Cool Night, Crisp Days

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Really fun to read everyone’s opinions on the expiration date of a personal race record!  I liked the idea of having the expiration date correspond to age divisions (the most common race age divisions I’ve seen are 24 & under, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over).  That means my 5K record will stand for another 3.5 years unless I beat it.  :)  I don’t think PRs expiring make them any less awesome.  I just think it makes racing more fun as you mature as a runner!


Last night, we went out to dinner with my mom:


We went to Zada Jane’s, a pretty vegetarian-friendly place in the Plaza Midwood area of Charlotte.  We ended up sitting outside, and it was a bit chilly!  Fall really is here.  I can’t believe I live in a place with seasons now.


My mom and I split a bunch of food, like mushroom ravioli, a side salad, green bean casserole, and sweet potatoes. Too dark out there for decent pictures!


Woke up this morning to another crisp and cool morning.  Guess it’s only a matter of time before all my flowers wither away and die for the winter… 🙁


Breakfast was a Grilled Banana Sandwich <—Have you not made this yet?  Because you really should!


On the inside were chia seeds!  An extra little surprise.


I spent my morning reading some of my favorite endurance blogs (No Meat Athlete and Frayed Laces) and it got me really excited to workout today!  I’m going 4.0 miler and hot yoga, which sounds absolutely lovely.


Have a great day!



  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 12, 2010, 9:58 am

    Wow, I’m suprised to many people have PR expiration dates! I seriously thought they lasted forever 😛 You craaazy American folk!!

  • LindseyAnn September 12, 2010, 10:06 am

    Now I know what I’m making for breakfast! 🙂

    Where have you seen 24 and under for races? Or, is that just a PR expiration age division?

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 10:08 am

      its the age divisions for races!

      • LindseyAnn September 12, 2010, 10:55 am

        Wow, really? That’s interesting–I’ve never seen that! All of the races I’ve seen and been in have had either a 15 and under division or 19 and under division.

        • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 3:24 pm

          Huh, maybe the races I do just don’t have enough young people in them to make sense to break it up.

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats September 12, 2010, 10:07 am

    those sandwiches are so good. have a great run/yoga!!!

  • Lesley September 12, 2010, 10:08 am

    Hi Caitlin,

    I’m never commented before, but I wanted to say hi. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months. Thank you for all you do for trying to help women maintain a positive attitude about themselves.

    That is a great picture of you and your mom! May I ask if your mom colors her own hair, and if so what color she uses? I’m always looking for the perfect auburn, and I think she’s got it!

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 10:09 am

      ohmigod she will be so happy to hear that. i’ll email her and ask!

      • Joy September 13, 2010, 1:23 pm

        Hi Lesley, I really appreciate your comment about my hair color because I totally agree with you – finding a great alburn is difficult. I finally gave up and went to a professional colorist! She used a basic med brown, with chunky auburn highlights on top, and a lighter red row under the hair going from the back of the ear to the other ear. I’m pleased and would recommend you give yourself at least one trip to the colorist also. You made my day. Thanks so much. Glad you enjoy HTP’s positive attitude. HTP Mom

  • Whitney September 12, 2010, 10:08 am

    You and your mom are too cute!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 12, 2010, 10:12 am

    Caitlin you and your mom are so adorable together! I love eating outside, too bad about no pictures!

    I wish I hadn’t eaten breakfast already, because grilled banana sandwich soudns delicious! Maybe tomorrow…

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 12, 2010, 10:12 am

    That’s such a pretty picture of you and your mom. I love it! 🙂

    Your breakfast looks tasty, I REALLY wish I wasn’t allergic to bananas! 🙁

  • Natalia @asideofsimple September 12, 2010, 10:15 am

    I think this might be my first time commenting, but I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now (obviously I love it). I LOVE dates with my mom, too. They just make everything better.

    PS. Your breakfast looks AMAZING. must. replicate. now.

  • Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff) September 12, 2010, 10:16 am

    That’s actually a really good (and sensible) way to determine a PR expiration date. Granted, I just started running recently (and am currently on a break) but it’s nice to know that once I hit the pavement again, i have roughly 2 more years left in my age group (25-29).

    And i have NOT tried that recipe yet, but I should today!

    Enjoy your workouts. Hot yoga sounds blissful

    • Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff) September 12, 2010, 10:17 am

      oh, i forgot to mention how cute you and your mom are! It’s so great that you guys have such a great relationship.

      • Joy September 13, 2010, 1:25 pm

        Hi Tiffany,

        I so enjoy being with Caitlin – she is so much fun and so loving. Mom

  • Amanda September 12, 2010, 10:16 am

    MMM, I love your grilled banana sandwich. I tried it a couple of weeks ago and it was so delicious!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 12, 2010, 10:16 am

    Oh have a great day! I am so glad you found some inspiration! Enjoy it!

  • Wei-Wei September 12, 2010, 10:22 am

    You look gorgeous! 🙂 Good luck on your run and have fun at yoga!

  • Kris September 12, 2010, 10:31 am

    I’m looking forward to the cooler nights since we’re heading up from Tampa Bay to Davidson to take care of my MIL (broke her hip; ladies get your calcium!). I’m a little tired of the hot weather in FL, although it’s been a little cooler in the morning, making for some lovely bike rides 🙂

  • Camille September 12, 2010, 10:32 am

    Isn’t living in a place with seasons awesome!? I just moved from San Diego to Oregon and I am loving every crisp Fall second 🙂

  • Sana September 12, 2010, 10:38 am

    Hahah! I was going to ask you if you had seen snow before but you went to school it Pitt! Silly me!

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul September 12, 2010, 10:53 am

    My husband and are considering moving to Charlotte (we have about four places on our list, but Charlotte’s up there!) so I’ve been perusing HTP to get a sense of the city! It’s been fun to see all the delicious food options, including Zada Jane’s.

