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You know what?  Grilled bananas really are vastly superior to raw bananas, especially on French toast.  :)  Should’ve grilled mine this morning!


My breakfast was a hybrid of Lazy Girl’s Cinnamon Bread French Toast and Grilled Banana Sandwich… It just wasn’t the same without grilling, though!


Lunch included leftover vegetarian sushi:


Coconut water because I feel parched (it’s the ‘natural Gatorade’):


And a deliciously crisp apple:


Get Rugged


I have a new and exciting race challenge coming up!  This morning, I signed up with a group of girls to do the Rugged Manic 5K on April 9.  Tonyne totally talked me into it!


Now, this isn’t just any old 5K. This is an obstacle course 5K.  Just check out this (very dramatic) video!  Seriously… it’s a good promo video!  You’ll want to do it after watching:


Obstacles on the muddy, hilly 5K course include:


  • 7 to 13 foot barricades
  • Belly crawl through dark tunnels
  • Off-trail run through the forest
  • Cargo net climb
  • Hanging tire obstacle
  • Leaping from various ‘islands’ across a muddy waterway
  • Mud crawl
  • Slip and slide into mud


Doesn’t that sound… fun? Messy? MUDDY? Challenging? Grueling?  Yes, yes, yes! I’m really excited but I know this is going to be a hard race.  I better start working on that upper-body strength!


Let the push-ups begin.


If anyone is interested in doing the event with our ‘team,’ we’re Team Epic Bloggers (very tongue-in-cheek) and our wave is 11:00 AM! One reason I’m really looking forward to this race is that they do the teams in waves vs. a mass start so there’s no congestion at the obstacles!  Rugged Manic is all over the east coast – check out upcoming dates!


Would you ever do an obstacle race?  Have you?  What tips do you have to share with the muddy newbies?



  • Amy January 6, 2011, 12:35 pm

    I think that sounds like so much fun!!

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine January 6, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Whoa!! What a crazy course! Sounds fun though. My friends did a Mud run last year and their knees were torn up by rocks. They were not the first wave of runners to go so by then, the mud was all sucked up. Just fair warning…watch those knees!

    Grilled bananas? You’re a girl after my own heart!!

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 6, 2011, 12:44 pm

    That looks crazy! I feel like you might wreck your camera though if you try to bring it along.

    Good luck in that course!

  • Amy* January 6, 2011, 12:52 pm

    I did an obstacle race last may called Warrior Dash and I loved it! I was really scared that I’d get burned jumping over the fire pit, esp since you are tired by the time you get there, but I survived. One of my favorite (and most unique) races ever!*

  • Kerri January 6, 2011, 12:54 pm

    I was going to say – this looks like a knock-of warrior dash! sooooo fun!

    • Kristen January 7, 2011, 9:30 am

      I’m the VP at Rugged Races, the company that puts on the Rugged Maniac 5K and while our race may appear to be similar to other races like Warrior Dash, we also strive to differentiate our events. We feature different obstacles, caps on the total amount of participants (to avoid the congestion that comes with the bigger obstacles races out there), and put a lot of emphasis on giving back to the community and helping out the surrounding community by featuring a lot of local vendors, musicians, charities, etc. You won’t find these same aspects at other obstacle races.

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life January 6, 2011, 12:54 pm

    That race looks really fun! I know you’ve been trying to shake up your exercise and I think this is a fun thing to add into the mix!

  • Amanda January 6, 2011, 12:56 pm

    I think I could host this event in my back yard 🙂

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please January 6, 2011, 12:57 pm

    I like how the veggie sushi stays fresh looking for leftovers! I don’t trust real sushi leftovers. Good luck in the race!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 6, 2011, 12:59 pm

    There’s a race around here kind of like that – I’ve always wanted to do it!

