Monthly Archives: March 2009

Free Barney Butter Sample

I just so happened to look on the Barney Butter website today and to my delight, saw that they are giving out free samples to the first 1000 respondents.



I have a love/hate relationship with diet coke. I love it. But I hate that I love it so much. About six months ago, I went from drinking roughly 4-5 diet cokes a day to maybe 2 a week. It was hard and I got headaches in the beginning, but I weaned myself off of it.

It seems like the harder I try to lose weight, the harder the struggle is to not drink diet soda. I know that there are studies that show that artificial sweeteners lead to weight gain, but in my experience that wasn’t true. I am a snacker. Whether it’s out of habit or out of boredom, I eat when I’m not hungry. It’s so much easier to just drink a calorie free soda and kill the craving for something. It’s a paradox, I know it’s not good for me, but it does help me not to eat.

I’ve tried seltzer, I’ve tried seltzer with juice, it’s not the same. Really, the only thing that I like is diet coke. Other diet sodas, meh. Crysal light, bleh. I actually drink a good amount of water. I fill up a 2.2 liter bottle and drink the whole thing during the course of the work day.

I haven’t completely reverted back to my old ways, but I have been drinking at least 1 diet coke a day. It’s just so hard when I’m trying not to mindlessly eat.

What’s Next?

As part of my New Years resolutions to keep running after a big race, I have already picked another running goal. It’s much shorter of a distance but I really want to work on speed. So, here’s what’s next:

Sweetwater 5K

I’ve run this race before. I think it was last year but might have been 2007. No, it was last year because Jason was with me and we weren’t dating in April of 2007. Anyway, my goal for this is to do a sub 30 minute 5K. Preferably, sub 29 minute if I can. My fastest 5K time is 30 and some change so it’s definitely doable. This is a fun neighborhood race that ends with a festival. It’s also conveniently on the Saturday before my birthday which is when some friends and I are going out to dinner later that evening. Makes for a fun day. And, I just noticed that you get a free beer at the end. Score!

I think I am going to follow my pal Hal’s Intermediate 5K plan and just start on Week 6. I am going to take a few days off this week though so I might not run until the end of the week.

I can’t believe the weekend is over. I spent the entire day eating and sleeping. Well, not true, I did make it to Petsmart and Kroger. For dinner, I made my version of a Willy’s salad.


I used TJ’s chicken fajita mix, WF reduced fat guac, salsa and a little bit of mozzarella on some romaine lettuce. I forgot that Willy’s uses black beans. I should have put that in too. It was good though, though not as good as Willy’s.

ING Georgia Half Marathon

I woke up at around 5:30 this morning, changed into my clothes and had two Eggo Nutri-grain waffles with peanut butter. We left the house at around 6 to pick up Joan and get on MARTA (subway) to go to the race. We got off the train and walked down to the park and were sort of confused about where to go. There were supposedly corrals but we didn’t see them. We just followed a bunch of people and ended up having to climb over a fence type barrier thing. It was a little chilly out, about 45 degrees. I was cold standing waiting for the race to begin but knew that I’d be fine once I started to run.

Miles 1 and 2 were pretty uneventful as we ran through downtown. It started getting hilly around Mile 3. Somehow I managed to forget just how hilly this course is. I broke out the sports beans around mile 4 which helped. I was worried about Joan because of her stomach issues but she said she was doing alright.

Miles 4-5 were around the MLK center and an area called the Old Fourth Ward which has totally blown up in the past year of so. I hadn’t really been back there in a while and was really surprised how many condos and restaurants had popped up.

It started to get really hilly around 5.5 in Little Five Points. This is an area that I hang out in some so I knew to expect a big hill. It was hilly basically until Mile 7. This was probably the hardest part of the course. Up, down, up, down. Around mile 7, I took a Gu Rocktane. It was my first time trying any of the Rocktane flavors. This was the Vanilla Orange. It was okay.

Between miles 8-9, we crossed into Piedmont Park. My friend Andrew was supposed to be on the corner there, but I didn’t see him. (He later texted me that he must have just missed me). We were still feeling pretty good around Mile 10 but it started to get hilly again. I realized that we were running right in front of my friend Emily’s condo and wished that I told her to come out and watch. Oh well. Right around her condo, some police on motorcycles came by and behind them were the leaders of the full marathon. It’s so crazy to think that we’re on Mile 10 and they’re on Mile 23!

