Welcome to the South Pole, OB!

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This is too cool not to share!  πŸ™‚


I always say in interviews that IÒ€ℒve received Operation Beautiful notes from every continent except Antarctica.  Today I received a photograph of one that was taped to the South Pole.  Yes, the actual South Pole.


(Thanks Justin!)


Beyond that excitement, IÒ€ℒm plowing through loads of work and making progress on the first draft of the book.


I also attended a coachesÒ€ℒ meeting at Girls on the Run.  The season starts on Tuesday so we had a lot of last-minute stuff to go over.


And I ran 6.1 miles in 59:38 Γ’β‚¬β€œ very exciting because I had ZERO foot pain, which IÒ€ℒm taking as my cue to begin extending my long runs so I can get ready for the half!


Meals so far today included a scrumptious breakfast of whole wheat pancakes (box mix) with chia seeds, a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt, and a banana:


Pre-run snack was toast and chocolate PB:


And lunch was a hummus and spinach sandwich with lentil soup on the side.  The soup was Trader JoeÒ€ℒs brand and oh-so-good (even if it doesnÒ€ℒt LOOK pretty).


Back to work I go!


WhatÒ€ℒs an exotic locale youÒ€ℒd like to travel to?  I really, really want to go to Thailand.  One day!



  • Lindsay McAlester February 1, 2011, 2:44 pm

    Congrats on the pain-free half training! I would love to go to Japan! Seems like the IT place like the future type stuff.

  • Trish February 1, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Very cool on the note!

    And sounds like a super productive day! Way to rock it! πŸ™‚

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 1, 2011, 2:48 pm

    Woah so cool that you’ve received a note from every continent – congrats!!

    I have never been to Hawaii and want to go SO bad. I also would love to travel to Japan.

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith February 1, 2011, 2:50 pm

    I hope you frame that photo and put it above your desk!

  • Dynamics February 1, 2011, 2:51 pm

    I listened to the interview. Very cool picture. Operation is now worldwide!!!!! Congrats! If only you could get an astronaut to take a note to the moon!

    • Caitlin February 1, 2011, 2:52 pm

      OOO new goal!!!

  • Kristina @ spabettie February 1, 2011, 2:51 pm

    that is a GREAT photo!! I’m listening to the interview right now… and it’s at the… I’ll just say the “no bad press” portion. I just wanted to tell you again how much I appreciate the way you handled it then, and again today in the interview, with composure and grace.

    • Caitlin February 1, 2011, 2:54 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚ It was really a hard experience but I’m glad I went through it in the end.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 1, 2011, 2:52 pm

    Whoa! How cool!
    Now you need the North Pole πŸ˜‰

  • Amanda February 1, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Greece, without a doubt!

  • Amber K February 1, 2011, 2:59 pm

    That is so cool! I would never have guessed there would be an OB note at the South Pole! You have truly gone around the world!

  • JenATX February 1, 2011, 3:07 pm

    give yourself a pat on the back for working so hard on the book. Writing is so labor intensive & it can be easy to get off track. keep on pluggin’ πŸ™‚

  • Nikki M February 1, 2011, 3:09 pm

    MMMM I LOVE TJ’s lentil soup πŸ™‚ Now I’m hungry for some!!
    I’ve never been out of the US sooooooo…anywhere! Some place warm with friendly people πŸ™‚

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 1, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Ha! That is too cool!

    I’d love to go to Thailand too– I hear the beaches are amazing! I’d also love to explore Central America.

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) February 1, 2011, 3:12 pm


  • Alison @ Around the VeggieTable February 1, 2011, 3:13 pm

    I want to go to Thailand too! I really want to visit this elephant reserve there where they have taught the elephants to paint. It’s amazing. I think I’d also like to go to Italy at some point so I can eat copious amounts of pasta and drink red wine. I can do that at home, but I think it would be more acceptable in Italy.

  • Bridget February 1, 2011, 3:13 pm

    Lentil soup seems to be on the menu for today. I made a huge batch for Curried Red Lentil Soup on Saturday and it’s still paying off today.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence February 1, 2011, 3:13 pm

    That is so cool- now you have every single one!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) February 1, 2011, 3:14 pm

    My friend went to Thailand and loved it. He rode an elephant! I would love to go to Costa Rica.

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black February 1, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Very cool!

  • Eliz@The Sweet Life February 1, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Yay to the South Pole! Your influence is spreading.

