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Thanks for all your support about my half marathon upset (secretly, I’m still crossing my fingers). 🙂 It is really comforting to know there are other runners out there who can relate… although, of course, I wish we all weren’t injured!  To answer some questions:


  • I cannot walk the entire DC Half Marathon course.  The course limit is 3 hours, which means I would have to maintain a 13:45 pace… impossible to do with walking – especially when you have short legs.


  • I cannot defer my entry to 2012.  They don’t let you because the race normally sells out.  Lame. 


On a brighter note, I had a wonderful Super Flow yoga session at Y2Yoga today!  Hot and flowin’ – just the way I like it.


And I had an awesome lunch:


The Husband picked up this bacon-flavored tempeh (which wasn’t THAT bacon-y to me but certainly delicious).  It makes a great vegetarian BLT.


Well, TST.  Tempeh, Sprouts, Tomato. 🙂


With carrots and hummus on the side.


A little light, but my stomach was off after all that hot yoga.  A larger afternoon snack is in store for me.


We’re off to Girls on the Run – today’s lesson is on gossip.  Should be interesting!



  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 22, 2011, 1:15 pm

    Today is our Gratitude lesson! Have fun, supposed to rain here so hopefully we can avoid it! 41 girls inside the YMCA is not fun.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 22, 2011, 1:15 pm

    I think you’d be surprised how fast you can “speed walk”/maybe do a little running. I’m still of the stubborn breed, as you can see! =D

    • June March 22, 2011, 1:28 pm

      i am with Julie on this. I am not sure, but I am fairly certain you could walk at 13:45 pace, if not faster…more like 12:30 I would be willing to bet.

      however having said all that, would i actually do it? probably not. walking that far is way harder than running it IMHO. 🙂

      • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 22, 2011, 1:35 pm

        I agree with you, June. I once walked a 5K, and it was the longest 5K ever!

        Still, I’d probably take this approach for the $1 medal. 😛

        • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 3:53 pm

          Hahah I agree re: the medal!

      • Baking 'n' Books March 22, 2011, 2:08 pm

        Yep. Harder – you would feel that a LOT more than you would just from running. There comes a point where it’s easier for the body to jog/run versus walk really fast or far like that. Throws your biomechanics off too.

  • Lauren @ Sassy Molassy March 22, 2011, 1:17 pm

    What if you ran a mile, walked a mile? That way, you’d get in a longish run and some good walking. Does the masseuse think that’s a bad idea as well? I know it’s tough when you get injured right be fore a race you’ve really been looking forward to. It’s happened to me several times.

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 3:59 pm

      In my current state, I couldn’t do that pain-free 🙁

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 22, 2011, 1:18 pm

    I’ve been craving sprouts lately! Must be the spring weather… 🙂

  • Kara March 22, 2011, 1:18 pm

    I’m interested in how you teach the girls about gossip. I tried to give up gossip for Lent one year and I just had such a hard time defining “gossip” and the difference between sharing news and what is considered just gossip.

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:00 pm

      Shared news = positive. Gossip = bad things.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 22, 2011, 1:19 pm

    Crossing my fingers that your body heals for the race this weekend but whether you can run or not, it should be a good time in DC!!

    I’ve tried that tempeh bacon before and LOVE it. But I also tried the same brand of coconut curry tempeh which sounded incredible to me, and it tasted like puke. Literally, I had to throw it out and was so excited about it before I tasted it!

  • Kate March 22, 2011, 1:21 pm

    I hope that you are able to do the Marathon after all! I’ve never had fakon. I typically stay away from fake meats because they never taste good to me but I’m glad that you liked this!

  • Natalia - a side of simple March 22, 2011, 1:22 pm

    I’ve never tried tempeh before but I’m really intrigued by it. Can you explain the taste/flavor at all or offer any suggestions for just trying it out for the first time? Thanks!

    By the way, I think it’s really great how you’re still so enthusiastic about GOTR even amidst your current running struggles.

  • S. March 22, 2011, 1:24 pm

    Can you give/gift your race entry to someone else? Just thought.

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:02 pm

      Do you want it? 🙂

      • S. March 23, 2011, 4:03 am

        I on the West Coast, but tempting and thank you for the offer. 🙂 Ooh I just read on the site you can give away your entry.. waaaah waah.

        • S. March 23, 2011, 4:04 am

          *can = cannot

  • Sana March 22, 2011, 1:24 pm

    You will be an awesome cheerleader in DC and rock in NY! No shame 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 22, 2011, 1:27 pm

    I have been dying to try out hot yoga. It’s not offered at my gym unfortunately and its too expensive for me to join a studio around here. 🙁

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 22, 2011, 1:28 pm

    Have fun this afternoon! You guys always seem to enjoy hanging out with the girls!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 22, 2011, 1:29 pm

    That sandwich looks amazing! I haven’t purchased tempeh in a while but you’ve got me in the mood for it now!

