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Definition:  The act of tweeting while jogging.  Because you have no running buddy and need to complain and / or boast to someone.

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And because you need something to do on your walking breaks.

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Really.  I did puke in my mouth.  Twice.  It was disgusting.  But I deserved it for running at 5 PM in the North Carolina summer heat. 

 

However…

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I’ll twog to that!

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  • Bama, Bama + Ry Jewelry August 31, 2012, 10:44 pm

    That is really incredible! You should be so proud. I couldn’t run that far right now unless something was chasing me!

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  • BroccoliHut August 31, 2012, 10:55 pm

    Way to go! You just might be a little crazy going for a run at 5pm in nc though! (I live in Raleigh–I feel your pain!)

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  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 31, 2012, 10:55 pm

    I love how a lot of this post is dedicated to you throwing up in your mouth while running. Oh, runner’s trials :-p

    And great job, by the way!

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  • Dani @ Dani, Redesigned August 31, 2012, 11:11 pm

    I have a terrible problem with walking and typing and/or reading on my phone…and I always end up either running into something or SOMEONE. That’s never fun. People look at you like you’re insane, but at least I don’t read and drive anymore lol.

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  • Carin August 31, 2012, 11:45 pm

    Way to twog! Do you think you could tweet when sprinting for a twint or tweet whilst ambling for a twamble ?

    I don’t tweet yet, but when I do, reckon I would definitely do it stood rather than sat :-P

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    • Caitlin September 1, 2012, 9:35 am

      Twinting would be harrrrrd

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  • Sneakers2sandals September 1, 2012, 5:45 am

    I don’t have a child yet but you truly are an inspiration to me for post baby get back in shape. You’re a rockstar!!

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  • Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) September 1, 2012, 6:32 am

    Good for you!!! That’s so awesome. As always, you’re such an inspiration to all of us. :D

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  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance September 1, 2012, 6:35 am

    Impressive that you can run and tweet at the same time! Im sure I’d find myself in some embarrassing accident if I tried to do that. :)

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  • Jen September 1, 2012, 7:32 am

    Yikes. What ever happened to just running and being in the moment? Take a look around you at nature, think or even listen to some music…not tweeting or twittering or on social media. It makes me sad how everywhere I turn someone’s texting or something no matter where they are or what they are doing.

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    • Marie September 1, 2012, 10:04 am

      Ha! I agree. When everything is tweeted, there is nothing left that’s sacred!

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      • Jen September 2, 2012, 9:13 am

        I know. I don’t get why people have to say/tweet/facebook/etc. what they think, feel or do all the time…it’s a sad sign of society. Most people would be completely lost or have a panic attack if they had to go a night without wireless access. God forbid they actually just ‘be’ or do something without sharing. I actually think there would be a lot less stress and anxiety – and a lot more peace and humbleness if people went device free more often.

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        • Jen September 2, 2012, 9:14 am

          P.S – this isn’t directed at you Caitlin! I mean society in general…especially celebrities…

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  • Stacey @Starpulp September 1, 2012, 7:32 am

    Twogging, hilarious! I’ve never heard it referred that way before! I’ve been known to twog in the middle of a race before. I really miss my old flip phone. It was easy to hold in one hand and text. It had a little nub on the #5 key so I could do it without looking down. Plus I didn’t have to worry about dropping it bc it was plastic!

    Great job on the run! Just think how much better you would have done in perfect, beautiful weather conditions!! Keep it up!

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  • Jennifer September 1, 2012, 7:33 am

    Hi Caitlin- I enjoy reading your blog but some of the posts you write really kill me, hence this comment. You set your fitness goals SO LOW! I understand that for a sedentary or overweight person just getting outside for a 1 mile jog/walk is better than sitting on the couch. You though are a healthy young woman who is marketing herself as an expert and mentor in all things health/fitness! You can do so much better.

    I am not criticising your lack of fitness right now as I realise that you had Henry not too long ago, but your attitude was exactly the same before you got pregnant. You shouldn’t need to stop and walk at any point if you are only running 3 miles. Even the Couch to 5K program which is designed for people with no running background would have you running non-stop for 3 miles after a few weeks.

