Snot and Tears

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Winter running face:


Please note tears and snot.


Summer running face:


Sigh. I miss summer.


IT IS COLD OUT THERE!  It’s really getting difficult to motivate myself to go outside and run (no gym membership so dreadmilling it is not an option).  But once I get going, it fine.


I set out for my first solo 5.0 miler in a month and a half (all the other ones have been with Nicole).  Before leaving, some bread and hummus:


I kept myself occupied by thinking about my upcoming race goals.  Hopefully, my IT band is beginning to cooperate and I’ll be able to do longer distances again soon.  I’m eyeing some spring-time Half Marathons and would love to set a new PR (my PR current is 1:58).  It would be awesome to clock in under 1:55! 


It’s funny how thinking about future races can subconsciously increase your speed!


  • Distance: 5.0 miles
  • Duration: 47:45
  • Mile 1: 9:37
  • Mile 2: 9:40
  • Mile 3: 9:52
  • Mile 4: 9:46
  • Mile 5: 8:53


Came home and made a hearty lunch.


Three slices of French bread; one with hummus and the other two with cheddar cheese and apples (the cheese + apple ones went under the broiler… this combo is awesome if you haven’t tried it yet!):


And a ton of parsnip fries.


If I had to eat one lunch for the rest of my life… this might be it. 


What about you?  What meal would you want to repeat forever?



  • Camille December 8, 2010, 2:01 pm

    I think I could repeat grilled cheese for the rest of my life. It has to be good grilled cheese, though. Not the fake cheesey kind!

  • Loc (Blogger Boy Run) December 8, 2010, 2:06 pm

    Pizza! I be happy eating pizza everyday of my life if I could.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 8, 2010, 2:06 pm

    I looooove running in the cold but the snot and tears is definitely a minus.
    Pancakes. Or waffles!!

  • Lauren @ Clean Eats in the Dirty South December 8, 2010, 2:06 pm

    meal wise, i could probably eat banana bread =)
    what half marathons are you looking at? i’m trying to find one in/around the area and everything in char-town is so hilly! hills aren’t my favorite.

    • Caitlin December 8, 2010, 2:08 pm

      The Knoxville TN one in April

      • Becca December 8, 2010, 2:15 pm

        I was looking at that one too! I live in Memphis and went to UT!! It would be a beautiful run (for the most part) by the river… i may or may not need convincing on that one, especially because it is on a sunday…

  • Sarra December 8, 2010, 2:07 pm

    One “meal” I would repeat forever is bananas with peanut butter. So goooood!!! Never gets old

  • Jessica M December 8, 2010, 2:10 pm

    That is a tough choice… I can eat toast (good, chewy whole wheat kind) and hummus for a loonng time too. Also, ww pasta with red sauce has been a fav of mine since I was little. So comforting.

  • Rebecca December 8, 2010, 2:11 pm

    I live in northwestern North Carolina, near Boone (roughly 2 hours away from Charlotte) and just discovered the New River Marathon and Half Marathon. It will be held near Boone on the second Saturday in May, 2011. I’ve ridden my road bike along the river and always thought that it would be the perfect route for a running race because it’s fairly flat and absolutely gorgeous. You said you’re looking for a spring-time half marathon, so this might be a fun, somewhat close race for you to do! Plus, it’s in a beautiful area of North Carolina. I’m planning to fit this half marathon race into my marathon training plan for next year. Here is the event website:
    Maybe we will run a mile or two of it together if you decide to go for it! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 8, 2010, 2:12 pm

    It is too cold out! Congrats on the time and the run! I am about to post on my hummus sandwich inspired by your lunch yesterday…that one may be my pick for life…it was so good!

  • tina December 8, 2010, 2:13 pm

    omg, you go that you are still running outside!

    windchills are below zero here… treadmill only, gah!

    • tina December 8, 2010, 2:14 pm

      oh and my new fav meal is homemade hummus with cashews + daiya moz cheeze on a rice wrap…. sooooooooo yummy!

  • Whitney December 8, 2010, 2:14 pm

    I am running the Thunder Road half on Saturday and am dreading running in the freezing cold this evening. The first mile in the cold is pure misery then it’s all downhill from there. 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 8, 2010, 2:15 pm

    Polenta e Toccio

  • Kelly December 8, 2010, 2:15 pm

    It is freezing out. Nice run lady!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 8, 2010, 2:16 pm

    There’d be tonnnnns of frozen snot and tears if I tried to run outside now! If I could repeat one meal forever, it would probably be the Whole Foods salad bar – one of the mixed grains salads, the edamame caviar salad, tuna salad, and some grilled tofu!

