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An alligator!


What, you can’t see him?


There he is!


He’s a big boy – easily 5 feet.


I had a glorious 26-mile bike ride this morning.  I’m beginning to work on extending my long rides about 5 to 10 miles a week in preparation of my upcoming Century (100 miles!).


Megan, her friend Mark, and a blogger named Becka joined me for the first half of my ride.



I took the first half of the ride nice and slow because I was warming up my legs.  They were a wee bit sore after yesterday’s trail run – nothing to be concerned about, but sore enough that I paid attention and didn’t push it!


Around Mile 9, Becka and I took a break and I ate these Goo Chomps, which were pretty yummy!  The entire pack about about 180 calories.


A little bit later, we separated and I banged out the last 10.0 miles by myself.  I am also starting to do speed sprints when I try to go 20.0 mph for 0.5 mile at a time.  I did about six sets.


I love Florida!  I will miss my home state so much when we move.



Here are my final statistics:


  • Distance: 26.2 miles
  • Duration:  2 hours, 3 minutes


Pre-ride breakfast was two pieces of toast with two dippy eggs and an orange:


And recovery lunch was a whole wheat pita with cheese and a veggie burger, as well as a Green Monster.


I really do like the Morningstar black bean burgers.  They are good when you’re pressed for time!


And my Green Monster contained:


  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 2 cups spinach


Off to shower off all of this bike grease!  I always end up with it all over my legs.


Megan mentioned to me this morning that she’s really happy she’s not specifically training for something right now – she’s just working out to be fit and have fun.  I cannot even REMEMBER the last time (it was probably 3 years ago!) that I was not training for something.  Sometimes it’s annoying to always be working towards one big goal, but I generally prefer it.


Question:  Are you training for a race right now?  What is it?  Do you enjoy signing up for races to help stay motivated, or would you rather just do your own thing?



  • TanyaS February 21, 2010, 1:40 pm

    I am currently training for labour! Then, with a June 2 due date and a vacation to Boston mid-August I will be training shed as much excess as I can before then, leading into a 10 mile race mid October.

    I just typed up my schedules this morning. If I don’t have it on paper in front of me, the workout just won’t get done. Plus I love the thrill of marking an X through a completed workout.

    • Caitlin February 21, 2010, 1:42 pm

      labor is the biggest marathon of all!!!

  • Julie @SavvyEats February 21, 2010, 1:41 pm

    I am training for a race.. my first half is two weeks from today, as you know! I like having something to train for, because it gives me motivation when I don’t really feel like working out.

  • Ashlyn @ Excogitations of a Running Nerd February 21, 2010, 1:42 pm

    I use races to keep me motivated, plus, it’s great to get out and meet people with similar interests! I’m training for a couple of trail races over the spring and summer…and this hopefully in the fall: http://www.asymcamudrun.com/ It looks so fun!

    Sweet alligator picture, by the way…

  • Therese February 21, 2010, 1:42 pm

    I’ve found that I need both in my life because I can easily overtrain. Now that I’ve decided to go back to school I’ve had to back off on too many races so I can focus on studying. Right now I’m training for an 8k race in early April. My goal is to reduce my time. That’s also the same goal for my 10k race in May and then I’m maintaining my fitness to start training for my very first half in September (I’ll start training in June). Last year all I did was train for races and I found that I got burnt out so this year I’ve decided to have a mix of training and learning to have some fun while doing it!

    Races do help me to stay motivated but I go in full force and have a tendency to be too hard on myself so my extra goal while training for my half is that every long run needs to have an element of fun to it. Whether it’s in a new place, a destination run or what, I’m making sure there’s something about it that makes me look forward to it and ease up on myself. I think I’ll bring my camera with me to ensure that I take it easy and have a sense of adventure and fun!

  • Donna February 21, 2010, 1:43 pm

    I have been training for somethng for the last 5 years. Now I am currently training for two runs, the first being the Gasparilla half marathon. Then the first of May I will be doin the Capital City Half near my home in Columbus. I also love to ride bikes, every year I do TOSRV, it is a double century. Lots of fun! Cycling season is short here in Ohio.

