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Tomorrow, Nicole and I begin our Washington DC road trip.


Now, if you’ve been reading for a bit, you know that I was training diligently for the National Half Marathon in DC, which is on Saturday.  About 14 days ago, I pulled my quad and have been taking it easy ever since.  In the last 5 days, I got super serious about taking time off and icing.


I’m packing like I’m going to run the race… But I’m not sure if I’m going to run or not.  I’ll probably run a little bit tomorrow before we leave to see if my leg feels 100% healthy.  If it doesn’t, I’ll just be a supporter on the sidelines, which I actually love to do!  But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can race…


Did you catch Maggie taking down James?


She’s one tough cookie.


Well… maybe he lets her win.




Dinner was takeout.  Big Daddy’s Burger Bar is just too convenient for words…  I got a black bean burger on a whole wheat bun.


And a mixed salad with apples and pecans.


Do you have special weekend plans, too?



  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 24, 2011, 9:39 pm

    We are actually getting together with friends! Which I’m excited about! Have a safe trip and I know you’ll do the right thing for you.

  • Effie March 24, 2011, 9:42 pm

    We are getting together with friends on Saturday. I am hoping to get some running done myself so that I can prepare for my ten miler next weekend. Have fun in DC, I live outside the area and it’s such a wonderful place to live, although I do miss North Carolina. (I grew up there)

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 24, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Ohhhhh I hope you can run!! I’d love to see you PR 🙂 But you know what is best for your body–have a safe trip. Your burger looks fabulous!!!

  • Morgan @ Happy, Healthy & Me March 24, 2011, 9:45 pm

    Good luck if you’re healthy enough to race! I’m rooting for you 🙂

    If not, enjoy cheering! I’ve had to take some time off for heart problems, so it’s nice to see an example of someone taking time off with such grace!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:47 pm

      I’ve had to do it before – 2 months about 1.5 years ago – and it sucks, but it’s necessary sometimes. e-hug! we’ve all been there.

  • Baking 'n' Books March 24, 2011, 9:45 pm

    I really really really want Big Daddy’s. That Bean Burger. With ketchup 😉

    Good luck! Where do you draw the line for “100%” – what if there’s just a twinge?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:46 pm

      Any aches or pains, no matter how long or short, will be immediate grounds for withdrawal!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 24, 2011, 9:50 pm

    I’m going to start enjoying my Spring break!!! Good luck with the race if you decide to run it!

  • Sana March 24, 2011, 9:53 pm

    Either way I hope to see you in DC!!!

  • Carin March 24, 2011, 9:54 pm

    Hi Caitlin. I think you should do it – I’m just a jogger really (still carrying a few extra pounds) and can get round a half in well under 3 hours. You’ll just have to get a different mindset on – it’s a jog, not a run, you’re not aiming to impress anyone or prove anything and just have fun! Of course, if you feel pain, you should pull out, but I know you’re conscious of it and definitely won’t push it too far. Hope it works out for you and you enjoy yourself – whether on the course or on the sidelines!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg March 24, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I hope your legs feel good enough to race this weekend!

    I have a wedding shower to go to on Saturday, right after I run 9 miles 🙂

  • sarah (sarah learns) March 24, 2011, 9:57 pm

    i hope your leg lets you run the half! safe travels to you and nicole!

  • Lesley Lifting Life March 24, 2011, 9:58 pm

    That burger and salad looks delicious! Good luck with the race (if you do it, or if you don’t 😉

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged March 24, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Hope your leg is feeling up to par for the race!

    No special plans for me, just going back to Lakeland to spend the weekend with the coach 🙂

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 24, 2011, 9:59 pm

    A friends birthday is this weekend, and I’m going to a hockey game. Good luck on your run!!! I hope you feel better, and can run the race.

  • never not dreaming March 24, 2011, 10:00 pm

    You have stellar restaurants there where you live. Nice. How do you stop eating at night…I think its impossible!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) March 24, 2011, 10:02 pm

    Yesssssssssssss – enjoy your trip up here, and crossing my fingers for your race. Hope to see you Saturday!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 24, 2011, 10:02 pm

    Good luck! i can’t wait to hear how you feel. i’ll be thinking about ya!

  • Dorry March 24, 2011, 10:03 pm

    I have a race Sunday – the Rock n Roll half in Dallas. I hope your leg feels 100% tomorrow so you can run the race, but if not, you’re right about the fact that it’s fun to be a supporter!

  • Valerie @ Cupcakes & the City March 24, 2011, 10:03 pm

    Wow, that black bean burger is LEGIT. It definitely looks satisfying! Have fun tomorrow, whether you are running or cheering!

