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Morning!  :)  I hate to complain on the blog (because who likes to read about how stressed out someone else is?) but ya’ll know I’ve got to keep it real.  I am SO stressed out.  My mother-in-law told me this morning that moving is one of life’s most stressful events, third only to death and divorce.  I’m not sure if that’s true for me (I can think of a lot more stressful things besides moving), but it certainly is up there.


My number one stress cure:  A glorious run through my new neighborhood.


My training plan called for speedwork, but I wasn’t feeling up to it and resolved to run a fast 3.0 miles instead.  One thing got in the way of my speed:  HILLS!  Charlotte is really hilly (well, at least compared to Orlando).


My motto for hills (and stressful life events such as moving): TACKLE THOSE BABIES HEAD ON.  I’ve never been one to walk uphill – I think it makes the torture last that much longer.   Of course I slow as I climb, so to maintain a good pace, I tried to speed up on flat surfaces and ride the downhills as much as possible.


Speed was improved by Charlotte’s shadiness.  We don’t have trees like this in Orlando!


  • Distance: 3.0 miles
  • Duration: 28:19
  • Mile 1: 9:20
  • Mile 2: 9:25
  • Mile 3: 9:34




Pre-run snack was PB toast.


Post-run snack was a Green Monster:


The Green Monster featured something different:  Tempt Vanilla Hemp Milk.  I was NOT a fan.  It has a really funny and fake taste.  Also in my smoothie:  2 cups spinach and a banana.


What’s your life – or running – philosophy when the going gets tough?



  • Amanda June 29, 2010, 10:03 am

    Everything will settle down before you know it and you will look back and think about how smooth the process really went!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) June 29, 2010, 10:04 am

    i am definitely of the “tackle them head-on” camp as well…nothing ever got better by ignoring it or taking the easy way!

    hang in there girl…it’s a tough transition, but i know from experience that it only gets better from here!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises June 29, 2010, 10:05 am

    Good for you for getting out there to run. Way to tackle those hills! Looks like a beautiful neighborhood. Love those trees.
    (BTW you wrote that it was almond milk, but it looks like maybe it’s hemp milk?)

  • Natalie June 29, 2010, 10:07 am

    i love all of the big shady trees. my neighborhood is similar! so pretty!
    i can imagine how stressful moving would be-especially as far as you guys have moved. I’m sure you will be settled in before you know it!

  • Sarah for Real June 29, 2010, 10:14 am

    I also tackle things head on. You’re right, no sense in dragging things out.

    We can ignore the fact that my “running” up the hills sometimes gets so slow that anyone walking could keep up with me. Hey, I’m still “running!”

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans June 29, 2010, 10:14 am

    I try my best to focus on the positive but I also give myself time (albeit a limited time) to grumble about something that is bothering me too. Let’s face it, I’m no Pollyanna or Orphan Annie and even thought the sun will come out tomorrow I want a few minutes to complain about the rain. Once the few minutes are up I try to put on my big girl pants and move forward and past the little problem.
    Don’t apologize for your stress. You are always inspiring others and you have earned a few minutes to vent.

  • Jenny June 29, 2010, 10:15 am

    Tough times don’t last; tough people do!

    You’re one of the tough ones!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet June 29, 2010, 10:16 am

    I have heard that the 3 most stressful times in life are marriage, moving, and death – just like she said. Hang in there – it won’t last forever!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 29, 2010, 10:18 am

    I’m a huuuuuge stresser! And the bad thing about it is the more I stress the more I fail at things that stresses me, which becomes a vicious circle.

    The only thing that keeps me grounded it my stress-free man.

  • Evan Thomas June 29, 2010, 10:18 am

    I try to turn my focus to something else and let running(or life) happen

  • Karen @ Not Just Celery June 29, 2010, 10:20 am

    Uphills are definitely tough but like you, I don’t like to walk up them either! Just remembering to and focusing on my breathing really helps me when running uphill!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 29, 2010, 10:22 am

    I can completely understand why you’re stressed out– you’ve done A LOT in the last month! Just remember, this too shall pass. Before you know it, you’ll be all settled in and this stressful time in your life will just be a memory!

  • Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks June 29, 2010, 10:22 am

    Moving is indeed tough! I’ll be sending some calming vibes in your direction today =)

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) June 29, 2010, 10:26 am

    When the going gets tough … keep going!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing June 29, 2010, 10:27 am

    Congrats on getting your run in! Once you have time to sit down and get everything organized you’ll feel MUCH better!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 29, 2010, 10:28 am

    When life gets tough, I have a hot shower or a nap (or both!). The nap is particularly revitalizing!

  • Laura June 29, 2010, 10:32 am

    Two mental images that work for me with hills are to imagine running through the hill or to imagine there is a rubber band around you pulling you up the hill.

    I’ve just gotten married and am in the throws of moving myself… I feel you on the stress it brings!

  • Emily June 29, 2010, 10:33 am

    Fake it until you make it. And just know that all the stress and hard work of moving will be totally worth it when it’s all said and done!!!! Enjoy Charlotte, you’re in my “old home.” (It’s where I was born and raised until college.)

  • Juli D. June 29, 2010, 10:34 am

    I remember to take a moment a breath. I hug my husband like I mean it. I rub my dogs’ bellies and hug them too. I take a moment to breath in those important things and it grounds me again. Everything will get done eventually and even if it doesn’t, I guarantee the world won’t end.

  • Cara June 29, 2010, 10:34 am

    I have heard the same thing about moving. Perhaps because it is such a big change and all your routines get switched around for awhile.

  • Shannon June 29, 2010, 10:35 am

    What a cute neighborhood! I LOVE shady streets! My life philosophy’s simple: be positive.

  • Dorry June 29, 2010, 10:39 am

    My workouts keep me sane when the going gets tough! And I try to remain thankful and remember that nothing stays the same…things will get easier. Your neighborhood is beautiful – just like you!

  • Anna June 29, 2010, 10:40 am

    At the end of every uphill is a downhill!

  • Michelle June 29, 2010, 10:41 am

    When life gets rough, I take a step back and think about all the things I have going for me. Makes what I’m stressed about seem small.
    When running gets rough, I get mad that that hill is even there. Who does he think he is? Motivates me to beat it 🙂
    Hang in there with the move!!! When things settle down its going to be just what you wanted!

  • Kiersten June 29, 2010, 10:42 am

    It’s okay, you’re allowed to complain. Moving is stressful! Just keep reminding yourself that tomorrow is a new day.

  • Michal June 29, 2010, 10:43 am

    Hang in there!
    I’m a listmaker…. so I make a list and try to really just focus on what I can in the moment (don’t stress over the list!). And when I can’t do anything on the list, or I need to scream, I go work out or find a friend to distract me. I find that writing to people always leaves me in a better mood because (a) it makes me feel connected to someone and (b) it makes me focus on the positive things I’d want to write about to someone.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 29, 2010, 10:44 am

    Good job on the run!
    I don’t think I have a particular philosophy, other than ‘no regrets’ for life, and for running, just keep imagining the feeling after!! Both are super 🙂

  • Gwen June 29, 2010, 10:47 am

    My motto is always “Everything is okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” It is a touch Pollyanna, I know, but it has gotten me through a lot!

    I think moving 100 percent is overwhelmingly stressful – take deep cleansing breaths and remember that it will all be settled eventually. <3

  • Kelly June 29, 2010, 10:53 am

    Moving is the worst. We hope that we never have to move again after buying and moving into our first home. That being said, it’s worth it! In a few days things will settle down for you.

    It must be so much nicer to run w/shade than to run in the Florida humidity and sun! 🙂 Your neighborhood looks so cute.

  • Lindsay (Summit Sandwiches) June 29, 2010, 10:54 am

    I try to focus on the present moment and just putting one foot in front of the other when the going gets tough. Eventually, if you just keep pushing forward, you’ll make it through the tough stuff.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 29, 2010, 10:54 am

    Hang in there…moving IS stressful! But everything will fall into place in a few weeks. Just be patient. Oh and I love that you actually wrote: Booyah! HA!