  • Kiran February 1, 2011, 3:17 pm

    Awesomeness! Congratulations on Antartica πŸ™‚

  • Kacy February 1, 2011, 3:19 pm

    I love lentil soup, so I think that looks great. Can’t wait til I live near a TJ’s so I can reap those bounties.

    So awesome that OB is an Antarctica. That is amazing!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 1, 2011, 3:20 pm

    That is so exciting! I want to go to Greece some day.

    We also had pancakes here this morning and while lentil soup never really looks great…it always hits the spot!

  • Parita@myinnershakti February 1, 2011, 3:23 pm

    CONGRATS, Caitlin! That’s so exciting! You really have impacted the world!

    I really really want to go to the Maldives and Bali! I love tropical locations. πŸ™‚

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 1, 2011, 3:23 pm

    I want to go to India. I have been saying this for 10 years and almost went but got pregnant and have a small child..so this yoga and spiritual pilgrimage is on hold…for another few years πŸ™‚

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing February 1, 2011, 3:34 pm

    I’d have to go with Fiji or Tahiti! Have you ever seen pictures? O.M.G. **swoon**

  • Lindsey T. February 1, 2011, 3:37 pm

    The South Pole! That’s crazy! Which box mix do you use for whole wheat pancakes?

  • Meredith February 1, 2011, 3:42 pm

    That’s awesome that you got a note from the South Pole!!! Wowza!

    As for traveling, I definitely want to go someplace warm! I thought of Thailand for a while too, but a friend of mine who has spent a lot of time there told me I probably wouldn’t like the bug situation. She’s had tarantulas (yes, TARANTULAS!!!) in her home there!!!! I don’t think I could handle it!!!
    Greece would be nice πŸ™‚

  • Joanne February 1, 2011, 3:44 pm

    So glad you had a painless run. Sometimes, as we increase the mileage, we wonder how it felt to be pain free while running.
    How much faster do you run your races than you run your fast training runs? Have you ever wondered WHY most of us can’t train as fast as we race? (maybe it’s the competition that helps us along).

    Exotic places: I’d like to see Iceland but that’s out. Hubby met his first wife in Iceland. I doubt whether he’s up for a re-visit. πŸ˜‰

  • Nikki @ Eat, Run Read...Repeat February 1, 2011, 3:49 pm

    Wow, how awesome! OB is EVERYWHERE! Glad you had a painless run, I believe you are running your half on the day that I will be running mine (March 26th) Training Commence!

    My tropical place? Fiji, seems so wonderful there!

  • Ashley February 1, 2011, 3:50 pm

    I really want to go to England, which isn’t that exotic, but it’d be new to me πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie February 1, 2011, 3:57 pm

    That is the neatest thing ever! The South Pole….crazy cool.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) February 1, 2011, 3:58 pm

    You can say OB has now taken over the world. =)

  • Heather February 1, 2011, 4:01 pm

    Very cool! I would love to go to Bali someday.

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 1, 2011, 4:01 pm

    That’s amazing!! I would like to go to Nepal one day.

  • Jennie @ Designed to be Fit February 1, 2011, 4:05 pm

    Jamaica! It was our runner-up honeymoon destination but we took a cruise instead. πŸ™‚ We are thinking maybe for our 5 year anniversary!

  • Katie @ peacebeme February 1, 2011, 4:06 pm

    I just went to Thailand in October! It was amazing! Go to the southern islands and beaches, they are beautiful. I was mostly in or near Phuket.

    Now I want to go to Morocco!

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun February 1, 2011, 4:07 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Jamaica! My parents went there before I was born and said it was great! πŸ™‚

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy February 1, 2011, 4:10 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit the pyramids in Egypt, but unfortunately now is definitely not the time to do so. πŸ™

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 1, 2011, 4:14 pm

    I have that soup in my cabinet but have yet to try it..
    And that note is so cool!

  • emily February 1, 2011, 4:15 pm

    I really want to go to Italy. Gelato, gelato, gelato!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 1, 2011, 4:18 pm

    Now THAT is one awesome OB note!! How cool!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef February 1, 2011, 4:18 pm

    i really want to go to argentina or anywhere in central/south america!

  • Shari February 1, 2011, 4:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, how cool is that note? Does it just make you want to scream with excitement? πŸ™‚

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life February 1, 2011, 4:29 pm

    So cool there was one in the south pole! You rock as does operation beautiful! : )

  • Emily February 1, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Congrats on a no-foot-pain run! I really (up until the past few days) have wanted to travel to Egypt!

