Race Schedule, Revised

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Morning! Sorry for the delay – email suckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkked (imagine a vacuum sound) me in.  🙂


Today was a Double Shot Oatmeal kind of day:


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • Toppings: almonds, flax, brown sugar, and cinnamon.


I can never get over the fact that I was “afraid” of oatmeal for the first 22 years of my life!  What a waste!


Change of Plans…


I was planning to race the Gasparilla Half Marathon in 10 days, but I’ve decided to back out.  I’m simply not trained properly (the longest distance I’ve done since the Disney Marathon on January 10 is 6.0  miles).  Although I’m sure I’m fit enough to run/walk the 13.1 miles, I don’t think it would be a very pleasant experience, the entry fee is expensive, and I don’t want to leave the Husband for yet ANOTHER weekend.


That means my upcoming race schedule is now as follows: 


  • 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


I do need to start stepping up my mileage and plan to get in a few long trail runs ASAP. 


For everyone who is running Gasparilla, GOOD LUCK!  I had a lot of fun running it last year – I did the epic Bud Light Challenge, which is when you run the 5K, 15K, and Half Marathon (recap: Part 1, Part 2).


Meghann (who is obviously insane!!!) is doing the full marathon challenge this year, which means she’ll run the 5K, 15K, and then the Marathon!  Nuts, huh?!  But in a good way.  🙂



  • eliza February 18, 2010, 9:29 am

    Good, I am sure your hubby won’t mind you being home =)

    Good luck with training today. P.S I am doing a swimming workout today. A little nervous!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 18, 2010, 9:29 am

    I think you are one smart cookie! Sometimes the best thing you can do physically (and mentally!) is gracefully bow out.

  • meghann February 18, 2010, 9:31 am

    I’m insane, but you love me anyways! 🙂

  • meghann February 18, 2010, 9:31 am

    p.s. I LOVE that photo of us!!

  • Kelly February 18, 2010, 9:34 am

    Good idea to save the entry fee for a race you are really ready and excited for! Meghann is totally nuts, that would kill me!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels February 18, 2010, 9:36 am

    yeah she is a little crazy . . . I don’t know how you guys do it 🙂

  • Andrea (canyoustayfordinner.com) February 18, 2010, 9:37 am

    It’s so good that you know your limits. I am sosooo motivated to achieve a higher level of fitness because of all your training/upcoming races. Go you!

  • megan February 18, 2010, 9:37 am

    makes sense to save the entry fee. no sense wasting on something you’re not sure you want to run. that’s the worst thing about races…they’re so expensive! My husband’s work has a thing where you can pay $35 and you get an entry into 5 races in our area. of course he doesn’t want to run any races, and they don’t offer the same deal to spouses 🙁

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) February 18, 2010, 9:38 am

    good for you for being practical about it! 🙂 There will always be other races to run.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 18, 2010, 9:38 am

    You both are cray cray up the wazoo!! Love the close up on the spoon and the snippet of your ring 🙂

  • Stacey February 18, 2010, 9:41 am

    Whooaaaa! That is NUTS. But it’s also very admirable 🙂 It’s neat that you are admiting that you just aren’t prepared for a race, and I too, wouldn’t want to leave the boyfriend behind for a weekend 🙁 Oh and thanks! You have now inspired me to have oats tomorrow for breakfast 😀

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! February 18, 2010, 9:42 am

    Well we all our a little “nuts” at times, makes life interesting! YUMMY, oatmeal! =)

  • Christie @ Honoring Health February 18, 2010, 9:42 am

    I think it is 100% awesome that you are doing what feels right! Go you!

  • Samantha February 18, 2010, 9:45 am

    Good that you are gonna spend some time with the husband…races are great, but a nice weekend will be awesome!

    Being “nuts” is what makes life fun!!

  • Jennifer February 18, 2010, 9:46 am

    Ok .. can we discuss oatmeal? I have such a huge texture problem with the oatmeal. Not to mention the taste. I read all over the place that people have oatmeal every morning. I tried it this morning with actual oats, not the pre-packaged stuff. I did a cup of water, a cup of oats and 1/8 tsp of salt .. per the directions on the box. I put in 1/2 cup of blueberries. OMG. I had to force back my gag reflex. I got down about a half of a cup and just couldn’t do anymore. I dug through and got the rest of the blueberries, but man. Have you always liked oatmeal? Is there a way I can deal with the texture? Ick. The entire time I was thinking … why is this better than a donut? lol.

    • caitlin February 18, 2010, 9:54 am


      ok first of all, you need to make it with at least half milk so its creamy. also, i would add a sliced banana it to as you cook it (on the stovetop) because that really helps with the texture. oh, and add sugar. if you dont like it after that, you might just not like oatmeal 🙁 but thats ok, there are so many other healthy breakfasts.

