn’t think of things like food for running! Pretty insane!
Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat says
Hehhee I totally agree on the man comments! It’s like when I was training for my first half marathon, one of my male friends said he was doing it too, but just figured running a few times leading up to the race would be enough training. Did he finish it? YES! No thought put into a training plan or anything!
And physics… I studied it for 2 years at the end of high school when I was in a British school and I don’t know how I ever survived!! I can’t stand it now!
Have a fabulous day Kath! 🙂
Tabitha (From Single to Married) says
that smoothie looks awesome!
Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes says
wow…i’m always so amazed at how you amp up your mileage…I love to run, but 5 miles is pretty much my max ever. And in the end, I guess I enjoy other forms of exercise more…but sometimes I do think it would be fun to really go the distance!
Hi Kath! Finally something I can answer for you! I have bachelors degree in physics and will (after my thesis defense on Friday!!!!) have my master’s degree in physical oceanography (hopefully :).
The gain has to do with basically how much you go up. So if you ran up that mountain you drew from either side, you’d still have the same gain (same elevation gain — you’re going up the same amount regardless of how steep it is). If you went through your map and counted all the little tiny hills you could start to keep track of the amount of uphill running you did. That number is your gain.
If, however, you want to calculate your ‘total elevation gain’ (versus your ‘gain’ as your garmin is calling it) that works a little differently — on your map you have zero total elevation gain since your starting elevation is the same as your ending elevation.
Here’s an example:
If you start at 100ft elevation, climb to 250, descend to 200, then climb to 400, your gain (garmin term) would be 350. Your total elevation gain, however, would be 300 ft.
At the end of the day, of course, the awesome part is that you ran it in the first place! But I hope that makes sense… 🙂
Great, that’s what I was leaning towards. It’s the sum of all the inclines we ran? The thing that bothers me is why anybody would care about that on a run that starts and ends at the same place. The change in elevation for the duration of the course is zero. Who cares if we had a gain of 210′ when we also had a loss of 210′?
I’m still not 100% sure what Kath was talking about, but I think she believed that running up a mountain on a long, circuitous, slowly inclined route and then running straight down the side of the mountain means that at the end of your run, you had a net gain in elevation.
Also, she doesn’t believe in relativity.
Yeah, relativity is BS
THANK YOU! My boyfriend thinks I’m insane because I don’t believe (or choose not to believe in) all things science. Outerspace? Gravity? Who cares? I don’t need the details.
I *THINK* that makes sense.
I was going to say the same as Matt — I understand the ‘gain’ part but it does not really determine how hilly or difficult a run is. i did a relay run where each leg tells you the net gain (or loss) but if you look at the individual run – it might be a super hilly run or fairly flat and the net gain won’t tell you that. For example, one of the legs had a 500 ft climb, but then a 700 foot drop so the net gain was -200. But as a runner — all you notice is that ridiculous 500 ft climb, which is thankfully followed by a drop. The point of the net elevation in course maps escapes me.
Thanks for the explanation Kassi! You should consider teaching after you get that degree! As far as running goes – I think the most important aspect in determining the difficulty of the run is the % grade and length of the inclines.
Also, I loved physics and NOT chemistry! Maybe its one or the other for people?
Do you melt your coconut butter, pour it on and let it harden? I have the same butter and it’s become crumbly in the jar and hard to scoop. Is it still good? Any methods for upkeep? Thanks!
That means you ate all the gooey stuff early on in the life of the jar. Now it only has the “meat” and no oil. Add some oil (preferably coconut oil), melt and stir in, and then it will be back to normal.
I melt it in the microwave, on the stove in hot water or sometimes in the oven on low heat! It hardens in the winter, so you have to heat it up a bit
Thanks for the ideas! Matt – I just ordered a new jar, so I’ll be stirring to distribute the gooey stuff!!
I’m so excited you are going! I’ve been dying to meet you 🙂 See you in San Fran, dear!
Kath – you mentioned that you made a pumpkin smoothie, but I didn’t see any pumpkin in the ingredients. Did you put pumpkin in it? Thanks! I might make one of these for lunch.
Christin L. says
I’m like Matt… it’s too early for Christmas music! And to be completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of most Christmas music anyway. I know, bah humbug right?! 🙂
Hey, you spell your name like I do! 🙂 Hi Christin!
Oh by the way, I’m staying at the Galleria, and totally hoping for a morning running club in San Fran…you wanna see some hills??? 🙂
Running Sat. morning I believe!
lynn (The Actors Diet) says
okay, physics and running….not a fan.
Tab - Just Weighing In says
Wow – I’m doing good just to run at all! Thinking about the physics of it just makes my head hurt. 🙂
Wish I could join a Cville 8 a.m. running club – I’m behind my desk by that point in the morning! Sigh.
A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) says
I almost blended oatmeal today, but then I chickened out. I’m afraid the texture would be disastrous.
Looks delicious! Do you cook the oatmeal before you blend it for the smoothie?
This time it was raw
Oh, and how much pumpkin did you add?
[email protected] says
The worst grade I got in college was physics! It is so hard to understand!! Great job on your run, wish I lived there to join your running crew:)
Krystina (Organically Me) says
I’m so jealous of everyone going to Foodbuzz! Damn school.
you have the best bowls and cups! where do you buy them??
Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini says
I don’t get physics either. I took it in high school and it gave me headaches.
lauri (redheadrecipes.com) says
Ha ha–> your physica attempt is TOO funny! I don’t get it either though! Good call on the Pandora music, I’m about to change mine now!!
Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf says
Ugh, math, science. I hate it all.
Though, physics makes more sense to me than chemistry. Not sure why.
