Go Out and Get Busy

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Dear Megan:

Thank you for being the best running buddy a girl could ask for.


Thanks for always making me encouraging me to wake up early to get our run on.  I’ll never forget the 500 + miles we’ve run together since meeting a year ago!  Thanks for being willing to take walking breaks and being my lookout when I need to pee in a bush.  It was much appreciated.  🙂

Love,  Caitlin


On that note – Megan forced encouraged me to wake up early to pound out 5.0 miles together!  By the time we left my house, it was already super hot out (91 degrees!).  We went slow and took a few long walking breaks to make it more bearable.  Now that it’s over, I’m really glad I got my run out of the way!  I’m free now to work and pack for the big move!


  • Distance: 5.0 miles
  • Duration: 56 minutes


Pre-run snack was toast with cinnamon cherry PB:


Post-run breakfast was delicious.  Consumed on the ‘table of the day’:


(A shoe rack!)


I had Chobani Pomegranate:


And a Green Monster, which contained 1 cup rice milk, 2 cups spinach, 15 frozen cherries, and 2 tablespoons of Vega Shake and Go.


Go Out and Get Busy!


A few days ago, I wrote about the scar on my elbow from the bike crash during my triathlon.  I posted this video recap, which features a motivational quote by Dale Carnegie at the end.


The quote is: “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”


A reader named Ashley commented:   “Just watched your video of the recap from your tri. I’ve been reading awhile and I think this is my first time commenting… your video brought me to tears. A part of me was SO sad that you fell on your bike and so proud that you got up so quickly and finished with a smile on your face. The quote at the end of the video hit me HARD. Really hard. So hard that tears burst from my eyes.  


I have spent 95% of my adult life sitting at home and thinking about all the things that I could do to make myself healthier and make me like myself more. I am always thinking about how I could go to the gym right now and do _____. Instead of just getting up and doing it, I think about it until I can’t (time won’t allow).  Today is the day I will start making changes.”


She wrote me back later that day to say, “I finally got off my butt and just did it. I went to the gym and worked out and it feels SO good.”  To help her stay motivated, she printed off the Dale Carnegie quote, framed it, and hung it in her bathroom:

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I love it!


What quotes help you stay motivated and encourage you to Go Out and Get Busy?



  • Jessica @ How Sweet June 23, 2010, 9:22 am

    My favorite is ‘when you want what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never do.’ So true! Always gets me motivated. 🙂

    I love that picture of you and the hubs in the background!

    • Caitlin June 23, 2010, 9:24 am

      ooo i like your quote 🙂

      thats our engagement pic!

    • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 23, 2010, 9:27 am

      Oh that quote reminds me of ‘if you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you’ve always got’. Love them both!

      • Jessica @ How Sweet June 23, 2010, 9:28 am

        I like that one too!

        • jessica June 23, 2010, 4:57 pm

          Along of the lines of “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

  • Brie @ Brie Fit June 23, 2010, 9:23 am

    I always tell myself, “This will be the hardest/most unpleasant 20/30/40/60 minutes of your day. Everything else will be SO easy compared to this!”

    Also, that is a super cute pic of you and the husband in the background!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 23, 2010, 9:24 am

    Firstly, cute tribute type thing to Megan! (Though ‘tribute’ makes it sound like she died :s)
    Secondly, good for Ashley, what a star!! I hope she continues to keep going 🙂
    I like the quote ‘ the harder you work, the luckier you get’, and ‘you get out what you put in’ Both encourage me to try harder 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin June 23, 2010, 9:26 am

    If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 23, 2010, 9:26 am

    The quote that always gets me out the door is, “Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp, or are you going to be strong today?'” –Peter Maher, two-time Olympic marathoner

    • Caitlin June 23, 2010, 9:29 am

      Although it’s kind of a “guilt as motivation” quote, one I really like is “Someone who is more busy than you is running today.” I always think of Michelle Obama for that quote! LOL

  • Chelsey June 23, 2010, 9:29 am

    That is so awesome – doesn’t it feel so good to know you are impacting others? I’m really proud of you!

    I love running buddies – I got to run with one of my buddies yesterday for the first time in 3 weeks! It was glorious!

  • Heather (runningwithsass.com) June 23, 2010, 9:33 am

    love the table of the day!
    I also love a good quote but cant think of one off the top of my head!

  • Michele June 23, 2010, 9:34 am

    That Dale Carnegie quote was JUST what I needed this morning. Synchronicity helps again!

