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I woke up this morning CRAVING fresh fruit.  The urge for fruit was so powerful that when I opened the fridge and saw we had no fruit, I jumped in the car with wet hair and drove all the way to Trader JoeÒ€ℒs at 9 AM.


I think the bag boy thought I was mildly crazy.


But at least I had everything I wanted for breakfast:


In the bowl:


  • A banana
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Greek yogurt
  • Sunflower seeds


The makings of a very happy breakfast. πŸ™‚


IÒ€ℒm going to attempt a 6.0 miler later today and see how my IT band does.  It ached after ThursdayÒ€ℒs 3.0 miler, and if it hurts today, IÒ€ℒm going to have to make some tough decisions about my upcoming half marathons.  IÒ€ℒve dropped out of races before and, although it sucks, itÒ€ℒs not the end of the world.  BUT I donÒ€ℒt want to blow my IT band in DC next weekend and not be able to run in NYC the following weekend, since itÒ€ℒs a big mother/daughter trip.


Guess IÒ€ℒll just have to listen to my body and let my IT band do all the talkinÒ€ℒ.  :)  


Did you have a race this morning?  How was it?  Or are you gearing up for a race tomorrow?  ItÒ€ℒs certainly race season!



  • Zo March 19, 2011, 10:13 am

    No races for me…I’m just starting to increase my distance after stopping at 2 miles for a long time and am thinking about easing my way into the world of racing by looking for a 5k and then I’ll go from there.
    My boyfriend and I were thrilled the other week to find out TJ’s opens at 8 even on Sunday mornings…definitely a little quieter there in the mornings.
    I hope your 6.0 miler goes well.

    • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:29 pm

      5Ks are so much fun!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun March 19, 2011, 10:24 am

    I I had the same cravings and no fresh fruit. Raisins had to do πŸ™

  • Melanie @ Trial By Trail March 19, 2011, 10:26 am

    My hubby’s IT band hurts him too and we have a 10K race tomorrow. He seems to do best injury-wise when he’s only running twice a week. I hope your IT band feels better! Very smart to listen to your body. πŸ™‚

  • Nichole March 19, 2011, 10:27 am

    I’ll be making a pit-stop at that Trader Joe’s later today after my interview in Charlotte :)I could never go to Charlotte without visiting that wonderful place. Too bad we don’t have one in Columbia πŸ™

    I just signed up for my first race which happens to be a half marathon. I ran 12 miles the other day, so I should be okay, but I’m new to this whole race thing.

    • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:29 pm

      I hope your interview goes well!

  • Cati @ crave and create March 19, 2011, 10:27 am

    My friends and I have a 15K (Cincinnati Heart Mini) tomorrow morning!

    • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:29 pm

      ooooo 15K is my favorite race distance!

  • Lesley Lifting Life March 19, 2011, 10:28 am

    I’ve been craving fruit the past two days, and I’m out too. I haven’t been ambitious enough to go get some though. Grocery shopping is planned for later on today, so thankfully that problem will be solved soon! πŸ™‚

  • Courtney March 19, 2011, 10:29 am

    first half marathon tomorrow! lets go rock shamROCK

    • Emily March 19, 2011, 12:31 pm

      I’m running the Shamrock half tomorrow too! It’ll be my second half marathon and I’m so excited! Good luck!

    • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:38 pm

      good luck on your first half! i hope you have a blasty.

  • khushboo March 19, 2011, 10:31 am

    I feel you on the fresh fruit craving! My body was craving an orange this morning like nobodys business- after a lil goggling, it turns out tiredness leads to vitamin C cravings! No races for me but planning to wake up bright and early tomo at 6.30 for a run- start my Sunday on the right foot…good luck on your 6 miles and although I don’t nEed to tell u, don’t push yourself if it hurts!

