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It’s beautiful outside!  I can’t wait for spring to fully bloom.  It’s so close; I can smell it in the air (oh wait, that’s just unusually high pollen counts…)!


Today’s agenda includes running 5.0 miles.  The Husband is going to bike alongside me so I’m excited for that.  It’s nice to have a fuel mule entertainment.


Pre-run breakfast:


Whole wheat pancakes, almonds, and a banana.  No syrup or yogurt because we’re all out. It was a little dry!


Since it appears everyone else feels equally antsy for their big upcoming race, I thought I’d share some of my favorite fun running posts:








Pssst – I’m stilling collecting Ask Me Anything questions for an upcoming FAQ post.  So if you’re dying to ask what gear I use during workouts, why I hate the gym, how short Maggie’s legs are, and other burning questions, let her rip in the comments section!



  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 27, 2011, 10:50 am

    Have fun on the run! 🙂

    I’m sure I have a few questions for you…but right now, they all escape me! I’m sure I’ll be back to comment again later. 😉

    Have a great day! 🙂

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 27, 2011, 10:52 am

    I think its great to have company on a run. Sometimes just having someone there gives you that little extra push.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) February 27, 2011, 10:54 am

    I woke up this morning to PURE SUNSHINE and birds chirping. I was instantly happy!

  • Heather February 27, 2011, 10:56 am

    I am planning on running my first marathon sometime this year. I started doing some research on these full marathons and saw that some (most?) require a qualifying race. How do I even start running races if I need one to qualify? (esp for full marathons) Besides that, I am excited for it 🙂

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 10:59 am

      Just curious what marathons you were looking at with qualifiers!

      Yay so excited for you – the first mary is so awesome.

      • Heather February 27, 2011, 11:08 am

        As a newb, I didn’t realize how big the Boston Marathon truly was.. haha so that was the first one I came across. Then, I saw there was a half-marathon in DC in March that required a qualifying time. So, I am looking for a race somewhere on the east coast. I have tried searching for a website or some sort of chart that gives me a quick way to see which races I am allowed to run without a qualifying time… but seem to be having some trouble finding it. Do you know of any?

        • Rae February 27, 2011, 11:10 am

          try http://www.marathonguide.com. To be honest, the National Marathon in DC and Boston are anomolies….most races dont have qualifying times!

        • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 11:12 am

          I agree with Rae – National Half in DC and Boston are unique because they are really popular and have size limitations.

          Try Run to Remember in Boston if you’re from there.

        • Heather February 27, 2011, 11:12 am

          Oh YAY!
          Thanks for letting me know!

        • Molly February 27, 2011, 1:33 pm

          Yeah, most marathons don’t have qualifying times! Most even allow walkers. And there are a ton to choose from. Good luck!

  • Stacey February 27, 2011, 11:05 am

    I had the husband bike beside me on the last run I did and it was actually quite fun having someone to talk to.

  • Lee February 27, 2011, 11:12 am

    The pollen in Atlanta is insane. Like 120+ is considered extremely high and ours will get up to 5000. I’m sure that Charlotte is similar. But it’s nice to already have flowers, right?!

  • Zo February 27, 2011, 11:13 am

    I picture of the bee is beautiful (and the picture of the food makes me hungry even though breakfast was an hour ago).

    I know you’ve talked about it before, but I’d love to hear more about your approach to time management! I’m awed by how much you get done and would appreciate knowing more since I always feel like I’m trying to do 50 things at once (then get frustrated and end up not getting much done at all).

    • Zo February 27, 2011, 11:15 am

      Oops…I meant “The picture”…At first I was going to say “I think the picture” and obviously didn’t commit to the change when I started altering it…

  • Melanie February 27, 2011, 11:18 am

    Ooooo – I have a question! How do you think your blogs, workouts, races, book writing, etc. will or will not change when you have a baby? I hope I’m not being presumptuous by saying you want a baby – I think I read that you did want one eventually. 🙂

  • Lauren @ChiGalLauren February 27, 2011, 11:19 am

    I always love book recommendations from bloggers…what are your fav fav healthy eating/cooking/etc books that really love??

