Marathon Expo

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Lauren is here!


So excited to see my college friend’s smiling face!


I picked up Lauren from the airport around 2, and then we came back to the house for food.


I made Pumpkin Yogurt:


And then it was time to hit up David’s Bridal.  We are both bridesmaids in our friend Sarah’s wedding this summer, and we thought we’d get our dresses now.


Our dresses (Sarah is letting us choose different dresses as long as the color is the same – the actual color of these dresses will be a turquoise).

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Then, it was time to go to the Disney Marathon expo!


Ahhh! So excited!



The entire purpose of driving ALL the way to Disney was to do packet pick-up:



Unfortunately, there are major issues with my corral assignment. I am stuck in the VERY last corral despite that fact that I’m clearly not going to run a 6 + hour marathon.  To make matters worse, Lauren is in the “blue” start, and I’m in “red,” which don’t join together until Mile 3.4.    We can’t move to each other’s corrals without approval because one of our times will not count.   I’m going back to the Expo tomorrow (didn’t realize this until we got home) to hopefully get it sorted out.  Keep your fingers crossed!


I snacked on a Larabar at the Expo – it really does taste like Peanut Butter and Jelly!


The Husband made us dinner!  It was some mix of cheese-stuffed pasta with veggies and a cream sauce.  It was good – let the carb-loading begin!


I’m trying not to freak out about the corral assignments.  I know I’ll feel better tomorrow morning, when we can hopefully get reassigned.  It’s just thrown both Lauren and I for a loop – we are depending on running with each other!


Time to hang out with my buddy!  Have a good night!



  • Evan Thomas January 7, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Aren’t those larabars great? I could hardly believe the flavor
    Hope your marathon timing works out!

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness January 7, 2010, 9:20 pm

    I hope you get it all worked out. I’m sure there are quite a few mixups w/ the marathon. It’s good that you figured it out today so you can hopefully get it fixed tomorrow.

    I’m sure it was a shock, but definitely try not to freak out. In the 110% absolute WORST CASE scenario, you have to run separately for 3.4 miles, and then meet up (and since you aren’t running for time, you could wait for each other at the meeting point). That worst case scenario isn’t worth freaking out about, because you can still run the rest of the race together. And you will most likely be able to switch things around tomorrow.

    Don’t get me wrong… I totally understand your freak out and I would be pissed! But don’t let it zap your energy!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) January 7, 2010, 9:22 pm

    That’s so exciting! I hope you get the corral thing figured out, but I’m sure it will be fine!
    And those dresses are gorgeous

  • Jolene ( January 7, 2010, 9:27 pm

    I love both of those dresses!!! You both look gorgeous in them!!

    I am sure you will get the corral thing sorted out tomorrow – don’t stress or worry 🙂 Just enjoy your night with your friend!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite January 7, 2010, 9:27 pm

    Hopefully it will be all fixed tomorrow! Everything will work out 🙂

  • Dori January 7, 2010, 9:29 pm

    I have a feeling it will work out. So exciting!

  • Jenny January 7, 2010, 9:30 pm

    You both look great in your dresses!

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed you guys can get everything sorted out tomorrow 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 7, 2010, 9:33 pm

    I love the dresses you chose! While I’ve never ran one, I love going to marathon expos with my hubby. So much fun stuff!

  • Lee January 7, 2010, 9:36 pm

    Can she just line up in your corral? I feel like they don’t want people to move into corrals ahead of them, but aren’t really that worried if people are in corrals behind them.

    • caitlin January 7, 2010, 10:03 pm

      no if you are blue, you have to be in blue to make your chip work. if you are red, you must be in red to get a legit time. she cannot just move my corral. it sucks.

      • Tricia January 8, 2010, 9:39 am

        That’s really strange…I wonder if they are just telling you that about the chips to be a pain in the a$$! I’ve run 5 marathons, and they always let you move back corrals…just not forward. I’m sure you’ll get it sorted out, don’t worry! 🙂 and GOODLUCK!

  • Nicole January 7, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Looks like your hubby outdid himself once again! I’m sure you’re pumped about the race, can’t wait to read all about it! GOOD LUCK!

  • katherine January 7, 2010, 9:43 pm

    It’s going to be fine! You could plan a place to meet along the course in the first few miles. Or, is it possible for the person who is placed in the faster corral to just stand further back? That’s happened in several races I’ve run – you can’t move forward, but you can move back. Hope it works out and doesn’t continue to cause you stress!