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 21, 2010, 1:46 pm

    WOW 26miles!! Go you!
    I like both – running wise, I’m training for half marathons, and a full marathon in the autumn. But riding wise – for the first time in about 6years!! – I’m just riding for fun, which I’m really really enjoying. No pressure is lovely 🙂 I spent 6 years training for endurance riding, then dressage, so it’s quite nice to just play with Chika now with no pressure 🙂
    But I LOVE having a training goal in running – constant new challeneges, it’s brilliant!
    Oh – love the Green Monster! They areSO delicious 😀

    • Molly @thevegandorm February 21, 2010, 1:50 pm

      I feel the same way about riding! After doing shows and barrel racing for years, I love just having my horses to play with now!

      • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 21, 2010, 1:55 pm

        You used to barrel race? Wow! I’ve always wanted to try some of those Western competions but there’s nowhere that does it over here 🙁 Barrel racing looks pretty scary though..some of the angles they go at, it’s mad! Give me a dressage arena or a cross country jump any day :p

        • Molly @thevegandorm February 21, 2010, 1:59 pm

          Haha it’s definitely an adrenaline rush! I actually used to finish and realize I hadn’t taken a breath the whole time I was concentrating so hard! But I loved it-To me, jumping would be much more frightening!

        • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 21, 2010, 2:02 pm

          At least you’re [mildy] upright jumping!! Barrel racing..like, it seems like your knees touch the ground going by the angle :s When I manage to move to the US, I’m totally trying it 😛
          Jumping is still pretty nerveracking though, you’re right…

  • Molly @thevegandorm February 21, 2010, 1:48 pm

    I would looove to not be training for anything. Now that I’m a college runner, I’m in season 3/4s of the year (cross country, indoor track, outdoor track) – sometimes I would love to be training for nothing, just being active!

  • Alison February 21, 2010, 1:54 pm

    At the moment, I’m not training for anything. But in October my husband and I are running in the Army 10 Miler followed by the Disney marathon in January. For now, I’m just exercising for the love of it. And to work off all this Valentine candy!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 21, 2010, 1:54 pm

    I just registered for a 10-mile running race. Haven’t exactly started “training” yet because I do year-round. Yes, I do like to do occasional races to keep myself motivated : )

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward February 21, 2010, 1:56 pm

    I find it really difficult to stay motivated without having a race on my calendar. I ran a race yesterday. Next up – a 10K on April 3rd!

  • Syl February 21, 2010, 1:56 pm

    So jealous that you guys are out riding your bikes, our streets are covered in snow :-(. I can’t wait to get out and ride again!

    sounds like a perfect morning.

    I am currently training for my first half marathon in May, helps me stay focused with my workouts.

  • Leena February 21, 2010, 1:56 pm

    woah! an alligator – how exciting! the weather seems so nice there! i wish it was that way here… getting a bad case of cabin fever!

  • Rachel February 21, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I love ALL of the morningstar products! Probably because I’m always pressed for time around lunch, and it’s so much healthier than other quick options out there.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite February 21, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I use to always have to be training for something… now I enjoy working out to stay fit 🙂

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) February 21, 2010, 2:00 pm

    I’m training for my first half marathon April 10, then I’ll take about two months with no scheduled training plan while we get married/honeymoon, then I will start training for the Chicago Marathon!

    Honestly, I do a lot better with a training plan. I am uncreative and if left to my own devices, I kind of flounder in the gym. I like having a plan that’s set, so I know, “okay, I have to do 5 miles today” or whatever.

  • Wendy February 21, 2010, 2:04 pm

    Looks like a fun ride! I am currently training for a half in April, followed by another half in May. After that, I’ll probably do several local 5Ks, maybe a 5-mile race & a 10K. I’m also considering an October half, but I’m not sure since I’ll be starting a new job teaching high school this fall. From what I’ve heard, the first year teaching is all about survival!

    I love how motivating training for a race is, but I also think it’s really refreshing and fun to be able to just go out for a run with no specific goal in mind.

  • Kelly February 21, 2010, 2:11 pm

    eeeek a gator. I’m about to start training for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philly, it’s a 10 mile race. It was my first race ever, and I did it last year. Very excited to do it again this year.

  • Michele February 21, 2010, 2:13 pm

    My very first half marathon is Sunday, May 2!!

