A Foggy Morning

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My favorite type of weather is chilly and foggy – you know when the air seems heavy with water, like it might rain any moment?  Love it.  It’s like that right now in Central Florida, and I was so happy to go for a run.


First, I had a mini breakfast with the Husband.  We had couple’s wheatgrass shots:


And I had a small piece of French bread with melted cheese:


This cheese is AMAZING.  The Husband picked it out (those British boys know their cheese) from Costco’s wonderful cheese selection.  I could live on cheese. Obviously.


This was my first run since my surgery on Monday, so I was a little cautious in terms of distance and speed.  I knew within the first mile that I was going to be fine, so after that I just tried to enjoy the wonderful weather:


  • Distance: 3.5 miles
  • Duration: 32:53
  • Average Pace: 9:24


I’ve noticed that my average pace has slowly dropped from 10:00/miles to 9:30/mile over the last two months!


I jammed to this awesome playlist:

 3 Mile Playlist

Post-run breakfast #2:


Oikos Greek yogurt, raspberries, and Harvest granola.  Yum.


I’m currently dying my hair.  New Moon motivated me to go a little darker – I love the look of long, dark hair.  Brunettes have fun, too! :)  Here’s my current color:


Please excuse the bed-head.  🙂


Thanksgiving Plans


Tomorrow is American Thanksgiving Day, one of my favorite holidays (Christmas is #1).  I’m excited, but we don’t have big plans.  We’re driving about 1 hour south tomorrow to see my dad’s side of the family.  I have the best husband in the world, as he agreed to do 2 years in a row with my family. Thanks, Husband. 


Blogging will be on a normal schedule for me, so if you’d like to escape your own family and read some blogs, mine will be here!  :) 


I’m on duty to make Green Bean Casserole this year.  What are you making for your celebration?



  • Meg C. November 25, 2009, 9:43 am

    I’m making vegan cornbread!

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) November 25, 2009, 9:43 am

    I’m bringing Chocolate Crumb Bars and Aged Cheddar, Bacon, and Beer Mac and Cheese. Totally unhealthy, but it’s just one day! Links to recipes are on my blog.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 25, 2009, 9:44 am

    That french bread and cheese looks mouth-watering! I am making a boatload of desserts. Cupcakes, cookies, sheetcake…can’t wait.

  • Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) November 25, 2009, 9:45 am

    I can’t believe you’re already running! Go Caitlin!

    I’m making a home-made apple tart- I’m gonna free hand the crust so it’s all old school and ghetto and uneven- can’t WAIT!!!

  • Katie November 25, 2009, 9:47 am

    I made Carmelitas and just helping out w/ whatever plus making whatever I decide to eat.

    My running has gotten faster too isn’t it awesome how 3 miles feel so easy after running so much on the weekends? I’m glad your back running pain free!

    I may need an escape I LOVE my family, but it sometimes feel like they are on top of you and I need some space 😉 I’m sure you understand it!

  • Nicole November 25, 2009, 9:49 am

    I’m throwing a vegan Thanksgiving and I still have no idea what I’m making. Oops! We’re planning the menu tonight. I know for sure there will be a pecan-pumpkin pie!

  • Meredith November 25, 2009, 9:51 am

    I’m making pumpkin pie to bring to my in-laws’ (we’re going there for dessert) and an apple cheesecake for my family’s dessert. Also cornbread, and I plan on helping my mom tomorrow with the entire dinner!

  • Julie @savvyeats November 25, 2009, 9:53 am

    Roasted brussels sprouts, Thanksgiving green salad, and Cranberry Quinoa!

  • Erin November 25, 2009, 9:56 am

    I’m making pumpkin spice cookies. The house will smell SO good! 😀

  • Chari November 25, 2009, 9:59 am

    Vegan squash casserole!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 25, 2009, 10:04 am

    I love the look of long, dark hair too…I’m currently growing mine out in the hopes that it will get there. I think it looks so romantic and…baroque, or something.

    Congrats on the run– I love it when you discover that your pace has gotten faster, just from regular running.

