Tonight I had my official coach’s training meeting for Girls on the Run.  I am going to be Jen’s assistant coach for an elementary school in Fort Mill, South Carolina (sounds far from Charlotte but it’s quite close).


Training was fun, and it got me REALLY excited to be an assistant coach!  I’ve never worked with girls of this age (8 to 10 years old) and was a little nervous before the training session.  Now I’m convinced is going to be so much fun.


They sent us home with an anonymous letter from one of the girls from last season.  I loved my letter…


:)  Doesn’t that make your heart sing?  Plus – a 30 minute 5K is really, really FAST!


Pre-meeting snack was toast, a chocolate truffle, and some melon (I was feeling random).  I also had a handful of cashews.


That pretty much ruined my appetite.  I hate it when that happens. 🙁


I grabbed a hummus and spinach hoagie when I got home from the meeting…


But nothing else really looked good or appealing.   Ah well – wasn’t the worst dinner.  Some veggies, some fruits, a little protein, some chocolate!  🙂


Met the Husband and some friends at the bar to watch the first college football game of the season.


And posted a bunch of Operation Beautiful notes in the bathroom!



Three cheers for FRIDAY!  I can’t wait for the weekend.

Sleep tight!



  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 2, 2010, 10:59 pm

    My BFF just start working with GOTR and she loves it too. Sounds like an awesome organization, especially for us running addicts. Go, you!

  • Leianna September 2, 2010, 11:01 pm

    YAY for college football! Looks like a fun evening you had, I would love to do something like that.
    That letter is precious, something to cherish for a long time!

  • Caitlin September 2, 2010, 11:06 pm

    The kiddos that I taught last year were ridiculous fast runners–like they could run twice as fast as I could. Luckily I never had to compete against them!

  • Jolene ( September 2, 2010, 11:08 pm

    Hey Caitlin – just wondering what font you use for your blog posts? It is very easy to read! I like it!

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 8:55 am

      Lucida Sans Unicode

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun September 2, 2010, 11:10 pm

    Caitlin, you always post the best OB notes! I <3 OB!

  • Kim Lives Healthy September 2, 2010, 11:11 pm

    Sounds like your anonymous GOTR note writer could be my running coach lol my goal for the next year is to run a 5K in 30 minutes – I don’t think those girls realize how fast they are!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 2, 2010, 11:18 pm

    Awww, that GOTR note is awesome! I think it’s awesome how fast she is! I remember when I thought running one mile in less than 10 minutes was good in junior high, and I was huffin’ and puffin’ by the end of that mile!

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats September 2, 2010, 11:21 pm

    i know you’ll be an awesome coach for GOTR! you’re doin big things 🙂

    woooohooo for college football! wish we played you guys, the real miami this saturday

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 2, 2010, 11:23 pm

    That letter gave me warm fuzzies! How fabulous!

    So excited football season is starting up again!

  • Candice September 2, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Love your notes! And I’m so excited to hear about your experience with GOTR:)

  • Stacey September 2, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Hip hip hooray for Friday! I’m SURE you will love GOTR! When I coached last spring, I had one of the girls finish a 5k in 23 minutes!!!!! She was the tiniest girl too, and FAST. I was so impressed..being a coach is awesome

  • erica September 2, 2010, 11:27 pm

    5k in 30 minutes?!?! that girl is my idol!!!!!

  • Shelley September 2, 2010, 11:36 pm

    My husband is a HUGE Miami fan! But we live in Iowa so there aren’t nearly as many fans up here. He had to watch the game online because it wasn’t on TV here.

  • Wei-Wei September 2, 2010, 11:39 pm

    That’s a 9:36 mile! She rocks! GOTR sounds like so much fun, I wish I could be one of the girls trained by you 😉

  • Chelsea at Striking Balance September 2, 2010, 11:41 pm

    Awe that note is so great! I bet it really makes you happy you are helping out there, I know I’d be excited! I bet the husband is so happy that football is back!!

  • Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) September 2, 2010, 11:51 pm

    I’ve been looking into getting involved with girls on the run! My little sister did it and loved it. I am a college student and considered being a coach, but I think I might try out being a running buddy at some of the races first.
    BTW LOVE THE U!!! My dad went to college there. I want to go there for medical school soooo bad 🙂 It’s beautiful!

  • Sana September 3, 2010, 12:02 am

    Kids just warm my heart and soul.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 3, 2010, 12:04 am

    That letter is so cute! I can’t wait to see your journey though GOTR

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 3, 2010, 12:19 am

    I’m really into melon right now, so your dinner looks good to me. It’s so great you posted all those op beautiful notes. You probably made several people’s nights. Good luck with your assistant coaching. I love working with kids!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 3, 2010, 12:31 am

    Have a great weekend!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 3, 2010, 12:31 am

    Working with kids is SO rewarding!

  • Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) September 3, 2010, 12:38 am

    Awesome on all counts. Happy weekend. 🙂 PS- Love the matching orange + your hair looks so shiny!

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 8:55 am


  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up September 3, 2010, 12:42 am

    LOVE your notes! and thank GOD college football is back! and thank god the University of Louisville has a decent coach again. 🙂

  • Nicole - September 3, 2010, 1:02 am

    You went operation beautiful crazy…I love it! Wish I liked football because all the festivities look so fun, but I just get bored. :-/

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 3, 2010, 1:12 am

    I like the way that spinach and hummus sandwich looks. YUMMY all the way 😀


    Post-It should send you a lifetime supply!

