Oh, My Pounding Head…

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Thanks so much for your feedback on my very exciting announcement!  It really amped me up, and I cannot wait to start writing.


I was planning to go the Superflow yoga class this morning, but I got a terrible headache.  One of my current non-running related fitness goals is to get through en entire Superflow (90 minute) class without taking a break to go outside or rest in child’s pose.  I was really excited to go to class today because I’m SOOO close to reaching my goal, but then the headache struck.


I ended up spending an hour rolling around in bed, clenching my temples and yelling at Maggie for barking at the garbage truck.


Enter: Ginger.


Husband says ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties, so I took two Ibuprofen and make a mug of hot ginger ‘tea’ (basically, just chop about 2 inches of ginger and let it sit in a hot mug of water for five minutes).  I feel much better now!  :)  


I am very glad my headache is retreating because today is the last day of Girls on the Run (I am SOOOO sad; the last few months flew by).  If it’s not raining, I’m going to do lots of running with them instead of yogaing.  Our 5K is this Saturday, and everyone is so excited!  I am a Running Buddy for two of the girls and think we’ll probably finish in 40 minutes or so.




This was an excellent combo and super easy to prepare.  Black wild rice, baked beans, roasted broccoli and carrots.


Better hit the road – don’t want to be late for the girls on the last day!


PS – I’m coaching again in the Spring, but instead of coaching with Jen (she’s too swamped at work), I will be coaching with the Husband!  Yes!  He will be the assistant coach, which means I get to boss him around. ;)  I’m excited that he’s getting involved in GOTR, too, and that we’ll get to spend more time together.



  • Carla @ Will Run for Health November 30, 2010, 1:35 pm

    I think it’s great that the girls you coach will get to see a “good guy”. It’s really important for young women to see healthy relationships and how men and women are supposed to treat each other! Good luck to you and your running buddies for your 5k! Girls on the Run is such an awesome program!!!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 4:41 pm

      I agree. Young girls need more positive male models in their lives.

      • Katie November 30, 2010, 6:05 pm

        I totally agree. I think it is so good for them to see positive and loving relationships.

        • Wei-Wei December 1, 2010, 3:03 am

          Oh, I haven’t thought of this subject before! I definitely think that this topic should be explored more.

  • Lauren @ Clean Eats in the Dirty South November 30, 2010, 1:41 pm

    i never knew that about ginger! is there any other natural headache reliever that you or the Husband know of? i’m not particularly fond of straight up or really strong ginger (i know, the shame!).

  • Alison November 30, 2010, 1:45 pm

    I’m glad your head is feeling better! Our GOTR 5k is on Saturday, too. My daughter is running with my husband (she runs in 28 mins or so) and I’m running with our neighbor and we’ll probably finish in 35-40 minutes. I’m so happy with the GOTR program and hope my daughter wants to participate in the spring, as well. Good luck to you and all of your girls on Saturday!

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life November 30, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I really, really love the idea of the GOTR program and I hope it’s around 4 years from now when my oldest is old enough to do it!

  • grocery goddess jen November 30, 2010, 1:48 pm

    That is so awesome that the husband is going to help coach! Very cool.

    Question: Is it awesome having a doc in the house, or do you sometimes want to tell him, “no advice! I’m fine” or something? Or both?

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 4:43 pm

      I am a little more Western-medicine friendly than he is (I’ll take antibotics) so usually our tiffs about it come from me ‘supplementing’ natural medicine with Western medicine. 🙂 But he doesn’t really mind what I do. And I always like advice! Having kids will be interesting though.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 30, 2010, 1:52 pm

    I love that you and the husband are coaching together in the Spring!!

  • Ali @ Ali on the Run November 30, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Oh my gosh that is adorable that you guys are going to coach together. You’ve definitely inspired me to want to get involved with Girls on the Run. What a fantastic program. Hope you feel better ASAP!

  • Leanne November 30, 2010, 1:56 pm

    Coaching with your hubby will be great! I think the work you’re doing with GOTR is awesome!