  • Dorry January 6, 2011, 1:00 pm

    I think I would love to do an obstacle race! I’m going to see if there are any this spring in Texas…

  • Lisa January 6, 2011, 1:01 pm

    I’ve only done an obstacle race for fun at family events. There was recently the Muddy Buddy here. A friend did it and loved it!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 6, 2011, 1:01 pm

    Are you doing the one near Greensboro? I wanted to sign up for it, but it’d be way more fun to do it with a team- would it be ok to join you if that’s the one you’re doing?

  • Lisa January 6, 2011, 1:01 pm

    What about getting a disposable waterproof camera?

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe January 6, 2011, 1:02 pm

    That looks so cool! I would totally do something like that!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) January 6, 2011, 1:02 pm

    That sounds like SO MUCH FUN!

  • Marina January 6, 2011, 1:05 pm

    That race sounds awesome! I would so like to do something like that!
    Or any race for that matter :/ No races over here 🙁

  • Katherine: Unemployed January 6, 2011, 1:06 pm

    goodluck! rugged sounds about right.

    how do you grill the bananas? do you have a george forman? …you should’ve grilled the sushi too!!!

    • Caitlin January 6, 2011, 1:07 pm

      Just place the sliced bananas on a hot, greased pan and flip once.

  • Freya January 6, 2011, 1:06 pm

    No way, I would LOVE to do one of them!!! Gaaah major jealousy here :/

  • Jen @ Taste Life January 6, 2011, 1:06 pm

    I would absolutely do an obstacle race! I think it looks way more fun than a regular race, actually!

  • Hope January 6, 2011, 1:08 pm

    That banana french toast looks incredible! I really want to try it. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a grilled banana before. I love bananas so I’m sure I’d love it grilled. Yummy! 🙂

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black January 6, 2011, 1:10 pm

    You always rock the grilled b’s and I always swear I’ll try it.. and I forget!

  • Kristy @ January 6, 2011, 1:10 pm

    Are you digging that zico coconut water? I like the ONE brand waaay better! 🙂

    • Caitlin January 6, 2011, 1:17 pm

      I love it!

  • Cecilia January 6, 2011, 1:10 pm

    I’ve done a 10K obstacle race, and it was awesome! Easily the best race I’ve ever done. It’s so much fun having to swim through mud, jump in and out of containers and whatnot. And the atmosphere was incredible too, everyone was constantly helping each other and randomly shouting out encouraging. Have fun!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 6, 2011, 1:12 pm

    Breakfast looks delicious! I agree though, grilled bananas does make them that much better! I am a huge klutz, so I am not sure that kind of race would be good for me. I bet it’s fun though!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 6, 2011, 1:14 pm

    Whoa! That race looks so cool!!

  • Kristen January 6, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I did the Living History Farms race in Des Moines, Iowa several years ago. It is probably one of my favorite races of all time… except I lost my boyfriend-at-the-time-now-husband at the beginning and ended up doing the race alone. :o( My biggest piece of advice is to wear OLD shoes. I wore my good ones, washed them, and then ended up with a stress fracture. Not saying wearing them and washing them is all to blame, but I’m sure it didn’t help my feet much!

  • Nikki M January 6, 2011, 1:16 pm

    That looks amazing! Have fun with it!
    On a side note, does the coconut water taste like coconut? This might be a very stupid question :), but I wanted to try it. I’m not a fan of the coconut flavor, so wanted to know before trying!

    • 'laina January 6, 2011, 3:37 pm

      Coconut water tastes more like diluted rice milk to me.

      • Nikki M January 6, 2011, 6:35 pm

        Thank you! I’ll defin. give it a try then 🙂

  • Marissa C January 6, 2011, 1:16 pm

    Question–what happens if you umm…fall into the fire pit?

  • Jen @ Canoe of Life January 6, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I did Warrior Dash in NY last fall, and it was an awesome experience! I think you’re going to love it. We were going to carry a camera with us, but decided against it at the last minute. We took before/after pictures, and then our “cheering section” took some pictures as we passed through the last obstacle- the giant mud pit! So fun!