  • Amber K September 12, 2010, 10:53 am

    I think that sounds like a great idea for PRs! Plus that also means you get to set and aim to beat new ones!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet September 12, 2010, 10:59 am

    i haven’t been able to workout from being sick and i can not wait to get back to the gym! you talking about it makes me even more excited

  • hippierunner September 12, 2010, 11:15 am

    I know what I want for breakfast now! And have you read anything by Dean Karnazes yet, like 50 in 50? Super inspiring!

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 3:24 pm

      I read Ultramarathon man and it was epic.

  • John September 12, 2010, 11:18 am

    Amber K was thinking the same as me and beat me to posting it. I hit a new age division next year so get to set some new ones I guess. Won’t be too bad as I hope to crush my old HM PR next Sunday and will be hard to beat it in the future if I’m successful 🙂

  • Gina September 12, 2010, 11:21 am

    Love spending time with my mom! She’s definitely my best friend.
    And that grilled banana sandwich looks sooo good.
    Definitely have to try it sometime soon! 🙂

  • lisasfoods September 12, 2010, 11:31 am

    It must be so different to live somewhere besides Florida. Having grown up in New England, I can’t imagine living without set seasons, and without wonderful autumn.

  • MoniMeals September 12, 2010, 11:44 am

    Wow! I love that book too. and Wow- Your breakfast sandwich I will be trying for sure, I can’t say I have had one like it before, never thought of the egg combo, and Wow- you and your mom are stunning! 🙂
    I also am due for a great yoga class today, Namaste!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 12, 2010, 11:55 am

    Gotta love PB&B!! The age group thing is such a great way to determine PRs- we’re all at different training stages at various points in our lives, so it’s not fair to ourselves to try to beat a PR we held when we had more time/less stress etc. Hope you have a great day!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 12, 2010, 12:11 pm

    I can’t imagine living in a place without seasons. I love all the different foods and activities that come along with each different season. I hope you find that you like it! 😀

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! September 12, 2010, 12:28 pm

    I love PR’s, they always give you something more to try and reach for! Like my 1st 5K PR was 38 minutes, then I got it down to 36 and 34 and 33 and finally 30 this past April. I hope to get under “30 minutes” this Fall…….=)

  • Jean@RoastedRootsPumpkinSpice September 12, 2010, 12:29 pm

    Yum. I made a grilled banana sandwich before, but not with a french toast. That sounds delicious!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 12, 2010, 12:37 pm

    Aww you and your mum are so cute! I also went out for dinner last night but didn’t take photos because I was with non-bloggers who would have probably thought it was weird. (I’m still not really comfortable whipping out the camera on every occasion.) Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim September 12, 2010, 12:41 pm

    I need to make me one of those grilled banana sandwiches! YUM 🙂

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 12, 2010, 12:42 pm

    I have had a grilled banana sandwich, but never chia seeds – so strange. Sounds like you have a relaxing Sunday workout planned – enjoy!!

  • stacey-healthylife September 12, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Great workout, a run and then stretch.

  • Chelsey September 12, 2010, 12:50 pm

    I really like the idea of age division PR’s!

  • D September 12, 2010, 1:52 pm

    i always think it’s funny to read about major bloggers like yourself reading other blogs. i mean, obviously you do, but it’s funny to think that you enjoy following fitness blogs like we all follow yours!

    i asked a couple of marathon questions the other day and now i have another!

    im following hal higdons intermediate plan but theres no mention of speed workouts or anything…its basically just “run”. im not really aiming for a super fast time or anything, and im really cautious about my knee, but should/could i make some of the runs speed/hill/intervals, etc, or will i risk overtraining? im not exactly an super-athlete, but ive been running for a few years so the prospect of just running a plain 3 or 5 miles for weeks on end sounds kind of boring!

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 3:26 pm

      i agree, it does sound a little boring.

      since you’ve had knee issues in the past, i would just try doing light speedwork on the shorter run days. warm up for 1 mile and then do 0.25-mile sprints about 30 seconds to 1 minute faster than you normally do, four times. then, do a one mile cooldown.

      also, you can try doing tempo runs where you make your middle miles a little bit faster than your beginning miles. those are fun and make it a big more interesting.

      i would do hill runs for sure if your race is hilly!

  • Stacey @ The Habit of Healthy September 12, 2010, 2:08 pm

    I always drool at your grilled banana sandwich but have never made it. I really must try it as it is my kind of food; banana, nut butter & bread eaten warm. Yes please! Glad you had a nice evening out with your mum.

  • Elizabeth September 12, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Yummy! Have you tried grilled peanut butter and banana? For me anyways, the peanut butter makes it even better.

  • Mary September 12, 2010, 3:23 pm

    I think that yoga is in my future today too. I ran 13 lovely er… not so much miles this morning I’m feeling it now!

  • Stacey September 12, 2010, 3:31 pm

    Mmmm hot yoga sounds awesome right about now. Glad you had a good night with your mom! I’ve been to Zada Janes and ordered their vegetable panini, but it wasn’t anything worth shouting about. I was kind of dissapointed 🙁 Maybe next time I’ll try a different vegetarian dish!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 12, 2010, 3:45 pm

    i love reading blogs that make me excited to work out…sometimes it’s the perfect motivation!

  • Donna September 12, 2010, 5:37 pm

    Your mom is so pretty. Great picture of the two of you.

  • Michele September 13, 2010, 10:35 am

    I made the grilled banana sandwich Saturday morning and LOVED it!!!

    AND I ate raw oatmeal, 1/2 a serving of Greek Yogurt & some pecans for a snack.

    See…you’re teaching me right. LOL

    PS – I LOVE the pictures of the 3 of you – so cute!

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