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Good morning!  Today is a rest day before my long run.  I’m moving this week’s long run up to Friday because we’ll be in Miami this weekend.  We’re going to watch the Miami Hurricanes play (and have a super-healthy tailgate courtesy of Arnold Bread!).


In preparation of tomorrow’s 14.0-miler, I did some strength training this morning:


  • 30 push-ups
  • 100 bicycle crunches
  • Two 30-second planks


And then I ate a wonderful breakfast:


My banana oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings:  raspberries, dates, almonds, and coconut


Happy World Vegetarian Day!


*Throws veggie-shaped confetti in the air* (a la MizFit)

World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day kicks off Vegetarian Month, and non-vegetarians are more than welcome to celebrate, too!  🙂 Use this month to explore some yummy vegetarian recipes.   


Don’t you love it how every lifestyle, food, activity, and ideal has a "day"?   Hell, there is even Waffle Day, Coffee Day, Blog Day, Running Day, and International Women’s Day.   Basically, there is ALWAYS something to celebrate! 🙂



  • Amy October 1, 2009, 5:02 am

    Way to be up and at ’em! It’s 9pm here in Japan and I’m headed so I can do my long run tomorrow because a typhoon is threatening to bring bad weather for the weekend. Have fun in Miami, but Go Gators! 🙂

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 1, 2009, 5:17 am

    Hey fellow vegetarian, I will have to check out this World Vegetarian Day, thanks for the head’s up!

  • Jenna October 1, 2009, 5:21 am

    wow! i didn’t know there was a vegeterian month or any other celebrated day! so cool.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 1, 2009, 5:36 am

    Hopefully vegetarian month will help me eat more vegetables. 🙂

  • jen trinque October 1, 2009, 5:39 am

    Yay for vegetarian month! Your oatmeal looks lovely.

  • emily October 1, 2009, 5:43 am

    There IS always something to celebrate! I’m so jealous you get to see the ‘Canes in action, I miss being at UM 🙂

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full October 1, 2009, 5:47 am

    I had no idea there were all those days to celebrate! And who knew there was a whole month for vegetarians?! Can’t wait to check out the recipes!

  • leslie October 1, 2009, 5:49 am

    i do love that there is a “day” for everything – it’s nice to think that we can celebrate something different every day!

    happy vegetarian month!

  • Liz October 1, 2009, 5:52 am

    Yay for vegetarian day! My fave is peanut butter day!

  • Maura October 1, 2009, 6:02 am

    Hey everyone!

    In addition to it being World Vegetarian Day (which is awesome, btw), October 1st kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month! So wear pink, and show some love! <3

  • barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) October 1, 2009, 6:05 am

    World Veggie Day…pretty dang cool! Good luck on your 14 miler tomorrow:)

  • jenna October 1, 2009, 6:22 am

    Thats funny their is a blog day as well! hee hee life is a celebration…might as well party it up everyday! 🙂 Happy veggie day!

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 1, 2009, 6:25 am

    Yay for veggies! Your oatmeal looks tasty!

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats October 1, 2009, 6:45 am

    Happy Vegetarian Day and month! I love all the random food holidays out there, but today is one that I don’t have to do anything for. 🙂

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life October 1, 2009, 6:52 am

    I love reasons to celebrate!

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life October 1, 2009, 6:55 am

    Happy Vegetarian Day!! It is a big reason to celebrate!!

  • Runeatrepeat October 1, 2009, 6:56 am

    Happy Vegetarian Day/Month!!! I’m excited to partake 🙂

  • Evan Thomas October 1, 2009, 6:57 am

    Ooo Happy vegetarian day! Maybe I’ll challenge myself not to eat meat, which actually has become a common thing for me these days

  • Matt October 1, 2009, 6:58 am

    Good luck on tomorrows 14!

  • Paige October 1, 2009, 7:05 am

    Yay for vegetarian month! I’m celebrating today by going meat-free (not a vegetarian, but a flexitarian) and doing my best to go all month with as little meat as I can 😀

  • Adriane October 1, 2009, 7:05 am

    Happy Vegetarian Month! Have fun in Miami!

  • Gina October 1, 2009, 7:08 am

    I had no idea October was Vegetarian Month. I don’t eat meat much anyways, so I’ll try to go a month meat-free! Good luck on your run tomorrow!