  • shannon (the daily balance) June 29, 2010, 10:58 am

    what a lovely neighborhood! will make for many great runs, I’m sure. When I’m stressed, I take a bubble bath. I swear, baths could create world peace.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels June 29, 2010, 11:01 am

    Speaking of stress, moving, and mother-in-laws . . . twice now my mother in law has insisted on “directing” my bf in backing up the moving truck into the loading dock of whatever apartment we were moving out of. And TWICE she has caused him to back into something and damage the truck. I don’t think I will let her know next time we are moving.

    • caitlin June 29, 2010, 1:48 pm

      reasons i get insurance! 🙂

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) June 29, 2010, 11:02 am

    Don´t worry about complaining! You´re real. You are so inspiring all the time to all of your readers that its nice to know that you too get stressed out 🙂 I am sure it is not so fun right now but the good thing about it is that it WILL pass and you have glorious runs to go on in the meantime to cope 🙂 good luck girl!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) June 29, 2010, 11:07 am

    BUCK UP!

    That is my life motto for all things. 🙂 You can do anything you set your mind to!

  • Kelly June 29, 2010, 11:08 am

    You’re almost through it! And at least that looks like a gorgeous place to run! And while no one wants to read complaining it’s nice to know that everyone has bad days.

  • Angela June 29, 2010, 11:08 am

    Moving is incredibly stressful – I’ve done it three times in NYC but it was never on the same scale as yours. Just hang in there, in a week you’ll feel so much more settled. And stick with the stress relievers, even if it means putting some of the unpacking aside, you’ll feel so much better emotionally.

    Good luck!!

  • Monica June 29, 2010, 11:08 am

    Moving is stressful! 🙂 And nothing gets rid of stress like a run. Also, hills are great for speed work, so consider it time well spent. 🙂

  • Beth June 29, 2010, 11:08 am

    I always say that hemp milk tastes like what I imagine drinking the water from a mud puddle would taste like. Horrible.

    Your new neighborhood is so nice and shady. I love big old trees. My strategy for navigating stressful times is to simply keep going.

  • Patti Bevans June 29, 2010, 11:09 am

    I LOVE that vanilla hemp milk!! It’s the only way I make a green monster – which I learned about from y-o-u! I don’t like it “straight” but in the mix I can hardly taste it and its so healthy. As my mom would say, “well, I guess that’s what makes the world go ’round”!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) June 29, 2010, 11:12 am

    Hills are a definite speed killer. But the shade is awesome! That tree is huge!

  • Shannon @ Before Sunrise June 29, 2010, 11:13 am

    Looks like you are in an adorable neighborhood – perfect for nice long runs and enjoying the weather and scenery! My motto is pretty basic, yet effective: YOU CAN DO IT! 🙂

  • AngelaOSG June 29, 2010, 11:17 am


    That is my life motto!

    Sorry you are so stressed…this will pass. I bet you felt awesome on getting in a great run! The endorphins will help you all day long.

  • Orla June 29, 2010, 11:19 am

    I don’t think moving needs to be that bad. Look at it as the start of a new adventure and time in your life that will throw up new challenges. And the best way to deal with those hills is one step at a time. As with everything else. Congrats on what looks like a seamless move so far. I wasn’t nearly half as organised when I packed up my life for 5 years in one city and moved to another one. 🙂

  • Wei-Wei June 29, 2010, 11:21 am

    Good job – I always find that exercise makes me feel better. I was on a total endorphin high after my 3-hour dance class this afternoon, which I didn’t think I could do because a) it’s 3 hours and b) I was very very tired. But I made it through! I hope you feel better soon. Don’t worry, everything will work out! 🙂


  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini June 29, 2010, 11:24 am

    Just breathe.

    It works every time 🙂

  • Heather June 29, 2010, 11:26 am

    what a pretty neighborhood! I wish we had shade trees!

