After 30 days of not running, I FINALLY got to pound the pavement again.  How did it feel?  Let’s just say….


It was SWEATY! It was GLORIOUS! It was FUN! Oh, and it was raining.  🙂


I only had to put in about 1.5 hour at my part-time gig tonight, so I was free by 7:30.  Since it was still light outside, I decided to lace up the sneakers and go for a run.  Honestly, it was amazing. I had this HUGE grin on my face the entire time.


Oh, and there was lots of music video dancing/running action going on to "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga:


Yes, I seriously pretend like I’m in a music video when I run.  My favorite move is the Vogue move (shown above).  It’s embarrassing.  And it’s awesome.


One of the key things about running is to NEVER take on a big mileage increase.  In fact, you should limit your increases to 10% a week.  So, I knew I had to start slow and short.


I did 2.0 miles in 20 minutes as follows:


  • Ran 1.2 miles
  • Walked 0.30 mile
  • Ran 0.5 mile


I walked a little because I knew I needed to physically (watch those knee!) not endurance-wise.  Really, I didn’t feel winded at all!  I think all my cross-training in the last month paid off.  In fact, judging from my time, I was going pretty fast (for me) when I was running.


Seriously… it was amazing. 🙂 🙂 🙂


Afternoon Eats and Dinner


My afternoon snacks included a crushed Kashi TLC bar and Chobani:


And an orange:


Another chocolate:


And a Green Monster (1 cup unsweet almond breeze, 1 banana, flax, and 1 cup kale):


And dinner was eaten on the go at work


Dinners like this are so time-effective.  I made a bunch of brown rice on Monday and just added in 1/2 cup of edamame and 1/4 cup chickpeas.   I also added 1 tablespoon of this dressing:


Seriously, it took me 5 minutes to make this meal.  I put it in a tupperware, tossed it in my purse, and ate it cold.  It was SO good and filling.  Yum!  (Oh, and I ate 1/2 at work and 1/2 after my run).


OK — time for The Biggest Loser finale!  I hope Mike wins!



  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) May 12, 2009, 5:52 pm

    Glad you had a good run!

    Great dinner!

  • Brandi May 12, 2009, 5:57 pm

    yay for a good run! I love the poker face 🙂

    How did you like the 2 chocolates?

  • emily May 12, 2009, 5:57 pm

    congrats on a good “first” run! I had one of those yesterday 🙂

  • Striving for Balance May 12, 2009, 5:58 pm

    I want Mike to win too! I have such a crush on him! haha

  • Mariel May 12, 2009, 5:58 pm

    Haha you are so cute with your dancing/music video moves! I love the chickpea salad idea–I often take something similar for lunch:) Have a great night!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health May 12, 2009, 5:59 pm

    Glad you enjoyed your run. Thanks for the tips about increasing mileage! As I new runner it was something I was curious about 🙂

  • Kelly Anderson May 12, 2009, 5:59 pm

    Yay for running! I’m glad you are being smart and easing your way back into it. I agree with you about the treatment of animals and the going veggie deal. Good luck! I didn’t realize that free range eggs aren’t what they claim to be. Thanks for the insight. I’m definitely looking into the organic/free range/hormone free regulations.

  • jane May 12, 2009, 6:00 pm

    haha i totally pretend like i’m in a music video too! and i sing out loud

    which is probably why i don’t usually run with music…haha

  • iowagirleats May 12, 2009, 6:02 pm

    Yay!! Good for you!! Nothing like getting back out there for a good run!

  • lilveggiepatch May 12, 2009, 6:02 pm

    YAY! Congratulations on getting back on the pavement!!!

  • Hi! I'm Erin May 12, 2009, 6:03 pm

    You look so happy!

    I love running the rain. As long as their isn’t lightening and it’s warm outside I think it feels great.

    Also, your dinner is AWESOME! I’m totally going to steal that idea. I almost always have those things in my pantry anyway.

  • runsarah May 12, 2009, 6:12 pm

    Glad you had an awesome run! I agree with the mileage, I’ve had some knee problems since upping my mileage too much.