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots January 6, 2011, 1:18 pm

    My husband and I are signed up to do the Midwest Warrior Dash this June for my birthday weekend!!! I am SO excited. And seriously need to do some pushups.

  • Miranda @ MirandasJeans January 6, 2011, 1:19 pm

    Sounds like it will be a blast, I did something similar last Sept. I did not take pictures with my camera, but rather a disposable waterproof camera I found floating in the water obstical we had to run through. So that would be my recomendation, a disposable waterproof camera strapped to your wrist.

    You can check out my race the Warrior Dash:

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 6, 2011, 1:20 pm

    That sounds like such a cool race! I can’t wait to hear about how it goes. And yes, I think you may need to find an alternate photographer because I don’t think your camera would quite be the same afterwards! 🙂

  • Jessye January 6, 2011, 1:22 pm

    My husband, myself and a group of friends are thinking about signing up! This style race is on my list of Goals for 2011!

  • Rachel January 6, 2011, 1:23 pm

    I did the Warrior Dash last May and it sounds very similar!

    There’s my re-cap.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) January 6, 2011, 1:26 pm

    I did the world-famous Camp Pendleton 10K Mud Run last year and had a blast.

    It definitely is not a running race, even though you’re running quite a bit, you spend the whole time worrying about the next obstacle, so maybe a 5K will eliminate this because you know it will be all obstacles.

    I thought you were already doing push-ups? I started that 100 pushup thing in November and am thinking I’m going to repeat this week (Week 6… I slacked off during the holidays or else I’d be done maybe).

    Finally, some tips for the mud:
    – a lot of people duct-tape their shoes to create a seal against the mud and also to prevent their shoes from getting lost in sticky mud pits–let me know if you want more detail on this
    – wear LIGHT clothing (in DARK colors?)
    – if you’re crawling, prepare for minor scraping, particularly on knees and elbows
    – the so-called “fire pits” are usually laughable, but this is obvously for safety reasons! but their heat might be welcome to you on a cold morning
    – people of ALL sorts of fitness levels attend these, so don’t worry at all
    – if you must climb a muddy wall, there WILL be someone to help you get over it; be careful w/your knees on the landing, but if there’s mud on the other side, go for it

    Okay, that’s it!

    • ginger June 6, 2012, 4:42 pm

      does the duct-tape need to be all over the shoe / just the bottom? this will be my first time and would like more detail.

      great tips!

  • kt January 6, 2011, 1:27 pm

    I’ve been wanting to do the Warrior Dash for a couple years now – I really need to bite the bullet and sign up!

    Have you heard of the Men’s Health Urbanathlon? You have to climb over taxis & buses! Haha.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) January 6, 2011, 1:27 pm

    I should probably add that you should bring gear to change in, shower essentials, and be prepared to shower (and change) non-modestly or w/your clothes on.

  • Whitney January 6, 2011, 1:29 pm

    I have been thinking about signing up for that for awhile now..not sure about all the obstacles!!

  • Kate N. January 6, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I did the Warrior Dash in the fall, and honestly I didn’t love it. I think it was just 10 degrees too cold, and I was alone because I did it with speed demons who left me in their dust.

    Tip: Don’t go sliding/crashing into the mud pit right away – There may be rocks underneath. I tore my palm up pretty bad.

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 6, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I don’t know that I’d be up for something like that. There’s a race here in Little Rock called the Mud Run, and people love it. But I’m more of a clean on the streets or in the gym kind of gal.

  • Jessie January 6, 2011, 1:32 pm

    I’ve signed up for one this year in August! It’s called the Warrior Dash. They are held nationwide. I’m running the one in NY. Have fun with you rugged race, I think it looks like a great time.

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life January 6, 2011, 1:33 pm

    I was just talking to my friends about this this morning. I’m doing one in New York in August called the Warrior Dash.

