Off to Ticonderoga

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I’ve written before about how my neighbors know me as that “oddly dressed” runner.  I think today takes the cake.   This looked even more tacky in real life.  The shirt is BRIGHT PINK.


The race shirt is from my oh-so-memorable Olympic Triathlon (that’s a must-read recap!).  I don’t know why they designed a hot pink shirt with a bright green, red, and black logo! It’s pretty ugly.


Today’s 3.0 miler was the first run since the marathon that I felt normal.  No sluggish legs, no achy ankle.  Just a normal, nice, chilly run.  I loved it!  Maybe I’ll be ready to do the Half Marathon in a month after all.


Pre-run snack was toasty bread.


And after, I had a yogurt mess:



This was a GOOD one!


  • Honey Greek yogurt
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Raw Oats


I’m rushing out the door to Ticonderoga, NY for an Operation Beautiful presentation!  I didn’t even know where Ticonderoga was until yesterday (it’s near Vermont).  :)  I’m excited to see this part of the country.


On that note…


I’m BEGGING YOU!!!  (This is my puppy eyes face.)


If everyone who reads this blog post heads over to the Amway site and VOTES for Operation Beautiful to win $10,000, I KNOW we can win the grand prize!  Voting closes in a few days!  If I win, I plan to donate the prize to Girls on the Run because I really believe in this program’s ability to help little girls gain self-confidence, boost self-esteem, and encourage a healthy attitude. 


VOTE here! You don’t even have to register or anything – just one little click! 🙂



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 10, 2010, 9:56 am

    I voted!! Your begging face was too cute to resist! 🙂

    Have a safe trip to Ticonderoga and good luck on the presentation!

  • JenATX November 10, 2010, 9:57 am

    just voted- good luck 🙂

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 10, 2010, 9:58 am

    Good luck with winning the $10K! I hope you win! GOTR seems like a great organization.

    Can I ask how much cinnamon is in that bowl? It looks like a ton — and I thought I liked cinnamon! 🙂

  • Little Bookworm November 10, 2010, 10:04 am

    I voted. 🙂 Hope your presentation goes well!

  • Lauren November 10, 2010, 10:04 am

    You should return to VT and do a operation beautiful presentation at UVM sometime! Also, there’s a great marathon (or half) in May in Burlington, VT – beautiful views, running right by the lake, and tons of spectators everywhere

  • Jessica November 10, 2010, 10:09 am

    I think the outfit rocks! I hate when I see women out running at dawn or dusk dressed in all black! Sure they look cute but they’re so much harder to see- I say bring on the bright colors and reflective tape! Safety first;-) And good luck with the GOTR. That’s something I should look into here. There’s not much for kids in our area. Today I’m headed over to the Boys & Girls club to teach them about nutrition and help make healthy snacks.

  • Camille November 10, 2010, 10:10 am

    That is such a beautiful part of the country! Have a great time today!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 10, 2010, 10:10 am

    Wow that’s a pretty decent drive, Caitlin! I’m ever amazed by your energy and hard work!

    • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 11:02 am

      I’m flyin! Hehe.

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 10, 2010, 10:13 am

    I hope you win!! You have my votes! I think it’s commendable that you plan on donating the prize to GOTR (& that your husband is donating!!).

    Hurray for a pain-free post-marathon run!! You’ll definitely be ready for your 1/2 marathon!

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl November 10, 2010, 10:15 am

    I voted!! I hope you win so bad!!! Your yogurt bowl looks so good:) Good luck on your presentation, I wish I could come see it!

  • Rebekah @ Rebeltarian November 10, 2010, 10:20 am

    Girls on the run is a great organization. Of course I will vote!

  • Raya @ Raya Runs November 10, 2010, 10:21 am

    I voted!! And I grew up just outside of Rochester, NY which is west of Ticonderoga. It’s gorgeous countryside out there, especially right now with all the leaves changing. You will love it!!!! Although it will be cold, haha. HAVE FUN!!

  • Steph November 10, 2010, 10:22 am

    Aw man! I’ve been following your blog FOREVER and never thought you’d be traveling to NY. It figures the day you’re going to Ticonderoga I have a midterm at 12:30 🙁 It’d be a tiny hike from Lake George but totally worth it. If you have time to sight see I’d suggest you stop and take some pictures in Lake George/Bolton Landing area. It’s too beautiful too pass up(but really cold right now I might add…)!

    • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 10:59 am

      wahhh i wish we could see each other!