  • Julz June 29, 2010, 11:27 am

    I think the new house will be good for your running career!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat June 29, 2010, 11:27 am

    I tried Hemp Milk once too and was not a fan either. I don’t know what it is, but it just didn’t taste right, like you said.

    I think when the going gets tough, I just try to slow down and take things on one at a time. If I look at my situation as “the big picture” it can get overwhelming. But if there are little issues or projects that I can take care of now, that makes me feel like I’m making some headway in the bigger, stressful situation.

    Moving is very stressful! I hate it but it’s good when you finally get settled. Good luck to you 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 29, 2010, 11:44 am

    I am going through some MAJOR stress right now too. I have been putting off typing a blog post because I don’t want to unload everything there!

    I like to try and tackle things head-on. Although in running, hills kill me! I do tend to use them as a good excuse for a walk break.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 29, 2010, 11:45 am

    At least you have running to help ease your stress! 🙂

    I’m definitely a walker when it comes to hills. I find my energy and strength get thrown off for the rest of my run if I run my hills. I’m working on it though!

  • Ashley June 29, 2010, 11:46 am

    I love living harvest’s products but not their hemp milk. It’s pretty watered down tasting. The BEST hemp milk is made by Pacific brand…they also have a great Oat milk..seriously just tastes like liquefied oats! Glad you enjoyed your hilly shady tree run…I miss charlotte!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 29, 2010, 11:51 am

    moving really is stressful. i hate looking at all the boxes in my room and all over my house, because i dread having to move them back into my dorm room this semester. i hate unpacking, repacking, and moving in and out… twice in 9 months, 8 times in 4 years.
    but it will be better soon. you’re going to be in your house for a long time, and it’s going to be EPIC 🙂
    my motto is to just take it head on. it’s not going to go anywhere if i ignore it, and if i take care of whatever the problem is and not procrastinate, i’ll feel so much better later on when i can relax or not worry.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 29, 2010, 12:03 pm

    Let me know if you need to know where anything is in the city! I saw you were looking for a Target… there is a newer one right near uptown (across from Trader Joes… so I’m sure you’ll be able to find it ;)).

    And kudos to your for running in this crazy heat… the weekend is supposed to cool off (to about 85 degrees :P)

    My motivational phrase? “Just Keep Swimming” -Dory from Finding Nemo!

    • caitlin June 29, 2010, 1:49 pm

      That’s where I was at! It was a sweet Target.

  • Megan June 29, 2010, 12:13 pm

    I can totally relate to your stress levels because of the move! In fact, I think everyone who has come in contact with me in the last week has heard me expounding on how stressed I am. I’m also moving this week (2 days!) and it’s such a headache- you’re almost done, though! And your new neighborhood looks so charming!

  • Stacey June 29, 2010, 12:24 pm

    Congrats on the move, it looks beautiful where you are. My motto when things get tough is to just keep going! No matter how hard things get it won’t last forever but the result will always be worth it.

  • Paige June 29, 2010, 12:29 pm

    After all the stress, the move will be worth it! You have a gorgeous new apartment in a gorgeous area of town. At least, this is what I keep telling myself – I’m moving in a couple weeks! Ahhhh!

  • Samantha June 29, 2010, 12:40 pm

    I always run when I’m stressed out. Hills are such a good idea for relieving stress because you can take it all out on the hills and get such a great benefit! I can’t wait til you are all settled in and post pictures!

  • Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby June 29, 2010, 12:42 pm

    I’m a HARDCORE believer in the power of a good, long hot shower. 😉 And then putting on some of this freakin’ fantastic gardenia solid perfume I picked up at WF last week.

    OH! And yelling/singing to songs in the car/kitchen/everywhere is also pretty good, with fake “microphones” and everything.

    Except not when your ex boyfriend’s parents drive by you whilst you are singing/yelling with a fake microphone at a red light. Woops.

