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Is it super hot where you are?


I thought I was going to meeelt while we detailed our car.   Watermelon helps!  Did you know watermelon is over 92% water?  That’s why it’s so thirst-quenching.


After some serious conference calling, I went on a run.


I was running blind because my Garmin 305 died in the first five minutes.  I highly recommend all technology-addicted runners go without their Garmins and iPods every now and then… it’s very freeing not to think about time, distance, or pace.  And it’s quite relaxing, too!


I ran 1.5 miles to a park, met up with my friend Kate, walked 1.0 miles with Kate around the park, said goodbye, ran 1.5 miles back to the house, picked up the Husband, and ran 2.5 miles together.


So, I ran 5.5 but did 6.5 with the walk break. 




Really random but it was exactly what I was craving.


I drank a strawberry-banana-rice milk smoothie with two scoops of this protein powder (which is pretty good):


And two dippy eggs with Honey Whole Wheat:


Obviously, this wasn’t enough food to fuel me through 12.0-miles in the last two days.  I did a quick calorie count per my rules for fueling for long runs and realized my intake was low for my activity level.  I’ve been feeling really stressed and anxious (my book drops in FIVE DAYS, can you blame me?), and it’s impacting my appetite.  So, I went back for some cereal.  Fueling properly keeps you healthy and helps you run faster and longer!


With a full, happy belly and a relaxed mind, it’s time for me to hit the hay.  Must… get… 8 hours!  🙂



  • tanyasDaily ProductViews July 29, 2010, 9:51 pm

    I haven’t had grape nuts in soo long!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired July 29, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Yeah..I’ve stopped running. I’m only a few hours away from Charlotte so, it’s pretty much the same temp. I just can’t take it. I swear I got heat exhaustion last week.

  • Heather July 29, 2010, 9:56 pm

    good job on the run!

  • Natalie July 29, 2010, 10:03 pm

    i think i’m the opposite-when i am stressed or anxious i tend to eat TOO much! neither way is really good for you 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 29, 2010, 10:09 pm

    Love watermelon!! I love my Garmin, but I run without it sometimes too. It’s nice to just RUN without thinking about it! Hope you have a great night and get some sleep!

  • Aimee July 29, 2010, 10:10 pm

    i had other things to comment on but i promptly forgot them when i saw those eggs… eeks! they look SO underdone to me. is it safe to eat them when that thinnest top layer of egg white is still transparent?

    • Sarah July 29, 2010, 10:49 pm

      I was wondering the same thing…are the whites still runny? More power to ya, but runny whites creep me out haha

    • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 8:23 am

      They were pretty runny. I live on the edge. LOL The egg whites were pretty well-cooked… only a little runny?

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! July 29, 2010, 10:11 pm

    I totally agree with you about the Garmin. It can be addicting to run with it, but it feels so good sometimes to run without it. And good for you for keeping track of your intake and stepping it up–I admire that very much. I’ve noticed that refueling properly makes me so much faster and stronger. I’m so excited for you about your book!!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 29, 2010, 10:11 pm

    On top of all that, your hormones have to be going crazy too from not taking the pill! I have noticed since I am not on the pill anymore, I feel myself get hungrier during certain times in my cycle. The human body is quite fascinating! Oh and watermelon is a life saver on a hot day!

  • Kelly July 29, 2010, 10:12 pm

    I cannot wait for your book to be delivered! I ordered it so long ago it feels like!

  • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 29, 2010, 10:17 pm

    Sometimes, nothing beats cereal for dinner! Always so yummy.
    I’m not lucky enough to be addicted to a Garmin (yet) – but I sure wish I was! 😉

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 29, 2010, 10:24 pm

    It is unbearably hot where I am! I must wear pants to work and walking thru the heat is just awful.

    I hope you have a good night 🙂 sometimes I need a night time snack when I’ve been more active, too.

  • M.E. July 29, 2010, 10:30 pm

    how do you make your “dippy eggs” so PERFECTO ???

    • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 8:31 am

      Hot pan, lots of cooking spray, and don’t touch them until they are done!

  • Heather (heather's dish) July 29, 2010, 10:37 pm

    why are they called dippy eggs? they’re so pretty when you make them 🙂

  • stephanie@Avocado Nation July 29, 2010, 10:55 pm

    I love to run without my Garmin. I hate feeling like I have to hit a certain pace and I would rather just go by how I feel most of the time. With that being said, sometimes it’s nice to have it there so you push yourself and don’t just ramble along.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 29, 2010, 10:55 pm

    No…it’s not super hot where I live. I’m freezing!!

