How’s your day going?  I’m being a busy bee, trying to get a few articles done and wrapping up some loose ends on projects. 


My training plan called for a swim today, but I’m going to modify my plans and go for a long run instead.  My right tricep is really sore, and I know enough about injuries to realize that pushing myself two weeks before a race is a bad idea.  I’d like to go on a bike ride, but the forecast is calling for rain and wind, neither of which are conducive to a ride. Oh well!


I’ll be back later with a workout + eats recap, but until then…


Currently, I am training for the Echelon Gran Fondo Century bike race(that’s 100 long, long miles).  The Echelon Gran Fondo Century raises money for the Livestrong Lance Armstrong Foundation, as well as local cancer research programs and hospitals.  I have once again pledged to raise $3,000.  Cancer is a very serious issue, and money for research is so important.   Last week’s raffle for a Garmin 305 raised more than $1,000 in just ONE DAY!   I hope we can pull together for similar results today…


Introducing… The MBT “Anti-Shoe” Raffle for the Livestrong Foundation!

The MBT “anti-shoes” are the coolest thing I’ve heard about in a long time!  Wearing MBTs provides many pro-body benefits: they help solve knee and back problems, relieve tension in the neck, and ease joint pains – which more or less tones and shapes buttocks and thighs.  Nice! 


These facts are the result of an increasing number of international studies supporting the numerous health benefits of the "anti-shoe."  You can read more about the health benefits of MBTs here and here.


According to MBT,  “We named our footwear MBT, and refused to call it a shoe. Because MBT is totally different:

  • Its sole is curved, not flat.
  • It is unstable, not stable.
  • It activates your muscles instead of undermining them.
  • It has a positive effect on the entire body, not just the feet.”

MBT “anti-shoes” come in a wide variety of styles, including sandals, sneakers, professional-style shoes, and boots.  Although I haven’t tried them personally, I browsed some blog reviews and they got rave review for comfort!


Most MBT “anti-shoes” retail for $200 + but you can enter for a chance to win TWO pairs (men or women’s and in whatever style you want!) for just $5.


Here’s how the raffle works:


  • $5 gets you ONE raffle ticket.
  • $10 gets you TWO raffle tickets.
  • $15 gets you FOUR raffle tickets!!!  What a deal!
  • Submit your payment on the Echelon Gran Fondo website – HERE. 
  • The minimum donation has been lowered from $25 to $5, which is why I’m not running this contest through PayPal, just an FYI.
  • The contest will run until Thursday, March 4 and I’ll contact the winner at lunchtime.
  • I will list everyone’s name on an Excel spreadsheet (one entry per $5, two entries per $10, and FOUR entries per $15), and the Husband will draw a winner using the Random Number Generator.
  • The winners will then select their shoes and MBT will ship them out!


Thank you in advance for your support!  Remember, enter HERE for the MBT raffle.  Happy raffling! 🙂



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 2, 2010, 1:03 pm

    You’re running in the wind and rain, but not biking in it? I’d rather go the other way round lol 😛
    I’m entering that raffle right now 😀

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 2, 2010, 1:06 pm

    OOh I don’t think I can fill out the form as I’m not in the USA?

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 1:08 pm

      I will email MBT and ask them if they will ship outside the US. I’ll get back to you!

      • caitlin March 2, 2010, 1:55 pm

        sorry its only open to US residents.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet March 2, 2010, 1:07 pm

    That shoe is freakin’ awesome!

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething March 2, 2010, 1:07 pm

    My husband and I used to know the creator of the MBT shoes. Is he still involved I wonder?

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 2, 2010, 1:14 pm

    What a cool shoe!! Glad to hear you’re listening to your body and changing it up 🙂

  • Beth March 2, 2010, 1:16 pm

    Woah those are SO cool!!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 2, 2010, 1:20 pm

    thats so exciting! i’m going to buy my raffle tickets….NOW! 🙂

  • Matt March 2, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I would wear those if they didn’t look ridiculous!

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 1:33 pm

      get with the program! these are cool 🙂

    • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers March 2, 2010, 1:37 pm

      hahaha i have to agree w/ matt on this one! 🙂 buuut the cause is a great one!

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit March 2, 2010, 1:35 pm

    I have had a pair of MBT’s for about 2 years now and I have to say- they are awesome!!!! I don’t workout with them as of yet but whenever I use them walking around Boston or when I’m on my feet all day…they are so great for your posture and they work your leg muscles in a completely different way than walking in other shoes. Soo cool!

  • Carrie C. in VA March 2, 2010, 1:51 pm

    I bought my raffle ticket! I would like to win a pair 😉

  • Meredith March 2, 2010, 2:03 pm

    I’m sorry to hear your tricep is sore! I’m training for my second half marathon and felt sharp pain in my left shin when I tried to run on the treadmill yesterday. I immediately got off and opted for a low impact cardio workout instead… how do you know when you are just dealing with a sore body part or if it’s something more serious?

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 2:05 pm

      i dont 🙁 which is why im resting NOW. dont push through an injury or soreness… it never makes it better. here’s to hoping i’ll wake up tomorrow and feel a lot better.

      im not seriously concerned because its not like there was an acute injury, if that makes sense. i feel like if i tore something there wouldve been a moment it hurt like a bitch.

      • Meredith March 2, 2010, 2:28 pm

        ha, I think you definitely would have had a moment if that were the case.

        I’m joining you in the hoping to wake up tomorrow miraculously feeling better club! Your post yesterday on exercise guilt could not have come at a more perfect time!!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. March 2, 2010, 2:42 pm

    Where are the proceeds from this raffle going?

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 3:34 pm

      The Echelon Gran Fondo Century raises money for the Livestrong Lance Armstrong Foundation, as well as local cancer research programs and hospitals.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! March 2, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I have heard great things about MBT shoes! I will try to enter. =)

  • Catherine March 2, 2010, 3:06 pm

    Interesting – I’ve seen commercials for those “shape-up” shoes and heard they were cheap knockoffs of the MBT’s but I didn’t exactly know what an MBT was. I will definitely be entering this raffle – cancer research is definitely a big issue for me and I enter as many races, etc to help raise money so I’d be happy to support you.

  • Joanne March 2, 2010, 3:49 pm

    Pretty neat shoes. I have some “Earthboots” that I think utilize the same concept. I like them.
    Wondering if anyone might be interested in a little chocolate indulgence for an after workout reward? If so, here is the link for a giveaway by Hershey.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 2, 2010, 4:10 pm

    These shoes look so cool!!!

  • Brittany @ bsmartcookie March 2, 2010, 7:28 pm

    Totally off topic, any plans for the Healthy Living Summit this year?? I’m dying to register and attend!!

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 7:38 pm

      we’re working on it 🙂 we should have info soon.

  • MelissaNibbles March 2, 2010, 8:15 pm

    I didn’t even see this post earlier today! I think these are different from what I was talking about with the Skechers and Reebok sneakers. The marketing sure as hell is! I don’t see a model with her butt cheeks hanging out of her undies on the site for these sneakers 😉

  • Maria (realfitmama) March 2, 2010, 8:25 pm

    Just made my donation!! This would be an awesome win because I just ordered and received my MBT’s (which I’ve wanted forever) and when I got them they were 1/2 size too small. 🙁 Winning would mean I can send them back and get my money back…WOOT WOOT!!!

  • Carolyn March 3, 2010, 9:27 am

    I’m in for 4 tickets! Thanks for doing this! My mom is currently undergoing chemo. I plan on doing the Susan G. Komen 5K for the third time this year.

    • caitlin March 3, 2010, 9:30 am

      I wish your mom the best!!!! thank you!

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