  • Kristine February 21, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I never really train for anything. I just work out for myself, and have been consistently for almost 3 years! I’ve only run in 2 races TOTAL. I love to not have the pressure of “having to train” but I still manage to work out 5 or 6 days a week.

    I am motivated by my old self and don’t ever want to go back to that!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 21, 2010, 2:31 pm

    Holy gator!!! lol– I’m from Louisiana, and that still freaks me out a little.

    I’m usually torn on the training thing– on the one hand, it’s great to have something specific to work towards, and it definitely lights a fire under my ass and doesn’t allow me to make excuses or slack off…on the other hand, it kind of adds a stressful element to running (or whatever) that I really prefer not to have. So I guess there are positive and negative aspects to it– thus is life!

  • cassie @ www.losinginthecity.blogspot.com February 21, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I am not training for anything now but hope to be this year… ditto on Morningstar.. I’m a huge fan.. have you tried the Chik Patties? they are really good… sounds like you had a fab morning..

  • Jess February 21, 2010, 2:33 pm

    I am currently training fr DANSKIN tri in May!! Its so much fun also women only event. So next time you plan a ride I would love to meet up… riding alone gets lonely and kinda scary.

    • Caitlin February 21, 2010, 2:38 pm

      hey! we ride every weekend if you want to come next weekend. i’ll shoot you an email!

      • Jess February 21, 2010, 2:40 pm

        I actualy just emailed you haha

  • Lauren @ A Fit Foodie February 21, 2010, 2:36 pm

    I’m training for my first marathon for this April in Louisville, KY and I’ve signed up as quickly as I could to keep me motivated. And I just signed up last night for 3 races before then. A 5K, 10K and 10 miler. Gotta use it to make myself not stop training!

  • Erin February 21, 2010, 2:41 pm

    I always feel so lost when I’m not training for something. Like, how do I know how far to run???

    I’m currently training for the month of May. Yes, the whole month. I’m really tailoring my training to PR at the Wisconsin half marathon on May 1st but I have a race every other weekend in May. Half-marathon, 10K, and 10 Miler. Whew!

  • Leo @ cupcakes in Paris February 21, 2010, 2:44 pm

    Well running is not my priority. I try to focus on weight lifting and enjoy running mostly in the spring/ summer when it is warm and sunny!
    Looks like you had a beautiful day!

  • Lisa February 21, 2010, 2:49 pm

    I’m training for a few things right now and it helps keep me motivated. Next month I’m doing the Shamrock Run (8K) to prepare for the Hood to Coast Relay in August. I’m also doing the Reach the Beach bike ride in May.

  • Alicia February 21, 2010, 2:52 pm

    It’s like you go on an wildlife safari every time you do that bike route! When we came down to visit my in-laws this past November, I was amazed by the amount of gators just lurking about the Tampa, Orlando and Cape Canaveral areas. It’s a rare happening that I see even a deer on my busy side street corner along a main road in a suburb!

  • Amanda February 21, 2010, 2:53 pm

    i am currently training for my first half marathon and am very excited for it gives me more of a reason to work out because i can’t back on my friends that are doing the run with so it really helps keep me motivated to run. but again its also pressure making it seem not as fun sometimes. i don’t do well with pressure!

  • Ashley February 21, 2010, 2:58 pm

    I’m training for the NYC Half marathon and then will be training for the FULL MARATHON (yikes!) that’s in November. I actually enjoy training for something because it motivates me!

  • Dori February 21, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I’m training for the NYC Half Marathon on my birthday! I love training for something because it keeps me motivated and pushes me father than I would push myself. I am looking forward to not be training for such a big race though and have more social time. I will always be running some type of race though and always be training for that!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner February 21, 2010, 3:10 pm

    I’m training for a half marathon now, and I definitely like having a goal to work toward!

  • Jayce February 21, 2010, 3:11 pm

    Hey, Becka was my wedding photographer! Crazy! She is an amazing photographer and sweet person. 🙂
    I am training for the Gasparilla 5K next Saturday, then trying to decide on a 10K for a couple months after that… then ultimately a full marathon at the end of the year/early next year!

