Hello, Duke!


Duke is straight out of Harry Potter. I loved the campus, the dramatic multi-colored brick buildings with gothic architecture.  So beautiful!

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Very jealous of all the prospective students taking campus tours!  Can I please, please go back to undergraduate (and be 18 again)?


Duke’s stadium was a small, open-air arena.  I’m used to watching college games in big professional stadiums, so this was a very interesting and welcomed change.  I really loved the atmosphere!  Almost made me want to cheer for the Blue Devils.  Almost.  🙂


(It filled up.)


Right before we got to Duke, I ate a PB and jelly sandwich and an apple.



And once we settled into our seats, we watched an awesome parachute show!


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And then I hunted down some of these awesome cinnamon sugar donuts and ate half (so 6 mini donuts).



After a wonderful game (Miami won!), we left the beautiful campus and headed straight towards Whole Foods.


We did a search for vegetarian restaurants around campus, but nothing seemed as appealing as the wonderful Whole Foods hot bar.  Oh Whole Foods! I missed you!


In my takeaway:


  • Green beans
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tofu
  • Quinoa mix
  • Veggies and Spinach


On the drive back home, I decided I finally felt 100% better and called up Nicole to see if she wanted to for a run.  I’m hoping to do 18 miles (my very last run before the marathon) tomorrow but knew I needed to do a test run tonight.  We did 3.0 wonderful miles! Yay, I’m back.


Now, we’re relaxing on the couch, and I’m eating chocolate and drinking OJ (extra Vitamin C can’t hurt, right?).



  • Amy October 16, 2010, 8:39 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling better! Good luck on your 18 miles tomorrow.

    Duke looks gorgeous. My college looked like it was straight out of Harry Potter too. This time of year always makes me nostalgic for undergrad!

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up October 16, 2010, 8:49 pm

    Ahh, I love college football games! My college is super small but even so, the games are still loads of fun. 🙂

    Good luck on the 18-miler tomorrow!

  • Megan October 16, 2010, 8:49 pm

    I am glad you guys had fun! Thanks for tracking me down at the game – it was so nice chatting with you for a few minutes (although my dad spent the entire car ride back to Wilmington saying – “So, wait, I still don’t understand – how exactly do you know her?”) We will get you guys back once basketball season rolls around. 🙂

    • Caitlin October 16, 2010, 8:50 pm

      Internet friends!!!

  • Kath October 16, 2010, 8:52 pm

    Yayyyyyy! You almost cheered for Duke! I think it’s funny you called the stadium small 🙂 I used to wear my Duke cheerleading uniform there and thought it was the biggest stadium ever!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) October 16, 2010, 8:57 pm

    how in the hell can you eat just half a donut. beyond me.

    • Caitlin October 16, 2010, 9:03 pm

      no no no! i ate half of the donuts – so i ate SIX! LOL

      i cannot eat half a donut either.

      • Amy October 16, 2010, 9:08 pm

        Those donuts looked amazing. I could almost taste them through the computer!

      • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) October 16, 2010, 10:02 pm

        Ohhh! haha! Good girl.

        • eatmovelove October 16, 2010, 10:15 pm

          I seen a good recipe for Baked Doughnuts today…think I’ll have to try it now…with a chocoate-sugar glaze of course 😉

  • Lauren October 16, 2010, 9:03 pm

    I hear Duke is beautiful. Glad to hear you are feeling better but try to take it easy tomorrow. You definitely don’t want a relapse.
    Enjoy the rest of your night hun!

  • Ellen October 16, 2010, 9:06 pm

    my brother went to duke! i love that they suck at football. i have to have something to rub in their face (since they’ve got everything else: beautiful campus, basketball, academics). sigh

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) October 16, 2010, 9:07 pm

    Yes Duke is beautiful BUT I went to University of Maryland and Duke is archrival so… I can’t say anything nice about them. 😉

  • Lin October 16, 2010, 9:13 pm

    I’m glad you had fun at my alma mater! i’ve only gone to one duke football game during my 4 years there (the team is THAT bad lol).

  • Erin October 16, 2010, 9:14 pm

    Yay! Glad you’re feeling better and it looks like you had such a wonderful time at Duke 🙂

    PS. Caitlin, I told you last week I was running in my first 5K and you told me to let you know how it went…well…it was AMAZING! You were absolutely right, I had so much fun. I blogged about it if you’re interested. 😉 Thanks again for helping motivate me to do this, you’re awesome.


