A New Season for Redemption

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Have I mentioned my mom’s cat is terrorizing my dogs?


Evil cat.


James is so scared of her!  She will run right up to him and smack him in the face.  I ended up eating breakfast with both dogs in my lap!




My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1/4 canned pumpkin
  • Toppings:  pecans, coconut, brown sugar, and cinnamon


A New Season for Redemption


I am getting SO excited about the spring running season!  :) 


In Florida, we have two running seasons, generally.  “Fall season” takes place from August to December, and “Spring season” begins in March or so and lasts until May.  There are shorter races (like charity 5Ks) in between and through the summer, too, but the longer and bigger events take place during the seasons.


This Fall season, I raced in the following events:


Disney Marathon – January 10, 2010


OUC Half Marathon – December 2009


Founders’ Day 10K 2009 – November 2009


Miracle Miles 15K – September 2009


Rock and Run 5K – September 2009


In general, I would qualify the Fall 2009 season as “luckluster,” which the exception of my Half Marathon and Marathon.  The Miracle Miles 15K was a HUGE disappointment… as in, I sat in my car and cried like a baby afterwards.  Totally unnecessary, but that’s how I felt.


I am eagerly anticipating the start of a NEW racing season and a NEW chance for redemption!


On my race calendar:


  • Gasparilla 1/2 Marathon in Tampa – February 28
  • Olympic Triathlon in Orlando – March 14
  • Crooms Fool’s Run 15 mile trail race in the Middle of Nowhere, Florida – April 3
  • IronGirl 15K in Clearwater – April 10
  • Century Bike Ride in Napa Valley – May 23


My attitude with these races is that I’m NOT going to try to hit new Personal Records.  I think the reason the fall season was so disappointing for me was that I tried to meet or break my previous records.  I was much faster in Fall 2008 than I was in Fall 2009 or right now.  I set myself up for disappointment in the fall by reaching for goals that were unattainable (not forever unattainable, but I wasn’t doing the necessary speedwork to reach those times).


I’m going to set challenging but attainable time goals for each race for my CURRENT speed and fitness levels.  That way, I’ll have more fun and still feel accomplished. 


Plus, the spring races are so different and fun!  I’ve got a Half Marathon by the ocean, a triathlon, a trail race in a forest, a 15K in city I’ve never been to, and a 100  mile bike race in Napa Valley!  Weeeeeeeeeeeee!


How do you set goals? Do you base your goals on your past performance or your current abilities?



  • Neely February 4, 2010, 9:30 am

    Further proof that CATS rule! You think she should just take those doggies coming all up in her territory like that? Psshaw. 🙂

    Goals… I used to be much stricter but have become more lax as my age progressed. But it does make me wish I had the “effort” part down earlier in life when my body was able to handle all of it without being old. Lol.

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:31 am

      Hahah NEELY!! Don’t defend the cat!

      Are you doing any races this season with us?

      • Neely February 4, 2010, 9:38 am

        I would love to challenge myself to a 5k but it would have to be one where you would either a) not mind sprinting ahead of my slow self and not seeing me the whole time or b) not care about your time at all and stay back at my pace shootin’ the breeze.

        I think the cat is just jealous. Those two are so cute and probably getting all the attention now. It does kind of have an evil look, though.

        • Neely February 4, 2010, 9:39 am

          PS I would be interested in spectating at your Tri though 🙂

  • Stacey February 4, 2010, 9:31 am

    Haha! We have a dog that comes to play with our Trixie and my cat is always swatting him in the face…I guess cos he’s an “unknown” intruder or something 😀

    Yay for race season!!! I am SO FREAKIN EXCITED about race season starting up here in Charlotte! Since I didn’t work on PR times last season, I really want to do that this season, and also this april will be my first half-marathon! It’s hard not to want to do better than last year…but I just enjoy running either way, have a lovely day and keep those doggies safe 😀

  • kay February 4, 2010, 9:32 am

    thats too funny that the cat is scaring your dog!!

    your going to do great at all of those races!!