    My advice would be to ‘man up’, stop tweeting (3 miles is nothing to boast about btw) and start running properly. Seriously, you are capable of so much more than you think you are.

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    • CaitlinHTP September 1, 2012, 9:23 am

      I had a baby 11 weeks ago. You obviously do not have children because you have no idea how all-encompassing they are as newborns. The fact that I get 35 minutes to myself to run is a freaking miracle in itself. I am currently capable of actually getting out there and just doing ‘this’ because my NEWBORN baby has me up 2 – 3 times a night every single night of his life, I have not slept more than 5 hours in a row in 11 weeks, I am round-the-clock pumping or breastfeeding, OH AND YES I also am also working and have been since the DAY AFTER HE WAS BORN. In that circumstance, three miles is a HELL OF A LOT to be proud of. Never mind the fact that I gave birth 11 weeks ago and hadn’t been running for six months prior to that because of pregnancy. Also, C25K never has you run straight through 3 miles of running, period.

      And my attitude was not like this before Henry – please refer to the 46 race recaps, including numerous races in which I did not walk a single step and actually posted respectable times by any stretch of the imagination.

      I’m really not sure if your comment was intended to be uplifting or motivating or just plain rude, but seriously, you clearly have no idea what it’s like to be raising a small baby. And lastly, you realize this post is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek funny, right?

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      • MissPinkkate September 1, 2012, 9:37 am

        What C25k plan are you using? All the plans I’ve seen have you running 3 miles/30 minutes straight by the last week.

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        • Devon September 1, 2012, 9:42 am

          As a graduate of C25k, that’s the entire point of C25k… to get you running 30 minutes or 5k without a walk break at the end of the 8 weeks. So yes, it does have you running straight through – 3 times in week 8 actually if I remember correctly.

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          • CaitlinHTP September 1, 2012, 10:07 am

            I stand corrected – week 9, you run 3 miles (but I’m not even at 9 weeks of running yet… I’m at 7!).

      • Liz September 1, 2012, 11:41 am

        yikes! your lack of solid sleep lately is evident in how defensive you got in this reply. I don’t think it’s obvious that she doesn’t have children. I think it’s pretty rude to assume that.

        I don’t agree with Jennifer that “you shouldn’t need to stop and walk at any point if you are only running 3 miles” because there are a lot of factors that go into a person’s workout, and not everyone is the same (duh). that kind of statement strikes me as something a very smug, elite athlete would say. but, I do agree when she says you are capable of a lot more, Caitlin. it appears that you really want to be doing more (i.e. signing up for a triathlon very soon after the birth of your son), but your training for the event was really lame. if you want to push yourself, then do it. if you don’t (and that’s fine, you’re a new mom) then don’t bite off more than you can chew and sign up for a race so soon.

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        • Carrie September 1, 2012, 4:03 pm

          I agree that Caitlin was defensive in her response. And I don’t blame her, nor do I think it is evidence of lack of solid sleep. From my perspective, it’s more evidence of how hurtful the original comment was to someone who’s juggling a lot. (For the record, I also think it came across as defensive because she usually does such a beautiful job of accepting criticism, no matter how misplaced, and letting things roll off her back on this site. We all have our limits, though.)

          Who are we as readers to judge what Caitlin is capable of and how hard she should push herself? That’s just silly. I think that because Caitlin tends to be incredibly open and honest in her writing it is easy to assume that we know all about everything in her life. I can’t imagine that is actually true. I applaud her for her honesty regarding parenthood struggles, but we can’t possibly see it all. Nor should we. And that means that we really have no idea if she’s pushing herself to her limits. It’s really none of our business, anyway.

          I think it’s also easy to feel like a comment is directed only at the writer, but this particular one was also hurtful to a lot of people who can’t manage even as “little” as Caitlin.

