Caitlin’s Race Diary

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Since there are so many new readers, I thought I’d put together a video Race Diary of the last three years.  Check it out below, and learn about the time I:


  • Ran a 15.4-mile trail race
  • Yakked at the finish line
  • Raced in three races in one weekend
  • Got disqualified from a race
  • Won a race
  • Raced with Meghann, Lindsay, Jenna, Abbie, and Melissa
  • And more!


I can’t WAIT for  my next race, which is a 15K in September. Woo hoo!


I woke up late (for me) at 6:45 AM so I didn’t get to do much this morning.  But I did make a delicious breakfast:  Flax French Toast!


I made Flax French Toast with two eggs, two slices of whole wheat bread, and about 2 tablespoons flax.


And maple syrup for dipping with blackberries:


Operation Beautiful


Today’s Operation Beautiful notes are so amazing — the response continues to overwhelm!  Here’s my favorite note from Thursday’s notes:


Janetha wrote, “Too many times I find myself getting down on myself about my freckles, my huuuge scar on my arm from breaking my humerus, my short and muscular legs.. the things i CANNOT change no matter what.  I need to remember that although these things may bug me from time to time..they are still parts of who I AM.. and they are not going anywhere, so I better learn to love all those imperfections!”


Be sure to check out all the new notes here!


What physical "imperfections" have you learned to embrace?  I’ve learned to love my stomach — I spent so much time trying to "get it flat" in the past, and now I realize my womanly curves are fine just the way they are. 🙂



  • Abby June 25, 2009, 4:40 am

    I've learned to live with my nose (actually, I have no choice, but you know what I mean…) I always thought that I had this huge nose with a bump in the middle until I realized that I have the "family" nose (on my mom's side).

    I'm extremely close to that (huge) side of the family and once I matured a bit, I realized it was really something to be proud of. My grandpa had the nose, my mom had the nose, some cousins had the nose–it made us unique and quite honestly, it's not that big anyway (must have been a bit of teenage angst added in…)Now that I'm old and 27…

    Anyway, as you grow up you realize physical imperfections are not imperfections at all–they are what make you unique on the outside before people learn just how unique you are on the inside.

  • Peanut Butter Swirl June 25, 2009, 4:45 am

    your going to rock that 15k in September 🙂 your such a fitness inspiration!! Even with an injury and a full time job you still manage to find fun ways to stay active!

    mmm french toast 🙂

  • Dori June 25, 2009, 4:48 am

    I recently learned to embrace the sides next to my stomach. When I lost weight a few years ago they disappeared and then I gained some back and they are back. I was really upset about it and VERY recently I finally realized they are me, they are womanly and sexy and if I don't embrace it I will never be happy!

  • Sam June 25, 2009, 4:54 am

    Caitlin, that video is awesome! It must be so nice for you to watch it and look back at just how much you've accumplished over the last three years. Who knows, maybe in three years time I'll be able to make a similar video? You've definitely inspired me to want to.

  • leslie June 25, 2009, 5:00 am

    love that video. you should be so proud of all your accomplishments!

    i've learned to love my arms. i was always self-conscious of them, and i finally stopped comparing them to other people's. my arms have supported me as i practice yoga, they pumped me along when i ran, and i have been showing them off in sleeveless tops all summer long!

  • Stacey June 25, 2009, 5:00 am

    The birthmark on my leg 🙂 Ive spent practically my whole life trying to cover it up, but about two years ago I realized it is what makes me-me 🙂

  • healthymadison June 25, 2009, 5:18 am

    I have learned to love a muscular butt! haha. I have dieted in the past to get a "flat butt" and I did attain that. HOWEVER, it was not me! I have danced most of my life and a curvy butt is meant for me. So I love it!

  • Bec June 25, 2009, 5:53 am

    I've learned to except my lack of high, I'm 22 and not getting taller so i might as well 🙂

  • brandi June 25, 2009, 5:54 am

    i love the race history video!

    I've learned to love my arms now – they're strong even if not crazy toned like Jillians.

  • Meghann June 25, 2009, 6:12 am

    What a great video!

    Looks like someone has been having fun in movie maker 🙂

  • Rachel June 25, 2009, 6:22 am

    Wow Caitlin, that video was so great and inspiring.

  • roseyrebecca June 25, 2009, 6:31 am

    I made the most amazing french toast yesterday. It was topped with warm blueberries and bananas.

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn June 25, 2009, 6:42 am

    I would like to note that your early wake-ups are awesome from a blog reader standpoint! Yours is the first I visit eveyr morning because I know I can rely on an interesting post with a yummy and clean breakfast. So, thank you! 🙂

    And sweet video, how do you find the time! Amazing.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 25, 2009, 6:44 am

    Mel – THANK YOU! well, i went to bed at 1:30 AM and i was up at 6:30. LOL sleep is for the dead.

  • Julia June 25, 2009, 6:51 am

    I really enjoyed your video Caitlin! It was fun to see you get faster and stronger as a runner (3 races in 1 weekend!!!) and even rock a bike race!
    I bet you are so stoked for your first running race in a while 🙂 Rock on

  • Quisha June 25, 2009, 7:04 am

    Great video! It really motivates new runners like myself. Can't wait to see how your run in Sept goes 🙂

  • Fitzalan June 25, 2009, 7:10 am

    I am much like Janetha. I am covered in freckles and I have short legs. And they are muscular. I have been asked if I am a professional athlete before because of my quads.

    And my shoulders are also the envy of every 16 year old male who wants to play football. I used to hate them (try buying a suit jacket for these things!) and now I have embraced them. I swam competitively for 15 years. My father was a football player.

