Back On My Feet

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Happy to announce that Sophie and I completed a 5K run this morning, and all parts (lungs, knee) felt pretty good.  It’s been a rough week, fitness-wise, so I’m glad I’m getting back to my normal self.  And not a moment too soon!


We took it easy, especially going up hills, because I definitely could feel myself getting winded.  We finished 3.1 miles in about 35 minutes.  I’m thrilled!


And then I SOMEHOW talked her into going for manicures and pedicures. 😉 It took a lot of convincing.  Heh.  Especially when I told her she could get free wine.


I stuck with magazines:


And a Vivanno smoothie from Starbucks.  Starbucks actually makes great smoothies; all that’s in them are strawberries, banana, whey protein, and milk.


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Plus, leftover Thai.  In case you’re curious, I described how to make the coconut milk sauce in more detail in Comment #56 of this post.  It really is wonderful, especially the next day when the flavors have had a chance to mesh together.


In other news…


The excitement builds! 🙂 Nothing quite like race anticipation.



  • jen @ taste life March 17, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Oh, how good a mani pedi sounds right now.

  • Alison March 17, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Heh, I’m running the National Half, too and got my email today. It is rather lengthy.
    I don’t know what your your race transportation situation is, but I’m totally annoyed that the Metro doesn’t open until 6 this year. RFK is a 45 minute Metro ride from my house and I’ll never make it on time if they open at 6. Guess I’ll have to drive.

    Looking forward to the race, though. 🙂

    • Rae March 17, 2011, 3:35 pm

      lol, no doubt! I think the race should be a breeze compared to packet pick up, right? I guess RFK has free parking…not sure how much of a mess thats gonna be….

      • alison March 17, 2011, 4:02 pm

        Yep, parking is free and they’re opening up two extra parking lots to help with the extra traffic.

        It’s DC…parking is always a mess!

        • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 4:15 pm

          I haven’t even thought about this… it sounds like it’s going to be a nightmare.

    • Evan Thomas March 17, 2011, 4:54 pm

      I got the email, bookmarked it, and haven’t even read it yet. I looked at it and thought “Geez, I only have 20 minutes.” Ha, sounds like I better go read it now.

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance) March 17, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Does Starbucks really use real strawberries now? When I worked there a few years ago we used a box of strawberry goo. Maybe there were real strawberries in there somewhere, but I think it was near the bottom of the ingredient list. I do know they use real bananas now though at least 🙂

    • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 4:20 pm

      He said it was ‘strawberry puree’ but I’m not sure what that means, exactly.

      • Kellie March 21, 2011, 3:05 pm

        I’ve worked at Starbucks for 5 years and we do not use real strawberries. real bananas but we definately use boxed puree. Next time at Starbucks, you can ask to see the label on teh box & read all the addititions.

  • Caroline March 17, 2011, 1:12 pm

    I really love the pictures of flowers that you’ve been including lately. Such a small detail, but it really brightens the mood! Sounds like you had a fun girls afternoon..those are the best!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 17, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Haha 2 pages is a little excessive! Tomorrow I’m taking a day off and a pedicure and massage are tops on my list! Congrats on the run Caitlin!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 17, 2011, 1:15 pm

    I’m glad your run went well!

    And yes now I can look at packet pick-up instructions and kind of laugh, but I was super nervous about my first 2 races — I didn’t want to miss the race! Oh and I had no clue what I was doing. Thank God other racers are so knowledgeable!

    • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 4:16 pm

      Haha I just wander into packet pickup, looking confused, and I ask someone who looks like they know what they are doing.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 17, 2011, 1:16 pm

    No one ever has to try and coerce me into gettin a mani/pedi!!

  • Maryann (The Balanced Bean) March 17, 2011, 1:21 pm

    I totally want a pedicure now! I never knew the ingredients in Starbucks smoothies…not bad!

  • Megan March 17, 2011, 1:21 pm

    How fun that you have a built in running buddy and partner for mani-pedis with Sophie! Hope you ladies enjoy your girl time together!

