Ramblin’ Rose Giveaway

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‘Tis a wonderful day for a run.


My last race was the extremely epic Lake Logan Olympic Triathlon on August 6.  Since that weekend, I haven’t given much thought to training or racing.  No logging of mileage.  No weekly plans.  I’ve just been aiming to move a little bit every day, run three times a week, do more yoga, and free up as much time as possible for work.


Even though I haven’t been training, I have been vaguely preparing for three upcoming races:


Hit the Brixx 10K – September 17

I’m very excited for this race because it’s actually part of Nicole’s bachelorette party weekend!  Also, I haven’t done a 10K in a while, and I enjoy the distance.


Tri for Abby Sprint Tri – September 24

This tri is a 500-meter swim, a 14-mile bike, and 5K run.  It’s a small, local race and I’m hoping to place in my age division (because there might only be 5 people in my age divison…).  Fingers crossed!


Ramblin’ Rose Sprint Tri – September 25

This tri is actually a POOL triathlon, which I’m pumped for because I’ve never done a tri in a pool.  It’s a super sprint tri with a 250-yard swim, 9-mile bike, and 2-mile run.


Has anyone else ever done a Ramblin’ Rose event?  The series is just for women and is designed to encourage newbies to get involved in racing.


I’m actually doing Ramblin’ Rose as a sponsored runner.  Endurance magazine, which helps run the races, is doing a piece on Operation Beautiful and how racing can build self-esteem and body confidence.  The piece will come out this fall.  I’m pretty excited about it!  I’ve always loved Endurance magazine.


Last week, I did a photo shoot for the article with Jessica Blakely at my in-laws’ lakehouse.  I was photographed in running, swimming, and biking gear, and afterwards, I kind of felt like I had actually done a triathlon.  Heh. 

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Endurance magazine was kind enough to offer a Healthy Tipping Point reader a FREE ENTRY to Ramblin’ Rose Half Marathon in Durham, North Carolina.  The race is on October 16 and is expected to sell out!  I’ll pick the giveaway winner at random tomorrow – just leave a comment on this post and let me know you’d like to be entered in the giveaway.


Anywho – I ran 5.0 miles this morning in preparation of my upcoming 10K.  It was sunny but cool out, and I felt strong.  I tackled hills, dashed on the straights, and only took a few walking breaks.  Wahoo!


Before running, I had two Panda Bites.


And afterwards, a big bowl of yogurt mess.


In the mix:


Koala Krispies

Raw oatmeal



Oikos vanilla Greek yogurt



Is it really already Wednesday?



  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 24, 2011, 11:22 am

    That triathlon sounds fun! I can’t enter because I live in California but I would love to do a pool triathlon. You couldn’t pay me to swim in open water!

  • Caroline August 24, 2011, 11:24 am

    Yes, what a difference low humidity and cooler temps have on running performance! Please enter me in the Ramblin Rose giveaway. Thanks!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey August 24, 2011, 11:24 am

    I saw your pictures on facebook – they look so great!!

  • Khushboo August 24, 2011, 11:25 am

    Wow that sounds like such a great piece! Nice going on the run today 🙂

  • jc August 24, 2011, 11:26 am

    nice pictures on facebook. yay!

  • Michelle August 24, 2011, 11:27 am

    I would love to enter the giveaway for the race in Durham. I lived there for 10 years and love to go back and visit – what a better reason than to run a half in my former hometown! woot! thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • Emily August 24, 2011, 11:32 am

    That is a great photo of you for Endurance magazine. I live in Tampa, but I would be up for a travel to do a NC Tri. Plus I’m a good friend of Healthy Ashley-and it would give me a reason to visit : )

  • Katie August 24, 2011, 11:34 am

    I’d LOVE to be entered in the contest!! I’m in Raleigh so it’s a very close drive :):)

  • Jessica August 24, 2011, 11:35 am

    I’d love to enter for the half marathon! And the pics are great-Congratulations on being in the magazine!