  • Balanced Healthy Life November 30, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I am sorry to hear about your headache! I hope you feel better! I love that the Husband is going to be your assistant coach! : )

  • Amanda (Eating Up) November 30, 2010, 1:59 pm

    That’s so much fun that you’ll be the head coach! You’re gonna be awesome!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 30, 2010, 1:59 pm

    Sorry about your head! That stinks! My husband and I did Insanity this morning and I think he was begging for a headache so he didn’t have to finish it. Ginger is great for tummy troubles too! Such a great natural healer. Have fun today and I hope your head gets better!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 30, 2010, 2:00 pm

    I love making “homemade” ginger tea. It’s spicy, soothing, and refreshing too.

    Feel better soon.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing November 30, 2010, 2:01 pm

    I’ve had two migraines in my time (or what I think were migraines). They were horrible and I was so sensitive to smells that I was incredibly nauseous. Literally the only thing that helped was sleep, and even then it didn’t solve it completely.

    I know ginger helps upset stomachs but I have never considered it for headache. Will give it a try if I get a migraine again (hopefully never!).

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl November 30, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Have fun coaching with your husband and your lunch looks delicious!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing November 30, 2010, 2:02 pm

    OH and I can’t wait to start GOTR this February! I’m so antsy, I emailed the volunteer coordinator to see if there was anything I could do in the meantime!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 4:44 pm

      Yay I cannot wait until February!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 30, 2010, 2:03 pm

    That’s so fun that the hus is getting involved too!! And yay for being the boss, heh heh 🙂 Hope your hear feels better soon!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 30, 2010, 2:06 pm

    I was watching the news last night, and WGN gave a grant to a GOTR volunteer in Chicago. It’s such a great program and self-esteem builder:)

  • Sarah for Real November 30, 2010, 2:09 pm

    You two are adorable! You realize that all your work with young girls means that when you have babies, they will be all boys right? 😉

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 4:44 pm

      Do you think? I really want a girl!

  • Sarah November 30, 2010, 2:13 pm

    I ran a half marathon on Thanksgiving morning and I saw a girl with a GOTR tshirt! I think one of her parents ran the race (I was trying not to stare, ha). It’s such a neat program.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 30, 2010, 2:13 pm

    Oh I think that me and my bf need to find something awesome like that to do together . . . great idea 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) November 30, 2010, 2:15 pm

    That’s going to be fun coaching with the hubby! 🙂

    I submitted my application to coach in my city… I’m just waiting to hear back from them 🙂

  • Johanna B November 30, 2010, 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the tip on ginger for migraines. I keep some in my freezer for cooking emergencies and if I ever have another migraine I’ll give it a try.

  • Marisa @Loser for Life November 30, 2010, 2:23 pm

    LOL @ bossing the husband around! So fun!

    Glad your headache is better. Love natural healing!

  • Lisa November 30, 2010, 2:25 pm

    I wish I liked ginger because it’s supposed to help nausea too!

  • Cathy November 30, 2010, 2:26 pm

    I wish we had a GOTR in my area I would love for my daughter to be involved in it.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 30, 2010, 2:27 pm

    I’ve heard that ginger does all sorts of lovely things too (apparently it also aids digestion) but I never have any on hand when I need it! I’ve also seen ginger chews (sort of like calcium chews I guess) in health food stores – again, I think they’re mainly for the digestion benefit but maybe they’d work for headaches too. Hope you’re feeling better! 🙂

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 30, 2010, 2:28 pm

    I get migraines on a fairly regular basis; I’ll have to remember the ginger!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 30, 2010, 2:31 pm

    Ginger really works wonders for nausea, I find.

  • Lauren November 30, 2010, 2:35 pm

    I’m doing a kids running/nutrition internship next semester, and I’m so excited to get kids excited about running and eating healthy!

  • Maddie November 30, 2010, 2:46 pm

    Thanks for the Ginger tip! I will try that out next time I get a headache. Have fun at GOTR!