  • Jennifer June 23, 2010, 9:34 am

    “I’ve never regretted going for a run, but I have regretted skipping one.”

    I keep this quote on my desk at work. Helps me get motivated for afternoon runs.

    • Michelle June 23, 2010, 10:30 am

      That’s my favorite, too!!!

  • Anna June 23, 2010, 9:34 am

    I like “you cannot find peace by avoiding life.” Simple but true!

  • Nicole, RD June 23, 2010, 9:34 am

    I love that you have such a great workout buddy! I hope to find a good sweat pal someday!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind June 23, 2010, 9:36 am

    OK I’m such a copy cat, but I’m printing off that quote, too. I really, really like it.

    I’m also considering printing off simply the words “grow up”, as I’ve been quite the princess lately, and it’s ridiculous. 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 23, 2010, 9:36 am

    “Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.”

    Although I guess if the injury was bad enough, pain could be forever too. Huh. I guess I just won’t think about that! 🙂

  • ashleigh June 23, 2010, 9:37 am

    I have a quote taped to my computer that says “your new life will start the moment you decide you are worth the effort” i can’t remember where I got it from but I love it!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 23, 2010, 9:38 am

    that photo of you and the husband is toooo cute!
    my favorite quote is one that i said a few years ago.
    “it is better to try and fail once than to never try and always fail.”

  • Stephanie June 23, 2010, 9:41 am

    This is kind of a lame quote but I always think of something Jillian Michaels says during the 30 day shred…”When it starts to get uncomfortable, that’s when it counts the most.” For some reason, knowing that pushing through it will make a difference helps me look past how “uncomfortable” it feels!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 23, 2010, 9:41 am

    “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win”

    I scream this one in my head when my lungs are burning!

    I also love: The difference between try and triumph is just a little “umph”. Hehehe

  • Megan June 23, 2010, 9:42 am

    “If you want to win a race, you have to go a little berserk.”
    -Bill Rodgers

  • Kathleen June 23, 2010, 9:44 am

    Honestly, my health. Being 41 I see so many people my age look like they are aging WAY too fast. I want to age as slowly as possible. No one ever thinks I am older than about 33. They still ID me when I buy wine. The better I am on the inside, the better I look on the outside. I tell my children that I am going to live to 100. I want to be the good example for them that I never had.

  • Wei-Wei June 23, 2010, 9:47 am

    What a wonderful story. I think I’ll be printing out that quote, too 😉 Maybe I’ll make a pretty poster and send it to you 😀 I love the subliminal OSG advertising hehe 😉


  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 23, 2010, 9:48 am

    That’s a great picture of you and the hubby in the background!

  • Jo June 23, 2010, 9:51 am

    First of all, I’m bloody loving your engagement picture, it’s really beautiful!

    My favourite quotes are:

    The one that heads the top of my blog – obsessed is a word used by the lazy to describe the dedicated…

    and I also love:

    It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop…


    The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.

    I’ve been having a bit of a down period lately so I have been reading lots of motivational and inspirational quotes. I’ve printed some out to stick on my inspiration board so that they are always there to be seen. They make a huge difference.

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances June 23, 2010, 9:57 am

    First of all, SUPER cute picture of you and your husband in the background of the shoe rack/food photo! 🙂 And my favorite inspirational quote… Not exactly original, but: “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” John Bingham.

  • Laine: Beets, Butter and Mountaintops June 23, 2010, 9:57 am

    Today is was: No matter what I feel like while I’m biking, I never regret that I went.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 23, 2010, 10:01 am

    I love the way she turned that quote into art. Such a great idea!

  • hemp jogger June 23, 2010, 10:02 am

    awesome post! LOVE her story…so uplifting. go on girl!
    i tend to use images rather than actual quotes…i jump my brain to the mental sanity that sweating delivers. i nearly always feel relaxed and rejuvinated. i also love the idea of ‘if i get this done, you can sit on the couch and indulge in your fave tv shows.’ another thing, terrible i know, is treats 🙂 ice cream, icing, cookies…def worth the effort. oh, and beer.

  • Mary June 23, 2010, 10:13 am

    I love that story, and I have watched your tri video and remember holding my breath through the entire thing. You’re a warrior for finishing so strong 🙂

  • Rachel June 23, 2010, 10:13 am

    It isn’t a quote really but whenever I’m struggling to exercise or eat right, I remind myself that it isn’t a burdon to go to the gym. Instead, I tell myself that I deserve to feel healthy and fit, and to feel that way I must eat well and exercise!