  • Amy January 7, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Are the corals ‘patrolled’? Like others above said, i’m pretty sure she can move back with you.

  • caronae January 7, 2010, 9:50 pm

    Stay calm, and don’t work yourself up, because the stress might effect your run! I’m sure everything will be okay! Mini Larabar’s are so cute, and I love the peanut butter and jelly flavor.

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 7, 2010, 9:50 pm

    almost there! i’m so excited to see how it turns out for y’all 🙂

    cute dresses, you ladies are B-E-A-UTIFUL 🙂

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama January 7, 2010, 9:51 pm

    Hope you get it all figured out – I saw your frustration today on twitter =(

  • Christy January 7, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Yay for best friends! I love hanging with mine, too!! 😀

  • Ali@ Food, FItness, Fashion January 7, 2010, 9:55 pm

    I love both of the dresses! So cute! I hope you get it all sorted out. Your hubby is a cooking machine…wow!

  • Sarah January 7, 2010, 10:01 pm

    If you can’t get moved to a faster coral, I’d think Lauren could race from your coral. Most races I’ve been in let people start at a later/slower coral without approval…and then you guys can just enjoy your race together!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 7, 2010, 10:02 pm

    I hope things are worked out!! Try not to freak out. It will be ok, regardless. Even if you aren’t starting together, you can still run the majority of the race together (if you aren’t able to change your starting spot).

    And I love the dress! so lucky you got to pick!

  • Jenna January 7, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Ya I am with ya too! I am a nervous wreck until things get straightened out! I know you will-
    hubby is quite the chef lately!
    Let the carb loading begin!!

  • Erin January 7, 2010, 10:13 pm

    I keep seeing that flavor Larabar in stores and meaning to pick it up — yum!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 7, 2010, 10:18 pm

    That stinks your in different groups…I didn’t know Team in Training had to be in the back. I hope it gets figured out!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 7, 2010, 10:22 pm

    Eek! Hope that scheduling stuff works out and y’all can run together!

  • Meghan January 7, 2010, 10:31 pm

    As a Team in Training rep I have to step in…TNT people do *not* have to start in the back and do not run as a group. When you fill out your paperwork you list your anticipated finishing time, and you’re sorted just like all the other participants. Obviously something happened with Caitlin’s paperwork, and that sucks, but I bet it will all work out! Don’t let it stress you out, and try to enjoy the marathon anticipation! 🙂 Have a great race!

    • caitlin January 7, 2010, 10:40 pm

      I do think all the TNT people are grouped at the back for Disney. That’s what I’ve heard for other races, and I definitely entered a 4:30 anticipated finish – I will let you know after the race! But I do think for Disney, charity runners are in the back. I know for San Diego Rock and Roll, it was not like this.

      • Meghan January 7, 2010, 10:48 pm

        Yeah, let us know! That would be strange. I ran Nike Women’s in San Francisco, and it wasn’t like that. Good luck with all the prep; pre-race stuff is so exciting!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) January 7, 2010, 10:40 pm

    Praying for you both to get that straightened out. I know it is really important to the fun of your marathon to have your friend run with you.

    BTW the dresses you both picked are so cute.

  • Whole Body Love January 7, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Bummer!! I hope it works out for you guys! Crossing my fingers for ya 😉

  • Molly @vegandorm January 7, 2010, 11:29 pm

    I hope everything works out, but in the long run, the first 3.5 miles will be the easiest and is only about 1/8th of the total race, so if for some reason it’s not fixable, you can (and will!) still have a great race! I’m sure they’ll be able to switch one of you though. Good luck with everything! the race is so close!

  • Vicki January 7, 2010, 11:40 pm

    Cute dresses!

    Hope everything works out with the corrals.

  • Ashley January 8, 2010, 12:09 am

    The husband has been a total rockstar cooking your meals!! The pnut butter larabar is one of the only ones I like! Good luck giiiirl!!!

  • Freya @ January 8, 2010, 2:43 am

    I really, really want to try a much!
    Haha, has The Husband done something wrong!? He seems to be being extra nice, cooking all your meals! You’re so lucky 🙂

  • Jess January 8, 2010, 3:39 am

    Your husband is great, seems like he is trying to give you time to chill and prepare for the marathon. 😀 Love the dress on you, and as everyone has said, I hope you get to race together. 🙂

  • Allison January 8, 2010, 6:50 am

    Don’t worry – I’ve heard crazy stories about Disney corral statements on the WISH and ROTE boards for years. From what I hear, Disney is really good about taking care of things. I hope you and your friend get to run together, because it would be hard to find each other after 3.4 miles!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind January 8, 2010, 7:43 am

    Ack! I just said a prayer in my head that you’re corral sitch works out!