Right at Mile 12, my “power” song, Saeglopur, came on and that helped some. We were almost to the end when Joan stopped and said she felt like she was going to pass out. All the color had drained from her face and I had visions of myself carrying her to the finish line. We walked for a few minutes and then she said that she wanted to run to the end so we did.

The clock at the finish line said 2:38. We started around 8 minutes into it so I think our time was about 2:30. I’m not sure yet. is crashing when I try to look at the results page. We met up with Jason and got some food. They had a very odd selection of food there. I guess it was catered by Publix and they had oreo type cookies, go-gurt, little muffins and bananas. I had a mini-muffin and a half of a not ripe banana.

Jason had found some friends so we walked over there to say hi and I had about 1/4 of a beer which tasted good but was too cold! We didn’t hang out with them for very long because we were freezing.

Joan and I had tentative plans to go out to brunch around noon but neither of us really felt like moving once we got home. I did celebrate my race by eating a small package of Cadbury mini-eggs which have been waiting in my cabinet just for this.

So that was that, my fourth half marathon!



Race Report to come later. I’m taking a nap.

On your marks, get set

In approximately 10 hours, I’ll be running my fourth half-marathon.


My friend Joan and I went to the expo today to pick up our numbers. She’s still not feeling so hot but feels better than she did, so she’s just going to play it by ear. The number pick up was painless but there were so many people milling around the expo that we just decided to leave right after getting our numbers. I did manage to score two free Larabar samples. The rest of the day was spent doing various errands. For dinner, I met my friends Jamie and Dave at Stella to carbo-load since Dave is running the half as well. We split the Brushetta and I had the Pomodoro with whole wheat penne. I liked this restaurant. The ingredients are supposed to be local and organic and the plate of food was just the right size, not huge like some Italian restaurants. I ate most of it but managed to leave a little bit on my plate.

I think I’m going to take a bath and see if I can get myself ready to go to sleep.

Solo run?

Joan emailed me yesterday saying that she was having bad abdominal pain and had been up all night. She went to the doctor and they didn’t know what was wrong with her. They gave her an ultrasound and she’s waiting for the results. She said that if it’s a bug, she’ll run tomorrow but if it’s something more serious, like an issue with her gall bladder, she won’t. I will admit, for a minute, I thought it might just be nerves but she’s trained for this and has no reason to doubt herself. So I’m hoping she feels better today. I’ve run several races by myself before. I know that I can but for the past three months, we’ve been in this together and it will just feel weird to not run it together. So, we’ll see what happens, I suppose.

I’m supposed to go to the Expo today at the GA Dome to pick up my number. It’s raining pretty hard right now and has been for a couple days but the forecast has been assuring me that it’s supposed to only be partly cloudy tomorrow. Really, the only thing that scares me about running in the rain is the possibility of my ipod malfunctioning.

I made a playlist for the run. Here it is:

Intervention – The Arcade Fire
Boston – Augustana
One Crowded Hour – Augie March
Still Fighting It – Ben Folds
Amen Omen – Ben Harper
Begin – Ben Lee
The Story – Brandi Carlile
Womanizer – Britney
He Lays in the Reins – Iron & Wine with Calexico
Nine Crimes – Damien Rice
The Brilliant Dance – Dashboard Confessional
Transatlanticism – Death Cab
Breakable – Ingrid Michaelson
The Trapeze Swinger – Iron & Wine
Human – The Killers
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Live Like You’re Dying – Lenka
Paper Planes – MIA
Yeah! Oh Yeah – The Magnetic Fields
Time to Pretend – MGMT
Myriad Harbour – The New Pornographer
Five Years Time – Noah and the Whale
Crystal Village – Pete Yorn
Detects on My Affection – Peter Bjorn and John
Running up that hill – Placebo
Hotel Song – Regina Spektor
Kissing the Lipless – The Shins
Breathe Me – Sia
Saeglopur – Sigur Ros
Chasing Cars – SNow Patrol
Me and Mia – Ted Leo
Chariots of Fire song
Defying Gravity – from the Wicked Soundtrack
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
Live Your Life – T.I
Shove It – Santogold
Rocky Theme Song

Anyone have any additional suggestions? Do you guys have, for a lack of a better word, power songs? Like a song that when it comes on just gives you a surge of energy? Mine is, and this is very weird if you know the band, Saeglopur by Sigur Ros. I have no idea why, but that song just pumps me up.