    P.s. super cute baby wishing everyone a happy st. Patrick’a day on my blog. Go look 🙂

  • Amy March 17, 2011, 1:21 pm

    Ooh I love their chocolate smoothies the best. YUM!

  • Clarissa March 17, 2011, 1:22 pm

    Yay for mani/pedis! I am in desperate need…

  • Emily March 17, 2011, 1:22 pm

    I just got the email and thought the same thing. Ridiculous.

    So glad to hear you’re back to healthy and up and running (ha. ha.) in time for your half-a-palooza.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) March 17, 2011, 1:23 pm

    I love Starbucks smoothies- so good!

  • Marina March 17, 2011, 1:25 pm

    Hm, I need to try a starbucks smoothie next time I travel somewhere.
    Glad you had a good run!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 17, 2011, 1:28 pm

    what a fabulous day!!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 17, 2011, 1:30 pm

    Sounds like an awesome day so far. I’ve never had starbucks smoothie, but I don’t drink milk and I hate bananas so that my be why haha.

  • Angela @ My Pinky Toes March 17, 2011, 1:31 pm

    Yay for getting back on your feet! I always feel like it’s so hard to get going again after a few days off.
    I’m doing my first half marathon in exactly one month and I’m already anxious with anticipation…any advice for my first half?

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 17, 2011, 1:34 pm

    I am definitely going to try that smoothie. Looks delicious!

  • L March 17, 2011, 1:35 pm

    I just got that email too. It is very detailed, however you know a TON of people will show up without that waiver, no photo ID, etc. so it takes some reminding I guess. I can’t wait! We’re hoping for good weather, lots of spectators, and lots of water stations!

    • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 4:17 pm

      I still plan to show up without that waiver… LOL

  • Beth March 17, 2011, 1:36 pm

    I just got my email for National too! But remember, these instructions are NOTHING compared to Disney. Those race instructions take a whole booklet!

    • Jess March 17, 2011, 1:48 pm

      Disney was insane! But wonderful! Heehee.

      • Beth March 17, 2011, 1:49 pm

        What’s insane is I’m thinking of going Goofy next year. TWO booklets of instructions!

        • Jess March 17, 2011, 1:50 pm

          Oh you GO girl! A friend did that when I did the full (Jan 2010)…I’m in awe. 🙂

        • Baking 'n' Books March 17, 2011, 2:46 pm

          Disney sounds like a blast! I’d go Goofy too 😉

          Why all the “instructions”?! Complicated course?!

        • Beth March 17, 2011, 3:10 pm

          The Disney course isn’t complicated (it’s probably the best marked course I’ve ever seen actually, it’s very well staffed, and the race starts so early it’s only runners out!) there are just a lot of logistics about getting to the start from your hotel, what roads are open, where spectators can and can’t be, etc. Because the race is totally on private (Disney) property, they have a lot of rules. But honestly, I think the rules are what makes it such a great, organized, runner focused race. Plus running through the castle isn’t bad either!

        • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 4:18 pm

          Good luck on Goofy!

        • alison March 17, 2011, 7:15 pm

          My husband and I are going to do the Goofy in 2013. We’d do it next year, but he’ll be deployed. We’re oddly (and goofily?!) looking forward to it!

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle March 17, 2011, 1:38 pm

    I love those starbucks smoothies!!!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews March 17, 2011, 1:43 pm

    That Thai food looks great! Have you ever had the Starbucks chocolate banana smoothie? That one is really good.

    • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 4:19 pm

      Oh yes it is!!! Yum.

  • Jess March 17, 2011, 1:48 pm

    So glad you’re better!!! Yay race anticipation!! Yeah, we’ve gotten a bazillion emails about packet-pickup for NYC this weekend…goodness.

  • Melissa March 17, 2011, 1:55 pm

    Glad to hear you are feeling better! I could use a pedi right now myself, but none I’ve ever been to has offered wine. 🙁

  • Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen March 17, 2011, 1:59 pm

    Oh, I would LOVE a mani/pedi right now! Good choice, Sophie 🙂

  • Kacy March 17, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Yay! I love packet pick-ups. So exciting.
    Congrats on getting a solid run in!

  • Alexis March 17, 2011, 2:29 pm

    Great. Now I want thai. And a mani/pedi.

