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I finally received my bright purple Team in Training singlet!  πŸ™‚


I kind of debating whether IÒ€ℒm going to wear the singlet on race day, though.  IÒ€ℒm obviously proud to be affiliated with TNT, but the shirt is big, and I think I might need warmer clothing for the marathon.  But IÒ€ℒm still excited; the race is ALMOST hereÒ€¦  ItÒ€ℒs on January 10 Γ’β‚¬β€œ let the countdown begin!


This morning, I went to Blue Jacket Park to run 4.25 miles and meet up with my TNT coach for my shirt.


Ironically, about 0.5 mile into my run, I turned a corner and literally ran into a local 5K race! I decided to hop on into the race because it was going around the lake path that I was already planning to run.  :)  I ran in the back with the moms and strollers.  And yes Γ’β‚¬β€œ I had to run right through the finish line and pose for post-race photographs.  It was funny!


  • Distance: 4.25 miles
  • Duration: 41:22 minutes
  • Mile 1: 9:55
  • Mile 2: 9:32
  • Mile 3: 9:25
  • Mile 4: 10:18
  • Mile 4.0 Γ’β‚¬β€œ 4.25 nubbin: 2:13


After my run, I snacked on some Gummi Bears that I found in our glovebox. 


After showering and changing, I drove to Infusion Tea to meet Lindsey, Ryan, Ashley, and Meghann for lunch.  It was nice to see my girlfriends and talk about the upcoming holidays!



Infusion Tea is a really cute vegetarian restaurant with a HUGE wall of tea!  I decided to order the Pesto Panini, which contained roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, eggplant, spinach, tomato, and fresh basil pesto on thick ciabatta bread.


This sandwich was so delicious.  I must remake it at home!  I tried to finish it all, but couldnÒ€ℒt!


Plus, a lovely pickled edamame and chickpea side salad:


Since I was at a tea house, I made sure to order hot tea!  I chose the Candy Cane flavor.  It came with a little timer so I knew how long to steep my tea for.  Perfect!


Which do you prefer Γ’β‚¬β€œ coffee or tea?  IÒ€ℒm a coffee girl, but I love a good cup of tea, especially mid-day.



  • Nicci@NiftyEats December 19, 2009, 2:52 pm

    I love tea too much.It wins over coffee!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 19, 2009, 2:53 pm

    Cute g-bears! Love that you crashed the 5k race!

  • amanda @ fake ginger December 19, 2009, 2:53 pm

    The chickpea salad looks awesome! I wish my city was hip enough to have veggie restaurants. We’re so behind the times.

  • Meghan@traveleatlove December 19, 2009, 2:54 pm

    I am loving Trader Joe’s candy cane green tea right now. When I ran the Bermuda marathon with TNT my singlet was too big, but I wore a shirt underneath. It was fun to be part of the sea of purple and was really moving to see survivors and those running in memory of lost loved ones. Totally kept me going.

  • Julia December 19, 2009, 2:54 pm

    What a fun run! I’m a little more partial to tea, but sometimes Starbucks just calls my name!

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) December 19, 2009, 2:58 pm

    Amazing shot of the gummi bears — so simple and clear and cool — and that sandwich looks delicious!

    Congrats on being so close to your marathon! You’ve been rocking your training — I’m sure you’ll rock the race, TnT singlet or not! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah (Shep) December 19, 2009, 3:09 pm

    i always drink coffee in the morning (whether it’s decaf or reg depends on my mood!) but usually drink tea as the day moves along

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 19, 2009, 3:13 pm

    I love that little tea timer! How cute! What a fun meetup. πŸ™‚

  • Lauren December 19, 2009, 3:13 pm

    Haha, Too funny about the random 5k!! I probably would have done the same thing! πŸ™‚

    I love seeing this place on your blogs. Infusion Tea looks so cute and such a good girly lunch stop.

