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I Learned Something New

by Courtney on January 16, 2012

Well good morning, everyone! How are we all doin’ on this sunny, frigid Monday? I’m actually feeling so much better this morning, compared to the rest of the weekend. In case you were out and about having a whole lot more fun than I was, here’s what you may have missed…

Alright, so get this. You’ve probably noticed lately that running hasn’t really been at the top of my workout list. I’ll occasionally throw in a treadmill routine here or there, but I just haven’t been loving it lately.

Last night when I was going to bed, however, I all of a sudden decided that today was going to be a running day. And not only that, but I also wound up with a number of five miles stuck in my head. Yikes.

So this morning, I woke up, laced up my sneaks, headed to the treadmill, and wound up finishing THIS…


5.85 miles?!? Seriously, who AM I? I don’t know WHAT got into me this morning, but I was totally feelin’ that run. Who knows…maybe it was my lack of movement from the weekend?

I also found it rather amusing to compare my “calories burned” from the treadmill, compared to those burned on my Polar FT60 .


(By the way, I gotta share some info on this heart rate monitor with you guys soon. It’s seriously awesome.)

So it’s no secret that the treadmill is NEVER EVER a good indicator of calories burned, but to see that it had overestimated by almost 400 calories? Talk about a discrepancy!

Honestly, I wish treadmills would just take that feature completely off, since I’m sure there are many people out there who wouldn’t know the difference and are under the impression that they are burning a lot more calories than they really are. It’s false advertising, people!

As amazing as my run felt this morning, it ended up doing quite a number on more poor feet. Holy cow do the bottoms of them sting right now. I am totally taking the blame for the fact that I really do need to buy myself new running sneakers…


Especially considering the fact that I’ve been using them since May. Oops. I really do need to find a new pair, but I’m so unsure of what I want to buy. I don’t run a TON, and I really would like to have a pair that I could use for everything (BodyPump, kickboxing, etc.). Does anyone have any suggestions??

Hey, even though they’re past their performance prime, they still look pretty good, right? Yeah…that’s because I’m a total treadmill runner. Winking smile



Okay, we need to talk quick about this breakfast.

Today was my last day of attempting a new Real Simple breakfast idea and I decided it’d be a good idea to go with something I would never, ever try on my own…


So today I attempted the Toast with Yogurt and Smoked Salmon recipe.

I lightly toasted one slice of whole wheat bread, and topped it with some plain Chobani, about 1-1/2 ounces of smoked salmon, some onion slices, and freshly ground black pepper.


On the side, I also had a couple of clementines.


The salmon looked a little scary, but I’m always willing to try something once, so I went for it…


…and then I learned something rather quickly today.

I am not a fan of smoked salmon…at ALL.


Oh my gosh, it was awful. Just awful! The smoky flavor did nothing for me, and all together it was just too salty. BLECH!

I quickly downed a clementine to try to get rid of the taste, chugged some coffee, and promptly made an egg, cheese, and jam sandwich.

(photo recycled because I was too hungry at this point to take photos).

That was MUCH better. And hey…at least I had one good take-away from this breakfast disaster: Now I know not to ever bother buying smoked salmon again. Winking smile

Alright friends, I gotta jet…but be on the lookout for a new workout headed your way this afternoon!

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1 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine January 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

Wow I cannot believe the treadmill overestimated it by 400 calories – that’s crazy. I know alot of people think the machine calorie counts are accurate so that is not good. I cannot wait to read about the FT60 – I’m looking to buy a HR monitor stat.
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2 Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud! January 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

I enjoy smokes salmon! But I dont think it is something I could do for breakfast (or really even on a regular basis.. its a little rich!)
Im also looking to buy a HR monitor soon so Im looking forward to the review, I have been researching them a little because I have never owned one!
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3 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

strong work on that treadmill run! i love when you’re just “in the groove” and feeling great!

ahh i’m bummed you didn’t like that smoked salmon breakfast! that was one of them that sounded extra tasty to me. i love smoked salmon! i don’t know if i’d like it for breakfast though to be honest… it sounds better to me for lunch or an appetizer dish.
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4 StoriesAndSweetPotatoes January 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

Yeah no thank you to the smoked salmon for me as well. I need that baby cooked!
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5 Hope January 16, 2012 at 10:17 am

I used to eat smoked salmon all the time growing up. I’m not a huge fan of it placed on a bagel. I do like a sushi Philly roll that has smoked salmon and cream cheese in it. I think it’s easier to tolerate because it’s only a small bite since it’s in sushi. :)
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6 Mollie January 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

I LOVE Brooks Running shoes, which I use primarily for running. They are amazing. But I also got a pair of more “fashion” sneakers if you will, that I use to coach and workout in when I am not doing distance runs-under armour. So amazing. Check them both out!

