Puppy Bed to 5K, Continued

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Cue: Long, sad puppy sighs; restless legs; and looking forlornly out the window.


Time to take James out on a run!


As mentioned, I’m trying to use the Galloway Method to train James into a running pup.  We go for long walks two or three times a week, and we do walk/run intervals to increase his endurance for long runs.


Tonight we did 1.5 miles in 20 minutes.  James actually broke into a sprint a few times (I clocked him at 7:30/miles!!) and wore himself out early, so a lot of the last 0.5 mile was just straight strolling.  Rookie mistake, James!


Before our run, I had yogurt, honey, cinnamon, and Grape Nuts.


Which was a-maz-ing.


And dinner featured one of my favorite recipes!


I made a serving of Bean and Olive Dip (recipe on this page) but I mixed it up a little bit by adding garlic, black beans, and jalapeños.  It was spicy!


With 1.5 servings of crackers.


And broccoli:


And a big glass of red wine!


I enjoyed reading all the comments On Careers.  We all obviously travel different paths, but I think the upshot of everyone’s comments is:


  • Do what you love
  • Be smart, resourceful, and logical in your decisions
  • Get experience and network
  • Be flexible and willing to pursue new opportunities


Sounds like a good plan to me! 🙂


Off to bed.  I need to get my sleep on tonight and tomorrow because I’m doing TWO races this weekend – an 8K on Saturday and a Metric Century bike race on Sunday.  It’s going to be epic, obviously.



  • Evan Thomas April 15, 2010, 8:52 pm

    How did James refuel from his epic run? Puppy chow? 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 15, 2010, 8:53 pm

    Those are really good tips!
    And yay, go James!!! You’ll have him running races in no time at all 😉

  • Danielle April 15, 2010, 8:55 pm

    PLEASE take pictures of James on his run next time! I would love to see that!

  • Pam (Pamcakes and Eggs) April 15, 2010, 8:55 pm

    lol I saw “James gets runners trots” on twitter and immediately had to click it. hahaha

    • Caitlin April 15, 2010, 8:57 pm

      haha he did! he sprinted like 0.1 mile and the stopped and shat all over the place.

  • Lisa April 15, 2010, 8:58 pm

    Wow! A run and a bike race in one weekend??? Impressive!

    • Caitlin April 15, 2010, 8:59 pm

      I’m going to die. LOL

  • Meghan@traveleatlove April 15, 2010, 8:59 pm

    Good luck on your races this weekend! Thats pretty hard core! 🙂

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner April 15, 2010, 8:59 pm

    Awwww James is so cute. Same way I started to run!

  • ashleigh April 15, 2010, 9:04 pm

    OMG puppy bed to 5k, cutest idea ever! Go james!! Good luck on your races this weekend!!

  • Kellie@obsessivelyhealthy April 15, 2010, 9:05 pm

    I need to buy grape nuts again. I always forget about that cereal. Sounds like a good topping for yogurt.

  • jenna April 15, 2010, 9:13 pm

    i like how the comments are centered now!
    you are cray cray for running TWO races this weekend!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) April 15, 2010, 9:14 pm

    I love this! I love that James is enjoying the runs and is pushing himself. 🙂

  • jessica @ how sweet April 15, 2010, 9:15 pm

    Love that james is running! 🙂 greek yogurt and honey is one of my most fave combos!

  • Ellen Collis April 15, 2010, 9:24 pm

    James is the freaking CUTEST!!! Do you ever get discouraged when he slows down and you want to keep going? I see so many people running with their pooches in the park and some of them look PISSED when they’re going slower than they want to and have to practically drag the dog along! ahhh


    • Caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:31 pm

      yes i need not to drag.

      • Molly @fuelherup April 15, 2010, 11:23 pm

        a) James is really cute. Love those cute little ears!

        b) I used to do this…for ages I just ran with my dog, a wolf/german shepherd/black lab mix who could run with me forever. Then my family got a yellow lab who cried if I left her (she got walked separately) so I would try taking her, and she would sprint for a mile, then lay down in the middle of the road and not. budge. no matter how hard I pulled or coaxed. Eventually I stuck to just taking them on my warm-ups and cool-downs, but there were times I was the insane lady yelling at her dog to “MOVE, DAMN IT!” haha.

  • Kacy April 15, 2010, 9:39 pm

    James and I have very similar running styles, lol. Perhaps we should train together. We’d poop out at the same time. Except I wouldn’t literally poop. It’s cool if James wants to though.

    Good luck this weekend. You’ll do great!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) April 15, 2010, 9:43 pm

    I think it’s awesome that you’re working on making James into a running pup 🙂 It sounds like he is enjoying it!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit April 15, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Oh gosh, that’s a lot of racing! Sounds like fun 🙂
    Your dog-training is super cute.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 15, 2010, 9:49 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed reading the comments on that post, too. Even though I’m a couple of years out of school, we can all learn something new. 🙂

  • Lisa C. April 15, 2010, 10:15 pm

    That dinner looks delish! & I love the bowl the broccoli is in!

  • katie April 15, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about the two races. I love how you’re training your dog. I think I need to train my husband the same way 🙂

  • Lin April 15, 2010, 10:30 pm

    Aww James is so cute! Wishbone outruns me all the time. She also loveeees to poop after a good sprint. I think it has to do with the sudden exercise– really gets the bowels moving :-P.

  • Lisa April 15, 2010, 10:32 pm

    A running race and a bike race ?! You never cease to amaze me….GOOD LUCK!!!!