  • Tracy June 23, 2010, 10:19 am

    Your pomegranate Chobani makes me so envious! The pineapple too. My local Costco (at The Waterfront in Homestead) sells a combo pack of peach, blueberry and strawberry, which is great of course – but I’d sell peach down the river for some of that pomegranate!

  • Clare June 23, 2010, 10:20 am

    I love: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”

  • jassy June 23, 2010, 10:21 am

    heya…goodluck with the move…i like the poster of you and your hubby in your room 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) June 23, 2010, 10:26 am

    I love the quote “Impossible is nothing.” When I thought it was impossible to quit my emotional and disordered eating, I could never stop. Now I realize that impossible is a label I put on things, and I have the power to change that!

  • Michelle June 23, 2010, 10:32 am

    Along with “I’m never sorry when I do, but I’m always sorry when I don’t” when it comes to running, I also think of the Obamas when it comes to working out. I saw an interview once where Michelle said that the President works out every day, no matter what else he has going on, he’ll make time to fit it in. If the leader of the free world can do it, I sure can!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 23, 2010, 10:37 am

    “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” Horance Mann

    I read that quote in sixth grade when a senior at my high school included it in her yearbook page, and it’s stuck with me since then. A victory for humanity doesn’t have to be a big one, but I think it’s important for everyone to leave some kind of positive mark on the world!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 23, 2010, 10:44 am

    I love that quote, it’s so.. moving!
    One of my favorites is “You only get so many do-overs in this life, so many chances to, if not change your past, alter your future.”
    And I agree with what everyone else has said, the picture of you and your hubbie is too precious!

  • Erika June 23, 2010, 11:06 am

    There are two quotes I like and I think they compliment each other: “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way” and “No matter where you go, there you are”

  • Rachel June 23, 2010, 11:07 am

    This article is on the front page of Yahoo today about Home Decorating Don’ts.

    Thought you might be interested! Apparently I am making all kinds of home decorating mistakes! Haha.


  • Kim June 23, 2010, 11:07 am

    I LOVE that quote you posted!

    One of my favorites is “If there is no struggle, there can be no progress.” -Martin Luther King

  • Olivia @ Blissful Runner June 23, 2010, 11:10 am

    How wonderful to recieve a letter like that, and congratulations to Ashley for giving herself the kick in the pants she needed. 🙂 She is supper creative, I never would have thought to format and frame a quote like that – I love it!

    My favorite quote right now: “The long run puts the tiger in the cat”

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing June 23, 2010, 11:11 am

    I LOVE this quote: “Stop talking yourself out of the life you want most.” – Real Simple Mag

    Sometimes I’d spend too much time thinking… I’d love to go back to school…but it’s to expensive. I’d love a new job but I like the security of this one. And so on. The thing is though I KNEW what I wanted so I just had to suck it up, take a chance and do it! I went back to culinary school and it was awesome :).

  • Sarah June 23, 2010, 11:22 am

    Thank you for posting this today. It was just the encouragement I think I needed:-).

  • Julie June 23, 2010, 11:26 am

    Thank you for sharing Ashley’s letter! Any chance Ashley could share her lovely quote poster thru a download file? I would like to post it in my bathroom too! Right now I have one printed from Story People that says, “these are multi-purpose wings & when she’s not flying they accessorize nicely with almost anything she wears.”
    I try to fly every day, as much as I can, on my angel wings.

    • Caitlin June 23, 2010, 11:30 am

      I will email her and ask! If she sends it to me, I’ll forward it to you!

      • Maria June 27, 2010, 10:29 pm

        I would love to have it too-it is so cute! WOuld you forward it to me as well?

  • Miranda @ Mirandasjeans June 23, 2010, 11:27 am

    My comment has nothing to do with what keeps me motivated, I love that picture of you and the hubs in the background. Great picture for sure! I keep telling my hubby we should get our pictures taken as it’s been 3 years *since the wedding* and we need some updated pictures. I also thuroughly enjoy your new and creative tabletops.

  • Stephanie June 23, 2010, 11:30 am

    This is my favorite ‘get out and do it’ quote! I think of this whenever I don’t feel like doing something.

    “As we know from life, decisions are far more difficult to make than actions are to take. We often put off doing something for as long as possible, then as we finally make the decision and step into the action, we’re surprised by its relative ease. We’re left to wonder why we dreaded doing it until we realize that most of life’s actions are within our reach, but decisions take willpower.”