Happy Monday! Nothing better than starting the day with a nice sweaty run.


7 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy January 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

I like grilled salmon, but I’m not sure I would like smoked salmon either, especially for breakfast. At least you can say you tried it!
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8 Heather @ For the Love of Kale January 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

Totally with you on the calorie tracker! I feel like they’re such a distraction and can make us focus on the calories burned instead of how energized we’re feeling, you know?

I just got a new pair of running shoes that I am LOVING. They’re the Asics GEL-Frantic 6. Super comfy and light and very reasonably priced. Here’s a link:


9 Danielle @ Dish'n'dash January 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

I had my first run in weeks over the weekend after finally getting a gym membership. Way too cold in Ottawa to be running outside! Despite not having been running for a bit, I was able to go for quite a while! love when that happens!

Smoked salmon…. love it! So nice with a bit of cream cheese.
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10 Miz January 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

Dang. I wanna come live with you.
You cook and I will….do foot massages?!

*runs to pack bags*
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11 Courtney January 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Oh goodness, Miz. I don’t think I could subject you to my feet. ;)
But I’ll cook for you anytime!


12 Silvia @ skinny jeans food January 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

Most newer TM have a feature that you can define ‘users'; by defining say user 1 with your gender and body weight it will estimate the calories correctly. Definitely worth the time to figure it out on a home TM, more hassle at a gym, but you exercised at home?

That salmon sandwich looks delish!


13 Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter January 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

Holy cow look at you go! That’s awesome!

I would have probably done the same with the smoked salmon. Eeek!
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14 Sarah January 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

Smoked salmon is a pretty strong flavor.. I’m not a big fan either. Eggs and toast to the rescue! Good run today!
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15 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life January 16, 2012 at 10:48 am

Great job with the running! I think sometimes when you take a break from something, your body appreciates that rest and can do better than ever when you come back. The other strength training workouts you’ve been doing lately are for sure helping to keep your endurance up also. Don’t feel bad about not liking the smoked salmon, I am not a fan either!!
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16 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life January 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

I love smoked salmon! You could send that breakfast over to me!

I haven’t ran in a long time. It’s been super cold and I don’t have a treadmill. The elliptical will have to do until the weather changes!
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17 Lena @Fit on the Rocks January 16, 2012 at 10:56 am

I remember how shocked I was the first time I used my Polar HRM. Talk about a wake-up call. For lifting, BodyPump, and runs less than 6 miles on a treadmill, I wear my Nike Free training shoes. They give you great balance and are enough for a treadmill. Not to mention how cute they are ;)
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18 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 16, 2012 at 10:57 am

Awesome run!! I usually don’t pay attention to the treadmill since it has no idea your body weight, height etc. I just go with the “about 100 cals per mile” rule to estimate even though it’s usually a little less than that. I’m not sure if I’m a huge fan of salmon in the morning!


19 Shana January 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

It’s a conspiracy! The machines tell you that you burned 1,000 calories making you think you can refuel with as many calories. Well, now you’ve consumed too much food and have to use the machines to work out more to burn it off!!! But seriously, those calorie counts are stupid. I also wish they would get rid of them because they aren’t really helpful for anyone.
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20 Amy January 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

Yuck, I hate smoked salmon too!!! it’s one of those love it or hate it things…My mom could eat it all day, I won’t go near it!

Stay Warm….it’s a balmy 13 in Boston today…!


21 chelcie @ chelcie's food files January 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

I don’t blame you about the smoked salmon..I am not a fan either! The egg sandwich sounds way better!..That is crazing how much the treadmill over estimated the caloric burn! I really want to invest in a good heart rate I would love to know where you got yours!
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22 Kathryn January 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

Go to Fleet Feet Albany and have them help you pick out the right shoe for you. Everyone’s foot shape is different and they analyze your gait. They are knowledgeable and its supporting a local business!


23 Mallory @ Have Your Cake and Eat it January 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

smoked salmon is one of those acquired food tastes… and i cant see that trying it for breakfast of all meals would leave a great impression! ahh.. sorry you didnt like it! i am not a fan either, but my ex would go CRAZY for it since he’s been eating it since he could chew.

i pound out a ton of miles on the treadmill each week and i just tried out some Brooks a few weeks ago for the first time. i would HIGHLY recommend. I strongly dislike new balance and have only gotten injuries from them. Brooks is great for a lighter, supportive shoe and they run on the smaller side. I have a naturally narrow foot and these work great for me! Hope you find a good pair !


24 Jodi @ Southern Flavored Life January 16, 2012 at 11:34 am

Oh, I absolutely love smoked salmon!