  • Sarah for Real March 24, 2011, 10:04 pm

    Good luck! I hope it works out either way.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 24, 2011, 10:11 pm

    Exciting!!! Can’t wait to hear the recap!

  • Caitlin @ TPL March 24, 2011, 10:12 pm

    Good luck with whatever happens, I bet your trip will be a blast no matter what!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now March 24, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Best of luck making this tough call. I know how it feel and it SUCKS.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 24, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Keeping my figures crossed for you! It never hurts to be prepared. 🙂

  • Stephanie March 24, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Running the GA SPCA “Run for the Rescues”! All proceeds go to help the adoption center 🙂

  • Jen March 24, 2011, 10:28 pm

    I finished one of my major research papers for the semester this week, so my boyfriend and I are going to celebrate! I’ve been super-stressed this entire semester, taking four classes and working part-time, but now all I have to do is write one more paper, and I’m done for the semester! Wooo!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 24, 2011, 10:31 pm

    No special plans here. Just relaxation, which I’m excited for! Be careful this weekend! Don’t push yourself too much. I’m sure you want to race. 🙂

  • Christine @ Bookishly Boisterous March 24, 2011, 10:37 pm

    I’m traveling from California to NYC this weekend with my MIL- I’ve never been, so I’m excited.

    Good luck and have fun with whatever you decide to do- you set a really great example in the “listening to your body” department, something I’m not so great at.

  • Kari @ Human, MD March 24, 2011, 10:50 pm

    We’re hosting a cycling race this weekend, so I’ll be running around making sure traffic is stopped and eveyone has gatorade 🙂 I cant race because of an injury, so I have to make sure my teammates are in tip top shape! Good luck this weekend!

  • Kris @ tryingtotri March 24, 2011, 10:58 pm

    I work all weekend, and have a 12.0 mile training run planned for Sunday, nothing exciting.

    I hope you can race – injuries are the WORST! That burger and salad looks amazing, makes me want one so bad!

    (and Go Maggie!!)

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef March 24, 2011, 10:58 pm

    have fun! good luck with your decision 🙂

  • Steph March 24, 2011, 11:01 pm

    That salad looks DELISH! Best of luck this weekend; whether you end up running or not!

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal March 24, 2011, 11:06 pm

    I’m heading up to Oakland tomorrow for my 1/2! I hope you’re feeling well enough to run yours! i’ll be thinking of you when i run mine!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) March 24, 2011, 11:16 pm

    I feel sorry for everyone coming up to run the marathon. It’s usually gorgeous by now in DC but this weekend, it’s going to be COLD and possibly snowy. Um… at least you won’t get heat stroke?

  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska March 24, 2011, 11:52 pm

    No big plans, other than a 6 1/2 mile training run, packing like crazy for our move, and dinner with friends. I love quiet weekends!

  • Ashley March 25, 2011, 12:01 am

    Every time I see this black bean burger it totally makes me want one! Looks delish!

  • Khushboo March 25, 2011, 12:09 am

    I don’t know what looks yummier- the burger or salad! I’m going to Singapore in a week to visit my bff so this weekend will involve getting ready to leave and packing! Rather finish a majority of it this weekend then stress about it after work next week! Good luck for the race if you do run it!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 25, 2011, 12:20 am

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that you can run this weekend!

  • Shiyam March 25, 2011, 12:40 am

    Hey! Good luck in D.C. ! Take care of yourself 🙂

  • Dorien March 25, 2011, 2:04 am

    I hope you have a great time in Washington, whether you’re running or not!!! I know it sucks to have to rest, even when you know you’re doing the right thing! Best of luck and have fun!

  • Cindy March 25, 2011, 3:27 am

    I hope you can run!

    There is a dog in my building who looks JUST like Maggie. I do a double-take every time!

  • Little Bookworm March 25, 2011, 5:37 am

    Good luck if you can race. If not, have a great time supporting! 😀

  • Rebecca March 25, 2011, 6:03 am

    I’m running my first 10k on Sunday and I’m very excited for it. I hope all goes well in DC!

    PS- Can you tell Big Daddy’s to open a location in San Antonio? I want to lick the screen every time you post a photo of their black bean burger!

  • alison March 25, 2011, 6:51 am

    Have a great trip up to DC. It’s going to be chilly tomorrow morning.
    I hope your leg will cooperate so you can race, if not, find yourself a warm cup of coffee and enjoy spectating from the sidelines!

    Best wishes.

