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It feels for real now – the kitchen is being packed!


I ended up making us the same dinner I had on Wednesday for lunch.  Our fridge and pantry are definitely looking bare!


Lunch was ravioli, zucchini, and artichoke pasta.  To see how you can cook canned artichokes without them tasting all oily, check out this post.


This is a really great combo!  The Husband remarked that it was “gourmet.”  But he’s pretty easy to please.


Goodbye, Orlando Races


Last night at dinner, we were discussing what we’d miss the most about Orlando (besides the people, of course).  When it was my turn, it was easy – I WILL MISS RACING SEASON so much.  I did a whooping 25 races while living in Orlando (well, some were in the surrounding cities), and Orlando truly has the best road and trail races.  It’s so well organized and fun.


In honor of Orlando’s epic races, here are a list of my favorites in the city or surrounding areas (and the recaps):


IronGirl 15K – April 10, 2010:  I loved this race (in Clearwater) because it was my first women’s race and the course was challenging but beautiful.  Plus, I kind of surprised myself by doing really well! 

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Crooms Fools Run 15.4 Mile Trail Race – April 3, 2010:  Crooms is definitely my all-time favorite trail race (I also ran it in 2009) because it literally takes place in the middle of nowhere.  Plus – some people do an epic 50-mile course!  Insane, right?


Wildman Olympic Triathlon – March 14, 2010:  Located in beautiful Moss Park, this triathlon wasn’t my favorite race, but it was definitely the most memorable.  Check out the recap to see why!


Disney Marathon – January 10, 2010:  Can’t forget about my first (and only) marathon in the most magical place on Earth!


Gasparilla – 5K, 15K, and Half in 1 Weekend Part 1, Part 2:  This race was actually in Tampa, but it was very memorable because I did not one, but THREE races in one weekend.  It was really exciting!


Marine Corps 1/2 Marathon – October 2008:  You never forget your first time!


Miracle Miles 15K – September 2008:  My first “long distance” race was Miracle Miles, which I ran in 2007, 2008, and 2009.  2009 was a disaster, but 2008 was a really good year!  Plus, it was one of my first big races in the city.  


Do you tend to re-run the same races over and over?  As you can see from my full list of race recaps,  I’ve actually done three races more than twice (sometimes, three times!).  I love repeating my favorite courses.  It’s like saying hello to an old friend!



  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete June 25, 2010, 1:05 pm

    I think that it is easier to compare times when running the same race to see how you have improved. You can’t run a hilly race, then run a flat race, then say you PR’ed if they are completely different courses, you know? I think you are going to love checking out some new races when you move! I’m so excited for you!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) June 25, 2010, 1:05 pm

    i don’t do races, but there can’t be anything wrong with doing the same ones! especially if you had a blast the first time and want to continue to support them 🙂

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers June 25, 2010, 1:06 pm

    i totally agree that orlando has some amazing races. i’ve done the celebration of running 5k several years now & i love it! so many people come out to kick off race season!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin June 25, 2010, 1:08 pm

    I just started running last April, and my first race was this past September. This gets me thinking that it might be fun to do some of the races over and see how it compares to last year!

  • Poppy @ From Fried Chicken to Tofu June 25, 2010, 1:09 pm

    I did my first 5K in Dec. 2009 here in Las Vegas. It was a Santa Run, and was so much fun. I’m definitely planning to do it again this year.

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 25, 2010, 1:09 pm

    Kitchen is the worst to pack! That’s what I’m leaving for the very very end. 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet June 25, 2010, 1:13 pm

    That is so cool. I wish I enjoyed running.

  • Sarah for Real June 25, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Awe I’m getting all misty-eyed! For us readers, it’s also an end of sorts because your blog will definitely be changing at least a little bit with your move. Moving is always so bitter sweet.

    I just wanted to add that I think it’s so great how you’ve avoided eating out very much because of the packing and all. In all my past moves, I end up dining out for nearly every meal for at least a week.

    I know you are doing your “eat it, don’t move it” thing but if you have any other tips for us that would be great! Have you made any extra effort to plan ahead and shop extra strategically? Or is it just a fly by the seat of your pants thing?

    • caitlin June 25, 2010, 1:16 pm

      It is sad 🙁

      Well we stopped buying fresh veg and fruit on Monday and only bought enough to get us through the end of the week. About a month ago we started to drastically reduce our shopping trips. We’re pretty much flying by the seat of our pants but I think the key is just to stop shopping way in advance! We will be eating out a lot in the next two days though.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 25, 2010, 1:15 pm

    wow, can;t wait to see what you do in your new home state!

  • Wei-Wei June 25, 2010, 1:16 pm

    Wow, 25 races! That’s AMAZING. You’re amazing. SO badass! I think I might get tired of running the same trail over and over again, but then again sometimes you need that familiarity. Good luck with the move! Don’t be too down 🙂


  • Kelly June 25, 2010, 1:17 pm

    I’m always jealous of how many races you guys have going on in the Orlando area. They all look amazing.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 25, 2010, 1:19 pm

    I’ve only ever done 3 races in my life, so no 😛
    I can’t believe how much you’ve done though! I think you made the most of your time in Florida, that’s for sure!!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing June 25, 2010, 1:19 pm

    So far the only race I do regularly (I just started running about 10 mos. ago) is the Komen Race for a Cure.

  • Miranda @ Mirandasjeans June 25, 2010, 1:27 pm

    This is my first summer donig races. But I will definitly go back and run the same races just to see if I have improved at all or maintained the same level.

  • Kaz June 25, 2010, 1:27 pm

    You really inspire me; I want to start running. I’m actually *thisclose* to calling up my friend and asking her if she wants to start a training program with me.