  • Caitlin August 24, 2011, 11:40 am

    Entry for Katie via Facebook

  • Sarah for Real August 24, 2011, 11:40 am

    I’m not entering, obviously being in WA…

    But I did want to say I saw your new profile pic up top yesterday and thought “I wonder when she did a photo shoot?” Exciting!

    Plus, I wanted to make it really difficult for you to randomly pick a winner from those comments that CAN enter 😉

  • Megan @ Life As Megan Knows It August 24, 2011, 11:43 am

    I would love to enter for my Half Marathon!!1

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) August 24, 2011, 11:44 am

    The Ramblin Rose sounds fun! Too bad it doesn’t look like they have any on the west coast. 🙁 I think it’d be great so people who are thinking of doing tris but are too scared to start in open water, could do something like the Rose.

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life August 24, 2011, 11:52 am

    Oooh a pool Tri sounds fun! Like I said before I love the new pics!!! The Half sounds fun but I live in Mass and can’t travel right now… boo!

  • Chelsea August 24, 2011, 11:52 am

    At first I thought you had two tris two days in a row (you have it written as Sept 24 and 25th) but then I read later on that the Ramblin Rose is on October 16th haha. I was about to say you’re kick butt girl for doing two tri’s two days in a row!

    • Caitlin August 24, 2011, 11:54 am

      Nope, I am doing two tris in a row 🙂 Back to back, baby! The half marathon for this contest is on the 16th but I’m not doing it.

      • Chelsea August 24, 2011, 11:57 am

        Oh my goodness! Three races in one month and two are back to back! The saying, “Go hard or go home,” describes you perfectly right now hahaha.

  • allpointswhole August 24, 2011, 11:54 am

    great job!! I ran ten and it killed me!!!

  • Kim August 24, 2011, 11:56 am

    Winning an entry would make my decision so much clearer on which tri to do! Awesome photo shoot…get it girl! The inlaws live in a beautiful area! xoxo, Kim

  • Shrinking mommy of 2 August 24, 2011, 12:00 pm

    I wish I could do it but I live too far away. I would love to try a pool tri (as I dont like lake water!) Good luck to all the other entries.

    Oh by the way…I love your new pic!

  • FunnerRunner August 24, 2011, 12:01 pm

    Hooray…would love to escape the crispy Canadian air to run in NC! Sign me up!

  • Anne P August 24, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I want to be entered in the contest!!! Durham is like 20 minutes away, that would be awesome.

  • Natalie August 24, 2011, 12:06 pm

    I’d loveeee to enter that contest!! Sounds like a blast 🙂

  • stephs August 24, 2011, 12:08 pm

    sign me up 🙂

  • Ellen August 24, 2011, 12:20 pm

    I would like to be entered in the giveaway, but if I win, can we hang out? I’m not sure I know anyone in Durham! But I like an adventure.

  • stephs August 24, 2011, 12:21 pm

    oh and in the first pic, is that toggle part of your shirt?

    • CaitlinHTP August 24, 2011, 10:30 pm

      What’s a toggle??

      • stephs August 25, 2011, 8:04 am

        lol i’m looking at the string wrapped around your finger in the pic…a toggle is the thing attached to the end of a string that serves for tightening, if that helps any

        • Caitlin August 25, 2011, 8:13 am

          oh 🙂 naw I jus wrapped the ear buds around my finger 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 24, 2011, 12:22 pm

    Wish I lived closer, I would totally do that race. It seems like the perfect distance for a newbie.

  • Janelle August 24, 2011, 12:29 pm

    Do you wear a Road ID during your fun runs or at races? If not, I highly recommend getting one. I’m one of those just-in-case freakish-worrier kinda people so even though I don’t have any medical conditions and hardly ever run alone, I still wear a Road ID (uh, actually, two).

    Congrats on the magazine and good luck in your races!

    • CaitlinHTP August 24, 2011, 10:18 pm

      I have a Road ID but it’s out of date. Need to order a new one!

