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Something that I cannot figure out: my legs have been so sore lately!  And yet I’ve been doing almost zero lower-body cardio (just swimming). 


I can’t imagine how swimming would make my thighs sore because I try really hard not to kick too much.  Another triathlete once told me to use your upper body more during swims because you’ll need your legs for the bike and cycle, so I only do a very, very slow kick, stroke, stroke, kick, stroke, stroke, kick.  Maybe it’s just the new and different motion?  Who knows!


That being said, my arms AND legs were sore this morning so I took today off as a surprise rest day (my favorite).  Instead, James and I went on a lovely long walk around the neighborhood.  Spring is just so delightful in Charlotte.


Post-walk breakfast was leftover Spinach Quiche Cornbread and roasted potatoes with ketchup.


Hint: if you wrap the quiche in a wet paper towel prior to microwaving, it retains more of its moisture!


And lunch was eaten at the clinic as the Husband saw patients.



Just a mix of goodness!


  • Brown rice
  • Pinto beans
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Parsley
  • Honey mustard dressing


I thought I’d share this lovely Slam Poetry video, which several people have forwarded to me.  Isn’t she talented and inspiring?  So well-spoken! 

And that, my friends, is the CaitlinHTP YouTube of the week.  Look, it didn’t feature a cute puppy or a little kitty!  It was actually an intellectual video.  Aren’t you proud?


Oh, wait.  You WANT cute kitties and puppies?  You want to giggle mindlessly at the computer?!


Here you go!


Pit bulls in sweaters = awesomesauce.



  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat April 20, 2011, 12:32 pm

    I would guess that your legs are sore because you are using your leg muscles in a different way than you have been doing otherwise in the last few months. It seems like whenever I change activities, I have some soreness just from changing motions. Either way, I’ll chalk it up to the fact that the human body is a mysterious thing!

    • Baking 'n' Books April 20, 2011, 5:32 pm

      Definitely. Any change of activity will do that to you for sure. I don’t know how you swim…years ago, I could run for miles, but couldn’t even swim a length 😉 Definitely a sinker…

  • Anna April 20, 2011, 12:35 pm

    If you like the first slam poetry video, you’ll LOVE this girl!

    And she’s only 22! Watch the first poem and then the one at the end. The last one brought me to tears, no joke.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) April 20, 2011, 12:36 pm

    Woah… what a powerful video!

    • Pamela April 20, 2011, 5:48 pm

      (From a longtime lurker) DITTO. I passed this along to our senoritas@ email at work, I was that moved.

      • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:45 pm

        Thank you ladies!

  • Carie April 20, 2011, 12:38 pm

    That video was Amazing! So inspiring!

  • Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 20, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Whenever I change workouts it leaves me pretty sore too, at least you had a rest day 😀 Love the quiche, it looks delicious 😀

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 20, 2011, 12:43 pm

    That last video is absolutely HILARIOUS! Thank you for putting a smile on my face!

    And when I did swimming for PT, I was sore EVERYWHERE. I don’t what it is. And so so hungry.. it increased my appetite even more than running did.

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) April 20, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Amazing and certainly inspirational video!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 20, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Lunch looks amazing!! Have you ever tried swimming with a pull-buoy between your legs? That definitely limits your kicking ability and gives your arms a huuuuge workout! You’ll feel slow at first but it definitely helps you to develop a more efficient pull.

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:45 pm

      I have tried that – I will try that again too!

  • Clarissa April 20, 2011, 12:45 pm

    That video is hilarious! Yay Rumbas

  • Tami April 20, 2011, 12:48 pm

    swimming is exhausting to me. i see others are asking if you are using a pull buoy…even though you aren’t kicking squeezing your legs to hold it in place can be a workout all itself.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 20, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Wow.. love that video! Maybe you are sore because you have switched up your exercise routine.. just like other commenters suggested. your body is hopefully just getting used to your new routine.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 20, 2011, 12:49 pm

    lol love the puppy one!

  • A April 20, 2011, 12:51 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    I started swimming a while ago but was put off by how crowded the pool was. The lanes are divided into “Fast” “Medium” “Slow” but because there 4-5 people in the lane its inevitable that someone ends up passing someone else and I find this stressful. Do you have the same experience at your pool or are you lucky enough to have a less crowded pool? Swimming is the best exercise for me now, but the crowding issue is really putting me off.

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:44 pm

      Ugh I am sorry – that does sound super stressful We don’t have that problem at our pool. Can you try going at less-busy times, like a lunch? It would probably be so much better then.

  • Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) April 20, 2011, 12:53 pm

    that video is incredible! thanks for sharing!!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 20, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Those who are new to swimming often rely a good deal on their quadriceps and hamstrings for stability because they aren’t “flat” enough in the water – e.g. they have their head/shoudlers too high and hips too low. Try to make sure you keep your head down, look at the bottom of the pool, and press down with your sternum. When breathing, think about keeping one goggle in the water and one out – this will prevent you from lifting your head while breathing, which is a common error. A good drill for keeping your head in line is streamline squeeze. I can explain it if you are interested.

    Another source of fatigue in leg muscles is pushing off the walls; each pushoff is like a jump-squat.

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:43 pm

      Great tips – I would love to know more about the streamline squeeze drill!

      • Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 20, 2011, 8:47 pm

        Streamline squeeze drill: Kick on your stomach in a streamline. Your arms “squeeze” your head, and your biceps should be touching your ears. If your biceps aren’t touching your ears, your head is too high.

        Once you establish proper head position, take one stroke at a time, stopping in the streamline squeeze position for 2-3 counts to reinforce the head position.

        After you master that, when you take a breath, check to make sure that the arm that is *not* recovering is right next to your ear. If it’s not, you’re lifting your head to breathe.

        20+ years of swimming under my belt, and I still do 500 some meters of this each week to reinforce proper head position/balance.

  • Jen April 20, 2011, 12:59 pm

    That video was hilarious…thanks for the lunchtime chuckle!

  • Miranda @ working mom works out April 20, 2011, 1:02 pm

    I worked at a cafe in college and we used the wet napkin in microwave to reheat quiche. Totally forgot about that.

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations April 20, 2011, 1:02 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! The photo of the butterfly and flowers might be the most beautiful photo you’ve ever put on the blog! Seriously.

  • Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries April 20, 2011, 1:11 pm

    That quiche looks yummy!

    HAHAHA @ that kitty and pitbull video! I am obsessed with cute videos like that.

    If you like funny baby videos then you gotta watch this one, it’s my all-time favorite. Whenever I watch it, I can’t help but laugh. (sorry I’m still kinda dumb with stuff like knowing how to make a link, haha)

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:42 pm

      hahahah the husband and i just died. “ellie, no.” “fuck it.”

  • Heather April 20, 2011, 1:14 pm

    OMG the cat is HILARIOUS. I love cats, they have so much sass!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged April 20, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I can’t load the video at work, but have you seen the Katie Makkai video for her “Pretty” poetry slam? It actually inspired my very first blog post – it was so incredibly moving!

  • chelsea April 20, 2011, 1:34 pm

    I am pretty jealous of your spring weather and blossoming trees!! I have always found that swimming makes my legs sore too! Even with small feet kicks. Love the cat!!! lol! Reminds me of one I had growing up!

  • Caitlyn (The Spoonful of Life) April 20, 2011, 1:43 pm

    That last video just proves that cats think they are royalty! Pure awesomeness!

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) April 20, 2011, 1:50 pm

    That’s one lazy ass cat 😉

    I often find that my legs hurt when I take time off- I think of it as that cold you get when you’re finally on vacation. You get to rest and your body rebels.

  • Kelsey April 20, 2011, 1:51 pm

    I think Victoria is right (#15). Make sure you are keeping your whole spine in a line and not lifting your head OUT of the water as you breathe. The one goggle eye trick is also good.

    I’m not a triathlete, but I am a swimmer. I typically do around 6 kicks by the time each of my arms have stroked (so about 3 per arm). I’m wondering if you doing one GIANT kick at the end of two strokes is contributing to your leg soreness, as opposed to doing many smaller kicks. You should be kicking from the hip, not the knee.

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:41 pm

      Hmm I might be doing a really giant kick – good advice. I will try to watch this next time!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston April 20, 2011, 1:52 pm

    I really like the new picture you have on your left side bar 🙂

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:40 pm

      Thanks Katie!

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) April 20, 2011, 1:54 pm

    That cat is hillarious! SO cute. Made me smile 🙂

  • Amy April 20, 2011, 1:54 pm

    Wow. Thank you so much for sharing that video. Talk about powerful and inspiring.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit April 20, 2011, 2:01 pm

    Holy Sh*t that was a powerful performance! I was tearing up by the end.

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 20, 2011, 2:17 pm

    “You will never be merely pretty.”

    THAT was awesome.

