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The Husband borrowed my camera’s memory stick to tape his golf swing, so I’m stuck without any fun photos.  Hence, a complete word vomit post.


Random Thought #1:  Last night, I was laying in bed and had a genius idea:  race medals make excellent Christmas tree ornaments!  Wouldn’t that be fun?  I keep my medals on a display rack in my hallway, and I’m not sure I’d want to cut off the ribbons, but Christmas tree ornaments are certainly a really cool alternative.


Random Thought #2:  A few people have passed this onto me, so I’ll share it with you!  It’s a great article called How to Talk to Little Girls.  The article focuses on building girls’ self-esteem without complimenting them on their appearance – very important!  Looks aren’t everything, but sometimes adults send subtle messages that looks are paramount just because we’re nervous and don’t know what else to say (speaking from firsthand experience).


Random Thought #3:  Fellow healthy living blogger Susan from The Great Balancing Act was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.  Please head over to her blog, read her story, and wish her well.  Can you believe she’s still putting out incredible posts, such as How to Make the Sick Sicker?


Random Thought #4:  SOMEONE I know is getting MARRIED at the courthouse on Friday!  I am so excited!  All I can say is that my lips are sealed.


Random Thought #5:  Today, I get to do a group run with Pat Farmer.  Pat is running from the North Pole to the South Pole.  He “will run two marathons every day, no days off, for almost a year, over 13,000 miles through 14 countries in a race to raise $100 million for the International Red Cross.”  Crazy, right?  He’s running through Charlotte and is doing a meet-up with Girls on the Run, and I’m tagging alone.

He has run across America… twice. I have no excuse not to do a 5K with this dude.


What random thoughts / links do you have to share today?



  • Lindsay June 29, 2011, 10:56 am

    If you like hip hop, check out this random You Tube duo – a female singer, turned rapper and her fiance on keyboard. I am a bit obsessed with her and her ability to rap as well as Busta Rhymes 🙂


    • Amber K June 29, 2011, 12:27 pm

      Karmin ROCKS!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 29, 2011, 10:57 am

    Race medals would make awesome ornaments! Unfortunately all the races I’ve run in so far don’t offer medals since they’ve been local, campus 5Ks or stuff like that. Hopefully one day I’ll have a collection like you, though!

  • Tracey @ Tropicalhappiness June 29, 2011, 10:58 am

    Wow. Pat Farmer = ah may zing. Seriously!

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over June 29, 2011, 11:00 am

    There’s a website for random thoughts!


  • Joanne June 29, 2011, 11:00 am

    What a super group of medals you have. It’s a good idea about the Christmas ornaments. I like the disney medal the best. 🙂
    All the best to Susan. Be strong.
    and finally, I love reading about ultra runners or other athletes that go beyond the norm. It’s inspiring especially when we’re out there pushing our hardest, it helps to think that things could actually BE more difficult.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 29, 2011, 11:01 am

    YES, head over to Susan’s blog! She’s a wonderful, amazing young lady, and a super-talented blogger!

    That is pretty incredible about Pat Farmer.. 2 marathons each day?! WOW!

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life June 29, 2011, 11:01 am

    He is running two marathon’s a day…. I have no words! That is unbelievable!!!!!

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl June 29, 2011, 11:02 am

    My Random Thought:
    It’s 5pm in Amsterdam right now, I really don’t want to go to yoga but my company sponsors it and reading fitness blogs from home inspire me to get my butt moving!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 29, 2011, 11:02 am

    Hahah I love your random thought! Race medals would indeed make great ornaments. I don’t have any though.. so I am out of luck with that.. the races I run don’t give medals.. just local ones. But its all good!!

    Random Thought .. actually song.. I have tons of Christmas songs in my head!

  • Courtney June 29, 2011, 11:06 am


    this could brighten anyone’s day! 🙂

  • Paige June 29, 2011, 11:08 am

    Ooooh #4 is certainly juicy gossip! I’m so nosey so of course I want to know who it is, even though I probably don’t know them haha. Also great idea with the medals – it would also be really cool if you could attach them to a fresh wreath every holiday season (if you are confident no one will steal them off your door).

    Random thought for the day: I am really ready for fall.

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:50 pm

      Hehe I will tell as soon as you could!

      A wreath is an awesome idea.

  • jen @ taste life June 29, 2011, 11:10 am

    I’m so glad you linked to Susan’s site! I got to her original cancer post from Tina’s blog the other day, but then I couldn’t remember her name or her site and had, thus far, been too lazy to go find it on FFF.

    Hmmmm…I’m short on random thoughts right now, which is odd for me!

  • Katherine June 29, 2011, 11:17 am

    That run is….amazing!

