Week 4

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Did you know that a digital camera memory stick can survive being dropped into a bowl of minestrone soup?  True story.  🙂


My day was LONG.  I am very tired and think I’m going to call it a night soon!


But, first things first:


Today is the beginning of Week 4 of my "Get Back to 5.0 Milers" training plan.  Week 4 looks like it’s going to be a pretty  challenging week.  Here are my statistics for each week:


  • Week 1:  Run 6.1 miles, Cross train 60 minutes, Bike 12.0 miles
  • Week 2: Run 7.1 miles, Cross train for 30 minutes
  • Week 3: Run 8.0 miles, Bike 21.0 miles


Regarding marathon training — Mama’s Weeds recommended Hal Hidgon’s Novice 3 Plan, which is described as being "designed for experienced runners, those who have been running for several years, who enjoy running road races between 5-K and the marathon, but who find it difficult to run more often than three times a week. Perhaps it is because of a lack of time or perhaps it is because too frequent running raises their risk of injury."  Sounds like a perfect fit for me!  I think I’m going to use this plan (with some modifications), but I need to concentrate on getting my weekly mileage up to 12.0 miles/week with a 6 mile ASAP.  Hal’s plan is 24 weeks long so I need to step up my game NOW.


Here are the eats for the day:


Lunch was a whole wheat bagel with hummus, a side salad, and watermelon.


Plus, a half a vegan cupcake that the Husband bought me as a congrats for being on TV. 🙂


And half a cookie that was leftover from the 4th of July party:


Mid-afternoon snacks included cereal:


And apricots (times two):


Dinner was minestrone soup (which I dropped my camera memory stick into… it was fine, though!) and Blue Chips with melted cheddar cheese on top.



Well, I’m going to call it a night!  It’s been quite a day between a 5:00 AM wake-up call, a TV appearance (the video for which is embedded in the morning post), and a full day of work! :) 


Good night! Sleep tight.



  • Heather July 6, 2009, 5:02 pm

    Not like I need one, but where can you find vegan cupcakes in Orlando?!

    I've dropped both my camera and iPhone in various places and they've always survived. I'm not sure how I got so lucky. Glad your memory stick made it through!

  • runnerskitchen July 6, 2009, 5:05 pm

    Is the vegan cupcake from a bakery or a grocery store? It looks kind of like the ones Jenna from EatLiveRun used to bake when she worked in the bakery!

  • Sarah July 6, 2009, 5:11 pm

    That cupcake looks divine!
    I'm so glad your memory stick lived to tell the tale… That would have been a huge bummer if it died.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 6, 2009, 5:16 pm

    cupcake is from dandelion communitea cafe, a vegan place in orlando!

  • Peanut Butter Swirl July 6, 2009, 5:22 pm

    if anyone can get back to running its you caitlin! good luck 🙂

    mm scrumptious looking cupcake!

  • Heather July 6, 2009, 5:25 pm

    thanks Caitlin! I haven't been to Dandelion in awhile so I think I need to make a stop.

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) July 6, 2009, 5:32 pm

    I always forget about bagels and hummus together…so simple but good! 😀

    The cupcake looks delish! 😀

  • Stacey July 6, 2009, 5:42 pm

    Good luck getting up to those five-milers 🙂

  • gymratfoodie July 6, 2009, 5:43 pm

    I'm picking running back up after 6-7weeks of no running (shin splints for the first 5-6 weeks…). Heh. I signed up for a 5k on July 22… figured I'd dive right back in!

  • leslie July 6, 2009, 5:51 pm

    good to know about the memory stick lol. that marathon program could not look more perfect for you! glad you found a good one.

  • Matt July 6, 2009, 5:58 pm

    Sounds like a good plan! I bet you'll rock it!

  • Julie July 6, 2009, 6:00 pm

    You were great on TV today! 🙂

    You are going to kick butt on those runs this week!!


  • HangryPants July 6, 2009, 6:11 pm

    How come you have to find a training plan if you are doing TNT? I thought they give you one to follow.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) July 6, 2009, 6:13 pm

    Nothing like a yummy cupcake to say job well done, huh? 🙂

  • ms July 6, 2009, 6:15 pm

    great job on the newscast, caitlin!! i'm impressed at how relaxed and calm you are ~ perhaps you are an anchor-in-the-making? you just exude calm, confidence and *beauty*. congratulations!!