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East March 17, 2011, 2:37 pm

    I LOVE Thai! The dish Sophie made looks fabulous! I desperately need a good pedi right now!

  • Kara March 17, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Now I’m picturing (or mind-smelling) how the Metro is going to smell after the National Half. I guess the sweat smell will cover up the normal unpleasant Metro smell that emits from those orange seats?

    I’m glad you had a good run and I’m jealous your pedicure! My feet are a mess from my marathon last weekend but I haven’t had a chance to go yet!

  • Vanessa @ Swift as Shadows March 17, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Must try that coconut milk sauce stat!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 17, 2011, 3:03 pm

    I am so glad you are feeling better! Sounds like things are moving in the right direction. Have fun on your girl afternoon.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) March 17, 2011, 3:06 pm

    I am just getting back into my running groove after being sick for a could of weeks–it is a great feeling!

    I always feel bad for the person who gives me my pedicure because of my “runner’s feet!” They are so calloused and chewed up all the time!

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef March 17, 2011, 3:08 pm

    ooh we’re going to starbucks in a bit…that smoothie looks good!

  • Katie @ PEACEBEME March 17, 2011, 3:44 pm

    Will be checking out that comment for more instructions, Thai is my favorite ethnic food!

  • never not dreaming March 17, 2011, 3:46 pm

    Pretty colors.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 17, 2011, 3:50 pm

    It’s a Pet Peeve of mine when races make the instructions WAY more complicated than they need to be! Good grief!

  • Mary March 17, 2011, 4:06 pm

    I just want to say that I’m so glad that you’re a “real person” and not a running machine like some other blogs i’ve been reading lately, where the authors run through thick and thin and sickness and death. it’s always refreshing to know that there is someone like me out there 🙂

    • Mary March 17, 2011, 4:07 pm

      I meant this in the regard that you know your bod and when to take a break. not that you’re not a running machine; we all know you’re a rock star 😉

      • Caitlin March 17, 2011, 4:19 pm

        Heheh I understand and I agree!

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily March 17, 2011, 4:10 pm

    I am glad you are doing better. There is nothing more frustrating then wanting to be active but your body isn’t ready.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 17, 2011, 4:35 pm

    So glad to hear that you are feeing better 🙂

  • Kiran March 17, 2011, 4:40 pm

    I love how you combined mani-pedi after a work out 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 17, 2011, 4:48 pm

    Geez, hope you don’t get lost or twisted getting your packet!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 17, 2011, 5:01 pm

    What a fun day! A run plus manicures and pedicures?! That’s great! Also, I didn’t know those Vivano smoothies were so good for you! i just assumed they were milkshakes, lol

  • ashley March 17, 2011, 5:18 pm

    I need a pedicure supah badly! My last run actually took off the polish completley on one of my toenails, no idea how that happened

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 17, 2011, 5:41 pm

    Yayyyyy for feeling better! I need a pedicure sooo badly, i think painting my nails is going on my to-do list, ha!

  • Olivia March 17, 2011, 8:23 pm

    omg mani and pedi sounds sooo good right now!! i’m going next week before my trip to FLORIDDDAAA!!! AHH!!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 17, 2011, 9:18 pm

    yahhhhh nice job on the 5 K!!!

  • Lizzy March 17, 2011, 9:45 pm

    I’ve run the National marathon two years in a row and packet pickup is super easy! Have a great time in DC

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 18, 2011, 7:30 am

    I love those Vivanno smoothies too! Congrats on the run! 🙂

  • Alyssa March 18, 2011, 12:21 pm

    Congrats on getting better!

    On the subject of race anticipation – I was supposed to run my first 10k a week from sunday – but of course while skiing over Spring Break, I came home from Colorado with a non-displaced tibia plateau compression fracture (no surgery required). I am on strict orders to not put weight on my left leg for 4-8 weeks and be under close supervision of my orthopedic surgeon. So, I’m quite sad about not being able to run my 10K. Do you have any tips for staying in shape on crutches??? I’m already going stir-crazy, and I got hurt on Tuesday. Thanks!

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