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First things first:  check out this AMAZING news spot featuring Amanda and Melissa and their feelings on Operation Beautiful!


Amanda did AMAZING! So poised.


And so did Melissa – I love her.  She is a truly amazing woman.


Thank you, Amanda and Melissa, for spreading the world about Operation Beautiful!  I love you for it!


Back to my reality… Megan found out that she passed her HUGE engineering exam today (head over to her blog and say congrats – this is a big deal!) and we decided to go OUT to celebrate! 


Not to be sappy – but I am so glad I met Megan.  She is a kind soul and is really fun to hang out with!


We were actually the ONLY people at the bar for many, many hours! It’s the new bar near my house (in walking distance) and it’s not very popular yet.


Eventually, my friend Harry joined us, as did her boyfriend Jason!



Lots of drinks were drank (here’s a representative sample)… If it makes you feel better, we were there for about 4 hours! Gulp!

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And chips were consumed:


And sweet potato fries were eaten:


Ugh!  I’m feeling pretty rough for 8 PM!  But, I guess that’s what celebrations are for!  It was worth it.


I had a bowl of yogurt and granola with a banana as “dinner.”


Look – you win some, you lose some!  And this afternoon was definitely LOST for me! 🙂


But – the big new is… Megan and I are running 22 miles tomorrow – can you believe it!? Neither can I! I better start drinking water and get to bed early – or I am seriously going to regret this afternoon.


Whew! Wish me luck!  🙂



  • Ashley December 15, 2009, 8:30 pm

    I know I’d be feeling pretty rough for a run tomorrow after an afternoon like that! But it looks like it was lots of fun — and beer + salty things are one of my favorite combos, haha.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 15, 2009, 8:39 pm

    2 advil and a liter of water – Ready, Set, Go!

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 15, 2009, 8:39 pm

    Aww sooo fun!! I was seriously considering coming but the 30 minute drive home would have been rough after drinking. It was safe to stay at home. Glad you all had a great time!

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness December 15, 2009, 8:40 pm

    Looks like you guys had a blast! Friends that will celebrate with you on a Tuesday afternoon are the BEST! Good luck on the 22 miles tomorrow. I’ll be thinking about you while I run my … um… three. LOL!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove December 15, 2009, 8:43 pm

    You deserve a day of celebrating!

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City) December 15, 2009, 8:46 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! Hydrate and get some good rest. After the 22 is over, you’ll have all the confidence you need to get through your marathon!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 15, 2009, 8:48 pm

    Yay! Congrats to Megan! Looks like you all celebrated in style.

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) December 15, 2009, 8:53 pm

    What a fun celebration! Don’t you love how most bars are adopting sweet potato fries to their menu? I can at least feel a little less guilty about ordering fries now….

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans December 15, 2009, 8:54 pm

    Hydrate hydrate hydrate and you guys will be fine! (Maybe even sneak in some Gatorade, always does the trick for me!)

  • Kelly December 15, 2009, 8:55 pm

    Wow, that’s an awesome Tuesday afternoon. Why is there a glowing Yankees sign in the middle of FL?
    I’m really glad that you and Megan are both running together tomorrow, I hope you are not yelling at each other haha

  • Heather @ Alis Grave Nil December 15, 2009, 8:56 pm

    Welcome to Sac town! Too bad they didn’t mention you, but that was great. Good to see your stuff in our neighborhood. 🙂

    • Caitlin December 15, 2009, 8:59 pm

      thats ok – i thought the piece was SOOOO good and i loved amanda and melissa in it. OB is about all women – its not just “mine”! didn’t they do great!!??

      • Amanda (modernation) December 15, 2009, 10:12 pm

        The power of editing cut both Caitlin’s name out and HTP. But I think they did a great job with the piece. Thanks for sharing, Caitlin!

  • Allison December 15, 2009, 9:00 pm

    Woo-hoo for 22! Have fun. 🙂 Is this your last long run? And is 22 the longest distance you’ll go before the marathon? I’ve heard of people doing either 20 or 22 for their longest pre-marathon run, but not more than that.

    • Caitlin December 15, 2009, 9:00 pm

      22 is my longest!

  • Lindsay December 15, 2009, 9:00 pm

    Good luck with the run in the morning… I am sure that you and megan with dominate the distance!! I also hope that you guys had a great afternoon at the bar!!

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) December 15, 2009, 9:00 pm

    Good for you! You gotta live a little, right?! LOL! Congrats to both of you girls!

  • Jenna December 15, 2009, 9:01 pm

    What a fun time! You have to have the random days at the bar every now and again. Those are the times you will remember.

    Good luck on your run tomorrow! Good thing you drank during the day instead of tonight. 😉

  • Evan Thomas December 15, 2009, 9:02 pm

    It was 5 oclock somewhere, right? Haha, good luck on the 22! I set a new distance PR of 17 yesterday and I don’t think I could mentally handle 5 more!

  • Karen December 15, 2009, 9:02 pm

    Wow…22 miles…you can definitely do it! I love reading about your long runs. I trained for my first half marathon this year and am considering a full marathon for 2010 or 2011!

    Looks like you had a fun afternoon at the bar!

  • Kristie Lynn December 15, 2009, 9:05 pm

    I think that bar is so unpopular because of the Yankees sign! Gross! 😉

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? December 15, 2009, 9:06 pm

    Good luck with the run tomorrow! That’s a HUGE distance!