    I had eggs for dinner tonight, too. Scrambled (green!) eggs : )

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 29, 2010, 10:58 pm

    ooooh what a tasty dinner indeed! I have a huge craving for eggs benny right now – must fix that over the weekend 🙂

  • Laurie July 29, 2010, 11:16 pm

    Ashley posted about your upcoming book. I am so excited to have found you. I love the concept of a healthy tipping point. I will read more of your stuff, but so far, I’m hooked, remember the movie (or are you too young?) Jerry Maguire “you had me at hello”>

    • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 8:31 am

      Of course I remember that movie. SHOW ME THE MONEYYYYYYYYY JERRY!! lol.

      Hello! Welcome to HTP!

  • danielle July 29, 2010, 11:25 pm

    In a recent post you were talking about listening to your hunger cues. Here, it seems like you ate some cereal even though you weren’t hungry for it because you realized you needed it to meet your calorie goals given your miles this week. I know I’ve had the experience of feeling way too hungry or not hungry enough to eat a reasonable number of calories in a given day. Could you tell us how you decide what to do when your body tells you to eat more or less than your brain does? How do you know what’s the “right” amount to eat?

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 11:27 pm


      I added up my calories for the day and I was at 1900 or so (I don’t really know for sure, I did it in my head quickly). But regardless that is too low for 6.0 miles of running if I want to maintain my weight. Since I usually listen to cues I probably wouldn’t have eaten cereal (because it all evens out in the end, I figure, BUTTTT I had a similar thing happen yesterday (probably a lower calorie day). Two days in a row = I need extra fuel!

      Also – I can acknowledge that my hunger cues are probably NOT in sync right now with my needs because I am so stressed out.

      Hope that makes sense!

      • danielle July 30, 2010, 9:30 am

        That makes a lot of sense, thanks 🙂

  • Monica July 29, 2010, 11:34 pm

    Haha, you call them dippy eggs too – love it!

    I have always called them dippy eggs and often times have to correct myself at restaurants because no one ever knows what I am talking about. I don’t even think I knew the official terminology for that kind of egg until I was in my early twenties. 🙂

  • Courtney July 29, 2010, 11:35 pm

    Uff.. I hate hot weather 🙁 good thing I live up north! lol

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit July 29, 2010, 11:47 pm

    Nice job fueling yourself well! Don’t worry about the book stuff!

  • Rebekah @ Rebeltarian July 30, 2010, 12:04 am

    I am currently training for my first half-marathon, and I accidently had a technology free run Sunday for my first 9 mile run. I knew the course was 9 miles, but I really wanted my nike plus so that I could pace myself.

    In the end, it was really nice. I never knew how fast I was going or even what time it was. I ended up running it a lot faster than I thought I would. Success!

    I am going to make sure to run more often without technology…just not too often.

  • Chelsey July 30, 2010, 12:11 am

    I totally know what you mean about being stressed out and kind of having to force yourself to eat more!!! That has been me the past two weeks of my likfe – weddings are STRESSFULLLL!!

  • Lorin July 30, 2010, 12:26 am

    Do you/anyone feel that they eat dessert just “because”? I just realized this tonight that I like to eat dessert/random foods while reading blogs after dinner. I sometimes don’t even want food that badly but it’s become a bad habit that I want to break/am going to break. I was just wondering if you or any of the readers eat dessert/other foods after dinner just because.

    • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 8:32 am

      Sure, of course I do occasionally! Food is for pleasure, too, not just for fuel. It’s fine to do that every now and then – it makes your taste buds happy!!! 🙂

  • S.K. July 30, 2010, 1:08 am

    Lol – yep, it’s super hot here in Australia and it’s the middle of winter! Seriously, I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt, and could even be tempted to have a swim in our pool!

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 30, 2010, 1:34 am

    Wow, 12 miles. Yeah, you definitely need to eat up, girl! 🙂


  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) July 30, 2010, 2:39 am

    It is really nice to hear you mention on your blog how you need to eat MORE! Exercising intensely without adequate fuel is a recipe for disaster. Even though it often evens out, sometimes eating a bit more for dinner or breakfast when you are on the lowside makes your workout a million times better! I notice that when i go on long morning runs without eating versus when i eat a clif or granola bar or something before… sometimes it is night and day with my energy levels.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 30, 2010, 2:43 am

    This is such an interesting post! It’s refreshing to see someone who doesn’t want to lose weight, ie going back to eat more when you know you haven’t eaten enough. Do you think being a little under your required calories really affects running? I always have a day off before my long run, so my appetite goes right now on those days and I never eat as much – do you think this would affect how strongly I run the next day? If it did, I’ll definetly start packing more in!!!