    I’ve decided that I’m making vegetarian stuffing (dressing?) for tomorrow, but I still haven’t found a recipe yet. Procrastinator, much?

  • Kat (kats daily plate) November 25, 2009, 10:05 am

    I am going to try to make an apple crisp. I am not a baker at all, but they sound pretty easy to make. We’ll see how I do!

  • Evan Thomas November 25, 2009, 10:16 am

    I’m making my own recipe crustless pupkin pie 🙂
    I still have to sample that amazing grass product; I hope it’s as good as their bars!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner November 25, 2009, 10:16 am

    I’m making some russian tea cookies and a pecan pie….nothing too light!

  • Lauren @ Dragonflies Journey November 25, 2009, 10:16 am

    The only cooking I will be doing tomorrow is breakfast for fiance, fiance’s bro and gf, and fiance’s mama. I’m making pumpkin bread french toast. Then it’s off to my mom’s house for a big dinner with the rest of the fam. Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you’re healing up well.

  • Nicole November 25, 2009, 10:16 am

    That is good that your run went well after your surgery! Green bean casserole is the dish that I am always in charge to make, but we will be driving literally all day tomorrow to Italy. Our thanksgiving will be in 2 weeks!

  • Leah @ L4L November 25, 2009, 10:17 am

    I LOVE your playlist!

    I am hosting Turkey day for the first time this year so I am making a lot.

    A veggie tray + devilled eggs for snackies and my dad is bringing a salmon cheese ball + crackers.

    I am making turkey + mashed potatoes + gravy + roasted carrots + sweet potato casserole for dinner and my aunt is bringing stuffing.

    For dessert, I am contributing Angela’s Raw Vegan Brownie Bites and my dad is making apple and pumpkin pies! YAY!

  • Christy November 25, 2009, 10:19 am

    Your hair looks great dark! My husband and I are hosting my parents tomorrow, so it will be a small dinner. I am making stuffing for the first time(by request since I don’t really like it). Hope it goes ok!

    Question…when you run with your hubby do you both wear headphones and listen to music? Does he run the same pace as you? My husband is so much faster than I am, so he usually runs slower to match my pace.

    • Caitlin November 25, 2009, 10:20 am

      i never wear headphones when i run with other people because i like to talk to them 🙂 the husband is fast but he has no endurance, so he runs at my pace and we usually do a little longer (3 opposed to 2 miles) than he is used to. sometimes when he gets bored, he sprints ahead of me and runs back LOL

      • Caitlin November 25, 2009, 10:22 am

        i shouldnt say he has “no endurance.” sorry, that was an exaggeration. he can’t/doesn’t like to run more than 30 minutes at a time.

  • Kara November 25, 2009, 10:25 am

    WOW that cheese looks good! Perfect pre-run fuel! 🙂

    I’m making some pumpkin bread for dessert, and maybe some cookies if I’m feeling especially festive!

  • Ashley November 25, 2009, 10:25 am

    I made a delicious apple pie to bring to my boyfriends side! 😀

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 25, 2009, 10:28 am

    It’s so fun to dye your hair, isn’t it? Mmm I love Thanksgiving and even though I’m going to din at the fam’s, I’m going to bring a roasted veggie dish I’m thinking.. need to have something healthy on my plate! 🙂

  • Jenna November 25, 2009, 10:32 am

    i am making roasted brussel sprouts and butternut squash with chestnuts on top 🙂

  • katie November 25, 2009, 10:36 am

    haha you even look beautiful with a bed head! If my hair looked good brown, I would totally go dark.. I think dark hair is beautiful

  • Kelly (Bite and Run) November 25, 2009, 10:36 am

    My mom asked me to make green bean casserole for her dinner! I’m making homemade stuffing for my boyfriend’s mom’s dinner. The stuffing will have cherries, goat cheese and hazelnuts in it!