  • Ashley January 6, 2011, 1:35 pm

    caitlin! you did it again, getting me to try something new. i have always said that i am allergic to running…i think that might have just changed. that course looks beyond fun. i immediately emailed it to my one friend that is a runner, hopefully she will be down to get muddy (and tutoring me in running)!

  • Stephanie January 6, 2011, 1:36 pm

    That looks super fun. However, is it crazy that through the whole video, I kept thinking about how my dirty my brand new running shoes would get?? 🙂

  • Erica January 6, 2011, 1:36 pm

    I’m signed up for Warrior Dash in March. It looks very similar to your obstacle 5K! I cannot wait! 🙂

  • nicole January 6, 2011, 1:37 pm

    I’ve done a 10k mud run with obstacles that the Marines put on. Yours sounds like it’s exactly the same idea- run, mud course, insane obstacles, mud pits.
    Advice- wear all black clothes that you don’t mind ruining and shoes that you plan on never wearing again, because they will be ruined. Also, wear long sleeves since you will be crawling through mud, which in my case also included some rocks in the mud- ouch! I think you’d better get The Husband to photograph, and also don’t have any unnecessary gear like hats or sunglasses on.
    Remember to just have fun! The course should be a lot harder than a normal 5k, so don’t even think about PRing or setting timed goals.

    • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story January 6, 2011, 1:49 pm

      Thanks for the tips! I’m considering knee pads after some of these comments about knee damage! 🙂

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story January 6, 2011, 1:37 pm

    I am so incredibly excited and mildly terrified. I can’t wait! I’m with you though, HELLO Pushups!

  • Gill (snaxandthecity) January 6, 2011, 1:38 pm

    I need a grilled banana sarnie….
    There’s one of those races in the UK, too – done in the middle of winter, too, I believe! Congrats on signing up!

  • Lily's Health Pad January 6, 2011, 1:38 pm

    Oh I’ve SO been wanting to do something like this. You should Google the Mud Run in Columbia, SC. What city is the Rugged Maniac in? I live about 1.5 hours from Charlotte, so I’m definitely interested!

  • Amy January 6, 2011, 1:41 pm

    After having had knee surgery for a blown out knee…….never! Though I wish I could!

  • Ashley January 6, 2011, 1:43 pm

    That sounds like so much fun, I would love to do it, but since I’ve never ran a regular race before I think I should sit this one out.

  • Megan January 6, 2011, 1:44 pm

    I have some relatives doing the Rugged Maniac in Greensboro. They tried to talk me into it – but, unfortunately (or maybe fortunate for me) I already have plans for that weekend. Plus, the whole idea of mud and fire pits scared the crap out of me. Maybe after I read about your experience I will give it a try next year!

  • Whitney January 6, 2011, 1:45 pm

    Hey Caitlin-What city/date are you participating !? I’d love to meet up and do it with your team!

    • Caitlin January 6, 2011, 1:57 pm

      Greensboro April 9!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence January 6, 2011, 1:46 pm

    That is so cool!

  • Caitlin @ Caitlin Running January 6, 2011, 1:50 pm

    Ha! A girlfriend of mine wants to do the Warrior Dash in Portland in September. Looks pretty similar to the Rugged Maniac! I look forward to hearing about your experience!

  • Amber K January 6, 2011, 1:51 pm

    I shuddered just thinking about it. I hate getting dirty, lol!

  • Catherine January 6, 2011, 1:58 pm

    I’ve never done a mud run, but my friend does one at a military base every year. She said the trick is duct taping your shoes to your legs so they don’t get sucked off in the mud. I was pretty much out of the mud runs after that. lol

    • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story January 6, 2011, 2:12 pm

      Great tip! 🙂

      • Liz January 6, 2011, 5:13 pm

        or you can just lay flat on your belly and army crawl through. that keeps your shoes from getting sucked off too. just know if you “step” into the muck, your shoe may stay behind. 🙂

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 6, 2011, 1:58 pm

    I’ve done sort of something like that but it was on a military base and it also involved physical and mental challenges. It was 7 miles and rough! You were sprinting in between challenges. The last challenge was so hard b/c you had to carry a 150 lb gurney w/ your teammates and stop and do 10 burpees every 20 feet for 100 feet in the mud in the rain. My feet and hands were slipping all of the place, and I was completely covered in the mud by the end. It was awesome!