    • Caitlin October 17, 2010, 8:14 am

      off to read your recap now!!!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 16, 2010, 9:26 pm

    Can we all please go back to college? Sometimes I get so homesick for my college town it hurts – especially football season! I must say though that being a Hokie means that I cannot ever root for Miami, though I am happy that your team won 🙂

  • Hope October 16, 2010, 9:45 pm

    So glad you’re feeling better! Mmm those mini donuts are so good, lobe the whole cinnamon/sugar combo!
    Duke looks amazing! My college was a mix of old and new buildings but nothing as amazing as your pics! I totally wish I could go back to my first undergraduate year sometimes!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef October 16, 2010, 9:56 pm

    i miss whole foods too… now i want some… 🙂

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 16, 2010, 9:58 pm

    I love college campuses, esp old and historic ones like Duke! Every been to Georgetown or Harvard’s campuses? Gorgeous!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 16, 2010, 10:00 pm

    I am glad you are feeling better..and so quickly! I’m running 12 miles tomorrow, so I’ll think of you and your 18 mile run tomorrow when 12 miles seems impossible 🙂

  • Sarah for Real October 16, 2010, 10:06 pm

    Cute sunglasses! Where from?

    • Caitlin October 17, 2010, 8:14 am


  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 16, 2010, 10:32 pm

    I’m glad you are feeling better, good luck on your run tomorrow!

    Mini donuts are my favorite 🙂

  • Alison (Ali on the Run) October 16, 2010, 10:42 pm

    Sounds like the perfect fall day! Have a great run tomorrow!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 16, 2010, 10:55 pm

    Yay Duke!! It’s totally like Hogwarts especially when it SNOWS!!! Glad you had a fun time at my school 🙂

  • Lace Up & Go October 16, 2010, 11:20 pm

    is it horrible that i’m a senior and have yet to experience a football game? i go to a pac10 school–in fact, there’s a game going on as we speak! oops.

    good luck on your run tomorrow 😀

  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 16, 2010, 11:25 pm

    I’m glad you feel better. Good luck tomorrow!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 16, 2010, 11:25 pm

    You really can’t go wrong with the hot bar at Whole Foods! Glad you are feeling better! I hope it is a great run tomorrow!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 16, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Nothing beats whole food’s hot bar – no vegetarian restaurant can compare!!!

  • caronae October 16, 2010, 11:44 pm

    Yay for feeling better! Have a great long run tomorrow. 🙂

  • Camille October 17, 2010, 12:05 am

    Duke looks absolutely stunning!
    Good luck on your run in the morning!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini October 17, 2010, 12:06 am

    I’ll go back to being 18 with you! 🙂

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie October 17, 2010, 12:10 am

    What a gorgeous campus! I love buildings like that, they make me feel like they have secrets that need to be explored.

  • Maddie October 17, 2010, 12:13 am

    Glad you are feeling better! Duke does look a lot like it could be in Harry Potter. It’s beautiful. Mmm I love Whole Food’s hot bar.

  • Caca October 17, 2010, 1:05 am

    I love Duke’s gothic architecture. Those dramatic brick buildings seriously look like it is straight out of Harry Potter. Hope one day I can visit this gorgeous campus.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa October 17, 2010, 1:40 am

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Good luck with the run tomorrow.

  • Dana October 17, 2010, 2:15 am

    I love that you say “take away” even though you’re not really British

    • Caitlin October 17, 2010, 8:11 am

      i also say “holiday” instead of vacation. 🙂

  • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs October 17, 2010, 6:39 am

    Your comment about wanting to go back to college (and be 18 again) got me thinking. When I graduate, after 5 years at university, will I want to go back? At this stage (end of year 4, final assignments, stress, academic writing) if I never see another lecture theatre again I will be a happy lady. But who knows if I’ll get the study itch again?! But I definatly wouldn’t want to be 18 again. I’m much happier, healthier, more confident and overall a better person now. I don’t wanna be 18 and learn those tough life lessons all over again!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2010, 8:11 am

      i guess i feel like i had extremely short-term vision at 20 and that was really, really nice. no worries about finances or planning for the future. i just went to class, partied, hung out with my friends, and had a blast. someone else paid for my health insurance, i didn’t have a car payment, my rent was 1/4 the cost that it is now. i was broke and happy. 🙂

      • Katie October 17, 2010, 10:08 am

        Wow. I just turned 20 and I thought all 20 year olds were like me with bills and all but reality check- guess not. I pay for my insurance(s) and work and have a car payment and school soon. I look at all my high school friends pics on facebook and they’re all partying and drinking and I’m like “wish I was them”. Now that I read stuff like this I guess I’m learning the hard stuff and becoming an adult NOW(?), so that I can be smart about the really important things later.