    -Robert McKee

  • Amelia June 23, 2010, 11:34 am

    That is SO cool! I love how inspiring quotes can be.
    I have a Nike ad posted on my bedroom wall near all my race bibs that says “If you went running when you first started thinking about it, you’d be back by now.” So true and it always gets me going when I’m sitting in bed just imagining the running I could go do.

    • Bec June 23, 2010, 11:42 am

      I love this ad too and have it hanging on my fridge!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete June 23, 2010, 11:38 am

    Wow. This just goes to show how motivating reading blogs can be! My standby is: “You will never regret working out. You will always regret not working out.” So true!

  • Camille June 23, 2010, 11:47 am

    Aww, sounds like you have a great running buddy!
    My boyfriend is finally get in to running, so I think I will have a great running buddy in him too 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 23, 2010, 12:03 pm

    “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

    My faith keeps my strong and inspires and encourages me each day!

  • Ellen June 23, 2010, 12:19 pm

    Love that framed pic, such a cool idea! I like any quotes that have to do with struggling/set backs being necessary to achieve great things. Like, “The rain must come before the rainbow!” 🙂 It always reminds me that my hard work and struggles WILL be worth it. One day.


  • AngelaOSG June 23, 2010, 12:46 pm

    major Lolz when seeing my website on your pic! How honoured I am to have you dining at your table (so cute bwt) and reading osg. So funny.

    As for quotes…oh boy…I have LOTS: http://ohsheglows.com/quotes/

  • Betsy June 23, 2010, 1:01 pm

    I’ve loved that quote ever since I discovered your blog (in April, I think.)
    I’ve also gone so far as to post it on my fridge whiteboard, and to print it off so that I have one handy.
    I’ve had two guests at my new house comment on it since I posted it earlier this month.

  • Jennifer June 23, 2010, 1:15 pm

    I’m a Peace Corps volunteer in China, so I don’t have many amenities…like good furniture. I use a shoe rack as my computer desk every day! In fact, my computer is sitting on it right now! As they say, necessity is the mother of creation. I haven’t commented before, but I’ve been reading your blog for several months. Love it!

    • Caitlin June 23, 2010, 5:13 pm

      Thank you for being a Peace Corps Volunteer!!! 🙂

      Shoe racks rule.

  • Katherine June 23, 2010, 1:16 pm

    what a great quote! that is wonderful. it is so funny to think on how long you’ve spent with running friends. miles fly by and the time adds up! great bonds are formed 🙂

    I like the quote: “You’ve got to want it more than you’re afraid of it”

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 23, 2010, 1:18 pm

    I don’t know of many good motivational quotes, so I’m loving reading all the ones in the comments!

  • Sassy Molassy June 23, 2010, 1:18 pm

    Ashley-Congrats to YOU for getting out! It’s hard at first, but now that you’ve taken that first step, it will only get easier. Knowing that you’re treating your body as it deserves will make you feel great each day. Keep up the good work!

    Nice run, Caitlin. Love morning runs and getting the workout out of the way.

  • Rebecca June 23, 2010, 1:24 pm

    I have a quote on my mirror that says, “don’t just do something new once and give up. Give yourself eight tries, then if you absolutely hate it, move on to something else.”

  • Heather @ Junk Food Break Up June 23, 2010, 1:32 pm

    Mine is a variation on some of the others I’ve seen in the comments, but it’s “if you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

  • Therese June 23, 2010, 1:36 pm

    I love that quote as well! Another favourite (I have MANY) is:
    “The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.” – Michael E. Gerber

    This motivates me EVERY time!

  • ida June 23, 2010, 1:44 pm

    An instructor at my old gym used to say that ‘laziness does not create sexy-ness.’ i always thought that was pretty great.

  • Kelly June 23, 2010, 1:54 pm

    That is an adorable pic of you and the hubs. My fav new quote is from Jillian “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable”. I love it!

  • Emilie June 23, 2010, 1:57 pm

    Hi Caitlin!

    I’ve been following your blog for some time now. I’ve been very inspired, both by the blogging and by the food and exercise. What can I say, I love to eat ;). Reading your blog made me think you might be interested in Melaleuca products. I don’t want to bother you and turn this into a complete sales pitch. All I want to say is that Melaleuca has all natural and safe products from vitamins, to shampoo, to energy bars, to pain relief, to cleaners. Most of their products main ingredient is tea tree oil. I thought you might especially be interested in the Access bar. It’s an energy bar to use before exercise. (You seem to like trying new ones :)). So, if you’re interested, email me. If not, no hard feelings :). I figured it doesn’t hurt to ask. Oh yeah, there’s also business opportunities with it if you’re interested. 🙂

    Thanks for your time. 🙂


    Keep blogging. I really do enjoy it 🙂

    • Caitlin June 23, 2010, 4:45 pm

      I just did some research on it and it sounds interesting! feel free to shoot me an email at seebriderun@gmail.com.