  • Julie December 15, 2009, 9:11 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!!

  • Julie December 15, 2009, 9:11 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!!

  • Aneta December 15, 2009, 9:13 pm

    sounds like a fun afternoon!

    good luck tomorrow. looking forward to reading your post-run post! lol 🙂

  • Lisa December 15, 2009, 9:16 pm

    It was so cool to see the Sacramento News10 story on Operation Beautiful! Melissa in the story was posting notes on the Sac State campus where I myself first saw an Operation Beautiful note a couple of weeks ago….which led me to Healthy Tipping Point! 🙂 Since then I have been following your blog, Caitlin, and think you are fantasic! I love reading how you balance your life and I can’t wait for the book to come out!
    ~Lisa in Sacramento, CA

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 15, 2009, 9:32 pm

    good luck tomorrow, girl!!

  • Katie December 15, 2009, 9:38 pm

    I congratulated Meghan on her blog!

    You guys look like you had a great time!

  • Matt December 15, 2009, 9:46 pm

    Good luck on the 22! Is this your last long run before taper?

  • Amanda (modernation) December 15, 2009, 10:14 pm

    Yay! Glad you found the link. I was just telling the boyf that the link wasn’t up yet. So happy to help spread the word and hope this starts OB wildfire in Sacramento. Can’t wait to start seeing notes everywhere. Rock that run tomorrow!

  • Susan December 15, 2009, 10:15 pm

    Congrats to Megan and to you for getting another awesome news spot on Operation Beautiful! I love going to empty bars and just wiling away the time 😉

    Good luck on the Big 2-2 tomorrow!!

  • Karla December 15, 2009, 10:19 pm

    22 miles! That’s insane! Good luck!
    Congrats to Megan!

  • Carolyn December 15, 2009, 10:20 pm

    Looks like fun. I had quite a fun filled day myself! 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite December 15, 2009, 10:30 pm

    Looks like so much fun!

    Have a good night!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 15, 2009, 10:31 pm

    good luck with your run! 🙂

  • ashleigh December 15, 2009, 10:36 pm

    day drinking is the best! it looks like you guys had a blast!

  • Jenna December 15, 2009, 10:41 pm

    good luck on the run tomorrow!!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 15, 2009, 10:51 pm

    Sounds like a very fun and well deserved celebration!!

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) December 15, 2009, 10:54 pm

    Sounds like fun! Just hydrate and take it easy tomorrow. I know I’ve had a little more than I should have the night before a long run but survived. I’m sure you will do great!

  • Melissa S. December 15, 2009, 10:56 pm

    Yay to Megan!

    Good luck on the 22 tomorrow! I’m sure you’ll do great!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) December 15, 2009, 11:08 pm

    get your drink on get your drink on (sing to missy elliott’s get your freak on)! Have a great run tomorrow!

  • The Actors Diet December 15, 2009, 11:15 pm

    i’ve been known to have similar dinners after sweet potato fries…

  • emily December 15, 2009, 11:17 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!

  • Stacie December 15, 2009, 11:20 pm

    OMG Caitlin, congratulations for spreading operation beautiful to the Sacramento News! I am a native Californian and so impressed by your reach! You should be so proud of what you have accomplished by this deceptively simple idea (but it takes true genius to figure out the simple things!).

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama December 15, 2009, 11:23 pm

    Wow – good luck on your big run tomorrow morning!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats December 16, 2009, 12:02 am

    I’m going out tomorrow and spreading the operation message ASAP. I loved the news spot featuring it.Good luck on your run too!!

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) December 16, 2009, 12:04 am

    Good luck on the run tomorrow — I hope you and Megan rock it!! 😀

  • Christy December 16, 2009, 12:47 am

    I love breakfast dinners…and you’ll be fine tomorrow 😉 !!!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 16, 2009, 1:02 am

    You’ve totally got this! You can do it!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 16, 2009, 3:15 am

    Wow what a day 🙂 The operation beautiful message has certainly gone global – and you must be so proud of all that it has achieved!!
    Good luck for the run tomorrow 🙂

  • Tania @ Moment Anew December 16, 2009, 3:46 am

    Oh wow! Good luck tomorrow!

    Those sweet potato fries look amazing! Did they have any garlic aioli for the fries? That would have been delish!

  • christie, honoring health December 16, 2009, 5:49 am

    I watched that video last night and thought it was great as well though I was surprised they did not mention your name!

    Good luck with the run!

  • Anne P December 16, 2009, 8:38 am

    Hehe you were SO hilarious on gchat last night. Hope the run’s going okay 😉

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) December 16, 2009, 9:43 am

    Wow, what a celebration! FUN!

    Good luck with run 🙂

  • Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar December 16, 2009, 10:27 am

    Wowwwww Caitlin! Congrats on ANOTHER news spot =] Your idea is growing massively. I’m impressed, lady. It seems like just yesterday you were still little See Bride Run aahahaha!

  • Alicia December 16, 2009, 12:00 pm

    My husband and your friend must have taken the same exam. My husband found out he passed too! Hurray for good news!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion December 16, 2009, 12:48 pm

    YAY FOR MEGHAN!!!! Looks like fun, it is fine to let loose and celebrate every once in a while 🙂 Good luck with your loooonnnggg run!

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