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I feel like I entered some weird time warp last night!


Yesterday at noon, I left Charlotte and drove 4 hours east to East Carolina University.  Then, I did a wonderful Operation Beautiful presentation to a group of about 150 freshman!


I love finding Operation Beautiful notes in bathrooms following a presentation! πŸ™‚ It makes me happy.  (Post-It donates a ton of sticky notes to each of my presentations for the audience members to use Γ’β‚¬β€œ pretty cool!)


After my presentation, I got back in my car and drove 4 hours home.  I stopped at Starbucks for the *lamest dinner ever.*


(A Vivanno strawberry protein smoothie, pumpkin loaf, and latte.) 


I stumbled in the house at 11:00 and promptly fell asleep.


10 hours laterÒ€¦ I woke up and got to hang out with Megan!  She arrived late last night, too.  SheÒ€ℒs visiting Charlotte from Orlando for a job interview (yaaaaay!). 


Megan is my BFF running buddy Γ’β‚¬β€œ too bad it was raining this morning or we wouldÒ€ℒve got for a little jog.


We made yogurt messes, and we ate our breakfast while gossiped on the porch:


In the mix:


  • Greek yogurt
  • Chia seeds
  • Pumpkin
  • Oatmeal
  • Almonds


Guess what? My official marathon photos came in.  This one is really cute!  IÒ€ℒve never bought professional race photos before, but IÒ€ℒm temptedÒ€¦.


Today is going to be catch-up day!  And then Megan and I are going to play.



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 4, 2010, 10:25 am

    It does always feel weird when you travel and one minute your somewhere and a few hours later somewhere else. The worst of that for me is coming home from a vacation and thinking shoot, I was just in Puerto Rico this morning! So strange.

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 4, 2010, 10:25 am

    Looks like you had a MOST successful presentation. I admire all that you are doing- truly, truly.

    Enjoy time with the BFF. There is nothing like it! It’s pouring here in Boston as well.

  • Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini November 4, 2010, 10:26 am

    150 people…impressive!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 4, 2010, 10:26 am

    It must feel so good to see post-it notes following your talks!! I can imagine πŸ™‚ Sounds like a good sleep. I need that right now. & yay for friend catch ups πŸ™‚
    Heidi xo

  • Amanda November 4, 2010, 10:29 am

    I was sick on Tuesday so this whole work week has been weird and confusing. I feel like it’s Tuesday today…

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) November 4, 2010, 10:29 am

    Another Charlotte blogger! It won’t be long before we’re the blogging capital of the US. Very exciting πŸ™‚

  • Leanne @ Simplicitlee November 4, 2010, 10:40 am

    That’s a super cute picture of you in the Spinx marathon! Not a hair out of place! πŸ˜‰

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 4, 2010, 10:41 am

    I like that marathon pic — my race pics usually turn out so horrible — one eye closed or one of my legs looks really funny πŸ™‚

    And you call that a lame dinner — looks delicious to me!

  • Tab - Just Weighing In November 4, 2010, 10:42 am

    I didn’t know they did “official race photos” – very cool. You should definitely buy that one, I think you’ll look back on it one day and be glad you have it. I know I would!

  • grocery goddess jen November 4, 2010, 10:43 am

    Love the picture! Have a great time with Megan. And because I’m a hopeless blog-stalker, I can’t help but wonder what Mark will do if Megan moves to Charlotte? Okay, I’m done being creepy by knowing too much about bloggers!

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 10:53 am


      they will cross that bridge when they come to it πŸ™‚

  • tina November 4, 2010, 10:45 am

    you should TOTALLY buy it- you look so happy! love it!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) November 4, 2010, 10:45 am

    I always think it’s such a weird concept when I wake up in one city in the morning and then am halfway across the country later that afternoon! Traveling is an awesome, crazy thing!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 4, 2010, 10:45 am

    I can’t believe you drove 8 hours solo in 1 day.

    Have fun today with Megan =]

  • Orla November 4, 2010, 10:46 am

    It is tipping down with rain here in Ireland. Like someone flicked a switch on November 1st – and it hasn’t stopped since. It is really mild though so it is difficult to dress right!
    Anyway, love the marathon pic – I got mine recently and there is one (out of about 24) that I could consider showing people – all of the others I am trying to smile for teh camera but it looks like someone has a gun to my head and is saying smile!!! terribly forced! Still, nice to have the momentos!
    Happy Thursday!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 4, 2010, 10:47 am

    Have fun today Caitlin! HHHMMMM now I need some pumpkin bread!