I need tennis shoes so badly, but I am trying to hold out. I am so cheap…
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25 Shelby January 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

What a good feeling! That’s awesome you got such a long run in this morning- also I know the feeling all too well of your feet hurting badly after long runs like that- my feet used to have the worst blisters from running- painful! I really love my Reebok RunTones- they are great for running and honestly everything else. I lift weights in them as well as all other cardio workouts. I’m not sure if they really tone my legs more so than wearing regular sneaks but I’d like to think so! Haha, have a great MLK Day!
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26 Khushboo January 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

I adore smoked salmon, especially on bagels with cream cheese! I swear by Asics for running trainers- only brAnd I buy now!
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27 Melissa January 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

Ugh, I am not a smoked salmon girl, either! Good for you for trying it, though!

Since I started tracking my mileage on dailymile, it’s a lot easier to know when I need to get new shoes! I highly recommend it!
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28 Suman January 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Ah, I LOVE smoked salmon, but I’ll admit it’s definitely a different flavor! Smoked salmon & cream cheese on a toasted baguette is probably one of my favorite things ever. haha


29 Jenny January 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Cream Cheese and Lox Bagels were always a big hit at our U of M tailgates in college but I never ever liked it. Smoked Salmon is waaay too fishy
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30 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

i always knew treadmills were inaccurate but i never thought they would be off by THAT much! crazy


31 Kristen @ notsodomesticated January 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

That’s funny about the treadmill overestimating that much. I have found that for me, for each mile I run, I may burn 70-80 calories. In contrast, my husband burns like 120 calories per mile!

Sigh. Life isn’t always fair, is it? ;)
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32 Michelle (Better with Berries) January 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I’ve never tried smoked salmon but have been wanting to. Now I’m a little bit scared… :-) Especially because it’s kind of expensive!

Way to go on that run! Running almost 6 miles on a treadmill is no joke!
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33 Lindsay @ biking before bed January 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I love my Aasics shoes. I have fat toes… and their toe bed is much wider than Nikes. That being said I do have two different pairs. A more cushioned pair for running and another pair for lifting and plyo type exercises.
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34 laura January 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I am a total treadmill runner too! Esp now in Philly – too cold to run outdoors!! I am in love with my Saucony sneakers that I bought at Dick’s Sporting Goods. They are very lightweight and I feel like I can run so much more with them on!! It IS ridiculous how off the calorie count is on the machines!


35 Paige @ Running Around Normal January 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm

After disliking about 10 pairs of running shoes in a row, I now looove my Brook’s Ravenna’s. I use them for *some* other workouts too – like elliptical or circuit-style stength training. Just not heavier lifting or spin :)
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36 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake January 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I looove smoked salmon! I actually just had some this weekend. Either way, I don’t think I’ll be trying that recipe any time soon since smoked salmon can get kind of pricey… a bummer that you didn’t like it!
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37 dena b January 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I love smoked salmon, it is something I love to buy when it’s on sale! I give you lots a credit for stepping out and trying new things!


38 Lauren January 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I love smoked salmon but the thought of eating it for breakfast always geeked me out. It’s so rich and savory…much better as a lunch option.

Good luck on the shoes! I’m actually looking for the same kind of pair so if you find a good one, do share! :)
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39 Ashlee January 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I don’t know if anyone has mentioned it yet, but I am a big fan of Joe’s New Balance Outlet online. It has good deals on New Balance sneakers. Definitely worth checking out if you want a new pair of sneakers, but do not want to spend a fortune :)
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40 Emilie January 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I love my polar heart rate monitor too. I don’t use it everyday but maybe every week to make sure I am on track when I use my elliptical machine.

I have to agree about the smoked salmon. I have tried it so many ways, breakfast, salads, sushi etc. I can’t make myself enjoy it.

Love following your blog. Keep up the great posts!
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41 Karleen January 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I would recommend the New Balance vibram minimalist shoes. Vibrams are those toe shoes that look like a frog when you wear them (don’t know if you’ve seen before:)) but they just recently partnered up with New Balance to create a shoe that mimics running barefoot which is supposed to be the best thing. I have to tell you that the shoes take a little getting used to (my shins and calves were sore for a week) but now my leg muscles feel stronger and more balanced.


42 Courtney January 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

That’s good to know…thanks, Karleen! I definitely have seen them around before but have been afraid to try them, haha


43 Sam January 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I also have a pair of the minimalist shoes… I have the Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove shoes… you can use them for running, classes and I’ve hiked in them. You are supposed to break them in by just wearing them around for a few weeks. My fiancé healed a lot of hip pain from running by wearing the ones that look like gorilla feet. Supposedly they help strengthen your muscles that normally don’t get used when you wear padded sneakers. They’re awesome because they’re so light. I feel clunky now when I wear my regular running shoes.


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