  • Stacey February 4, 2010, 9:32 am

    Oh and P.S. My boyfriend is doing a 100 mile bike ride in the mountains so you guys kind of have the same goal! That’s cool!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet February 4, 2010, 9:34 am

    I think your attitude towards this season is great! It is those kind of attitudes that usually do the best. 🙂

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 4, 2010, 9:34 am

    You’re going to ROCK this race season….I mean, come on! You’re a marathoner 🙂 And you were coming back from injury in the fall. This time you’ll be fresh fresh fresh.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 4, 2010, 9:35 am

    lol– that cat just LOOKS evil!! I guess I’m biased– I’m quite the dog person 🙂

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 4, 2010, 9:36 am

    love your attitude this year! it seems people get so wrapped up in times that they forget what they are actually doing! – something fantastic that many only DREAM about one day accomplishing!

  • Matt February 4, 2010, 9:36 am

    I set my goals by what I personally want to accomplish. I don’t care how far out there they might be!

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) February 4, 2010, 9:36 am

    Aw poor puppies!

    Sounds like a great season! I’m definitely excited for the Spring season and my first half marathon in April!

    I SHOULD base my goals my current ability but I tend to base them on past performance, which is probably not the greatest idea because sometimes it only sets you up for failure. I’m trying hard right now to make more realistic goals for myself though, based on what I can do NOW!

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run February 4, 2010, 9:36 am

    I love having my races planned out too! I will see you at Gasparilla and the Iron Girl in Clearwater 🙂

    Have you heard of the Muddy Buddy? That’s another one on my calendar for May. And it’s in Orlando!

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:38 am

      I have and I think it sounds soooo fun but you need a mountain bike. bah!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete February 4, 2010, 9:37 am

    I love how you have been sporting a hoodie for 2 days! haha. I’m wearing a hoodie too right now actually.

    I try to have goals, but lately with the ankle and getting sick, I’m just going to try to get through the Paris Marathon injury free and try not to go for time. I’m so competitive that I don’t know what is going to happen though! 😉

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:38 am

      haha i have been wearing this hoodie since sunday.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 4, 2010, 9:37 am

    What a great approach to racing! I always try to set “attainable” times, but secretly I still get disappointed when I don’t PR haha.

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:38 am

      hahah secret disappointment is another story!

    • megan February 4, 2010, 9:46 am

      I’m definitely with you on the secret disappointment! even if I set my goal low (which I normally do, so that I can be happy when I surpass it), i still have a real goal in my head. not sure how to get rid of that one 🙂

  • Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear February 4, 2010, 9:40 am

    Wow – so many inspiring races and goals! When I set my own, being a beginning runner, I am just setting out to complete them. I would love to work for racing a short distance – like a 5K – solely for speed. My natural competitive nature always wants to beat previous times though 🙂

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 4, 2010, 9:41 am

    Poor puppies!! Our dog Barkley had a similar run-in with a cat at our vet’s office — she just walked up to him and swiped him right in the nose 🙁

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story February 4, 2010, 9:43 am

    I have a friend that’s doing the IronGirl 5k in Clearwater! 🙂 I need to get some more planned things. So far I have my first 10k planned for April and I’m toying with the idea of a half-marathon in October. The summer months are OUT for me, this chick is not running in 90 degree temps with 100% humidity…no way no how, so I can understand the “seasons”!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 4, 2010, 9:44 am

    That is such an exciting racing schedule! I am basing my goals off of previous times, mostly because I am just at the beginning of my racing career (or at least I’d like to think so)!

  • Diana February 4, 2010, 9:45 am

    Ahaha yeah, cats can be mean.. but I am definitely a cat person. :X

    As for your question… Yeah, I base my goals on my current habilities though sometimes I get frustrated because I KNOW I’ve done better than that. But at the end of the day, it’s really not worth getting injured and/or disappointed. If we try hard we’ll eventually do better than the first time around anyway. 🙂

  • Courtney February 4, 2010, 9:46 am

    Weiners!!!!!!! Weiner dogs that is. Love them in the lap. My pups would live in my lap if they didn’t weigh a combined total of 100 lbs.
    I like to do a combo of current ability/past accomplishments. I like to at least do as well as I have in the past and improve if I can, but sometimes it just isn’t feasible.
    adventures in tri-ing

  • Samantha February 4, 2010, 9:46 am

    I’ve never really thought about how I set my goals. Most of my resolutions are for losing weight or working out, and were most likely based on what I’ve done previously. Although I have had to adjust for my new school schedule, I am confident I will reach my February goals!!