  • Bobbie August 24, 2011, 12:31 pm

    I would love to enter the contest- winning would be just the motivation I need! 🙂

  • Alex August 24, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I’d love to run that half marathon! The Tobacco Road area is gorgeous and right nearby 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 24, 2011, 12:39 pm

    lol ONLY wednesday? I’m dying this week! Haha, wrote about it on my blog this morning! I feel like I’m drowning in everything that needs to get done! Those races sound like a lot of fun though! I’m training for a 10K on Sept 24 and then a 10 mile run on Nov 7th, I’ve only ever run 6.5 miles in my life! Excited to see how this goes!

  • Neena August 24, 2011, 12:42 pm

    I would love to be entered into the giveaway! Thanks!

  • Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled August 24, 2011, 12:44 pm

    That’s so cool about the feature!

    While I love to challenge myself in my runs, it’s also nice to just take it easy and see what your body feels like doing.

    At least we’re closer to the weekend!

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good August 24, 2011, 12:45 pm

    How fun to incorporate a race into bachelorette plans!! Why wasn’t I running yet when I got married?

    You said you felt strong. Just wanted to comment, that’s one of the best feelings! (and one of the biggest rewards to exercise, in my opinion) 🙂

  • Marissa C August 24, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Back to back tris? You’re crazy girl!

  • DeLacy August 24, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I would love to be entered for the half marathon! Thanks!!

  • Andrea (Studio Eleven 11) August 24, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I’ve done Dixie Divas, which is similar to Rambling Rose. These are much more care-free tri’s, in my opinion. Atmosphere will be much different than your Olympic distance (i.e. relaxed) 🙂 I’ve stopped doing this littler ones simply because of money. But if you are free, have the mulah, and want to get a nice training sess in, RR isn’t bad.

  • Ashley August 24, 2011, 12:56 pm

    I’d like to be entered! Good luck at the marathon!

  • Wendi @ A Southern Yogi August 24, 2011, 1:00 pm


    p.s. I LOVE your bowl!!

  • Sheela August 24, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Please enter me in the giveaway! I just moved from Charlotte to Raleigh and have been training for this race, but have been procrastinating about registering. Thank you!!

  • mine August 24, 2011, 1:21 pm

    I just moved to Durham, so would love to try out this race.

  • Catherine August 24, 2011, 1:21 pm

    I’d love to be entered! In the last 10 days I have moved and begun working two jobs post-grad. Running is one of my absolute favorite ways to relax from all of the hectic stress and free race entry + traveling to a place I haven’t visited before sounds like the solution to my stressful situation

  • Lauren August 24, 2011, 1:26 pm

    Please enter me! I live in Greensboro and have been trying to find a tri to try (hah, see what I did there?) but all to no avail, everything is way too intense for me! The Ramblin’ Rose looks perfect.

  • Taya August 24, 2011, 1:30 pm

    Please enter me! I really want to start doing races, and this would be such a fun way to begin! Thank you!

  • Shannon August 24, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I would love to enter! I live right nearby in Raleigh:) I recently had a baby and I’m signed up for my first half-marathon in November and would love to do this!

    • CaitlinHTP August 24, 2011, 10:14 pm

      Congrats on your baby!

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith August 24, 2011, 1:48 pm

    I’ve got to try those Panda Bites! I would definitely love to be entered into your giveaway. I have been wanting to do a tri for so long and you have been such an inspiration!

  • Keri August 24, 2011, 1:51 pm

    The tri sounds awesome!Maybe I’ll have to see if there are any in Colorado…for next year…scared to swim still!

    PS. I love the new action pic of you on a bike 🙂

  • Carolina John August 24, 2011, 1:55 pm

    The ramblin rose series is supposed to be wonderful (as i’ve never done one); you’re going to love a pool swim. My first triathlon actually had a pool swim because I was scared of the lake.

    See if you can get yourself an entrance into that half mary in durham. You’re welcome to stay with us if you get in – you might even be able to talk kelley into running it with you.