  • Alexandria February 27, 2011, 11:31 am

    I love the first picture. I have a gear question for you. How do you set your Garmin (I have the 305) to record the pace for each individual mile? When I get my data, I can only see the average pace per mile, not pace for individual miles. Thanks!

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 11:54 am

      I will answer this for you right now! It’s the AutoLap feature which is under Mode -> Training. Once you turn on AutoLap (to record every mile). You can go into Mode -> History -> Select the run and press enter -> Press enter again to see each lap details!

      • Alexandria February 27, 2011, 9:19 pm

        Thanks for the reply! I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this since I got my Garmin in October. 🙂 I’m running a half next weekend, good luck with the rest of your training!

  • Jill February 27, 2011, 11:33 am

    Those pancakes look yummy! What is the recipe??

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 11:55 am

      No recipe, it’s a mix! Hodgson Mills.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 27, 2011, 11:33 am

    Sometimes I like running alone, but other times it’s really nice to have someone there beside me to take my mind off of what I’m putting my legs through! Hope the run went well! 🙂

  • jen @ taste life February 27, 2011, 11:39 am

    I would love it if you answered some more questions about book-writing. I know you did a post on it once, but I’m curious about things like if you make your entire living writing books, or it’s a combo of things, if you think you’ll continue writing books your whole career, what else you want to write about, how you keep yourself motivated with a deadline, how the release dates for books are picked (like, you finished this new one this month, but it doesn’t come out until next summer…what happens in between??) and other book and career related stuff.

  • Jen February 27, 2011, 11:41 am

    Since your husband is in alternative medicine and working at the clinic is a big part of your lives, do either (or both) of you see a conventional doctor for your primary care physician? I hope this question isn’t too nosey, but I’m curious about what you think of conventional medical care, if it has a place or if you avoid it altogether.

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 11:55 am

      Ooo good question!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life February 27, 2011, 11:49 am

    Great way to do something together with the running and biking.

  • Laura H. February 27, 2011, 11:55 am

    Actually, now that you brought it up – why do you hate the gym? I am a member at a pretty expensive one and sometimes I feel like I have to go and run the treadmill instead of outside to “get my money’s worth.” I also get scared that if I ditch the membership, I’ll lose my motivation and my overall fitness. Your thoughts?

  • Natalia - a side of simple February 27, 2011, 12:15 pm

    My question is, when are you going to come to RI? 🙂

    Have a great day, Caitlin!

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 3:49 pm

      Ahh I want to come! I’ve never been to Rhode Island.

  • Natalia - a side of simple February 27, 2011, 12:16 pm

    My question is, when are you coming to visit RI? 😉

    Have a great run and great day, Caitlin!

  • Kara February 27, 2011, 12:26 pm

    Question: can I rent your husband’s fuel mule services for my upcoming marathon?

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 3:49 pm


      He says sure why not?

  • Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) February 27, 2011, 12:26 pm

    I’m making chocolate chip pancakes as well speak. 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 27, 2011, 12:28 pm

    It’s a BEAUTIFUL day.. one of those days that makes me happy to live in the South 🙂

  • amber February 27, 2011, 12:29 pm

    Question: I have recently wondered more about what your spiritual/religious stand points are. I understand if that is something you don’t really talk about on your blog, but you briefly mentioned it in the post about the Husband, and I wondered. Especially since it is so important to so many people. I feel very formal 🙂

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 3:50 pm

      I will definitely answer this 🙂 Now I’m curious about your beliefs!

  • christine February 27, 2011, 12:35 pm

    Do you ever say “what the heck” and go get fast food? I’m talking the bad stuff- Taco Bell, McDonalds, etc… 😉

    • christine February 27, 2011, 1:05 pm

      Oh wait, I bet there wouldn’t be many options for you even if you wanted to. Except salad, which is so not worth it.

      • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 3:51 pm

        Hahah I really don’t LIKE fast food! I never was really into fast food, even as a kid. I think my biggest unhealthy food weakness is really greasy Chinese or Thai food, actually – like super saucy pad thai and spring rolls. Or Indian food with tonnnns of naan. Yum.

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 27, 2011, 12:39 pm

    I think my allergies are ahead of the season! It’s springtime in my sniffer right now, lol.

