Shut Down

Yikes. Thursday evening’s attempt at a tempo workout was a major fail. Probably one of the top 5 worst runs that I’ve ever had – so bad, it was (almost) funny.

The intended workout was 4 x 1 mile (first 2 repeats @ 10k pace, second 2 repeats @ 5k pace) with about 1/4 mi jog recovery in between. After a mile warm-up and 2 x 1 mile @ 6:49 pace, I called it quits. The pace seemed much harder than it should have and I was feeling dizzy and nauseous. I’ve felt really “off” for the last 10 days or so and I’m not really sure what’s going on. I was averaging 40-45 miles a week, so I know the 32 miles I ran last week can’t be considered overtraining. I’m getting 9+ hours of sleep every night and still feeling tired. And the thought of running is just exhausting some days. The only thing I can think it might be is a slight iron (or other vitamin?) deficiency. I’ve dealt with this in the past (mmm, liquid ferrous sulfate you taste so good), so I’m going to resume taking iron supplements and see if that helps.

I’m taking today (Friday) off from any sort of exercise and am going on a mini adventure to…..

The Korean Spa Castle in Flushing. I imagine it to be akin to a spa amusement park of sorts. Check out the website, it’s hilarious.

To atone for my whining, I’m also going to post a yummy recipe 🙂

For those of you that know me – you know I don’t like sushi. It’s weird, I’m aware, but it’s a textural thing. I find raw fish to be too…squishy? In any case, I do like crispy vegetables, so during a moment of ambitiousness I attempted homemade nori rolls this week. I paired my simple veggie sushi with some steamed edamame for extra protein.

Simple Veggie Sushi (makes 2-3 servings)


  • 6 sheets of nori (seaweed)
  • 1 cup of un-cooked short-grain rice
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs brown rice syrup
  • 2 Tbs rice vinegar
  • carrots/cucumber/avocado, cut into matchsticks
  • soysauce, for dipping


  • Combine the water, rice, and 1/2 tsp salt until water is boiling. Reduce heat to simmer and cook covered for about 20 minutes, until nearly all water is absorbed.
  • Allow rice to sit for a few minutes and then fluff with a fork. Add brown rice syrup and rice vinegar and let rice mixture come to room temperature.
  • Lay out a sheet of nori, spread about 1/3 to 1/2 cup rice leaving a 2″ border around the edge. Add veggies to the edge closest to you.
  • Wet the end of nori that is farthest away and carefully begin rolling up the sushi away from you (try to make a tight roll). Use the wet nori edge to seal the roll.
  • Place roll seam-side down and allow it to sit for a few minutes, then use a sharp knife to cut it into 5 pieces.

Note: I am by no means a sushi-making expert!! I just sort of winged it.

 And now…something fun to kick off your weekend!

Stonyfield Organic Yogurt Give-Away

Back in January, Stonyfield yogurts received a packaging make-over. In addition to touting their 0% fat and organic status, the containers now contain information about being free of artificial sweeteners. A rare thing in the fat-free yogurt world! To celebrate their new look, Stonyfield has offered to give away some goodies to a Runner’s Kitchen reader. The prize includes Stonyfield Organic yogurt coupons (1 free quart and 2 free 6 oz cups), as well as Organic Wear Lip Gloss and Powder/Bronzer, made by Physician’s Formula.

To win, tell me the one thing that you always buy organic (or would if you had an unlimited income!). I’ll pick a winner Saturday p.m.

  • Sara B

    Dairy and Meat when the income allows… and the dirty dozen in regards to vegs/fruits.

  • Kelly

    Are you pregnant? LOL…KIDDING!!

    I always but my meats (chicken, beef, etc…) organic…if they don’t have organic then I don’t get it. I am THAT anal about it.

  • Lukus Klawitter

    Spinach, I feel that spinach is a huge staple in myt running diet and I make sure I eat it 5 days a week. I have also heard from alot of sources that spinach can become easily contaminated with fertilizers and other bad stuff, so that is why I always buy it organic even on my almost empty college income.

  • Jen

    We always buy organic milk. I don’t need any extra hormones.

  • Anita

    Celery. An article ranked celery very high in pesticide concentration if not organic.

  • allie

    i always buy organic milk. it’s a non-negotiable for me.

  • Christine

    Feel better soon! I know I am joining the masses here but I always buy organic milk and strawberries. You can’t go wrong with the long ‘good til’ date on milk so we never waste any and it just makes good sense with no hormones. Strawberries as I eat them on everything sweet and savory and read that they contain high pesticides when not organic.