        • Caitlin October 17, 2010, 12:15 pm

          It’s so weird about how people are in difference life stages at different times, huh? I think you actually have a HUGEEEEE advantage to be learning adult stuff now because I really think the Hus and I both spent way too much time goofing off and not being responsible, especially financially. Life is long! Responsibility helps a lot to making life easier overall. You are smarted than me!!!!

        • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs October 17, 2010, 4:49 pm

          Katie, I’m with you! I’m so looking forward to having money from a full time job to pay my bills with! And I never party, I don’t have time. I guess Caitlin has a good point that everyone is different at this stage of like. Personally I study hard, work (when I have a job) take care of a house and a boyfriend, pay my own bills (for the most part, parents are kind when needed) and worry about where I will be in 5 years time. I can’t think short term, but I wish I could relax and party a bit!

        • Caitlin October 17, 2010, 4:52 pm

          Well I had massive credit card debt to show for my carefree lifestyle 🙂 LOL

  • Sarah October 17, 2010, 7:51 am

    So glad you’re feeling better. That is wonderful news:).
    Good luck on that 18-miler!

  • Jean@RoastedRootsPumpkinSpice October 17, 2010, 8:06 am

    Being sick is no fun. It’s great that you are better. Duke looks so fun! Everyone I know who attended Duke loves it and I can see why.

  • Jess October 17, 2010, 9:08 am

    I don’t want to ever leave college! We’ll see how that goes 🙂 glad you’re feeling better!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 17, 2010, 9:11 am

    I have a feeling that if I had a WF in my city, I would opt to eat there instead of restaurants a lot of the time! 😛

  • Marci October 17, 2010, 9:15 am

    I love the Duke campus! I visited last April and it was so cool to see the Gothic architecture. I had no idea it would be like that. Looks like a cool stadium too. I went to UT and our stadium holds 100,000!

  • pen October 17, 2010, 9:40 am

    oh, the sad-little-tiny-squished-duke-whole foods. i miss it too. glad you loved the campus! every time i go back, i wish i could start college too.

  • Julie October 17, 2010, 9:50 am

    I’m so glad you came up to experience a Duke game. We live in Durham and love it. There are some good vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Carrboro and Chapel Hill if you guys make the trip up again. Check out Butternut Squash restaurant and Sage restaurant. Also, if you come back again you should check out the trails in Duke forest and the American Tobacco trail near the ball park.

  • Maria October 17, 2010, 10:56 am

    I went to the Whole Foods hot bar for the first time yesterday- loved it! The quinoa mix was outstanding.

  • Amber K October 17, 2010, 11:59 am

    I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better! I wish there were Whole Foods around here! Even Trader Joe’s is a huge drive. We have New Seasons, but no awesome hot food bar like that.

  • Sam October 17, 2010, 12:05 pm

    Did you know that Duke was the set for a lot of the college season of Dawson’s Creek? I am almost ashamed to admit that I know that.

    • Caitlin October 17, 2010, 12:17 pm

      cool factoid! i loved DC!

  • Mary October 17, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Catilin!! You were right in Durham yesterday right in my neck of the woods!! I love that whole foods hot bar right by campus! 🙂 I eat there often with my boyfriend. I’m glad you loved the campus, you should come back in the summer and check out the gardens, it’s pretty epic.

  • Caitlin October 17, 2010, 4:56 pm

    There was a residence hall at my college (in Berkeley) that looked like Hogwarts and I really wanted to live there, but it was an all-guy dorm.

    But that’s okay because it turns out that the inside was only a regular dorm building, not a magical place of wizardry fun.

  • Bethany October 17, 2010, 4:59 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the Duke game! I’m a graduate student at UNC and there are a lot of great vegetarian restaurant in Chapel Hill (about 15 min from Duke). Yesterday, I went to an Ethiopian restaurant called “Queen of Sheba” and I highly recommend it! Its a fun experience since there are no utensils and you eat with your hands. Some other great places in Chapel Hill are “Sage” and “Butternut Squash”.

  • BroccoliHut October 17, 2010, 8:48 pm

    Ah yes, I frequented that Whole Foods at least once a week for all four years of college!

  • Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex October 17, 2010, 10:59 pm

    Isn’t Duke awesome?! I did my undergrad there and LOVED it. Except the football team sucks. But since I don’t really like football anyway, I didn’t mind too much haha. Glad you had a good time!

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