  • Lauren March 25, 2011, 6:57 am

    I have a race coming up next weekend in DC (Cherry Blossom 10 Mile) and I’ve been realizing how I’m not sure if I’m ready. I’m just going to play it by ear and hearing your words of wisdom with this race is making me feel better. 🙂 Good luck with whatever you decide! 🙂

    • Michelle March 25, 2011, 8:51 am

      I’ll be at the Cherry Blossom run too! Yay! It’s a fabulous course. Did it last year for the first time (the cherry blossoms were gone though, boo) and it is the flattest course I’ve ever run (with the exception of one rather large hill at around the 9.25ish mile mark). You’ll do great!

    • Caitlin March 25, 2011, 9:09 am

      When in doubt,walk/run!

  • Jennifer March 25, 2011, 7:05 am

    Good luck and I hope you are able to run this weekend. Myself, I am preparing for the Around the Bay race in Hamilton, Ontario. It will be my first Around the Bay and at 30 km, I will be my longest run ever. So far they are calling for sunshine and 0 C (not sure what that is in fahrenheit, but it’s nippy for sure!) Fingers crossed!

  • The Teenage Taste March 25, 2011, 7:16 am

    This weekend I have my first Track meet! I’m so excited! I’m doing 400s.

    Of course, that is nothing compared to your half marathon. Good luck! 😀

  • Jenny March 25, 2011, 7:17 am

    Welcome to DC! It’s freezing here! I ran a half not fully recovered from a calf strain and I nearly tore it at mile 10. I limped my last 3.1 and I had to restart my recovery. It took 6 months to fully heal 🙁 goo luck whether you run or cheer!!! My weekend plans: 8 mile run, National Half expo, relaxing.

  • Michelle March 25, 2011, 7:30 am

    Good luck! I hope your leg let’s you run! Cheering is awesome though. I ran my first half last weekend and was truly grateful for every person out there cheering even though I only knew 2 of them.

    This weekend I’ll be resting ( traveled for the race and it was exhausting!) and trying a short 3-4 miler. My knee hasn’t been quite right since my half and I want to take it easy but try out some running. Have a great weekend!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 25, 2011, 7:42 am

    I’m crossing my fingers for you Caitlin! But even if you can’t run, I’m sure you’ll have fun cheering Nicole on! 🙂

    This weekend I’m taking a break from all my school work to visit home and relax with my family!

  • Glocal Girl March 25, 2011, 7:58 am

    Good luck on your half! I will attempt to run the Amsterdam half in October. I ran the Long Beach half two years ago and have just been aching to do another.

    Cheers from Holland!


  • Kelly March 25, 2011, 8:04 am

    I hope you get to run but I am loving your attitude…better to be safe than sorry! My husband’s birthday is today so we will be celebrating all weekend! Woo hoo!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal March 25, 2011, 8:13 am

    I think that’s a great plan – and either way would be so much fun. However, I’m crossing my fingers that your leg will feel better girl <3
    And if I had a black bean burger like that at my disposal, I would definitely take advantage.

  • Kacy March 25, 2011, 9:03 am

    I’ll be crossing my fingers for you! Hope you have a safe trip!
    My special plans are also to go to D.C. and hopefully find my future apartment!

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods March 25, 2011, 10:15 am

    Sorry to hear about the race. Also, super bummed I won’t be in town to meet up. 🙁 On a positive note, I’ll be out of town getting my wedding dress shopping on! Yay! 🙂

  • Maren March 25, 2011, 12:07 pm

    I’m sorry you don’t get to run the race, but it was a smart decision on your part! I will be loading up my life and moving to Minnesota this weekend!

  • gwen March 25, 2011, 12:10 pm

    ill be there running the half- ill run extra fast in your honor!

  • Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen March 25, 2011, 12:13 pm

    Two of my sisters are coming to stay with me this weekend! It’s really exciting because I never get house guests. I’m sorry you might not get to run this weekend, but resting and healing will be so much better in the long run. Have a great day!

  • Amber K March 25, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I’m going to a home, garden and lifestyle show tomorrow! for anyone else in the Portland area!

  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini March 25, 2011, 1:32 pm

    My weekend plans include a road trip as well! I’m going about 2 hours south to visit my family. 🙂 My 4 and 7 years old nephews have their first little league game tomorrow!! GO BEES! hehe

  • Sara @ Running In Pink Project March 25, 2011, 6:44 pm

    I am very excited about my weekend. No major workouts planned but I am heading to NC to see Prince! 🙂 That burger looks fantastic BTW

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