  • Kiran June 29, 2011, 11:19 am

    You are so right about race medal ornaments. Nice sparkles!
    Thanks for sharing link love on Susan and her struggles. She is a rock-star and we are praying for her well being.

  • Heather @ Dietitian on the Run June 29, 2011, 11:20 am

    Holy geeze, Pat Farmar – that’s incredible!! Can’t wait to hear how that 5K goes…

    Susan, also incredible. Keep the fight strong!

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) June 29, 2011, 11:21 am

    I found out that google has web fonts today! Does this matter? I don’t know, but it’s random so here you go! http://www.google.com/webfonts/v2#ChoosePlace:select

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 29, 2011, 11:22 am

    How cool you get to do that group run!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) June 29, 2011, 11:23 am

    Who ever is eloping at the courthouse is a person after my own heart 😉 B & I totally went down to the court house and told NO ONE. Better to get forgiveness than permission right ?

  • shelby June 29, 2011, 11:24 am

    I did my christmas tree with race medals/bibs last year (and blogged about it, actually). You don’t have to cut the ribbons off! Just use them as hangers.

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) June 29, 2011, 11:27 am

    I guess that it’s *********…. 🙂

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 11:30 am

      Had to edit it out to keep the secret!

      • Freya June 29, 2011, 12:18 pm

        Ohmy, the mystery bride / groom is driving me MAD! You better reveal all on Friday Ms Caitlin!!

    • Katie @ cooklaughmove June 29, 2011, 3:13 pm

      Even though it is edited out, Its probably who I’m guessing too!! You should hold a contest to guess the mystery couple!

      • RunningOnCoffee June 29, 2011, 11:03 pm

        Thinking of the blogs I follow…they are mostly married people, weird! Except for Meghann…or Heather…or Sarah (the last two are already getting married in September and this weekend though).

  • Donna @ Love, Run & Travel June 29, 2011, 11:28 am

    Thats a great idea about the christmas ornaments!!!
    Ohhhhh wedding at the courthouse is very romantic imho 🙂

  • Hillary June 29, 2011, 11:29 am

    I read this the other day and found it pretty interesting:


    As for random word vomit: I am in a curriculum writing session, facing a giant fruit platter and a giant donut platter. I want to devour them both equally. Weird.

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:51 pm

      That is interesting!

      I want donuts.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) June 29, 2011, 11:32 am

    Thanks for posting that website on how to talk to little girls without complimenting them on their appearance. I have a little cousin who has a few self-esteem issues (what little girl doesn’t) and it is hard not to compliment her on her outfit or something of the like!

  • CH June 29, 2011, 11:32 am

    Sometimes word vomit posts are the best posts. 🙂

    I read the How to Talk to Little girls article literally 30 minutes ago. I loved it! Incredible.

  • June June 29, 2011, 11:35 am

    Heres a random. Last night before my run, I had NBC Nightly News on and every end of newscast they do a Making a Difference segment. Last night it was Girls on the Run!!! And I immediately thought of you! It was a fantastic piece!! It was a GOTR in NYC.

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed June 29, 2011, 11:45 am

    Having a little girl,it’s so important to me to raise her to be confident in more than just her looks.

  • Kelly Anne June 29, 2011, 11:54 am

    HAHA I totally hung my half marathon medal on my Christmas tree last year. After my second half this year, I told my family we were going to need a bigger tree!

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad June 29, 2011, 11:54 am

    Medals as ornaments is a great idea! They should give you an ornament version in your goodie bag so you don’t have to cut the ribbon from your medal.

  • Katie@EveryMileAMemory June 29, 2011, 11:56 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvlTJrNJ5lA that this song is so me… That Adam Levine is amazingly yummy probably because of the tattoo sleeves *swoon* and that I should od a 50k in a week and ahalf. I like the medal ornament idea I may do that for my Xmas tree!

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:52 pm

      I love tattoo sleeves!

      • Katie June 29, 2011, 9:58 pm

        Thank you! My friends think I am CRAZY, but I think they are hot. I’m dying for the day I can afford to do my tattoo 🙂 I have it all picked out it’s going on my left hip bone if I ever get the money together!

        • Caitlin June 30, 2011, 9:54 am

          I have a tat on my left hip. I want another on my right ribcage 🙂

        • Katie June 30, 2011, 10:04 am

          What do you have/what do you want? I am thinking of doing the west african fern symbol for endurance and the lyrics “Keep on Dreaming Even If It Breaks Your Heart” because I think that is the BEST mantra I’ve ever heard.

  • lindsay June 29, 2011, 12:02 pm

    I feel like a stalker, but based on the people you blog about regularly it really only be one couple 😉 Good for them!

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) June 29, 2011, 12:14 pm

    wow. Pat Farmer. that is insane and amazing at the same time. how do we merge those two words?

