7 Sunrise Miles

My legs feel best as soon as I wake up (i.e. sitting at my desk all day exacerbates the inflammation in my hamtring/piriformis). With that in mind, I woke up at 6am on Tuesday and hit the pavement. After my morning coffee and some stretching, I set out on sunny morning run. The first 15 minutes were pretty rough – I was tired and my muscles felt stiff. However, after the initial few miles, I started to loosen up. I ran to Van Cortland Park (in the Bronx) and back for a total of about 7.25 miles in 1 hour, 10 minutes. I arrived home sweaty and glowing. After cleaning up and re-hydrating with water, I sampled a luna cookie that I received in the mail. I tried the Pomegranate Berry flavor and was not very impressed. The flavor wasn’t bad, but it was ridiculously small. I can’t believe this very tiny “health” cookie contained 140 calories. I ate half and gave the rest to Nate. I like regular luna bars much better!

Luna bar cookie

I ate an apple on the subway and then dug into my breakfast when I got to my desk. I think this was the first time I’ve ever made overnight oats and I was very skeptical. Would it be too mushy? Too crunchy? Tasteless? I’m happy to say – my overnight oats were AMAZING! They don’t look very pretty, but they were very yummy. I think the addition of PB2 really pushed them over the top 🙂


Overnight oats

The night before I mixed the following ingredients into a tupperware. I mixed in another 1/4 cup of skim milk right before eating.
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned, rolled oats
  • 1/4 dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbs PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • 6 oz. plain Oikos organic yogurt
  • 1/4 cup skim milk

I felt pretty good after my run, but unfortunately I had a lot of inflammation in my hamstring/piriformis muscle throughout the workday. I know it’s from sitting so much! Every 45 minutes or so I try to get up and stretch. I also take walks on my lunch break to loosen up the muscles and I roll my hamstring on a golf ball to release tension. I think I need something a little bigger though – perhaps a tennis ball?? I think a professional massage would help too. Oh, and an unlimited bank account to pay for professional sports massage 🙂

Lunch was a cafeteria salad:


  • romaine, shredded carrot, mushrooms, red onion
  • 1/3 cup chickpeas
  • feta cheese
  • scoop of roasted veggies
  • spoonful of sun-dried tomato pasta salad
  • whole grain croutons
  • Tbs balsamic vinaigrette

Afternoon snack was the rest of my Newman’s Own Organics BBQ soy crisps. I probably had this pile of crisps x 2. I like how crunchy these are – perfect for helping me avoid the 4pm blahs.

Soy crisps

I walked a mile or so up the West side before getting on the subway – it’s amazing how much some walking and stretching can help my leg! When I got home I wasn’t feeling very hungry (strange…), so I decided to bake some banana bread. I had a bunch of frozen bananas that needed to be used up so this loaf ended up being very moist and banana-y.


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tbs butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 5 small bananas mashed (if frozen, allow to thaw)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



  • In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips
  • In medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, and mashed banana
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir just until combined – do not overmix!
  • Pour batter into a greased 9 ” x 5 ” pan and bake at 35o degrees for about an hour
  •  Bread is done when toothpick inserted into center and comes out clean  – cover loaf pan with foil if the top begins to brown too quickly.
  • Allow bread to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes and then gently tip out onto baking rack. Allow to cool completely.

banana-chocolate chip bread

Dinner was an organic Rudi’s wheat bagel topped with the remainder of my almond butter (maybe 1/4 cup?), raspberry jam, and a banana.

AB & J

As soon as the banana bread cooled a little bit, I enjoyed a thick slice of chocolate chip-banana goodness along with some skim milk.

Milk and banana chocolate chip bread

Cool things of the day:

I want this peanut butter and jelly lara bar SO bad.

Regular yoga practice = eating less?

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  • Those soy crisps are addicting! Thanks for sending some my way!

  • Lizzy

    MMMMM your banana bread looks AMAZING! 🙂

  • Right there with you on the Luna cookie, I would definitely not buy one myself (I got a free sample in the mail last week).

  • Ooh lots in common here! I had the same dinner as you except with an English muffin – so good!
    Also, I have that Luna cookie packed in my lunch today from a free sample too! I didn’t like the others so I am doubtful that this will satisfy me – how tiny are they?!…I do like the bars too though. Hmm.

    Completely craving banana bread after seeing yours too. I’ve never made it before but I need to give it a go – yours looks amazing!!

  • Hey! They have the PB&J lara bars at the Union Square Whole Foods… FYI… I may or may not have bought seven…

    By the checkouts… hope they are still there!

  • OMG I want banana bread! Larabar is sending me some samples to try out! I hope the pb&j one is in the mix! Glad you had a great run!

  • Oh man, that banana bread looks delish! There’s nothing like chocolate chip banana bread with a huge glass of milk;)

  • I love choc chip banana bread!!!! I went through a spree where I made a loaf almost every other day haha because we went through it so fast!

    Also, I am giving away a Spi-belt (running belt with pouch) giveaway on my new blog (I recently moved from blogspot to http://www.ChicagoMarathonVal.com) if you are interested! 🙂

  • Evan Thomas

    That banana bread sounds like a good recipe. I never have luck with banana bread but maybe that recipe will work for me

  • I need some of your mojo…7 miles is AWESOME!!! I’ve been in a running slump lately; I’m thinking your blog could be quite inspiring for me to get me back into it!

  • Ah! I’ve had “bake banana bread” on my list of things to do FOREVER now! I think you may have just inspired me to finally do it! 🙂

    And I LOVE those BBQ soy crisps…aren’t they delicious?!

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  • Thanks Lainie 🙂 Now’s the perfect time of year to get back into running. The upcoming cool, crisp autumn days will be perfect for runs!

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