    • caitlin February 22, 2010, 8:20 am

      Becka was a real sweetie 😉

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 21, 2010, 3:13 pm

    I can’t imagine seeing an alligator on a bike ride. I have a minor heart attack when I see a snake haha. I like the motivation training for a specific race gives me- an extra push when you don’t feel like running in the cold or the drive to run a little faster. I did decide though that the next time I’m not training for a race, I’m going to take some time to explore some of the local trails. I never it do it now because I feel like I will be “wasting” training time (which is a little sad)

  • Catherine February 21, 2010, 3:14 pm

    I’m training for the Boston Marathon on April 19th. I generally like how races keep me going and on pace for things, but this week my coach told me to take a week off running and cross-train instead and I have to say it’s been really nice just being able to swim, bike or do yoga whenever I want without it being on a schedule.

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 21, 2010, 3:21 pm

    I enjoy training for something only if I’ve never done it before. I’m semi training for a 10k right now, but I’ve run so many that it’s kinda blah… I enjoyed training for my first half marathon. I liked it so much that I decided to do a full. But now that I’ve done that…it’s kind of like there’s nothing left to train for. I do really want to run an ultra marathon, but that is a SERIOUS committment, which I do not have time for right now.

  • Matt February 21, 2010, 3:24 pm

    I am currently marathon training. Love it 🙂 I like training for races, but not all the time. Sometimes I just like to do my own thing.

  • Erica February 21, 2010, 3:34 pm

    I’m not currently training for anything either, right now. Just building up my base miles again really slowly so I don’t reinjure a stress fracture. BUT I finally came to the realization that you don’t have to be training for a race to be a runner, and that makes me feel so much better about it.

    Question — can you make a green monster with frozen spinach? We always have a bag on hand I was thinking about trying this tomorrow after my spin class.

    • Caitlin February 21, 2010, 3:36 pm

      ive never done it but i bet it would work!

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 21, 2010, 3:37 pm

    Next week I begin a 10-week training program for the Broad Street Ten Mile Run!!! I have never run over 5.5 miles, so this is a big deal for me!!! I like training for specific events because it helps me stay organized with my workouts. Although my #1 reason for exercising is for health and to keep my body strong, training for something specific helps each workout feel like it has an important PURPOSE.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 21, 2010, 3:47 pm

    I think training for a race gives you a bit more motivation, having a goal to work towards. But you can have all sorts of goals that have nothing to do with a race.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 21, 2010, 3:53 pm

    oh my that alligator is SCARY!!
    I just did a Sprint triathlon – so next on the agenda is a half marathon eeeek

  • Anna February 21, 2010, 3:54 pm

    I’m actually not in training for anything right now, and I love it. I find that I do better when I put less pressure on myself in the form of an upcoming race. I often end up doing a lot better when I can just take it as it comes rather than being tied to a particular schedule. Like today, for instance. I went for my first real run in weeks and surprised myself by running a 28 min 5K (which is FAST for me, especially considering that there was a lot of ice and I had to climb over a couple snow banks). It was really motivating and I can’t wait to get back out there again.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 21, 2010, 4:17 pm

    I have never trained for anything other than health. It certainly does sound motivating though!

  • ida February 21, 2010, 4:21 pm

    isn’t it crazy that you can just go out and bike a marathon?!

    • caitlin February 22, 2010, 8:20 am

      sure as hell easier than running one!!!

  • Jill Will Run February 21, 2010, 4:35 pm

    I’m not currently training for anything and in some ways, it is driving me crazy! When I have the peaceful moments where I’m just enjoying the flow, I really like being able to run whenever and however long I want. But I get constant questions from friends “What are you training for?” or “When are you going to find your next race?” Those questions make me start doubting myself and wondering if I should have an agenda. It’s frustrating because while I do enjoy races, they can be expensive and ultimately I am “in training” to be able to run for the rest of my life.

  • K February 21, 2010, 4:41 pm

    I refuse to force any workout schedule onto myself – physically, mentally, psychologically – it just doesn’t work for me! Instead, I do as I feel for that particular day with some influence from my general goal of getting my cardio and my weight training in each week. My favorite ways to sweat = dancing, yoga and lifting weights. None of those way are conducive to signing up and training for races!

  • Becky February 21, 2010, 4:52 pm

    I’m training for my first half-marathon. I’m super excited and really enjoy training. I think its part of the fun. I’m a big planner so I enjoy registering and having a goal in mind.