  • Julie December 8, 2010, 2:17 pm

    I love cold weather but am a bit tired of ripping myself out of my warm bed to run in weather in the 40’s. I live in So Cal… not used to this!

    Not sure about my forever meal… it would probably have cheese in it, though my stomach would surely die.

  • nicole December 8, 2010, 2:18 pm

    I have nice weather for at least the next week in California so I feel like I need to be running to take advantage! Way to rock those 5 miles. For a meal to repeat I’d have to go with something simple and Mexican. I repeat the egg sandwich but it does get tired sometimes.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 8, 2010, 2:20 pm

    Ugh, it is supposed to be 80 in a few days! I long for cooler weather 🙁

  • Laura December 8, 2010, 2:20 pm

    Pizza! No question. 🙂

  • Jen December 8, 2010, 2:21 pm

    The most satisfying meal I can think of is lentil soup and a big slice of bread. That’s what I want right now anyway! I could eat apples, cinnamon, and vanilla yogurt every day though (I sprinkle cinnamon in the yogurt, cut the apple into slices and dip them).

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 8, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I could repeat a Chipotle meal forever. or pizza!!!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 8, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I love putting open faced sandwiches under the broiler! Too good.

  • Amanda December 8, 2010, 2:24 pm

    I find it’s a lot easier to run outside if I warm up a little bit first. I will take a jog/walk around the block with the dog first to adjust to the weather and warm up my legs and then it seems so much easier (mentally) to go for a run after that!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 8, 2010, 2:26 pm

    I think I could probably eat macaroni salad forever. I know it sounds weird but it’s a comfort food for me, and something my mom used to make just for me (still does when i’m at home, to be honest)!

    Otherwise, peanut butter and milk 😀

  • Heather December 8, 2010, 2:26 pm

    My repeat lunch would have to be a turkey and brie wrap…mmmm, so good with the creamy brie!

  • Heather December 8, 2010, 2:26 pm

    My repeat lunch would have to be a turkey and brie wrap…mmmm, so good with the creamy brie!

  • Natalia - a side of simple December 8, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Congratulations on the run! I have to give you props for that 🙂 Even though it’s granted not the healthiest, I think I could have a tuna melt and fries everyday for lunch and my soul would never waver from its love. Though I’m sure over time it would do wonders for my heart… lol

  • Jen G. December 8, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Grilled cheese with tomato-red pepper soup and roasted brussel sprouts dipped in dijon mustard. Of course, that will probably change as soon the cold goes away (soon, please!).

  • Jennifer@ knackfornutrition December 8, 2010, 2:30 pm

    We have the same winter running face. It’s gross but running outside in winter is a surefire way to clear your sinuses! Great run today!

  • Emily December 8, 2010, 2:30 pm

    I’m with all the pizza people!
    And I am not diggin’ the cold weather either.

  • Hilary December 8, 2010, 2:32 pm

    Have you heard anything about the corporate cup half in March (it’s in Charlotte)? I got a free entry into that one. I live in Raleigh so I’m not sure if I want to drive down there for it (especially since the half marathon I really want to run – tobacco road half in Raleigh- is the weekend after that!) but a free race is hard to pass up!!!

  • Jordy December 8, 2010, 2:32 pm

    Roasted kabocha slices + roasted brussels sprouts with ketchup, and carrots + pita with spinach-artichoke hummus!! Yummm.

  • Lisa December 8, 2010, 2:34 pm

    It doesn’t take much of a temperature drop for me to become a snotty, teary-eyed mess!! It gets cold in the NW!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion December 8, 2010, 2:38 pm

    I repeat soup with a piece of fruit, crackers and laughing cow cheese. No matter if it is hot or cold, I always love soup. Is is filling and I have never come across a soup I don’t like.

  • Bonnie December 8, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Good for you running in the cold weather! I’m a new runner, well, very new. I ran my first 5K in October. The training up until my race day was all warm weather. The day of the race was cold for October and immediately after finishing and for the remainder of the day I was in some pretty intense sinus pain! Now I don’t want to try running again in these cold temps. Any suggestions? I did breathe in thru my nose and out thru my mouth for the entire run. Thanks!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy December 8, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I love the apple/cheese combo. I tried it on a breakfast pizza once! Yum! I think your winter face photo should be your new book head shot. It’s fierce, determined, powerful and awesome. Makes me think “I am woman, hear me roar.” Love it. (snot and all).

