Sharing My Love for Salted Caramel Greek Yogurt + Yasso 800s

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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As a Stonyfield blogger ambassador, I was compensated for writing this post as part of my partnership with the brand. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and all my own.

I had a special delivery for a special friend yesterday!

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This month’s blog post theme is all about sharing the Stonyfield love, so I put together a fun goodie bag for my friend Kerrie. Inside was Stonyfield Salted Caramel Organic Greek Yogurt and some note cards with a cute dog that looked a lot like hers.

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Kerrie loves salted caramel-flavored things, including Marylou’s iced coffee and another brand of yogurt that she regularly eats. I told her all about the Stonyfield Salted Caramel Greek Yogurt since I’m a blogger ambassador and all, but, unfortunately, neither of us could find it at our local grocery store, so I knew she would really like this gift. (Local readers: You can find the Salted Caramel flavor at Hannaford and Market Basket.)

FYI: Stonyfield has an amazing store locator on their website. It’s actually more like a ‘product locator’ because you can select the exact Stonyfield product you want to find. Craving Minty Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt? No problem. Want to try the new OP (Organic Protein) smoothie or Frozen Yogurt Pearls? You got it. The Stonyfield store locator will point you in the right direction!

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All packed up and ready to go! (Please note my gym/diaper bag. It doubles as both, and I frickin’ love it.)

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And off to KFIT I went to deliver my Stonyfield goodie bag!

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These snow photos never get old!

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Kerrie opened her gift and was so excited! Hooray for Salted Caramel Greek Yogurt! I’m so glad I was able to share my love for this flavor with her. I have a feeling she’s going to be as addicted to it as I am!

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After that, I hopped on the treadmill for my first running workout of the week: 15/8 Yassos/15. Translation: 15-minute warm-up, followed by 8 Yassos and then a 15-minute cool-down. Never heard of a Yasso? Read on!

Yasso are the bomb. They’re a genius training invention created by Bart Yasso. (Remember when I met him?!) Yassos are basically speed work + endurance training, which are the best of both worlds when it comes to running. The premise is that you can predict your marathon time based on how long it takes you to run 800 meters. In theory, you should be able to run the prescribed number of Yasso 800 meter runs in the min:sec time that you would expect to complete a marathon in hour:min time. For example, if you want to run a 4:15 marathon, you should do your Yassos in 4 minutes and 15 seconds. The key is to be able to hold that pace for ALL the Yassos prescribed. Here’s how to actually do Yasso 800s.

Anyway… I had 8 Yassos on the agenda for my workout. After traveling and being sick last week, I knew it was going to be tough. And even tougher because I didn’t bring any GU with me. #fail. I used a whiteboard to keep track of my Yassos and trucked along the best I could. I ran my first four Yassos at 4:00, the next two at 4:15, and the final two at 4:30. I definitely felt myself losing steam by the end. I even cut my cool-down short by 5 minutes because I was just totally spent. Yassos are hard! And awesome! I love running workouts like that.

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I ended up running just over 9.5 miles, which, surprisingly, flew by, especially being on a treadmill and all.

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Strreeetcchhh!

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Questions of the Day

Runners: Have you ever used Yassos to predict your marathon time? 

What was the last food/recipe that you shared with a friend or family member? 

Have you tried the Salted Caramel Greek Yogurt from Stonyfield? If not, you should! 

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59 Comments

  1. Those Stonyfield Salted Caramel Yogurts are my favorite! I use them in all kinds of desserts to make them sweet, yet healthy, too!

    I haven’t done the Yasso workout/prediction, but speaking of Yasso and salted caramel yogurt, you should try the Yasso Greek Yogurt Salted Caramel Dessert Bars–so tasty!

    The last recipe I shared with someone was most likely pancakes. It has snowed here, keeping us out of school for almost two weeks now, so I’ve had plenty of time to try new flavors!

  2. Hi tina! I’ve never actually tried any stonyfield yogurts, but I love Carmel flavored anything so ill have to pick that up ASAP!

    Great job kicking butt with such a tough workout! I’ve heard horror stories about yassos so I’m a little scared to try them…maybe ill try to tackle them when I’m training for my next marathon! I’m like you though…tough workouts(especially speed work) are so satisfying to finish even though they hurt like crap!!

  3. I LOVE the Salted Caramel Greek Yogurt from Stoneyfield!! I can only find it at one Whole Foods near me, but I love it so much I’ve had to limit my purchasing of it. Ha!

  4. I’m actually using Yassos for the first time. I’m training for my 4th marathon right now and I am looking to PR so it should be interesting. They are tough! Great job!