  • Megan February 21, 2010, 5:00 pm

    Another training for labor here. 🙂 I want to stay in shape so that I’ll be able to run a half marathon in October/Nov and a full early next yeat. (Due in June). The most I’m running is 5 miles at a time though really- my bladder can’t do much more than that!!

  • Kate February 21, 2010, 5:02 pm

    I was inspired by your post about the Disney marathon last month. My hubby and I have been planning on going to Disney world for years since we’ve met (i’ve never been) and I thought that since I’m going all the way to Florida, I might as well do something spectacular–the catch is I’m woefully out of shape, but with hard work and dedication I will be able to pull off the marathon in 2012. In the meantime I will keep reading your blog for inspiration!

    • caitlin February 22, 2010, 8:21 am

      Awesome! You can do it – that is a wonderful goal!

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun) February 21, 2010, 5:04 pm

    I always wish that I lived in Florida! I can’t stand the cold. WHere are you moving to again?

    • caitlin February 22, 2010, 8:21 am

      we’re moving to charlotte, nc!

  • Courtney February 21, 2010, 5:09 pm

    I just decided yesterday I like to have something to look forward to. I’m just beginning again after two babies and transitions in life and it feels good to check events off as I go!

  • Daryl February 21, 2010, 5:09 pm

    I’m training for the Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon (end of May), although I haven’t registered yet – waiting to see if injuries subside. Without this race and a desire to qualify for Boston I’d be back to shorter races and triathlons, but still looking for races. I’m jealous you can be out on your bike now!

  • KatieF February 21, 2010, 5:35 pm

    I’m training for the Boston Marathon!!! For the past few years I have been training for something at any given time (with the exception of the three months I had to sit out with a stress fracture last year). Two years ago, though, I had a couple months in between races and I started kickboxing and just working out for fitness. I was burned out and didn’t want to run anymore. Funny thing happened when I started to run again–I had gotten a LOT faster. Within a year, I shaved 57 minutes off my marathon PR, which put me well under the qualifying cutoff for Boston. I’m almost due for one of those breaks again–I can’t go all out all the time!

    • sirenjess February 21, 2010, 6:20 pm

      Hey Katie, I’m training for Boston too!!! I’m doing the Zooma in Austin, then maybe another half and some 10k’s. I really want to do the Disney marathon. Secretly I want to do the Goofy thing.

  • Lee February 21, 2010, 5:45 pm

    I am currently training for a half marathon. I’m like you, I enjoy training for things. I feel sort of lost when I”m not.

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal February 21, 2010, 5:55 pm

    Ahh that alligator!
    Regardless, I can totally see why you’re gonna miss Florida.
    Right now I’m training for my first half marathon. I like exercising while training for something because it’s like I kill more birds with one stone. I still work out when I’m not training because…it’s good for me and it keeps me in shape, but it’s a lot more fun and productive feeling to know that you’re putting in hard work to accomplish something as well 🙂

  • Kellie February 21, 2010, 5:58 pm

    I am coming off a stress fracture and upping my mileage again. I am actually enjoying not training for a particular event. Running for enjoyment is really working well for me these days.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 21, 2010, 6:02 pm

    I signed up for my very first race – a 5k only … you are my inspiration!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 21, 2010, 6:02 pm

    I signed up for my very first race – a 5k only … you are my inspiration!

    • caitlin February 22, 2010, 8:21 am

      you can do it – it’s going to be GREAT!

  • Laura @ Strong and Steady February 21, 2010, 6:11 pm

    GAHH alligator! My scariest wildlife experience on a ride (except for falling) was yesterday – a drunken squirrel tried to kamikaze under my tires!

    I’m so glad to hear your riding is going well!

    • caitlin February 22, 2010, 8:22 am

      i saw a squirrel do that to someone else once – it was REALLY scary.

  • Sarah February 21, 2010, 6:18 pm

    I’m training for the LA Marathon that is exactly one month from today! It will be my first marathon and also my first race… ever! Haha, what can I say? I like to go all out!

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin February 21, 2010, 6:21 pm

    I’m training for my first marathon, and I have noticed that training for it kinda makes me like running less… I get that “have to” mentality, rather than the “want to” mentality I used to have when running!

