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I feel sick.  My throat is all sore! I thought it was just from motivating the racers at Sunday’s half ironman, but now I fear I’m getting sick-sick.


I’m drinking a powdered Vitamin C hot tea and relaxing on the couch.  I cannot get sick before my 100-mile bike race on Sunday!


Apple a day keeps the doctor away?


Dinner was a new favorite:  Biscuit Casserole.  I really love this recipe.  Such healthy comfort food!


I subbed out the cannellini beans for dark red kidney beans.  It was a nice change, but I like the cannellini beans more.


Plus, grilled asparagus (I use a George Foreman) and balsamic reduction.


Maybe I’ll snack on some Cheerios for dessert.


Fun announcements:


  • Jenna is raffling off a $4,999 road bike – check here for details!
  • Ambre is walking year’s 60-mile Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure. Please help her fundraising efforts by entering her team’s $500 Visa gift card raffle.  To enter, buy one ticket for $2.50 or get five tickets for a $10 donation.  This raffle will end on May 29th – check here for details!


Off to nurse myself back to optimal health by the morning (hopefully).



  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 17, 2010, 8:54 pm

    Ahhhhh get lotsa rest and drink orange juice and tea like they’re beer!! I hope you can fight it off before the weekend.

  • Marissa May 17, 2010, 8:54 pm

    Oh no 🙁

    I hope you feel better!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 17, 2010, 8:55 pm

    Hope you feel better!

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats May 17, 2010, 8:55 pm

    i dunno if this really works.. but my mom always tells me to drink lots of OJ! feel better <3 that biscuit casserole always looks so good

  • Heather (runningwithsass.com) May 17, 2010, 8:55 pm

    oh no don’t get sick! I HATE the feeling of about to be sick, yucko! Hope you can ward it off!

  • Jenna May 17, 2010, 8:56 pm

    Oh no!! Drink some tea, curl up and watch a movie. Most importantly, get in a good nights sleep. Rest easy, lady!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) May 17, 2010, 9:00 pm

    please rest up, hydrate, and BREATHEEE. You are going to have a fantastic time!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 17, 2010, 9:00 pm

    girl, don’t get sick! i drink ALL kinds of water and hot tea when i’m sick, and it usually helps. that and tons of rest! take care of yourself!

  • ashleigh May 17, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Get better soon! I am sure you can fend it off with your healthy eats and some amazing grass!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner May 17, 2010, 9:03 pm

    I hope you feel better soon, I hate that scratchy throat feeling!

  • Brittany May 17, 2010, 9:05 pm

    Oh no. I hope you feel better soon lady. Emergen-C always seems to help when I’m feeling like I’m going to get sick!!

  • Lauren May 17, 2010, 9:08 pm

    It’s all in your head….it’s all in your head…it’s all in your head….

    Just keep repeating it girl! 🙂

  • Mastering Public Health May 17, 2010, 9:08 pm

    I suggest Amazing Grass, citrus fruits, and tea! Plus, reduced dairy (congestion) and rest. Oh, and chocolate (stress-reliever?) 😉

  • ShutupandRun May 17, 2010, 9:09 pm

    Wow, here’s hoping you stay healthy!! You’ve worked so hard – keeping good thoughts for you.

  • Janelle May 17, 2010, 9:11 pm

    Feel better! You probably just need to catch up on sleep after your early rise on Sunday…go count some sheep!

  • Kate May 17, 2010, 9:12 pm

    I woke up with a sore throat this morning too. I’ve been sucking on garlic cloves (a natural antiseptic!) this afternoon, and it seems to be helping. Oh! And tons of tea, apple cider vinegar, and Vitamin C. Hope you feel better 🙂

  • emptynutjar May 17, 2010, 9:15 pm

    feel better.
    a few weeks ago i had a brutally sore throat for 3-4 days…couldnt sleep or anything…not fun.

  • erin May 17, 2010, 9:17 pm

    Gosh! Is asparagus really cheap in Florida? That’s a good AU$4 of asparagus that you’ve got on your plate… which is a little pricey for a side dish at home, imo. I’m very jealous! 🙂

    I hope you get better soon – can’t wait to read your race report, and I hope you manage to perform at your best. I take garlic & horseradish supplements when I”m in the early stages of a cold, and it always clears me up.