  • Wei-Wei November 4, 2010, 10:47 am

    I think that’s such a great photo – you should totally buy it and hang it up above your medal rack! πŸ˜€

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair November 4, 2010, 10:48 am

    ORDER IT! That’s a really cute photo and you deserve a nice, framed photo to commemorate all your awesome races!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 4, 2010, 10:48 am

    OMG your race photos are actually GOOD! Mine always look terrible so I don’t bother buying them, but I think you should definitely order these ones… especially since you did so well! πŸ˜€

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! November 4, 2010, 10:50 am

    Great Photo! =)

    I haven’t bought any race photo’s yet but I love them, just wish they weren’t so pricey!

  • Sarah for Real November 4, 2010, 10:50 am

    That IS totally cute! You should get at least a little small one to frame. It’ll be an amazing keepsake when you are really old!

  • Camille November 4, 2010, 10:52 am

    That’s an adorable photo! You should definitely buy it!
    It will be worth it to remember that day πŸ™‚

  • Kelly November 4, 2010, 10:54 am

    That is a cute photo! Have fun with Megan!

  • Lily's Health Pad November 4, 2010, 10:55 am

    Yay! It’s great to see you and Megan reunited!!

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life November 4, 2010, 10:55 am

    What a cute photo! All of mine make me look like swamp thing. I should buy one anyway.

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim November 4, 2010, 11:03 am

    Congrats on another great presentation! I love your race photo – it’s adorable! I looked like I was ready to pass out in my race photos πŸ™‚

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 4, 2010, 11:04 am

    Great picture πŸ˜€

  • Cyndi Eggers November 4, 2010, 11:06 am

    I can’t believe you carried that water bottle the whole way! Have you ever tried the hand-held water bottles, is it Amphipod or something? I love my little one. It straps around your hand so there’s no muscles involved in holding it. Think they have 2 different sizes, I currently have the small one and I think I’ll employ your tactic of refilling – was that hard on the move?

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 11:21 am

      I haven’t tried the Amphipod but it sounds interesting!

      I just stopped to fill the bottle, it only took a few seconds!

      • Cyndi Eggers November 4, 2010, 12:02 pm

        check them out: http://www.amphipod.com/products/hydration/bottles-handhelds/handhelds/hydraform-handheld-pocket

        Local running store had it. I learned about it from a you-tube review of all the different hydration options. I was considering a camel but You cannot put sportsdrinks in them a the tube cannot be cleaned thoroughly so the handheld was a great solution for me – wearing it on my hips (or lack of – I’m a size 00) was uncomfortable.

        • Jazz November 4, 2010, 12:06 pm

          Thanks for the link Cyndi, I’ve been looking for a small one to carry!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 4, 2010, 11:11 am

    That’s a great marathon pic!! You should definitely order it…and maybe send it out as a Christmas card πŸ™‚

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 4, 2010, 11:11 am

    Your run photo is a really good one!

    I’m glad your presentation went well, and it is such a wonderful thing that you’re speaking to people about body image issues at a very vulnerable age. You are doing GOOD WORK.

  • Kiran November 4, 2010, 11:13 am

    I love the marathon photo – you look super happy and energized πŸ™‚

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) November 4, 2010, 11:13 am

    Lots of Starbucks for you lately…chinese takeout… whatever happened to that budget? πŸ˜‰ Sometimes, a girl just has to do what her belly tell her to! I like to race photo too, so hard to be cute for race pics!

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 11:21 am

      heheh thank you for keeping me in check!!!

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 4, 2010, 11:20 am

    Talk about a busy week! Marathoner, motivational speaker, blogger, travler,…very exciting. Have fun with Megan!

  • sara November 4, 2010, 11:21 am

    Great pic! Hope i get a good marathon one!!! πŸ™‚

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl November 4, 2010, 11:24 am

    You should buy it, you look so good!! Great job with your presentation, you really effect so many peoples lives for the positive!

  • Katie @ peacebeme November 4, 2010, 11:26 am

    That is a cute photo!

    I finally feel out of the time warp I was in after travelling home from Thailand last week. I didn’t sleep for over 36 hours because I can’t sleep on planes, then I had to spend the night in LA before coming home to Denver. I didn’t even know what day it was for awhile there, let alone what time!

  • Melissa @ Running with Needles November 4, 2010, 11:30 am

    I think that race photo should definitely have a place in your home – it’s a great one! It’ll remind you of your hard work and accomplishments every time you see it.

  • Krystina November 4, 2010, 11:35 am

    You look so adorable in that photo!

  • Becky November 4, 2010, 11:38 am

    you should definitely buy that one! it’s soo cute and race photos can be tought to find a good one.

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef November 4, 2010, 11:39 am

    i love that race pic! mine always look stupid, like, my eyes are closed or i look like i’m in horrible pain. i’m not realy (always), but it just looks like it. for running CC/track for 10 years i have a TON of bad running pics. πŸ™‚

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion November 4, 2010, 11:54 am

    Have fun with Megan!!!!! You look so cute in your marathon picture! I love the mini buns and peace sign.