    • megan July 30, 2010, 7:12 am

      I agree – this is such an interesting topic and it’s helpful to hear how other people deal with this issue! I’m never quite sure when to trust my hunger cues when I’m fueling for running.

      • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 8:01 am

        I don’t think one day of undereating would really impact your running, but two or three days in a row definitely impacts my energy levels. Running is HARD work – put gas in your tank!

  • Laura (Starloz) July 30, 2010, 4:37 am

    Oh boy, those eggs are perfect. how do you do that?

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 30, 2010, 4:43 am

    Well it is most definitely not hot wherre I am!! The UK has seen nothing but rain for the past few days! Try not to worry too much about the book launch, I’m sure it’ll go just fine.

  • Paige @Running Around Normal July 30, 2010, 7:24 am

    Yay! Glad to see the running itch is back with you full force:)

  • Rosey Rebecca July 30, 2010, 7:35 am

    Love that first pic of you! It’s normal to be stressed with your book coming out next week. Everything will be fabulous, though!Don’t worry!

    I can’t wait to cheer you on next week in NYC! I bought pink shirt from Joann Fabrics and I’m going to write Operation Beautiful all over it with a fabric marker! I’m going to look HOT! 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 30, 2010, 8:17 am

    I had eggs for dinner, too, only mine were way overcooked–on purpose. I can’t get into runny eggs. Even scrambled eggs have to be browning in order for me to eat them.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 30, 2010, 8:20 am

    I wish I liked watermelon,I like all other kinds of melon except watermelon! I think it’s a texture thing.

  • ashleigh July 30, 2010, 8:54 am

    Watermelon is amazing- one of the best summer fruits out there!

    I’ve run without my ipod once and I actually enjoyed it!

  • Becki July 30, 2010, 8:56 am

    you make the BEST looking dippy eggs I’ve ever seen!
    If I lived closer to you and uh…wasn’t a vegan, I would be coming over all the time. That’s how delicious they look!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 30, 2010, 9:07 am

    It is super hot here! That watermelon slice looks so refreshing. During my marathon training I would always have a big protein shake and eggs/toast afterward — it is the best meal!

  • Tammy July 30, 2010, 9:26 am

    Hey Caitlin..I’ve been meaning to ask you..I know that you’ve said that you have used the Galloway method in the past, either during your runs or during races (? I can’t remember)…have you ever used it for a whole run or a whole race? Can you tell a difference in your times? I am coming back from injury and a long time off running and although I am working my way back up to being able to run a longer period of time before I have to walk, I still need the walk breaks and I’m concerned I’ll never get back to where I can run for a whil without having to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to walk breaks but…

    • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 9:28 am

      I used Galloway for the last few miles on this race: http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/2009/12/ouc-half-marathon-race-recap.html And set a new PR! But I’ve never done it for a whole race.

      I’ve used it for runs and I end up evening out around 9:30 – 10:30.

      I say, if you’re coming back from injury, Galloway is an awesome way to do so! You end up being pretty fast!

      • Tammy July 30, 2010, 9:47 am

        What ratio do you use? I know I have to go with what works for me…I’m kinda nervous that if I start to do it, I will always have to…although I’m not opposed to a new PR if I should get one..hehe…thanks for your input. I noticed in the Galloway book that the time goal races he has schedules for have speedwork days, so I may not see the results I’m hoping for, since I probably can’t do speedwork at this point, but…I guess injury-free runs are good enough for me at this point. I’m thinking of trying the method in an upcoming half marathon.

        • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 10:10 am

          I can’t say I use a very scientific ratio – walk 30 seconds or so and run for 2 minutes. or whatever feels best for me at that moment!

  • Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure July 30, 2010, 9:52 am

    I want a garmin so bad I have an app on my iPhone but its no way as cool as a garmin!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 30, 2010, 12:14 pm

    I ran without my iPod for the first time last week and it was such a different experience! I loved being able to hear my breathing and my footsteps. I found it helped with my pacing.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 30, 2010, 4:03 pm

    It has actually been a bit cool lately. In the 60’s until the afternoon, then 70’s, then 80’s by evening. Before cooling off again.

    Although…the watermelon looks perfect!

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