  5. Great job on your workout Tina! I’ve done Yasso workouts before, but I didn’t know until now you could use them to predict marathon time (I would just try to maintain a certain speed in mph)…I’ll have to try that next time!

    The last food I shared were some crispy m&ms with my husband. I used to love them when they first came out years ago so I was thrilled when they were brought back! My husband wasn’t as impressed…more for me!

  6. Are Those transcend shoes from Brooks? If so, how do you like them? Just bought a pair myself (the original, not the 2s) and have gone on one run but just felt so-so about them. Never heard of Yassos before, but will definitely be trying them out!

  7. I just wanted to tell you, that you look so awesome since your pregnancy. Just like everyone says, you’re really glowing! Keep going like that!

  8. haha funny you should proclaim your love about them yasso 800s this morning because i just did 8 yesterday as well! i started them a few weeks ago after reading about them and i honestly think they are a fantastic training method– 800s were the bane of my high school track “career” (which lasted all of one season) because i didn’t have any endurance so i would always go all out for the first lap and then be spent by the second.

    anyway, started doing yasso 800s a few weeks ago to see if they might help improve my second ever marathon time. have yet to do 10!

  9. I’ve never heard of yassos but now I’m intrigued and want to try adding them to my half marathon training. If you have a sample workout would love to see it on the blog as I love all your treadmill workouts. Hang in there with the snow!

  10. Boston Terrier love!!! Ok, now that I’m done geeking out over your friend’s dog, I’ll make my confession. I bought the salted caramel yogurt for my 8 year old. Then I ate it all.

  11. The problem w/ the flavored yogurts is the huge sugar content.
    the Salted Caramel Greek Yogurt from Stoneyfield has 22 gr of sugar so if you just want a ‘snack’ by all means, enjoy but I hope people that are trying to eat sort of ‘clean’ and try to lose weight, they should eat the plain ones..and just add natural fruit. by end of day, that is more healthy 🙂

  12. Great job! I love Yassos , and I actually met Bart Yasso as well at a small, local event he spoke at. He is just so nice, humble and funny- and we actually got to run a 5k with him!

  13. Ummmmmmmmmm that stonyfield salted caramel greek yogurt is ridiculous. I looked at the sugar content and cringed a little, then decided that I could not possibly care less because IT IS SO GOOD.

  14. Yasso question for you, when you do the recovery portion what speed to you use? I started doing them with the predicted marathon time of 4 hours, so 4 minutes but on the treadmill I am never sure what speed to do the recovery. Lately I have been doing 10 minute mile speed for 4 minutes of recovery. Any pointers would be awesome 🙂

  15. Cant lie that the word ‘salted’ paired with a greek yogurt product threw me off a bit. Im not sure what to think of it but I am sure is worth giving it a try. Is interesting how these companies are coming out with all these ‘different’ flavors.

  16. “We cannot locate any stores in your area.”
    🙁
    Still waiting on the Pearls to make it to Kansas City! but we have the Salted Caramel. Might have to make a stop! I’m obsessed with the Salted Caramel Chobani Flip, so I’m excited to try Stonyfield’s!

  17. I tried doing a couple Yassos before during one of my treadmill workouts and they were definitely tough! Thanks for breaking it down more about the timing of the Yasso vs the timing of the overall marathon. Really interesting!

    I don’t eat a lot of yogurt bc I am mildly lactose intolerant, but for awhile the grocery store by me had the Stonyfield Petite Cremes and the vanilla one was so delicious that I couldnt stop eating it! It tasted like ice cream, but then I think I bought them all and then they stopped carrying it! Maybe it was for the best…

  18. My husband has run the last 4 Boston Marathons. He does his Yassos at 2:45 (on a track) and ran a 2:48. His biggest piece of advice for new Boston runners is to run hills. But make sure you include downhills! He said he trained by running hill repeats, then after his first Boston, his quads were smoked from the downhills!
    I hope you get to run outside soon. I’m from central NY (Utica, you ran the Boilermaker here a few years ago!) and we also have had 100 inches of snow. I feel like it will be June when it all melts!

  19. I’ve never tried Yasso’s but I want to try them now! I love trying a new running workout, especially since my runs on the treadmill are getting stale. (As I look outside and see more snow falling!)

    Last recipe I shared was a mini meatloaf recipe made with oats instead of bread crumbs. I made them in cupcake tins and they are perfect for lunch/dinner with a veggie!

    I have not tried the salted caramel yet, let alone stonyfield yogurt. Just used the store locator and my Market Basket sells it! Cannot wait for my Saturday morning grocery trip!

  20. I had the glycerin 11s (the model before yours) and loved them. I read about some negative changes in the 12s so I went with something different. I might just have to get another pair. I love when I have two pair of shoes to alternate anyway…

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