  • Sara February 1, 2011, 4:34 pm

    South Africa! Trying to work that angle for my honeymoon. If I win the lottery…

  • Kelly February 1, 2011, 4:37 pm

    That lunch look perfect!!! I want to go to Bali!!!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 1, 2011, 4:38 pm

    Thailand is definitely on my to-travel-to list! Ever since I spent a year abroad in Australia/New Zealand… I’ve had a huge desire to explore the South Pacific… but maybe not as far south as Antartica, ha! (BTW, so freakin’ cool that you got a note from there! I’d be on cloud nine today if were you, too!)

    Also, that sandwhich looks sooo good! Hummus = YUMMUS in my book!

    Oh, and CONGRATS on such a long and pain free run!!!! I know how exhilerating that feels… just be careful!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 1, 2011, 4:39 pm

    I love that OB picture! How cool! πŸ˜€
    I’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica and I’m finally going for spring break! (It’s for a study abroad class but still! :D)

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns) February 1, 2011, 4:39 pm

    i would love to go to greece or italy! and that is SO COOL about the south pole operation beautiful note! πŸ™‚

  • Cait February 1, 2011, 4:45 pm

    I adore the OB picture πŸ™‚ How wonderful! I would love to go to Bali or Greece!!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 1, 2011, 4:45 pm

    I love that its on the actual South Pole! How amazing πŸ™‚

  • Ashley (The Vegetable Life) February 1, 2011, 4:49 pm

    I would love to go to sinapore and bali! Maybe even Bora Bora?!

  • Betsy February 1, 2011, 4:51 pm

    Greece, and Finland are at the top of my list! I hope that next year I can go to one of them!

  • Kelly February 1, 2011, 4:51 pm

    TJ’s has the best lentil soup! That’s so cool about the OB at the South Pole. Amazing.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 1, 2011, 4:56 pm

    That’s crazy! I want to go to Antarctica and South Africa πŸ™‚

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 1, 2011, 5:01 pm

    How awesome!! No doubt OB’s global..but it’s coolto see it in action like that! πŸ™‚ And congrats on the pain-free run today- those are the best.

  • LIz February 1, 2011, 5:10 pm

    I also would love to go to Thailand. And New Zealand…andI really want to go to Peru!

  • Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods) February 1, 2011, 5:20 pm

    Congrats on making it to the south pole! It shows how your message resonates with women all over the planet!

  • Maren February 1, 2011, 5:21 pm

    I’m currently training for my first half April 2nd (woo hoo!!!) and my one recommendation is to NEVER skip your workouts!! If you miss one, work it into the rest of the week. But skipping runs, especially your long one, can do some serious damage!

  • Joy - HTP Mom February 1, 2011, 5:28 pm

    Congratulations on wrapping up a world of involvement in OB!! The last continent, Antarctica, did a great post on The Post!!

  • Natalia - a side of simple February 1, 2011, 5:38 pm

    That is so awesome about the South Pole AND about your foot having no pain! Definitely made me smile despite the freezing rain and snow outside my window.

  • erica February 1, 2011, 5:38 pm

    i’m dying to go to bora bora!!!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 1, 2011, 5:40 pm

    Congrats on the OB note and the pain free run! I want to go to New Zealand and ride horses all over the beaches and green fields.

  • Olivia February 1, 2011, 5:54 pm

    I lovvvveee TJ’s lentil soup! Actually, I love like everything there;) but your lunch looks so yummy! Congrats on the great long run, painfree!!! That is awesome! πŸ™‚

  • Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) February 1, 2011, 5:54 pm

    I really want to go to Australia!! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren February 1, 2011, 5:55 pm

    I’d love to go to New Zealand and Australia – I even have friends there to visit & show me around.

  • Anne @ Life is a Joy February 1, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Morocco! Marakesh, Fez, etc… Wanted to go there even before the Sex and the City 2 movie!

  • Emilie February 1, 2011, 6:41 pm

    That OB note is incredible! I’m not sure there’s anywhere I’ve always wanted to go, although right now I am definitely dreaming of warmer places…where it DOESN’T SNOW.

  • Jen February 1, 2011, 6:45 pm

    Congrats on the pain free run! As for the exotic locale…Tahiti is tops on my list (lmao, first I typed tahini). I’ve always wanted to go there, specifically Bora Bora, but seeing my inlaw’s pics from a cruise they took in that region guaranteed it a place on my bucket list.