  • Jenifer January 6, 2011, 2:09 pm

    My cousin talked me into doing this in October, because when I suggested we try the Marine Marathon in DC, he said we were too old! Umm… we’re in our eary 30’s. but whatever. I’m terrified.

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy January 6, 2011, 2:12 pm

    Sounds like SO MUCH FUN! But I’d better tackle a regular 5K first 🙂

  • Maryann January 6, 2011, 2:14 pm

    I ran a 10 K mud run last summer and my advice is to just have fun! The race i was doing didnt start in waves so there was a ton of congestion at all the obstacles…of course your time will be slower than normal so just enjoy it!

  • Christy January 6, 2011, 2:29 pm

    UPPER BODY Strength!! I had only been working on my running (was a newbie at the time) when I did my one and only obstacle 5K.. I needed more arm strength.. And HAVE FUN!

  • Laura @ Starting Out Fit January 6, 2011, 2:32 pm

    That looks like so much fun!!!
    ..the race is on my Wedding day btw! Just sayin’ 😉 (excited!)

  • Stephanie January 6, 2011, 2:36 pm

    SO so fun! I did a fun run with mud pits this past November and had the time of my life. At one point we had to scale mud walls and I grabbed a tree root and pulled myself up. I must have had some major adrenaline pumping because about halfway up I realized it wasn’t a tree was barbed wire!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat January 6, 2011, 2:37 pm

    There is a race like that in MN called Go Commando! I’ve been thinking about signing up for it…

    • Kaitlin January 6, 2011, 8:56 pm

      Do you actually have to ‘go commando’ for the event? that could get a little uncomfortable!

      • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat January 6, 2011, 10:19 pm

        Haha, no! Although the name does imply that you should/have to 🙂 I think they picked it for the army nature of the word “commando.” But who really knows?

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 6, 2011, 2:40 pm

    you’re so hard core! i can’t wait to hear about the race. i’ve never done such an intense event.

  • Kara January 6, 2011, 2:41 pm

    I’m doing a similar race called the Warrior Dash on May 21st in MD. It’s funny to do it on that date because May 21st 2010 was my due date and now a year later, I’m going to be jumping over a fire pit! 🙂

  • Chrissy (The New Me) January 6, 2011, 2:50 pm

    I did the Warrior Dash in Texas last May. It was really fun and we managed to get some good photos – the fire pit and mud crawl were both at the end, and I gave my camera to a friend who was spectating.

  • Kailey @ Caffienated Nut January 6, 2011, 2:56 pm

    i actually love raw bananas more than grilled – but grilled is always comforting 🙂
    wow that sure sounds like one intense 5k – your a beast girl 🙂

  • Brianna O. January 6, 2011, 2:57 pm

    That looks almost exactly like Warrior Dash. I did that last fall and it was soooo much fun but wasn’t nearly as hard as they made it out to be. You’ll do great!

    • claire! January 6, 2011, 3:59 pm

      i agree!! i thought it was going to be a lot harder! i also still don’t believe that the course was 3 miles…seemed a lot shorter!

  • carlee January 6, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Just letting you know I’m so ready to try that grilled banana sandwich again!!

  • Mabelle @ Dance, Love, Dine January 6, 2011, 3:10 pm

    omg I loveeee sushi!!! Never tried the vegetarian kind though. Ive never completed a mud/obstacle race. Looks pretty advanced for my current level of athleticism. But looks like something you’re definitely ready for. Best of luck!!