  • Jen April 20, 2011, 2:29 pm

    I’m in love with your lunch salad! Looks perfect!!!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley April 20, 2011, 2:31 pm

    I’m in love with that video! It was so powerful

  • Julie April 20, 2011, 2:43 pm

    I used to be a swim instructor, and have completed an Olympic triathlon, and I would recommend doing a bit more kicking than it sounds like you are. Your kick is the most important thing to keep you floating, and is what will provide all the speed. When you kick too slowly, your hips will sink and you will become much less aerodynamic, and will have to work harder to swim (This will also make it more difficult to breathe). Try doing 1 lap just kicking, and then 1 lap just arms. You will be much more tired after just using your arms! Of course, you don’t want to go all out with your legs in the swim, but you need to have a good steady kick, otherwise you will go much slower and end up working harder. I would recommend experimenting with your kick- try kicking faster, bigger leg movements etc. and see which seems to get you through 1 lap in the most efficient way. I found that in the triathlon the swim was so short compared to the rest of it that it did not really make a difference to my legs overall. The swim only took around half an hour, whereas the bike took three times that long and the run took twice that long! Saying you shouldn’t use your legs too much in the swim is kind of like saying you shouldn’t peddle too hard in the bike! Sure, you need to pace yourself, but you also want to keep up a decent pace.

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:39 pm

      Thank you so much for this awesome comment. I appreciate this so much and will definitely try to incorporate it tomorrow!

  • Jennifer April 20, 2011, 2:46 pm

    OMG I love the cat on the roomba video!! Classic.

  • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 20, 2011, 2:47 pm

    Hahaha and I love how the dog just sits there and takes it – I love cats!! (oh check out my latest post if you want to see a cameo appearance by one of my kitties, or if you feel like making biscotti:)

    I hope your legs feel better soon – maybe it means you are making more muscles!?

  • Michelle April 20, 2011, 2:50 pm

    I was so moved by the first video that I startd crying. The second video took care of that. I NEED a rumba riding cat in my life.

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:38 pm

      I need a rumba cat too.

  • Lili April 20, 2011, 3:04 pm

    I make your cornbread recipe all the time. How did you prepare w/ the spinach instead of broccoli? Did you sautee the spinach before mixing w/ the eggs? Or you used it uncooked before baking it?? I want to try with spinach next time I make!!

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:38 pm

      Nope i just added hand-torn raw spinach to the egg mixture and poured it over the cornbread. totally easy! 🙂 I am glad you like it!

  • lisa April 20, 2011, 3:04 pm

    that poetry slam video is amazing!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 20, 2011, 3:12 pm

    I am randomly so sore just from doing a major Spring Cleaning! It is killing me. I need an epsom salt bath so badly. I did yoga this morning in hopes to stretch it out, but I think I need some deep tissue repair. I hope your legs feel better soon!

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:38 pm

      Hahah cleaning can be totally tough!

  • Nikki @ BareFootPrint April 20, 2011, 3:24 pm

    That video is pretty funny! Love how the cat rules the roost!
    As for you legs, as others have said, it looks like because you are using your legs in a different movement other muscles are working now, just think..
    more defined legs!!

  • Lauren April 20, 2011, 3:37 pm

    Umm, that first pic of the flowers and butterflies is absolutely BREATH-TAKING. Like, my jaw literally dropped, and I said “WOW.” Nice work. 🙂 And, I loved the song in that animal video- really took it up a few notches. Aha.

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:37 pm

      Thank you so much!

      And yes, the music makes that video, LOL

  • Haleigh April 20, 2011, 3:41 pm

    I would think that your legs are sore since you aren’t used to swimming that much. Swimming probably uses different muscles than running or biking.

  • Amy @ThenThereWere April 20, 2011, 3:50 pm

    Hows the vitamin d levels?

    Amy x

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:37 pm

      I haven’t been retested but I’m been outside more 🙂 hehe.

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats April 20, 2011, 4:02 pm

    Have you been sitting a lot more lately? I know that when I’m at my desk a lot (which is all day), my legs/lower back become so, so sore. I woke up this morning almost like I had gone for a run the day before. Just a thought!

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:36 pm

      That’s true – I have been sitting more!

  • RebekahK April 20, 2011, 4:22 pm

    Roomba video had me belly-laughing. I love funny animal videos!!

    I made your sweet potato and pinto bean enchiladas today, these were amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes!!

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:36 pm

      I am so glad you liked it 🙂 Thank you so much!

  • Mary April 20, 2011, 4:40 pm

    I feel the same way with my legs when I swim. I use a pull for part of my workout, but my legs are still sore. Great videos today. One thought provoking, and one just plain fun!

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:35 pm

      I’m going to try using a pull too!

  • Kacy April 20, 2011, 4:53 pm

    Love both videos.
    I’ve never really swam athletically, but I really want to. I would imagine it would work totally different muscles.