  • Laura November 10, 2010, 10:24 am

    I went to vote and it let me click multiple times! I got a good ten or fifteen in. 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 10, 2010, 10:24 am

    I voted!

  • Alina November 10, 2010, 10:25 am

    That outfits looks fine to me!
    Workout clothes should be about comfort and what’s not in the laundry at the time, no matter what they look like.

  • Laura November 10, 2010, 10:25 am

    I actually am from Queensbury NY which is just south on your map. I hope its a beautiful day for you up there because there are some gorgeous views. It is great to see such a great cause coming to upstate!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 10, 2010, 10:25 am

    Just voted for ya! Don’t you love race shirts?? So tacky but oh such good memories! 😀

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous November 10, 2010, 10:26 am

    Glad you had a good run this am! Good luck with the presentation 🙂

  • Larissa November 10, 2010, 10:27 am

    the lake george area is gorrrgeous! enjoy!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) November 10, 2010, 10:28 am

    How could I resist that FACE ?! 😉 Voted for you! I have voted before… I’m guessing we can vote every day ?

    • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 10:57 am

      yup! once a day!

  • tina November 10, 2010, 10:28 am

    i voted for you again today! yay! 🙂

    haha, i like that race shirt!!! how fun!

    and i’m sure you are going to get some beautiful pics up there… this is probably a BEAUTIFUL time of year- good luck!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 10, 2010, 10:30 am

    Have a safe safe trip!! And I like the dress as you wish option for your runs.

  • Kelly November 10, 2010, 10:32 am

    Have fun in NY, have a safe trip!

  • HTP Dad November 10, 2010, 10:33 am

    hahahahah – puppy eyes never worked on me!

  • Jen @ Jen is Green November 10, 2010, 10:33 am

    Have fun in upstate, New York! There’s not much here. ;-)I’m a couple miles south, in Albany. 😀

  • Jen @ Jen is Green November 10, 2010, 10:33 am

    i mean, HOURS, south. haha.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 10, 2010, 10:34 am

    Have a safe trip and a great presentation! I am off to vote for you!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 10, 2010, 10:38 am

    Already voted and tweeted it for today. 😀

    Good luck with the presentation. I’m sure it will be awesome like all the others.

  • megan November 10, 2010, 10:39 am

    Are you flying into Burlington or Albany? I live in Vermont, and if you happen to be in Burlington you MUST visit American Flatbread for amazing organic pizza and house-brewed beers. Enjoy your trip!!

    • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 10:57 am

      Burlington! Are you in Burlington?

      • megan November 10, 2010, 11:34 am

        Unfortunately, I live about 1.5 hours away in Cabot (although I do make it there often). If I were in town, I would have loved to show you around! If you need any local recommendations, feel free to email me:!

  • Gloria November 10, 2010, 10:39 am

    Keep reminding us every day and I’ll vote!! 🙂 Have fun on your trip. It’s coooold up there!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) November 10, 2010, 10:39 am

    Maybe they wanted everyone to look at the shirt! Or maybe the person who made it was color blind…

  • kathleen November 10, 2010, 10:40 am

    At least you will be noticed by cars in that outfit! Plus, don’t tell anyone but i think the best athletes are the ones that don’t care what they look like working out. Hehe

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion November 10, 2010, 10:41 am

    That shirt is kind of ugly- I am a strangely dressed runner too, I don’t really care what the heck I wear as long as it is weather appropriate. I vote everyday 🙂 Have a safe trip…wish you were coming to Boston 🙂

  • Tania Engels November 10, 2010, 10:41 am

    I voted for you, good luck!

  • Bree November 10, 2010, 10:42 am

    Enjoy your trip up here (I’m in Vermont, but still about 2 hours away)!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 10, 2010, 10:44 am

    Good luck with the presentation and thanks for the geography lesson. I had absolutely no idea where that was!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat November 10, 2010, 10:45 am

    Good luck with the presentation! It’s really neat that you get to see some areas of the country that you wouldn’t otherwise because of Operation Beautiful!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries November 10, 2010, 10:48 am

    Voted 🙂

    Good luck on your presentation!

  • Joyce November 10, 2010, 10:49 am


    Good luck.

  • Natalia - a side of simple November 10, 2010, 10:50 am

    I love the area in NY you’re going to! My family used to vacation at Lake George every summer and we always made trips to Ticonderoga. Hope you get to enjoy the scenery 🙂

  • Amanda November 10, 2010, 10:50 am

    Have fun in Ticonderoga! You’ll be pretty close to our local ski mountain. The views in the Adirondack Mountains are amazing if you have anytime in your schedule to check them out! Good luck!