  • Annette February 1, 2011, 6:48 pm

    I want to go to Greece!!! πŸ™‚

  • Edwina February 1, 2011, 7:13 pm

    Hi Caitlin!
    I just got back from a trip to Thailand (it’s close to Australia so not too expensive) it was awesome and if you ever go stay on phi phi island. Bangkok was also great especially the cheap market shopping. Also the accom and general living expenses are so cheap. You’d be surprised at how economical the trip can be. It may be closer than u think! Personally I want to go back to America, I loved loved new York…

  • Raya February 1, 2011, 7:19 pm

    That’s great, the South Pole-how cool! I wonder what they call “Thai food” in Thailand? I guess just…food.

  • Kara February 1, 2011, 7:38 pm

    Pain free runs are awesome! I’d love to go to New Zealand one day, I love the idea of my husband being able to ski and me being able to go to the beach all on one vacation! Plus, I’m a huge Lord of the Rings nerd, so seeing where they filmed the movie would be sweet too πŸ™‚

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit February 1, 2011, 7:47 pm

    I want to go anywhere in Africa, and also Brazil and Chile! So cool about OB at the South Pole πŸ™‚

  • Lauren February 1, 2011, 7:47 pm

    You definitely know how to train right!!! I remember when you first noticed the foot pain and you totally backed off and took it slow. GOOD FOR YOU!! I guess it takes an injury to learn how to prevent the next one but I have to say, you are truly considered a real runner when you can train right. Kudos girl! πŸ™‚

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 1, 2011, 7:59 pm

    Very cool milestone for Operation Beautiful!

    Stephen and I have always wanted to go to Ireland.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now February 1, 2011, 8:05 pm

    Australia. I’ve only been to Japan so far, but I’d love to go to Australia.

  • Maryann February 1, 2011, 8:25 pm

    That is so awesome, congrats! I have been to Figi, Egypt and various places in Europe. I would love to go to Asia and Australia!

  • Kari @ Human, MD February 1, 2011, 8:41 pm

    Nepal! All I need is a bag of medical supplied, a parka, and a sherpa.

  • Carly February 1, 2011, 8:46 pm

    I don’t know how exotic it is but I’m going to Finland this summer!

  • kate February 1, 2011, 8:48 pm

    Im with you on Thailand!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 1, 2011, 8:51 pm

    The South Pole? That’s amazing! I really want to go to Australia some day!

  • Ashley February 1, 2011, 9:00 pm

    why is chocolate pb so dang good!? Addicting!!!

  • Amy @ Amy Starts to Run February 1, 2011, 9:31 pm

    That’s so fracken incredible!

    I’m hooked on all things tropical lately, I would love to go to Bora Bora or Fiji or anywhere with white sandy beaches…..

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 1, 2011, 9:32 pm

    That is so cool that OB has spread all the way to the South Pole. You’re going to be more famous than Oprah soon. πŸ˜‰

  • Amanda February 1, 2011, 10:02 pm

    I would love to go to Hawaii!

    That is awesome news about your foot! You must be so stoked : D

  • Candice February 1, 2011, 11:57 pm

    how cool that about the Antarctica note! And congrats on your run. I think I’ve decided to start training for my second half marathon…and I’m so excited!

    You must visit Thailand! My husband and I lived there for a year in 2008-2009, and it was the most amazing year of my life. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about it. I’m dying to go back – hopefully in the next couple of years!

    My advice if you go is to stay longer and visit some surrounding countries as well – Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia – it’s so cheap to travel between countries once you get there, and there is so much culture in the region. Also, don’t just stay at the beaches in the south, make sure you travel to Chiang Mai (north) and Bangkok (central) as well! Sorry, I get a bit excited…

  • Gill (snaxandthecity) February 2, 2011, 4:54 am

    i’ve been to thailand. i thought it was a total hole, if i’m honest! granted i didn’t go to the North which i’ve heard is much better, but the famous areas (Phuket, Phi Phi, Ko Phang An (sp?)) are all pretty gross. touristy and garish and with not an inch of culture. i would only return if i could avoid the South completely and go to the North and then over to Laos and Cambodia, which I’ve heard are much more ‘real’ and less touristy!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 2, 2011, 8:54 am

    South Pole Operation Beautiful sighting!!! That is so cool.

    I’m planning a trip to Thailand right now! Aiming for a springtime trip, but we’ll see how fast I can plan. If that falls through, I’m thinking Greece.

  • Justin Lukasavige February 2, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Very happy to help with the picture, Caitlin!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 2, 2011, 6:55 pm

    Congrats on reaching the south pole! That is pretty exciting!

  • Stephanie S. February 3, 2011, 9:16 am

    That bread looks delicious! Where did you get it?

    • Caitlin February 3, 2011, 9:31 am

      It’s from Harris Teeter, it’s called La Brea

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