Catfish + Trail Runs

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Grr!  Another night without Internet – what’s with my wonky connection?


Fortunately, my signal hung on all day, and I got a lot of work done.  Munched on some Ants on a Log with a twist.  Sunflower buttah and chocolate chips.  Mmm!


And I ordered in pizza for the gang (Husband + father-in-law)


Unfortunately, they completely screwed up our order – a cheese pizza instead of a vegan one for the Husband, and a meat one instead of a vegetarian one for me and my FIL. 


We called them back and they straightened everything out immediately!


I haven’t ordered in pizza in so long – just because it’s usually so $$.  But this was GOOD and worth the money.  Italian cheese + cheddar, onions, spinach, and artichoke hearts.  I had three slices.


Hmm, what else?  Oh, Nicole and Isaac came over and we ended up watching this really strange movie called Catfish.  Have you heard of it?  Watch the trailer, I promise you’ll be intrigued.


Has anyone else seen it? It’s a (fake?) documentary about a man who falls in love with a girl via Facebook.  The plot itself wasn’t that interesting; trying to figure out if the movie was legit was the most compelling!


Group snack was more sunflower and celery. Crowd pleaser for everyone, from 5 year olds to 30 year olds.


So, now it’s morning and I’m getting some work done.  However, I have a special outing planned for today – it is Sunday, after all.  Nicole and I are going to go trail running!  I used to trail run all the time, at least twice a month.  But I haven’t trail run since we moved to Charlotte six months ago!




Here are my tips for trail running – it’s really one of my favorite things to do!


Are you an off-road runner?



  • Freya January 9, 2011, 10:01 am

    Heck no – i’m a road runner through and through! The only time I step off the road is (when it’s icy so I run on the mud at the side :p) the last 0.1mile of my 3mile out, 3mile back loop. That last tiny bit takes me into the forest 🙂 but seriously, .1 is enough! I like my roads 🙂

  • Emilie January 9, 2011, 10:04 am

    That pizza looks amazing! I wish I could do more trail running. I live in the city and there aren’t really any trails, but when I’m in other places I do like to go off road!

  • Diana January 9, 2011, 10:05 am

    I’ve seen Catfish three times! I love it. The 3 guys in it actually came to our school to do a Q & A and screening of it. The film is completely real, and they couldn’t have ever imagined it would turn out that way when they first started it. It was just an interesting story, and a good example of how you shouldn’t trust just anyone you meet over the internet!

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen January 9, 2011, 10:11 am

    My road is a dirt road and at times it can really resemble a trail! 🙂 I like running on dirt though as compared to pavement…it feels better on my joints.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) January 9, 2011, 10:14 am

    I haven’t seen Catfish, but my friend wanted me to check it out with him when it was in theaters. I’m sure I’ll get around to seeing it soon!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 9, 2011, 10:14 am

    I am such a klutz…off road anything is scary. I do love hiking though, just with caution! Have fun today. It is freezing in Atlanta, so I am sure it will be cold for you too! Stay warm!

  • Natalia@ The Health Script January 9, 2011, 10:16 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE trail running! I’m someone who regularly needs to be listening to music while I run, but when I trail run I don’t need it. Looking at all the beautiful scenery and connecting with nature is enough for me!

  • Stephanie January 9, 2011, 10:16 am

    I’m soooo jealous of your day plans! Trail running is my absolute FAVORITE way to get in miles. Ryan first introduced it to me when we starting camping at campgrounds about an hour away from our house a few years ago. I got so hooked and pretty much plan my summer around getting to the trails. Then I discovered a trail about a 3 mile run away from my home last summer. It’s just so much fun! Can’t wait for spring/summer! Have fun!!!!

  • Ann @ Day by Day January 9, 2011, 10:18 am

    I’m going to have to try that celery/nut butter combo soon. I love trail running too! I go running on the trails with my brother whenever he’s in town. I really hope to do a trail race someday!

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good January 9, 2011, 10:19 am

    I love the celery snack, but I’ve always called it frogs on a log. 🙂

    I do most of my running on paved trails near my home (or at the track in the winter), but I do enjoy hiking on trails.

  • Kara January 9, 2011, 10:20 am

    I love trail running, but it gets so muddy on the trails around here after it rains…and it rains before every time I try to go! I’m not talking mud puddles, I’m talking impassable mud fields, I’m not afraid to get muddy or anything 🙂

    Trail running is my dog’s absolute favorite, I wish she was well behaved enough to go off leash, but so many people mountain bike on the local trail, I know she’d chase them down.

    Do you think James could keep up with you on a trail run? I find that my dog is so much faster than me off-road!

    • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 10:30 am

      He can’t even keep up on the road – he can only run 0.5 mile at a time 🙂

      • Kara January 9, 2011, 10:32 am

        I run with biscuits in my pocket. It helps overall motivation 🙂 My dog is bigger than James though and has much longer legs!