    • caitlin June 25, 2010, 1:49 pm

      do it!

      • Kaz June 25, 2010, 3:10 pm

        I left her a message and I’m waiting for her reply. I’ve also been scoping out MapMyRuns.com for a possible route. I’m so excited! I’ll let you know what happens. 😀

  • Julie @ pickley pear June 25, 2010, 1:31 pm

    I love new races but I tend to do the same ones over and over. Your pics are so cute!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 25, 2010, 1:37 pm

    I love the shot of you at the triathlon! I don’t do races. I can’t, but I have such envy of those who can. Good luck with the packing!

  • Danielle June 25, 2010, 1:39 pm

    Take a pic of all the food you have left! Do you plan to give it away, throw it out, or take with you?

    • caitlin June 25, 2010, 1:50 pm

      we’re taking some and donating the rest to meganerdruns.com 🙂

  • Emily June 25, 2010, 1:40 pm

    Your dogs must be wondering what’s going on! When we packed to move, it was when we were left with no coffee making facilities did it really sink in 🙂

  • Emily @ For Sweets Sake June 25, 2010, 2:18 pm

    My fiance ran the Crooms Trail race in 2009! He did the 50k portion to train for his 50 mile race in the Florida Keys that May…which is actually where he proposed to me 🙂 He said it was a great race! Wonder if you saw each other at all on the trail? haha

    • caitlin June 25, 2010, 2:33 pm

      he was prob crushing me!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) June 25, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Where I live there aren’t many races so I tend to run the same ones over and over. But I love when we get to move to try out new races. I hope our next place has more variety.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! June 25, 2010, 3:03 pm

    I plan to run my first 15K this year and it will be “Miracle Miles”, which was one of your first longest races too! I am super exicted and currently following a 16-Week Training Plan to get ready for it………..=)

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! June 25, 2010, 3:04 pm

    P.S. I hate packing the kitchen, it is the biggest pain in the butt, so many breakables to wrap! =(

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged June 25, 2010, 3:21 pm

    This is a great list! I’m looking into my first 5k race here in Central FL – not sure where to pick first!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 25, 2010, 3:50 pm

    You’ve definitely left a mark on Orlando races!! I’m sure you’ll dominate your next city too 🙂 PS- My mom was just fat talking about her stomach and I told her about Operation Beautiful. I gave her a post-it note to stick somewhere on her errands!

    • caitlin June 25, 2010, 4:10 pm

      Thanks for spreading the love!

  • ~Jessica~ June 25, 2010, 3:53 pm

    I tend not to repeat courses as I’m so easily bored…I have a seriously short attention span! That said, there are some races I’ve run two or three times simply because there aren’t many in my region. They were 10Ks with flat courses, so maximum PR potential.

    Is it sad that I remember all of those races lol? I’ve been such a fan from the very beginning.

    You’ll do just as well in your new location, and can’t wait to read about more racing successes on new courses and in different conditions.


    • caitlin June 25, 2010, 4:10 pm

      It means you pay attention 🙂

  • Katherine June 25, 2010, 3:57 pm

    when thinking about what city I want to work in, I definitely think about what races are around!

  • Mary June 25, 2010, 4:00 pm

    You’ll love charlotte racing season too! it goes all year round 🙂 there are lots of awesome races in NC, and some awesome triathlons too!

  • Heather (runningwithsass.com) June 25, 2010, 4:05 pm

    definately! if A race is fun and well organized I usually run it again!

  • Jenny (moonwalk the miles) June 25, 2010, 4:16 pm

    Caitlin, I just wanted to thank you for your suggestion about boxes awhile back…I’m also moving and, after receiving 4 rejections from Publix, I finally hit up a Walgreens wine & spirits station. Thanks for the great tip!

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) June 25, 2010, 5:26 pm

    I ran my first half marathon last May, and when registration rolled around I stalled because I wasn’t sure if I’d be ready in time. My true feelings surfaced when the race SOLD OUT before I got a chance to register! I was SO bummed I didn’t get to do it again because it was so special to me. I will not let it happen next year!

  • Matt June 25, 2010, 5:55 pm

    It’s so funny we’re at similar packing stages… our kitchen is destroyed! I’m sure pictures will be up later.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 25, 2010, 6:09 pm

    That is an AWESOME race resume!!!! Here’s to making new memoires in Charlotte!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers June 25, 2010, 6:20 pm

    As much as I love the excitement of running a course for the first time, I love coming back to a race I’ve done before 🙂

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething June 25, 2010, 7:42 pm

    Oh you have so many great memories to take with you! I know you will find great races in south Carolina 😉

  • Margie June 25, 2010, 9:04 pm

    Now that I have gotten much better at running, I’m going to start entering in some of Orlando’s races.
    Good luck with your move!

  • Rebekah June 25, 2010, 10:43 pm

    I found Chobani at Costco today and it made me think of you. Haven’t been reading for a while- missed all the talk that lead up to the moving!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit June 25, 2010, 10:55 pm

    I definitely have favorite races that I’ve run more than once 🙂

  • Jaclyn June 25, 2010, 11:06 pm

    That pasta veggie dish looks yummy! Certainly gourmet ;)!

    It must be tough to leave your running *stomping ground* but think about all the new locations and races you’ll be able to do in Charlotte!

  • Bianca King June 26, 2010, 12:51 pm

    i love your blog! good recap of the many races you have completed…congrats!

    I was wondering if you have any advice for me as a new runner. I get pain in my pectoral area/chest sometimes and in my abs. Is this normal?

    • caitlin June 26, 2010, 10:25 pm

      Are they cramps? Sometimes I get cramps, especially when I’m dehydrated. Make sure you drink water!

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