    Hope you have a great day Caitlin! πŸ™‚

  • VeggieGirl December 19, 2009, 3:13 pm

    Lovely meet-up!

    I don’t drink either, actually – but I collect teapots πŸ˜€

  • Christine @ hot mama December 19, 2009, 3:15 pm

    I am morning coffee girl! I try to drink decaf green tea between meals. Ever tried Teeccino? It’s an herbal coffee minus the caffiene! It’s an acquired taste, but it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals & you can mix it with regular coffee and brew away. Oh, and good looking gummies from the glove box!

  • Tay December 19, 2009, 3:18 pm

    hahaha that is hilarious about the race. Great 5k!! ;-)I am a definite coffee person. I used to like tea, then had 3 mugs one night, felt nauseous, and got sick later. Even though it probably wasn’t tea related, I affiliate the taste with it now and I can’t stomach it πŸ™ I wish I liked it though!

  • Anne P December 19, 2009, 3:18 pm

    I’m so excited to go eat at that place this week!! Wish you could comeeeeeeeeeee.

    Oh and I am tea all the way πŸ™‚ Coffee makes me feel icky πŸ™

  • Molly @vegandorm December 19, 2009, 3:21 pm

    Love tea – usually hate coffee, except for Starbucks soy lattes!
    And the posed gummis are cute!

  • Kristine December 19, 2009, 3:21 pm

    Hi Caitlin!
    My brother also ran the Boston Marathon with TNT. In April, it was also cold! He wore a tight fitted underarmour shirt underneath the tee! Part of the fun of being on TNT is all the people that cheer for you along the way when they see your shirt πŸ™‚

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite December 19, 2009, 3:23 pm

    Awe… gummy bears! Love those!

  • Rosey Rebecca December 19, 2009, 3:24 pm

    Wow, that sandwich looks delicious! And the timer for the tea is so cute!! I need to find a place like this!

  • teacherwoman December 19, 2009, 3:28 pm

    I am growing to love tea, almost as much as my coffee.

  • Erin December 19, 2009, 3:30 pm

    I like coffee drinks when I’m out but at home, it’s all about the tea. Living in London, I loved that everything stopped for a tea break every afternoon. πŸ˜€

  • Lizzy December 19, 2009, 3:31 pm

    i love tea from time to time, but i’m certainly a coffee girl!

    how fun that you ran into a 5k race! i think thats so fun

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) December 19, 2009, 3:34 pm

    Ahahaha, thats amazing that you ran into a race. ha

    I’m definitely a tea girl. Love all kinds!

  • Wendy December 19, 2009, 3:35 pm

    I was just going to suggest what Kristine said – wearing a fitted technical long sleeve tee under the singlet! Funny that you jumped in on the 5K. I’ve run a 5K before pushing a stroller (double even!). NOT easy!

    I don’t like the taste of coffee or tea. πŸ™

  • Alison December 19, 2009, 3:37 pm

    love coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. occasionally i’ll have coffee mid-day like at starbucks.

    that’s hilarious that you ran into a race. no one looked at you funny or anything? awesome.

  • Ashley December 19, 2009, 3:40 pm

    I’m a coffee girl for sure! I like some teas, but have a hard time finding any I enjoy more than coffee. =)

  • Christy December 19, 2009, 3:47 pm

    I love both coffee & tea… just depends on what I’m in the mood for!!

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story December 19, 2009, 3:48 pm

    Coffee in the morning, hot tea at night.

  • Karla December 19, 2009, 3:48 pm

    Haha! I love that you ran into a race! Your sandwich also looks delicious!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises December 19, 2009, 3:50 pm

    I’m definitely a tea girl. Coffee: blech. Congrats on the impromptu race!