  • Chloe November 30, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I have those headaches too and will definitely try the ginger trick! I think mine are caused by working out hard, which is probably a loss of water and electrolytes even though I drink a ton of water when I head to the gym. Glad it’s going away!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) November 30, 2010, 3:04 pm

    That sounds so fun! I wish there was a program like that closer to me.

  • Amber K November 30, 2010, 3:15 pm

    That is awesome that your husband will be coaching with you! What a great way to give back together. 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 30, 2010, 3:22 pm

    oooh I just read your news!! Congrats!!! 🙂

  • Sana November 30, 2010, 3:27 pm

    I am so glad you and your husband do so many things together ( business + volunteering) Sounds like a fantastic marriage to me!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 4:45 pm

      It’s a pretty awesome marriage. 🙂

  • Camille November 30, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Agh, headaches are the worst!
    I’m glad you’re feeling better!

  • Kelly November 30, 2010, 3:31 pm

    That’s so awesome that you got Kristian to coach with you! Go Kristian! I need a work-from-home job so I can coach again. What do you think are the chances of that dream coming true?

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 4:45 pm

      Highly likely. 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 30, 2010, 3:36 pm

    How fun that your husband is going to do it as well! My husband and I have thrown around the idea of volunteering at an animal shelter together, but he’s convinced we’d have about 500 dogs if we did that. He’s probably right 🙂

  • Maren November 30, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I’ve heard that about ginger before. I will have to try that next time I feel a headache coming on! How exciting that the hubby is joining you for GOTR! Sweet!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous November 30, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Ohmygosh, that’s so cute the hubs is coaching with you! The girls will love it 🙂

  • Jenny November 30, 2010, 3:59 pm

    With winter creeping up I’ve been looking for some hot dinner recipes. Those beans look really good! Def buying a can next time I go grocery shopping.

  • Allie November 30, 2010, 4:00 pm

    So sorry about your head ache :/, glad it went away! Your lunch looks absolutely delicious!!

  • Ash November 30, 2010, 4:10 pm

    Hmmm that’s good to know. I’ve been getting headaches like crazy lately. I don’t know what’s up but a headache a day really has me down in the dumps!

  • Michelle November 30, 2010, 4:13 pm

    I’ve never heard of using ginger to get rid of a headache. I get horrible migraines pretty frequently, so the next time one comes around, I’m definitely giving that a try!

  • Rebecca November 30, 2010, 4:31 pm

    Rain? I WISH! We’re getting snow. Ick.

    I wish I’d have known the ginger thing yesterday–I had a HUGE headache and wasn’t able to take anything for it… 🙁
    Speaking of cool things Mr. Holisitc Doc knows, my sister was watching Karate Kid (the new one based in China) today and at one part I went, “Hey! That’s cupping!” I’d never heard of cupping until I read it on HTP, and then I saw it in a movie! I thought it was kind of cool. 🙂 And after the cupping was done, the kid’s all “Hey! It doesn’t hurt anymore! OMG.” It made me smile. 🙂
    And that’s great about your GOTR plans! So cool that you’re working together so much! =)

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 4:46 pm

      Hahah awesome. See? Even the Karate Kid does it.

  • Kim @ Kim Lives Healthy November 30, 2010, 5:37 pm

    I always leave your blog with major baked beans cravings 🙂 such a classic comfort food!!!

  • Jen November 30, 2010, 6:32 pm

    So so so happy for you! You are making things happen. And I don’t even know where to begin – not to mention I have to work full-time to even COVER bills. But meh, that’s another dreary day ;). Huge congrats – and can’t wait to read the post on tips!

    You are doing great things for people in this world Caitlin!…and those beans look good 😉

  • Laura November 30, 2010, 6:40 pm

    Well done on the book deals, that’s awesome. 🙂

    My naturopath recommended steeped real ginger “tea” as well, for some pain relief assistance; do you think it’s better/the same as ginger tea bags?