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 3, 2010, 2:44 am

    Good job on the coaching! I love their hand writing 😀
    Plus I think your dinner is pretty aweseome..chocoltate, hummus + melon – 3 great things!

  • maricel September 3, 2010, 4:28 am

    You’re really pretty, and wonderful blog–healthy..

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 8:56 am

      🙂 thank you!

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life September 3, 2010, 6:05 am

    My Dad lives in Rock Hill, which is right near Fort Mill.
    I’m really inspired by the work you’re doing with Girls on the Run. You’re a great role model for those girls.

  • Molly Barker September 3, 2010, 6:11 am

    YOUR girls are so lucky to have you as their coach. AWESOME!!!

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 8:56 am

      Yay Molly!!

  • Lauren September 3, 2010, 6:26 am

    You are going to make the most AMAZING coach! These girls are so luck to have you Caitlin!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet September 3, 2010, 6:33 am

    such a cute note- good reminder of why you are doing it!

  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) September 3, 2010, 7:12 am

    Yea for GOTR! I’m upset because the fall 5k is on a day I won’t be able to help out… 🙁 The spring run was such a fantastic experience!

    And I’m so excited for college football starting! My team is kicking off the season tomorrow!!!

  • alison September 3, 2010, 7:18 am

    Yay, I love GOTR! Yesterday at my daughter’s school’s open house, I filled out my PTA parent volunteer form and checked the GOTR box. Obviously, that’s not to coach, but just to help out in any way they need. I was also a buddy runner in the spring for my 11 year old neighbor, which was so much fun. This spring my own daughter will participate.

  • Chelsey September 3, 2010, 7:21 am

    Remember how you said you were afraid of 10 yr olds when I told you about my dream? You are so going to ROCK it as a running coach! You will love those girls!

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 8:57 am

      10 year olds do scare me still. LOL

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 3, 2010, 7:31 am

    Yay! It is now Friday!

  • Erin September 3, 2010, 7:47 am

    I live in Fort Mill! Thank you SO much for pointing out that it is not far from Charlotte. All of my friends act like it is such a hike to get to me from Charlotte even though I like half a mile from Ballantyne. 🙂

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 8:58 am

      I think it just SEEMS really far because it’s in another state 🙂

  • Lindsey September 3, 2010, 7:54 am

    I love all of the notes you left in the bathroom! 🙂

  • Kristy September 3, 2010, 8:25 am

    You and the hubs are so freaking cute! 🙂

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYourLife September 3, 2010, 8:31 am

    I just bought a running magazine that has an article about Girls on the Run!

    And I picked up a pack of post-its to keep in my purse now. I still haven’t posted my first note yet… but I’m thinking I will get to today. 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) September 3, 2010, 8:41 am

    I love you Operation Beautiful notes. So uplifting to women even on a fun night out.

    How do the locals feel about you both supporting a Florida team ?

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 8:58 am

      So far no issues! LOL

  • Tina September 3, 2010, 8:43 am

    I’m so stoked college football is back!!! The one sport I truly love to watch. 😀 I’ve already got my little M psyched for Saturday. She keeps running around saying Goooo Dawgs! LOL

  • Aubrey S September 3, 2010, 8:55 am

    Fort Mill is my old stomping grounds; I used to work at the Fort Mill Times right across the street from The Knife Shop.

  • allison @ livingoneday September 3, 2010, 9:11 am

    im going to my college’s first game tonight and i cannot WAIT. i’m a little sad tho – i graduated in 2009, and this will officially mark the first game that i dont know anyone!!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 3, 2010, 9:13 am

    I love all of your notes — I would love to walk in the bathroom one day and find one of them 🙂 I’ve left them before, but I have yet to find one myself.

  • Heather September 3, 2010, 9:23 am

    have fun with GOTR! Jen always had good things to say about it!

  • Molly @fuelherup September 3, 2010, 9:37 am

    That’s an awesome time! I bet you’re going to love it! (I coach track and xc at an elementary school.)

    My little sister is some kind of beast…she’s 12, and I took her out on a 5k with me. (We both started running competitively in kindergarten, but I’m 7 years older) and she ran it in 21 minutes! WHAT?! I didn’t hit that time until late in high school. Crazy!

  • Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty September 3, 2010, 10:15 am

    I work with girls that age, and it’s amazing! They are still looking for a someone to look up to, that encourages them and cares about them, you can end up making a HUGE impression on there life!! So good for you, you’re going to love it!!
    (and get ready for lots of hugs!)

  • Katie @ peacebeme September 3, 2010, 10:19 am

    I love that phrase “you are stronger than you know”. Honestly, one just saying “you are beautiful” wouldn’t do much for me, but anything talking about strength and determination would make me feel brave. 🙂

  • Amy September 3, 2010, 10:32 am

    I turned in my application to be an assistant coach a little too late. However, I’m on the list for the spring. Since I can’t coach this session, I’m going to participate in the 5k in November in Cincy! I can’t wait!!!

  • Amber K September 3, 2010, 11:59 am

    I work with infants up to five years old. So I don’t really know how to relate to older kids! My niece will be 7 in december though, so maybe being around her and her friends I can inspire them.

  • Tracey September 3, 2010, 3:14 pm

    I used to train girls ranging in age from 4-17. It is the most rewarding experience and I know you are going to be great at it.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 3, 2010, 7:54 pm

    Aww GOTR sounds like such an amazing program based on that letter! What an awesome opportunity to offer to young girls. This is exactly what they need to help counter all the ideas that the media tries to shove upon them.

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