  • Jenny April 15, 2010, 10:50 pm

    That looks like the greatest snack ever! I can only imagine how good honey, grape nuts and (Greek?) yogurt is!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople April 15, 2010, 11:03 pm

    I’m going to have to look into the Galloway method. I definitely want to be able to run for more than a minute without feeling like I’m dying!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) April 15, 2010, 11:28 pm

    you are seriously such a rockstar with the races…and maybe a bit crazy 🙂 i’m excited about hearing more about the bike race!

  • Jenny April 15, 2010, 11:29 pm

    I love running with my dog, I honestly don’t think I’d have stuck with it if not for him. What started out as multi-tasking with an obnoxious puppy (walk the dog and exercise myself) has turned into something great. I’m running my first 10K soon and am planning a half marathon. I have tried running without the pooch and I missed my training buddy. The only downside is that in the past he was fine with walking a couple miles. Now, he expects at least a three mile run several times a week. Good motivation, I can’t resist that sweet dog face!

    • Caitlin April 15, 2010, 11:30 pm

      you should find a puppy race to do together!

      • Jenny April 20, 2010, 12:22 pm

        That’s a great idea! I’ll start looking for a pet-friendly race around here. I ran a 5K this past weekend out in Colorado and there were a ton of dogs. It made me wish my sweet mutt was along.

  • Nicole, RD April 15, 2010, 11:30 pm

    Yep, rookie mistake 🙂 I’m lovin’ the Galloway method. Our dog’s knee cap came detached from her tendon, so she’s on “couch potato duty” for the next 2 weeks trying to help it mend itself 🙁 Or, it’s on to surgery 🙁

  • Ashley April 15, 2010, 11:40 pm

    My husband takes our dogs on bike rides and has clocked our boxer Dakota going 23mph…she’s ridiculous!!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 15, 2010, 11:46 pm

    I would love having a running dog! It would really encourage me to go running outside or at least get out for a walk.

  • caronae April 16, 2010, 12:08 am

    Good luck with the races this wknd! And good luck to James in his running endeavors 🙂

  • Emily Eats and Exercises April 16, 2010, 12:36 am

    I can’t believe you’re running a race before that crazy bike ride. Good luck! I can’t wait to read your recaps. Your race recaps are my favorite in blog-land. I always feel like I was there – very motivating.

    • Caitlin April 16, 2010, 8:26 am

      thank you emily 🙂

  • Mastering Public Health April 16, 2010, 12:47 am

    LoL at “Rookie mistake, James!” Too true. Tuckered himself out, ‘aye? + Great career discussion earlier.

  • Mary April 16, 2010, 2:07 am

    Good luck on your races this weekend! You’re a warrior I cant wait to read about them! 🙂

  • Diana April 16, 2010, 2:52 am

    2 races, that’s awesome! 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 16, 2010, 3:06 am

    Awwh bless James! He was obviously too keen 😛 definetly a good thing!!
    I love love LOVE your plate/bowl thing – the curvy one – where’s it from?
    Hehe I can’t wait for your blog posts this weekend, they’re going to be so good 😀

    • Caitlin April 16, 2010, 8:26 am

      i just got it at a discount shop.

  • Julia @ British Bride April 16, 2010, 6:52 am

    James is such a lovely name for a dog! Home James!

    Good luck with your races this weekend x

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward April 16, 2010, 7:56 am

    Aw, go James! I’m so proud of him. I wish I had a dog to run with! 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 16, 2010, 8:06 am

    My dog is like that too. She sprints and then gets tired and then I’m practically draggin her along. It keeps her obedient the rest of the day though because she’s too tired to act up!

  • Lauren April 16, 2010, 8:25 am

    I usually run with my big lab/chow mix but I have a smaller (yet still big for her breed) yorkie and she LOVES to run. I have felt so bad leaving her behind. I’ve been taking her out on shorter runs, she can do up to 20 mins (10:00/mile pace) but she is dead tired when we get to the last little bit. She runs so hard to start and wears herself out so quick 🙁

    My big dog has been running with me for a while and he used to practically drag me and it didn’t matter if we were running 20 minutes or an hour. But for some reason lately one we hit the 20 minute mark he is done. I’m talking literally stops and tries to pull me back toward our house. Lazy dog!

  • Megan April 16, 2010, 8:33 am

    I love your 26 races before 26 b-day plan! It sounds a lot like my hoped 1/2 marathon every month this year…dang injury 🙁 I hope you have a great race weekend– kick butt and take names as my best friend always tells me!

  • Kelly April 16, 2010, 8:53 am

    Hahaha oooh James. Good luck this weekend, I can’t wait to read the recaps!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) April 16, 2010, 9:11 am

    OMG Caitlin the beginning of this post had me giggling at my desk the whole time. LOL Hope he had a tail-wagging good time! 😉

  • Caroline April 16, 2010, 10:39 am

    I’m quickly learning that it’s easier to get pups to run if they get to walk one way and explore and then run back to home, after they know the path.

  • Christina April 16, 2010, 11:46 am

    “Rookie mistake, James!”

    LOL!!!! Thanks for making me laugh today =)

  • claire April 16, 2010, 9:53 pm

    I want that bean dip.STAT!!I just had Mexican food for dinner and I’m craving beans again:-)cc

  • John April 16, 2010, 10:08 pm

    Show me how it’s done this weekend. Still mulling over my new challenge idea 🙂

  • Susan April 17, 2010, 1:16 pm

    I’m looking after my mom’s poodle and I now know that face well. Actually, he currently has his cute little head on my leg looking up at me expectantly. Ah! They are so good at guilt trips! 😛

    I remember first seeing Grape Nuts on your blog waybackwhen and I couldn’t find it anywhere. It finally made it’s way to Canada and I’m obsessed. Almost better than granola for crunch!

    • caitlin April 17, 2010, 4:15 pm

      ooo i love granola! about to eat some!

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