  • Sara @ ActiveGal February 4, 2010, 9:47 am

    Wow! You have so many goals! that is awesome! I really need to set some new attainable goals. Sometimes I just feel like I am going through the motions and I don’t wanna do that, I want to have something to reach for!

  • Abby February 4, 2010, 9:47 am

    Hahaha! I love it when dogs turn into sissies! especially around cats!! I had a kitten for a week and my 80 lb lab/shephard was deathly afraid of her when she hissed. Hilarious! We ended up giving the kitten away. Definitely NOT cat people!

  • Sarah February 4, 2010, 9:48 am

    I love that pic of you trying to eat brekkie with the two dogs on your lap! And all because of that innocent looking cat! lol
    Considering your history with injuries, your dedication to training and the sheer number of races you’ve done – I don’t see how this past running season could be a disappointment. I’ve read your posts about getting up at insane hours and running insane amounts (especially for the marathon) and whatever about your personal records, that dedication makes you AH-MAY-ZING!
    Good luck with the coming season – you’re gonna rock it!

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:59 am

      YES. EXACTLY. I failed to account for my injuries in the race season – how stupid was that? I should’ve been focused on just having fun and running, not time goals. I think I adopted that attitude more towards the end of the season, and ironically, that’s when I started to beat PRs. Attitude is everything!

      Thanks for the sweet comment. 🙂

  • Haleigh February 4, 2010, 9:50 am

    That is a beautiful cat! I used to dislike cats until my dad got one and now he’s my little baby. I wish I could have brought him to Charlotte with me.

    I like to set fitness goals for myself but I have never been in a race before. I used to compete all the time with cheerleading/gymnastics from the age of 4 until 18. I think I am burnt out on competitions because of that. I could go to a competition every weekend for 2 months straight, completely exhausting.

    So now I set my goals by attending a certain amount of yoga classes each week and by mountain biking mileage in the warmer months.

  • katherine February 4, 2010, 10:03 am

    I’m definitely more of a dog person, but your mother’s cat is beautiful. Still mean for terrorizing the puppies though!!

    I like to set goals, but I, too, have learned that they have to be realistic. Otherwise, I drive myself (and everyone around me) bananas obsessing about the goal and then about not achieving it.

  • Kelly February 4, 2010, 10:12 am

    I try to set my goals based on both: past performance and current fitness level. But that is hard because always in the back of my mind I know what my PR is!

  • Alexandra February 4, 2010, 10:17 am

    When is your bike race in Napa Valley? It sounds so fun! I’m going to be transferring to UC Davis in Northern California this September to finish my B.S. and I’m hoping to join the cycling team up there.

    I set my goals based on my current abilities. I know what I am capable of, but I still like to give myself a very reasonable goal that way I feel good when I beat it.

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 10:33 am

      Its on May 23!

      • Alexandra February 4, 2010, 11:25 am

        Good luck with the upcoming season! Can’t wait to read your future posts. They are always inspiring. I read your post on your first 14 mile run, just before I stepped outside the door to do my first 14 mile run. 🙂

  • Erin February 4, 2010, 10:18 am

    I am coming back from a injury and will be running my first 5k this Sunday. I know I am not as fast or in as good as shape as I was the last time I raced. I read a really good article in Runners World about racing after a recovery. Basically it said to set different goals like to finish pain free and not let yourself be down about your time. The article ended with a cute quote to say to yourself at the finish of the race… “Wow! That was the greatest run Ive had since my injury. Im so proud of myself!”

    …Ive been practicing!