  • Amanda January 6, 2011, 3:12 pm

    Do you plan to wash your clothes after competing in the mud run? 😉

    • Caitlin January 6, 2011, 3:18 pm

      Nawww I’ll probably just rewear it five times.

      • Whitney January 6, 2011, 8:29 pm


  • Jen January 6, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Dude! That race looks so bad ass!!!!! Have fun 🙂


  • Kacy January 6, 2011, 3:14 pm

    That sounds fun! My friend recently told me about Warrior Dash, which I think is similar to this. It sounds fun and also terrifying!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 6, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Oh that is so fun! I hear there is a mud-run down in Columbia, SC sometime in the fall… same concept — lots of obstacles and seems like a ton of dirty & messy fun! Lucky you have that sushi for leftovers… i have got to try out Cowfish! We recently bought that Groupon that was out for it a few weeks ago and we tried to use it this past Saturday night but they didn’t have any tables open until 9:30! Such a popular place.

  • Kim January 6, 2011, 3:25 pm

    your race sounds like a lot of fun. A few years back i did a muddy buddy it was a combo of bike/run relay with obstacles in between. it was tons of fun!!

  • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas January 6, 2011, 3:25 pm

    I’m doing a similar race, Warrior Dash in Maryland at the end of May. I can’t wait!! It definitely inspired me to do upper body work as well. 🙂

  • Janene @ One Run at a Time January 6, 2011, 3:25 pm

    EEK, so excited!

    I’m doing Warrior Dash in June- 2.91 miles with 13 obstacles. The entry fee includes a viking warrior helmet.

    Freakin’. Epic.

    • Brianna O. January 6, 2011, 4:01 pm

      FYI…the “helmet” is a cheap furry hat. I did Warrior Dash last fall…it was really fun but not near as difficult as they make it out to be.

      • caitlin January 6, 2011, 4:03 pm

        What a sweet swag bag item. LOL I love it. I want a warrior helmet!

      • Janene @ One Run at a Time January 6, 2011, 5:59 pm

        I figured it wasn’t gonna be a full-on helmet, but I’ll take a furry hat – it probably won’t survive, anyway! Good to know it’s not overly intense, thanks for the heads up!

  • Rebecca January 6, 2011, 3:33 pm

    I emailed this video to my dad. He thought it looked fun. 🙂 Said my mom would let him do the one in Florida–that is, if it meant we got a vacation out of it. Haha! 🙂

  • MaryBe January 6, 2011, 3:39 pm

    That course looks insane(ly fun!)
    I think you need a sidelines photographer for this race!

  • JenRD January 6, 2011, 3:48 pm

    Zico is my fave coconut water! Especially now that Trader Joe’s carries it, and it is cheaper! I love the mango and pomegranite flavors the best.

  • Dynamics January 6, 2011, 3:54 pm

    If you hang around until everyone is through you can go back and take pictures. You can also have someone tag along as a picture taker and then dump her in the mud at the end. HA. The girls also wore old shoes and donated them at the end. YOU

  • Dynamics January 6, 2011, 3:55 pm

    are going to have sooooooo much fun!!!!!! I cannot wait to see the pictures!!

  • claire! January 6, 2011, 3:58 pm

    i did warrior dash last year – so fun! they give you free beer at the end (and good beer, too) which was awesome. the course was a lot like how yours will be- with fire pit at the end and all. i was the muddiest/dirtiest i’ve ever been, but it was a blast!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 6, 2011, 3:59 pm

    oooh I love these courses!! I did a “tough bloke (?) challenge” last year that sounds similar! You prob wont be able to take a camera on the course….but at our race they had professional photographers.
    Here’s a link to the race recap I did if you are interested:

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef January 6, 2011, 4:01 pm

    what a crazy race! it’s like cross country on steroids 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 6, 2011, 4:03 pm

    I am ridiculously clumsy, so I don’t think I would ever do an obstacle race. I can’t wait to hear how yours turns out though!

