Running Fever

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Ever just get the urge to drop all your responsibilities, lace up your sneakers, and go for a run?


It’s a glorious feeling to just let it all go and run, run, run until you’re sweaty and tired and happy.  When I run, I work out all the issues in my head and quiet all the stresses going on in my life.  Running is such a release.  Swimming, biking, yoga – it just can’t compare for me.


Here’s to hoping my running hiatus (to heal up a pesky leg injury) will be worth it.  I really miss running! 


PS – I tried to get a shot of James running but whenever I would drop his leash, walk away, and then scream, “Come on, Jamie! RUN! Run!” he would just stare at the concrete in fright (“Why are you yelling?!”) and then slink on over.



  • janetha @ meals & moves April 28, 2011, 12:26 pm

    OH MY GOSH! I love those action shots, what a doll. Glad you are healing properly! xo

  • Freya April 28, 2011, 12:30 pm

    They are THE best action shots! Love it 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 28, 2011, 12:31 pm

    Maggie is so sweet! Look at that face. Poor James 🙁

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) April 28, 2011, 12:31 pm

    Watching a little weiner dog run is priceless!

  • Julia April 28, 2011, 12:34 pm

    super cute! If I dropped the leash while walking my dog, George, he’d probably flop to the ground and look at me like “thank god”. (George does not like walks)

  • Katherine April 28, 2011, 12:34 pm

    Pulling for you Caitlin!

    My dog is the same way- he rolls over onto his back in submission as soon as anyone yells at him, even if it is for excitement and not anger. It’s almost always for excitement since he is really hard to get angry at 🙂

  • Casey April 28, 2011, 12:36 pm

    Love the pictures! I’m so used to my dog wearing a collar that when I see another dog without a collar, they look naked! It’s hilarious.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 28, 2011, 12:36 pm

    Look at those stumpy little legs. So cute.

    Hoping your leg feels like cooperating sometime soon!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 28, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Maggie Moo (do you ever call her that?) is such a cute runner. That totally cracked me up.

  • Nacho Lindsay April 28, 2011, 12:37 pm

    My dog is fat. Like really fat. She can run for, oh, food. More of an ottoman than a running partner.

  • Kelly April 28, 2011, 12:38 pm

    I love James…he is so cute!!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 28, 2011, 12:38 pm

    hahah what a cutie. I love puppies! My parents are coming to visit so I get to see my puppy-dog this weekend! Woohoo!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) April 28, 2011, 12:41 pm

    LOL I love Maggie’s little running legs! And hehehe at James’ refusal. Hope you heal soon!

  • marian April 28, 2011, 12:41 pm

    here’s hoping for a quick recovery! I was recently injured for a LONG time, and i know it can be extremely frustrating, especially when the weather gets nice. hang in there – it will pass!

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 4:22 pm

      Thanks Marian – knowing other people can relate definitely helps!

  • Amy April 28, 2011, 12:41 pm

    So true. No matter how hard my run is or how much I want to stop, I always feel peaceful when I’m wearing my sneakers.

  • Cat April 28, 2011, 12:43 pm

    Those are THE BEST doggie pics you’ve ever posted! I <3 it.

  • Gavi @ Gavi Gets Going! April 28, 2011, 12:46 pm

    I hope your injury heals up soon! I’m nursing a stress fracture in my foot right now, and I REALLY miss running. It’s been a great opportunity for me to do more lifting, core work, and stretching, but there’s nothing quite like running. Here’s to speedy recoveries for us both! 🙂

  • Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous April 28, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Teehee! Cute puppy.

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) April 28, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Maggie’s running ?!?! SO adorable 🙂

  • Lauren April 28, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Awwww oh my goodness, he is adorable!!!

  • Emily G. April 28, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Maggie is running? Did hell freeze over?

    LOL! JKKKK!!! She’s precious..I love her cute little body! Those are the cutest pictures ever of her!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews April 28, 2011, 12:52 pm

    I love those Maggie pictures! My dachshunds were super cuddly this morning. Gotta love em!

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 28, 2011, 12:52 pm

    No joke, I want to steal your adorable dog. So. Cute.

  • Natalia - a side of simple April 28, 2011, 12:54 pm

    These pictures made my life. If the pup can do it, so can I! Like Maggie, I’ve come to embrace my lack of height 🙂

  • Nicole April 28, 2011, 12:56 pm

    Margaret in motion—I love it!

  • Laura April 28, 2011, 12:57 pm

    So cute! A friend sent me this “weiner dog” photo this morning and I immediately thought of you. 🙂 haha

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 4:18 pm

      OMG. So cute, Laura!

  • alison April 28, 2011, 12:57 pm

    Maggie is too cute!

  • Clarissa April 28, 2011, 12:58 pm

    So cute!

