10 Things I Did Today

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1) Tweeted this:


2) Ate this (salad with feta, hummus sandwich, Christmas cookies):



3) Downloaded this (LOVE):


4) Contemplated registering for THIS:


5) But realized it conflicts with this (recap 2009 and recap 2010):

6) Realized that Crooms is 10 hours away from Charlotte and decided the odds that I’ll do it again are very, very low because even I have race limitations and driving for 10 hours is one of them.  Got sad but decided maybe I’ll do Rugged after all.  Additionally, can anyone suggest any epic (and long but not ultra) trail races in the Charlotte area?


7) Decided that I was sinking deeper into post-marathon, knee-pain blues and contemplated signing up for a Half Ironman to make myself feel better (but didn’t).


8 ) Stared at my Christmas cookie stash.


9) Froze my Christmas cookie stash.


10) Prepped this casserole for dinner with friends tonight.


What did you do today so far?



  • Monique@FindingtheCouragetoChange December 10, 2010, 3:10 pm

    So seriously I would have an amazingly hard time not nibbling at those cookies allllll day long!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) December 10, 2010, 3:10 pm

    I love the cookies and the salad on the same plate. I giggled.

    • Caitlin December 10, 2010, 3:11 pm

      balance yo!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking December 10, 2010, 3:11 pm

    sounds like an interesting day! I have been at work all day, working on documents. But I did work out this morning, and I have a fun evening planned so overall it’s not too bad. 🙂

  • kristin December 10, 2010, 3:11 pm

    GREAT QUOTE! I think I’ll hunt through your tweets now and re-tweet!

  • Orla December 10, 2010, 3:15 pm

    In no particular order, i Made Christmas cards, and wrote and addressed them, made granola, fudge, drinking chocolate stir sticks. Ate the fudge that didn’t “look” right, ate 3 mini mince pies, went for a run with my dog and am now lying on the couch with aforementioned dog drinking wine and waiting for blood sugar to crash. It’s been a good Friday. 🙂 for new music you should check out http://www.bcoleman.com. Happy Weekend!!!

  • Stephanie December 10, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Wow! You got a lot accomplished!!! Well… I stayed up until 4 am working… it’s noon here in California… and I JUST woke up. Think I am getting sick with a stuffy nose… but I plan to take a nice LONG walk… and continue working away!!! Should have asked me this questions yesterday… I did more fun things yesterday!!!

  • steph December 10, 2010, 3:18 pm

    rugged maniac looks like so much fun!!

  • lauren December 10, 2010, 3:20 pm

    Trail runs near Charlotte:

    Salem Lake 30k (September)
    Frosty 50k @ Salem Lake (January) – both of these are in Winston Salem, quick drive from Charlotte
    White Water Center has shorter trail runs

    I recommend Salem Lake, we ran the 30k this year & it was awesome! (AND only $20! :))

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 10, 2010, 3:20 pm

    The green hummus looks super good — but not as good as those cookies! I’m baking a ton this weekend (cookie exchange on Sunday) so I will soon be surrounded by baked goods. I can’t wait!

    I’ve been at work all day and can’t wait to get out of here 🙂

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 10, 2010, 3:24 pm

    That’s some willpower you have freezing those cookies!!!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 10, 2010, 3:25 pm

    I’ve worked all day. Still am, in fact.

  • Whitney December 10, 2010, 3:27 pm

    Work all day long 🙁 and making myself nervous about Thunder Road tomorrow! That is all. 🙂

    • Caitlin December 10, 2010, 3:27 pm

      Yay you are going to have fun! I’m about to go pick up my packet.

    • Whitney December 10, 2010, 3:27 pm

      Oh, and the WhiteWater Center is always having trail races!

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) December 10, 2010, 3:28 pm

    I may have to raid your freezer and steal your cookie stash! 😛

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 10, 2010, 3:28 pm

    If you do decide to do Crooms, let me know! I’m looking for someone to do it with! 🙂

    Today I made a delicious breakfast, took my kitten to the vet, ran errands, made a delicious lunch, and blogged! I am about to go for a run, even though half my face is puffy because I got teeth out yesterday!

    • Caitlin December 10, 2010, 3:31 pm

      I’m sure Mealsandmiles and Beneathitallblog.com will!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 10, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Love the pretty green hummus.

    Today: up at 5:30am, wrote an article, read some blogs, came to work for an incredibly productive day. Sometimes, it just feels good to go down the To Do list checking one thing off after another. On other days, it’s big projects that don’t allow much to be checked off. It’s a good day!!!

  • Nicole December 10, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I’m going to a cookie exchange party this weekend and wasn’t sure how to keep myself from eating too many too quickly, but freezing, what a great idea!