  • greenbean January 9, 2011, 10:23 am

    that movie was crazy! totally went in a different direction than what you’re expecting.

  • Lee January 9, 2011, 10:23 am

    I’ve never run on a trail. I’m afraid that I would twist my ankle or something. I am super clumsy.

  • ashleigh January 9, 2011, 10:24 am

    I run around a reservoir so it’s not trail running, but it’s not pavement. I like the area but I hate how little rocks get in my shoes all of the time!

    Have fun on the trail run today!

  • Rachel January 9, 2011, 10:26 am

    Yum! We had ordered pizza last night as well. I forgot how good it is! Is the husband vegan? I didn’t realize. I just assumed he ate the same things as you. My sister in law recently became vegan, and I am wondering how it works for meals in your house. I know my brother and sister in law are still trying to work out dinners and try to avoid cooking 2 meals every night.

    • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 10:32 am

      He is 75% vegan. He eats eggs occasionally but really avoids cheese and other dairy products. 🙂

  • Adi - 365LL January 9, 2011, 10:30 am

    Happy trail runnin’! Oh, ants on a log… the only snack that’s reminiscent of grade one that doesn’t include bologna.

  • Regina January 9, 2011, 10:31 am

    My usual running trails takes me through trails AND sidewalks. I love it! The change of scenery definitely helps to prevent boredom.

    How do you wash your shoes once you’re done? I’ve just been undoing the laces and taking them off then washing them and light drying. Is there a better way?

    • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 10:33 am

      I wait until the mud dries, brush it off, and then I keep those shoes as the dirty trail shoes. I have two pairs.

  • Baking 'n' Books January 9, 2011, 10:32 am

    I would love to have trails around here just to walk on! It’s all road. What size pizza do you order in and where from? There’s something about the smell of a box at your door isn’t there 🙂

    • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 10:33 am

      That was an 8″ and a 12″ and it was from a place called Wolfgang.

  • Camille January 9, 2011, 10:35 am

    I have been so interested in seeing that movie! They make it seem kind of scary from the trailer. Any truth in that?

    • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 10:37 am

      Nope which is why I was a little disappointed.

      • susan January 9, 2011, 3:57 pm

        i haven’t seen the movie, but i think i know the premise. i don’t want to spoil it, but don’t they think they’re talking to a hot girl online and it turns out to be a guy the whole time?
        if that’s so, the movie itself may not be scary, but living with a teen who had something like that happen, i can tell you, it’s scary in real life, and creepy, and can really mess with people.
        on the other hand, it gives internet relationships a bad stigma. let’s be serious, it’s 2011, and internet relationships are not going away, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be scary.
        if i’m wrong, this is a ridiculous tangent… HAHA

        • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 4:07 pm

          I don’t want to spoil it for you!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 9, 2011, 10:37 am

    Hm, that Catfish sounds interesting!

  • Ella January 9, 2011, 10:39 am

    I don’t run on trails anymore..I go to school in the New Haven area, there is a fantastic long trail that starts feet away from my apartment but they just found a dead body 1/4th of a mile into it a couple of weeks ago. AHHH! No thank you!!

    That pizza looks yuuumy

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! January 9, 2011, 10:40 am

    I absolutely adore trail running. It makes me feel so alive, and I love the thrill and fun of it. I’m planning to do a trail half marathon in March! Enjoy your beautiful Sunday run! 🙂

  • jen @ taste life January 9, 2011, 10:45 am

    I thought Catfish looked intersting, but then heard it wasn’t scary at all. I want to konw the twist ending, but I don’t think I’m that interested in seeing the movie! I’m weird.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 9, 2011, 10:45 am

    I would enjoy trail running. My dog is def a trail runner. She LOVES trails about 100 times more than paved paths. It’s funny!

  • carlee January 9, 2011, 10:45 am

    I LOVE PIZZA! I used to love running on trails when i ran!Hopefully I will be ablt to soon!

    Just wondering…what is the tempurature like where you are right now? It looks warm

    • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 10:47 am

      All those pics are from Florida…

      Right now it’s 40 or so in NC. Bah.

  • Ashley January 9, 2011, 10:45 am

    I LOVE trail runs! I used to live right by a trail, so it was all I ever did. Now I live more in the ‘burbs, so I find myself running more in neighborhoods. Keeps my shoes cleaner ; )

  • Kelly January 9, 2011, 10:55 am

    I hate trail running because I’m scared of creatures (ie snakes) that may live in the woods, haha.

  • Jen January 9, 2011, 11:02 am

    I was looking at Catfish in Blockbuster last night but decided the description on the case wasn’t enough to make me want to watch it. Instead we rented Inception (2.5 hours of my life I’ll never get back) and The Expendables, which I loved…sometimes mindless entertainment is just what the doctor ordered 😉

    • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 11:14 am

      Yay someone agrees with me! Hated Inception.