  • Freya March 22, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I agree with some above comments – if I walk/run (read: majority walking) I’m a 15min mile pace easy- so it miiight be possible to do but obvs not at the expense of making the injury worse! 🙂

  • ashleigh March 22, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I love tempeh! I need to try and make my own tempeh bacon sometime… I have been putting it off forever! That sandwich looks delish!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 22, 2011, 1:33 pm

    So sorry to hear about the race.. I had signed up for a 5k and a half marathon right before I found out about my stress fracture and had to drop out of both. It SUCKED royally. But there will always be more races..

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith March 22, 2011, 1:34 pm

    Off-topic, but my sister called me and said that she showed Operation Beautiful to her teen girls group last night. Apparently one of the girls got really excited because there was an OB note written in one of the bathrooms at her high school. I told my sister to tell them to take a picture and email it to you!

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:02 pm

      🙂 That is awesome!

  • jen @ taste life March 22, 2011, 1:36 pm

    mmmm. I want some smoky tempeh. I used to make tofu “bacon” by dipping slices of tofu in nutritional yeast and then cooking them in a mixture of maple syrup, soy and the optional liquid smoke…sounds weird….didn’t taste like bacon at all…but was still really good. Your tempeh makes me think of it.

    Good luck on deciding what to do with the race.

  • Brandi March 22, 2011, 1:36 pm

    That sammie looks so good. I tried to make a blt with tempeh a few weeks ago but the tempeh completely came apart in the pan. I will have to try again soon!

    I hope you are able to do DC. Maybe a little run/walking will be possible in a few days since you are resting and icing?

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 22, 2011, 1:38 pm

    Glad you were able to enjoy yoga today! It can be such a great workout in the right type of class and with the right instructor!

    I am such a tempeh fan… yum!

  • Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment March 22, 2011, 1:44 pm

    I’m with you on the “short legs/slow walker” thing — anything under 14:15ish is incredibly awkward for me to maintain without jogging, because my little legs just don’t move that fast! I’m 5’5, so people tend to forget.. I’m always having to tell my boyfriend that he and his monster legs are going to kill me one day… for every ONE step he takes, I have to take THREE!

  • Christina March 22, 2011, 2:09 pm

    Oh man I made a vegetarian BLT on Sunday! Twas amazing! I used hickory smoked tempeh that didn’t really taste like bacon but it had the salty aspect that bacon has with tomatoes & lettuce on a Thomas’s sandwich thin. So yummy!

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef March 22, 2011, 2:30 pm

    mmm looks good!

  • Susan March 22, 2011, 2:35 pm

    I, too, have had to cancel my plans for the National Half Marathon. I developed a wicked case of Achilles tendonitis a couple of weeks ago and have had to rest. I know it is because I pushed my mileage up too quickly but I was feeling so good and enjoying each run! It finally feels almost normal now but I don’t want to cause it to flare again by attempting 13 miles after no running for 3 weeks! Hope you are on the mend!

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:04 pm

      Ugh, Susan! I think the National Marathon is cursed. So many other people are like you and me.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 22, 2011, 2:41 pm

    I’m not so sure walking 13.1 miles would be great for the injury anyways. That is a really far distance to walk, especially with an injured quad! Do what feels right for you-if you need rest, take it and don’t feel bad about it.

    NYC watch out! 🙂

  • Katherine March 22, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Please be thankful you can walk and do yoga and all sorts of things others can’t.

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 22, 2011, 2:51 pm

    I like that tempeh “bacon,” but I agree, it’s more smoky than bacon-y. I have had Fakin’ Bacon (tempeh bacon) and it was a little more bacon-y, but not quite. Too much smokiness!

  • Katie @ peacebeme March 22, 2011, 2:52 pm

    I haven’t had tempeh in a long time, but I really like it.

  • ashley March 22, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Sorry to hear about your half marathon troubles, i’ve had to sit out races from injuries before and it is SO hard and frustrating. I’m sure you will come back stronger though!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 22, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Niiiice I’m glad these young girls get to talk about the detrimental results of gossip! 🙂 I don’t think young girls these days know they do it at all–perhaps they just need someone to point it out? it saddens me when i hear bad mouthing of other people

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 22, 2011, 3:00 pm

    You are setting a great example for deciding to listen to your body and opt out of the DC race. I know it sucks, but your body will thank you… and honestly, I bet you are helping a lot of other readers out there realize it’s *okay* to not follow through with something if its not the best for them in the long run… so GOOD FOR YOU!