  • chandra h December 19, 2009, 3:52 pm

    i’mma coffee girl too! but a smooth, un-bitter sweet tea w/ some milk is nice in the evening. πŸ™‚

    ♥ the gummi bears! perfect post-run πŸ˜‰

    happy saturdayyyy

  • Joy December 19, 2009, 3:54 pm

    wow that sandwich looks delicious.
    i prefer tea- but i do loooove iced coffee in the summer and the occasional hazelnut latte in the winter

  • MaryB December 19, 2009, 3:55 pm

    OMG at that sandwich! And I love my coffee but have tea at night πŸ™‚

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 19, 2009, 4:02 pm

    tea all the way! but i do love a good cup of coffee at times πŸ™‚

  • Kelly December 19, 2009, 4:05 pm

    Wow that entire meal looks amazing!! Yum!

    I am a coffee girl…all the way! I love it! But I am not one of those people who can drink it all day long. I like it with breakfast and only breakfast.

  • Evan Thomas December 19, 2009, 4:07 pm

    I’m a decaf coffee boy thick and through, even if I recently have been enjoying the celestial holiday teas

  • abby December 19, 2009, 4:15 pm

    I love Harney and Sons Organic Peppermint Tea!! Soooo tasty… but I really love a a pumpkin spice latte from starbucks every so often! You will totally need more clothing for the Marathon! We wore trash bags… (my mom, dad did 2 full marathons and I’ve done 2 half marathons) so after the first one, we kept the thermal blanket they give you and used them for next years race. One race I was so COLD around mile seven I seriously considered picking up some clothes someone discarded alongside the road….can you imagine how gross that would have been? ew. Gosh I miss running in them!!!

  • Jenna December 19, 2009, 4:34 pm

    wow! that sammie does look delish!

  • Fit Lizzio December 19, 2009, 4:44 pm

    Haha okay, when you mentioned the gummy bears you found in your glove box, it reminded me of the end of Ferris Beuller’s Day Off when the girl on the bus offers the principal the gummys and they are all hot and gross haha!

    nice job on the 5k crashing it sounds like fun!

  • Morgan December 19, 2009, 4:47 pm

    Ok this has nothing to do with this post, but I wanted to show you this wedding video my Fiance shot. The bride looks SO MUCH LIKE YOU. it’s uncanny!

  • Amanda (modernation) December 19, 2009, 5:15 pm

    That sandwich looks great. Look at you eating a ton of veggies. Good job πŸ™‚ I am a coffee in the morning girl and tea during the day/evening.

  • Amy December 19, 2009, 5:45 pm

    I’ll go for both tea and coffee! Depends when and where I am. My TRUE obsession is Taiwanese style iced bubble tea. The chewy ‘pearls’ are so addictive.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 19, 2009, 5:47 pm

    I’m the same- I love coffee, but there’s nothing on a chilly night like a mug of tea. Iced tea is my FAV cold drink, far superior to iced coffee, in my opinion.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 19, 2009, 6:28 pm

    definitely prefer the tea πŸ˜‰

  • Sarah December 19, 2009, 6:55 pm

    As fun as running into the race, running it and posing for pictures sounds, I’m going to play devil’s advocate for a second… Running a race without registering is called “banditing” in the running world. Many people argue that it’s either wrong, unfair or both and, either way, negatively affects other racers (who fairly registered and paid) and race organizers. As we know, it takes time and money (from registrants) for race directors to coordinate and stage races. The race you bandited was only a 5k, but what if it had been a half marathon and you stepped in at the beginning and ran through to the end; would you have taken Gatorade at an aid station? A banana at the end? What if the 5k you bandited benefited a charity which you didn’t support by not registering? I know you didn’t go to the race PLANNING to bandit, but many people do — especially with big races like the Boston Marathon. A lot of people bandit races because they didn’t qualify (Boston), weren’t selected in the entry lottery (New York) or can’t afford to register. When they run the race anyway, it negatively affects everyone. There’s a reason many races have cutoffs — it’s so the last couple of kilometers aren’t as congested as the first! It’s so race directors can ensure that there is adequate fuel (gatorade, gels, etc.) along the course; it’s so they can ensure enough volunteers for the entirety of the race; it’s so year after year they can obtain the permits they need to put on a road race (yes, local governments are often the ones setting the limits on entrants). I know you meant no harm, but please consider what I’ve written next time you come across a 5k and “decide to hop onto the race.”