  • Aww! I hope you get to feeling better! Could definitely be an iron deficiency or even iodine.

    I’m not sure if I would buy exclusively organic if I had an unlimited income but I think I would definitely buy more! The reason I say I wouldn’t buy exclusively is because there are some things I simply can’t get organic that I must have in my life!

  • Megan

    Organic veggies and fruits! I find them to last longer and feel better about eating them 🙂 Great giveaway!

  • Courtney

    2% chocolate milk from a local dairy for post-run! so.amazing!!!!! p.s. thank u for your blog! I totally feel ya on the ‘off days’.

  • Amy

    I always buy organic bananas. They’re not even close to being one of the “dirty dozen,” but I think they taste 100000x better than conventional bananas. If I had an ulimited budget, all of my produce would be organic (and probably anything else I put in my body too!)

  • I go through these kind of heavy, tired, lack of energy phases too recently, and wondered if it had to do with my somewhat new (it’s been 1 year) pescetarian diet. Can you share what iron supplements you use, and what success or effect they have had?

    I always buy organic bananas (OK that’s a lie, not always), because a friend of mine who worked in southern america convinced me that it was the ethical thing to do

  • If I had unlimited income I’d definitely buy everything organic (including clothes and household cleaning items!) But I definitely make the effort (and shell out the extra bucks if I have to) for anything that I eat raw – organic fruit, vegetables, spinach, lettuce, etc.

  • Maren

    I always buy organic spinach and mushrooms…and as much as my budget allows for!! thanks for the giveaway!

  • I buy organic free-range (when applicable) everything 🙂

    Are you vegetarian? You may well be missing vital things (yep, I’m an expert…) in your diet. I had this experience last year; my vegetarian diet wasn’t enough to support my training. My ferritin was low, but I believe I also needed more or different forms of protein than I was getting. Since I started eating fish, eggs, and occasionally other meats, the problem has abated. So for you: Blood test?

    By the way, I recently discovered your blog and am really enjoying it.

  • I always buy organic salad mix. I’d like to buy all my fruit and veggies organic, but I can’t afford it.

  • Ada

    I always buy apples, strawberries and grapes organic after reading about how dirty they can be. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Lisa

    I always buy organic peanut butter-Its way healthier than the stuff with hydrogenated oils. I love peanut butter and as a hungry runner I go through a lot. 🙂

  • Laura

    I buy organic peanut butter (less of the gnarly ingredients) and baby spinach/salad greens (really close to the ground!) But I’m a college student, so that’s about it for now.

  • Were you ever very anemic, or was it just a minor deficiency? Whatever this is, it sounds like a real pain the ass. Feeling not-like yourself is awful. But heyyyyo for the extra sleep! (?)

    I ALWAYS buy organic sale items. Um…when I become a rich teacher, I’ll buy organic everything. My parents buy recycled, unbleached toilet paper, does that count?

  • Elliott

    I have to have organic, free range eggs. The whole poultry industry needs to go that way!

  • Mary Ann

    Apples, apples, apples. I have visions of all those sprayers putting that mist of chemicals on the apples. Ugh! I like to know that the beautiful red apples I eat(with some imperfections) have only been touched by bees, sweet sunshine and fresh rain. They taste better!

  • Zoe

    Very impressed/envious of your 9+ hours of sleep. I eat blackstrap molasses and yogurt when I’m anemic…it seems to do the trick. I’d highly recommend using sweetened yogurt or adding sugar. It’s really funky otherwise.

    I buy free range, non-vegetarian fed, probably organic eggs from the farmers market. Those bright yolks make me never want to go back!

  • JM Runner

    I always buy organic eggs; I think you can really taste the difference.

  • ALWAYS organic meat and eggs!

  • Rachel

    I wish i had the money to buy all organic meat…unfortunately, I’m a grad student living off basically nothing. I need to start making it a priority though.

  • A bunch of my girlfriends make regular pilgrimages to Spa Castle – they always have a good time. Hope you had fun!

    I’d probably go with organic meat if I had unlimited money – I almost NEVER buy it because it’s just so darn expensive!

  • brenda

    Organic free-range eggs. I’m really careful about eggs. I’m vegetarian with vegan leanings, and I may give up eggs entirely someday—in the meantime the least I can do is make them as cruelty-free as possible.

    I also buy organic apples because my daughter eats like 4 apples a day (no exaggeration). At her small size I would worry about the pesticides if they weren’t organic.