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Good afternoon!  :)  Today, I’m working a 1/2 day (in the evening) because Lauren is still here.


We both woke up sore, but I feel so much better than I expected to!  In fact, I’d venture to say that I feel AMAZING for someone who ran a marathon yesterday.  That’s a good thing because I might have some big race plans coming up… :)  But that’s another discussion for another post.


Despite eating a 1,500-calorie dinner last night, I woke up with a rumbling tummy.  I quickly ate two Clementines.


And then the Husband made Lauren and me a lovely brunch.


He made beautiful vegetable and cheese omelets.


With fruit and two pieces of buttahed toast on the side.


While eating brunch, I conference called with the editor of The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, which I worked for a few years ago and will be starting to freelance for again soon.  I feel lucky and blessed that I found another writing opportunity (since the Operation Beautiful book is done!). 


Disney Marathon Flashback


Here’s a video I made during the Disney Marathon.  This was around Mile 11.0.  Enjoy!


Best parts are when Lauren sing-songs, “It’s so magical!”  And I go “YAY! Pixie dust!”



  • megan January 11, 2010, 11:46 am

    congratulations again on the marathon, what an amazing accomplishment. I love you put forth all your effort into achieving your goals. it’s very inspirational!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 11, 2010, 11:56 am

    It’s fun to have a big brunch on a Monday! : )

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers January 11, 2010, 11:59 am

    what a fun video! i know they say not to use food as a reward, but i think i’d be eating myself silly for a week after running a marathon! your breakfast looks tasty. what a sweet hubby!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet January 11, 2010, 11:59 am

    That IS magical!! Glad you are feelin’ good. 🙂

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness January 11, 2010, 11:59 am

    So awesome! Love the video! I’ve heard that post-marathon pain can set in 1-2 days later, so make sure to stretch a lot. (Let’s be clear… Not that I know what I’m talking about… I’ve just heard.) I think I know what your race plans are… say… Jan 31st??? Come run the Susan G Komen 5k with me in West Palm on your way down!!! 😉

    • Caitlin January 11, 2010, 12:06 pm

      i actually feel really good 🙂 i think im golden!

  • Amanda January 11, 2010, 12:00 pm

    Love the video! I wish I had more runner friends to do fun things like that with. I’m running my first Half Marathon this coming weekend alone 🙁

    Congrats again on the marathon! You are very inspiring!

  • Laura @ FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! January 11, 2010, 12:01 pm

    Your breakfast looks SO GOOD & healthy of course!!!

    Where do you get your “clementines” by the way???

    The ones I have seen at Publix haven’t been to my liking (too squishy, which usually equals not so good inside).

    Thank you. =)

    • Caitlin January 11, 2010, 12:07 pm

      i did get them at publix, but they do feel pretty squishy on the outside.

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 11, 2010, 12:05 pm

    Glad you are feeling so good! Breakfast looks delicious 🙂

  • Heather (The Single Dish) January 11, 2010, 12:07 pm

    Congrats on the marathon, that is awesome. Great looking breakfast!

  • Evan Thomas January 11, 2010, 12:09 pm

    Lol, great video! That’s definitely how I imagine running through Disney would be: magical

  • Jamie (Inspired Mess) January 11, 2010, 12:11 pm

    That’s awesome! So proud of you, Caitlin!!!!
    And how does it feel to say “(since the Operation Beautiful book is done!)” Yay! Can’t wait to get my hands one it once it comes out!!!
    You’re an inspiration!!!
    xo -j

    • Caitlin January 11, 2010, 9:31 pm

      Haha it feel amazing to say that the book is done!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 11, 2010, 12:12 pm

    still so amazed! y’all did such a great job 🙂

  • Laura @ Run Eat Date January 11, 2010, 12:13 pm

    Congratulations on your first marathon! Wonderful video – makes me want to do Disney…maybe next year. If you are stiff, I’d recommend a massage (great reward too) and going downstairs backwards – but it sounds like you are doing great! Very inspirational!

  • Amber K January 11, 2010, 12:16 pm

    What a fantastic breakfast! Yummy =)

    Congrats again on running your first marathon!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 11, 2010, 12:18 pm

    I love tangerines. I can eat them until my mouth is full of canker sores.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 11, 2010, 12:18 pm

    CONGRATS Caitlin!! What an amazing accomplishment. Hope you feel your best today! 🙂

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) January 11, 2010, 12:20 pm

    Congratulations again, Caitlin!! 😀 You must be on cloud nine!

    Can’t wait to hear about your upcoming big race plans!

  • Tammy January 11, 2010, 12:20 pm

    When did you finish the book, Caitlin? I guess I missed that post! YAY for you!

  • Karla January 11, 2010, 12:20 pm

    Have a great Monday! Relax a bit! You deserve it!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite January 11, 2010, 12:24 pm

    What a great video! You deserve a 1/2 day!!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 11, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Love your video!! Glad you’re feeling good!

  • Britt @ Runnerbelle January 11, 2010, 12:26 pm

    Day #2 post race is the true test, but awesome that you are feeling good! I’m all about lots of walking around after the race, if I sit for too long I stiffen up.

    Love the video, it is so awesome to run through the castle!!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) January 11, 2010, 12:31 pm

    Awesoem news that you feel good! I’ve always felt pretty awful post-marathon. Well physically anyway…it’s hard to be in a bad mood after you’ve accomplished 26.2! 🙂

    I love veggie and cheese omelettes – such a great source of protein, calcium, and fiber!

  • Beth January 11, 2010, 12:39 pm

    You’ve inspired me and I just registered for the portland marathon. 10/10/10 has got to be a good luck date!

