Bienvenidos a Miami!

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(That’s "Welcome to Miami!" in Spanish!)


Yay! I am so excited to be here! I definitely needed a vacay and it’s great to see one of my best friends in the WHOLE world! I woke up quite early this morning to go for a quickie run.  I knew if I didn’t get up before everyone else, the chances of running would drop dramatically! 🙂


Pre-Run Snack


Before I left, I had a small piece of Italian bread with strawberry jam and a half a banana.


My friend lives in a small complex of townhomes, which isn’t really ideal for running speedwork.  Instead, I did a few loops around the neighborhood and then ran to the nearby community college to do some more loops at the campus.


Here’s my statistics:


  • Duration: 29 minutes (3 miles)
  • Average Heart Rate: 169 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 187 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 264




Lisette’s WONDERFUL HUSBAND Danny made us breakfast! Using an omelet maker, he made a potato, turkey, and cheese "omelet of heaven." 


He used a machine called the GT Xpress 101… this is a SUPER COOL GADGET! I want one!  You can also make pancakes, pigs-in-a-blanket, wraps, and more…


I also had a little biscuit and a cup of coffee…. mmm delicious!  Oh, and I ate the other half of my banana.


Now… let’s go back in time! Sorry for the delay in posting, I was wayyyy too tired to post. And a little drunk. Eh, it happens! 🙂




Lisette served up a wonderful appetizer of roasted red pepper Sabra hummus and crackers…. I had about 6.


I also had my FIRST Sam Adam’s Octoberfest of the season.  This is definitely one of my favorite seasonal beers.  If you haven’t tried this yet, you absolutely MUST! 


And, the I had a Pilsner Urquell, which is also an excellent beer.  Lisette and Danny love quality beer, and I love them for loving that!


Danny fired up the grill and made us yummy turkey burgers, which I woofed down because–by this time–I was a little tipsy! Wheeeeeeeeeeee for vacation!  I also had some yummy BBQ chips.


Yesterday Afternoon


The drive here was very nice.  It was FAST (about 3.5 hours) and Future Husband and I jammed out to a new CD mix.  Before we left, I had a bowl of cereal….


During the drive, I tried a Kardea Nutrition Bar – Chai Spice flavor.  It was a unique tasting bar–yummy and chewy!


The Kardea people were kind enough to send me this sample to try, and I must say… I’m pretty impressed!  Each bar contains 50% more soluble fiber than found in oatmeal and 1 gram of cholesterol lowering plant sterols.  This bar gets TWO THUMBS UP from me!


About halfway through the drive, we took a break at a rest stop. I got a nice soft-serve ice cream.  I ate half of it before I got back to the camera… sorry! 🙂


Today’s Plans


The Husbands are going to the MIAMI vs. UCF game tonight, so Lisette and I have some girlie time alone.  We’re going to go to the movies and buy her bridesmaid dress! 🙂


Have a nice day! I hope the sun is shining brightly wherever you are, and you get an opportunity to enjoy some beautiful fall weather! 🙂



  • VeggieGirl October 11, 2008, 7:31 am

    HELL YES for being in Miami – I want you to enjoy every minute that you’re there, and cheer up :0) Remember the good times, savor the moment.

  • Simple and Divine October 11, 2008, 8:26 am

    Oh man, this post took me right back to WILL SMITH. "Welcome to Miami… Buenvenidos a Miami" <333 it!

    And those Kardea bars are my NEW OBSESSION X a million. The Chai flavor was Ehh… The Cranberry Almond and the Banana Nut are AMAZING. The Banana Nut I ate half of each time with some fage in between bites and some hot tea and it was SO PERFECT. It's naturally very sweet, so the fage and tea were just heaven with the flavors. *Sigh.

    Have the bestest time evaaa in MIAMI, doll. I'm thinkin about ya! <333

  • Meghann October 11, 2008, 8:28 am

    haha I’m glad people are enjoying my fat pictures! 🙂

    Looks like you’re having a good time in Miami!! I wish I was down there at the beach right now! Keep having a good time! 🙂

  • Jordan October 11, 2008, 8:53 am

    I still have yet to ever visit Miami, even after living in Florida for 22 years. Weird? I think so =P

    That omelet looks yummy.

  • *Andrea* October 11, 2008, 9:13 am

    ooooh i love pilsner! haha this summer in ireland i drank more pilsner than i did guinness 😉

    i also thought of the will smith song ‘bienvenidos a miami’ i remember when it came out in the 90s and i would think i was so cool for singing it in spanish haha.

    have fun with your best friend!!

  • whatiateyesterday October 11, 2008, 9:14 am

    Have an awesome time, you deserve an nice rest!

  • Erin of Care to Eat October 11, 2008, 9:29 am

    Bouncin’ in the club when the heat is on…
    I don’t know about you, but I love long-ish drives with my lovah. It’s just nice to sit together in a confined space. 🙂
    Looks like you’ll get some good food this wknd! Yay! Have a blast!

  • greendogwine October 11, 2008, 10:20 am

    LOL – GT Express – I LOVE THAT INFOMERCIAL! There is nothing better than spending a lazy Sunday watching them burn everything that goes in there. Looks like you guys did A WAY better job than the woman on the infomercial! 🙂

  • Sharon October 11, 2008, 10:40 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    Glad to hear you’re having such a good time in Miami! Have fun shopping with your girlfriend today- hope she finds the PERFECT dress!

    Guess what?! I did it! I ran 8 miles! It may not sound like a lot to some people, but I was so proud of myself because I have never run that far at once. I usually only run 5 miles at a time. After mile 5, I got a rush of adrenaline and got faster! I couldn’t believe it…What a great feeling! Next Saturday is my 10 mile run. I’m nervous, but excited, too! Thanks SO much for your encouragement! It really pushed me to do my best!

    Enjoy the rest of your vacay and good for you getting a run in this morning! You’re my hero 🙂

  • Meg October 11, 2008, 10:52 am

    Enjoy your vacation and sunshine!

    I will be sampling that bar today too! I hope I like it as much as you did!

  • bitesoflife October 11, 2008, 11:31 am

    Your pic of Miami makes me wish I could just jet down there… I bet it’s nice and warm there too, enjoy it!

  • GroundedFitness October 11, 2008, 11:31 am

    Still blogging while on vacation? You’re a machine!

    Kelly Turner

  • BOBBI McCORMICK October 11, 2008, 11:56 am

    wow you are doing so good on Vacation!!! Girl time is so fun, take lots of pics:)

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 11, 2008, 12:16 pm

    Sharon – YOU GO GIRL!I knew you could do it and I was waiting to hear from you so anxiously! You’ll smoke 10 miles next weekend… rock on!

  • just me October 11, 2008, 12:28 pm

    wow! what a great picture to start off the day with!!! and i can’t believe i’m going to be so close to there in just less than 2.5 months! crazy time!

    looks like you’re having fun! hope the rest of the weekend is just as nice!

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