    • Gracie February 18, 2010, 9:57 am

      I’m sooo with you. My mom made oatmeal every morning growing up and now I literally have to avert my eyes when others eat it or I feel ill! I am so utterly tired of it and I never got the appeal anyway. But I still force myself to eat it once in a while because it’s inexpensive and nutritious (and I make myself eat stuff I hate sometimes so I don’t get spoiled. Weird but true).

      • eliza February 18, 2010, 12:49 pm

        that is also a HUGE portion. I do 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup oats. AND I only like my oatmeal with delicious warm peanut butter mixed in =) and some maple syrup on top.

        • Brigid February 18, 2010, 1:21 pm

          I have texture issues too and never had oatmeal until the other day (and I’m much older than Caitlin). I used the instant with Apple Cinn and it was pretty good. I added nuts though. I like crunch not mush. I don’t know that I’ll every love it though.

  • whit @ whitinspired February 18, 2010, 9:47 am

    haha I read Meghann’s blog as well and she is one seriously determined girl. I can’t imagine doing a 5k, 15k and full marathon in one weekend. That’s beyond impressive!

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story February 18, 2010, 9:53 am

    Can I just say that I love the fact the race has a “Bud Light Challenge”? I think that name alone makes me WANT to run. Of course, I’m a slave to beer and it may be the only reason I run at all. So I can drink more beer.

    • caitlin February 18, 2010, 9:55 am

      haha yes, and we were suppose to get beer afterwards, but they ran out. guess i was too slow.

      • Morgan February 18, 2010, 11:15 am

        I was going to ask you how you feel about Budweiser being a sponsor for a health event? Alcohol in excess can have terrible effects on the body (not like I need to tell anyone here) but I feel that sponsorships have gone too far. Diet Coke is sponsoring a Heart Health Check (I know, it’s diet, but it’s a chemical!) and McDonald’s is one of the main Olympic Sponsors. I understand that events of that magnitude need huge sponsorships, but to sell it as if Olympic Athletes eat there DAILY! I wonder how many people seriously think, well if athletes eat McDonald’s, then so can I?
        If Coca-Cola really needed to market something for heart health, why couldn’t they market Dasani Water???

        Going this route, I think Marlboro will be the next NY Marathon sponsor.

        • Caitlin February 18, 2010, 11:29 am

          I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a beer company sponsoring a health event… I love beer and its OK in moderation. And yes… events like this need $$! Helps keep entry fees down. 🙂

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 18, 2010, 9:58 am

    I know more people who cannot stand oatmeal than us fans over here who have it nearly everyday. I get it though…if you have issues with texture, I could see the issue. 🙂 Not me man. Just finished mine with a HEALTHY scoop of peanut butter on top.

  • Catherine February 18, 2010, 9:58 am

    I think that’s really smart of you to ditch the race. Running that far, even is you are strong enough in terms of your cardio fitness level, can do some damage to your body. Focus on what’s ahead on the calendar and keep up all the good work!

  • Laura Georgina February 18, 2010, 10:06 am

    I admire you for all your sporting efforts, and I admire you even more for backing off when it’s necessary. You’ll be in top form for the other races (and you’re still “good” crazy for doing the tri!)

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) February 18, 2010, 10:07 am

    Um… that is crazy nuts!

    But good for you for doing what is right for your body. Why do a race if you’re not prepared/it will be no fun!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 18, 2010, 10:07 am

    Good for you for listening to your body, and I’m sure the husband will be happy!

    All those races you have coming up sound SO exciting!

  • Tracey February 18, 2010, 10:09 am

    That oatmeal looks delicious!

    I’m just now starting to run in hopes of completeing a 5k in May. At this point I can’t imagine running anything more but I hope to someday really like running.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 18, 2010, 10:12 am

    That sounds like the right choice!

    I can’t imagine doing the full marathon plus 15 k plus 5 k like Meghann! Crazy lady!!!!

  • Carrie February 18, 2010, 10:13 am

    I’ve never been a cereal kind of girl, oatmeal especially. But in the past few months, I’ve been into oatmeal. Has to be with bananas (or tiny chopped apples are good too!) and a little peanut butter and brown sugahhh. I’ll have to try the instant coffee thing sometime! One question for you…do you like running in the running skirts? I’ve been thinking of buying one but want to hear opinions. Have a great day!

    • caitlin February 18, 2010, 10:15 am

      yup! I have two (from target) and they are really comfy.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 18, 2010, 10:22 am

    I also can’t believe that I only recently started eating oatmeal! Although, I’m kind of glad because I’m 95% sure my mom would have ruined it for me forever (she doesn’t have the best track record on making things she doesn’t eat HERSELF!)

    enjoy your weekend home with the hubs! You guys should spend half of what the entry fee would have been on a fun night out (or in – a la takeout!)! you’ll still be saving 😉

  • Eve @ Nutrition by Eve February 18, 2010, 10:24 am

    That sounds like a smart move. Sometimes it’s ok to back out of things. And you have quite enough on your plate!!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite February 18, 2010, 10:24 am

    Wow! Look at all those events you’re signed up for! You are a racing fool! Way to go 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 18, 2010, 10:29 am

    you ladies are dedicated for sure! hope you have a great weekend spending time with your hubby…and you’ve got some other races to feed that hunger, right? 🙂

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward February 18, 2010, 10:33 am

    You have such a great schedule coming up – a triathlon, trail race, bike race…can’t wait to read about your adventures!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 18, 2010, 10:39 am

    Wow, a full marathon challenge. As if I’m not impressed enough with someone running a 5k, then you add a 15k and then a MARATHON! I am amazed at what people can do when they put their minds to it!

