Catching Up

Don’t worry, you’re not supposed to be at work

Recently, I haven’t posted anything on Saturdays.  Blog traffic is always a little lighter on the weekends, and it just seems I have more good stuff to write about during the week.  But the idea came to me (on a run, of course) that perhaps Saturdays would be a good time to tell you about all the things that don’t fit in with my less personal, more informational weekday posts—my own training, baby news, recipes that for one reason or another don’t deserve an entire post, and updates on old posts (like how my coffee quitting is going).

So that’s the plan for now.  If it works; I’ll stick with it.  If it sucks, I’ll stop.

Quitting coffee made random

If you haven’t yet read my plan to quit coffee using randomization, take a look at it.  I started this Tuesday, and it’s working just as I had hoped!  The first day, I guessed that the coffee was mostly decaf because it didn’t taste as bright and acidic as usual.  But sure enough, I started to feel a little caffeine buzz as I was drinking it.  The next day, the coffee tasted great and I thought for sure I had hit the jackpot with a 100% caffeine dose, but I didn’t feel a thing from it.  I’m thoroughly confused, which is exactly the aim of the plan.  If by the end of the week, I can’t even point to the 100% decaf and 100% caffeine days, that’ll go a long way toward convincing me that a lot of the jolt I get from coffee is in my head.

50K a month away

Only four weeks are left until my next 50K, February 27th at Hashawha Hills.  To be honest, I haven’t logged the mileage I had hoped for since having a pretty rough go of my first 50K.  I did manage to do a hilly sixteen miles on Thursday, and that went fine.  I ran the first half by myself, then met my ultra group for the second half, followed by a veggie wrap and a Guinness at a bar.  Though I tried two new drinks from Thrive Fitness (review coming soon!) to fuel up and recover, I made the mistake of not eating or drinking anything during the sixteen miles, and afterwards I didn’t feel very good.  Kind of like I did after the worst run of my life, but to a lesser extent.  Lesson learned.  Maybe.

Anyway, in the next three weeks I should be able to get in a twenty-miler and another long one, so that should be enough to get me through the 50K.  My performance won’t be stellar, but after that, I think it’s time to get back to serious training, having enjoyed a nice few months of relaxed running on trails since my Boston qualifier.

Holy chocolate almonds!

I’ve always been a big fan of Emerald roasted almonds, but I’ve stopped eating them recently because they contain a lot of ingredients and are pretty salty.  But I still stop and drool over them at the grocery store, and last time I did, I saw these cocoa-roast almonds on the shelf next to them.  There are still a few ingredients whose names are too long to be healthy, but I gave them a shot and they are amazingly tasty!  And with the chocolate flavor coming only from pure cocoa, they’re probably not the worst thing for you.  (Emerald people: if you’re reading this and have any extra lifetime supplies lying around, what could a Superbowl ad do that an NMA endorsement couldn’t?)

The last word

Want more to read?  Check out Megan’s latest Running Shorts post “Who stole my Boston Marathon spot?“.

And since you’re presumably a dedicated reader, consider yourself among the first to know that I have a fantastic interview in the works!  I can’t tell you who it is yet, but here’s a hint: “Born to Run.” And it’s not the author.  Or the Boss.

Have a great weekend!



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  1. Those cocoa almonds rock! I used to love them. Now I don’t buy them though because of the sucralose. Why can’t they just use real sugar? It has made me pretty tempted to make my own
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Get Those Oats On A Scale! =-.

  2. I have to agree with Evan. Those cocoa almonds are amazing.

    I just made my first batch of pinole today, deciding to bake it. I used a silpat, which turned out not to be a good idea. The top got overly dry while the bottom was still quite moist. I added a couple pinches of nutmeg to the dry ingredients and man, is the taste good.

    Oh, and not to be a buzzkill, but I had to give drinking Guinness when I learned that they use isinglass as fining in the brewing process and not Irish moss. Isinglass comes from the swim bladder of Sturgeon. Not a huge deal to most folks, but it disqualifies it as being a vegetarian offering. Fortunately there are still plenty of good beers out there…

  3. I LOVE those almonds. They’re so delicious!
    I think your coffee experiment is a cool idea and it’ll be interesting to observe how it goes!

  4. Ok this is the 2nd time I’ve seen Born to Run mentioned this week, I started it a while back but it never really ‘grabbed’ be and I kinda set it aside… I’m thinking I may need to pick it up and give it another shot!

    In coffee news, I bought some decaf and have been doing half and half… I’ll probably do that for another week and then go decaf all the way!!
    .-= Bernadette´s last blog ..New kicks! =-.

  5. I thought those almonds contain artificial sweetener. they sell them in huge containers at sams club. I bought one but as soon as my husband saw they contained sucrolose he stopped eating them and they went to waste. total bummer!

  6. I’ve been realizing more and more lately how many things are totally psychological. Like for me, running as best I can. I rarely do that because I don’t know my best and I subconsciously don’t want to endure the pain to get there:
    Congratulations on taking steps to better health. =)
    .-= Alisha N´s last blog ..“It’s Mental” =-.

  7. Try buying raw almonds, toss in some canola oil and sprinkle/coat with chili powder. Put on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350F for about 40 minutes, stirring/turning several times. Love them and know just what is in them.

    Thanks for the weekend read, Matt!
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..Apologies =-.

  8. I have recently started to get away from drinking coffee in the mornings too. I’m not dependent on it, but I do like to have a cup here or there. Green tea in the morning makes me feel so hydrated. I had emailed you about doing a DC/MD blogger meet up, but from reading this post it looks like you will be quite busy on Feb 27th. Good luck on the 50K-that is incredible! Hope to meet up some other time.
    .-= Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful´s last blog ..The Meal that Had it All =-.

  9. I like your new Saturday post plan. Can’t wait to hear how the random coffee quitting plan turns out. It’s a nice way to trick yourself.

    Chocolate covered almonds are heaven! I hadn’t noticed these yet, but I’m not a fan of tons of ingredients that I don’t know. Maybe I’ll make some of my own. There’s never a day that I don’t have almonds and dark chocolate on hand 🙂
    .-= Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather´s last blog ..Hike: Siouxon Horseshoe Falls Plus My First Giveaway! =-.

  10. I like this new Saturday post idea! The randomization of coffee sounds so interesting. It’s amazing how much your mind plays a roll in everything that goes on in your body.
    I’m looking forward to the Born to Run interview!
    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..Ch-Ch-Changes =-.

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