    It’s getting close to marathon tiiiiiiiiiiime!

  • AM January 8, 2010, 8:02 am

    Caitlin, no worries — i was put in the last corral, then I went over to Runner Relations and submitted my last half marathon. They bumped me up to section D. Then (when i went back later) I told them i would finish between 4 and 4:30, and they moved me to section C. Snap!
    It was very easy, as long as you get a service person who knows what’s going on. The first woman I went to had no idea what the anticipated finish times were for each corral, so I didn’t realize what my placement was until i left.
    I went back later that day and asked to be switched. No problem!

  • whitney January 8, 2010, 8:09 am

    Do you have any recommendations for good places to eat dinner the night before the race in Orlando??? I am with my grandparents and they do not eat very healthy but I am making them eat where I want to eat the night of the race so I do not have any issues the next morning.

  • AM January 8, 2010, 8:20 am

    Oh, and the girl who changed my corral number simply gave me a sticker that reads CORRAL C and placed it over the other info.
    She didn’t do anything with my chip or type anything in the computer.
    Now i am paranoid.

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear January 8, 2010, 8:21 am

    Have fun and good luck in the marathon! Probably perfect running weather down there.

  • Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYEar January 8, 2010, 8:23 am

    I love your dress – it’s always a sigh of relief to get to chose your own. One style DOES NOT fit all 🙂

    I am so excited for you – best of luck this weekend!!!

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething January 8, 2010, 8:33 am

    You will get it all worked out and you are gonna have a great race!

  • zestycook January 8, 2010, 8:41 am

    Husband is on fire! Great dish. Good luck getting things sorted out.


  • Ashley January 8, 2010, 9:19 am

    Your dresses are so cute!!!!

  • Jillian January 8, 2010, 9:45 am

    So I read your blog everyday, and I log in to see your friend Lauren, who I went to Highschool with in Delaware!!! Love it! Good luck on your run!

  • Katie January 8, 2010, 9:54 am

    I ran Disney 2 years ago with TNT and I was in the correct corral. My team didn’t have any issues with corral assignments or getting them moved. My husband had to prove his finishing time with a recent half marathon time and he got moved from the last corral to my corral.

    Good Luck,HAVE FUN and THANK YOU!

  • Dotsie January 8, 2010, 10:55 am

    I was wondering what kind of cream sauce you and your husband use? Is there a healthy option?

    I hope you get the corral thing straightened out!

  • lisa January 8, 2010, 11:53 am

    I love that the bibs have your names on them! That’s awesome! I had to put mine on my shirt.

    Good luck getting the corral assignment worked out.

  • Whit January 8, 2010, 12:00 pm

    I’m wearing that dark blue dress [yours] in my sisters wedding in May! It’s going to be that color of green of the other dress though. Which coincidentally was also an option.

  • Carolyn January 8, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Hope everything works out!

  • Shelly January 8, 2010, 1:03 pm

    Wow, those dresses are cute! I kind of have my heart set on having my bridesmaids get Jcrew dresses for my wedding next year (for the wear-again-ability factor- I wear a dress I wore in a friend’s wedding from Jcrew all the time in the summer.) but those look like you could wear them again. Do you think that’s the case or are they more bridesmaid’s looking in person?

  • Heather (The Single Dish) January 8, 2010, 3:56 pm

    You look super cute in that dress, great cut for you. Pasta looks delicious and I hope you sleep better tonight, or at least don’t have another nightmare!

  • Allison K January 8, 2010, 5:24 pm

    hehehe If I ran a marathon at the pace of my most recent run, It would take me 6 plus hours. hahaha better get working on my pace!

  • Laurel January 8, 2010, 7:40 pm

    Good luck on the marathon, the weather is not looking very favorable… I am in Jax and your weather is supposed to be colder than ours! Stay safe and have fun! HYDRATE!!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 9, 2010, 2:22 am

    The dress you tried on looks great on you! Is that the one? Oh, I love when race bibs say your name. Definitely a keeper =)

  • Amanda January 11, 2010, 3:47 pm

    That is my favorite flavor of all Larabars!

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