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Roller Coaster Running

by Allie on October 22, 2009 · 33 comments

in Breakfast,Dessert,Dinner,Fitness,Snacks

Whew!! It’s been another looooong day, and it’s gonna be an even longer night. I had quite a roller coaster day and a roller coaster RUN. Here are the deets:

Breakfast was another Waffle Mountain!


Today I used a baked Honey Crisp apple!! I agree with everyone out there–these are SO good. I wanted so badly to eat this baby RAW! Instead, I had to bake it with pumpkin pie spice and some maple syrup.


On top of the mountain was pecans and yogurt. Garnished with some banana slices.


Yummy in my tummy.


Roller Coaster Run

After Golf I went on a run w/ Garmy! I ran on the WaDuke (Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club) 5K trail. It’s a trail around the golf course in the forest that is THE HILLIEST TRAIL EVER!!! It felt like riding a roller coaster, I kid you not. Too bad I was on my legs and not sitting in a roller coaster seat. :)

I ran 3.1 miles and walked about a mile to warm up and cool down. And definitely walked down some of those hills so that my shins wouldn’t crack in half. I ran back to the gym to do 10 min. on the elliptical and a 30 min. full body strength training routine. It felt really good to pump some iron!!

My average heart rate was 158 on my run. It peaked at around 185!!!! I love knowing this information. Seriously, like Susan commented, my life will never be the same.

***The distance on the Garmin is pretty accurate and boy do I run a lot faster than I thought!! I used to think that my runs outside were super duper slow (compared to the treadmill) but I was totally wrong. My pace is still a crawl compared to more seasoned runners but I’ll get there eventually!!

Life Coaching

Afterwards, I was walking by my dietitian’s life coach’s office (at the gym) to say hi and we ended up chatting for about 30 min. She always seems to make sense out of everything that is going on in my little noggin’. She gave me some reasons that would explain my recent anxiety. It’s funny how she knows more about what’s going on in my head than I do myself! It was great to talk to her again and check in.

I was definitely a blabbery post-run chatterbox!!! I had endorphins and runners’ high up the WAZOO.

I ate some mango, pineapple, and grapes post-workout and post-chat. My appetite was no where to be found! Gah!


I had to dash off to my sorority’s Yogurt Eating Contest to support Breast Cancer Education and Awareness (our philanthropy). We are collecting the Yoplait pink lids and we have a yogurt eating contest on the Main Quad every year just for kicks :) I’ll post photos and even a video (if I can figure that out) later.

For dinner, I made a Goat Cheese, Cranberry, and Tofu Panini and a Salsa Salad!



I know you wanted to see what was inside!!! So here we are:

Left= goat cheese and TJ’s Cranberry Apple Butter

Right= Spring Mix Lettuce and pan-fried tofu (marinated in some Pom Wonderful and EVOO).




I don’t know if it was because I was Starvin’ Marvin or what but this sammie was out of this world!


I also had some kefir + froyo + banana + pecans + dried cranberries. I actually have this combo every day (several times per day) I just don’t photograph it :)


Now I’m at the Business School Library to do some SHEDLOADS (as they say in the UK) of work!!! I’ve packed an orange and fig+almond butter to keep me goin’!!



SIGH!!! Did ya make it through this post alive!? I’m barely breathing over here!! I’m a little bit behind on my emails, my apologies. I’ll get back to you all though…hang in there!

It’s gonna be a BUSY BUSY BUSY weekend with the rents at the NC State Fair and the Duke Basketball Game!! They come tomorrow–WOO HOO!!! You know I won’t leave you out though :)

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) October 22, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I am loving that dish your pannini is on.. super cute and festive!! ;)


2 Christina (Dinner at Christina's) October 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Yay NC State Fair! I can smell the funnel cakes…

I always say Starvin Marvin too! hehe


3 Lauren October 22, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I use to think that my runs outside were sooooo much slower than the treadmill, but was so surprised to see that they are actually the same if not faster. Weird, I guess when you are running in place it just seems so mechanical and you have so much more control over speed.

Glad you are enjoying your new toy and also happy that you had a great day! :) You deserve every day to be great though. ;)


4 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 22, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Gah! I meant to address your post exercise chatterbox syndrome in my post today bc I felt like I had it–though it was induced by weather, not exercise haha. I guess I was SO hyper and chatterboxy that my intention escaped me.

Your waffle mountain looks incred! And I recreated one of your brilliant concoctions today and am a little obsessed; is the anticipation killing you?