  • Whitney @ whitinspired.wordpress.com February 4, 2010, 10:21 am

    Bah. I am NOT a cat person. I’ll take a goofy and loyal dog any day :). I’m running my first 5k in two years March 27th and I’m really nervous about it. The last time I ran one, I ended up in tears the entire drive home because I didn’t do as well as I wanted to. This time I have a better training program and haven’t set any goals for myself other than to finish!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 4, 2010, 10:21 am

    i think you have to base goals a little on both…past experience will show you what you have already achieved in those situations, but knowing your current level gives you the drive to push for something better than your past experience 🙂

  • caronae February 4, 2010, 10:23 am

    Sounds like you’re setting some great goals/challenges for yourself!
    I won’t lie, I’m a cat person, and I find it just a teensy bit funny when cats terrorize dogs…

  • Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run February 4, 2010, 10:24 am

    I’m really bad – I always want to PR. I used to get very upset in the past if I didn’t, but I’m getting better about it now. I did set a goal to qualify for Boston, so that’s gonna be a big one and a huge disappointment if I don’t qualify after putting in the hard work. Goals are great, but sometimes it’s nice to just run for fun as well.

  • Susan February 4, 2010, 10:29 am

    The only goal I set now is to cross the finish line 🙂 I couldn’t even tell you off the top of my head the finishing times I’ve had for my races, so trying to do it a minute shorter just doesn’t matter to me that much in the long run.

  • pen February 4, 2010, 10:30 am

    Aw, I completely understand the feeling of disappointment that comes from expecting yourself to always get faster. I’ve had to separate in my head two phases of my running: the ED phase when I was 30lbs lighter and compulsively exercising and was thus smoking fast and the healthy phase (carrying around a little more, completely necessary, weight…and a little slower).

    But, for the most part, now that I’ve come to accept that I’ll never again be as fast as I was when I was very sick, I enjoy running just for how strong it makes me feel. And, I set my goals on how I’m currently feeling…doesn’t always go according to plan, but I try to be more cognizant of my current ability level and just accept it as it is.

  • Molly @vegandorm February 4, 2010, 10:32 am

    I base my goals on the past couple months, mainly because every year I’ve drastically improved…I’m only 18, so when I started freshman year of high school, I was on J.V. Senior year, I was winning races and qualified for state in 5k cross country and the 3200m in track.
    Now that I’m running in college, I have to remember that I’m a freshman again. It was tough when I was getting PRs but not winning anymore! But I’ve come to love the fierce competition…the first time I ran a sub-20 5k, for example, or the first time I ran a 10k at a pace of under 7 minutes/mile. If I ran a 10k now in 7-minute miles or slower, I would be disappointed, but in five years it might be a completely different story.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 4, 2010, 10:39 am

    I set goals for myself in all areas, personal and professional. I like to at least have something to aim for and look forward to.

  • Amber K February 4, 2010, 10:40 am

    Another reason I can’t stand cats! The first being, surprise, surprise, I’m allergic to them!

    I like to set goals that I know I can accomplish. It sorta seems like it would defeat the purpose, since I’m not “pushing” myself as hard maybe, but I love the confidence boost I get from achieving them. And then I reach for something new.

  • Meredith February 4, 2010, 10:46 am

    I base my performance on my past races. Which doesn’t make a lot of sense because, like you said, you have to set goals based on your current fitness level. I just expect myself to get better and better and better!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 4, 2010, 10:49 am

    My dogs just want to make friends with my mom’s cat because they think she is a dog (she’s huge). But she just runs and hisses at them. Poor James and Maggie being tortured.

    I set my race times to reflect how much I’ve trained. I try not to aim for PR’s because I don’t want to injure myself since I’ve had some before. But I usually luck out and PR occasionally just from training properly.

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 4, 2010, 10:54 am

    First, that cat just looks evil! And I’m even a cat-lover!

    Second, I definitely set my goals based on my current abilities. Comparing myself to how I was even a year ago just isn’t realistic, and I hate to set myself up for disappoint. Like you said, setting goals that are challenging but ATTAINABLE helps make the experience more FUN! 🙂

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life February 4, 2010, 10:55 am

    You have such a positive attitude ab things Caitlin.. It truly is inspiring.. I am a slow runner and sometimes in races I get discouraged but then I look at your blog and you reassure me everyone is different and I should be proud for just finishing the races! Thank you!

