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Good morning!  I overslept and woke up with a stiff neck from biking.  It’s always surprising to me how much my muscles rebel when I take a few days off.  I couldn’t fit in my run this morning, but I did lots of stretches, and I’m going to run later (working a 1/2 day, woo hoo).


Breakfast sure looked pretty!


I had banana oatmeal that contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • Toppings: blueberries, flax, and apricot


Fun Links


  • Meghan is raising money for Team in Training, too!  She created an awesome electronic cookbook that you can buy with a $10 donation to her cause.  Check out it here!
  • Zesty Cook is on vacation, but there’s a fun guest post up from Alisa from One Frugal Foodie on how to make Sweet Tart Watermelon Lemonade and it sounds sooo delicious!
  • The latest "Where in the USA is Monica?" post is up on Operation Beautiful!

A Reader Success!

Holly emailed me last month to tell me that she was training for a 5K and her knees were bothering her a little.  I gave her some advice and wished her good luck!  Well, I just got an email from Holly and she completed her first 5k!


Holly said, "While I didn’t break any records, I finished in 40:14 and only walked for about 45 seconds.  It may not seem too impressive, but only 10 weeks ago I could only run 2 minutes without stopping (not exaggerating!!!) and I didn’t even take my first walk mini-break til 2 miles!  I never thought I would ever ever be a "runner."  But now I love it, and it shows you can do anything you put your mind too!  And my fiance even promised to do my next one with me (he’s in Iraq now, so kinda hard for him to do this past one)!"


Rock on, Holly!


Anyone else completed something new and challenging lately?



  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) July 17, 2009, 4:51 am

    Breakfast is BEAUTIFUL this morning! 🙂

    I haven't accomplished any new challenges lately, but I have plans to do a 7 mile run before the summer is over. I've been in a running rut as far as mileage and would love to get over the 5/6 mile hump. 🙂

  • NYgirl@heart July 17, 2009, 5:05 am

    Hey Caitlin!
    I just finished my first 15K last weekend. It was awesome! I've heard about this race for years but never thought I could run that long. I finished in 1:33:16 and I felt awesome! I do have to say that you inspired me to run it after reading your post on the 15K trail run a few months back.
    Have a great day!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 17, 2009, 5:12 am

    Sarah – YOU CAN DO IT!

    NYGirl – AWESOME!!! a 15K is a great and challenging distance, but its one of my favorites! glad my race recaps helped you.. that 15 mile trail run was a little bitch LOL

  • Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) July 17, 2009, 5:13 am

    That is a pretty breakfast!
    I haven't completed any new challenges recently. I'm currently trying to plan out what new things I want to do for the rest of the summer and the fall.

  • Tami July 17, 2009, 5:33 am

    i am running 17 miles this weekend! I have only run this far one other time.

    have a great weekend Caitlin

  • HangryPants July 17, 2009, 5:34 am

    Bicycle Question: Last night I tried to ride Mark's bike around the neighborhood. First problem was it had no brakes, so I couldn't really take it anywhere. Well it had half a brake. Second problem, my right now was in pain the whole time. I never have knee problems when running and it was only in my right knee. I also never have this problem when riding a bike at the gym. Do you have any suggestions? You cured my sciatica last time, so I thought I'd ask.

  • Niki July 17, 2009, 5:44 am

    In May, I ran my first half marathon. I finished in 2:12:09 and didn't have to walk at all!

  • Christina! July 17, 2009, 5:50 am

    I just did my first official run lastnight! I bike and swim a lot but I've never run so I've decided to do the Couch to 5k program. It wasn't super hard but I'm proud I did it!

    Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Cait (Cait's Plate) July 17, 2009, 6:04 am

    I haven't yet accomplished it, but I'm thinking about signing up for my first half marathon!! EEK!

    Signing up will be the first major accomplishment, then completing it will be another 🙂

  • Angharad July 17, 2009, 6:12 am

    Your breakfast looks SO GOOD today! Way to go to your reader on her 5K – I have my first ever 10K coming up next weekend and my first ever 10 miler in October – I'm super pumped to start the training but nervous because I also have knee troubles…

    Happy Friday!!

  • Peanuts & Crackerjacks July 17, 2009, 6:17 am

    Mine is not physical…but I got my masters in molecular biology!

    I am training for a half marathon though now!