  • Kristie Lynn November 25, 2009, 10:36 am

    I’m making everything this year because I’m hosting the get-together at my apartment (really small – just 3 people), but here’s the spread: hummus & veggies, pumpkin dip with apples and graham crackers, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted root veggies, massaged kale salad, roasted garlic bread, whole wheat stuffing, baked beans, pumpkin pie and a cranberry walnut tart. Phew… good thing I love cooking!

  • megan November 25, 2009, 10:37 am

    I’m going home to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving and I can’t wait – leaving right after work tonight. 🙂 Since I am travelling, I’m not making anything. But I did make some cookies to take home to my dad 🙂

  • cathy November 25, 2009, 10:39 am

    I’m making chili cheese dip and apple cranberry cobbler. have a happy holiday!

  • VeggieGirl November 25, 2009, 10:46 am

    I make the desserts and cranberry sauce each year 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 25, 2009, 10:57 am

    I am not making anything this year beyond my breakfast tomorrow morning. I did make mini pies earlier in the month to share with friends in anticipation of the holiday.

    I love long dark hair. I just cut 2 inches off of the length of mine- it was getting super long and unruly. I’m afraid to color it though – the last time I did I was 14 and ended up with pumpkin colored hair!

  • Lizzy November 25, 2009, 11:04 am

    i’m so excited to see your new hair color! 🙂

    I’m so excited for thanksgiving too! the brother and i are going to get the stuffing ingredients from the store today!!

  • Emmett Running for a Cause November 25, 2009, 11:05 am

    Caitlin- The good looks just amazing. Where do you get your playlist from? Download from? Is the Harvest Granola a cereal?
    I love Thanksgiving too, keep up the good work!!

    Any help from anyone is great appreciated!! I have only two weeks until the race! Thank you Caitlin for the donation.


  • Erin November 25, 2009, 11:06 am

    I used to be in charge of green bean casserole. We don’t always have it, though, so this year I’m in charge of the potatoes. I’m making this recipe. I’ve never made it before so here’s hoping it turns out okay!

  • Shannon November 25, 2009, 11:12 am

    What do you use to DL your music?

    • Caitlin November 25, 2009, 11:17 am


  • Nicci@NiftyEats November 25, 2009, 11:15 am

    I’m excited about the festivities tomorrow!! Have fun tomorrow and enjoy dome good food. Glad to see your run went smoothly.

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life November 25, 2009, 11:16 am

    The bread looks so good! I’m making Alton Brown’s Moo-Less chocolate pie and an appetizer.

  • Anne@ the doctor takes a wife November 25, 2009, 11:17 am

    I’m making some pumpkin cheesecake!! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  • emily November 25, 2009, 11:23 am

    I want to dye my hair!

  • Kath November 25, 2009, 11:24 am

    Whatcha say.

  • Mama Pea November 25, 2009, 11:26 am

    I’m super excited to see your hair! I’m wearing mine curly today, which though less permanent, is far scarier.

  • Runeatrepeat November 25, 2009, 11:28 am

    I really want to dye my hair! But I have no idea how and I want to do a full on color change (red to blonde). Can’t wait to see yours 🙂

  • Diana November 25, 2009, 11:31 am

    your running playlist looks like something i’d rock out to at zumba! great selection!

    I won’t be making any particular dishes for Turkey day. I’ll just help my family cook the meal overall in a joint effort.

    Any interest in giving your green bean casserole a healthy makeover for my Thanksgiving Challenge: http://thechiclife.typepad.com/the_chic_life/2009/11/thanksgiving-food-challenge—whos-in.html 🙂

    • Caitlin November 25, 2009, 11:32 am

      ive already got all the ingredients or i would!

      • Diana November 25, 2009, 11:37 am

        Blast! 😉 Maybe next time. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Ellen November 25, 2009, 11:35 am

    I have to agree–brunettes DO have more fun 😉 I’m making sweet potato casserole this year. Not the healthiest, but it’s SO good. PS. How did you get your husband to drink the wheatgrass shot?! Is he really into health, too?