    I’m sure I’ll be so proud of myself when the marathon is behind me, and I love that race “rush,” but I think I’ll take at least a little break from racing after that!

    BTW, that alligator looks scary!!! Be careful! 🙁

  • Lisa February 21, 2010, 6:33 pm

    I wish it was warm here like it is in FL. I really want to enjoy the outdoors. Winter is TOO long! Glad you got in a great ride! Looks like a lot of fun!

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) February 21, 2010, 6:53 pm

    I definitely need to be training for something. I’m currently getting ready for the Boston Marathon. Ran a half marathon today, have a couple other races scheduled for my long runs. I like having races as part of my training. I feel lost when I don’t have a race goal, it keeps me focused and motivated.

  • John February 21, 2010, 7:02 pm

    I don’t need to be signed up for something but it certainly helps. I’m thinking of signing up for a HM in May depending on how this week goes.

  • skinnyrunner February 21, 2010, 7:13 pm

    i like to have races on the calendar to keep me motivated. gives me something to look forward to!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 21, 2010, 7:15 pm

    I’m training for my first 10K that is is the first weekend of April. I’m excited. I enjoy registering for races because they push me to actually push myself in the gym or on the road. Without a race I just slack through my workouts.

  • Heather February 21, 2010, 7:26 pm

    running the mardi gras half marathon next sunday in New Orleans! If I DON’T have a race I am training for, I will slack off, so I NEED races!

  • Kelly February 21, 2010, 7:34 pm

    I like a balance between training for something and just doing whatever. Sometimes I stay motivated with other challenges to myself. Right now I’m not training for anything but I’m starting to plot what I can train for next!

  • Kelley February 21, 2010, 7:42 pm

    I love having something to train for! I’m doing the Boston Marathon in 2 months!

  • Erica February 21, 2010, 7:46 pm

    Hey! Nice job on the ride! I so want to get a bike. Really cool that you had some company for the first portion of your ride. Love seeing how you fuel up too. I am not training right now. Its too hard for me to teach and train 🙁 but I just love teaching soooo….whats a gal to do 😉 Have a good Sunday night

  • swimsutra February 21, 2010, 7:49 pm

    I’m training for a 10-mile run, which has really been a great motivator in my runs because it means I have to double my current long run distance. Yikes! I’m usually pretty much just go with the flow/not training though!

  • Brittany February 21, 2010, 8:09 pm


    Thank you! For your website, for your honesty, and for your continued happy outlook on life and exercise. My sister reads your blog daily and she got me hooked, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I’m training for my first marathon on June (Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN) and your blog keeps me motivated and smiling. I’ve always been an avid exerciser but to the unhealthy extreme. Only recently have I come to simply enjoy exercising for what it does mentally, spiritually–NOT JUST physically. Your blog continually reinforces that love.

    Thank you.

    • caitlin February 22, 2010, 8:23 am

      thank you so much for such a sweet comment 🙂

  • Gabriela February 21, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Looks like ypu´ve had an amazing time training!
    It´s always good to workout doing something you like 🙂
    Loved your eats, too!
    That veggie burguer looked amazing 😀
    Have a great week!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  • Anna February 21, 2010, 8:22 pm

    I’m training for another 5k and potentially a 1/4 marathon. I ran my first 5k about a month ago and was hooked. I really would love to knock a minute or two off my time!

    Aside from blogs like yours, races are one of my main sources of motivation for running!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 21, 2010, 8:23 pm

    Love the green monster
    I’ve had a whole weekend of green monsters! It’s my Lenten promise.

  • Nicole February 21, 2010, 8:48 pm

    The next race I’m training for is a 10 miler in April. (the Cherry Blossom 10 miler) I’m only signed up for 3 races right now (the 10 miler, a 1/2 and a 15K) but I’m sure I will run other races things come up. I like having something to train for too because it keeps me focused.

  • Tyler Ramey February 21, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Ive been training for the Tampa Half…but with the knee, it scares me! Honestly I will be glad when it is over and I can just stick to teaching my spin/weight classes…and give my knee the healing time it needs. Love running, but a break may be what my body needs!

    • caitlin February 22, 2010, 8:23 am

      go slow! and ice!