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 4:20 pm

      everyone is different and the race is REALLY only against yourself… unless you are some crazy ass elite athlete! LOL

  • John February 4, 2010, 11:00 am

    Your mom’s cat reminds me of my sister’s cat who loved to tease my dad’s hound dog. She new where the dog’s chain extended too and would constantly walk to it to aggravate him. Good thing for the cat the chain didn’t break or she would have died sooner than she did 🙂

  • Island Girl Eats February 4, 2010, 11:01 am

    Cats can be so spiteful! If they sense a fear in a person or animal, they will pursue it and intimidate!

    I always set goals with my current ability. To me, there is no point in looking back. Because I am doing some strength training along with running, I feel like I am running stronger. My ultimate goal is to continue running throughout my life. How awesome would it be to be 70 and still running?!! To me that is amazing.

    The first time I did the Disney 1/2 marathon in January 2006, there were two people in front of us who were about 70 years old. And get this – they were doing the Goofey challenge. So they ran the 1/2 that day and continued on to do the full marathon the next day. I couldn’t have done that!

  • Carolina John February 4, 2010, 11:05 am

    I try to keep goals in reach within this year’s limitations. At the same time if it’s something really important (i don’t try to pr every race) i will train harder for it and set a higher goal.

  • Donna February 4, 2010, 11:14 am

    Hi, Caitlin…I found your blog a while back and instantly fell in love with your writing, running, exercise and eating habits. You have become such an inspiration to me….I even posted an Operation Beautiful note at my gym. Wish I had taken a picture of it…lol….anyway, you have accomplished so much..I don’t even know you, but I am proud of you! Lol…I have told some girls at the gym about your blog, hope they have checked it out. I too have developed a passion for running..one that my husband who doesn’t exercise just does not understand…I have not ran a race yet, but I am going to in March, my first 5 k…then immediately after, a 10 k…at some point this year, I want to train for a half. Sorry for rambling…just wanted to say thanks for all the great posts you put out there….wish I lived near you, because I would love to run with you….Hope you don’t mind, but I added you to my blog roll…Keep on running!

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 4:21 pm

      thank you so much for your sweet comment! keep running – maybe your hubby will fall in love with it too 🙂

  • Theresa February 4, 2010, 11:24 am

    My husband and I are considering doing the Croom Fools Run! We mountain bike there occasionally (kinda far from home so we don’t get there often) but have never run there! Enjoy!

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 4:21 pm

      let me know if you do and we can carpool – there’s a big group of us doing it! its a really fun race.

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 4, 2010, 11:25 am

    Beautiful cat!!
    I always set goals on past experience – so if I ran a mile in 7min30, my next goal is to do it in less (I got 7min03 :D), no matter how I’m feelinng. It’s like I set a baseline, and if I fall below it, then I’ve failed my goal. I need to work on having an attitude more like yours! Yours is waaaay healthier! and achievable 🙂
    I love that there is 2 running seasons, that’s awesome. Is that cos it’s too hot in the summer?

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 4:22 pm

      yes – it is WAY too hot in florida to run long distances in the summer.. BAH! torturous.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels February 4, 2010, 11:26 am

    cats are like the movie mean girls!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 4, 2010, 11:54 am

    I’m running my first marathon in June and I am planning to run a few races in between to get used to the excited/nervous feeling. Since I’ve never raced, I don’t really know what kinds of goals I have, though reading these comments is really insightful!

  • Joey February 4, 2010, 12:10 pm

    Definitely set my goals based on current ability… It doesn’t matter what I could do when I was younger or more fit… Only what I can do TODAY. I recently signed up for my first race and hope I set an attainable goal!!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 4, 2010, 12:22 pm

    Because I LOVE cats, I snickered pretty hard at the fact that a beautiful white fluffy kitty goes up and smacks your dog in the face. lollllll…Okay… I’m done now.

    I set goals based on slightly more than what I think I can do (how else do you ever get better?).