  • Ash January 9, 2011, 11:05 am

    Trail Running is my FAVORITE!!! I hate running on pavement- I get too bored, but trails always keep my interest. I do run slower on trails, but will run great distances!

    • Ash January 9, 2011, 11:06 am

      not great distance… a greater distance LOL!!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 9, 2011, 11:13 am

    I saw a Primetime..or was it 20/20 special on Catfish. It’s in my Netflix queue now!

    • Carrie @ TV and Dinners January 9, 2011, 8:16 pm

      If you saw that special, you honestly don’t need to watch the movie. It’s basically the entire movie, condensed into an hour-long tv show. I thought that was strange.

  • Jenna @Eating Green, Staying Lean January 9, 2011, 11:19 am

    I used to LOVE trail running back in high school when I was doing cross country! There’s something so youthful and liberating about running around in the woods like a little kid.

  • Sara January 9, 2011, 11:21 am

    I saw the people from that movie on Dateline or 20/20 (can’t remember which). Apparently, it’s legit. The guy was really in love with the girl and seemed embarrassed by the truth. The woman was a bit crazy, if I remember correctly.

  • Jen January 9, 2011, 11:22 am

    The 20/20 episode on catfish made it seem so intriguing, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! I haven’t seen the move because they ruined the climax.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 9, 2011, 11:26 am

    OMG yes I’ve seen the trailer for Catfish – the 2 guys were on Ellen a while ago and I thought it was a pretty weird idea but I guess the video would probably be interesting!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 9, 2011, 11:28 am

    I’ve never trail run before but it’s definitely something I want to get in to. I just got a pair of trail running shoes so I definitely don’t have an excuse not to now.

  • Kristina @ Life as Kristina January 9, 2011, 11:30 am

    I’ve never trail run but I think it would be fun-something new and different than hitting the ever so mundane pavement!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 9, 2011, 11:32 am

    I love trail running. I live about 5 min walking distance to some pretty cool trails. Since they are sort of on the ledge of a cliff, I haven’t been running them lately because of all the snow and ice. I’m “safety Sally” out there! haha. I can’t wait for everything to melt so I can enjoy them again. 😉 Have fun!

  • monicanelsonfitness January 9, 2011, 11:50 am

    that sucks about the pizza but glad they fixed it. When your hungry that is no beuno!
    Glad to see more of those white chocolate chips too!

    I LOVE trails! We have fantastic places here in LA.

  • trang January 9, 2011, 11:59 am

    that movie looks really interesting. the trailer said that it wasn’t based on a true story. did you like it?

    • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 12:24 pm

      No, it IS a true story! The trailer says its not based on a true story, it’s just true. The directors claim it’s true, too!

      I did like it but it was a bit slow and weird.

      • Trang January 9, 2011, 2:45 pm

        thanks for the clarification! I will definitely check it out. Have you seen Once? It’s about two musicians trying to make and fell in love.

        • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 2:54 pm

          I have not – I’ll check it out!

  • Whitney January 9, 2011, 12:01 pm

    Pizza seems to be the hardest thing to order for me because not many places carry vegan cheese. There are two places in Wilmington and neither of them deliver!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 9, 2011, 12:04 pm

    I think my body would prefer trails because concrete is so hard, but I like to keep my shoes as clean as when I bought them. It’s a difficult situation.

  • Ashley January 9, 2011, 12:11 pm

    I’m a treadmill runner sadly. I think I’ve run outside maybe once. The pizza places around my house know who I am because I’m the only person that would order a cheeseless pizza around here haha.

  • Dani @ Princess or Queens January 9, 2011, 12:22 pm

    I have never seen a pizza place that has a vegan pizza. Is it a chain, local chain, or small business?

    Also, I am extremely jealous that you don’t have a 5 inch thick layer of ice on the ground…..could you imagine running up a trail in that! yick! You’ll do amazing. Trail running is exactly like riding a bike 🙂

  • nicole January 9, 2011, 12:42 pm

    I absolutely love trail running! It’s better for your feet/legs and you get to see some beautiful sights. I ran mostly on a dirt path yesterday, but the harder trails are muddy right now. Can’t wait until I can get out there again!

  • Laurie January 9, 2011, 12:42 pm

    Do you wear the same shoes or do you have special muddy shoes for your trail runs? I hate to get my beautiful Asics all muddy, although that is exactly what happened yesterday when I ran in a little melted snow.

    • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 12:51 pm

      I wear an old pair of sneakers 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 9, 2011, 12:54 pm

    I’m kind of scared that I’ll twist my ankle, but I have gone trail running a few times and liked it!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 9, 2011, 12:55 pm

    I want to go trail running SO BAD but i have yet to go.
    That pizza looks AMAZING!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 9, 2011, 1:00 pm

    People always think I’m strings, but I love artichokes on my pizza. Yours looks awesome! My fav is artichokes, spinach, sun-dreied tomatoes, and feta.

    I like trails best because it’s easier on my knees, but I also enjoy running through neighborhoods. As long as I have interesting scenery, I’m happy. 🙂

  • Beth January 9, 2011, 1:00 pm

    I just went on my first trail run in two years today and it was awesome! I always forget how fun and scenic it is. Its also easy to forget that you can totally trail run during the winter, too. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Michelle January 9, 2011, 1:06 pm

    As a road runner I found the fun side of trail running this summer- not a lot of winter trail running where I live in Canada. I did a great run this fall called Run for the Toad- Runners’ World had it as one of the top 10 trail runs out there and it was fun! It rained the entire time and the trail got really muddy. It was a 12.5 km loop that we did twice for a 25 km run (others did 50 km!!) so it was really beat up but SO much fun!!

    As for Catfish- I saw it on CBS sunday morning a while back and they do claim it is real.

  • Lisa C. January 9, 2011, 1:18 pm

    I loved Catfish! I thought it was a really interesting plot since so many people meet other people via Facebook and blogs today. And yes, I too was under the impression that it was real.

  • Ellen January 9, 2011, 1:18 pm

    i’m going to have to see catfish. i’m intrigued!

    i saw Blue Valentine last night, and it was incredible. everyone i was with thought it was depressing, but i found it so moving and raw and real. just really incredible. i recommend it!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 9, 2011, 1:22 pm

    Aw, I love trail running… I used to do it alllll the time on the ROTC trails back at my school when I was in college. Have you ran any of the trails at the National White Water Center? I hear they are really good!

    • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 1:46 pm

      We were going to go there today! Maybe next time. The trails were closed.

  • Lori Lynn January 9, 2011, 1:27 pm

    I’ve never seen a combination like that with celery. Interesting! I’m a newbie at running, but I’ve found that I do better running outside than running on a treadmill. I do think the off-road running would be fun to do, and hope to do some this summer.

  • Amber K January 9, 2011, 1:32 pm

    What a crazy mix-up with the pizza! I would have been bummed, but that’s because I have a bad habit of letting myself get too hungry before the pizza arrives. Definitely don’t have that problem now!

  • Caitlin January 9, 2011, 1:33 pm

    Dude, one of my college friends had a twisted facebook romance. Should have filmed it.

    Once my bf and his friend made and screened a fake (very gripping) documentary. They acted as if it was real and everyone believed them. I guess part of the art/fun is questioning the validity.

  • Katherine: Unemployed January 9, 2011, 1:39 pm

    I didn’t know shoes got so bad! wow

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 9, 2011, 1:42 pm

    I love this: Sunflower buttah and chocolate chips!! And yes, my 4 yr old and me both like our ants/choc chips on a log 🙂

  • Amy --- Just A Titch January 9, 2011, 2:41 pm

    I thought Catfish was really compelling, especially as a blogger and Twitter user. You really don’t know who is on the other side of the screen…kinda scary!

    That pizza looks AMAZING, by the way. Yum!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 9, 2011, 3:37 pm

    I’ve never ran on a trail before because it’s at least a 15 minute drive to get to one. I like being able to just step out of my door and go for a run!

  • Katie January 9, 2011, 5:24 pm

    That combo of celery, sunflower, and white choc chip (my favorite!) looks so good. 🙂

  • jenny in new york January 9, 2011, 5:34 pm

    i’ve heard such good things about catfish. the main guy actually eats in the restaurant i work in at nyc all the time…. and by eats i mean, makes out with his gf at the bar 😉

  • Shannon January 9, 2011, 7:26 pm

    The movie is TRUE! The funny thing is something very similar happened to my brother-in-law recently. The movie was just alright.

  • Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free January 9, 2011, 7:45 pm

    I saw a post it saying “mirror mirror on the says you are the most beautiful of them all” It was the first post it I’ve ever seen and I thought of you!

    Also I’m going to watch catfish now…it looks interesting!

  • Kristy January 10, 2011, 8:09 am

    Your trail running pictures make me wanna leave work and visit teh trails by my house, its been far too long. I <3 the peacefulness of trails and nature running!

  • Sarah January 10, 2011, 11:18 am

    I am a big fan of trail running! I just ran on a trail that was still covered with snow yesterday. It was beautiful and wonderful.

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 10, 2011, 12:11 pm

    awww, i hate when my pizza order gets messed up! you wait so long to get it, and then it’s wrong and you have to wait longer?!? grr… usually i just eat the mistake anyway, but obviously, that wouldn’t work in your case. yay for a return to trail runs!

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