  • Kelly December 10, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I like the cookies and salad combo, gotta have balance 🙂

  • Katherine December 10, 2010, 3:35 pm

    This: http://warriordash.com/register2011_carolinas.php is EPIC. I did the NY one with a big group of friends in September 2010 and it was one of the funnest experiences I’ve ever had. We are already signed up for the 2011 one in August. Can’t wait! The NC one is in Huntersville, right near Charlotte. (I only know because I have a bunch of relatives who live there.

    • Caitlin December 11, 2010, 12:56 pm

      Oh fun – I think I might do the HUntersville one!

  • Lisa December 10, 2010, 3:39 pm

    I fantasized about wedding, worked, went swimming, ate lunch and now I’m going to bake pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting!

  • grocery goddess jen December 10, 2010, 3:44 pm

    I went to a luncheon held my current place of employment that was held, oddly, at my old place of employment. Hadn’t been there for three years. Strange. Also, lifted weights, petted my cats, went grocery shopping, and worked on getting my laptop set up. It’s been a good day!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence December 10, 2010, 3:44 pm

    I held my last recitation for the semester, worked out, and ate some Christmas cookies as well! Do you think the freezing changes the flavor/ goodness of the cookies?

    • Caitlin December 10, 2010, 5:28 pm

      It changes the texture a bit 🙁

  • the veg meg December 10, 2010, 3:52 pm

    Please mail me some of those cookies. I’m dying for cookies. DYING.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 10, 2010, 3:54 pm

    You have had a busy day! I have worked out, cleaned up, done some laundry, written a little, loaded pictures, gone to the store for much needed cat food, picked up one kid from school and now I am off to get the other one to start a hopefully relaxing weekend!

  • Me-Linh December 10, 2010, 4:05 pm

    Man that race looks like so. much. fun!

  • Katie December 10, 2010, 4:05 pm

    First, I have been reading your blog for awhile now and I love it! I am have been contemplating starting one myself. Second, I just wanted to say thank you for posting that quote. It may be not be a big deal but I have hit a rough spot in my life and I feel like all my hard work is not paying off. I am about to go into my hardest week of finals ever and I have a lot riding on my grades. This reminded me that just because I don’t get that A, doesn’t mean I haven’t achieved success, but have a learned a lot about myself in the process. Sorry for rambling, it just made my day to read that. Thanks:)

    • Caitlin December 10, 2010, 5:29 pm

      🙂 I’m glad it helped you. It helped me today too!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 10, 2010, 4:13 pm

    Whooa that race looks so cool!! I say go for it!

  • Courtney (greeneyedrunner) December 10, 2010, 4:14 pm

    It’s nice to know that someone else puts sweets in the freezer! My friends think I’m totally weird, but cookies/brownies/blondies/etc. are so much harder to eat when they’re frozen so I go by the logic that I won’t want to eat them! Plus, out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, some things actually taste AMAZING frozen 🙁

  • Camille December 10, 2010, 4:16 pm

    Good thinking on the cookie freezing. If I didn’t do that, I would seriously weigh 500 pounds. Seriously.

  • Danielle @ InDeesKitchen December 10, 2010, 4:17 pm

    That casserole looks good! I’ve been productive at work, but unproductive in any other way…

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston December 10, 2010, 4:20 pm

    That rugged race looks so so cool! I wonder if they have those around the OH/PA area… prob not since we often have snow still 😛

  • Baking 'n' Books December 10, 2010, 4:22 pm

    Stare? EAT 🙂

  • Helga December 10, 2010, 4:27 pm

    I think I would have eaten this cookie stash – instead of freezing it… Good job Caitlin! 😉

    What I’ve done today… watched one Gossip Girl episode, graded dozens and dozens of tests and assignments. End of term joy 😉 I’m thinking about having a beer now – and go on with the grading.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 10, 2010, 4:31 pm

    I went to work, went to the bank, and then came home and did nothing. It feels good 🙂

  • Ashley December 10, 2010, 4:38 pm

    Check out the Carolina Trail Run Series @ http://carolinatrailrunseries.co and the Hardcore Serious Trail Run @ http://hardcoreserioustrailrunner.com. The National White Water Center also has trail runs listed @ http://usnwc.org. They seem to host the majority of the trail runs in the Charlotte area.

  • Heather December 10, 2010, 4:41 pm

    Work and spending way too much time on the Internet!

  • Susan December 10, 2010, 4:57 pm

    Freezing cookies only helps me if I put them waaaay outside in the big freezer because.
    1.frozen cookies taste pretty good dipped in hot coffee and
    2. frozen cookies nuked for 20 seconds taste like they just came out of the oven.
    But it does help to not have them right there in front of you all day 😉

  • Sarah December 10, 2010, 5:08 pm

    The Rugged 5K looks really cool… let us know whether or not you decide to do it. It’s one I’d look forward to reading a race recap of!
    As for me, the most significant thing I’ve done today is workout. I really didn’t feel like it, but I’m building a habit and I know that it was really important for me to do it. I’m beat, but really proud of myself for getting it done.