    PS. Gossip sounds like an awesome topic to touch on for GOTR… can’t wait to hear how that goes!

  • Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup March 22, 2011, 3:12 pm

    Caitlin, I’m sure this decision is incredibily hard for you. You always tell us to listen to our bodies though — so you have to do it as well! You would be even more upset if you tried to run both races and worsened your injury! Good Luck!!

  • Emily March 22, 2011, 3:20 pm

    Good luck at GOTR! I substitute teach in elementary school and the issue of gossip comes up all of the time; so hard to control! Hopefully their experience with GOTR will break down the walls they have with their peers and help them get past that habit 🙂

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 22, 2011, 3:20 pm

    I love BLTs! I’ve never tried tempeh, to be honest it just looks funny to me — I’ve heard it tastes good though. I just haven’t made the decision to purchase yet!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 22, 2011, 3:44 pm

    I’m injured and can’t run in DC this Saturday as well. 🙁 But I’m still going to be down there and I’m planning on bringing my bike to catch up with people at different spots along the course!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 22, 2011, 3:47 pm

    mmmm I do love me a BLT. and i love sprouts more! I love hearing about your GOTR, let us know how it goes!

  • Katie @ Up Fit Creek March 22, 2011, 3:51 pm

    Bummer about your race! It’s unfortunate that they can’t work with you on your entry since you’re injured. 🙁

    I’ve only had tempeh once, but this post is making me crave it!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 22, 2011, 3:52 pm

    BBQ flavored tempeh? Yum! I am all for that!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic March 22, 2011, 4:02 pm

    I got a giant thing of sprouts earlier this week and have been eating sprouts like a mad woman trying not to let them go to waste! Any other yummy sprout ideas (I’ve been boring – mostly salads and sammys, but i don’t really know other ways to eat them!)

  • Kristen March 22, 2011, 4:12 pm

    I didn’t comment earlier, but I am going through the same thing with a half I had scheduled in April. I’m not injured, per se, but just too nervous to run with what my body is going through right now. But, I still plan on picking up my shirt. I hate that they can’t defer entries, but I guess I understand. I will keep my fingers crossed for you that you WILL be able to race!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats March 22, 2011, 4:31 pm

    Really sorry to hear about your injury, Caitlin! I am crossing my fingers for you. Thanks for posting your How To’s – I am currently obsessed with researching bikes and your posts are really helpful!

    I’m also super interested to hear about the lesson on gossip. One of my goals in 2011 was to gossip less and it’s been a really interesting wake up thus far!

  • olivewineandfood March 22, 2011, 4:40 pm

    ohhh i haven’t had a BLT since i became a vegetarian. i must make this!

  • Kacy March 22, 2011, 4:45 pm

    Wow, that’s a short time span for keeping the course open!
    The veg BLT looks great!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 22, 2011, 6:58 pm

    I made a tempeh BLT this weekend! Sooo delicious.

    I’m crossing my fingers for you that your injury will spontaneously heal! 🙂

  • Mary @ stylefyles March 22, 2011, 6:58 pm

    oooo such a bummer that you can’t defer! sorry to hear that 🙁

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 22, 2011, 7:36 pm

    oh I am so sorry to hear about the race 🙁

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 22, 2011, 8:33 pm

    I love tempah, and I’ve heard so many great things about hot yoga but I haven’t really seeked anything out. I’m sorry about the race, maybe you will still get to do it.

  • BroccoliHut March 22, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Isn’t tempeh bacon awesome? I can’t decide if I like your brand or the Lightlife fakin bacon better.

  • Caitlin @ TPL March 22, 2011, 9:43 pm

    I love veggie BLT’s! It’s a summer staple in my house, I normally use morning star veggie bacon strips but I’ll have to try those tempeh ones!

  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini March 23, 2011, 1:26 pm

    that smoked tempeh looks good! i’ve yet to try tempeh.. i really need to give it a go! my bf says it’s yummy.. idk why i haven’t bought any yet!! 🙂 i like to make ALTs.. Avocado, Lettuce, and Tomato 🙂

  • Camille March 24, 2011, 9:48 pm


    I’m right there with ya! I mentioned my foot injury which was a stress fracture but was really very severe tendonitis. I was planning on doing 2 halves (Dallas Rock n Rock & OKC half) also and I am now not able to do either. I am trying to build back up very slowly, but it continues to swell. Like you said what are ya gonna do! Feels good to know you’re there too! Get well soon!

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