  • khushboo March 19, 2011, 10:31 am

    I feel you on the fresh fruit craving! My body was craving an orange this morning like nobodys business- after a lil googling, it turns out tiredness leads to vitamin C cravings! No races for me but planning to wake up bright and early tomo at 6.30 for a run- start my Sunday on the right foot…good luck on your 6 miles and although I don’t nEed to tell u, don’t push yourself if it hurts!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 19, 2011, 10:31 am

    I want cantaloup so badly! We are doing a seasonal foods challenge here this year and I can’t have it until summer…and it is killing me right now. I would have done the same thing with no fruit in the house. My world is not complete without apples in my life!

    • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:46 pm

      Oh a seasonal food challenge is HARD but way to go for doing that! I would love you to do a guest post recap on my blog about it if you’re interested.

      • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 19, 2011, 5:30 pm

        Caitlin, I would love to write a post for you! We started January 1st and I have to think the winter is the hardest part since I am a melon/salad girl! It has been very educational and fun for the most part. My email is sarena (at) creativecannonball (dot) com. Let me know when you would like the post and I would be more than happy to do one for you.

    • Baking 'n' Books March 19, 2011, 3:12 pm

      I’d love that too! What – and why?!! – are you doing a Seasonal Food Challenge??

      • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 19, 2011, 5:33 pm

        We started the challenge (I call it a challenge, my husbands thinks of it as an adventure) to eat more like we think you were intended to eat. It is better for the environment and our bodies. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be eating all the cantaloup and salads I want right now, but this has made us more aware of the growing seasons, how our bodies work with foods (I freeze in the winter when I eat salads, so eating soups has really helped that) and we have discovered new foods that we love. It’s been interesting especially with kids. They have learned too which has been fun.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 19, 2011, 10:33 am

    I’ve camped in front of TJs before, waiting for them to open, lol.

    And yes, it’s race season — I’m running the Los Angeles Marathon tomorrow! It’s going to rain!

  • Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life March 19, 2011, 10:33 am

    hahahaha you’re hilarious. I get cravings like this sometimes too and will go out at 3 AM if I really want something. I’m nervous what I’ll be like when I’m pregnant! PICKLES AND ICECREAM! NOW!

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal March 19, 2011, 10:40 am

    I’ve got a 1/2 next weekend in Oakland! We’ll see how it goes; my knee’s been acting up a bit lately…then after that i’m in full swing for the real training: marathon prep long runs!! gahhhh!!!

    • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:47 pm

      I hope our knees are both okay!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 19, 2011, 10:43 am

    I LOVE that you ran out for breakfast fruit. Totally sounds like something I’d do. πŸ™‚

    Last weekend I did my big race – the Tough Mudder. Then decided to do the Nashville half in April. πŸ™‚

    Good luck to everyone running this weekend!

  • Ann @ Day by Day March 19, 2011, 10:51 am

    I’d probably go to Trader Joe’s at 9 in the morning too if only we had one! I’ve never paired sunflower seeds with something sweet, but I’ll give it a shot.

    I have a race tomorrow morning, which is weird to me. I’ve only run in races on Saturdays so far. It’s my first half marathon…! Really sorry about your IT band trouble.

    • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:47 pm

      Oh yea, the salty sweet combo in amazing!

  • Little Bookworm March 19, 2011, 10:51 am

    Good luck with the 6 mile run. Hope it goes well! πŸ™‚

  • Cathy K March 19, 2011, 10:59 am

    good luck, caitlin!
    you are so right – it DOES suck to think about missing a race…but there WILL be others, and you have a long running future ahead of you.

  • Kristen March 19, 2011, 11:06 am

    Since you brought it up, I have a question about dropping out of races. I have a half marathon on April 10th, but I can no longer run it. They told me I cannot defer my entry to next year so I am out my $75. I’m a little disappointed I can’t run, but the reason I am not running it makes it worth missing the race. Do I just eat my entry fee, pick up my shirt, and just never wear it? I do this race almost yearly and I hate being out the money, but I don’t really know what else to do… advice?

  • Andrea ( March 19, 2011, 11:13 am

    Must.Have.Fruit. Hope the run goes well! Enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚

  • Tracy March 19, 2011, 11:17 am

    OMG. I just had a bad of chips for breakfast. Now I feel even more pathetic!! Thanks Caitlin πŸ™‚

    • Tracy March 19, 2011, 11:18 am

      BAG of chips but the “bad” was the perfect typo!

      • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:50 pm

        My yoga instructor normally has a Redbull and bag of peanut m&ms if that makes you feel better πŸ˜‰ hehe. sometimes you have to answer to the cravings!

        • Baking 'n' Books March 19, 2011, 3:15 pm

          LOL! Thank God there are more people like me!

          When I did Yoga training a long time ago, I was afraid everyone was going to be really strict and conscious of their food – but on breaks the girls would be running out and getting chocolate and cupcakes like normal from the local “hippie” a.k.a natural stores – with their coffees πŸ™‚ Thank you God!

  • Caitlin @ TPL March 19, 2011, 11:21 am

    The cantaloupe looks so good! I didn’t race this morning but I did have a great 9 mile training run! I really hope your run goes well, I can relate to IT band problems, have a great day!

    • AJ @ Flowing to Fifty March 19, 2011, 11:25 am

      Agreed – the cantaloupe does look good – I was craving some too, but my stash in the fridge had fermented. πŸ™

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef March 19, 2011, 11:25 am

    mmm fruit! no race for me today… i have a half in 2 wks and a full in 8. can’t WAIT! πŸ™‚

  • Wendy March 19, 2011, 11:27 am

    Hope your IT band gets better. Rolling helps a lot from my experience. I’m running my first race, also first half marathon tmrw (tobacco trail half). I’m proud of myself for how far I’ve come since I started running (Dec, 31st, 2010) and getting super excited and nervous. Wish me luck! Any tips you have for a first race? Something to look out for? I’m literally worried abt any detail you could think of.. what to wear, how much to eat/drink, coffee or no, what pace to start, what time I want to achieve… errr BREATHE

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething March 19, 2011, 11:28 am

    no race but I am carefully starting to run again after an injury. Back in the fall after a speedy 5K i got major hip and then back pain and it side lined me enough that i did not want to run again for fear of the terrible back pain. the only thing that helped was accupuncture and rest…..and now I am treading very lightly.

    • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:51 pm

      Smart move!

  • abby March 19, 2011, 11:39 am

    no race today! But I did have one last weekend (Sarasota Half) and then another 2 weeks before that (Disney Princess)… I definitely have the race itch, I just wish the weather would stay this way. Contemplating the Iron Girl (Clearwater) 1/2 on April 10th (loved your review of it last year)!! Have a happy Saturday πŸ™‚

  • Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free March 19, 2011, 11:39 am

    I think I’m going to have to go on a trader joes run today! I have a race in 2 months that I can’t wait for my first half!

  • Michelle March 19, 2011, 11:40 am

    I have my very first half marathon tommorow!!! I’m so excited and a little nervous.

    I hope your IT band holds up. Dropping out of a race *isn’t* the end of the world but it stinks and is no way to kick off your season. Sending you happy IT band thoughts. πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:52 pm

      GOOD LUCK!

  • Carol March 19, 2011, 11:41 am

    Lucky me…I have a 10k tomorrow morning, but also have to “squeeze” in another 16k to make my training run complete! So, I’ll get up early, run 8 as an LSD, run the race (no PB’s for me!) and then finish up the afternoon with another 8 LSD. Next weekend I have a Half, then I get 2 whole weekends off till another Half. I was a little race crazy this year, with a total of 14 booked so far, 3 of which are marathons. Call me a wacka-doodle!
    Take care of that IT – roll it, roll it, roll it. A physio here said to do butt work (walk up a long hill, do band work (band around your ankles and kick back, sideways) as he blames all leg injuries on weak butts.

    • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:52 pm

      My ass is insulted πŸ˜› heheh

    • Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances March 19, 2011, 1:11 pm

      As a veteran of IT band injuries, I second this. The muscle that you want to target is your gluteus medius. Strengthening will help. You’re already foam rolling so that’s good, but strengthening and doing specific IT band stretches (the pigeon especially) also helps. I know you are not keen on taking pills, but ibuprofen or Rx strength inflammatories are important once you have a flare (which, my friend, you’ve got if your leg was killing you while not running). I am a firm believer in wearing the Pattstrap as a preventative measure–it doesn’t fix things but I think it does prevent. Those three things, and I have not had an IT band flare in quite a while.

      While I wish you luck on your 6 miler today, I almost wish you wouldn’t… Sorry but IT band injuries take weeks to heal.

  • Kathy @ newlywedindc March 19, 2011, 11:50 am

    Oh, good luck with your IT band! I am going through the same thing right now. I had an 8K race last weekend, and I have a 10-miler here in DC in 2 weeks, then a half in May. It’s killing me to rest but I know it’s important…I’ve also dialed down my PR expectations and now just want to be able to finish the races and feel healthy. I got new shoes and I’ve been doing a lot of hip and glute exercises. I’ve never had IT band problems before now. Good luck!

  • Kerry March 19, 2011, 11:51 am

    I am really glad to see you mention listening to your body. I do not think people stress that enough, especially bloggers where many of their decisions are made public knowledge. Good luck with the run. And no, I do not have a race today because I was formerly one of those people who didn’t listen to what their body was telling them and have had to sit out of races since last June. I’m gearing back up and will be back to it in late Spring πŸ™‚

  • nicole March 19, 2011, 11:54 am

    Good luck on the run! I’ve also been having a bit of left knee pain which I assume is due to the IT band since reading your blog and looking it up on It’s funny how normal people self diagnose via Wed MD and runners self diagnose their injuries via running websites, or at least I do.
    I’m running the LA marathon tomorrow but I’m more worried about rain! Crossing my fingers.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) March 19, 2011, 11:58 am

    I wish it were racing season where I live, but there is still a ton of snow on the ground yet. πŸ™

  • Juli D. March 19, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Had a 5k this morning – Did OK (for me) and finished in 21:15 – which placed me in the top 50 – there were almost 2,000 women running so I was happy with that, even if I couldn’t muster a PR. πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin March 19, 2011, 12:53 pm

      Congrats! 21:15 is pretty damn epic.

      • Juli D. March 19, 2011, 4:05 pm

        Well thanks! I think you’ll be able to say the same thing about your NYC half. Heal up and good luck!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 19, 2011, 12:39 pm

    No race for me — but I did run 12 miles! First time I was able to get outside to run and it felt amazing!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 19, 2011, 12:41 pm

    This nice weather is making me ITCH to run.. someone stop me!!!

  • The Teenage Taste March 19, 2011, 12:48 pm

    No races for me this weekend, but next weekend I’ll have my first Track meet of the season for my high school. I’m nervous and excited at the same time. πŸ˜€

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 19, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Haha I’ve definitely done a 7:30 am grocery run just to get bananas before! It’s so worth it to be able to eat a satisfying breakfast.

    Good luck with your run today. I hope your knee holds up!!

  • Kris @ tryingtotri March 19, 2011, 1:08 pm

    LOL – no early morning fruit runs here, but we’ve gone out for milk at midnight! I keep a bag of berries in the freezer all the time, they work in a pinch if I’m really craving. πŸ™‚

    Our race season doesn’t start for a few more weeks; my first race will be a Half on May 1st, then my first Full marathon is June 19th – can’t wait, I’m super excited!

    Definitely listen to your body, and take it easy if you need to. You don’t want to make the IT band worse.

  • Katherine: Unemployed March 19, 2011, 1:10 pm

    there’s a race in Atl tomorrow that I ran for two years and this is my first year of not πŸ™ but there are certainly a handful of roads blocked off!

  • Gracie (complicated day) March 19, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I ran a 5k this morning, a distance I rarely run, and placed first female overall! Yay!

    • Caitlin March 20, 2011, 11:38 am

      Good job!!!!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) March 19, 2011, 1:43 pm

    Going to the grocery store with wet hair is reasonable. Ask any swimmer.

