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I decided to run this morning instead of biking.  I like to follow my training plan as closely as possible because it’s important to safely and slowly increase weekly mileage.  If I had skipped today’s run, I’d be looking at a 7-mile jump next week – no good!


I decided to bring my camera in my SpiBelt to make the run more interesting.  I was disappointed when I realized there isn’t a lot to photograph on my 5.0 mile route.  It’s just a bunch of houses!


The sun was in FULL FORCE:


Fun with the self-timer:


There’s a spot on my runs that I consider the “finish line.”  One of my personal pet peeves is when I slow down RIGHT BEFORE the finish line during a race.  The race is NOT over until it’s over.  :)  I always sprint to this portion of the sidewalk:


I was all sorts of exhausted by the time I got home!  That sun takes a lot out of me.


Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 49:14
  • Distance: 5.0 miles
  • Mile 1: 9:22
  • Mile 2: 9:40
  • Mile 3:9:52
  • Mile 4: 10:27 (walking break)
  • Mile 5: 9:52


When I came home, I had part two of breakfast:


A strawberry and banana almond breeze shake.


And lunch was easy-peasy:


I heated one up of these Amy’s Kitchen wraps:



And had a salad with garlic feta cheese:


And crackers + hummus:


My mouth is happy!


Chickens in Sweaters

Kristen sent me a really interesting video about Cobble Hills Farm Sanctuary, which offers at-risk children the chance to participate in rescuing former battery hens.  Check out the video – which features chickens in sweaters – and head over to the Cobble Hills Farms Sanctuary website to learn more.  🙂



  • BethT @ Pretty By The Bay October 7, 2009, 11:41 am

    OK, I love that Maggie is sniffing you after your run…my dog does the same, along with licking the sweat from my legs! Too cute.

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 7, 2009, 11:45 am

    Your finish line is awesome – I have a preset “finish” line for sections of my run, and I always try to sprint through them instead of slowing down before I turn around or enjoy the scenery in my neighborhood by walking a bit 🙂

  • Lizzy October 7, 2009, 11:54 am

    you are just like me, i hate slowing down until i pass that finish line! That Amy’s wrap looks pretty amazing. I’ve seen them around and i need to pick one up!

  • Diana October 7, 2009, 11:57 am

    Glad your run was good! That lunch looks yummy. 🙂

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 7, 2009, 12:00 pm

    I have been working on sprinting through the finish too! Usually I am just so happy to be “not running” at the end of a race that I start slowing down about 10 steps before I’m actually there. Next race (half on Nov 1st!) I am going to sprint across that line!

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life October 7, 2009, 12:02 pm

    nice going on your run with you!! Lunch looks yummy! I am hungry I think I will eat lunch 🙂

  • Jessie (Vegan-minded) October 7, 2009, 12:04 pm

    Florida sun can be brutal! At least it is starting to get slightly cooler (like 2 degrees) and less humid here in Miami.

    I have to try that samosa wrap, it looks yummy and healthy 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 7, 2009, 12:04 pm

    The sun really beats me up, too. I can feel the effects all day long if I exercise in the heat and sun.

  • Mica October 7, 2009, 12:06 pm

    I like that Maggie is ready to sniff your feet after your run! It’s like a mini postrace recovery area!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 7, 2009, 12:13 pm

    I definitely prefer to sprint at the finish line 🙂

    Kudos to you for making it in the heat and sun. I’m glad ours is dwindling down, I finally feel like I can run outside again!

    Thanks for taking us along 😉

  • Carrie October 7, 2009, 12:14 pm

    Caitlin- I just got caught up on your blog and was so sorry to hear about poor James. I’m glad to hear he’s doing better! Our dachshund Maggie had a similar illness a couple of years ago-so scary!! They diagnosed her with HG (can’t remember what that’s short for), an intestinal issue and said it is fairly common in small doggies. They suggested we feed her special food for sensitive stomachs to decrease the likelihood of further issues. She has been fine ever since, thank goodness!! So, you might want to look into the special food for James, if you haven’t already. We’ve actually switched our other dachshund to the same food too since it got annoying buying two different kinds.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance October 7, 2009, 12:15 pm

    Love the run pictures!!! I need to get a SpiBelt so I can do the same, how fun! Yeah, it is quite SUNNY out there today. Love the wrap, yummy!