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    • Carin September 1, 2012, 4:18 pm

      Oh, Jennifer . Thank goodness for people like you, the self-appointed vigilantes of the blogosphere , always ready to jump in with uplifting motivational messages, spotting slackers and diminishing any misplaced pride in achieving anything. Perhaps your comments could be even more constructive in future by outlining exactly what – in your expert opinion – she should be achieving as an 11 week post-partum “healthy young woman”, and advising just how many miles have to be covered before one is eligible to boast?

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    • liz September 2, 2012, 4:07 pm

      Clearly Jennifer doesn’t realize this is a healthy living blog. Healthy is about balance not forcing your body to do things it isn’t meant to do. Not everyone is meant for marathons. A 5k is a huge accomplishment and any physical activity should be applauded. And of course she got defensive. It’s cuz she was attacked. Caitlin, you rock. Seriously.

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  • Sara Robinson September 1, 2012, 8:37 am

    Hi Caitlin – Personally, I disagree with Jennifer’s statement. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and I don’t think that you claim to be an expert in all things health/fitness. I think you claim that you have found a healthy lifestyle that works for you, and I personally find your blog inspiring. It seems like you enjoy everything in moderation and I find that refreshing. It seems as though you want to inspire people to think that hey, if Caitlin can do it, perhaps I can to.

    I also disagree that 3 miles is nothing to boast about. Your long term goal may be to run longer distances, but I think it’s great to celebrate the “smaller” successes along the way. I started the “Couch to 5K” program recently (which is 2 months, not “a few weeks”) and 3 miles seems overwhelming to me now. I’m going to celebrate completing each day. Sure, jogging 1/4 mile at 5 miles per hour doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a start. I could choose to feel bad that I’m “only” jogging at that pace or I’m “only” jogging 1/4 mile at a time or I could choose to be positive about it. And I choose to be positive. I think it’s great to be able to run three miles, particularly after having a baby. I think it’s very realistic to start off with goals like this rather than attempting to run longer distances and potentially get injured.

    So anyway, keep it up!

    Sara

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    • CaitlinHTP September 1, 2012, 9:25 am

      You are awesome, Sarah. It is great to run 3 miles, whether you’re in my shoes or your shoes or someone else’s shoes. Anyone who sees it differently isn’t seeing things very clearly at all.

      Congrats on your C25K accomplishments!! Every little bit counts and adds up to make you a happier and healthier person, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

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  • Lauren September 1, 2012, 9:43 am

    Haha, love this! :) I believe you may have just started a new trend girl.

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  • Leah September 1, 2012, 9:47 am

    I too think Caitlin is inspiring. I am running still at 24 weeks and as a former multiple marathoner I am running 5k but I need to stop and stretch because my calves are tight due to growing belly. I also run much slower and I could be discouraged but instead I try not to compare myself to others, which brings me to my point, what goals are personal and suited to your situation in life. Caitlin gives me hope that I will be running again so soon post partum!

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    • Caitlin September 1, 2012, 10:08 am

      Girl you rock for running at 24 weeks – pretty badass!

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  • Vanessa September 1, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Gosh. Some of these comments are so mean-spirited. I concur that you are doing amazing things for only 11-weeks postpartum. It took me over a year after my daughter was born to find the energy for vigorous exercise. I breastfed her for 18-months, and it really just sapped my energy. We nursed through the night for 14-months, but even when I night-weaned her and was able to sleep through the night again, I was still super low-energy. Your body is MAKING FOOD for another human, for pete’s sake! That uses up a lot of chi!

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  • Amber K September 1, 2012, 3:36 pm

    While there is such a thing as constructive criticism, I don’t really have an opinion about your running. Because I don’t care. I just don’t care what someone else does for exercise. I personally won’t run unless for some reason I’m being chased. But I’ll be out on the dance floor! Keep doing you Caitlin. You’re fine.

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  • brooke @ sweats & sweets September 1, 2012, 9:36 pm

    I feel ya on the running in this heat! I swear fall is never coming to the South. I burped after my long run today and a little puke came up, burned my throat. I’d call that a sign of a great run.

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  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 1, 2012, 10:56 pm

    This totally just made me giggle. :)

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  • horangi113 September 2, 2012, 1:09 am

    Just found your blog this week and love it! This one cracked me up. Congrats on your post-baby running record!

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