    • Caitlin May 18, 2010, 9:55 am

      I got it at Costco, a whole pound for $5. So yes… it’s cheap! Most produce is cheaper in Florida though.

      • erin May 18, 2010, 8:14 pm

        And everything where I’m from in Australia is very expensive! So sad 🙁 I would eat asparagus with every meal if it were that cheap!

  • Annie (Delicious Wellness) May 17, 2010, 9:18 pm

    I hope you feel better! I like the throat coat herbal teas when I get a sore throat. Visualize!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 17, 2010, 9:18 pm

    feel better soon!

    get a big dose of vitamin C!

  • Pam May 17, 2010, 9:19 pm

    Vit D3 in high doses always helps! I think there’s studies that it helps kill viruses. I may have come across info on Mercola.com & also youtube. Good luck blasting the cold away!

  • Shelly May 17, 2010, 9:22 pm

    My mom would tell you to have a glass of hot tea with whiskey, lemon, and honey…
    I’ll just add that salt water cures all ills for me in terms of throat (gargling) and nose (neti pot).
    Feel better!!!

  • Jenny May 17, 2010, 9:22 pm

    Get well soon!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 17, 2010, 9:25 pm

    Water, hot tea with honey and early bed time. Usually kills it for me.

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 17, 2010, 9:25 pm

    oh no! rest up and drink some wheat grass and take probiotics!

  • Jessica May 17, 2010, 9:26 pm

    Oh no, I hope you feel better soon! Hot tea and honey always helps my sore throat.

    I made another one of your recipes for dinner tonight (http://patrickandjessica.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/manic-mondays/), the Santa Fe casserole – it was really good, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Mary May 17, 2010, 9:26 pm

    get some good sound sleep! Hope you feel better 🙂

  • jenny (green food diaries) May 17, 2010, 9:26 pm

    oh no!! lots of lemon, crushed garlic (if you can handle it), honey (your body needs the extra carbs), and all vitamins! please don’t get sick!

  • Carrie H May 17, 2010, 9:27 pm

    I realized I was getting sick on the Friday morning before my Sunday marathon. I of course freaked out, but tried to remain calm. I drank three Airbornes Friday and Saturday, took three Echinacea at every meal, got 12 hours of sleep Friday night (my husband laughed at me when I went to bed at 7:30 on a Friday, no joke) and this might sound crazy, but I gargled with apple cider vinegar. I really think the vinegar is what saved me — google it and you’ll see it’s a really old cure for sore throats!

    Feel better soon!

  • Krystina May 17, 2010, 9:28 pm

    Oh no, feel better! I’m sure you can nurse yourself to health by the race. 🙂

  • Erin May 17, 2010, 9:42 pm

    Rest, rest and rest. That’s all I can say.

    Dinner looks like good comfort food, too. That counts for something!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 17, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Oh no…fight it! I used George tonight too…he is the best in the kitchen! I hope you feel better! Get some rest and eat an extra apple!

  • Jennifer May 17, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Aww I hope you feel better. Load up on vitamin C. That asparagus looks so good!

  • Sarah for Real May 17, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Oh nooo! Try zinc, it always works SO well for me.

    Plus (I’m about to sound crazy here) but use the power of your mind. Envision your white blood cells ATTACKING and beating up any bad bugs in your system. Seriously, harness the power of the “Placebo Effect” (e.g. your mind)!

  • Gena May 17, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Boil some ginger with lemon and honey! xo

  • Samantha May 17, 2010, 10:19 pm

    I can’t find canellini beans here anywhere and I so love them. 🙁

    If you can find it, try the Yogi Triple Echinacea berry tea. It’s really a powerful tool when feeling ill. (I got very sick before my first half and this helped me immensely and every time I’ve been sick since).

    Sending healing and resting vibes to you!

  • Ellen Collis May 17, 2010, 10:20 pm

    Sore throats are the WORST–hope you feel better soon! I think the healthy comfort food will help 🙂 Mmm, I HAVE to try that recipe!


  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) May 17, 2010, 10:31 pm

    Oh the lovely biscuit casserole! I made it tonight and it turned out pretty good. The biscuits didn’t cook all the way so I had to put the casserole back in the oven for another 15 min. and by that time they were a bit dry. Hubby, who still does not know there was hummus in there said he liked it. I can’t wait to have it for lunch tomorrow. I enjoyed it!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 17, 2010, 10:40 pm

    I will send some healthy vibes your way!!! There is no way you can get sick for your big ride!!