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 6:44 pm

      I’m not sure whats in the tea bags but I assume the fresh ginger is fresher and cheaper 🙂

  • G November 30, 2010, 6:58 pm

    Ginger is AMAZING for so many things. I always drink ginger tea (organic tea bags) when I have an upset stomach, but I didn’t know it was good for headaches too! I will have to try ginger straight from the root next time!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 30, 2010, 7:09 pm

    My Pepere was telling me about how his mom used to prepare ginger tea in this way for him whenever he was feeling sick. I like to drink it when my stomach is feeling a little topsy turvy. Not sure if its’ in my head or not, but I always seem to feel a little better afterwards. 😀

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit November 30, 2010, 7:29 pm

    So cute that you’re coaching together!
    I get migraines sometimes and have found that putting something cold on my head helps to make them go away.

  • Lauren November 30, 2010, 7:34 pm

    That is so great that hubby is coaching with you!!! Does he run? I don’t remember you ever talking about you guys sharing this hobby together. Either way, that is so cute. 😉

  • Rachael November 30, 2010, 7:37 pm

    I think that providing those girls with a healthy male role model and a glimpse at what a functional, equal relationship can look like is spot on – and an awesome way to spend substantive time together!
    Ginger is one of my cure-alls, along with garlic, apple cider vinegar and red clover. I love living with herbalists who always have an alternative, plant-based cure for whatever ails me!

  • Alyssa November 30, 2010, 7:45 pm

    I think coaching with the husband is a great idea! Girls need both positive female and male role models. 🙂

    Congrats on the new book too! Did I read somewhere on a facebook or your blog that you are writing a Healthy Tipping Point book too, or am I imagining things?

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 8:23 pm

      Yes! But more info is still forthcoming on that 🙂

  • gabriella @ embracement November 30, 2010, 7:52 pm

    congrats on the second book and your husband joining the coaching! such awesome ways to teach young girls about positivity!

  • Vicky @ eat live spin November 30, 2010, 7:59 pm

    I am definitely going to try ginger “tea” next time I get a headache!

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 30, 2010, 8:20 pm

    I hope you feel better.

    One of my Facebook friends posted a pic of an Op Beautiful note she found- I commented and told her to go to the OB website. It was pretty cool to see it being shared AGAIN! 🙂

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 8:21 pm

      He runs every now and then but he’s never ran more than 3 miles or done a race. 🙂 You don’t have to be a big runner to coach though!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 8:23 pm

      I don’t know why this comment posted to this post – but you know what I meant. And tell her to email me the note!

  • Erin November 30, 2010, 8:27 pm

    I love using ginger! But I gotta say I always end up taking tylenol with a bad headache. It works MUCH faster (for me). I should probably use ginger more to prevent it though!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 30, 2010, 9:59 pm

    I woke up with a headache today too! maybe it was something in the air…. I went for a run, and ate some breakfast and it was gone after that. It was BAD though! I’ll have to invest in some ginger!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 30, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I’ve always liked to have ginger tea for stomach aches, but I didn’t know it’s good for headaches too! Good to know! 😀

  • Wendy November 30, 2010, 10:41 pm

    YAY for GOTR!! We had one of the high school boys help with our team this fall, and he connected with them in ways that us women could not. It was pretty cool to see.

    I also wanted to share a tip with you for GOTR race day – if your 5K is big (in STL we had several thousand people), it’s really helpful to get the girls matching bandanas, headbands, or something else to wear to set your team apart from the others, since everyone will be wearing the same GOTR t-shirt! Last spring we had lime green bandanas, this fall one of the other assistant coaches MADE all the girls adorable pink and brown polka dot head scarves. Our head coach has also talked about getting tutus for all the girls to wear! Have FUN this weekend – you will be AMAZED by your running buddies!

    • Caitlin December 1, 2010, 8:55 am

      Oh I love the tutu idea. I wonder if I have enough time to get them. THANKS!

  • Laurie November 30, 2010, 11:18 pm

    Headaches bite! I have prescription meds, but am going to try some ginger. So glad hus. is ass. coaching. Have fun on Sat. I am anxious about it because I now have a cold on top of my bronchitis. Go figure. I just want to be able to breathe so I can run. Breathe to run…that’s a good t-shirt.

  • Laura (Starloz) December 1, 2010, 12:12 am

    ginger solves so many things, i heart it

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