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Eight Updates

Good morning, everyone!  Happy Hump Day!


This is why I love waking up early—pajamas and coffee.  I’m also rocking glasses and Medusa-like curls, but no one needs to see that.

First, thanks for your thoughtful comments on Monday’s post.  Doing the indoor triathlon was so much fun, and I loved putting my training to the test.  Needless to say, I experienced an exercise high for the rest of the weekend.  Those endorphins are the best, right?

Anyway, I have lots of updates, so it’s list time:

1.  I received a package this past week from Boxtera, a healthy snack delivery service.


So many noms!  Even though I have virtually no willpower, I’ve been pacing myself and not housing everything in one sitting.  My review should go live next week.

2.  The Chobani fairy visited me too!


I’ve been dying to try the new pear and banana flavors, so the CHO team decided to help a fan out.  I still can’t figure out why the Whole Foods near me doesn’t stock those two options.

3.  At Monday’s Full Throttle Endurance practice, we had a two-mile time trial on the track.  Even though there are some speedsters in my group who clocked in at 11 minutes (crazy, right?), I’m happy with my time of 14:4X (7:2X/mile).  I ran with two teammates, and we took turns sharing the workload and setting the pace.  We went out too fast for the first lap (Andrew said it was a sub-six minutes!), so there was some suffering during the final 400m—but it was totally worth it to finish more than one minute faster than I did eight weeks ago.  It’s all about progress!

4.  Speaking of Monday’s practice, a photographer from New York Road Runners showed up—at 5:45 a.m. nonetheless—to take pictures.  The organization plans to write a feature story about FTE, so he snapped shots of Andrew coaching and us doing work.

5.  My internship is going well—I’ve interviewed some cool ladies and gone to a handful of fun fitness events—but I got word Monday that due to budget concerns my hours will be cut, which means I transition from full-time to part-time this week.  Womp, womp.

6.  On the subway ride home Monday, I saw one of my teammates (small world!) and told her about the cut in hours.  Being positive and supportive, she told me to look on the bright side:  That will give me lots of flexibility to train and travel for races!  It’s highly possible I thought the same thing.

7.  Speaking of training, I’m still in the process of developing a strategy for Thursday’s swim-run “race.”  It turns out I had the distances wrong:  it’s 100 yards in the pool, 0.25 mile on the track, 200 yards, 0.5 mile, 300 yards, 1 mile, 400 yards, 1.5 miles, 500 yards, and 1.75 miles (total of 1500 yards and 5 miles).  I talked to MB on Monday and sent Andrew an email yesterday, and both stressed the importance of pacing and not going out too fast.  One of the biggest challenges will be keeping my heart rate under control when I hop out of the pool and hit the track, and Andrew said the race gets really interesting at the 300-yard mark—that’s when the people who start too fast hit the wall.

8.  My family is visiting this weekend!  We plan to eat our way though Chelsea Market and see Jersey Boys on Broadway (and hopefully watch SU basketball win a game.  Sigh.)

How’s your week going?

What I Ate Wednesday – The New Normal

Hiya–happy hump day, friends!  Thankfully, this week seems to be flying by—I can’t wait for Saturday’s indoor triathlon!



This Downton Abbey hipster meme cracks me up!  Not related to this post at all, but I know some of you are obsessed with the show like me.

Anyway, I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons today for What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW).


The blog has lacked food pictures lately, so I figured there’s no time like the present to reintroduce meal photography.  Here we go!

Pre-workout Fuel – 5:30 a.m.

Should I even say that 5:30 a.m. is a late morning for me?  Nope?  OK—moving on.


This is what I eat before every morning workout:  half of a Kashi granola bar, one cup of coffee (with almond milk), and a ton of water.  The run itself didn’t go so great–after Monday’s a.m. team run and a 45-minute p.m. spin on the indoor bike trainer, my legs were spent.  Guess that’s why you need a recovery week, right?

Breakfast – 7:30 a.m.

Standard spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich on Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread.


With another cup of coffee and lots of water.

Lunch – 12:40 p.m.

Spicy black bean quinoa topped with avocado, plus some carrots.


I could eat this quinoa every single day and never get sick of it!

Mid-Afternoon Snacks – 3:30 p.m.

One of my coworkers was eating something crunchy, which triggered a craving for something similar.


I snacked on some almonds to keep hunger at bay, and a little while later, I ate a vanilla Chobani.


Love this stuff!

Dinner – 7:15 p.m.

No surprise here—baked salmon with roasted veggies and sweet potatoes.


Since I meal prep on Sundays, the fish just had to bake for 20 minutes, and the sides went in the microwave.  Easy peasy.


Huzzah!  Frozen grapes for dessert!

What are some of your go-to healthy snacks?

My New Nickname

So what’s in a name? Or better yet, what’s in a nickname? My first few stemmed from my actual name—my family and close friends commonly call me Care and Carebear—but it wasn’t until 8th grade basketball that I received my first true nickname: Red. (You know, because of my curly red hair.)



Ah, the sweet glory days of 2008. Just winning a sectional championship. All in a day’s season’s work.

It stuck, and during the next four years of field-hockey, basketball, softball, and track, I was known as Red. I liked having an athletic alter ego: I could be Carrie in the classroom and Red on the court. (Except in my economics class senior year—my basketball coach was the teacher, so I was Red.) Sadly, the nickname didn’t carry over from high school to college, so I’ve been nickname-less for a while.

Until this morning.

Workout #1 – Biking
Recovery week continued with an indoor cycling workout alongside my Full Throttle Endurance teammates. But you want to hear the nickname story, right? Here it goes: Remember how I bought a new heart rate monitor last week? Before starting practice, Andrew synced it with the Suunto training system, and in addition to sections for standard information (age, height, etc.), there was an area to input for a nickname. Here’s how our exchange went down:

Andrew: “Nickname?”
Me: “Carrie is fine.”
A: “No, it’s not.”
[Pauses, then begins typing.]


You can now call me Young C—because I’m the youngest member on the team. Ha!

Oh, and the ride went great. Seeing my heart rate and zone level let me know if I should increase, maintain, or decrease effort (or gear or cadence). Now that I can see these values during workouts, I need to teach my body how to recovery quickly. For example, we did some high-cadence drills (110 RMP for one minute), followed by steady efforts (90-95RMP for three minutes), and a few of my teammates were able to drop from the yellow zone to the blue zone in three minutes. (The Suunto training system has green, blue, yellow, orange, and red zones that show riders how close they are to maximum heart rate.)

Workout #2 – Running
After biking, I quickly laced up my sneakers and hit the indoor track. This was my first true bike-run brick since the summer, so I had no idea how it would go—and surprisingly, it went well. During past bricks, my entire lower body would immediately feel like stressed—or maybe distressed?—jello (triathletes, you know the sensation), but today, everything held up OK. I did experience some calf cramps, but nothing too painful.

Breakfast #1
Before heading to a work fitness event, I inhaled a banana and vanilla Chobani yogurt.


Plus my second cup of coffee!

Breakfast #2
Around 9:30 a.m., I found myself in the Union Square area, so I stopped at Whole Foods for a hot-bar breakfast.


Egg whites, huevos rancheros, and turkey bacon. So random, but so good. And since I was conveniently in the heart of the Union Square Greenmarket, I picked up some apples—and a sweet treat.


Give me carbs!


This pear muffin was absolutely delicious.

Did you have a nickname growing up? How about for sports?  If you could give yourself a nickname, what would it be?