  • Eve July 17, 2009, 6:33 am

    Enjoy your half day! Those oats are beautiful, I've never thought of using fresh apricots in oats. I'm going to try that this week b/c I still have 2 leftover from my last week's CSA and i'm getting more from today's delivery!!

  • L. Simone July 17, 2009, 6:41 am

    Your breakfast looks so pretty! I think I mught go make some oatmeal 😉

  • brandi July 17, 2009, 6:46 am

    yay for a half day! i love fresh apricots, and they look great on your oats.

    I'm so glad Mitch found a home! That's awesome.

    My last race, a 10K trail run was the hardest thing I've ever done, but I finished and beat my goal time!

  • Emily July 17, 2009, 7:01 am

    Go Holly! That's really inspiring, since I'm the exact same way. This was just the motivation I needed to do the couch to 5k. I've gotta get crackin'!

  • Holly July 17, 2009, 7:20 am

    Thanks again for sharing my story, Caitlin!! And your breakfast looks so yummy!

    to Emily- I used this plan from Runner's World and I really like it (after I failed three couch to 5k attempts!) Just thought I would share!,7120,s6-380-381-386-9397-0,00.html

    Have a wonderful day!!

  • Julie July 17, 2009, 7:29 am

    enjoy your half day!

    Congrats to Holly 🙂

  • Island Girl Eats July 17, 2009, 7:34 am

    Morning! Your breakkie looked delicious as usual!

    Good work on finding Mitch a home. You have such a good heart.

  • The Decayed Gentlewoman July 17, 2009, 8:15 am

    I love organic milk b/c it lasts *forever* because it is ultra pasteurized. I bought a carton last Friday and it doesn't expire until Aug. 15th.

  • The Decayed Gentlewoman July 17, 2009, 8:16 am

    Oh and I wanted to tell you that the 5K trail run I was toying with the idea of doing (and asked you if you thought I could do it)is Sunday!!! I'm going to do it and I am really excited!!

  • K from ksgoodeats July 17, 2009, 8:20 am

    YAY Holly!! I just started running again and for the first time, I'm actually loving it!

  • Anonymous July 17, 2009, 8:49 am

    I am currently training for a half-marathon! This is amazing for me, since I have asthma and could not jog for more than 1 or 2minutes at a time, just 4 weeks ago!
    I'm definitely taking a lot of walk breaks when I run, but my current distance is between 4 and 5 miles! It's such a great feeling of accomplishment.


  • Spotty Prep July 17, 2009, 8:57 am

    I haven't accomplished my latest challenge yet- a triathlon- but I am swimming a few times a week and working towards it!

    Also, always glad to hear a happy pet finds a home story 🙂

  • hopskipleap July 17, 2009, 8:58 am

    yay for half-days! The oats are very pretty! Gotta love what fresh fruit does for ya!

    I really want to train for a big race, like a 10k (that's big for me!), but I don't feel like I have the time to commit to runs longer than 30 minutes! Do you think it's possible to still be able to train myself up for one by maybe only doing one longer run a week?

    Good luck with the race this weekend, I'm sure it will be swell!


  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 17, 2009, 9:05 am

    hopskipandleap – yes, definitely! try to do 3 milers 2 or 3 times a week and then try to work up your long run distance to 6 miles and you'll be fine.

  • Emily July 17, 2009, 9:22 am

    That breakfast IS beautiful!

  • faith July 17, 2009, 9:23 am

    Mantra Makeover #2 is up, check it out and let me know your thoughts! hope all is well in caitlin land!

  • heyitstay July 17, 2009, 9:51 am

    Gaaah I need to read your posts BEFORE I make breakfast! I keep forgetting to put flax on my oatmeal!! haha

  • seesaraheat July 17, 2009, 11:17 am

    Congrats to Holly! I remember how great I felt finishing that first 5k. I haven't done anything new recently but I hope to in the future 🙂 Happy weekend.

  • Stacey July 17, 2009, 12:31 pm

    Haven't completed it yet, but I just signed up for a 10k trail race!! That will be the longest I ever raced before 🙂 since I am training for a half marathon, I figure I better start doing longer races, haha

  • roseyrebecca July 17, 2009, 7:44 pm

    Those oats do look amazing! I had some amazing oatmeal this morning myself!

  • Jessica July 18, 2009, 12:39 am

    I just completed my first Sprint Tri last weekend. It was awesome 🙂

    I'm doing another one in three weeks and then I have my first Half Marathon in September. And so on and so on. I'm race obsessed!

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