  • May 12, 2009, 6:14 pm

    go mike!!! Totally hope he wins

  • Linda May 12, 2009, 6:14 pm

    The pic says it all – you are absolutely radiant in your post-run glow. I’m glad you made it out and to hear that your knee issues didn’t flare up. Coincidentally, I’m keeping an eye out on knee issues too,but I have a Half marathon in two weeks. Afterwards, I plan on taking a serious hiatus from running.

  • Meg May 12, 2009, 6:14 pm

    So glad you enjoyed your run and that it went well!

  • K from ksgoodeats May 12, 2009, 6:17 pm

    Haha the 2nd picture cracked me up, you’re too cute!! Glad you enjoyed getting back out there!

    I’ve never heard of that vinaigrette. Sounds fantastic!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 12, 2009, 6:21 pm

    YAY FOR GOOD RUNS!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009, 6:23 pm

    I love that feeling when you get back to something after a break. It’s just a huge amount of positive energy flowing through your body! Congrats! Oh, and go Team Tara!!!

  • Jewels May 12, 2009, 6:27 pm

    Love the poker face! Congrats on your run and choice to try vegetarian again!!

    I was wondering if you noticed any physical/health benefits of not eating meat such as increased energy or better digestion?

  • Victoria May 12, 2009, 6:32 pm

    Congrats on your run! I’m rooting for Mike too! 🙂

  • Betsy May 12, 2009, 6:44 pm

    Congrats on running again!

  • HangryPants May 12, 2009, 6:45 pm

    Congrats! I love how excited you are!!!

  • Michelle May 12, 2009, 6:45 pm

    I hope Mike wins too! Congrats on the pain free run.

  • Michelle May 12, 2009, 6:53 pm

    I am so happy for you.

    Again, I love your dishes. You should do a post about your dishes..I love them.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 12, 2009, 6:54 pm

    brandi – they were delicious!!

    jewels – hmm yes i think i have. i have noticed that i do not feel heavy after any of my meals at all, which is wonderful!

  • karla nicole May 12, 2009, 7:02 pm

    yay for running again! i am so impressed how you balance work, healthy eating, and life in general! loving the advice on time management..i am trying to balance healthy eating/working out and law school!

  • NoMeatAthlete May 12, 2009, 7:02 pm

    Good to see you didn’t lose too much fitness during your hiatus. Cross training is a great thing. I’ve had to take some time off recently too, because of injury, but I swan and lifted weights and I feel just as good coming back as I did when I stopped!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 12, 2009, 7:04 pm

    Awesome run!! So amazing! Sweating must have felt amazing!!

    Nice food choices!

    I am currently watching Biggest Loser too!! LOVE THIS SHOW!!They all have won in my book.

  • RunToFinish May 12, 2009, 7:08 pm

    welcome back to the running world!

  • Stephanie May 12, 2009, 7:11 pm


    I am so excited for your run!! I have been a follower for at least 6 months and have enjoyed the journey. Feel free to check out my new blog….

    Thanks!! Great job tonight!

  • Weight and Meditate May 12, 2009, 7:13 pm

    I hope Mike wins too! It’s almost time to find out…

  • Julie May 12, 2009, 7:15 pm

    Me too! Mike looks incredable!!

    Sounds like you had an amazing run, good for you!!

  • Matt May 12, 2009, 7:16 pm

    Yay for running!

  • Christina May 12, 2009, 7:16 pm

    Congrats on your first run! I love a good run in the rain 🙂 It’s refreshing.

  • Jess May 12, 2009, 7:17 pm

    I hope Mike wins too!!!!

  • Meganerd May 12, 2009, 7:17 pm

    Congrats on the run! The picture of your poker face is so funny 🙂

  • Adi ( May 12, 2009, 7:18 pm

    You rock! Glad you loved your first run back (not that I was expecting otherwise) ! 🙂

  • Brandi May 12, 2009, 7:18 pm

    wow…. can I just say… your skin looks AMAZING!!!! I can really tell a difference!

  • Bec May 12, 2009, 7:18 pm

    Glad you had such a great run!

  • carolinebee May 12, 2009, 7:23 pm

    hawt!!! so glad u got to run again!

  • brookesballbuster May 12, 2009, 7:39 pm

    OMG-I imagine I’m in a music video too!! What’s even more embarrassing for me though is that I love hip hop and some rap, and I am as white as white gets. hahaha. Love it. You’re not alone girlfriend!

