Today was training for the spring semester of Girls on the Run!  The Husband and I spent the entire day at headquarters (GOTR was started in Charlotte).  I was actually trained last season, but since I’ve switched counties, I have to be re-trained under Charlotte policies.  I’m really excited to get started and be a head coach for the first time.  Doing it with the Husband is an added bonus!


I only got six hours of sleep after Nicole’s party… So this AM, I required a lot of coffee and a warm bowl of banana oatmeal:


Training was well-organized and interesting.  Plus, they fed us twice!  🙂


Anyone who’s coached for GOTR knows the best part are the Energy Awards.   A deserving girl gets an Energy Award at the end of each practice. 


This one is my favorite one.  🙂


Plus, I loved to watch the Husband practice the Energy Awards – hahaha! 


We also reviewed all the official procedures.


And I snacked on a bagel with hummus.


For lunch, a sprouts, hummus, basil, and veggie wrap.


And Baked Cheetos, which were the boooomb.


Last, but not least, we got our coach’s box, which contains all the goodies for the season.  One of the BEST things about GOTR is that everything is so organized and easy to follow.


Came home and snacked on a leftover vegan cupcake from Nicole’s birthday!


Guess what?  We are actually leaving for VACATION tomorrow!  I am very excited because… let me tell you… I NEED a vacation.  :) 


This trip actually began as a business trip because GOTR asked me to speak about Operation Beautiful at their annual summit.  I said, “OF COURSE!” Then, the Husband and I talked about it and decided that he should come along, and we should extend the trip to make it a vacation for the both of us.  So, I have to work on Tuesday but otherwise, the Husband and I are going to try to relax and enjoy ourselves.


So…. we’re going to pack and cook some dinner.  And then I need to get to bed because we have (wait for it) a 6:30 AM flight out to Phoenix.  :(  Ugh!



  • annette January 15, 2011, 5:55 pm

    This looks REALLY fun. Maybe I will get in to this too! Let me know info on it 🙂

    • Christy January 16, 2011, 10:48 pm

      It’s an AMAZING program Annette! It doesn’t look like there’s a lot of presence in Utah so far, but keep checking their site!

      Caitlin, sounds like you had a great coach’s training! Go Bananas is our girls’ favorite spirit award as well. 😉


  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen January 15, 2011, 5:56 pm

    I’m glad you’re going on vacation! Hope you have a blast! Those Cheetos rock! A perfect snack when you are craving greasy chips.

  • Melanie @ Jon and Melie January 15, 2011, 5:57 pm

    How awesome you’re a coach for GOTR. Looks like a fun volunteer job! Have a blast in Arizona!

  • foodandfarm January 15, 2011, 5:58 pm

    I love this post! I just looked up gotr and found one in my closest city, so excited!

  • Ann @ Day by Day January 15, 2011, 6:03 pm

    That looks like such a fun and well-run organization. And it’s so nice how structured and organized everything seems to be! Have a wonderful and relaxing vacation!

  • jen @ taste life January 15, 2011, 6:13 pm

    How fun! Have such a great time out in Arizona.

  • amy k. January 15, 2011, 6:13 pm

    hi, i don’t comment often but i think you are simply awesome. i was an assistant coach this fall for GOTR and our girls all liked the banana energy award the best. only our girls insisted on one additional line, after “eat the banana”, “digest the banana, digest the banana,” while rubbing their bellies. too funny.

    • Caitlin January 15, 2011, 6:17 pm

      hahah we will add that line!

  • Jennifer January 15, 2011, 6:23 pm

    This is the best time of year to be in Phoenix!!! You’ll have a great time, especially if you haven’t been to the desert before. Parts of it are really beautiful. Have a great trip!!!

  • VeggieGirl January 15, 2011, 6:26 pm

    WOOOO have a fabulous time on vacation! Hang in there with that early flight.

  • Natalia@ The Health Script January 15, 2011, 6:27 pm

    I love that you and your husband are doing this together! It seems like such a great way to connect!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 15, 2011, 6:28 pm

    Totally worth the early morning call for a vacation! I hope you have a great time! Have a great night Caitlin!

  • Jennifer@ knackfornutrition January 15, 2011, 6:29 pm

    I like your grey top!

    • Caitlin January 15, 2011, 6:31 pm

      Thanks! From Anne Taylor Loft and on sale!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 15, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Have fun! Your training def looks more extensive than ours was haha. I’m excited to get our coaches’ box! And I def love the organization.

  • Lauren January 15, 2011, 6:35 pm

    Those energy awards remind of fun songs we sing at the summer camp I work at. They’re so fun to sing, even though they’re children’s songs, and the staff gets more excited than the kids about them sometimes.