    • Caitlin November 25, 2009, 11:45 am

      yes, he’s a future doctor of oriental medicine, a vegetarian, does tai chi, and exercises 🙂

  • Juli November 25, 2009, 11:37 am

    My Granny handed down the responsibility of Dressing to me this year. I’m so excited/nervous! Thinking about making a pumpkin roll as well, they are so good. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! November 25, 2009, 11:46 am

    I really enjoyed my run this morning in Orlando’s foggy/cloudy weather, however I got DRENCHED!!! =O

    I am going darker too next month. My hair is really long now and in need of a trim/maybe some long layers too and a coloring BADLY as it is just blah now. Can’t wait to see your new look!

    I am making Green Bean Casserole too this year, actually every year now for the past 4 that is! =)

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 25, 2009, 11:49 am

    I love when my time magically drops like that. Makes me feel strong.

    European boys in general know their cheeses. I remember spanish friends of mine introducing me to Manchego and it is my absolute favorite.

  • chrysta November 25, 2009, 11:50 am

    Hey! Congrats on your run! that’s awesome. I do love those rainy grey morning, but we don’t have them too much living in SoCal=) but its ok.

    Im on complete thanksgiving dinner duty! Which I’m excited for. I love to cook! Its just a small thanksgiving for us this year so I’m just making a bunch of comfort food.

    Have a great day!

  • Jessica November 25, 2009, 12:02 pm

    I am on duty to make green bean casserole this year too! But I am planning on using almonds slivers instead of the fried onions (i am allergic to gluten) so hopefully it will go over okay. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Molly November 25, 2009, 12:08 pm

    I get to make the roasted sweet potatoes!

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  • EatingRD November 25, 2009, 12:11 pm

    I’m doing a turkey trot tomorrow and really looking forward to it! We’re going to visit my fiance’s dad and step mom near fort collins in the mountains. I’m sure I’ll be freezing but it will be nice to visit 🙂 Although I won’t be making anything this year, I hope I will get to help out in the kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving to you!!!

  • Lisa November 25, 2009, 12:17 pm

    Yay! I will be reading your blog! 🙂

    I’m making a small Thanksgiving dinner for myself in the morning (prepping the food!) and then going to a friend’s house for a big meal. I live 2400 miles from family, so I won’t get to see them!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness) November 25, 2009, 12:21 pm

    Love the darker hair! We’re making mushroom casserole — I’ve never made anything for Thanksgiving before, so I’m a little nervous! Excited, though! Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

  • Kelly November 25, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Since I’m the only vegan I make my own meal. This year I’m making a stuffed quinoa acorn squash. The sides are being made without animal products so I’ll be able to eat brussel sprouts and potatoes as well. I’m also making a fall fruit crumble from the Joys of Vegan Baking.

    Have a great Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with your family.

  • Vicki November 25, 2009, 12:30 pm

    This is the first year we aren’t having any extended family/help cooking so I’m not 100% sure how it’s going to go down, or even what the full menu is. I do know that today I need to prep some sweet potato casserole and get pumpkin bread made.

    • Vicki November 25, 2009, 12:31 pm

      Oh, and good job on your running time improvements. I keep wondering if I’m ever going to naturally get faster. I hope so!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health November 25, 2009, 12:36 pm

    We are actually staying home alone this year due to random circumstances. I am making us a mini thanksgiving dinner and it should be loads of fun!

  • Mel November 25, 2009, 12:42 pm

    So glad you’re doing well after your surgery. And a big YAY for your pace getting faster!! We’re having Thanksgiving at my moms, and I’m making double layer pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, apple crisp and an appetizer of some sort. Can’t wait to get cooking, but want to wait till my son is down for his nap. Sometimes his “help” really wreaks havoc on things, lol.

  • Tania @ Moment Anew November 25, 2009, 1:27 pm

    Wow, everyone has such great thanksgiving plans! We already had ours in Canada, but it will be fun to see what everyone is eating 🙂 Have a great holiday!