    • Caitlin June 23, 2010, 4:45 pm

      I just did some research on it and melaleuca sounds interesting! feel free to shoot me an email at seebriderun@gmail.com.

  • elaine! June 23, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Running buddies are the best! <3

  • Kacy June 23, 2010, 2:19 pm

    You really are an inspiration Caitlin, and what’s super awesome is that having met you in person I know you’re just a normal, down-to-earth girl who kicks ass and doesn’t let fear get the way of what you want. It makes success and triumph seem so much more attainable.

    • Caitlin June 23, 2010, 4:49 pm

      Thank you so much. That is such a sweet comment! I hope we meet again some day. 🙂

  • Ellie June 23, 2010, 2:24 pm

    Love that quotes- I have always like “Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.”
    -Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathone

  • Shannon @ Before Sunrise June 23, 2010, 2:33 pm

    Aw, that’s so awesome that you have a inspiring buddy to do your running with! You’re a lucky gal!
    By the way, finally checked out your Operation Beautiful blog and WOW – I love it! I have my pack of post-its ready to go 🙂

    • Caitlin June 23, 2010, 4:49 pm

      thank you! send me your notes and i’ll post them online!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) June 23, 2010, 2:33 pm

    There is an old gatorade ad that states that “You can either throw in the towel or use it to wipe the sweat off your face.” I’m not a quitter so I keep pushing.

  • Wendy June 23, 2010, 2:52 pm

    There are so many great quotes here! I think I’m going to steal some for my new high school classroom this fall – so many apply not just to running/working out, but to life in general.

    Usually the standard Nike “just do it” gets me going. Also, when the going gets tough during races, I count on my experiences as a Girls on the Run coach to pull me through. My personal favorite from the girls – “supersonic GIRL power!”

    P.S. I’ve recently started biking and swimming more, and I’m considering doing my first tri later this summer or fall!

  • Katya June 23, 2010, 4:40 pm

    Caitlin, I have been reading your blog since the beginning of the year and I have been more and more impressed by your accomplishments and continuing motivation and progress towards a healthier happier life. Your video and Ashley’s comments almost brought tears to my eyes too. I am going through something very similar to Ashley’s dilemma. Just yesterday I was completely lost because my fear of failure in losing weight, with a lack of acceptance of myself leading to a complete shut down: minimal sleep, minimal communication with the bf, and just an overall bad feeling and lack of a workout. I am in the midst of a change in my life: 2 weeks of work left (sitting at a computer all day), then a month off, then moving abroad for grad school. I have been focusing on so much negative that it’s stopping me from getting excited about the change and convincing myself to do something about my bad self-image.

    Long story short…. Thank you for posting this. It came at a perfect moment today at 4:30 on a wednesday afternoon. Fear can be so paralyzing.

    • Caitlin June 23, 2010, 4:51 pm

      i’m so glad it helped you! fear is very paralyzing but remember – this is your life. it’s for LIVING. get out there and get living!! even in the small ways 🙂

  • Caitlin June 23, 2010, 4:51 pm

    i’m so glad it helped you! fear is very paralyzing but remember – this is your life. it’s for LIVING. get out there and get living!!

  • Angie June 23, 2010, 4:52 pm

    I feel so much better knowing that I’m not the only one that has to go behind bushes.LOL

  • Candice June 23, 2010, 6:08 pm

    So funny that you posted about this quote today because another one of my friends tweeted it the other day. I loved it so much I put it on my blog yesterday.

    Love the video too. I’ve been itching to do a triathlon lately, but my current gym doesn’t have a pool. I’m working on figuring something out. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Erin June 24, 2010, 11:50 am

    Very random comment: I have those placemats. 😉

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep June 24, 2010, 9:28 pm

    I believe I saw this quote on your blog…
    “There will come a day when you can no longer do this. Today is not that day.” It pushes me through some really tough days.

  • Jenn June 27, 2010, 10:26 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I plan on doing the same thing Ashley did and print this quote off tomorrow and look at it every day. It’s just the motivation I need! I am definitely one of those people who gets short bits of motivation and then feels like there’s no progress, so I stop. But I feel like this quote really speaks to my problem, and here’s hoping I can actually LIVE my life starting this summer!

    Thanks again!

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