  • whitney dargle @ whitney's blogtastic blog June 29, 2010, 12:48 pm

    Depending on the song I’m listening to (while running) I’ll either power up the hill (for house music) or slow to a near crawl (for DMB) — I’m all over the place with my running mix and it deeply effects my speed. In life, I always power through, feeling much like you do that it will “make the torture that much longer”.

  • Jill Will Run June 29, 2010, 12:55 pm

    I agree… moving is super stressful. Five years ago I moved to Las Vegas and a month after I moved my mom announced that she and my dad were going to divorce. It was way too much at one time, very rough on me! At that time I just kind of crumbled and my approach was to fall into an eating disorder… but now my approach is to look at it and simply say, “What CAN I control in this moment?” Even if it’s just my reaction to things crumbling, I can work on that.

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin June 29, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Moving is TERRIBLE! But it’ll be over before you know it– and then you get to look forward to decorating your new place! 😀

    Your new neighborhood looks beautiful! Perfect for running! I know running makes me feel better, too. If I can’t make it out for a run, even just bouncing on my rebounder at home helps!

  • Kelly June 29, 2010, 1:02 pm

    Charlotte IS hilly! The Thunder Road half marathon last December totally kicked my booty. Even though I’ve lived in this area, for most of my life, all of my runs have been in beachy areas, until then.

    I haven’t tried hemp milk, but I have tried hemp protein and I was not a fan of that either. It had a weird grassy taste. Is it the same for the milk?

    When the going gets tough for me, I try to think on the light at the end of the tunnel and also about other tough situations I’ve gotten through. Same goes for running! 🙂

    • caitlin June 29, 2010, 1:46 pm

      It just had a bland bad taste. I can’t really describe it but I don’t recommend!

  • Janelle June 29, 2010, 1:05 pm

    I’m so with you – we move in less than a month with a 22 mo-old and 2 month old in tow, and have to find a renter for our current house…EEK! I’m jealous that you are already in your new place and can hopefully start to settle!

  • Janelle June 29, 2010, 1:05 pm

    I’m so with you – we move in less than a month with a 22 mo-old and 2 month old in tow, and have to find a renter for our current house…EEK! I’m jealous that you are already in your new place and can hopefully start to settle!

  • Katherine June 29, 2010, 1:07 pm

    I love running hills! Even on days when I’m stressed or don’t feel like anything is going my way I can go on a run (I live in a super hilly area) and making it to the top of a hill (or two or three) makes me feel like I’ve achomplished something. Total mood booster!

  • John June 29, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Hey stranger! How’s it going? I’ve been busy so had a lot of posts from you to read….29! I’ll confess to not reading every word but did a pretty good job getting the gist of it all. Glad to see the move went fairly well and life is going fairly smooth as well. Hills can suck but they will make you stronger and should help in your sub-23 quest! You should see more comments from me again….that good or bad? 🙂

    • caitlin June 29, 2010, 1:46 pm

      GOOD! how have you been 🙂

  • Dee June 29, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Go you for getting a run in! And gosh, your new neighborhood looks lovely!

  • Lisa June 29, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Running is the best cure for stress!! I love going for a run when things are too overwhelming.

    Nice neighborhood!

  • Jennifer @ shesafitchick June 29, 2010, 1:31 pm

    Working out at all is a HUGE de-stresser for me. If I can move in any way, walking, biking, strenght training – I notice my moods are immediately lifted.

    Your new neighborhood looks beautiful!!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries June 29, 2010, 1:41 pm

    My life motto is, “Suck it up”. No matter what I’m stressing over, there is always someone that has it worse. It sounds harsh, but it’s true!

  • Katherine June 29, 2010, 1:47 pm

    when the going gets tough, the tough get going
    sorry it’s so cliche. I think I just adopt a mantra of “Whatever it takes”

  • Therese June 29, 2010, 1:50 pm

    I’m in stress mode now as well (not with a move though) and when I’m stressed I just make sure to breathe deeply, make a list (I’m a visual person) and just start checking it off. I usually check it off with a glass of wine as well! Ha ha ha

    I just figure there’s no point in wringing my hands because it wastes time when I could just be out there getting done what I can do and getting it over with!