    • Caitlin December 10, 2010, 5:32 pm

      Yay for healthy habits!

  • Ella December 10, 2010, 5:09 pm

    I made a bowl of oatmeal.
    Sat in the library writing a paper on cochlear implants for 2 hours.
    Had an hour of organic chemistry review.
    And now I’m going for a run. And trying to stay alive. Lol.

    I like the quote you tweeted, thats good inspiration.

  • Susan December 10, 2010, 5:12 pm

    In no particular order:

    1. Listened to Pandora, switching between Christmas music & a station of oldies (based on my liking Frankie Valli)

    2. Work – edited reports, loaded database tables

    3. Went to tea w/work friend

    4. Web window shopped at payless & REI

    5. Watched this video and laughed (not out loud, in head) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqbky6E7V9E

    6. Read sad article on Washington Post and teared up

    7. Just finished eating a chopped up, microwaved apple

    And I’m leaving 8-10 open for the rest of the day!

  • Heather December 10, 2010, 5:15 pm

    I am driving to the disney marathon in Jan. and it’s 10 hours from me! (yes I am crazy!)
    didn’t do much today….went to the chiropractor…blogged…ate mac and cheese…took a nap…wtached tv…worked on a DIsney quote.

  • Sarah December 10, 2010, 5:16 pm

    I started to have a meltdown and took a nap. It helped. 🙂

    After you moved, how did you keep yourself sane with all of the transitional stuff? I just moved and am starting to feel overwhelmed by life. Blech.

    • Caitlin December 10, 2010, 5:35 pm

      I don’t think I stayed sane 🙁 Running helps.

      • Sarah December 10, 2010, 9:23 pm

        Anne Lamott wrote in Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, “Good therapy helps. Good friends help. Pretending we are doing better than we are doesn’t. Shame doesn’t. Being heard does.”

        I always appreciate your honesty and transparency – a reminder that we don’t have to be perfect. We can melt down. It just means we’re human.

        • Caitlin December 11, 2010, 12:56 pm

          Thank you. This makes me feel like my emotional meltdowns served a purpose!

  • Kelley December 10, 2010, 5:23 pm

    I actually DID sign up for Rugged Maniac! Then I looked at the obstacles and got scared. I’m sure jumping over the fire pit at the end will not end with me IN the fire pit!

  • Caitlin December 10, 2010, 6:29 pm

    I…read your blog? That’s gotta count for something.

    I probably need some goals. And jobs.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 10, 2010, 6:55 pm

    I spent an hour trying to dig my car out from underneath 3 feet of snow. I got about halfway through and then gave up. 😛

  • Maren December 10, 2010, 7:15 pm

    I LOVE your Santa Fe Casserole!!! It’s sooo delish! My boyfriend even likes it…and it’s hard to get him to eat anything but beef and potatoes. I ran 5 minutes on the treadmill with NO pain. I was pretty pumped 🙂

    • Caitlin December 11, 2010, 12:57 pm

      I am so glad you like that recipe! It’s my favorite, too.

  • nicole December 10, 2010, 7:17 pm

    I was in a bad mood, went on a 9.6 mile run and feel so much better now! Love running so much. I stopped and starred at the river after mile 6 for a long time. It’s the little things that get me by.

  • Laura December 10, 2010, 7:29 pm

    I cannot get over how dirty that 5K looks.

  • Alexandra December 10, 2010, 7:33 pm

    You’re allowed to have a cookie!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 10, 2010, 8:14 pm

    I worked, threw some money at Home Goods and TJ Maxx, ate dinner, and now I’m about to watch Inception and drink Cupcake Cabernet! Happy Friday 🙂

  • Wawa December 10, 2010, 8:30 pm

    In no particular order: brought son to library’s story time,, went to a friend’s house, had one hour nap, cooked dinner,,..
    Not a very productive day.

  • melissa December 10, 2010, 8:56 pm

    Consider driving 3 hours and do this race in February. It’s a hoot!


    • Caitlin December 11, 2010, 12:58 pm

      ohmigod i would vomit!

  • Jacalyn December 10, 2010, 9:12 pm

    Made Cancer History.

  • Loc (Blogger Boy Run) December 10, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I went grocery shopping and spent too much time on Facebook instead of studying. Oops. And those cookies look amazing.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers December 10, 2010, 9:30 pm

    Ahhh I SO have that race on my list of to-register-fors for 2011 🙂 I’m procrastinating because I’m a scaredy pants about jinxing my knee recovery haha.