  • Molly @fuelherup May 17, 2010, 11:00 pm

    Funny story- I’m feeling the exact same way (sore throat, headache, overall blah feeling), and I was like, “Oh, I must have got it from Caitlin.” And then I was like, “I don’t actually know Caitlin.” Ha!

    • Caitlin May 18, 2010, 9:53 am

      hahaha i gave it to you electronically!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 17, 2010, 11:20 pm

    I pray the sickness leaves your body soon! Definitely no fun being sick.

  • Emily Eats and Exercises May 17, 2010, 11:21 pm

    Get some sleep! I find that that always works the best when trying to fight off illness. I’m crossing my fingers that you stay healthy for the race.

  • Ilana May 17, 2010, 11:37 pm

    feel betterr!!!!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 17, 2010, 11:50 pm

    Asparagus and balsamic is seriously one of the best combos. Especially when the balsamic gets all syrupy and sweet and delicious. Feel better!!!!!!

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  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 18, 2010, 1:01 am

    feel better caitlin!!!!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 18, 2010, 1:01 am

    Ah no! Get better Caitlin. I swear sickness comes at the worst of times.

  • Marina May 18, 2010, 1:04 am

    Oh, I hope your throat stops hurting you. Mine has been giving me trouble for the past few days…
    Maybe try warm milk with honey, it’s a really good remedy

  • Kelly May 18, 2010, 2:01 am

    Hope you feel better soon! So excited to meet you on Sunday 🙂

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog May 18, 2010, 2:17 am

    Awwww sweetie – take it easy and rest up! Sending lots of get well wishes your way!

  • Camille May 18, 2010, 2:22 am

    Oh no!
    I had a sore throat the past few days… it would kick in at night, be there a tiny bit in the morning, and then disappear again until nighttime…and now it’s gone!
    Hopefully you have the same and nothing major 🙁

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 18, 2010, 2:55 am

    NO Caitlin you are NOT getting sick!! Keep telling yourself that, the mind is powerful!! If all your other 1000s of readers think the same, maybe you won’t get ill…!

    • Caitlin May 18, 2010, 9:53 am

      yes everyone think happy thoughts for me!! LOL

  • Di May 18, 2010, 7:52 am

    Make sure to get lots of sleep! Feel better!

  • Aubrey S May 18, 2010, 8:22 am

    Sounds like you may need to put yourself to bed for a day and give your body a chance to heal itself before your ride.

  • Joanne May 18, 2010, 8:31 am

    Now it’s time to talk yourself “well”. You have trained so hard and your body is in peak condition. It will fight off any invaders and you will feel 100% by Sunday.
    You are SO ready for this upcoming ride. No cold or sore throat is going to hold you down.

  • Katalina May 18, 2010, 8:47 am

    Caitlin I am so sorry for you!! drinh lots of liquid, lots of tea, but dont drink nothing HOT, no, no, no, it should be wam not hot, because all the bacterias love hot things, yes, and they will stick with you longer!!! Try this always helps me, warm milk(it can be almond milk or rice) with honey, and also have a few tbsp of honey during the day, honey its miracle, and dont stop drinking, now like a camel, tea, and water and dont eat hard food, give your body some soup today!

  • Katalina @ GreenLivingNewYork May 18, 2010, 8:48 am

    you will be good after all this!take care!

  • Rachel (Suburban Yogini) May 18, 2010, 8:57 am

    It’s all in the mind…

    “I am not sick, I am not sick, I am not sick”

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) May 18, 2010, 8:58 am

    Ahh! No sickness! Sending you healthy vibes…

  • Helen May 18, 2010, 8:59 am

    Oh no! Rest, rest, drink lemon tea, rest, lemon tea. You can;t get sick!

  • Lauren (Health on the Run) May 18, 2010, 9:21 am

    Sorry to hear you’re feeling sick!! Take it easy this week — especially with your crazy schedule over the next few months, it sounds like you need rest more than ever right now.

    Also, my secret weapon against colds is zinc! I’m telling you — that stuff works wonders.

  • Lisa May 18, 2010, 3:07 pm

    Rest up! Zicam!

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