  • Kira February 27, 2011, 12:40 pm

    Okay, so I am dying to ask how did you get such a tight stomach? Is that from running solely or from an ab routine you do?? If it is an ab routine then you must share immediately! 🙂


  • Lindsey February 27, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Can you believe it snowed today in Boston?!

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 3:52 pm

      Hahah NO I cannot!

  • caitie February 27, 2011, 12:55 pm

    This is goofy but how do you pronounce your husbands name?! Is it just pronounced the same as Christian? For some reason I always said it in my head as kris-tee-ahn and then when I said that to my sister she looked at me like I was stupid! Haha

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 27, 2011, 1:01 pm

    So much pancake action happening on the blogs with weekend!! They all look fantastic!

  • Freya February 27, 2011, 1:05 pm

    Ooh I have a question! It’s not a FAQ cos I doubt anyone else cares apart from me though :p but how did the husband get to live in America when he’s English? I think you said before that he moved when he was 16 with his parents, so I suppose the q is more, how did his parents get to move? It’s SO hard to get a Visa unless you’re $loaded$ now, and I so badly want to live in the States :'(

  • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 1:06 pm

    Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? I know readers can guess based on your blog, but in reality, a majority of us do not personally know you. So I am curious 🙂

  • Julia February 27, 2011, 1:38 pm

    Sex drive and mileage. Discuss. 🙂

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 3:54 pm


      I will answer this one here. 🙂

      Marathon training KILLS my sex drive, which is why I do not enjoy training for 26.2 miles and shall stick to halves for now!

  • Katie February 27, 2011, 1:48 pm

    I don’t have a question, I just wanted to say I ran my first half marathon this morning! Thanks so much for all your tips and inspiration! 🙂

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 3:56 pm

      YAY! Way to go 🙂

  • Holly February 27, 2011, 1:53 pm

    How did you and the husband meet?

  • Jess February 27, 2011, 1:58 pm

    I have a running question! I’m very new to running, and would really like to incorporate it into my routine, but every time I try, I end up have excruciating shin and calf pain, about 5 minutes into it. Any ideas on what I could be doing wrong? Help!

  • Lisa February 27, 2011, 2:23 pm

    No questions I can think of, but I wanted to say thanks for all the running tips. I’m training for my first marathon right now and it’s very helpful to look over some of your older posts about your marathon training, both for the running tips and the encouragement and excitement you share!

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 3:56 pm

      Yay 🙂 Thank you so much.

  • amanda February 27, 2011, 2:56 pm

    My question is: do you ever get discouraged by friends who are faster than you? I’m currently training for my first half and dying, while my friend who has the same experience as me finds it so easy and she’s running at a faster pace. I can’t help but feel like a slow poke/loser.

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic February 27, 2011, 3:26 pm

    Those pancakes look DELISH – even if they were a little dry sans syrup. What can ya do?

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 27, 2011, 4:06 pm

    Lucky–enjoy the run with a mule beside ya 😉

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods February 27, 2011, 4:37 pm

    This may not be the type of question you had in mind, but what type of food did you guys serve at your wedding? I’m a veggie, but my fiance isn’t and I want to be sure there is plenty for my pescetarian/vegetarian friends. I want the food to stand out and be enjoyable to all without being crazy expensive. I also don’t want it to be just a bunch of boring veggies that no one is happy with. Ideas? Would love to know how you did it. Thanks!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 27, 2011, 4:47 pm

    Ahhh, that is so funny! I’ve dragged my sister on runs with me, and she rides her bike next to me and holds my water and snacks. Perfect solution- you get entertainment and free hands 🙂

  • Marissa C February 27, 2011, 4:54 pm


    Have you ever done/thought of doing P90x? Why or why not?

  • Susan February 27, 2011, 5:41 pm

    An entirely random question, but were you athletic when you were a kid? Another one – where do you see your running going down the road? Still racing or more running for fun? Oooh – and prediction time – do you see yourself still running 40 years from now?

  • fawn February 27, 2011, 5:46 pm

    I don’t want to get too personal but just interested in your arguing style. If you and your husband disagree or argue about something do you like to resolve it before you go to bed or sleep on it and come back to it? As my whole lifestyle gets healthier I feel like its less necessary to resolve it right away just so I can feel better and sleep.

