The 5K Everyone Should Do

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First things first – IT DOES EXIST.


Gluten- and dairy-free pizza, that is.  Yes, I realize that gluten- and dairy-free pizza is pretty much the antithesis of ‘real’ pizza, but every time the Husband and I go grocery shopping, we stare forlornly at the frozen pizza case and wish there was a gluten- and dairy-free option.  I avoid gluten; he minimizes the amount of dairy he eats. 


We didn’t think a pizza that could happily feed us both exists – but it does!  It was mighty tasty, too… as far as gluten- and dairy-free pizzas go. Smile  And it wasn’t that pricey for a specialty frozen pizza; I think it retailed for $7 at Earthfare.


After quickly inhaling our pizza, we ran off to Bradley Method classes.  I really enjoy class; I just wish it didn’t run from 7 – 9 PM.  Too late for a Monday.  I’m practically dozing by the time we’re dismissed.  Class was interesting; we learned about breastfeeding.  A graduate from the previous class also came in with her husband and baby to tell her birth story – despite being a first-time mom, her labor only lasted 5.5 hours (highly unusual… I’m jealous).


Came home, snacked some more, and crashed hard.  This breakfast was the only thing that got me out of bed…. Well, and work. Winking smile


Just stovetop oats:


3/4 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup water

1 banana


Toppings:  Cashews, strawberries, brown sugar


Good stuff.


The 5K Everyone Should Do


I would love to encourage EVERYONE reading this to head over to Girls on the Run and check to see if there’s a local council near you.  If so, their end-of-season 5K is coming up, and it would be pretty amazing if you’d sign up for the race to support the organization. 

GOTR is a character-development program for elementary school girls that teaches important personal and life skills through running.  The Husband and I have volunteered for the program for the last two years or so, and I can attest that it is truly a life-changing experience for these girls.

At the end of the season, the girls run a 5K. Community members are welcomed to attend the race as individual runners or as volunteer ‘running buddies’ to run with a girl.  Regardless, your race entry fee (which is usually very low for a 5K!) goes towards supporting your local council for the following season, ensuring that more girls can receive scholarships and go through the GOTR program.

Head over to Girls on the Run to search for your local council and determine when your 5K race is held.  If you’re a Charlotte reader, our race is on May 12, and I would absolutely LOVE to see you there!  I won’t be running the 5K this year (I’ll be super pregnant by then), but I’ll be standing on the sidelines, cheering the Husband and our girls on.

Happy racing!



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 17, 2012, 8:37 am

    I’ll do a GOTR race if it means I can have some awesome pink shoelaces! 😉 I don’t think the nearest GOTR location is that close to where I live, but I’m going to look into it anyway!

  • Karen April 17, 2012, 8:39 am

    I am helping to organize our inaugural GOTR 5k in Harrisburg, PA. We have just about 1 month until the event and I can’t wait!!

    • Caitlin April 17, 2012, 8:09 pm

      Thank you for volunteering with GOTR!

  • Katie April 17, 2012, 9:06 am

    I’m running the GOTR 5K in Chicago! I teach fourth grade, and several of my girls have asked me to run with them. It’s perfect–my husband and I are training for our first 5K that is the weekend before, so the timing is perfect, too!

  • Molly @ RDexposed April 17, 2012, 9:13 am

    I’m at least over an hour away from the closest one. May keep it in mind though. Thanks for the awareness!

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love April 17, 2012, 9:14 am

    GOTR is a very nice organization I think about volunteering when I figure out my schedule!

  • Faith @ For the Health of It April 17, 2012, 9:14 am

    I really wanted to do the GOTR 5k here in my part of Florida but it’s not showing me the signup option on the website. I hope I can get it figured out and registered though because it would be an awesome experience!

    • Caitlin April 17, 2012, 9:17 am

      What council is yours?

  • Vikki April 17, 2012, 9:18 am

    I suspect they do the 7-9 option for the class to accommodate the 9-5 working parents-to be. For me, 7 is the earliest that I can get to almost anything. If I push it, I might be able to make it to something at 6:30.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 17, 2012, 9:28 am

    I will have to check out that pizza. I always wondered if it was any good. Sounds like you had a busy, but good night. Great topic last night for class too! Have a great day Caitlin!

  • margaret April 17, 2012, 9:29 am

    I’m doing the GOTR 5K in Atlanta next saturday, so excited, I did it last year for the first time and ran with a friend’s daughter, it was so much fun and it really showed the impact of the program, which is awesome.

  • Brittney April 17, 2012, 9:41 am

    thank you for suggesting this. i just signed up to be a race buddy and i’m so excited. my regular schedule doesn’t allow for me to be a coach, but i’ve been wanting to get involved in someway since reading your blog.