  • Casey @ Double Scooped July 6, 2009, 6:16 pm

    Mmm that cupcake looks phenomenal! Good job husband!

  • Lauren July 6, 2009, 6:16 pm

    OMG Caitlin, I just watched your fox news segment. AMAZING!

    I had chills while watching.

    I can not being to explain how proud I am of you. You are such an inspiration. You actually remind me so much of Cristen from Self's Eat Like Me. I think fame may be in your future.

    You had such a wonderful day and I only hope tomorrow is just as fantastic.

  • Jewels July 6, 2009, 6:20 pm

    your tv appearance was amazing, congrats on spreading your message.

    i also read your article in the nydaily news, you probably knew about it but wanted to tell you in case you didn't!


  • Emily July 6, 2009, 6:23 pm

    So cool that were on TV, congrats!

  • heyitstay July 6, 2009, 6:24 pm

    That sounds like a perfect plan! You'll rock the training – you've been increasing smartly, and seem to have no troubles!

    PS: May I have the other 1/2 of that cupcake? Pretty please? 😀

  • healthy ashley July 6, 2009, 6:29 pm

    That looks like my cookie! 🙂

  • Betsy July 6, 2009, 6:44 pm

    Hey belated congrats on the tv spot – you were so articulate 🙂

  • Bec July 6, 2009, 6:57 pm

    what a busy day, that cup cake looks amazing!

  • katherine July 6, 2009, 7:04 pm

    A busy day, but it sounds like a great one 🙂 Congrats on the TV interview – you looked beautiful and sounded great!! Sleep well!

  • havefaith4ever July 6, 2009, 7:30 pm

    I loved the video of you on the news for operation beautiful! You were awesome 🙂

    Vegan Cupcakes? Yum! I love dried apricots.

    <3 jess

  • roseyrebecca July 6, 2009, 7:31 pm

    I dropped my camera on my kitchen floor on my birthday and sadly it did not survive.

    Unfortunately, my one year warranty did not cover drunk. 🙂

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now July 6, 2009, 8:11 pm

    I'm glad you found what sounds like a perfect training plan for you!

  • kasondra July 6, 2009, 8:37 pm

    Hay Caitlin! i just wanted to say hi as a fellow blogger. i wanted to thank you for your blog. I'm trying to network in the blogging community. Please check out my blog sometime and feel free to ad me to your blogroll!! : ) have a memorable day!

  • tryingtobefit July 6, 2009, 8:45 pm

    Do the orange and green blocks mean something different?

  • Amandamoo July 6, 2009, 9:24 pm

    Uh-oh, you need to go moderate comments on the Operation Beautiful site. Quick!

  • ChickPea July 6, 2009, 9:27 pm

    Haha, my camera has survived multiple spilled wine incidents. Still works:)

  • Thinspired July 7, 2009, 1:33 am

    Ahhh! I didn't realize the video was embedded in your last post! Just watched it…you did so great! You are calm and clear, and just look fantastic!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 7, 2009, 3:04 am

    heather – they do give you one but i heard its really elementary. so i want to find my own. i could be wrong, though!

  • Miz July 7, 2009, 3:50 am

    there have to be vegan cupcakes here in Austin as well.


    playdate today.


    with a vegan friend and her vegan daughter 🙂

  • Normal Gal July 7, 2009, 5:56 am

    Let us know how the training plan goes. I'm doing his 10K one now.

  • brandi July 7, 2009, 6:22 am

    that training plan sounds perfect!

    how sweet of him to get you that cupcake – it looks really good.

  • Sarah W. July 7, 2009, 6:47 am

    I hear ya on getting back to 5 milers!!!! I'm working on that myself but am only running 3 days weekly currently b/c I dont want to give up weight lifting or HIIT or swimming – thanks for the link to Hal's 3 plan! I'll have to modify it for me soon – I've got 4 10 mile trail races beginning in Oct (1), 2 in Nov, 1 in Dec 🙂 eeek

    hoping to do 5 miles straight on Saturday

    I dropped my brand new digital canon powershot into a cup of BEER – rather, my friend dropped it – we immediately turned it off, removed battery & memory card and let everything sit in a baggie of RICE for a week – my camera still works – apparently I'm a super lucky person

  • mamasweeds July 7, 2009, 8:11 am

    Oh I'm so glad the Novice 3 plan is a good fit! I thought it might, YAY!

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