  • caronae February 21, 2010, 10:12 pm

    You’re so brave! If I saw a gator I would have left the park!
    I am training for a half right now. Sometimes I like having the freedom to do the workouts that I want when I want. But sometimes I like having the structure of the training plan. I guess I like the best of both worlds 🙂

  • TorontoGirloutWest February 21, 2010, 10:22 pm

    I know I live in grizzly, black bear, cougar, lynx, and puma territories but the thought of being that close to a gator scares the heeberjeebies out of me!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 21, 2010, 10:25 pm

    I think it’s fun just to exercise for the sake of exercise. That said, I’m doing absolutely NONE of that lately. Spending all day walking around Melbourne and Sydney is leaving me exhausted and totally worked out. 😉

  • Becky @ flybynyght February 21, 2010, 10:26 pm

    Having something to train for always keeps me in check. I have me first half marathon in 2 weeks today!!! Eek!!! I can do it, I can do it… Let’s hope for no snow!

  • Amanda February 21, 2010, 11:07 pm

    I love the Spicy Black Bean burgers also. Have you tried the Asian flavored ones? They are wonderful with some salad greens and spicy brown mustard on a sandwhich thin or in a pita.

    It seems like I’m always training for something also. Right now I’m doing a Half Marathon maintenance program that I got from RunnersWorld.com. I want to keep my fitness level at the point where I can just go out an run any 1/2 that comes my way.

    • caitlin February 22, 2010, 8:23 am

      i have not tried the asian ones but they sound good! we buy the BB ones at Costco in bulk. I wonder if they have other flavors? hmm.

  • Elizabeth February 22, 2010, 12:25 am

    Well, I’ve never considered myself a runner. I used to play semi-pro basketball and when I stopped about 1 1/2 years ago I struggled finding things that a) interested me and b) kept me in shape. I started running in December and am running in my first 10K this weekend. I’m one of those people who NEEDS to train specifically for something. I’m too used to team sports for motivation. Doing things on my own won’t happen unless I have a goal in mind.

  • Laura February 22, 2010, 6:32 am

    Good morning! I didn’t want to spoil the train of your previous post so I’m hijacking this one!!! Have you come across this lady? http://projectbare.wordpress.com/my-story/
    I just chanced across her website, and she seems really inspiring for people who might be struggling with/recovering from an ED- and she is in the process of setting up a company/service to help those in recovery.
    I can’t believe you have aligators near where you live, the most exotic thing I saw yesterday was a duck!! Do they attack cats and dogs?!

    • caitlin February 22, 2010, 8:24 am

      yes! we’re chatted through email, she’s great.

      they can… last year a man lost his fingers pulling his dog out of a gator’s mouth. i would’ve done it too! they definitely attack people too.

  • Jessie February 22, 2010, 7:05 am

    Gah, that alligator made my heart skip a beat :O

    I don’t like training for a specific race – too much pressure. I like to run and bike for the love of it, rather than for a goal. But, I think we should all do what works best for us, whatever motivates us 🙂

    Impressed with your biking distance! You’ll be awesome in the race!

  • Joanne February 22, 2010, 8:40 am

    Great ride! I’m working on training for the Flying Pig in May. Not totally committed yet, since I have a weak hamstring. We’ll see.

    I was surprised to see you eat eggs. I am vegetarian (actually pescatarian (love fish)) as well and a lot of vegetarians won’t eat eggs. Is that because you train hard and need more protein variety? Eating the yolk bothers me sometimes (a mental thing) so I try to stick to egg whites or egg beaters when I can.

    • caitlin February 22, 2010, 8:45 am

      just a personal choice that eggs dont count as meat (vegans are the ones that cannot eat eggs). i buy cage free organic and free roam eggs to try to get the best quality eggs i can buy.

  • Stacey February 22, 2010, 9:08 am

    Haha. I always get bike grease all over me too when I ride. I’m glad you had a fun one! It must be nice to wear shorts in Feb!!!!!!
    PS. I am SO wanting a green smoothie right now

  • heidi February 22, 2010, 9:17 am

    I have to be working towards a goal otherwise i fall into ruts and skip workouts. So i’m working towards a marathon in May, and hopefully in the summer, I’ll try out my first triathlon and then another marathon in the fall!