  • Becca @ Blueberry Smiles April 17, 2012, 9:49 am

    Your strawberries look so pretty and vibrant! I’ve been wanting to be a GOTR coach for a while, but sadly it just doesn’t fit into my work schedule. The 5k would be a great way to still support them though so thx!

  • Carolyn @ Eat.Live.Be Well April 17, 2012, 10:01 am

    Any Tampa readers?
    This season’s Girls on the Run 5k will be Miles for Moffitt on May 12th at the University of South Florida campus.

  • Cat @ Breakfast to Bed April 17, 2012, 10:09 am

    Oh How I love GOTR!!!

  • Patti @ This Starts Tonight April 17, 2012, 10:12 am

    I realllly want to get involved with this next year. When does stuff start getting going for the next season?

    The Philly 5k is after I move to Ohio for the summer, and the Ohio 5k is before I move! This is happening to me with a lot of races. Bummer.

  • Mary April 17, 2012, 10:18 am

    I’m doing Denver’s GOTR 5K on May 12th!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 17, 2012, 10:22 am

    I thought about working with GOTR during grad school, and wish I had taken advantage of the opportunity!

  • Amy April 17, 2012, 11:01 am

    Planning to do the GOTR 5k in St. Louis on May 12. I think it’s a great organization and while I haven’t had the time to get involved much yet, I figure this is a good place to start!

  • Vivian April 17, 2012, 12:02 pm

    i <3 amy's pizzas! hubby and i also like her roasted veggie pizza on rice crust – we're backwards, i'm not into dairy and he's not into gluten. the caramelized onions on that pizza make it awesome, you don't miss the cheese at all.

    • Amber K April 17, 2012, 12:51 pm

      That’s exactly what I was going to suggest! The roasted veggie pizza from Amy’s is amazing! Gluten-free, dairy-free and delicious!

  • Lauren April 17, 2012, 12:44 pm

    I am super excited to be running the Union County Girls on the Run 5K race on April 28th!! It is such an awesome organization! When my little sweetie starts school I plan to volunteer with GOTR and help with the events! 🙂

  • Kate April 17, 2012, 12:53 pm

    I’ve been known to sneak an egg into that morning bowl of oats! When it’s all stirred in you really can’t tell and the Bradley nutritional quota is halfway satisfied!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 17, 2012, 1:51 pm

    I’ve already looked into it and think I’ll be able to do the run here in Chicago! I really want to be a coach when my schedule allows for it, but this is the next closest thing!

  • Crystal April 17, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Our Bradley classes went until 9 too and it was rough. I almost fell asleep during the relaxation stuff a few times. Our only other alternative was weekend mornings though and I hate getting up and moving on the weekends. I’m just a slacker all around. How many classes do you have left?

    • Caitlin April 17, 2012, 2:04 pm

      We end on May 8 – so not too many more! I’m so glad I did the classes though, they are SOOO HELPFUL.

  • Lee April 17, 2012, 2:21 pm

    Yes! I am in Boston and coach a GOTR team there and our 5K is on May 5th- what better way to start Cinco De Mayo then a quick 5K with the best little girls ever!

  • Kimberly (Sketch the Ebb and Flow) April 17, 2012, 3:09 pm

    I used to work in marketing at Amy’s Kitchen. Such a great company that cares about accommodating special dietary needs.

  • Ashley April 17, 2012, 4:09 pm

    Bob’s red mill makes a great gluten free piazza mix. Ive had the same longing stares at frozen piazza myself then I tired this.its super good

  • JenRD April 17, 2012, 8:05 pm

    If anybody wants to support GOTR but can not run the 5K, I will be running a 10K on May 6th as a SoleMate to raise money for starting the first GOTR chapter on Long Island, NY. This is my secure fundraising link:

    Thank you!

  • Megan April 17, 2012, 11:17 pm

    Ours is may 12 too! We are having a statewide race in Lincoln for all of the Nebraska GOTR councils. I’m excited, even tho my team is a little lackluster this year.

  • Carin April 17, 2012, 11:53 pm

    Gosh, I remember our prenatal classes ran from 7-9pm too, in the dark of winter – we were so exhausted by the end of the night!

    They always choose the “kwik’n’eezy” (and totally unrepresentative!) member of the previous class to come back with their story – I think it’s just so that you live in hope that you’ll be the lucky one! Suffice it to say, with y c-section I wasn’t invited back to scare the next intake. … although I wish I had been, because I had a really positive experience after being scared to death by the prospect beforehand!

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