  • Leslie February 4, 2010, 12:31 pm

    No offense, but your dogs are in the cat’s house. 🙂

  • Gwen February 4, 2010, 12:37 pm

    I like to base my goals on pushing myself towards something I know I can accomplish. It has to be challenging, but I also have to know deep down I can do it. I don’t generally set time goals for myself – just racing to finish!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 4, 2010, 12:43 pm

    Bahaha! That’s hilarious that the cat is smacking your dogs in the face. My mom’s cat does that to Niko every time we go over there, but Niko eggs it on. At home, our cat runs from the dog! And that’s a very pretty (evil, perhaps – but all cats are to a certain degree ;))

    Anyway, great attitude about the races. Look at all the mileage that you’ll be racing! Craziness! You have such a competitive fire in you.

  • Wendy February 4, 2010, 12:52 pm

    Sounds like a fun race line-up this spring! I set my race goals based on both past performance and current ability. For example, in my second half last fall, I had recently overcome an injury, and knew my training wasn’t as great as it could have been. So I was absolutely thrilled to finish in nearly the exact same time as my first half last spring. If I hadn’t been injured, I probably would have gone for a much faster time!

  • skinnyrunner February 4, 2010, 12:56 pm

    looks like you have a fun race season ahead of you girlie!

  • Paige February 4, 2010, 12:59 pm

    Current abilities for sure!!! I always just concentrate on doing my best that day for that particular race…If I do happen to get a PR, then it’s just icing on the cake!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 4, 2010, 1:00 pm

    Hey, I forgot– did you like Up in the Air?!?

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 4:12 pm

      No! I thought it was a good movie but it had an unsatisfying and depressing ending.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 4, 2010, 1:02 pm

    It’s always the pretty cats who are the meanest. And I have this theory about names… the meanest cats i’ve ever known were named “Angel” and “Precious” while a cat named “Devil” was the sweetest thing ever. Anyways, your poor doggies!!

    Sounds like a great, fun season!! And your mindset is perfect. I think you will have so much fun!
    Unfortunately, I tend to set goals based on past performance rather than current abilities. Need to change that :/

  • Marni February 4, 2010, 1:04 pm

    you will love IG 10k! (not sure if you did it before). It will be my 5th year and I love the IG experience 🙂
    enjoy time with your parents 🙂

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 4, 2010, 1:15 pm

    I set my goals one step up from my current abilities.

    I feel sorry for the cat! Cats are very territorial. I’m certain she wasn’t expecting two dogs to invade her house!

  • chandra h February 4, 2010, 1:17 pm

    ahhh your mom has the cat of my dreams! hope it & your doggies can make peace soon though 🙂

    Spring racing season looks exciting! good luck <3

    • Laura @ Strong and Steady February 4, 2010, 3:12 pm

      i think that’s the perfect kitty too! purrrfect.

      but he should be nicer to puppies.

      • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 4:13 pm

        you guys can have her – she’s so mean!

  • Nicole (dishin') February 4, 2010, 1:34 pm

    You go girl! You have big plans for the spring!

  • Nicole, RD February 4, 2010, 2:29 pm

    I set goals based on my current abilities. I don’t have the time to commit to training for everything, but it shouldn’t keep me from running 5k’s and 10k’s! And if I do a 1/2 or full marathon I’m okay with stopping to walk whereas 5 years ago I wasn’t.

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 4, 2010, 2:33 pm

    ::GASP::! Does that evil cat have claws? My cat and dogs chase each other, and the cat swats at them, but without his claws out. He plays nice 🙂

    I think it’s a great idea for you not to focus on always trying to set new PRs in your races this season. It’ll make it more enjoyable!

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 4:13 pm

      yes she has claws! she beat the poop out of james.

  • Laura @ Strong and Steady February 4, 2010, 3:17 pm

    hmmm, i think i set race goals that are a function of my perceived fitness level… based on how my recent training runs have been going. then, when the pre-race rest and adrenaline comes into the picture, i sometimes end up doing way better than expected!

    but i project that my race this weekend will be my first non-PR. it’s cool though, training over the holidays and in the foul weather was more to keep me active than to achieve any particular finish time. there will be more races under better training conditions where i can really see what i’m made of!