  • Meredith August 24, 2011, 2:09 pm

    I would love to be entered in the drawing! PS love your shirt, is that lululemon?

    • CaitlinHTP August 24, 2011, 10:13 pm

      Yup! It’s so comfy.

  • gwen August 24, 2011, 2:10 pm

    Love the pictures! I would love to be entered in the giveaway!!

  • Courtney Leigh August 24, 2011, 2:11 pm

    I just started doing triathlons this year and both have been pool super sprints. The first one was a MUCH better experience than the second (thank goodness, or I might never want to do one again!) and it was a female only one. Rocketchix.com also encourages women to get out and do their first triathlon or long distance running event. And the funds raised go to putting on the Rocketkids triathlon. It’s freaking awesome. I’m a little jealous. Okay a lot, because I just looked at the website to consider traveling up there and participating. I totally have the bug.

    • CaitlinHTP August 24, 2011, 10:12 pm

      I’m so excited for a pool tri. It will be an adventure for sure!

  • Caroline August 24, 2011, 2:12 pm

    I’d love to be entered! I’m from NC and this race would be the perfect excuse for a weekend escape back to my favorite state!!

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) August 24, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Wow, you’ve packed your September full of races! I’m jealous, I miss racing but I’m not in race shape anymore after a long, lazy summer (though I could probably walk a marathon now haha).

    Good luck with training lady!

  • CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com August 24, 2011, 2:33 pm

    yayyy for representing operation beautiful!!! you know I love that movement 🙂

  • Leanne August 24, 2011, 2:39 pm

    I actually live in Durham (originally from Charlotte) and was going to run the Rambling Rose, but it is quite expensive so I am training for a half in new bern, nc the day before. However, I haven’t signed up yet. A free entry would be awesome, and less travel!!

  • Mary August 24, 2011, 3:30 pm

    The last tri I did was in a pool and it was awesome! no one was pummeling eachother to try to be first, very orgainzed!

    ps. I’m in raleigh and was thinking about rambling rose as a training run but it’s so expensive! I’d LOVE a free entry! plus its sponsored by Duke Med, where i’m a nurse, Itd be pretty neat to run it 🙂

  • JennB@BeMe August 24, 2011, 3:48 pm

    I’d love to be entered into the drawing. Also, can’t wait to see the article!

  • Laura @ My Reason to Tri August 24, 2011, 3:59 pm

    you will enjoy a pool tri. the short pool swim doesnt wear you out like the epic OWSs do, its more like a warm up for the rest of the race. you will probably do pretty well in that one, ive heard its a LOT of first timers 🙂 the time trial start is kind of annoying, having to watch and wait. i would LOVE to do the ramblin rose half. my lil bro lives in chapel hill, good excuse to go visit him!

  • Melissa August 24, 2011, 4:03 pm

    I’d love to run this race. I live in Raleigh and I have been considering the Ramblin’ Rose.

  • Erin August 24, 2011, 4:15 pm

    I don’t want to be considered for the give-away but I simply wanted to say congratulations on being featured in Endurance. I love their magazine and I can’t wait to read the article about Operation Beautiful. Hopefully more men and women will be inspired to love and accept themselves for who they truly are!

    You are such an inspiration Caitlin so thank you 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP August 24, 2011, 10:10 pm

      Thank you sweetie.

  • Mary August 24, 2011, 4:43 pm

    Congrats on the endurance feature!! I’d love to be entered in the Ramblin Rose Half giveaway – was thinking of entering myself but can’t afford it! Would be a perfect training run for the half ironman I’m doing on 10/30… 🙂

  • Bethany August 24, 2011, 5:43 pm

    I live in Chapel Hill and would love to win the free entry!! I want to do the half in Durham but can’t currently afford it. I did an Endurance Magazine sponsored run in April and loved it!