  • Alexa April 28, 2011, 1:05 pm

    Too cute! And I hope you have a speedy recovery!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 28, 2011, 1:05 pm

    Oh I totally know the feeling!! Running eases my worries and stressors like nothing else. I don’t know what I’d do without it. I hope you can get back into it soon!

  • Julia April 28, 2011, 1:07 pm

    omg that first pic just made mt day! sooo stinking cute!

  • susan April 28, 2011, 1:11 pm

    holy moly… i don’t think i’ve ever seen maggie in mid-stride like that!?! she’s usually napping 😉

    where did that burst of energy even come from!?!?

  • Beth @ 990 Square April 28, 2011, 1:12 pm

    I feel the same way about running! It’s hard not to register for every race is site!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic April 28, 2011, 1:13 pm

    omg, that is precious! he looks like he’s trying to run! Bless his little heart! Love it!

  • Reenie April 28, 2011, 1:20 pm

    Ahhhh ~ her’s can run!! Soo cute.

  • Sarah for Real April 28, 2011, 1:20 pm

    How will you know when it’s time to try running again? Do you just go for it every couple of weeks and see if it still hurts? When you do start back up, will you ease into it gradually?

    I ask because I’m also in a “knee-tuation” if you will (get it? Knee + Situation).

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 4:12 pm

      hahaha knee-tuation 🙂

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) April 28, 2011, 1:20 pm

    That first picture of Maggie is too funny! His ear flapping in the wind…. 😀 hahahaha! Too cute.

    I hope your knee heals up asap! I want this cold to go away so that I can start working out again… my energy levels are far too low 🙁

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

    I love this post! Maggie seems to be enjoying that run! I hope you heal soon! I know you miss it so much!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 28, 2011, 1:24 pm

    Those pics are flippin’ adorable!

    You’ll be able to run again soon – you should be proud of yourself for listening to your body. Soooo many people get more seriously injured NOT doing that.

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) April 28, 2011, 1:26 pm

    I’m sure you have the weather for it more in NC, because in Boston, 70% of the time when I look outside, I want to curl into a ball under a blanket. BUT, I know what you mean about running freely until you break!

  • Karla April 28, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I just went for a run today for the first time in months! It felt great! It was slow but totally worth it!

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 28, 2011, 1:30 pm

    oh James I love you! you’re too adorable! 🙂

  • Heather April 28, 2011, 1:30 pm

    Injuries are a pain (more than just physical)! Two years ago I fell of my bike and could not do anything. Before the accident I used to bike to work and I had to start taking the bus, I used to cry while waiting at my stop. I felt so defeated.

    Rest up!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat April 28, 2011, 1:44 pm

    Go Maggie go! 🙂

  • Heather April 28, 2011, 1:51 pm

    What a cute picture – love it!

    I am really enjoying your swimming recaps…I’m training for my first triathalon in June and I have been trying to prepare myself for the open water swim based on your and many others feedback. I am attending a coached open water swim and a tri race simulation for my even which includes open water swim so hopefully I won’t panic during my race!

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 4:11 pm

      I’m glad you’ve been liking the swim posts 🙂

  • Kristina @ spabettie April 28, 2011, 1:52 pm

    MAGGIE IS ADORABLE ! (so much so that I yell, apparently.)

    Basil says hello *wag wag wag*. He goes on short (haa…) runs with me – 2 miles max.

  • Michelle April 28, 2011, 2:03 pm

    Dachshunds running make me happier than just about anything in the world. Based on all your stories about Maggie i’m suprised you got her to run!

  • Amanda April 28, 2011, 2:06 pm

    Ah I totally know where you are with this! Just injured myself (and my race is this weekend) so I’m feeling it out to see if I can still run or not. SO frustrating!!!

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 4:10 pm

      I’m so sorry. Rest and ice!

  • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 28, 2011, 2:10 pm

    Too cute! I hope you are feeling better soooon!

  • Stephanie April 28, 2011, 2:15 pm

    LOVE those pictures. Poor James!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 28, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Good luck on your run! Hope it is pain free!

    Running def clears my head like no other.. but it is also a time when I do my best thinking!!!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats April 28, 2011, 2:28 pm

    I totally hear you. I haven’t been running for about a year plus due to severe hip bursitis. It finally feels like I could go out and run without being scared I’m going to kill myself! I can’t wait. It really does clear my brain in the same way. Here’s hoping your injury heals quickly!

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 4:10 pm

      I hope your hip feels better soon… that blows, Erin!

  • April @ Grits and Granola Bars April 28, 2011, 2:29 pm

    Awwwwww…Maggie is so cute!