Yay for Christmas music! I listen to it practically year-round. :]
Brad is the same way about running! He can’t run if he is even slightly full and I can’t run if I’m slightly hungry.
But as for the physics, I’m the opposite. I loved physics, hated calculus!
Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey says
Ick, that’s confusing. I don’t blame you for not getting it; I don’t think I would’ve either, lol. Math is not my strong point.
Looks like an awesome run, though! I’m still amazed that you do 8 miles without a thought. That’s amazing!
Shannon @ A Better Me says
LOL! Love the squiggly mountain explanation…makes perfect sense to me 🙂 Physics was never a strong subject for me either. Blah!
I’m LMAO at “in a nerd voice.”
[email protected] says
i want to try vega vanilla chai but it is SO expensive- worth it?
YES! My fav
Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit says
Pst, your ‘pumpkin smoothie’ has no pumpkin in the mix!
chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says
The only reason why I liked high school physics is because my teacher rocked. I had no idea what anything meant.
Kath u r WTF. Nono not that….way to funny
I’d be up for an 8am running group… 🙂 (I’m a UVA student)
Oh fun!! Are you free on Tuesdays?! I want to start a group that doesn’t have to be Saturday morning 🙂 Send me an email to Katheats @ gmail and we’ll try to do it 2 weeks from now!
this post cracked me up! Our physics professor was hilariously nutty…it made the topic bearable.
Just have to tell you Kath – that because of you my husband and I decided to make roasted brussel sprouts as a side to our dinner last night. Hello! How have I not been eating these before? I never before thought I would’ve liked them! We both agreed they were fantastic and will be adding them to our diet on a regular basis. Yum! So thanks. 🙂
I share your hate for physics haha. Give me so chemicals anytime, but Newton, not a chance :P. Smoothie looks yummy 🙂 xxx
I dislike Physics muchly! So I can totally relate. 🙂
Oh and have fun at Foodbuzz. I will be living vicariously through you (and all the other bloggers going). 🙂
Michelle (The Runner's Plate) says
UGH! I dreaded physics when I had to take it in college. My brain just does not work that way!
Kathy W. says
I think the simplest explanation is that you can’t go up that hill (from either direction) and end up with a loss. You’d have to end your run somewhere hundreds of feet below where you started.
Or just look at the visual of the graph–you added a lot of green underneath that squiggly line by running that path–so you gained elevation rather than lost it.
But if you liked and understood algebra & calculus, I know you would do well in physics. Even if you never ended up enjoying it!
CoCo Wray says
Kath, I have been reading you for 3 weeks now and I am officially addicted! I enjoy reading and seeing what you do, your photography is great! You should consider a career in photography as well!
I was just looking @ twitter, and Whole Foods is building a new store in C-Ville. Did you know? Watch out, hot bar! :o)
Yes! We have a WF but it is moving.
I’m with you–physics is HARD! I am a biology nerd (love life science…hate physical science) and have never taken a physics class. I taught myself basic physics concepts from a book in order to take my science teacher licensure test. Those concepts all flew out the window, but I’m still proud of myself for getting enough of a grasp on physics to pass that test!
I am struggling with a few things and I don’t know if it could be food related. I seem to have major joint & muscle issues. I am about 20 lbs heavier than a year ago but since then I have changed jobs and went from standing on my feet for 8 -10 hours a day to sitting at a desk for 8-10 hous a day. I think that aided in the additional 20 lbs. Anyway, over the past year my joints have seem to get worse. In the morning I feel as though I have run a marathon during the night and I am very tired all of the time. I feel that I do eat mostly healthy food but I always seem to think it might be something that could be remedied with diet. I have a hard time to exercise because my lower back bothers me alot. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I think there is some research to support fatty fish and omega-3s to help joints. But I would get those checked by a doctor 🙁
Simply Life says
ha, I love the two drawings you and Matt sketched 🙂
D’OH about the pumpkin!!!!!!!!!!!
Added half a cup.
I’ll have you know Kath, that your father got his only A+ in college in physics. Unlike many others, I guess you didn’t inherit those genes.
Doesn’t surprise me!
Mary @ Bites and Bliss says
Uggggh organic chemistry- just the mention of it throws my head for a spin!!
My parents are both physicists and I’m sooo glad I don’t have to take physics for my major. Although they’d probably be able to help out.
If you like your smoothies thick, you might want to consider guar and xanthum gum. They’re not all that hard to find and they make a HUUUGGGEEE difference!
Faith @ lovelyascharged says
Math and science of any sort send my brain into a tizzy! I could write you up an essay in ten seconds flat though! I think I need some brain food just thinking about my college physics classes!
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
Ooh what a neat idea to bring HOT water with you! I hate running in the cold fall/winter temperatures, but having hot water might make it more bearable! I’ll have to give that a try.
Bess @ Bess Be Fit says
“In a nerd voice”….haha made me laugh out loud 🙂 hope you enjoyed your run!
Allison O'Mara (Girl in her kitchen) says
You guys are so cute! 🙂
Heavens, for some reason that mug looks really creepy to me today. All the holes and jagged bits!!
I love that cup/bowl, supper cute shape and color.
Cvillians … hahaha that made me laugh out loud.
Katie @ peacebeme says
Mail in ballot!
what device do you use to map your elevation when you run?
I have a question about the Vega powder. I’ve been checking it out at Whole Foods. Do you typically only use a 1/2 scoop like you did today or does it vary? Just wondering.
It varies. Sometimes I use more, other times I just want a taste of flavor (and I like to make it last a while because it is expensive!)
Oh em gee, I LOVE that you’re busting out the holiday music! ‘Tis the season 🙂