  • Paige February 4, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Proof that cats are pure evil! He kind of looks like Mr. Bigglesworth pre-cryogenic freezing, no?

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 4:13 pm

      major LOLs

  • Paige February 4, 2010, 3:18 pm

    Or…er…Ms. Bigglesworth.

  • Gabriela February 4, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I love the pumpkin oatmeal! I just recently set my first running goal, to run a half marathon. I KNOW it’s achieveable if I just work hard enough! Running for speed is a whole ‘nother ball game, I think though…I’m always impressed by your runs regardless!

  • Ariffa February 4, 2010, 3:33 pm

    aaawww you’re pups are soo cute

  • Jessica February 4, 2010, 4:18 pm

    just read this and thought of you….

    And 10 things to say more often to ourselves:
    Less is not more, baby.
    I will love my flaws, if not for me, then for my extremely impressionable daughter/little sister/niece.
    Walk away slowly so everyone can enjoy the view.
    It’s clothes’ job to fit my body, not the other way around.
    Don’t turn down chocolate! It’s full of those anti-oxi-thingies.
    He loves that, and those, and especially these. Lucky dog.
    Machu Picchu/intermediate pole dancing/20 stairs with a stroller…whatever—these thighs can handle it.
    Hungry? Eat something. Makes sense, right?
    There’s nothing wrong here that a great pair of jeans can’t fix.
    Well done.

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 4:26 pm

      i love this!!!

      • Jessica February 4, 2010, 7:08 pm

        I did too.

  • Jenny February 4, 2010, 4:29 pm

    That picture of you with the two dogs made me smile- it’s excellent practice for when you have to hold a baby while eating! 😉

    I used to be a runner before I got sick (ironically, the last post on my blog is about having to give up running), and I am so incredibly jealous/happy for you that you’ve got such an exciting season coming up! You are going to do so well. You’re taking care of yourself and SAFELY training and making sure that you put your body first. Can’t wait to read all of your race reports!

    I’m extremely competitive, so when I used to race, I set goals for myself to beat previous PR’s, but my illness forced me to start based them on my current abilities before I had to stop altogether. If I ever get the chance to do it again, i’d definitely base it on my current abilities. It’s so much healthier on several levels.

    Glad you’re enjoying your time with your mom!

    • Jenny February 4, 2010, 4:32 pm

      p.s. It’s ironic that the devil cat is all white. Seems like it should be black with red eyes or something.

  • Jenna February 4, 2010, 11:28 pm

    Sound like fun!

  • Laura February 5, 2010, 6:02 am

    Aww your mom’s cat looks too cute to be a terror! Mind you my kitten is adorable but totally naughty, she trashed my kitchen a few days ago, pulled the curtains, knocked everything off the windowsill and smashed a glass…

    • Laura February 5, 2010, 6:02 am

      edit: I meant pulled down the net curtains

  • eatingRD February 5, 2010, 11:02 am

    so glad you are enjoying your vacation with family! awwh poor doggies, cats can sure have an attitude!! lol I don’t know how your fall season could have been a disappointment either. I think you are nothing less than amazing and an inspiration to many for all you do! I am really considering the napa valley ride, although I would probably do the metric. My aunt lives in napa and it’s just gorgeous! Do you have a team together? I’m very indecisive and have never signed up for one, but boy that would be amazing!

    • caitlin February 5, 2010, 12:00 pm

      YES! i have a team and there are 4 other people on it. you can do the metric! i will email you the info!

      • eatingRD February 5, 2010, 12:15 pm

        oh my gosh, perfect name! lol ok, now you are convincing me!!! I will discuss with my other half and get back to you 🙂

  • jesslikesithot February 5, 2010, 12:53 pm

    hahaa why are cats always such bullys?!?! at least you were nice enough to let the pups sit in your
    lap!! 🙂

    and I’m excited to hear all about the upcoming races!! I think you’ll get to enjoy it a
    lot more without focusing entirely on beating your PRs!!! and who knows, you may just surprise yourself!!

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