  • Kiersten November 25, 2009, 1:33 pm

    It will be just my boyfriend and I (plus the cat and dog)for Thanksgiving this year. I am cooking us a nice vegan Thanksgiving meal. I’m making vegan sausages, apple-cranberry stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted green beans, and pumpkin pie.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Kate (GirlTweetsEats) November 25, 2009, 1:34 pm

    I love that New Moon motivated you! That’s awesome.
    That cheese looks great -here in New Zealand we have great cheese too.
    Loving your running playlist -I think every song on there I have on my ipod. Looks like a playlist ready to happen!
    Glad your feeling better post surgery 🙂

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale November 25, 2009, 1:34 pm

    I’m bringing butternut squash, which we do in my family instead of sweet potatoes. I roast it, puree it, and bake it again, half topped with marshmallows!

  • Marissa November 25, 2009, 1:48 pm

    You’re a tough chick if you were able to run today after having that surgery on Monday. I couldn’t have run 2 days after only having the biopsies. Glad you’re doing so well!

  • Molly @vegandorm November 25, 2009, 2:01 pm

    I’m thinking about going darker too – my hair is about your color, maybe a little lighter from running in teh sun. I’m so paranoid though – never died my hair before! I’ll let you be my guinea pig. 🙂

  • Allison November 25, 2009, 2:10 pm

    Of course you like the wet weather – that’s what it’s like in Forks. 🙂

    I’ve been thinking about going darker or more red with the hair, but I went more blond instead. Oh well.

  • Sammi November 25, 2009, 2:25 pm

    That’s the weather we’ve been having up here the past couple days 🙂 Except, it’s gone past the “about to rain” stage and has been drizzling a little.

    I just helped my dad make the whipped cream and now I’m in the process of making our special green jello! So good. It’s the first time I’ve ever made it so I’m kind of nervous about how it’s going to turn out! (especially since we normally use cool whip but we’re trying it out with homemade whipped cream this year)

    I’ll have both of those recipes on my blog sometime within the next week along with all of the other recipes for the food on the menu!

  • Gab* November 25, 2009, 5:34 pm

    No thanksgiving here but we have a 30th this weekend which should be fun!

    Your hair turned out great. I like my hair dark too, I’ve tried to go lighter but it looks blah.

    Yum, Aussie cheddar 🙂 I might be a bit biased! I have to admit that I find some American cheese a little insipid… British cheddars are yummy!

  • Jesse November 25, 2009, 7:04 pm

    i’m doing a full thanksgiving spread, for just the two of us. we have a 5k in the morning then i’ll bake home made apple pie and home made wheat rolls. i’m doing a crock pot turkey breast, green bean casserole, zucchini gratin, & corn bread stuffing. i’m excited. i love to bake/cook!

    glad to hear you are doing better after your surgery AND its awesome to see that you paced has picked up over time … i hope mine does that too!

    happy thanksgiving!

  • candice November 25, 2009, 7:31 pm

    Mmmm, melty cheese. I’ll have look for that cheese next time I go to Costco. “Boxing cheddar”? lol.

    Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!

  • SweetiePotato November 25, 2009, 7:34 pm

    Hahaha, “escape” the family! Sometimes sooo necessary! 😉

  • Nicole November 25, 2009, 7:44 pm

    As with every holiday, I’m on pie duty. This year, however, we’re staying put for Thanksgiving since the boyfriend has to work tomorrow. So I’m only making one pumpkin pie and some apple crisp. He’s making a turkey breast with cornbread stuffing, I’m making some home made cranberry sauce, and the both of us will get our hands in a sweet potato casserole type thing. Yum!
    Enjoy your evening! Get crackin on that book!! (I’m a procrastinator who works best under pressure so I’d be doing the same thing you are)

  • Wendy November 25, 2009, 7:58 pm

    I’m in charge of taters – mashed and sweet!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) November 25, 2009, 8:44 pm

    I see ‘3’ by Britney has grown on you!!! lol. Love that song.

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 27, 2009, 6:58 pm

    I made apple pie! I looove baking. Green bean casserole is one of my faves though, it’s not Thanksgiving without it. I would pass on turkey for GBC anyday.

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