    • Laura December 20, 2009, 11:57 am

      It also seems to me that it would be part of the volunteer’s duty to keep “bandits” off the course… no number = no running. Caitlin has raised several thousand dollars for Team in Training and didn’t take anything from the aid stations or any goody bag type items at the end. She was just running through a neighborhood and suddenly realized she was in the middle of the race. I totally get your point and agree that it’s not fair to intentionally run in a race you didn’t pay for, but since that isn’t what she was doing it is a bit odd to write that message…

      • Sarah December 20, 2009, 12:17 pm

        Please see my reply @ #52.

  • gina (fitnessista) December 19, 2009, 6:56 pm

    love the shirt- the marathon is so close! i’ll be in orlando that weekend to see familia, so i’ll probably have to come cheer for you girls πŸ˜€
    since i quit drinking coffee, i’ve fallen in love with tea.
    hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • Lauren @ Dragonflies Journey December 19, 2009, 7:14 pm

    Personally, I love both! I have always loved coffee with a sick, addictive passion. And tea was great too. But once I went to England this summer my love of tea expanded to new heights. I actually purchased my first teapot ever in England and am proud to say I use it quite often.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 19, 2009, 7:21 pm

    mmmm tea is my first love. I need coffee alot but I can drink tea all day long and never get tired of it.

    That sandwich looks super delicious!

  • Cassie December 19, 2009, 7:36 pm

    I’m the exact same way – def LOVE my coffee, but an afternoon tea is great, too.

  • Penny December 19, 2009, 7:38 pm

    Coffee, hands down. But always decaf. I’m extremely sensitive to caffeine.

  • Jac December 19, 2009, 8:00 pm

    Definitely Coffee!!!!! but green tea will do when i don’t feel like drinking milk.. the panini looks delish!!! makes me want one now!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) December 19, 2009, 8:47 pm

    I love tea. I enjoy going to tea shops and buying new flavors. I told myself I wouldn’t buy anymore until I used up a good bit so I’ve been drinking it like crazy and sharing. I’m looking forward to buying more in January!

  • Jennifer December 19, 2009, 8:48 pm

    Deciding to ‘jump into’ a race, cross the finish line, and pose for photos is NOT ok. It is being a bandit. Take it from someone who has been a race director, your irresponsible and impulsive actions have consequences, even if you do not see them.

    • Caitlin December 19, 2009, 9:14 pm

      it’s a public lake that i was ALREADY running around. the lake path was not closed for a 200 person race. i did not GO to the race to purposefully bandit it, obviously. chill out.

  • Sarah December 19, 2009, 9:28 pm

    Catlin, I speak for myself, but I think what really got to Jennifer (#51) and I (#43) was that, from your post, it didn’t sound like you just ran around a lake path you were already running along. You said you ran through the finish and even posed for pictures! That’s not just running around an unclosed lake path… that’s banditing a race, whether you went there with that intention or not.

    That said, I know you didn’t go with that intention. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and know you’re a good person, pay for the races you enter, and are all around awesome — trust me! I just think banditing is something worth mentioning. As much as it sucks to think about it, I’m sure you have a few readers that aren’t as honest as you. They might read your post and think “hey, what a great way to get out of paying for races” or something stupid like that. You never know. I really do think very highly of you — the things you do with your life are SO admirable and inspiring (all your races and the book and operation beautiful and school in addition to your full time job — when you had it!). You’re amazing. I just mentioned it because it’s something I’m very strongly against and I think it was worthy of a mention and your consideration.

    • Caitlin December 19, 2009, 9:31 pm

      thanks for not jumping down my throat, sarah. πŸ™‚

      i clarified in the post that i was already running that path.