  • Samantha January 6, 2011, 4:17 pm

    Wow-that looks like a ton of fun! You guys are going to have a blast!

  • skinnyrunner January 6, 2011, 4:24 pm

    ive never done an obstacle race but it sounds fun. and dirty. haha.

  • RunnerMegan January 6, 2011, 4:37 pm

    I did two Muddy Buddy races last year, and while they were not as intense as what you are doing, the mud pit is probably the same. Next time I am wearning goggles in the mud pit so I don’t get mud in my eyes!

  • Melissa January 6, 2011, 4:46 pm

    Too cool! My husband is doing the Maniac in Asheboro on the 9th. We saw it the last time you mentioned it and he is so crazy he signed up that night. It will be neat to see you there as I am a huge fan of your blog. I’m the anon mom from last fall that you helped. I don’t have to be anonymous anymore because our teen is doing so much better and loves your site too. We have run a 5k together and have started going to the gym.

    • Kris January 6, 2011, 8:55 pm

      I remember your story. That’s so great that your teen is doing better, and you’re working out together! Congrats to you both!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 6, 2011, 4:53 pm

    I’ve heard about those kind of 5Ks!! My school hosts one every Spring as well. That’d be so myuch fun and a great way to break up the mileage.

  • Liz January 6, 2011, 5:10 pm

    whatever you do, don’t wear heavy pants! i wore jogging pants to our mud run because i didn’t want to get my legs all cut up. my pants soaked up at least 10 pounds of mud and running was awful! i’d recommend wearing running tights or stretch pants. they need to be long enough to not let your legs get cut up, but they should also fit pretty snugly and not be too absorbent. You could probably soak them in water and see how they feel/if they are too heavy.

  • Ella January 6, 2011, 5:12 pm

    THAT LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN! Theres a race about an hour away from my hometown next fall, I’m totally going to try to convince my friends to do it!
    Am I the only one who hates coconut water? BLECH!

    • Melissa January 6, 2011, 5:55 pm

      I don’t like coconut water either! One of my friends actually had a whole status update on Facebook about hating it (everyone seemed to be in agreement there too)!

  • Melissa January 6, 2011, 5:53 pm

    Matt and I are going to do the Warrior Dash together this spring. Totally at his suggestion but I’ve been wanting to do something like this. He keeps telling everyone about it and I think it’s so cute that’s pumped about a race (that’s usually my arena…he is a master spectator/supporter!)

  • STEPH January 6, 2011, 6:11 pm

    If I was in the area, I’d TOTALLY join you! I am going to do the Mud Run in Philly this summer though 🙂

  • ari January 6, 2011, 6:14 pm

    OMG hahaha i want to do that so bad!

  • Laura (Starloz) January 6, 2011, 6:48 pm

    omg, it looks so AWESOME!

  • Baking 'n' Books January 6, 2011, 6:54 pm

    You continue to inspire me. Your energy is fantastic!

    Caitlin – do you take any multivitamins or supplements? What’s your opinion? I know sometimes vegetarians or athletes fall short. I’m neither, but the body can’t always absorb everything that you eat or may not agree with you…

    • Caitlin January 6, 2011, 7:00 pm

      I take a calcium/magnesium supplement, a B12 vitamin supplement, Vitamin D supplement, a formula for blood sugar regulation and a formula for my adrenal and female endocrine system.

      My hubby is a holistic doc! LOL 🙂

  • maria @ Chasing the Now January 6, 2011, 7:07 pm

    Oh my gosh. That video is awesome and makes me want to do it, too!

  • Emilie January 6, 2011, 7:10 pm

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I read the word “rugged” not as an actual word but as some weird form of “rug”, and I could not for the life of me figure out why anyone would make up an expression like “get rugged”. I don’t even know what it would mean.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit January 6, 2011, 7:30 pm

    That race sounds like so much fun!!