  • Melissa @ Running with Needles January 15, 2011, 6:36 pm

    Training looks like so much fun! I hope you guys have a fantastic trip to Phoenix – I totally understand the need for a vacation

  • Little Bookworm January 15, 2011, 6:37 pm

    Hope you have a great holiday! 🙂

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) January 15, 2011, 6:43 pm

    Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

  • Rachel V January 15, 2011, 6:43 pm

    I’ve been thinking this for a while, but I thought I should actually share it with you. I’m not sure why I am drawn to your blog, but yours has quickly become my favorite healthy living blog I read! Part of it is that you set a good example. You live healthy; are open and honest about your choices (the good and bad); and you stand for a great message for women and girls of all age about accepting yourself. We are also around the same age and are going through similar life experiences (marriage, jobs, growing up in general). You are someone I can relate to and feel like I am friends with, even though it is only virtually. I also think you and your husband seem to have a great relationship. I hope you go far with your message and Operation Beautiful; you deserve all the success in the world!

    • Caitlin January 15, 2011, 6:45 pm

      Thank you so much! I appreciate it so much. 🙂 🙂

  • Jolene ( January 15, 2011, 6:45 pm

    Have a wonderful vacation!! You definitely deserve a break!

  • Marisa @ Loser for Life January 15, 2011, 6:46 pm

    So cool that you and the hubs are coaching together! Have a safe trip and well deserved mini-vacation, Caitlin!

  • Kari @ Human, MD January 15, 2011, 6:52 pm

    Baked Cheetos are the bomb. For serious.

  • Ellie @ The Mommyist January 15, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Have a great time on vacation! I may be in the minority but I love early fights because then the travel is over and you get to spend more of that first vacation day relaxing.

  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty January 15, 2011, 7:09 pm

    I love your involvement here! What a great way to contribute to the community. Well done. I’ve been wondering how I can do also contribute to my own community.

  • Jenna @Eating Green, Staying Lean January 15, 2011, 7:13 pm

    Fun! Have a great vacation! I looked into joining GOTR in the DC area, but alas…I work until 6 Monday-Friday and all of the programs are betwween 2 and 5 🙁

  • Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg January 15, 2011, 7:17 pm

    That banana energy video was so cute.

  • Lisa January 15, 2011, 7:21 pm

    Ooh enjoy your vacation! I just sent in a co-coach application for GOTR in Seattle!

    Also, cute shirt in the top pic!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life January 15, 2011, 7:25 pm

    That wrap looks packed! (no pun intended)

    Hope you and the Husband have a safe flight in the morning!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now January 15, 2011, 7:25 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous organization to partner with. So glad you are going to be able to present them with that big check!

  • Anna January 15, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    I love your blog! 🙂 I just wanted to say that it is AWESOME that you are working with GOTR. I know you must be so busy with all the things you have to do (blog, book, clinic as you mentioned), but this is truly a great cause. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us for always standing up to the causes you believe in!

  • aubrey @ italktofood January 15, 2011, 7:37 pm

    that wrap look so so so good!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 15, 2011, 7:39 pm

    Busy weekend for you! GOTR is such a fabulous org-they are lucky to have you!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 15, 2011, 7:41 pm

    GOTR sound so amazing! I’m waiting to hear back about my coach’s application! 😀

  • Amanda (Eating Up) January 15, 2011, 7:44 pm

    Have fun in sunny AZ with the Husband, Tina and Mal!

  • Baking 'n' Books January 15, 2011, 7:46 pm

    Is your husband enjoying the coaching? – Wait, does he run or is he athletic like you? You don’t train together ?…or you haven’t mentioned it before since I’ve been reading maybe…;)

    Cupcakes! Chocolate?

    • Caitlin January 15, 2011, 7:54 pm

      He loves coaching! He’s not a runner though 🙂

      • Baking 'n' Books January 15, 2011, 8:58 pm

        Does he run with you and the girls then?

        • Caitlin January 15, 2011, 9:37 pm

          You actually dont need to be a runner to do GOTR – you can be a jogger or a walker! 🙂

  • Alyssa January 15, 2011, 7:48 pm

    You guys will make an awesome coaching couple! Phoenix? Do I see a possible T&M and C&C meet-up in the future? 😉 Have fun and relax lots and lots! 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 15, 2011, 7:55 pm

    GOTR is such a great cause. That’s so awesome you’re such a big part in it by being a coach. 🙂 You’re changing so many girls’ lives!

  • Jennie January 15, 2011, 7:57 pm

    Phoenix? That’s where I live! 🙂 The weather is beautiful here right now! Have fun!

  • MeganSwit January 15, 2011, 8:13 pm

    Hi! I’ve never actually commented on your blog before, but I practically stalk it daily. haha! Anyway, I am sooo inspired by you and all the work you do for girls everywhere, with your books and volunteer work. I am looking at hopefully starting a GOTRI chapter through my county here in MN. There is NOTHING in my area even close to this great organization.