5 MelissaNibbles October 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

I’m glad you’re enjoying the Garmin. The course you ran sounds difficult. Congrats on completing it!

Good to hear you were able to talk through the anxiety you’ve been feeling. It’s always great to have a point person to help you through tough times and give you perspective.

Enjoy the fair!


6 Rosalie October 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

the waduke trail is killerrrr

every night when I read your blog I’m so in awe by all your pretty meals you make in your central apartment. The juxtaposition of what you and caroline eat and what I eat is really….. stark :P

like tonight for dinner I had the free food given out by few quad council. I ate it on a paper plate with diet coke in a red solo cup. I’d fail as a blogger ;p


7 maria October 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm

A roller coaster run? OOOH! Sounds fun… and painful!


8 Lauren October 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Mmm figs and almond butter sounds like such a good combo! I got a gym membership and am so happy to be doing cardio without always running!


9 Errign October 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Loving your panini creations as usual!

Have a fun weekend with the parents!


10 Meghan October 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Yum, you make the best sandwiches! Ha and I need a life coach right about now!


11 mycupofteas October 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm

your pics always look so ridiculously beautiful! And are always making me hungry! :)


12 Michelle October 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm

You always have inspiring food ideas for me!!! I totally wanna do the baked honey crisp idea because i used it in pie and it turned out DELICIOUS!!!

May i ask you something about your Garmin? When you wear the watch, is the chest band also necessary to make sure it’s accurate? Do you feel hindered or uncomfortable with it strapped across your chest? Thanks!!


13 Maria October 23, 2009 at 12:12 am

Goat Cheese, Cranberry, and Tofu Panini!!??? Whoa what a combo! I’ve been in a sandwich rut too, so thanks for sharing :D

Yummy waffle mountain! Gotta try that too!


14 BroccoliHut October 23, 2009 at 12:20 am

YAY! So glad you got a chance to try a Honeycrisp–truly lifechanging:)
Glad you got a chance to catch up with our favorite RD!
I love using salsa as a salad dressing too–so delish.
See you soon!


15 Tay October 23, 2009 at 12:25 am

Oh my goodness that waffle and sandwich DO look out of this world! Yummm.


16 Whole Body Love October 23, 2009 at 12:28 am

My laptop was down when you posted the new Garmin! I have wanted one for a while but I was unsure about the big purchase. You experience is pretty convincing though…


17 Julia October 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

That panini sounds so good again! And I’m really glad that you have someone (‘life coach’) that you can talk with really well. Have fun this weekend!

xxx Julia (Taste of Living)


18 Bri October 23, 2009 at 3:58 am

Oh my good the food in this post just rocked my world. I love the waffles, the tofu panini (i die!) and the disney cup mix. Me love. I do get paid to be an au pair 300 euros and then my room & board is free. Its a sweet -ish deal if you have a good family but in my case not so much but guess where I may be headed the UK to be an au pair for my last month and a bit in europe =) I will so be splurging on a garmin once i get home to, I’m convinced!


19 Marina October 23, 2009 at 6:24 am

I love that cup with the kefir in it! It’s so cute.
and I don’t want to comment your breakfast, I’m too jealous :D


20 Krista October 23, 2009 at 9:54 am

I’m loving your waffle b-fasts and the panini looks divine, as well! That run you went on sounds challenging for sure! Hills are NOT my friend….


21 Erica October 23, 2009 at 11:29 am

WOW! What an awesome look breakfast! The plate just looks so pretty! Great job on the hilly run (still jealous of your garmin ;) ). Have an absolute blast with your rents this weekend


22 coco October 23, 2009 at 1:53 pm

send me your address sweetie! You won my giveaway! :)


23 Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 23, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Love salsa salads. I only discovered them a few months ago when my friend made one. I would have never thought to add salsa to lettuce. Love it!


24 Naomi (onefitfoodie) October 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

thats so cool about your sorority’s yogurt eating contest for breast cancer awareness! what a great idea!

that waffle mountain looks DELICIOUS! great idea warming up that apple!!
have fun at the fair!! :)


25 Grace October 23, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Mmm…everything looks great on here! And yes, running outside tends to me tough, but for me it’s the only way I truly enjoy running!


26 peanut butter bliss October 23, 2009 at 7:12 pm

waffle mountain!!??
holy yum!! totally jealous of that breakfast :)


27 ellen eats beets October 25, 2009 at 11:43 pm

BOSSY tofu lady!


28 Amanda Falzone July 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I do believe we are sisters! I just read this post and realized you might be a ZETA!!!! Let me know if you are, I just started reading your blog :)


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