  • Leanne @ Simplicitlee November 10, 2010, 10:50 am

    I voted from both my home and work computer 😉 sneaky sneaky, i know!!

    Have a wonderful time presenting! You’ll do fabulous!

    • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 10:56 am

      heheh thanks!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 10, 2010, 10:52 am

    LOL…I thought you were going to some new kind of yoga class!! Whoops 🙂

    • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 10:55 am

      hahah i still cannot figure out how to pronounce it!

      • Amanda November 10, 2010, 12:19 pm

        Haha try this for pronunciation: Tie- cond (like the beginning of the word “condo”) – er- oga (like the end of the word “yoga) 😉

        • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 1:42 pm

          that helps so much!!

  • Lisa Fine - lisasfoods November 10, 2010, 10:53 am

    Ooh…that is an interesting color combination for a shirt.

    Have a great time in Ticonderoga – that area of the country is so beautiful. (I’ve lived in Vermont and the Adirondacks, and love them both.) Looking forward to hearing about your travels.

  • Lauren November 10, 2010, 10:59 am

    I voted. Also, just to let you know, I’ve been spying on your blog for a while and have decided long ago that yours is my favorite health related blog. I dig it and the way you approach life. 😀

    • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 11:00 am

      thank you 🙂 i really appreciate that.

  • katie November 10, 2010, 11:05 am

    Enjoy upstate new york. Stay warm!

  • Kacy November 10, 2010, 11:07 am

    Good luck on winning and the presentation!

  • Marina November 10, 2010, 11:16 am

    I really hope you win, it’s really noble and admirable that you’re helping young girls, I wish I had someone like you early in my puberty 🙂

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? November 10, 2010, 11:18 am

    Is it weird that I kind of like that tshirt?

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 10, 2010, 11:21 am

    My running clothes never match. I feel like it makes me so much cooler than all the Wall Street types running alongside me in their perfect expensive outfits 🙂 I’ve been voting once a day- fingers crossed!

  • Lu November 10, 2010, 11:23 am

    I wish there would have been a GOTR when I was a kid. It would have probably made me be less of a running failure. I really do hope you win. It’s an awesome contribution to a wonderful society. Wowza t-shirt!

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 10, 2010, 11:26 am

    Why is it that tri shirts always seem to be the most unfortunate looking! My brother has done nearly 20 different triathlons and I tell ya…the shirts are rarely attractive. 🙂

    But I do love the pink. Wear it proud girl!

  • Thomas@getfit November 10, 2010, 11:26 am

    Glad to hear you are recovering from your marathon and I am sure you catch many eyes as you are running around town in your colorful clothing. I was interested in seeing your choice of foods for breakfast. Honestly have never considered canned pumpkin, but I think I will try it looks good! If any of you get a chance stop by my video sharing site. It is all about health and fitness and has many videos just for women. There is a bunch of stuff there about diet and heart health. Please feel free to ad any health or fitness videos you may have. The site is new and growing pretty fast.

    Thank you

  • alissa November 10, 2010, 11:34 am

    I voted!

    I don’t think I have ever commented before. I began reading healthy living blogs about a year ago. I LOVE your blog….I think it’s because you can tell you are just such a wonderful and caring person and I find your blog to be honest and uplifting. You are an inspiration to so many!!

    • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 1:43 pm

      thank you so much 🙂

  • Shari November 10, 2010, 11:45 am

    Voted! 🙂

  • Julia November 10, 2010, 11:46 am

    Have voted every day – I hope you win. x

  • Jen November 10, 2010, 11:50 am

    Vermont is beautiful; if you’re driving, make sure to stop in Benington, VT (it’s in the southwest corner of the state), home of Robert Frost and where Jamaica Kincaid lives.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 10, 2010, 11:55 am

    Good luck today!
    And I voted.

  • eml November 10, 2010, 11:56 am

    Oh – I didn’t realize we could vote EVERY day! I’ll do that then – I just voted once…oops.

    Are you wearing shorts? I want your weather! And, you didn’t take much time off after the marathon – is that just because you love to run? 🙂

    • eml November 10, 2010, 12:04 pm

      Also – you do a lot of traveling?! Do they pay you for the expenses of traveling for the conferences and such? I hope so! 🙂

      • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 12:47 pm

        Yes. These are paid engagements. 🙂

    • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 1:43 pm

      Oh and I didnt take a lot of time off because I like to run and I hope to do that half.