  • Megan @ The Ugly Nutrition Truth February 18, 2010, 10:40 am

    Hi Caitlin!!

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented before, but I’ve been reading for a loooooong time. Love your blog! 🙂

    I’ve been thinking about adding in instant coffee to my oatmeal…when do you put it in? At the beginning with the water/milk/oats/banana? Or later? It’s probably a silly question, but I don’t actually drink coffee so I’m clueless around it. I just know I want a little bit of that coffee flavour in my morning oats.

    • caitlin February 18, 2010, 10:41 am

      🙂 hi!

      i add it right towards the end in the pot… after i stirred in the banana.

  • Jennifer February 18, 2010, 10:40 am

    Ok … I will try that out. Thanks!

  • Carolyn February 18, 2010, 10:42 am

    Good for you for focusing on what’s most importants, the Triathlon! I know you really wanna “redeem” yourself on that one. Good luck!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 18, 2010, 10:54 am

    Sounds like a good decision to back out. That’s good you don’t put such pressure on yourself for the races you sign up for:) Gotta spend a little QT with the husband!

  • Nicole February 18, 2010, 10:55 am

    I know what you mean about the oatmeal. While I’ve never been afraid of oatmeal, I had a bad of oat bran sitting in my cabinet for about a month before I decided to give it ago, and wow, what I was missing out on!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 18, 2010, 11:08 am

    How much of a break do you get between the 3 runs in this Bud Light Challenge?

    • caitlin February 18, 2010, 11:12 am

      the 5K and 15K were on saturday and you had about 30 minutes in between (depending on how fast you ran the 15K!) and then the half was on sunday.

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 18, 2010, 11:10 am

    Your oatmeal always looks so beautiful, way better than mine! I can’t believe I went so long without it…and it wasn’t til I stared reading blogs I discovered about TOPPINGS! I don’t know how I coped before :p

  • Lu February 18, 2010, 11:11 am

    I have a question about your knee sleeves. What specifically are they for? I know you’ve mentioned this before but I don’t recall your answer. I posted an issue I have been dealing with on my blog (I swear this isn’t a shameless plug) and I wondered if the sleeves would help, or if I need something different.

  • Kristi February 18, 2010, 11:31 am


    Good Luck in all of the races you are participating in! I wish I could do as much as you, you are going to do great 🙂

  • Gabriela February 18, 2010, 11:46 am

    Holy YUM!
    I really need to try oatmeal more often. It´s a pity it´s so freaking hot for hot breakfasts… Oh, well 🙂
    Oh, and I wish you all luck in the world on your upcoming races. You can do it, girl!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  • Kelly February 18, 2010, 12:00 pm

    I don’t think your husband will mind you backing out of that race, and yes Meghann is obviously insane.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 18, 2010, 12:26 pm

    I seriously need to get around to trying those coffee oats…
    You make me SO excited about racing!!! I cannot wait to be able to run again and start racing!

  • Ellen Collis February 18, 2010, 12:30 pm

    I was scared of oatmeal for the first 28 years of my life (I’m 29 now), and now it’s one of my most favorite things to eat! I can’t believe I wasted so much time not having it in my life 🙂 I think you made a smart decision to not do the race. It’s just not worth doing something for the sake of doing it…or to prove something to yourself. Now, you’ll just be more pumped for everything else coming up!


  • Retta @ RunRettaRun February 18, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Love that pic! You guys look like you were having fun. I must get a running skirt!

  • Amy @ Second City Randomness February 18, 2010, 4:35 pm

    Coffee in the oatmeal, huh? That sounds yummy, but I predict it’s going to take my oatmeal addiction to a whole new level! Can’t wait…

  • Jennifer February 18, 2010, 9:11 pm

    I love your blog and your daily eats look awesome! I noticed in that picture of you after the race and the knee braces that you had on. I’m an avid runner but have never done any races. I guess I never thought about doing any until recent months. This Saturday I’m doing an 8k and then hoping to do a half marathon in March. But one problem is, while I’m training on the days that I have to run up to 10 miles, my knees are almost unbearable afterwards. I went and got inserts put in my shoes to help my flat feet and I also have the straps for runners knee with the extra cushioning but I’m still worried that I’m damaging my knees every time I run a long distance. I think it might be from all the years of dance training. Any suggestions or experience with that?


  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 18, 2010, 11:35 pm

    I love coffee in oats. It’s the only way for me 🙂

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