  • Katie @ peacebeme April 20, 2011, 5:07 pm

    Probably just using DIFFERENT muscles, etc. Love your new picture on the left with Maggie by the way. 🙂

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:35 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Jennifer April 20, 2011, 5:20 pm

    I didn’t have the wherewithal to watch the poetry slam….but I found enough motivation to watch the cat. And I’m a theatre major.

    I’m not sorry. The kittie video was pure comedic gold.

  • Kate April 20, 2011, 6:14 pm

    I found a halloween version of the kitty on the roomba. so funny!

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:34 pm

      hahah so funny!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 20, 2011, 6:35 pm

    swimming always makes me sore too!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 20, 2011, 6:38 pm

    I can definitely feel it in my legs after I have been swimming. I guess it is activating so many stabiliser muscles – not to mention your core!

  • caryn April 20, 2011, 6:53 pm

    here’s a similar-ish video with a kitten!

    and i’m so impressed by how dedicated you have been to swimming. i feel like exercising at home or going for a run is one thing, but when it involves going somewhere else and changing clothes, it always seems so much harder! lol maybe that’s just me… kudos! 🙂

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:33 pm

      I know, its hard to take on track when you’ve got to go someone to work out! That’s why I do love running so much.

  • Christine April 20, 2011, 7:05 pm

    I need to master the art of throwing random ingredients in a bowl and it tasting amazing.

  • Dee April 20, 2011, 7:39 pm

    I’m blaming you for my recent potato & ketchup obsession! 🙂

    • Caitlin April 20, 2011, 8:32 pm

      I’ll take the blame! LOL

  • Molly April 20, 2011, 9:24 pm
    • Molly April 20, 2011, 9:25 pm

      read this as he slams it, it makes it that much better:

      This Type Love by Saul Williams

      I want a love like me thinking of you thinking of me thinking of you type love or me telling my friends more than I’ve ever admitted to myself about how I feel about you type love or hating how jealous you are but loving how much you want me all to yourself type love
      or seeing how your first name just sounds so good next to my last name.
      and shit- I wanted to see how far I could get without calling you and I barely made it out of my garage.

      See, I want a love that makes me wait until she falls asleep then wonder if she’s dreaming about us being in love type love or who loves the other more or what she’s doing at this exact moment or slow dancing in the middle of our apartment to the music of our hearts.
      Closing my eyes and imagining how a love so good could just hurt so much when she’s not there and shit I love not knowing where this love is headed type love.

      And check this-

      I wanna place those little post-it notes all around the house so she never forgets how much I love her type love
      then not have enough ink in my pen to write all the love type love and hope I make her feel as good as she makes me feel
      and I wanna deal with my friends making fun of me the way I made fun of them when they went through the same kind of love type love.
      The only difference is this is one of those real type loves

      and just like in high school I wanna spend hours on the phone not saying shit and then fall asleep and then wake up with her right next to me and smell her all up in my covers type love and I wanna try counting the ways I love her then lose count in the middle just so I could start all over again

      and I wanna celebrate one of those one-month anniversaries even though they ain’t really anniversaries but doing it just ’cause it makes her happy type love

      and check this-

      I wanna fall in love with the melody the phone plays when our numbers dial in type love and talk to you until I lose my breath, she leaves me breathless, but with the expanding of my lungs I inhale all of her back into me.

      I want a love that makes me need to change my cell phone calling plan to something that allows me to talk to her longer ’cause in all honesty, I want to avoid one of them high cell phone bill type loves
      and I don’t want a love that makes me regret how small my hands are I mean the lines on my palms don’t give me enough time to love you as long as I’d like to type love
      and I want a love that makes me st-st-st-stutter just thinking about how strong this love is type love and I want a love that makes me want to cut off all my hair. Well maybe not all of the hair, maybe like I’d cut the split ends and trim the mustache but it would still be a symbol of how strong my love is for her.

      I kind of feel comfortable now so I even be fantasize about walking out on a green light just dying to get hit by a car just so I could lose my memory, get transported to some third world country just to get treated and somehow meet up again with you so I could fall in love with you in a different language and see if it still feels the same type love.

      I want a love that’s as unexplainable as she is, but I’m married so she is gonna be the one I share this love with.

  • Khushboo April 21, 2011, 12:33 am

    That’s how I felt the day after my last swim! Whilst I was swimming/immediately right after, the soreness was not there but come the next day, I really felt the burn. Sweet pains, eh!

  • Amber K April 21, 2011, 10:44 am

    I love that video! I’ve seen it quite awhile back, but it’s inspiring every time 🙂

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