  • Ori January 6, 2011, 7:30 pm

    Hi Caitlin, are you still doing the arms and abs challenge? That 5k looks really fun, I would definitely do it!

    • Caitlin January 6, 2011, 7:50 pm

      I totally fell off the wagon! Did you stay committed?

  • Ashley January 6, 2011, 7:41 pm

    I’ve never done an obstacle race, but it sounds fun!

  • Raya January 6, 2011, 7:44 pm

    The title of this post made me laugh-my friend’s brother is a rapper and his stage name is “Rugged” LOL

  • Mary Allison January 6, 2011, 7:47 pm

    Me me me!! I want to play!

  • Casey @ Insatiably Healthy January 6, 2011, 8:16 pm

    In the past few months I’ve been seeing these obstacle course type races advertised everywhere. I only hope my bank account can support all of the ones I want to sign up for!

  • caitie January 6, 2011, 8:53 pm

    I wish there was one near me! I did the Urbanathlon here in Chicago and it was SO much fun!

  • Carolina John January 6, 2011, 10:49 pm

    Sweet! We’re thinking about doing the Rugged Maniac in Greensboro too. I’ll be sure to let you know if we choose that one.

    check out, there is a warrior dash in Huntersville this year. We’re trying to decide between the warrior and rugged.

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 6, 2011, 11:00 pm

    The 5k sounds so fun and different! I wish they did near me!

  • Mary January 6, 2011, 11:46 pm

    I’m doing the Warrior Dash in Minnesota this summer!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini January 7, 2011, 12:14 am

    How are we going to train for this race?!? Ps: Maggie’s picture obvi says eeeiii

  • Nikki @ Balance and Moderation January 7, 2011, 1:09 am

    The first race I ever did was a mud run. You are going to LOVE it!! My advice – don’t get mud in your eyes when you are crawling through the mud puddles – it really hurts for a while afterwards. No cotton and duct tape your shoes on – they get heavy and sloppy in the water. You are going to have so much fun!

  • Stacie January 7, 2011, 4:19 am

    I have done something very similar before and it is seriously SOOOO much fun! My sister, BFF, and I ran in pink tutus. Oh and we got pink duct tape for our shoes! Make sure you wear REALLY old ones! Can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Alyssa January 7, 2011, 7:10 am

    This sounds so much fun! I want to try – I wonder if there is one in my area. Thanks for the idea!

  • Sarah January 7, 2011, 9:10 am

    That sounds like fun to me!
    There’s a similarly-styled race around here called the Tough Mudder. I was hoping to do it, but I waited too long and now it’s just too expensive.
    Maybe next year.

  • Lindsey January 7, 2011, 10:25 am

    You’re going to have a blast in the race! My boyfriend and I signed up for the same one last week 🙂 So pumped about it.

    • Caitlin January 7, 2011, 11:54 am

      Awesome! when’s your wave?

      • Lindsey January 7, 2011, 9:37 pm

        1:30 🙂 when are you starting?

        • Caitlin January 8, 2011, 8:43 am


  • Rich January 7, 2011, 1:51 pm

    You should do Tough Mudder!! I did the one in NJ this Nov and it was AWESOME. Travlete just rated them best adventure race of 2010

  • Cely January 7, 2011, 2:38 pm

    I’m not going to lie, I completed something similar and I HATED it. It was way too expensive and was a really frustrating if you are used to well organized races and such. You can read about it here: . Hopefully, you have an awesome experience! Also, take a gallon or two of water per person because there will be really longs lines to spray off and that will make it much easier. And towels, naturally.

  • Dave February 20, 2011, 9:03 am

    What. Kind of foods are u guys eating week before rugged race. Obviously carb up. But. Any suggestions appriciated

    • Caitlin February 20, 2011, 12:39 pm

      Nothing special 🙂 Just normal food. You don’t need to carbload for such a short distance.

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