I’ve tried so many different volunteering organizations over the years, but none of them ‘fit’ for me like Girls on the Run.  I really do think this organization is changing me and making me into a better adult.  It’s ironic that I was SO scared to be a coach!  It’s now the best part of my week.


This afternoon, I headed over to a Charlotte elementary school to be a “guest coach” and film a local news spot encouraging people to VOTE for Operation Beautiful to win $10,000.  If I win, I plan to donate the prize to GOTR so underprivileged girls can more easily afford the program.


Check it out!

You can VOTE here!  🙂


It was really fun getting to know the girls.  It was their practice 5K day, so I brought a streamer finishing line and noise makers.  We had a blast!


When I got home, I made Anne P’s 5-minute bars and ate one right away.


I wasn’t feeling too great tonight, so my friends came to me to hang out on the couch.  I started to drink a glass of wine but ended up saving it for the Husband to drink when he got home.  My stomach feels incredibly off, so my eats are pretty light today. 


We had fun hanging out though!  Kayla (and her doggie Joey) and Nicole came over.

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And I had the only meal that looked appetizing!


Two sliced of thick, doughy wheat bread with hummus and sprouts.



Plus raspberries!


Actually, I might go gnaw on some more toast.  That sounds edible.  😉


All in all – a very fun day! I hope the video encourages a lot of local residents to go vote for Girls on the Run!  It would be cool to see my new city pull together for Operation Beautiful and GOTR.


Have a great night!



  • Meghan@travelwinedine November 12, 2010, 9:13 pm

    I have tried a few times to get involved with Girls on the Run, but I guess it has not really taken off here. I hope it does!

  • Jen November 12, 2010, 9:15 pm

    Joey just made me very very happy!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 12, 2010, 9:26 pm

    That sammie looks delicious! My stomach has been off all week – I don’t know what’s going on, but I don’t like it!

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 12, 2010, 9:26 pm

    Great video! I already voted and I hope lots of others do, too!!!

  • Kristen November 12, 2010, 9:27 pm

    Feel better! Recovering from bronchitis myself, ugh.

    Do you make your bread? It always looks so delicious!!!!

    • Caitlin November 13, 2010, 12:36 pm

      no! it’s from a bakery called la brea 🙂 it’s good.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat November 12, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I hope you feel better!! It’s great to have friends who will come hang out at home with you on a Friday night!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 12, 2010, 9:35 pm

    Hummus and sprout sandwiches are good even when not feeling kind of off. Hope you’re better soon.

  • Ellen November 12, 2010, 9:36 pm

    have you heard the song “I’m Beautiful” by Aloe Blacc? it is my new obsession and you would definitely appreciate the message 🙂

    • Caitlin November 13, 2010, 12:33 pm

      No i haven’t but I’ll listen now!

  • Alyssa November 12, 2010, 9:43 pm

    Awesome story and it is so admirable that you are dedicated to such a cause! 🙂

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health November 12, 2010, 10:00 pm

    I’ve been voting everyday and I hope you win! I think it’s so great that the husband is donating 10% to GOTR!!! Also, that dog is crazy cute!

  • Krista (kristastes) November 12, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Great exposure!! I voted and I hope you win!! 🙂 I LOVE that picture of Maggie bat ears!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) November 12, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Incredible Caitlin. Congrats. You’re totally going to win.

  • Anna S. @ History Running Girl November 12, 2010, 10:02 pm

    I hope you win Caitlin! What a great cause.

  • Jacalyn November 12, 2010, 10:05 pm

    That’s so awesome. You are such an inspiration!

  • Camille November 12, 2010, 10:06 pm

    What a cool video!
    I voted for you and I hope you win!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 12, 2010, 10:10 pm

    It’s great Girls on the Run fit for you 🙂 I’l have to check that out!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 12, 2010, 10:17 pm

    What kind of dog is Joey? He’s got so much character!

    P.S. It sounds like you could use some rest girl. Hope you feel better soon 🙂

    • Caitlin November 13, 2010, 12:33 pm

      He’s a chihuahua!

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 12, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Fingers crossed you win!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 12, 2010, 10:20 pm

    My BFF is a GOTR volunteer/coach. Next Saturday I’m going to be a running buddy to one the girls in their 5K race — can’t wait!! You’re awesome and a total inspiration to get more involved 🙂

  • Jen November 12, 2010, 10:21 pm

    What a great video! I love the idea behind GOTR but that’s the first time I’ve ever seen it in action – so awesome! I hope you win the money – I vote every day and I hope all your other readers are doing the same!

  • Charlie November 12, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Joey made my day ;).
    Loved the video! Seeing GOTR in action was great.

  • Stacy R. November 12, 2010, 10:41 pm

    Caitlin you are so inspiring to young girls, teens and women every where! I truly hope you win and can give back to GOTR!

    P.S. the daily reminders are really helpful!

  • Fae November 12, 2010, 10:52 pm

    You’re super awesome!! Loved the video!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 12, 2010, 11:03 pm

    Congrats for being on the news! I’m glad you and GOTR is such a good fit.