  • Leslie June 29, 2011, 12:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing that “how to talk to little girls” article – really interesting insights that I hadn’t thought about before. It’s so true that we talk about superficial things first, even to our peers. Good food for thought.

  • Laura June 29, 2011, 12:16 pm

    GREAT post!!!! Check out my recent post on differences between couples!!


    • Lindsay June 29, 2011, 12:28 pm

      I really enjoyed this post on couples!! Thank you for keeping it real…

      • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:53 pm

        You are a good writer!

  • ashley@cookingforjohn June 29, 2011, 12:44 pm

    i love the word vomit! that doesn’t sound great, but you know what i mean.

    the how to talk to little girl article is great for me, since i hope to have my own elementary classroom soon!

    • Sarah June 29, 2011, 10:40 pm

      Agreed on the little girl article! I have a four year old, and while I don’t have any trouble talking to her, I am always presented with all her little friends and I don’t always know what to say. Sounds insane, I’m sure, but it really helped!

  • Penny June 29, 2011, 12:51 pm

    I’m going to shamelessly copy and paste a link to my most recent blog post. I titled it “My Journey To One Mile” because after doing a training program I was able to run 1 mile without stopping. It makes me so happy!!!
    And I must admit, Caitlin was a big inspiration to me while trying to build my endurance for running. I can’t wait to get even better and leave the beginner title behind.

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:53 pm

      You are AWESOME. I am so proud of you for running 1 mile!

      • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:54 pm


  • Julia H. (The Petite Spiel) June 29, 2011, 12:58 pm

    You could totally use the ribbons separately by making bows out of them! Just tie em up and plop them all over the tree…that’s what I would do! Love the ornament idea either way 🙂

    Love your blog, too, btw!

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:54 pm

      Aw thank you!

  • Courtney Leigh June 29, 2011, 1:02 pm

    Ornaments: Don’t cut the ribbons off, just cut them at the very top (and probably melt the edges with a lighter so it doesn’t fray) then just tie into a bow! You’d have a colorful bow with the medal dangling from it and it would be an awesome ornament.

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:54 pm

      GOOD IDEA>!

  • Marissa June 29, 2011, 1:09 pm

    Wow, that dude’s amazing… can’t wait to hear who’s tying the knot!

  • Mel June 29, 2011, 1:17 pm

    This is random, but I’m sitting at my desk eating Chipotle tacos. They are gluten free, vegan, and amazing.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit June 29, 2011, 1:29 pm

    Wow, thank you for linking to Susan’s blog- what a strong woman she is.

  • Mia June 29, 2011, 1:34 pm

    I’ve never thought of keeping my race medals, I’ve thrown every single one away. hmmmm…

    Thanks for linking to Susan’s blog, I find it so inspiring to read about people who maintain positivity in the face of adversity.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 29, 2011, 1:35 pm

    nice! I love eating blackberries when they are somewhat sour….crazy, I know!

  • Susan June 29, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I think the 2009 Publix medal is just hilarious – what’s the actual race name? And what’s the second medal from the right – the one with the pirate flag? That’s pretty cool.

    I did just read some of Susan’s posts – she’s very upbeat, and I will definitely be following her journey and praying for her.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 29, 2011, 1:50 pm

    Ahhh I’m dying to find out who’s getting married!! I have my suspicions and I hope I’m right!

    • Baking 'n' Books June 29, 2011, 1:55 pm

      Who?! A blogger? I don’t read too many so, I’m not familiar, but any suspense kills me 😉

      2 marathons? Daily?! That is crazy…holy crap really puts things into perspective doesn’t it? Remember though he won’t be setting racing records with that 😉 – although I’m sure there’s a bunch of records being broken from the whole thing. Inspiring for sure!

      Random? I wrote about Disney movies and my dire need to find The Lion King somewhere to relive my youth. That’s random.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 29, 2011, 1:55 pm

    Two marathons a day?! I’m running my second marathon a year after my first and I thought that was a lot, haha!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 29, 2011, 2:30 pm

    Random thoughts: I hope my hair stylist is not running 15 mins late today like she normally is.

    Your post: thank you for mentioning Susan..I have known her for a few years and my prayers go out to her.

  • Anna Crouch June 29, 2011, 2:41 pm

    Here are my random thoughts for the day:


    Some things I love! 🙂

  • Allison @ Happy Tales June 29, 2011, 2:42 pm

    I’m a fan word-vomit posts. That’s amazing what Pat Farmer is doing! I’m curious as to who’s getting married on Friday… if it’s a charlotte blogger, I think i might have a guess!