    You are such an inspiration, keep it up 🙂

    • Caitlin January 15, 2011, 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much Megan!!

  • Camille January 15, 2011, 8:16 pm

    Did they feed you that wrap!? What a great meal!

    • Caitlin January 15, 2011, 8:42 pm

      I stepped out and grabbed that because the vegetarian options were slim!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 15, 2011, 8:19 pm

    Enjoy your vacation Caitlin! Is GOTR a national organization? I would love to get involved with something like that around here!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 15, 2011, 8:19 pm

    have fun in Phoenix!!

    And your work as a coach is awesome 🙂

  • Kiran January 15, 2011, 8:48 pm

    Awesome Boyle’s 🙂 love spouse power! Enjoy vacationing, you both deserve it honey 🙂

  • Michelle January 15, 2011, 8:56 pm

    one of my favourite camp songs..ever.

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini January 15, 2011, 9:03 pm

    That wrap looks epic! Laurel market?

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun January 15, 2011, 9:25 pm

    You are in need of a vacay. Hope its all you are looking for and you get to fully enjoy it.

  • Amanda @ JustAmandaJ January 15, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Dang, that wrap is ginormous! Woot for vacations, that’s awesome you both are taking one, running your own business (blog/office) is hard work and you deserve it 🙂

  • Sana January 15, 2011, 9:50 pm

    Enjoy your trip!!!!

  • carlee January 15, 2011, 9:57 pm

    Your wrap looks fat and stuffed to the brim with yumminess!!!

    I love the “peel- bananas” video! Too cute.

    Your gorgeous Caitlin!

  • Amber January 15, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Have a great flight to Phoenix. I am there right now to run the marathon tomorrow morning. You guys will love how warm it is!!!

    • Caitlin January 15, 2011, 9:58 pm

      GOOD LUCK!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence January 15, 2011, 10:19 pm

    Have fun in Phoenix!

  • Charlie January 15, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I wish there was girl on the run here, I would love to volunteer! Love your shirt :).

  • ashley@quasichick January 16, 2011, 12:34 am

    I just looked online and we have a GOTR chapter near where I live (in Baton Rouge, LA). I am going to look into mentoring!

  • Lu January 16, 2011, 12:44 am

    You’re right! You do deserve a vacation, you work so hard. Enjoy it! Have a wonderful time.

  • Lana January 16, 2011, 1:01 am

    Sounds like a fabulous day!! Hope your getting your beauty sleep for your early flight. You definitely deserve a wonderfully relaxing vacation!!!

  • Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) January 16, 2011, 3:16 am

    looks like fun!!! have a great vacation!

  • Ashley January 16, 2011, 4:32 am

    GOTR looks like so much fun! I wish they had a branch in London.

  • Haleigh January 16, 2011, 8:14 am

    GOTR sounds like such a great organization! And you most definitely deserve a relaxing vacation 🙂 take it easy!

  • Kathie @ Frugal, Fit and Fabulous January 16, 2011, 8:34 am

    This seriously looks like A LOT of FUN! I wonder if they do this locally in NJ and that maybe next year I can help coach it too!

    Enjoy your vacation. You deserve it!

  • Emilie January 16, 2011, 8:57 am

    Have a great time in AZ! You’re going to be a great GOTR coach 🙂

  • Anne @butter and bear January 16, 2011, 9:10 am

    Have a great vacation! GOTR looks like such a great organization, it is so nice that your husband is willing to coach with you.

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous January 16, 2011, 10:55 am

    Mmm…that cupcake looks yummy. Enjoy your vacay–you deserve it!

  • Ashley January 16, 2011, 10:55 am

    Looks like so much fun! Being a GOTR coach is def. on my list of stuff to do this year, it seems like such an awesome program.

  • Amber K January 16, 2011, 11:24 am

    Have a great trip!

  • Elizabeth Kunz January 16, 2011, 11:43 am

    Love the pictures of the energy awards! So glad your husband is joining you in Scottsdale – I arrived yesterday and can’t wait to see you both!

  • Lauren @ vegerunner January 16, 2011, 5:20 pm

    I’d love to coach for GOTR but I don’t think there’s a Long Island, NY chapter yet (where I live) – maybe I can start one up? 😉

  • Krista @ Can't Survive on Yarn Alone January 17, 2011, 11:51 pm

    The banana video sooooo brings back jr high & high school memories from Snowflake/Snowball which were day/weekend positive thinking/living/safe&drugfree/selfesteem building workshops. I’m going to be singing the song in my head for awhile now. We just knew a slightly different routine.

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