  • carlee March 19, 2011, 1:48 pm

    I need fruit at breakfast without a doubt!

    Just wanted to also let you know I ADORE your new hair! It looks simply gorgeous! Really flatters you! πŸ™‚

  • rebecca lustig March 19, 2011, 2:52 pm

    Mmmm, cantelope excites me for summer!

  • hippierunner March 19, 2011, 2:53 pm

    I’m doing the Los Angeles Marathon tomorrow! It’ll be my 3rd! I read your marathon recap posts yesterday and they got me so excited and inspired!!

    • Caitlin March 20, 2011, 11:41 am

      Good luck! You’re probably running right now!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 19, 2011, 3:01 pm

    I had a 5k this morning and PRed!!! πŸ™‚

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 19, 2011, 3:12 pm

    Good luck with your IT band situ, Caitlin. Gosh sorry to hear about the pain…ugh! Hope things are looking up for you πŸ™‚

  • Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg March 19, 2011, 3:21 pm

    I had a 5K this morning and it went GREAT! I set a new PR πŸ™‚ I’m so excited!

    I hope that your knee feels ok after your run today. That would absolutely stink if you had to drop out of the DC Half, but you gotta do what ya gotta do I guess :/

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 19, 2011, 4:15 pm

    Yayy for listening to your body! πŸ˜› haha isn’t it so odd when your body just rages for fruit and veggies so suddenly sometimes?! ’tis scary when that happens kkkkkkk

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing March 19, 2011, 6:02 pm

    I actually just completed my first race of the season this morning, the Shamrock 8K in Virginia Beach. I busted my PR by over 5 minutes and ran my fastest mile ever!!! πŸ™‚

    Hope your IT band feel better soon.

    • Caitlin March 20, 2011, 11:44 am


  • emily March 19, 2011, 6:12 pm

    I had a race this morning but I have bronchitis (and I’ve been sick for a while) so it seemed iffy. I was super slow but I ended up running the entire 5k and I’m sooooooooo proud of myself!

    • Caitlin March 20, 2011, 11:47 am

      πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you pulled out the best 5K you were capable of at that moment – that’s all that matters.

      Now rest and relax!

  • Lee March 19, 2011, 7:55 pm

    I’m running the Publix GA half marathon tomorrow. It will be my 8th half marathon!

  • Jen March 19, 2011, 9:42 pm

    I run, but I don’t do races. I’m a rather anti-social runner; the only person I can really run with is my boyfriend. But I’m with you on the fruit! I went to the grocery store to get pears and grapes for a snack this evening. And got a quinoa almond cake too πŸ™‚

  • Tara March 20, 2011, 12:04 am

    I ran a 5k this morning and I got a new pr! My watch said a lower time then my official time by about 10 seconds, which is a pretty significant difference for a 5k. My watch had exactly 3.1 miles though. I’m not too worried about which to call my pr though because I know that I’m going to break it again soon’

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 20, 2011, 3:19 am

    I miss my car and the freedom it gives me to satisfy my own cravings!
    about the races, remember that you are my hero and when I have almost any health-related question, I ask, “what would catilin do?” good luck!

    • Caitlin March 20, 2011, 11:31 am

      Thanks Emma πŸ™‚ You are always so sweet.

  • Wendy March 20, 2011, 12:11 pm

    Woohoo! I did it! First race/first half marathon! 1:50:09 πŸ˜€ Thanks for all the good tips and great insprition!!

  • Jenifer March 21, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Yeppers! Just ran the Shamorck Half Marathon yesterday,and so far have the Ukrops 10k on 4/2, the Filthy 5k on 5/13, the Marine Corps Run Amuck in June, Breast Cancer 5k in October, the Tough Mudder on 10/22, and the Suntrust half marathon on 11/12. I think that’s all. Lol.

  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini March 21, 2011, 1:23 pm

    Hate when I’m craving something we don’t have! Sometimes going to the store for me is more stressful than not having the food I want, so it’s a whole big mess! Best to stay stocked up!!

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