Athlete’s Plate by the Athlete

This week I have the pleasure of reviewing Caroline of Journey To A Half Marathon.  I came across Caroline’s blog a while back but really felt close to her back in March when I found out she is a Duke fan, just like me.  Yes we root for the Blue Devils and do so proudly even if Emily doesn’t care for Coach K.  In addition to her Duke fandom she has run with Dean Karnazes.  She also just ran her third half-marathon and dropped her time by 16 minutes.  That is tremendous.

Here is a short bio of Caroline:

I am Caroline.  I am from Quebec, Canada.
I am 42 years old and I have 2 sons aged 5 1/2 and 7.
I am a full time parent, much harder job than what I used to do before having kids!
I am very involved in my kids sports activities and I volunteer at their school every week.

I started running 18 mos ago.  My first race was the 2010 Susan G Komen race for the cure in LA.  I did that in honor of one of my friend.  I never stopped running since then.
I have ran 23 races so far, 2 of those were half marathons.  In 10 days I will run half marathon #3 (which she just did.)
My goal is to run a Marathon before I turn 45.
I have lost 72 lbs some due to illness in 2009 and some because of lifestyle changes following that.  I have GERD (Acid Reflux) and it is under control for the most part if I follow a pretty strict diet and I take my meds every day.

Here is what Caroline ate one day to fuel and recover for running:


Water will help stave off hunger. It is also what you should turn to first when you think you are hungry



Dry Cereal, Non Fat Latte and Water for Breakfast



Hydration and Nutrition for a 5 mile run at 10am



Lunch of pita chips, jalsberg cheese, blueberries, water, yogurt



2pm snack of frozen fruit bars



A 4pm early evening non fat latte



6pm Dinner Ingredients



A very well composed dinner salad with sandwich slims



Tea in a mug adorned with the Canadian Flag and some graham crackers


It is very hard to look at this day of eating and find anything wrong with it. Without delving into the actual percentages of macro nutrients this seems to be a well balanced day.  I would also like to point out that she snacked throughout the day so she most likely doesn’t feel cheated and she drinks plenty of water which will help stave off hunger and help hydrate you at the same time.

Caroline this is a great day of eating and based on your email this is typical for you.  I commend you on choosing wisely and applaud you for doing something to lose those 72 lbs.  That is a tremendous accomplishment and congrats on the 16 minute PR.


I Have Another Set Of Athlete’s Plate Photos Coming Up Next Week But Send Yours In To Be Featured In this Spot.



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  1. Marlene says:

    Congrats to Caroline on her health & running success – looking good! Go Canada. :D
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  2. caroline says:

    thank you Jason!!!! I do eat this same menu every single day. Not always easy..but it is better than getting sick!
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  3. Jill says:

    I LOVE Caroline, she rocks!! Very proud of her recent half at Disney.
    I could eat the same thing everyday, I just wish someone would make it for me.

  4. Yay Caroline! I know she has to be ultra careful with what she eats too!

  5. lindsay says:

    i lvoe caroline! she has great strength and wisdom. Thanks for sharing this caroline. love the mug!
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  6. Terzah says:

    I love Caroline! And now I know why she’s so slender. Caroline, please share exactly what goes into your dinner salad sometime. :^)
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  7. emz says:

    ok so I read this the day you posted but just now commenting—–yikes.

    HOLY. Healthy.

    But . . . Where’s the pickle juice?

    And seriously did you make that latte? seriously?

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