  • Steph February 27, 2011, 6:18 pm

    caitlin&blog ladies; what is the best source/site/blog for meal plans? i would love to know how much to eat/what is the best to eat/ so on and so forth. i need some guidance!

  • Mrs. Muffins February 27, 2011, 6:43 pm

    I have a couple questions!
    One: It seems like you share a lot of information about the area you live, places you go, etc. How do you prevent creepers from creeping? Have you ever had to deal with that?
    Two: Since you’re vegetarian and husband is vegan, when you two have a baby will you raise him/her as a vegetarian too?

    I was vegetarian when I conceived my little girl, my entire pregnancy and the duration of breastfeeding. She’s almost two and has never ate meat. She’s healthy, happy, and loves animals!

    • Caitlin February 27, 2011, 7:35 pm

      I’ll answer Q number 1 here!

      One thing you can do is make sure your domain name registration is set to private. Otherwise people can see your address. 🙂 I haven’t had too many creepy moments, but we do take certain precautions.

  • Lyn February 27, 2011, 6:47 pm

    I’m really curious, how did the husband get interested in Oriental Medicine? I’m an MD (a resident) and I had never heard of his specialty before your blog, but I think it’s awesome! I have worked with some physicians that have gotten certified to do acupuncture, and it’s something I would definitely like to learn more about someday.

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 27, 2011, 6:51 pm

    I look forward to your FAQ post! Lots of good questions in here 🙂

  • Sarah February 27, 2011, 7:26 pm

    Hello! I have been reading your blog for a couple of months but never commented before. I really enjoy reading your blog 🙂 I hope it is okay if I ask some questions for your FAQ page…

    Can you share some of your favorite workout gear with us? I am specifically interested in capris and running tights, though would love to hear about all your favs! Also, if you have some you do NOT recommend, that is always helpful too!

    Also, I hope this isn’t too weird but can you share what sports bras you use? I am smaller overall but bigger chested and I have a super hard time finding good sports bras. I usually have to double up which is super annoying and constricting!! And sometimes I am fine at the beginning of a run but by the end I want to seriously hold my boobs to keep them from bouncing (sorry if tmi!). Anyway, I would love your experience/advice!

    Hope you have a great week 🙂

  • Marissa C February 27, 2011, 7:27 pm

    More questions!

    What are your thoughts on protein powders? (Whey Isolate, Soy, etc.) If you do use them, what brand? If not, what are your reasons?

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 27, 2011, 7:42 pm

    Giiiirl I will SO run a longrun with you!!! Today my long run was 12 miles, and this coming weekend is 16 (furthest I’ll ever have run, eeee!) I just signed up for Corporate Cup, too, a half marathon here in Charlotte on March 12 (i’m scheduled to run 18 miles that day so I’m just gonna tack on 5 miles). But really, let me know whenever you want a buddy (just a warning though, I’m suuuupser slow, like, 11 min miles slow…)

    Oh! And have you ever done a post on how you and the hubs split up chores?! I think that’d be super interesting 🙂

  • Angela February 27, 2011, 8:05 pm

    Any advice for single vegetarians and vegans trying to find a boyfriend/girlfriend with similar values would be greatly appreciated. How do you work out meals with the husband since he is vegan? Thanks! Love your blog!!

  • Lyn February 27, 2011, 9:44 pm

    Oh one more for Caitlin or anyone else that wants to weigh in:

    Anyone have any thoughts on the Nike iPod vs. Garmin for tracking your running distance/speed? I use Nike iPod right now but sometimes I question how accurate it is, and I’m thinking of investing in a Garmin. Thanks!

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good February 27, 2011, 10:28 pm

    I do have a burning question, but I don’t know if anyone else is burning to know… I’m toying with the idea of a duathlon, and my bike is a mountain bike. I don’t see a new bike in my near future, and I wondered if it would be reasonable to do a duathlon with a mountain bike. What would you say based on your experiences at bike events? Thanks!!

  • Heather R, February 27, 2011, 10:51 pm

    My question: When will your hubby do an accent vlog? I know I’m not the only one eager to hear his British accent!

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