  • Heather December 19, 2009, 9:32 pm

    I’m definitely a coffee girl, but I try to stick with one cup a day. After that, it’s tea tea tea! I can’t get past drinking unsweetened tea though, so agave or honey is always a must.

    Your gummi bears look like gummi KOALAS! I mean, still a bear, but they are super cute. Yeah, I’m a dork.

  • Nicole December 19, 2009, 9:40 pm

    That sandwich looks amazing! I want a bite πŸ™‚ In general I think I prefer tea, though I have my days where only coffee will do the trick.

  • Dee December 19, 2009, 9:53 pm

    I love both coffee and tea, but I think I am a tea kind of girl in my heart of hearts. πŸ™‚

  • Sammi December 19, 2009, 10:24 pm

    I’m never drink coffee unless it’s just a free sample at costco or starbucks πŸ™‚ so I’d have to say tea. I am thinking about starting to try out coffee though more often :)Those little timers are so cute!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 20, 2009, 1:12 am

    Oh, wow. That panini looks uh-mazing. I went for a 10-mile run this morning and thought of you and your 22-mile run. You go girl. Don’t know how ya did it.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 20, 2009, 1:45 am

    I prefer coffee, but I too enjoy a good cup of tea.

  • Sarah December 20, 2009, 5:17 am

    I love tea and hate coffee. I drink tea at least 3 times a day, usually more. I cannot function during the day without a cuppa with my brekkie, and I use it the rest of the day as an incentive to get work done. The sooner I finish, the sooner I get my tea!

  • Susan December 20, 2009, 10:54 am

    Hahaha, that is too funny you ran into a 5k race and crossed the finish line πŸ˜› I’m a coffee girl too. Tea is nice, but it just doesn’t do it for me. I like my hot beverages to have a little more kick πŸ˜‰

  • Laura December 20, 2009, 11:59 am

    Even though it’s big you should wear your TNT shirt! I did a TNT half marathon in Atlanta and when people see your shirt you get big cheers and it’s totally motivating. Good luck!

  • Carolyn December 20, 2009, 1:58 pm

    I don’t drink coffe but I like some teas. I prefer ones with a fruity flavoring. I don’t like for them to JUST taste like tea.

  • Karen Whitlock December 20, 2009, 6:37 pm

    Maybe you could wear the singlet as a layer? There are lots of TNT “cheerleaders” along the course, you might be disappointed that you didn’t wear the shirt. With that said, I ran it last year and it was pretty chilly. There is about a 1/2 mile walk from the staging area to the start and some standing around before you get moving so you probably will need something other than the singlet.

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara December 21, 2009, 12:13 am

    OMG how funny that you ran with a local 5K! hahaha πŸ™‚ That cracked me up. Also, when I saw the picture of your gummy bears, they look like they are having a conversation, no? πŸ™‚ Or maybe I’m just tired and therefore imagining things. Was the candy cane tea good? That sounds incredible! Minty tea is my favorite. Previously, I was a huge coffee person but I made a switch to tea. I love it!

  • Tammy December 21, 2009, 11:03 am

    Do you eat vegan/vegetarian versions of candy? I love marshmallow and anything with marshmallows and was disturbed to learn that they had gelatin in them (which I didn’t know that gelatin is made of animal bones, connective tissue, and skin! EW!)On top of that, I didn’t realize how many things have gelatin in them!

    • Caitlin December 21, 2009, 11:13 am

      i donnt get really worked up over gelatin… just a choice. i’m not going to avoid marshmellows or anything.

  • Tammy December 21, 2009, 11:15 am

    I was just wondering…it just kind of turned me off to the light and fluffy innocence of marshmallows!

  • Hannah Hawley December 22, 2009, 8:52 am

    I would wear the singlet! Just layer underneath it. Show your support and let people show support for you too, its a win win.

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