  • Mary August 24, 2011, 6:29 pm

    My first triathlon was actually a reverse tri with a 4.4 mile run, an 18 mile bike, and a 300 yard pool swim. I was fun, but the swim was at the end so everyone was spread out by then. I actually placed third in my age group (small race). I’m not sure how it would work with everyone starting out in the pool at the same time. I’ll be looking for your recap to find out!

    • CaitlinHTP August 24, 2011, 10:10 pm

      A reverse tri sounds pretty fun 🙂

  • AmandaonMaui August 24, 2011, 6:31 pm

    While I occasionally eat raw oatmeal, or just oatmeal soaked in milk first thing in the morning, I have read some stuff about phytates in grains that need long soaking in a slightly acidic liquid before cooking and consumption. Have you studied that at all?

    • AmandaonMaui August 24, 2011, 6:32 pm

      Oh, and don’t pick me. I’m nowhere near ready for that kind of thing!

      • CaitlinHTP August 24, 2011, 10:09 pm

        No idea 🙂 I just know it tastes good.

  • Kristen S. August 24, 2011, 6:57 pm

    I would love a chance to win the free entry!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 24, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Wow, how cool! That’s exactly around the time I was hoping to run a half during training for a full!

  • Alaina August 24, 2011, 7:16 pm

    If only the race was the week I planned on visiting North Carolina! I’m so excited to be visiting Charlotte; it’ll be my first time! Hope the fall weather is nice for some runs. 🙂

  • Heidi Houser August 24, 2011, 7:21 pm

    I did the Charlotte Ramblin’ Rose Sprint Tri last year as inspiration to get my body moving after my first pregnancy. It was so fun and felt awesome to be a part of the energy of so many women taking on the challenge. The story of my experience is kind of a funny on as the pedal fell off of my bike half way through that part of the tri. You can read about it here: http://reclaimingbeauty.com/2010/10/10/ramblin-rose-2010/ I’ve already signed up for the Ramblin’ Rose 1/2 Marathon in Durham so maybe I’ll see some of you there!

    • CaitlinHTP August 24, 2011, 10:07 pm

      I linked to this on Twitter 🙂 Great job!

  • Allie August 24, 2011, 7:34 pm

    Pick me! I just moved BACK to Durham for grad school (I had lived here previously for 4 years as an undergrad) and I really really wanted to enter this half, but as a grad student, can’t afford the $75 entry fee- crazy expensive in my opinion! The race route goes literally right in front of my house and I am just dying to run it. please please please please!

  • Delia August 24, 2011, 8:01 pm

    I just happen to be on a lighter work month in October, and I think that race date actually falls on one of my vacation days. I would so love to win this especially since I had been planning a staycation before. Pick me please!

  • Stacie August 24, 2011, 8:09 pm

    I’ve read your blog for about a year now (love it!), but haven’t posted until now, but feel I should because I REALLY want to win!! Why? 1) I live in WI, but have family who live in Raleigh whom we only see twice a year (thank god for Skype) 2) I just ran my 1st HM & would LOVE to run a 2nd with family cheering me on. PLEASE pick me!!

    • CaitlinHTP August 24, 2011, 10:06 pm

      Thank you for reading my blog 🙂

  • Holly August 24, 2011, 8:19 pm

    That race falls on my 23rd birthday! It’d be a great way to celebrate and only a short drive from Savannah!

    • CaitlinHTP August 24, 2011, 10:05 pm

      Happy almost birthday!

  • Kat August 24, 2011, 9:12 pm

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway! I’ve been eyeing this race for awhile, I love the idea of doing a women’s race.

  • BroccoliHut August 24, 2011, 9:32 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! I just received a notifier in the mail for the Ramblin Rose Half in Durham (I live in Raleigh). I’d love to try it out!

  • Kelley August 24, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I just moved to Chapel Hill and would LOVE to do this race!

  • Allyson August 25, 2011, 10:41 am

    Awesome giveaway! I am currently training for my first marathon and would love to see my progress by doing a half. Plus I live in Raleigh so it is in an ideal location!

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