  • Corinne (breathe and savor) June 29, 2010, 2:07 pm

    nice job caitlin!! you have already improved your time and this run involved hills! PR here you come 🙂

    as for the stress and the moving…in a few weeks time it will ALL be settled, and this will alll be a distant memory…just keep trying to live in the now!

  • Heather June 29, 2010, 2:09 pm

    i read a note in a magazine once (it may have been the magazine mizfit was in recently?) where a women told herself “earn the downhill” over and over again as she worked her way through the uphills. I have been telling myself this for a few weeks now and it really does help me to keep putting it all out there.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 29, 2010, 2:12 pm

    I HAVE to up my speed up a hill else I get depressed and end up walking it.

    I hope you’re feeling more relaxed and at ease now!

  • Jackie June 29, 2010, 3:23 pm

    I know the feeling, as an army family we move every 2-3 years…you don’t even want to know the stress involved when we had to move to Germany!

  • Theodora @ Losing Weight in the City June 29, 2010, 3:33 pm

    My mom always told me “nothing lasts forever.” This helps in the uphills!

  • Katie @ peacbeme June 29, 2010, 3:36 pm

    I try to tell myself how proud I will be when I conquer the challenge.

    And I always try to see every hard time as a learning experience, hard to do in the moment, but I am able to do it when I look back on things so I have no regrets!

  • Heather June 29, 2010, 3:36 pm

    Keep your head up, your unpacking and organizing will be over before you know it!

    One of my favorite quotes is “anything worth achieving requires some pain” – keeps me going when the going gets tough on a run. For other stressful life situations I find that journaling really helps me to clear my head and get my thoughts back on track and organized so I can tackle whatever problem I might be facing.

  • Beth June 29, 2010, 4:48 pm

    Um yeah, moving is hell. We just moved in March into a 2,800 square foot house and it was horrible. I didn’t work out for 4 days and was crazy. We had family coming over Easter to see the house so I had a tight deadline. If you don’t have a big deadline to get things put away then take your time and breath oh and drink lots of wine 🙂

    Happy new place to you!!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now June 29, 2010, 5:27 pm

    Nice pace!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete June 29, 2010, 6:02 pm

    Girl, I hear you!! Try moving to another country!! Looks like we both made the move this weekend. I’m glad yours is coming along. We will get some of our boxes in a month, then the rest in about 2 months. That stresses me out more. I NEED my kitchen stuff! We are going to be living out of our suitcases for another month or so. 🙁 The time should pass soon!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 29, 2010, 6:31 pm

    I like knowing that there is an end to the entire process. That one day I will be all moved in and organized!

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run June 29, 2010, 7:06 pm

    I love a nice long run when I’m stressed. Or any run, really.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) June 29, 2010, 7:16 pm

    I actually run harder up the hills because I can get through them faster. I tend to take life the same way. I push through the tough times to rest on the down hill.

  • Heather June 29, 2010, 8:52 pm

    When that hemp milk was called Living Harvest (still made by Living Harvest, but they changed the packaging and went with Tempt), it used to be SOOO good and creamy: one of my favorites! I switched to almond milk because it was cheaper, but I splurged and bought 2 Tempt cartons last week and I HATE THEM 🙁 It’s alright in smoothies if you add lots of cocoa powder and stevia/honey/whatever, but otherwise, bleh.

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear June 30, 2010, 6:00 am

    I de-stress by working out as well, either the gym or outside. I’ve never tried the HempMilk, but good to hear that it’s not so good, I won’t buy it!

  • Marissa June 30, 2010, 10:32 am

    Congrats on the run! Wow, you ran 3 miles one minute faster than it took me to run 2.5! Hahah. Oh well, I’ll get there someday!

  • Vicky July 1, 2010, 5:22 am

    I love the trees in Charlotte!! They are def a plus when the summer is so hot and humid!! I hope you are enjoying the city!

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