  • Anon December 10, 2010, 9:53 pm

    I confess guilt. I eat healthy. But I also tip way off balance — a lot. Huge pile of cookies right before bed…etc, etc…
    I feel tremendous guilt for this Caitlin. Due to physical challenges (permanent) , I’m rendered unable to exercise…to “burn ” it off. So , I feel guilt. Especially when its food that is “junk”.
    I wish I could get rid of this guilt for eating overboard and eating “not clean ” foods….I do it anyway..but the guilt is there and I wish it would go away.

    • Wei-Wei December 11, 2010, 4:01 am

      You should never feel guilty – everything we eat is necessary. Believe me. It might be necessary for our bodies, but sometimes what we eat is necessary for our MIND. I don’t know why I’ve been stressed lately, but no matter how I think about it, overeating is probably a good indicator (for me) that something is not right. Don’t feel guilty – it will pass.

      Hugs! Feel free to send me an email if you want to talk.

      • Caitlin December 11, 2010, 11:34 am

        I agree with Wei Wei 🙂

  • Vaala â—ª December 10, 2010, 11:27 pm

    You should totally do the Rugged 5km race. We have a 12km “tough guy” race here in NZ (in various cities around the country) which is pretty similar and it is really awesome and heaps of fun.

  • Kiran December 10, 2010, 11:45 pm

    Made fabulous bowl of pumpkin oatmeal, thanks to KERF’s recipe 😉
    Ran on treadmill and went for an easy bike around the neighborhood. It getting pretty chilly here in Orlando 🙂
    Blogged and read about social media.
    Date night with the Hubs – went out for a fabulous dinner.
    Blogged, tweeted and face booked as usual 🙂
    All in all, it was a productive day 🙂

  • Katie December 10, 2010, 11:53 pm

    Those cookies look good, I would have had to freeze them too. But probably would have eaten them frozen anyways. 🙂

    I worked for 16 hours. Um, Yoforia overload???

  • Julia December 11, 2010, 1:01 am

    I intern for a marathon company, so spent ALL DAY setting up the race and expo… just like the one you attended!

    • Caitlin December 11, 2010, 11:33 am

      soo cool 🙂 You have a fun job 🙂

      • Julia December 11, 2010, 11:56 am

        It is a lot of fun, but I had NO IDEA just how intensely hectic and busy it is! For a weekend event, if we get 10 hours of sleep over three days, that is absolutely amazing. So much work, but also so rewarding.

  • Luna December 11, 2010, 7:07 am

    Ok, that “rugged” thing…totally in love. That would be my prefect idea of amusement park!!!
    Can you really freeze cookies?Any kind?I didn’t know. And that’s great news, because I cooked a lot of honey cinnamon cookies yesterday and I home all alone for the weekend … 🙂

    • Caitlin December 11, 2010, 11:34 am

      yup! 🙂 sometimes the texture changes but it’s still great.

  • Ali December 11, 2010, 10:58 am

    You have really good music taste. Would you consider making a playlist with some different artists such as the one you mentioned in your post? 😉

    • Caitlin December 11, 2010, 11:37 am

      I like:

      Snow Patrol
      Postal Service
      Brendan James
      Death Cab for Cutie

      Those are my favs 🙂

      • Ali December 11, 2010, 3:38 pm

        Yes, you mentioned Brendan James in another post and I downloaded it. I loved it!

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith December 11, 2010, 12:54 pm

    Every year a group of women I train with tackle the Triple Lakes Trail Run in Greensboro in October. They have half and full marathons as well as an ultra and marathon and ultra relays. The first year I ran the half marathon and last year I ran a leg of the marathon relay. It is always such a great weekend. We go out to eat the night before and stay in a hotel and have a blast with the race. The other off-road race I do every year is the Marine Mud Run in Belmont in August. It is a 5 mile course with lots of obstacles, a mud pit and teamwork! (You have to stay together as a team the entire time) Check them out and let me know if you are interested!

    • Caitlin December 11, 2010, 12:59 pm

      THat’s awesome – I would love to do those races next summer and fall!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 11, 2010, 1:31 pm

    Love, LOVE that tweet. 🙂

  • Lacey @ Lake Life December 12, 2010, 10:35 pm

    “Success is your perception.”

    I absolutely love that, it’s so true!

  • Cortney December 13, 2010, 7:11 pm

    Thank you for the casserole recipe and the mouth-watering close-up shot…I got inspired to make it TONIGHT! Can’t wait! 🙂

  • Jenifer December 15, 2010, 1:08 pm

    Hi Caitlin!
    I’m doing the Shamrock 1/2 marathon in March. It’s in Va Beach, so about 2.5-3 hours from you.
    Let me know if you decide to check it out!

    • Caitlin December 15, 2010, 3:28 pm

      oh cool! I just signed up for the DC one though 🙁 good luck on your half!

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