  • Ashley April 28, 2011, 2:35 pm

    I hear ya on this post, I’m on a running hiatus as well due to injury and I miss it soooo much. Nothing else is the same 🙁

  • Alison @ Around the VeggieTable April 28, 2011, 2:50 pm

    What amazing action shots of Mags! She’s such a cutie pie!! Hoping your running hiatus flies by 🙂

  • Zulkey April 28, 2011, 2:56 pm

    for how long is your hiatus? I’m taking one too, interrupted by a 5K this weekend that I signed up for a while ago (need to take it slow). I’ve got a hip problem. These old bones!

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 4:06 pm

      1.5 months! so long.

  • Kristen @ SEO Runner April 28, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Love the action shots!
    Hope you’re healing up quickly.

    I feel the exact same way about running.
    If I can’t get out for a few days it takes everything I have not to just bolt out the door.

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good April 28, 2011, 3:09 pm

    Oh James is so cute running! I agree about running. I usually run alone, and when I do, I get so much thinking done. 🙂 Have you tried boxing? Kicking and punching the air are similarly therapeutic for me. Not in the same “alone with my thoughts” way, but in the “let it all go and sweat” way. I’m pulling for a quick recovery for you.

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 4:04 pm

      I boxed a few years ago and really loved it – I should try again!

  • Emily April 28, 2011, 3:13 pm

    Amazing action shots!

    Way to stick to your recovery plan. Holding back can be just as difficult as pushing forward, but you will be all the better for it in the end! And you’re still getting some great workouts in while you’re healing.

  • Heather April 28, 2011, 3:19 pm

    No, running blows. But I do hope you can run soon. Love the running dog pics. Dogs with little legs are so cute.

  • Whitney April 28, 2011, 3:31 pm

    Hang in there, Caitlin! You’ll be lacing up your running shoes again in no time. Meanwhile, just remember what an inspiration you are to all of your readers, whether or not you are training for a marathon.

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 4:03 pm

      Thank you Whitney, that was really sweet of you.

  • sarah (sarah learns) April 28, 2011, 3:31 pm

    lol! oh my gosh! i didn’t think maggie ran! 🙂 i don’t usually get the urge to run, but i do hope you recover from your injury soon and can get back into it!

  • Kelly April 28, 2011, 3:35 pm

    I LOVE that first photo of Maggie running!!

  • chelsea April 28, 2011, 3:36 pm

    lol!!! Puppies can be so funny sometimes, don’t you just wonder what is running through their minds??? Hopefully you’ll be healed up soon!

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 3:58 pm

      The only things running through M’s mind: “FOOD! MOMMY! BED! DADDY! SLEEP! FEAR! NOISE!”

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances April 28, 2011, 3:36 pm

    Maggie is so beautiful! 🙂 what a precious baby!

    I really hope your injury heals soon and you are back to running soon. <3

  • Little Bookworm April 28, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Maggie is so cute! Love the action photos. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 28, 2011, 3:58 pm

    I hope you can get back to running soon! It must be so hard to go this long without it. 🙁

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily April 28, 2011, 4:25 pm

    That is so frustrating. Wanting so badly to do something but knowing that you can’t because it will make your injury worse. I love the daschund shot. My mom has 2 and I love watching them run.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 28, 2011, 4:29 pm

    I was like that this morning. This past week has been the first one back since being injured 3 months ago and I ALWAYS want to run now!

  • BeckyH April 28, 2011, 4:43 pm

    try a treat … and you need two people. One to hold the dog in place and then release and you on the other end with camera and food 😛

  • Lauren @ LaDolcePita April 28, 2011, 4:48 pm

    Adorable. And so true about running – I can never quite recreate the high from other forms of exercise! Hope your knee is better very soon.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 28, 2011, 5:19 pm

    I never realize how much I love running until I’m injured! I hope your leg heals super fast 🙂

  • monicanelsonfitness April 28, 2011, 6:19 pm

    I hear ya! Fast healing for you!

    this photo of Maggie melts my heart. I love it!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed April 28, 2011, 7:22 pm

    omg how cute is James – “why are you yelling at me?” I can just picture it 🙂 I hope you can run again soon!
    Heidi xo

  • Christine April 28, 2011, 7:34 pm

    I love that you’re trying to live vicariously through your dog and he won’t even cooperate! I take those opportunities to remind my dog she doesn’t pay room or board and needs to do what I say. Unfortunately it doesn’t work. Oh, and I’m impressed with your no-running discipline!

  • Molly @ RDexposed April 28, 2011, 7:55 pm

    Maggie totally knows how to work the camera!

  • Christy April 28, 2011, 8:50 pm

    Did you say your dog was a dachshund?

    • CaitlinHTP April 28, 2011, 8:52 pm

      Yup! She’s called a piebald color.

      • Christy April 28, 2011, 8:54 pm

        She’s so cute! I have three myself.

  • Amber K April 29, 2011, 11:29 am

    I never seem to get that huge urge unless for some reason I know that I can’t. Then I want to!

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