  • Nicole @ yuppie yogini November 12, 2010, 11:12 pm

    Happy hour at the Boyle house needs to be a regular occurrence! 🙂

  • Mellissa November 12, 2010, 11:39 pm

    Joey is so darn cute! I just want to snuggle with him.

  • Carly November 12, 2010, 11:45 pm

    I keep voting. My husband has been too. I hope you win!

    Feel better 🙂

  • G November 13, 2010, 12:07 am

    Voted and i hope u win.

  • Courtney November 13, 2010, 12:08 am

    Caitlin, I also coach for girls on the run (in Sonoma County) I am HOOKED. It is an amazing program. You have my vote hands down! You are such an inspiration and giving individual. Your kindness does not go unnoticed!

    • Caitlin November 13, 2010, 12:32 pm

      Yay so glad you coach too!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) November 13, 2010, 12:32 am

    Loved the video and hope you win–you deserve it!

  • Rebecca November 13, 2010, 12:39 am

    I just wanted to leave a comment to say how inspiring you are! You’re an amazing role model for girls of all ages. I also love the news spots you’re featured in–you’re so well spoken! Keep up the great work :).

  • Hillary November 13, 2010, 1:05 am

    Yum-O! I love spourts, humus, and razzies!! Three of my fav foods! So glad you found a volunteer job that you love it makes such a huge difference. I know how you feel. Keep up the amazing work!! You are helping those girls more than you will ever know.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) November 13, 2010, 1:06 am

    Great video!!! I’ve been voting everyday and I put it on my Facebook for people to vote!

    You are truly an inspiration Caitlin! 🙂

  • Wei-Wei November 13, 2010, 5:06 am

    I hope you feel better soon…

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun November 13, 2010, 8:14 am

    Girls on the Run does sound like fun! It looks like a wonderful organization! Way to go. 😀

  • Miranda November 13, 2010, 8:20 am

    Loved the news spot! I really am hoping you win, off to vote again!!

  • Anne P November 13, 2010, 8:21 am

    Aw I love the video! I tried to volunteer with them last fall and spring but schedule wise it wasn’t going to work 🙁 Must make it happen some day!

    • Caitlin November 13, 2010, 12:31 pm

      Can you be a running buddy for the upcoming 5k?

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 13, 2010, 8:28 am

    You’re doing such an awesome job with this! It’s so inspiring to see how dedicated you are to GOTR. 😀

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope November 13, 2010, 8:56 am

    I loved the news segment! I know you can win this scholarship. I’ve been voting every single day.

  • Lauren November 13, 2010, 9:01 am

    Loved the news segment! I actually just gave your book as a gift to my co-worker who has asked me to start a Boulder chapter of GOTR this Spring – we just got the go ahead from the elementary school principal 🙂

    And, yesterday I had my first interview at an eating recovery center. I’m a counselor and following your blogs has really helped me define where I want to be and who I want to work with in my career… so fingers crossed! I’m so excited – if I get this job you can bet I’ll be carrying OB kits with me in my brief case DAY ONE 🙂

    • Caitlin November 13, 2010, 9:56 am

      That is awesome. I hope you get the job. I imagine EDs are very challenging but rewarding to work with. Thank you so much for all your support!

      • Lauren November 13, 2010, 12:03 pm

        Thanks! Me too, and of course! You have directly inspired me to do all of it! I’m so thankful for you and your blogs 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 13, 2010, 9:23 am

    I love what you are doing for/with these girls! Have a great weekend Caitlin!

  • Haleigh November 13, 2010, 9:34 am

    It is so inspiring to see you take the initiative to support such a great cause 🙂

  • Lisa Fine - lisasfoods November 13, 2010, 10:33 am

    Good luck Caitlin! Loved the news clip, and seeing you all in action. It made me miss my teaching days, working with a lot of disadvantaged youth. Maybe I’ll look into GOTR where we live.

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) November 13, 2010, 10:48 am

    Great video! Really cool getting to see GOTR in action, since you talk about it so much 🙂 Hopefully it’ll spread more, and no doubt will if you win the money! You are so inspiring Caitlin! I’ll keep voting (and the reminders are really helpful btw!):D

  • Paige @Running Around Normal November 13, 2010, 11:00 am

    That’s so great you’ve found your volunteering niche!! 🙂
    My stomach was off yesterday too. This morning, it was still off and now I have a fever:(

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep November 13, 2010, 11:25 am

    Love the video! It made me cry. What you’re doing for these girls is amazing!

  • Amber K November 13, 2010, 12:11 pm

    It feels so good to find something that really touches your heart that helps other people! I am voting each day, and I hope you win!

  • Krista @ Can't Survive on Yarn Alone November 13, 2010, 12:45 pm

    That news clip literally made me tear up. I’ve been voting daily!

  • Leanne @ Simplicitlee November 14, 2010, 5:07 pm

    I didn’t know you were a founder of girls on the run? They said it started 10 years ago but I thought you just recently started coaching?

    Regardless, I hope you win because I think GOTR is a great program!

    • Caitlin November 14, 2010, 8:34 pm

      no no it said i was the founder of operation beautiful 🙂 molly barker founded GOTR.

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