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Last night was the Girls on the Run kick-off party.  When they say kick-off party, they really just mean a meeting for the coaches.  Heh.


I am so excited for this upcoming season.  The Husband will be my co-coach again, but we’re bring on two new co-coaches – my friend Catherine and fellow blogger Katy.  I thought it would be necessary – and fun – to have more coaches because by the time we do the end-of-season 5K, I will be 8 months and 3 weeks pregnant.  Might need some backup, huh?


We discussed registration (registration day is often crazy because each team has a limit of 15 girls but interest may be higher – moms get crazy, yo), our new national sponsors (yay, Athleta!), rainy day procedures, and other details.  I just can’t wait to get started… the season begins at the end of February.  Hopefully most of the cold weather will be over by then!


On that note, Happy Hump Day.


I picked up this gluten-free pancake mix yesterday – it’s made wonderfully dense and chewy waffles.


I loaded our waffles up with frozen blueberries and almond slices, and then topped the waffles with vanilla Greek yogurt.


Yogurt is really better on waffles than maple syrup.  I swear. 



In case you’re looking for a really amazing community service opportunity….


More Girls on the Run Info

How to Get Involved with GOTR <— councils ALWAYS need volunteers!

December 2010 GOTR 5K

Tips and Tricks for Coaches

What GOTR Gave to Me

Girls on the Run Fall 2010 5K

Girls on the Run Spring 5K 2011

Girls on the Run Fall 5K 2011


Any other GOTR coaches gearing up for the spring? 



  • Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 25, 2012, 8:49 am

    Ahhhh! Yayay 🙂 I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Girls on the Run. Slash we are waffle twins. I had some today, but they were not blueberry. You win.

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove January 25, 2012, 8:58 am

    We packed coaches boxes last week and are getting ready to start in March!

  • Dee January 25, 2012, 9:01 am

    So cool! It sounds like a very exciting season up ahead. 🙂

  • Lindsey January 25, 2012, 9:10 am

    I love Greek yogurt on waffles and pancakes too, way better than syrup 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 25, 2012, 9:19 am

    The waffles look so delicious!! And very cool that you’ve got Athleta as a national sponsor! We don’t have Athleta here in Canada but I think their stuff can be ordered online and shipped. I’m going to investigate because I really like it!

  • Mary January 25, 2012, 9:20 am

    We are getting ready for our very first season here at Girls on the Run Twin Cities!!

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 25, 2012, 9:22 am

    I’m not involved in Girls on the Run, but I am with See-Us Run Des Moines, a program that teaches inner-city, at-risk/underserved youth that if they set goals and have determination, they can conquer anything – even running a marathon, a feat that only 1% of the population has accomplished. Last year was my first year involved in the program, and it was by far the best experience of my life.

    • Caitlin January 25, 2012, 4:43 pm

      Sounds like a really amazing organization!

  • Life's a Bowl January 25, 2012, 9:23 am

    I looked into getting involved with GOTR in the fall but the registration had already closed so I signed up to receive the volunteer opportunities emails… Unfortunately, I was either out of town or already had plans on race days but hope to find a time this spring!

    P.S. Loveee topping french toast, pancakes, and waffles with some thick and creamy Greek yogurt- def better than some runny syrup 😉

  • Army Amy* January 25, 2012, 9:33 am

    I still say that peanut butter and honey are the best waffle toppings. I haven’t tried yogurt though, so I guess my opinion is biased.*

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 25, 2012, 9:36 am

    those waffles look delicious! I haven’t tried any GF mixes yet, I’ve been making things on my own, but I should try that one! Well, maybe the pancake one since I don’t have a waffle maker…

  • Carolina John January 25, 2012, 9:43 am

    Have you met a GOTR coach named Becky Snyder? She’s an old friend of mine from college, says she’s coaching in charlotte. Good luck on the new season!

    • Caitlin January 25, 2012, 4:42 pm

      I have not! cool that your friend is coaching though

  • Sherri January 25, 2012, 10:06 am

    I have my first GOTR coach training session this Saturday! So excited!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb January 25, 2012, 10:12 am

    i love to top waffles and pancakes with greek yogurt.. adds a little bit of protein in addition to the deliciousness!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB January 25, 2012, 10:17 am

    Ugh. Sports parents can be tough. How do they end up doing it if there are extra interested girls? First come, first serve or a lottery?

    • Caitlin January 25, 2012, 4:41 pm

      first come and then they try to open up another program at the school if there is enough interest/volunteers

  • Marisa @ Mind Over Booty January 25, 2012, 10:18 am

    I coached last season and loved working with the girls. I still have to decide if coaching fits in my schedule this season. Fingers crossed! It was a blast. And good idea bringing in 2 new coaches. You can never have too many extra adults around.

  • Sneakers2Sandals January 25, 2012, 10:21 am

    Ah, I love Athletica! that is so exciting for you guys 🙂

  • Kristyn January 25, 2012, 10:30 am

    Girls on the Run=best volunteer program EVER.

    I’m a SoleMate this year for my April 22 half marathon!

    Happy Hump day!