  • Katie October 1, 2009, 7:23 am

    I didn’t know there was a vegetarian month! I used to be one, but it doesn’t agree with my body :/ I will do a veggie day though! Planning on Pizza for one meal and spaghetti squash for another. I’m glad to see you are trying to enjoy vegetables. Try baked fried eggplant pretty healthy and delicious! Also there are roasted veggies with seasoning. Making things into fries. So many yummy unique things to do with veggies. This is coming from a former veggie hater.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance October 1, 2009, 7:32 am

    I am all for “Coffee Day” and “Running Day” of course!!! Your oatmeal looked devine…….made mine with just apples added seem so boring but it was good.

    =) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness October 1, 2009, 7:43 am

    Wow! You are up early! What time do you get up? Your post was before 5 am, so I’m assuming 4:30 ish? Wow… *impressed.* I just wanted to come out of the woodworks and say hi! I’ve been reading for a little while and I started my own blog (www.tropicalhappiness.com)… so I just wanted to say HELLO!!!!!!
    I’m in South Florida… so GO CANES!!!!

    • Caitlin October 1, 2009, 11:21 am

      oh man i just realized i had my time zone set on california or something — i posted that at 8 AM. 🙂 I was up at 6:30 though!

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness October 1, 2009, 7:44 am

    PS- I’m juuuust starting my blog, so I still have a lot of design work to do to get it to look the way I want!

  • skinnyrunner October 1, 2009, 7:50 am

    is there a cupcake day? i bet so, need to find out when it is now!

  • Stephanie October 1, 2009, 7:58 am

    How cool that pierogies came up from the link you posted for veg recipes— these are an old family tradition for us (I’m Polish) and they are FANTASTIC!!! I love the holidays when we get to have them, or anytime for that matter 🙂 yum 🙂

  • Nicole October 1, 2009, 8:00 am

    Good luck on your 14 miler tomorrow!! I’m taking a break from running to heal my ankle. It is just a week and a half, but I’m dying! I will be living through you!

  • Katie October 1, 2009, 8:01 am

    Just to chime in a little late, I am very excited for all of your successes! It is very neat! Now that you are transitioning to a non work schedule, I am wondering if you could comment or post about how you are handling it. You are always so organized and I know it would be helpful to see you you prioritize.

    Keep up the AWESOME work!

    • Caitlin October 1, 2009, 11:20 am

      haha its not really a “non work” schedule… i’m just self-directed now. but i’ll answer your question at lunch!

  • Leah @ L4L October 1, 2009, 8:01 am

    I wish raspberries weren’t so darn expensive here. Those look divine!

    • Caitlin October 1, 2009, 11:20 am

      i got them at costco for pretty cheap for a huge amount!

  • Stacey October 1, 2009, 8:19 am

    Woot woot! Have fun in Miami this weekend 🙂

  • Cindy October 1, 2009, 11:40 am

    I did not know October was Vegetarian month…

    My husband is walking the edge of wanting to give it a try…maybe this is the nudge he needs.


  • RhodeyGirl October 1, 2009, 11:43 am

    I will forever be indebted to you for teaching me that coconut on oatmeal rocks. Ever since you mentioned it (over a year ago) I am addicted. Haven’t seen it on your oats in a while, but I am happy it made an appearance!

    Running question: As I *think* you know, PB and I are running the Disney Half Marathon. It is about 7 weeks after the Philly Half Marathon. How do we prepare for it? Running is easier for us now and long distances are not as challenging. Do we take a week off after the half, and then start with week 6 of the Hal Higdon plan? (our preferred training plan). Do we keep up the higher mile long runs on the weekends from say, weeks 10 and 11, and then taper appropriately before Disney? We have no idea what to do!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 1, 2009, 11:54 am

    Yeah for Vegetarian month – my goal this month it to try 10 new vegetarian recipes from the many cookbooks I have and never get around to 🙂

  • Diana October 1, 2009, 1:49 pm

    I’m definitely thinking about trying some veggie recipes, like bean burgers, etc. 😀

  • Allison October 1, 2009, 4:41 pm

    Today is definitely a day to celebrate! It’s my birthday and I’m a vegetarian!

  • Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) October 1, 2009, 10:15 pm

    There IS always something to celebrate! When I was a kid at camp one year our theme was “Celebrate Life” and I’ve embraced it everyday since then. I find something in my day, everyday, to make me smile, laugh and relax. It’s so second nature now, it’s a wonderful habit to make!

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