Get Ready for the 5K

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I am so sad that Girls on the Run is nearly over for Fall 2011.  But that means that the New Balance 5K is just already the corner.  I LOVE the 5K – it’s a wonderful experience for the girls.


Fall 2010 Recap


Spring 2011 Recap

Before the 5K, headquarters always hosts a Coaches Meeting so all the coaches can go over the fine details on the massive community event.  There will be more than 3,000 girls and 4,000 family members at the Charlotte 5K.  So it’s very important to know all the rules and requirements so no one loses a kid in the crowd!


James attended the meeting.  GOTR is dog-friendly, and he LOVES to go to the office.  He even knows what “Wanna go to GOTR?” means.


James and I left an Operation Beautiful note in the bathroom before leaving.  Lots of people have been sending in OB tear sheets lately… I love the concept.


I left the Coaches Meeting feeling so inspired and excited for the 5K!


So the Husband and I went on a run.  A 5K, to be exact.


It was hard.  Hellua hard.  I haven’t been running as much as I used to and boy – I could feel it in my thighs.  I really, really want to get back on track with running.  I guess I just need to DO it.  Today is a good start!


Breakfast was eggs and toast and OJ:


And lunch was a takeout spinach salad with BBQ chips:


Speaking of GOTR – we’ve got to go to our second to last lesson.  Wahhhh!  It always ends so quickly.



  • Heather November 29, 2011, 1:57 pm

    i looooooooooooooooooooooove that you are drinking juice out of that salsa jar. practical, yet stylish recycling for the win.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 29, 2011, 2:02 pm

    Great job reusing the jar from the salsa! We do that too! It’s always bitter sweet to see great things come to an end. You have so much to be proud for with this group though! Enjoy that!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter) November 29, 2011, 2:05 pm

    That first pic is adorable! I know what you mean about running. I’v ebeen trying to get back on track and my body can really feel it haha. I sort of like that it’s tough again though.

  • Janene November 29, 2011, 2:07 pm

    We had our GOTR 5k a couple weekends ago, and it. was. AWESOME! Watching all my girls cross the finish line was so amazing, I nearly lost it. Have a great time!

  • Christina @ Just Running November 29, 2011, 2:15 pm

    With winter and Christmas around the corner, it’s going to be very easy to make excuses not to run. Reward yourself for running 12 or 15 days in December with a pedicure. Even if you’re feeling pregnant-tired, I bet you can make it outside to run a mile a few days each week.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 29, 2011, 2:16 pm

    I love that tear sheet! The girls are so cute in those photos. I’m sure they’ll all do great in the 5k!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 29, 2011, 2:26 pm

    I just bought those running shoes!!! And I love that James can go to their office, I’m sure he enjoys all the extra attention!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul November 29, 2011, 2:30 pm

    Oh darn~that feeling of coming to an “end” with working with kids is always so sad! But have a fun rest of the time with them!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 29, 2011, 2:56 pm

    I actually just worked a 5K held at Soldier Field and there definitely is a lot to work through on the logistical side. We actually had a bit timing issue at the race where the clock jumped something like five minutes unexpectedly. The runner’s timing chips all had the correct times but people were pretty bummed out by the other incorrect time. Anyhoo, that probably won’t be an issue for the girls! Can’t wait for the recap 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 29, 2011, 3:33 pm

    Love your juice container 😉 I do the same thing with glass jars and my husband thinks I’m crazy. It’s such a waste to throw them out though!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 29, 2011, 3:35 pm

    that is such a good organization! SO cool.

    Congrats on getting that run in like you wanted to–small successes are important too! 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed November 29, 2011, 3:45 pm

    You always remind me that I need to keep recommitting to my fitness and healthy living goals and that I’m not alone! Thanks for being so honest.

  • Joanne November 29, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Good luck to everyone in the 5K. That’s a lot of runners for a 5K and it makes it so much fun.
    Since James is attending the meetings, does he get to run as well? 😉

  • Amanda November 29, 2011, 4:08 pm

    It’s hard to imagine a 5K being tough for you!!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) November 29, 2011, 4:30 pm

    Our 5K is this Saturday too! I can’t believe how quickly the season went by! I’ll miss my girls!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 29, 2011, 4:40 pm

    i love your reused OJ glass!

    good luck to all the girls this weekend!

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes November 29, 2011, 4:42 pm

    I just love reading about your Girls on the Run coaching experiences! It seems sooooo rewarding! I love that your doggie can go too…I always want to take my dog places but I think she’d pee all over the place out of excitement!
    Can’t wait to read to newest GOTR race recap!

    • CaitlinHTP November 29, 2011, 6:53 pm

      @Angela @ MyPinkyToes: Maggie would cry. I always feel bad taking James out but not M but she’s just so uncontrollable.

  • Meaghan (My Spoonful Of Inspiration) November 29, 2011, 4:47 pm

    I like your OJ glass- very artistic! 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 29, 2011, 4:47 pm

    I’m trying to get back into running too and it’s SUPER hard!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) November 29, 2011, 5:21 pm

    While you might not feel like the run was your best I so admire you for getting out there and just being active!! Good for you!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 29, 2011, 7:20 pm

    It’s always so sad when things come to an end. 🙁 Do you ever keep in touch with the girls that you’ve coached?

    • Caitlin November 30, 2011, 8:33 am

      @Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin: Only when I go back for the next season and they come back too, or I see them in school. They aren’t old enough for email.

  • Molly @ RDexposed November 29, 2011, 7:44 pm

    I’m jealous of this salad! Whenever I look for a premade salad it’s covered in meat.

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 29, 2011, 7:55 pm

    Ahahaha, love that you’re drinking OJ out of a salsa container. Very creative.

  • Amanda November 29, 2011, 8:39 pm

    Have you tried the new Saucony triumphs? They have a 8mm toe to heel than a regular 12mm..MAJOR difference, but LOVE them! Try ’em out 🙂

    • Caitlin November 30, 2011, 8:33 am

      @Amanda: NICE!

  • Taya November 29, 2011, 10:49 pm

    I love the idea of an Operation Beautiful tear-sheet…I think the bathroom at the gym needs one tomorrow!

    And I wear the same tennis shoes as you do! Although I think I’m needing some new ones. I’ve gotten better at running longer distances (although I agree that sometimes even a 5k feels like torture), which sadly means that I have to shell out cash more often for new shoes!

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