  • Carly January 25, 2012, 10:47 am

    You totally 100% inspired me to be a coach this spring and we had our coaches meeting/ kickoff last Sunday. I am so excited for the program – I can tell already that I’m going to love it. Thanks Caitlin!

    • Caitlin January 25, 2012, 4:41 pm

      I hope you have a blast!

  • Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year January 25, 2012, 11:15 am

    As much as I love yogurt, maple syrup wins the gold in my book for waffles, pancakes, fresh toasts,oatmeal, you name it! 🙂

  • Jess January 25, 2012, 11:27 am

    Just got the site availability for GOTR Columbus! It will be my first season – can’t wait!

    • Caitlin January 25, 2012, 4:40 pm

      aweeeeeeeesome! have fun!

  • deva at deva by definition January 25, 2012, 11:36 am

    I love GOTR – my first race ever was the GOTR 5k in the fall, and now I’m registered for a 15k and a half marathon!

  • Kelly January 25, 2012, 11:44 am

    I am going to look and see if there is a GOTR group in my area!!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 25, 2012, 11:44 am

    I love yogurt on pancakes and waffles. It really is the besat topping! I love to top mine with a dollop of plain yogurt and a smear of jam for some sweetness. Or yogurt mixed with pb. Or both for a pb and j waffle!

  • JenRD January 25, 2012, 11:56 am

    Just signed up to be a SoleMate!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well January 25, 2012, 11:58 am

    Those waffles look ahh-mazing. I’m more of an almond butter and jam topper for my waffles though. What a great breakfast to start the day!

  • Tiff January 25, 2012, 11:59 am

    The girls are lucky to have such awesome coaches. You will all have a ball. 🙂

  • Johanna B January 25, 2012, 12:18 pm


    I was so excited to find out that there is a local group of GOTR here in Topeka. I’m not in a position to volunteer to work with the group but I was able to make a donation to help out. I love reading about your experiences with the girls.

    • Caitlin January 25, 2012, 4:40 pm

      Thank you for donating!

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction January 25, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Yes, yogurt is indeed better topped on almost anything 😉

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 25, 2012, 12:35 pm

    I love yogurt with almost anything–YUMM!!

    What a fun way to participate in the community–sounds like such a great organization!

  • Dana @ the Big Fat Skinny January 25, 2012, 12:38 pm

    I’d LOVE to participate in Girls on the Run, and inquired way back when I first read about it on your blog. Sadly there are no councils here on Long Island and it takes a lot of money to start one up – money that I can’t take out of my pocket with a 2 year old and a baby on the way. I’m hoping that somehow, a council will get started so that I can volunteer — I think the org’s purpose is SUCH A WONDERFUL one, and I’d love to be involed! All the best for your upcoming season!

    • Caitlin January 25, 2012, 4:40 pm

      You could try being a Solemate!

    • JenRD January 25, 2012, 8:19 pm

      I think they just added a new one, because I also checked a few months ago, and didn’t see one on Long Island. I just checked again today because I am intereared in becoming a SoleMate, and found on in Nassau County!

  • khushboo January 25, 2012, 12:40 pm

    I love mixing strawberry fruit preserves into Greek yogurt as a waffle topper!

  • becca @ blueberry smiles January 25, 2012, 12:58 pm

    So fun!! I would LOVE to do GOTR, but I just can’t make it out of work in the mid-afternoon 🙁 Maybe one day…..

  • Cheryl Mosley January 25, 2012, 1:28 pm

    I love yogurt on waffles!!!

  • Amber K January 25, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Those waffles look fantastic. I wish Bob’s pancake mix didn’t have xanthan gum in it, because I’ve always wanted to try it. Oh well, I’ll have to stick to oat flour pancakes!

  • adie (all of the above) January 25, 2012, 2:39 pm

    Have you ever had yogurt IN your waffles?? My family makes a sour cream waffle recipe (that I’ve made with greek yogurt once or twice). So good! And then you can eat your waffle with your hands (instead of a fork), as they were meant to be eaten (a point of contention between myself and my parents, which after 26yrs I still refuse to back down on).

    • Caitlin January 25, 2012, 4:39 pm

      oh this soundssssss really good. i’ve made yogurt muffins but need to try waffles.

  • Soraya January 25, 2012, 5:19 pm

    I just want you to know that I am emailing them about starting a local chapter here, thanks to your blog! I’ve been pondering over this since you first posted about the organization.. here goes nothing!

  • Megan January 25, 2012, 10:25 pm

    Me! First time head coach and nervous but excited!

  • Amanda (modernation) January 25, 2012, 10:35 pm

    Our season starts next week. So excited!!!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf January 26, 2012, 8:38 am

    So cool! I love reading your GOTR stories!

  • Jenn January 26, 2012, 10:13 am

    I’m going to be a GOTR Assistant coach this season and cannot wait : )

    • CaitlinHTP January 26, 2012, 10:56 am

      Thank you for volunteering Jenn!

  • Sarah January 28, 2012, 8:50 pm

    i would love to work with girls on the run but I dont think there is anything local to do that

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