  • Rosey Rebecca January 11, 2010, 12:43 pm

    That video is so great! Glad you’re feeling awesome! You deserve it. Congrats on getting the writing gig!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) January 11, 2010, 12:46 pm

    That omelet really is beautiful! Your husband is a heck of a breakfast chef!

  • Sara January 11, 2010, 12:46 pm

    Glad you are feeling so good! That breakfast looks amazing – feel free to send some over here 🙂

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion January 11, 2010, 12:48 pm

    Glad you are feeling so great! 🙂

  • Tonyne January 11, 2010, 1:02 pm

    Maybe the husband should change his career to personal chef! 🙂 So glad you’re feeling great! 🙂

  • alli January 11, 2010, 1:08 pm

    i cant get enough of your marathon recaps! keep ’em coming!

  • Freya @ January 11, 2010, 1:11 pm

    Yaya go you that you feel so fabulous!! What an achievement 🙂
    Love the video – I’m SO doing this marathon one day!!
    Have a great day, you deserve it!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) January 11, 2010, 1:14 pm

    the breakfast looks yummy and that video was awesome!

  • Eve January 11, 2010, 1:19 pm

    That’s great that you’re feeling good today!! I haven’t run a marathon myself but know many people who have and usually they’re hobbling all day the day after! Eggs are great for you now – the high quality protein is really necessary for repairing all those muscles used! Feel good.

  • Stacy January 11, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Okay, that video just brought tears to my eyes! (I think I’m a bit of a wussy) What an AWESOME experience you had! You inspire me so much 🙂

  • RhodeyGirl January 11, 2010, 1:32 pm

    hahahaha! this is awesome, especially because I have almost the exact same video. Same screaming and everything. But we didn’t hear trumpets!!!! WTH?!?! Bummed! I think they were taking a break bc they were just standing there!!! Love the pixie dust! I hope it helped you through the rest of the race!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) January 11, 2010, 1:49 pm

    hahaa you guys are cute! Glad you had fun during the marathon! 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 11, 2010, 1:53 pm

    CONGRATS on a terrific marathon!! You’re so inspirational, and I’m glad you guys had such an awesome run together. 😀

    Keep fueling up! 😀

  • Melissa January 11, 2010, 1:53 pm

    Congrats again to you and Lauren! You’re both inspirations 🙂 thanks for sharing the video!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances January 11, 2010, 1:55 pm

    I can’t believe you felt like doing a video after 11 miles! You both are clearly in great shape :). Glad you are feeling good today and resting with your bff. I can’t wait to hear about future race plans! Also, I didn’t know your book was “officially” done – congrats!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind January 11, 2010, 2:11 pm

    Geez, Caitlin. YOU RAN A MARATHON! Has that even sunk in yet? And it wasn’t long ago that you could only run 1/4 of a mile! Seriously, if that isn’t inspiration, I don’t know what is. 🙂

  • Allison January 11, 2010, 2:13 pm

    Woo hoo for feeling great today. 🙂 It shows that your smart training has totally paid off. Loved the video, too. Again, you’re getting me more and more psyched for the Princess Half in March!!

  • transphatt January 11, 2010, 2:22 pm

    hello hello, i wanted to come out of the woodwork and say i’ve been following your blog for quite some time now. you’ve got a really contagiously good attitude, and your husband and you are darling. thanks for writing, and congrats on the marathon 🙂

  • Amanda January 11, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Cute video! Congratulations on the marathon! You’re an inspiration. Glad that you’re feeling good today!

  • Katharine January 11, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Once again, congrats! And yay for feeling good! Can’t wait to hear about your new race goal 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 11, 2010, 2:35 pm

    I’m so glad you are feeling pretty good today and congrats on the new writing opportunity! Have a great day.

  • lisa January 11, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I had a crazy strong appetite the day after I ran a marathon. Don’t worry about it, your body needs the fuel to help your muscles recover. Enjoy the great feeling of success!

  • Jenna January 11, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Wow! Was that the burrito and ice cream that was 1500 cals?!

    • Caitlin January 11, 2010, 4:15 pm

      probably! the burrito was loaded with sour cream and cheese, and the ice cream had two resee’s inside.

  • Erin January 11, 2010, 4:37 pm

    Love the video — cute! 😀

  • ~Jessica~ January 11, 2010, 4:56 pm

    Brilliant that you’re not feeling too sore: it just shows how well you planned your training and how much you respected your body in the weeks leading up to the marathon.

    I’m not surprised you’re hungry! I can’t imagine how many calories a marathon must burn…

    You’re such a tease 😉 I can’t wait to hear about your new race plans.

    That video is so sweet…nothing like a little pixie dust to put a spring in your step!



  • Lisa January 11, 2010, 7:03 pm

    I love the video! Thanks for thinking about us, your readers, while you were running a marathon! You’re awesome! 🙂

  • Jolene ( January 11, 2010, 7:06 pm

    You made a video while running!!!!!?? You are insane!! In a totally awesome way 🙂

  • My Life As I Live It January 11, 2010, 7:25 pm

    This totally makes me want to kick myself for not doing the Race for The Taste when I was at Disney in October. Congrats on a successful marathon.

  • Karmen @ Fit Twentysix January 11, 2010, 7:34 pm

    How amazing! I was super excited to read your full recap. I don’t even know you and I’m so proud =) I’d love to do that some day, or at least a 1/2 =) Congrats!

  • Ashley January 11, 2010, 9:10 pm

    Loved your video. Funny to put a voice to words/face. =)

  • susan January 12, 2010, 1:22 pm

    great recap!

    CONGRATULATIONS on an amazing accomplishment!

    and i just want to say, you have really helped inspire me to become the healthy person i’m dying to be! thank you.

  • Rachel January 12, 2010, 1:46 pm

    Good luck on the freelancing gig 😀 Can’t believe you’re still going strong after the marathon! I’d be sleeping for a week.

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