  • Alison June 29, 2011, 3:14 pm

    My husband and I collect a Christmas ornament from every trip we take together so we naturally started putting our race medals on the tree as well. I don’t pay to have them engraved but I write the month, year, and times on the back (if we have duplicates we only keep one.) Our tree is quite a conversation piece with all those fun memories:-)

  • Kristin June 29, 2011, 3:16 pm

    I love all your medals! How do you find out what races give out medals?

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:56 pm

      They usually say it on the website! Or you could email and ask 🙂 Medals rule.

  • Jess June 29, 2011, 3:30 pm

    I’m guessing that it’s…Meghann & Derek (Meals and Miles)!

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 3:56 pm

      This is how rumors get started LOL

      • Susan June 29, 2011, 5:43 pm

        Well it’s not them because you didn’t bleep that one out! 🙂

  • Renee June 29, 2011, 4:09 pm

    Race medals also make great refrigerator magnets if you hot-glue a magnet to the back. Still have to cut off the ribbon though. 🙁

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:56 pm


  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted June 29, 2011, 4:12 pm

    Ah! I love this post… here is something pretty random. If you have less-than-stellar vision like me you might find it interesting! I recently learned about an eyewear company called Warby Parker. They sell glasses for $95 and they donate a pair for each pair you buy. I loved loved loved learning about them and now I’m obsessed!

  • Dani June 29, 2011, 5:06 pm

    I can’t wait till Friday to find out who the couple is!! Will you or s/he announce it? I hope so!!

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:56 pm

      Of course 😉

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 29, 2011, 5:41 pm

    Random thought: Dr. Oz looks like an elf.

    My thoughts go out to Susan. I’ll have to go check out her blog and lend some support!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 29, 2011, 5:58 pm

    oooh LOVE the race medals as tree ornaments idea!

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 29, 2011, 6:05 pm

    I had to do a random post too due to no camera battery!

  • Delia June 29, 2011, 6:06 pm

    Since I moved, I haven’t found a place to display my medals, so I was thinking about bringing them out for Christmas too. You could preserve the ribbon by wrapping the ribbon around itself (like a hair tie) and securing the wraps with a twist tie.

    I thought it would be entertaining if the marrying couple were Meghann and Derek, but since I have no hunch, I bet I have no idea who these peeps are.

  • Tara June 29, 2011, 6:11 pm

    Great post, Caitlin! Pat Farmer and GOTR are both so inspirational.

    How about stringing the race medals together (including the ribbons) and using them as garland on your tree?

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:56 pm

      Aw garland race ribbons sound beautiful to me!

  • Gina June 29, 2011, 7:02 pm

    This recipe is awesome! I have made it a few times and usually vary the recipe a bit. I omitted the last 3 ingredients, served it over brown rice, and sprinkled red pepper flakes on top. It was delicious for dinner and I am so excited for my leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
    Kale Chickpea Mash


    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    3 tablespoons minced garlic
    1 bunch kale (about 8 cups raw)
    1 (14 ounce) can garbanzo beans
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1/4 cup nutritional yeast
    1/2 teaspoon thyme
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    salt, to taste


    1. Saute minced garlic in olive oil on medium-high heat until it turns golden brown, carefully as to not burn it.

    2. Add the kale and stir, preferably with tongs to coat the kale in the oil and garlic. You may need to add a few tablespoon water.

    3. After the kale has wilted a bit, add the garbanzo beans and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and stir.

    4. Begin mashing the chickpeas. I use a fork because I don’t like them mashed too thoroughly; I still like some chunks. Garnish with some additional nutritional yeast or sesame seeds.

    Makes: 3 to 4 servings, Preparation time: 15 minutes

    • Caitlin June 29, 2011, 9:57 pm

      That sounds good – all my favorite ingredients!

  • Sarah June 29, 2011, 10:36 pm

    There is NO GOTR program in upstate NY! I can’t believe it.

    You have totally inspired me–I sent a request off to them tonight to find out what is involved in starting a council here.

    • Caitlin June 30, 2011, 9:55 am

      Yay! Getting a program off the ground is hard work but totally worth it! You can also be a Solemate!

  • Abby June 30, 2011, 5:02 am

    I love the idea of using medals for Christmas ornaments! 🙂

  • Lindsay June 30, 2011, 11:36 am

    I love the little girl article!! I teach Kindergarten and always try to focus on not complimenting them on their looks. Sometimes I can’t help it though bc they really are so cute and precious. 🙂

    Random Thought: Whenever I am thinking about jewelry, in my head I always say it “jewelsery” and I don’t know why!!

  • kelly June 30, 2011, 12:55 pm

    Regarding random though #4:

    That is exactly how my husband and I got married, and I wouldn’t have done it ANY. OTHER. WAY! It was perfect 🙂

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 1, 2011, 1:01 pm

    Oooooooh, I want to know who is getting married!!!

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