  • Heather C November 10, 2010, 12:04 pm

    VOTE IN! There should be an “I voted” badge for blogs so we can spread the word 😉

    Have a safe trip to NY!

  • Amber K November 10, 2010, 12:18 pm

    I really hope you win! Have a great trip.

  • Kate November 10, 2010, 12:24 pm


    Hope you win!

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim November 10, 2010, 12:24 pm

    mmm that yogurt mess looks delicious! I just voted again – best of luck!! 🙂

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks November 10, 2010, 12:31 pm

    Whoa! That shirt is….special! 😉

    Voted again. Crossing my fingers for ya! Good luck on your presentation. I had no idea where Ticonderoga was either!

  • Abby November 10, 2010, 12:34 pm

    Thanks for the daily reminder to vote! I don’t mind doing it at all, but I seriously would not remember to if you didn’t put a reminder in each post.

    • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 1:44 pm

      That’s why I do it 🙂 Thanks!!!

      • Cindy Robinson November 10, 2010, 3:49 pm

        I was going to say the same thing!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) November 10, 2010, 12:41 pm

    I voted! Your puppy face got me. 🙂

  • Melissa November 10, 2010, 12:54 pm

    Just voted–hope you win! And safe travels!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances November 10, 2010, 1:04 pm

    Just voted 🙂 I hope you win!!! Have a safe flight to NY and a great time!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 10, 2010, 1:05 pm

    You are just the busy bee traveler lately!

  • Sean November 10, 2010, 1:08 pm

    That begging photo was adorable so I had to vote. And Amway is the main sponsor for my favorite mls soccer team! 😉

  • Lauren November 10, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Done! Voted! 🙂

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa November 10, 2010, 1:29 pm

    Voting now! Have a good trip!

  • Kristen November 10, 2010, 2:05 pm

    Just voted!

    The OB note you left in the airport turned my day around. It’s really what I needed to hear. You + OB are such an inspiration to me.

    Thank you. Thank you.

  • katie November 10, 2010, 2:47 pm

    voted! good luck in chilly NY

  • Jenn November 10, 2010, 2:56 pm

    Too bad I have work or I would totally take the hour drive from Saratoga to check you out… enjoy! Oh and you probably should have brought your coat and boots 🙂 I do have to say its unusual for it to be this cold this early… and everyone around here is mad about it… but its NY in November

  • Meri November 10, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Voted! Good Luck!

  • Lili* November 10, 2010, 3:55 pm

    aannnnd VOTED! Have a great trip, Caitlin!!

  • Alicia November 10, 2010, 4:05 pm

    Ah nice! I live in Saratoga, about an hour south of there! 🙂

  • B November 10, 2010, 5:28 pm

    Have voted everyday. Hope you win.
    Have safe travels.

  • Val @ Balancing Val November 10, 2010, 5:36 pm

    Ive never left an OB note before! Its on my to do list for NYC 🙂

    GL in NY!!

  • KatieF November 10, 2010, 5:45 pm

    You’re going to be sort of near my in-laws! I live in Syracuse (about 4 hours away)…if it was a little closer I’d consider going!

  • Lindsey Gail November 10, 2010, 5:57 pm

    I wish I had known ahead of time! I’m a NY native but live in Vermont now. Where are you presenting in Ti? Enjoy the north country! P.S. You may have limited to no cell phone service.

    • Caitlin November 10, 2010, 8:29 pm

      AHhh re: cell phone.

      The presentation is at North Country CC!

  • Heather November 10, 2010, 6:05 pm

    I voted, I hope you win!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 10, 2010, 7:07 pm

    Voted! Have a good trip! 🙂

  • Dee November 10, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Just voted!!!

    Ooh, I can’t wait to see your pictures of that part of NY!

  • steph November 10, 2010, 11:10 pm

    this is so great…voted!

  • Miranda November 11, 2010, 10:14 am

    I have been voting every single day, and usually once from work and once from home LOL. So I hope you win!!

    I finally tried the pumpkin yogurt combo and OMG I LOVE it, have had it ever single day for weeks, it seems like such a weird combo, because I have never seen a pumpkin flavored packaged yogurt, but wow, it’s delish. Although I use granola instead of raw oats, I need to extra sweetness. How did you ever think of the combo?

    • Caitlin November 11, 2010, 5:38 pm

      Thank you so much!

      I love pumpkin yogurt too!!!!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 11, 2010, 4:38 pm

    Love the ugly shirt 🙂 Good luck for your presentation! I keep voting for you – I really hope you win!!
    Heidi xo

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