    My husband just hopes that if we have boys—that they get my genes that allow for me to put on muscle mass with a blink of an eye.

    All of these things are just my genes. I can't change them. I used to aim to be the smallest girl in the room…I know now that that is going to be impossible and still be healthy and also I was really unhappy trying to achieve that goal. Now I try to be the healthiest me and aim to be as fit and strong as I can be.

    Too bad I didn't embrace all this at 18, could have saved myself a lot of hardship!

    Happiness Awaits

  • Diana June 25, 2009, 7:25 am

    You're the french toast queen!

    I have also learned to accept my tummy – I always hated the "woman pouch," but these days I know it makes me attractive and feminine, and furthermore, it's my bf's favorite part of me! That pretty much says enough. 🙂

  • Aimee June 25, 2009, 7:39 am

    I love the video you put together!!!

  • Kathryn June 25, 2009, 7:56 am

    Can you please post about how you started running at the very beginning. I imagen you dindt wake up and run 3 miles without stopping. Your story and advice would be greatly apprecaited 🙂

  • MarathonVal June 25, 2009, 8:28 am

    I'm so excited that Operation Beautiful is not only going strong, but that you continue to carry on this important conversation!!

  • Joelle (Chasing Pavements) June 25, 2009, 8:29 am

    Yay for french toast! As for imperfections.. hmm, being short I'd say! There are some things you cannot change and that maybe we shouldn't even try, bc all "imperfections" so called make us who we are. 🙂

  • Matt June 25, 2009, 8:30 am

    Great video! Those are some awesome accomplishments!

  • Betsy June 25, 2009, 8:45 am

    I loved your video!!!!

  • Olga June 25, 2009, 8:49 am

    I've learned to embrace my huge hips. I want at least 3 children, so I'm glad to have them! 🙂

  • Jennifer June 25, 2009, 9:08 am

    Great video! I have my first sprint tri this weekend and talk about a great pep talk! Made me reflect on my past 2 years of consistent racing and wow how far have I come!

  • Amanda June 25, 2009, 9:18 am

    First of all, loved the race diary video .. it made me all excited for my upcoming half in September! I just love the whole act of training and running for an end goal!!

    Like you, I am (still in the process of) trying to love my stomach. It is where any little fluctuations in weight show up and I am learning that it is just the way my body was made! I am more toned thanks to yoga, but it will never be "perfect" and that will just have to be ok!!

  • Krista June 25, 2009, 9:21 am

    Can't wait to watch the video (I'm at work, so gotta keep a low profile for now…lol!) Congrats on your success and thank you for blog… It's one of my favorites.

  • Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write June 25, 2009, 9:45 am

    To answer your question… My physical imperfections are scars.

    After I lost 200 pounds, I needed to have reconstructive surgery and they removed approximately 10-15 pounds of skin. This left me pretty scarred (on my arms from elbow to armpit and down to my breasts and a large scar running literally all the way around my middle and meeting on the back). Being a young woman, this was hard for me. I was single. The idea of someone seeing my scarred body was devastating. I looked the best I'd ever looked and yet my body was a road map, as I called it.

    After my husband and I began dating, he commented one evening on my scars. (Until that time, we simply pretended like they didn't exist.) He traced a finger along my belly scar and he said, You must be so proud of these."

    I said, "What do you mean?"

    He said, "You have physical proof for the rest of your life of how brave you are, how hard you've worked and how far you've come."

    It was such a beautiful way to view this "road map" of a body, and I've never forgotten that. Over time, I've come to really be proud of who I am, just as I am.

  • BethAnn Caputo June 25, 2009, 10:07 am

    Same…stomach for sure. But actually…I think I kind of came to the conclusion that I'm happier being a little heavier so that I can eat food that I like. So I guess…accepting and loving who I am in general. It's been a long road…

  • Sammie June 25, 2009, 11:05 am

    I love the video. You really have accomplished so much in the past three years. Way to go! I look forward to seeing what other races you compete in – Rock On!!!

  • Sheri June 25, 2009, 11:12 am

    Love the video! and the music 😉

    I have also learned to love my stomach, I have had a child and it will never be completely flat!

  • janetha June 25, 2009, 11:58 am

    t surprise when i saw this post. i had so much fun reading everyone's answers too 😀

  • sweetandfit June 25, 2009, 1:44 pm

    this was such an amazing video. congrats for everything you have accomplished, you really are beautiful – inside and out! you inspire me to learn to run eventually =)

    my imperfections i have learned to embrace – the illnesses God has given me, everything happens for a reason, as well as my pear shaped body =)

  • Jessica June 25, 2009, 2:10 pm

    Man… I'm choking back tears here. What a great video Caitlin. Compared to the first picture you showed of yourself "before" you look SO happy now. Seems like you're really living life to the fullest! Truly an inspiration. 🙂

  • heyitstay June 25, 2009, 9:28 pm

    I absolutely love that video!! It was so emotional! haha. Probably also due to the music 🙂

    Seriously, nothing hits closer to home than "Be grateful for every mile". I will never take another mile for granted again!!

  • prinny June 27, 2009, 7:40 am

    I think blogger killed my comment?! Weird.

    Anyway – great video, very inspiring! I wanted to ask who that song is by? Thanks!

    And – I fairly new to your blog, but I really enjoy reading it.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 27, 2009, 8:09 am

    prinny – sry blogger ate your comment! the song is dare you to move by switchfoot. and thanks for reading 🙂

  • Thinspired June 27, 2009, 2:10 pm

    Caitlin, this gave me goosebumps. Matt and I just watched it together. LOVE IT! This is such a great tribute to your runs, for your readers and for yourself. It's awesome!

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