  • Carolyn February 22, 2010, 9:28 am

    I remember when I lived in Naples the apartment complex would send out notices when an alligator decided to take up residence in the “lake” so people wouldn’t walk their dogs too close to the edge.

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) February 22, 2010, 9:49 am

    I know Becka! So fun. I need to get a bike and join you all. It’s on our list of things to save for. Awesome job on the 26 miles!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 22, 2010, 10:30 am

    i can’t really afford to do races, but even if i could i don’t know if i would…it’s just not the motivating factor for me! i love reading about your training and watching you reach your goals, though, it’s so inspirational no matter what my own goal is!

  • Suzanne February 22, 2010, 10:40 am

    I’m training for my second half marathon right now. Having a race to train for definitely keeps me motivated. While running is definitely my cardio of choice, when I’m knee deep in training I sometimes get bitter that I can’t fit in other forms of cardio. My gym offers a ton of fun aerobics classes and I have trouble fitting them into my routine. In between training periods I like to do just one or two runs a week while mixing in spinning, swimming, and random aerobics classes!

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun February 22, 2010, 10:53 am

    I prefer to sign up for races. It is definitely motivational and really keeps me on track with training. Race fees add up so I try to do at least two a year. Wish I could do more!

  • Jess February 22, 2010, 11:17 am

    I’m training for Moab Canyonlands 1/2 and the Nashville Country Music Marathon. Month long break then it’s time to start training for the Denver Marathon.

  • Lauren February 22, 2010, 11:35 am

    Right now, the only thing I’m training for is a half marathon in May. I’ve done 10+ half marathons, so I’m feeling pretty relaxed about it! I’m trying to break 1:40 this year, so that’s the only thing I’m really “working toward.” We’ll see!

    Other than that, I have a marathon planned for early 2011. It’s kind of nice to just be running for myself right now.

  • Jen @ healthylaps February 22, 2010, 12:11 pm

    I generally prefer to have something to train for! It definitely increases my motivation and determination. I am training for the NYC half marathon right now – it is 1 month from yesterday! I am kind of excited that I don’t have anything planned afterwards. Although, as soon as the race is over, i’m sure i’ll be signing up for something new!

  • Joey February 22, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I’m training for my first 5K. I always look to your blog, along with a few others, for motivation! I can’t imagine being able to do a 10 mile run one day and then still bike 26 miles the next day. I want to be that in shape!!!

    • Caitlin February 22, 2010, 12:49 pm

      just stick with it and you can be! a few years ago, i would’ve never been able to do it. it’s all about training. good luck on your 5k!!

  • Theodora February 22, 2010, 1:19 pm

    I did my first half (Disney!) last month, and I’m training for my second (NYC) next month! Then, I’m doing my first marathon in October in Chicago! I just started on this whole healthy lifestyle thing last year (I’ve lost 50 pounds!), so I definitely need things to keep me motivated!

  • Sam February 22, 2010, 3:25 pm

    Being English and all, I had to comment on the England football shirt! Love it!

  • Susan February 22, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I have to admit, I love not currently having a workout schedule to stress about. When i first started, it was important to have races and goals to work toward. But now I’m perfectly happy just being fit and doing workouts that are FUN! I do plan on doing a half marathon in the fall, but I love running outdoors in the summer anyways, so hopefully that won’t be too much stress 🙂

  • Sarah February 22, 2010, 4:13 pm

    i am running my first race ever in march and it is an 8k…i live in chicago and don’t belong to a gym soooo training is more i run on the weekends if there isn’t a snowstorm. it is the only time it isn’t dark out so hurry up spring!!

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 22, 2010, 5:14 pm

    I’m not training for anything specific right now, but I always like to sign up for races (mostly 5Ks as I’m still starting out). Even though I’m not training for them specifically, I like to see how my workouts pay off when I run them and my speed increases. Plus they keep me on track.

  • Nicole, RD February 22, 2010, 6:15 pm

    Nope, no training currently! But a half at some point this year!

    That gator – ah!!!

  • whitney February 23, 2010, 7:24 am

    I enjoy training for races etc but with my schedule for school I feel I would be pushing myself to hard. Also, I really hate cold weather sso running outside has been really hard for me ever since the marathon.

    Motivation = failing right now so hopefully something will give soon!

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