  • Mica May 12, 2009, 7:41 pm

    I’m glad your first run back was a good, sweaty one!

  • Help Meghan Run May 12, 2009, 7:54 pm

    Nice! Glad you had a good run (and thanks for the tasty, quick dinner idea). I went into the finale rooting for Mike, too!

  • Amanda May 12, 2009, 7:56 pm

    Hooray for your run! Your dance moves crack me up!!! I usually air drum and lipsync, which I thought was bad hahaha

    And I am loving The Biggest Loser too! Having trouble staying awake though 🙂

  • Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) May 12, 2009, 8:13 pm

    Aww yay! So glad to hear it went well!!!

  • Nutritious is Delicious May 12, 2009, 8:40 pm

    Yay for a great run!

    Im lovin’ the chocolate! 😀

  • Niki May 12, 2009, 8:49 pm

    Yay for a great first run back!

  • peanutbutterandjuli May 12, 2009, 8:52 pm

    I just had the longest day, but those sweaty pics of you put a smile on my face too! Congrats!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK May 12, 2009, 9:12 pm

    YEAH!!!! Love the sweaty run pics, I am so glad your run was easy and you are being such a SMART runner!!!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) May 12, 2009, 9:46 pm

    You are so cute and hilarious, and though I am super jealous, I am really happy for you too!

  • Rachel May 12, 2009, 10:36 pm

    Awww, you look so happy! I’m glad your hiatus is over because I’ve just started following you and I can’t wait to catch up on your running advice and experiences.

    I always pretend I’m in a Nike commercial! Ha!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous May 12, 2009, 11:36 pm

    Aw, so happy for you! You sound really pumped!

  • Megan May 13, 2009, 1:10 am

    sweet dance moves!

    even your dinner in a tupperware container in your purse looks fab!!!

  • Lara (Thinspired) May 13, 2009, 1:58 am

    She’s baaaaaaack 😉
    You look so happy, I’m glad you had a good return!

  • Lauren May 13, 2009, 4:13 am

    Yah for a great run! That’s awesome Caitlin. Good for you for taking it easy and not pushing yourself too hard at first.

    I LOVE to listen to that song when I run. I think I actually might dance a lil when I run and I listen to it. Probably looks ridiculous but its fun!

  • Stacey May 13, 2009, 4:53 am

    I was soo surprised to see Helen win!! I was rooting for Tara!

    YUM where did you get that dressing??

    Oh and yay for the post-hiatus run! Can’t wait until I can run again!!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 13, 2009, 4:56 am

    stacey – i was disappointed helen won because i think she is too thin — 117 and 5 ft 6? i’m 120 and 5 ft 3! i dunno, i think it sends the wrong message. she looks too thin to me!

    i got the dressing at my regular grocery store!

  • Lindsay May 13, 2009, 5:24 am

    I never watch that show…seems like everyone else in the world does though! Glad the run went well, you are speedy (compared to me) and a goofball!

  • Holly May 13, 2009, 5:45 am

    That is SO exciting!!! I am so happy for you! You were so smart to listen to your body, something that we all SAY we should do but it’s really hard to follow through all the time. Awesome, awesome run!!

  • happinessawaits May 13, 2009, 8:50 am

    I think you have the cutest collection of bowls/plates in the universe.

    Awesome you are back running! Nothing else like it, is there?
    Happiness Awaits

  • Viva La Karly May 13, 2009, 9:04 am

    I was so shocked to see Helen win! I really wanted Mike to win too. Helen just looked so skinny while Mike and Tara looked really healthy! Oh well! Glad you enjoyed your first run!

  • Meganerd May 13, 2009, 9:18 am

    Your poker face is funny… but not as funny as Justin Timberlakes… did you see SNL on saturday? I posted the clip on my page.

  • aNd! May 13, 2009, 3:12 pm

    Seriously, is it just me or who dressed Mike for the finale???? He did great losing weight, but those pants and the shirt made him look horrible!

  • Angela May 13, 2009, 5:44 pm


    So happy for you!!

    How do you feel?

    Thats how I felt today on my run- it was by far my strongest run since my injury and I felt like a million bucks!

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