  • kelly December 8, 2010, 2:45 pm

    I ran yesterday morning when it was only 8 degrees outside. It was awful!! I’ve now set a ‘run only when it’s 15 degrees and up’ rule for myself lol.

    • Jazz December 8, 2010, 6:33 pm

      I have that rule too, except it’s a -20 rule, after that my shoes start freezing…

  • Annette December 8, 2010, 2:48 pm

    My go-to-forever lunch would be sweet potatoe fries with ketchup, butternut squash soup, and a chicken/spinach/blue cheese salad…congrats on such a quick run! keep up the speed…oh and I prefer the “dreadmill” during the winter 😉

  • lindsay December 8, 2010, 2:56 pm

    A big bowl of pasta with homemade sauce and parmesan cheese sprinkled on top! I could eat that every night for dinner 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 8, 2010, 3:04 pm

    Yeah, running outside is totally just not happening in Altoona right now, ha.

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} December 8, 2010, 3:06 pm

    I don’t know how you do it. Running in the cold is pure torture to me. If I had to repeat one meal forever it would probably be peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I never tire of a good PB&J. How 5 years old of me. 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 8, 2010, 3:06 pm

    It would have to be pizza!!!

  • Jen December 8, 2010, 3:13 pm

    Perhaps the lunch I am having right now:
    panini made in my George Forman grill with sweet potato, spinach, a little avocado smashed down, goat cheese and roasted garlic onion jam.
    Sandwiches taste better when heated & smooshed!

  • Stephanie December 8, 2010, 3:13 pm

    apple slices topped with peanut butter and cheese were one of my favorite snacks growing up – sounds weird but so good!

  • Amber K December 8, 2010, 3:41 pm

    Probably the breakfast I’ve had every single morning for what seems like forever. Apple, Cinnamon, Oats, Chobani, Chocolate Peanut Butter. Entire breakfast = yum!

  • Traci(faithfulfoodiefashionista) December 8, 2010, 4:02 pm

    Mmmmm I have to say that I love apples and cheese combo 🙂 If I had to repeat a lunch it would have to be my baked sweet potatoes. I just them with earth balance and a little salt and pepper 😀

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 8, 2010, 4:06 pm

    It’s really hard to get motivated during the winter to run, especially since there’s currently 8 inches of snow on the ground and the temp isn’t even 20 degrees. :/ Yikes. Here’s to hoping global warming makes a comeback over the next week or so. 😉

  • Wei-Wei December 8, 2010, 4:29 pm

    NICE run! I haven’t been running (shin pain… need to get that looked at) but I hate hate hate the treadmill, too. But I’m just a beginner runner! I think I’ll get back on the C25K wagon now…

  • Kelly December 8, 2010, 4:29 pm

    I could definitely eat over easy eggs with challah bread for dipping..over and over and over. YUM! That is my favorite breakfast and I eat it at least 3 or 4 times a week!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In December 8, 2010, 4:43 pm

    SO MANY. Tofu Veggie bowl from crazy bowls and wraps. Fitnessista’s sweet potato and black bean chili. Straight up cookies.

    Maybe i’d go with yogurt messes…yogurt + fruit + carbs = goood

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 8, 2010, 4:44 pm

    I’m going to start winter running once I get back home tomorrow. Here, it’s too dangerous to run outside anyway cause there’s no I have the gym. But back home, there’s no gym so I go for running- which I honestly can’t wait for again!! but the, I could do without that

  • emily December 8, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Veggie skillets with okra and eggplant in marinara!

  • Ash @ a well spiced life December 8, 2010, 4:57 pm

    pizza! all day everyday…. chewy crust, hearty sauce, fresh mozz, and veggies… now I’m hungry!!

    snotty winter runs are hard- especially coming from somewhere warm! I ALWAYS have to tell myself this, the hardest part is leaving the house! After that you are on your way home!!!
    lame, i know, but it works!

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good December 8, 2010, 5:00 pm

    I wouldn’t mind eating what I had today over and over. Totally simple, but so good. Spinach, cucumbers, carrots and boiled eggs tossed together. Yum. 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books December 8, 2010, 5:13 pm

    Too cold for me! Parnsnip fries? Hmm, never tried that one!

  • ashley nicole December 8, 2010, 5:21 pm

    i just discovered parsnips last night…they are so yummy!

  • Cassidy @ takingmyplace December 8, 2010, 5:25 pm

    My dad’s tacos! He makes the beans and shells from scratch, and they are amazing, and bring back so many memories. I totally wimped out on my run today since it was raining, so good job getting out there!