    =) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance (after a “100 Pound” weight loss)

  • MelissaNibbles October 7, 2009, 12:15 pm

    I’m jealous that you still have the heat and the sun! It’s cold here in Boston!

  • Ashley October 7, 2009, 12:28 pm

    I had to stop my morning runs outside b/c its too dark and way too cold in NYC right now. So jealous!

    I love the self timer pic!

  • brandi October 7, 2009, 12:29 pm

    great job on the run!

  • Evan Thomas October 7, 2009, 12:37 pm

    I usually use little knicks in the sidewalk/driveway too to determine where I’m going

  • Dawn (HealthySDLiving) October 7, 2009, 12:40 pm

    Lunch looks great–I’ve been dying to try something of Amy’s, always looks so good!

  • Paige October 7, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Aww your pictures make me wish I were in Florida 🙂 Great job on the run!

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness October 7, 2009, 1:08 pm

    Looks like a fun run.

  • Sarah Jayne October 7, 2009, 1:08 pm

    Super jealous of your sunshine. It’s rained here every day since LAST Thursday!!!! Agghh!

    That wrap looks so yummy! Amy always comes through when ya just don’t feel like cookin 🙂

  • Allison (Balance in Bites) October 7, 2009, 1:15 pm

    Haha, I love the self-timer – very fun =)

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite October 7, 2009, 1:21 pm

    Running in the sum and humidity takes a lot out of me too! Running in the fall weather energizes me 🙂

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale October 7, 2009, 1:48 pm

    I’ve never seen that wrap before! I need to track it down… I love me anything remotely Indian-flavored!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 7, 2009, 1:48 pm

    LOVING your eats today! Everything looks soooo good!
    What did you think of the Amy’s Samosa wrap?

    • caitlin October 7, 2009, 1:57 pm

      its really good! its expensive but its kind of nice to have in a pinch when you dont feel like cooking.

  • Jenna October 7, 2009, 1:54 pm

    good job on the run!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 7, 2009, 1:54 pm

    LOL at Maggie licking your shoes. Peanut jumps on the arm of the chair to try and lick the sweat off my face. I swear the dog has a salt deficiency. 🙂

    You are right about the increase in milage. I need to keep that in mind for when I get back to running after PT for my ITBS.

    • caitlin October 7, 2009, 1:56 pm

      maggie will lick my skin CLEAN when i get home. its gross but i let her because i’m about to get in the shower 🙂

  • Ellen October 7, 2009, 2:59 pm

    I always sprint at the end too, but then I feel like I should have been going at a faster pace throughout the run. That wrap looks DELISH. I’ve never tried any of Amy’s products, but I think I need to start…I’ve read lots of good things about them!


  • angieinatlanta October 7, 2009, 3:26 pm

    Yum! I love Amy’s – it’s saved this busy girl’s life more than once!

    Good idea about sprinting to the end! When I was in high school and I ran track, my coaches told me to picture the finish line as being 5 feet past the real one so I wouldn’t subconsciously slow down. It worked!

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, Healthy living blog :) October 7, 2009, 3:33 pm

    YUM! Caitlin your food looks so good!! And you look lovely when you run 😀 I love how you sprint across the finish line. That’s motivated me to start sprinting once I get to the end of my runs. It’s a little burst at the end that makes me feel like I made so much more of an effort 🙂

  • Erin October 7, 2009, 4:36 pm

    I always appreciate your portioned eats, especially at lunch. It reminds me about how important the size of the food is – not just what’s in it! That’s biggest challenge that I’ve had to work on in changing my eating habits. Thanks!

    • caitlin October 7, 2009, 7:17 pm

      It took me a looong time to learn portion control, but once I mastered it, eating healthy and maintaining my weight was a lot easier. My weakness is still granola – I love copious amounts of granola!!! 🙂

  • Angharad (Eating for England) October 7, 2009, 5:21 pm

    LOVE the British Accent Guy glass! Hilarious!

  • Jolene ( October 7, 2009, 8:49 pm

    Your eats look especially yummy today! I love the pictures from your run!

  • Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) October 7, 2009, 10:14 pm

    Thanks for the fun run Caitlin! You are so creative and silly….reading your blog makes me smile and encourages me to get out there and work up a sweat too (and lord knows it was HOT enough today! Sheesh!)

  • Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) October 8, 2009, 1:54 am

    Ha ha! Cracking up at the glass!! Must get me one of those 😀

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