Daily Archives: February 24, 2011

Big News

I’ve already told the story of my dreadful knees, how I was a runner during high school, and how I had to give it up half-way through due to those dreadful knees. But, nine years after throwing my hands in the air and deciding I would never be able to run again, I decided to give it one more shot. I mean medicine advances; maybe the doctors and PT could fix me this time?

So I went to physical therapy and learned some drills and got back into running shape. I probably still cannot ever run long distances – I always say if I sign up for a marathon, I may as well just also sign up for a  knee replacement surgery right afterwards – but I am currently up to a small amount of mileage.

With that being said my big news: I am signing up for my first 5k in 9 years!!!!

My friend Kelley, who is also new to running, is going to participate with me. We found a race on April 9th in Jersey City, which seems cool because you run along the NYC skyline. I figure looking at the pretty view may keep me entertained. Plus, we get t-shirts! We haven’t signed up quite yet, but I think we will pretty soon.

To train for my 5K, I created a plan based on some plans I’ve read online. I already was up to two miles, when I started last week, but I was taking a two minute break between each mile. Last week, I focused on running the two miles straight. This week, I upped the mileage to 2.25 miles. I plan on going up .25 miles until I reach 3.5 miles, which is slightly longer than the 5K. I run all but my last mile at 10 minute pace currently, and my last mile as fast as I can, with my current best around a 7:55.

My goal by race day is to complete the 5K under 30 minutes, which I know isn’t a huge deal to most people, but to someone with shotty knees who hasn’t run in almost a decade, it’s a big deal.

What are you current fitness goals?

Oats in the News

Today the NYT featured an interesting article about my beloved oatmeal. I eat oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast. I find it soothing and more filling than most other breakfast options. I also prefer sweet to savory most mornings, so once again oatmeal comes out on top. In fact, I am currently eating a packet of Quaker’s Instant Maple Sugar oatmeal with some dark hot chocolate powder from my morning cocoa added in. Yum.

The article speaks towards how commercial food chains, specifically McDonald’s take something healthy like oatmeal, and completely ruin it. They add “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.” And they charge you over $2 in NYC.

McDonald's oatmeal


The article also provides a link that teaches you how to make your own oatmeal packets. Considering I hate spending the hyped up price of Quakers Instant in my area, and I know that it’s not the healthiest version of oats out there, I will be buying these ingredients (most which I already own), and try to make my own oatmeal ready-to-go packets soon.  

Some recommended ingredients.


What would you put in your own oatmeal ready-to-go packets?