  • Sana December 8, 2010, 5:45 pm

    Winter running is so sexy. I have snot and tears as I am walking to class. HAWT.

  • Nicole December 8, 2010, 5:49 pm

    Peanut butter & Jelly! Or spaghetti.

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini December 8, 2010, 6:32 pm

    You run so much faster w/o me :-/

    • Caitlin December 8, 2010, 9:23 pm

      But I have so much more fun with you!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef December 8, 2010, 6:39 pm

    i love pasta. any kind of pasta. precious pasta. mmmm! or quesadillas!

  • ezzie December 8, 2010, 7:14 pm

    Running in the cold feels great, just as long as i’m in my pullover and it’s NOT windy! 🙂
    I still miss running in the summer mornings though. Now I’d much rather stay in bed during the freezing morning time!

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? December 8, 2010, 7:18 pm

    I dont mind running in the cold . . . its just actually getting out there that I have trouble with because its so freaking dark out all the time. Im ready for the days to start getting longer again!

  • Carolyn @ EatWell. LiveWell. BeWell. December 8, 2010, 7:34 pm

    Chocolate-Banana smoothies.

    Every meal. Every day of my life.

    yup. that’s it.

  • Lee December 8, 2010, 7:42 pm

    I’ve been stuck in the gym. It’s too cold to run outside! The Publix GA half-marathon in March is a good one, should you feel like exploring Atlanta.

  • Christine December 8, 2010, 7:55 pm

    I could eat Mac & cheese (from scratch, no neon orange), Boston Cream Pie and Diet Coke every day if I could. This is a perfect world where my metabolism is crazy fast, right?

    • Caitlin December 8, 2010, 9:24 pm

      Of course it is!

  • Katy @ A Healthy Shot December 8, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Ah!! I would eat quinoa with avocado & tomato everyday if I could!! Or strawberry shortcake 😉
    I wish I was as brave as you about running in the cold… I just can’t get motivated when the thermometer says 28!

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life December 8, 2010, 8:51 pm

    I wish you lived around here so we could run together. BOO!
    It is getting hard to get out there which is why I joined a running group for motivation.

    Your lunch looks great! I’m getting into parsnip fries after thinking I didn’t like them.

    If I had to eat the same thing over and over it would be bread and butter. All day, the same thing, no prob.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 8, 2010, 9:05 pm

    Scrambled eggs with bagels and cream cheese! I’m pretty sure I could eat this every day forever and ever. 😀

    Oh, and I feel your pain with winter! It was 16 degrees this morning and I found myself missing the warmer months of life. 😉 Hang in there!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged December 8, 2010, 9:21 pm

    I could be perfectly happy with a bagel/egg white/spinach/tomato sandwich every day from now until I die!

  • Ali December 8, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I also miss summer running. (even though I complained about the heat then) 😉 I am thinking about running my first half marathon in early spring!

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 8, 2010, 9:58 pm

    I could eat peanut butter toast over and over again! I <3 it SOOO much!

  • Kiran December 8, 2010, 11:16 pm

    I could eat my mama’s comforting home cooked meals rest of my life 🙂

  • Lili December 9, 2010, 12:34 am

    Fresh French baguette with melting butter and white rice 4 ever!
    I usually opt for whole wheat and brown rice though… But maaan They don’t taste the same!

  • florence Italy December 9, 2010, 1:37 am

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  • Laura December 9, 2010, 6:31 am

    This time of year is rough for outside workouts. I was running regularly last year up until about mid-November. N. Michigan weather is not really conducive to newish runners and I wussed out!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 9, 2010, 8:25 am

    Haha that was my running face yesterday too! I need to learn to bring some kleenex with me when I run in the winter! 😛

  • MelanieF December 9, 2010, 9:18 am

    I don’t run, but I do walk in the snow so I know about tears from the cold weather (I live in Quebec, Canada). I love my smoked salmon, avocado and spicnach on a multigrain Ciabbata. I could eat that everyday!!!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 9, 2010, 12:48 pm

    Big plate of roasted veggies and a salad topped with hummus… oh so goood.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life December 9, 2010, 6:48 pm

    I really think I could live on anything shellfish for the rest of my life 🙂

  • Krista @ Can't Survive on Yarn Alone December 10, 2010, 12:12 am

    Def my husband’s cajun chicken & shrimp pasta (incl bell peppers & alfredo sauce)

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