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous November 4, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of driving in one day! Glad the presentation went well πŸ™‚ Love the pic! I find it impossible to look cute when I’m doing any sort of physical activity…nevermind a MARATHON!

  • Alison (Ali on the Run) November 4, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Oh you totally have to buy that photo. It’s adorable! Love that you’re throwing up the peace sign. Super cute.

  • Jennifer November 4, 2010, 12:11 pm

    First–you need to get a water bottle with a holder–it makes a huge difference.

    Second–my mom and dad always buy my official race photos from big races. And then they send me one.

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) November 4, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Your official photo is SO cute Caitlin. Only you could look that good after a marathon… flashin a peace sign ?!

  • Shari November 4, 2010, 12:19 pm

    Love those smoothies from Starbucks … so good!

    Glad the presentation went well!

  • julie November 4, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I’ve been trying the whole greek yogurt with pumpkin thing out…but been finding the pumpkin is a little too bitter. I find myself wanting load tons of brown sugar on it, but that would kind of negate the whole healthy thing. any suggestions? or do you just like the pumpkin plain like that?

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 12:29 pm

      put a drizzle of honey on it! that makes a huge difference, much more effective than brown sugar.

  • Emily November 4, 2010, 12:35 pm

    I have a love-hate for the days where I am super crazy busy and have to eat on the go. I like taking time to eat and enjoy my meals but I do love the rush of a go-go-go day. Glad you and Megan get to hang out and love the race pic!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 4, 2010, 12:41 pm

    That is a super long day for you! I saw your camera in the photo above – I am in the market for a DSLR this fall (yay!!) and was wondering what kind of camera you have?

  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit November 4, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I love the photo Caitlin!!! I bought my race photos from my marathon for the first time this past month as well, too tempting not to!

    Also, I wanted to tell you – I put a post-it on the scale at the gym that read “You are beautiful EXACTLY as you are” and it stayed there for TWO WEEKS! Not even the cleaning ladies moved it! <3

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 12:57 pm

      that is so awesome!

  • Camels & Chocolate November 4, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Pumpkin loaf is my all-time favorite Starbucks treat, and I used to buy it daily following any of my longer runs during marathon training! A reason in itself to train for another marathon, I think.

    Also, I think I’ve been spending far too much time on your site, as you were totally in my dream last night! We were pals =)

  • Corey @ the runner's cookie November 4, 2010, 2:23 pm

    Definitely buy the picture!! It might seem unnecessary/lame now but you will be glad you have it later!

  • Amber K November 4, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I love leaving my own OB notes, but one day I really hope to find one!

    I love the marathon photo, super cute. πŸ™‚

  • carlee November 4, 2010, 3:02 pm

    Definitly DOES NOT look like the lamest dinner ever girl. Actually it looks like the best dinner ever! haha. I love pumpkin bread!

  • Jenny November 4, 2010, 3:38 pm

    A pumpkin loaf is never a lame dinner! Haha

  • lisa @ early morning run November 4, 2010, 5:18 pm

    congrats on another great presentation! Your race pic is super cute. The only one I’ve ever purchased was from the NYCM, but actually, my Mom bought it and I LOVE it!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 4, 2010, 5:40 pm

    haha I love that picture!! Running pictures always look so strange, but you rocked that one πŸ˜›

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 4, 2010, 5:50 pm

    I think you should have hubby get that for you for Christmas!

  • Shell November 4, 2010, 7:18 pm

    Hiya i read bnoth yours and Megans blo so its so cool to see you guys catching up again, have a great day catching up!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 4, 2010, 7:22 pm

    That is an awesome race pic! You should definitely buy it!

    I left my first OB note at the gym yesterday! I hope it was found by someone who needed it.

    • Caitlin November 4, 2010, 10:12 pm

      Thanks for leaving a note πŸ™‚

  • Maddie November 4, 2010, 7:23 pm

    Cute race photos! I look like in am in pain or really angry in all of my race photos haha. Glad your presentation went well and have fun with Megan!

  • Lauren November 4, 2010, 8:39 pm

    This is one of the best race photos I’ve ever seen. You must splurge on this one. πŸ˜‰

  • Jacalyn November 4, 2010, 8:43 pm

    You have got to totally buy this photo!

  • Emily November 9, 2010, 3:44 am

    Sitting on the porch to eat breakfast sounds like a dream. We have a balcony here but in London right now we’d need to wrap up in a blanket to want to sit out there!

    I love the Operation Beautiful idea, but it occurs to me I so rarely use public bathrooms (Lucky me, I guess!). Maybe I’ll have to try it in a pub one night πŸ™‚

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