You know those Mondays?  When you roll over, hit the alarm, and immediately begin to tear apart your schedule, trying to find a way to eliminate or push back one errand, one meeting, one task?  Yup.  It’s one of those Mondays.  I think I have successfully rationalized skipping Bradley Method classes tonight.  We’ll see.


At least the weather is finally cooperating with this.  It’s back to being springtime after a serious cold spell.




Here’s a simple pancake trick (and you know I love pancakes).  If you’re running low on mix and are just shy of being able to make a complete batch, add in some uncooked oats.  I did 1 cup mix and 1/2 cup oats for the Husband and I.  The result?  Chewy, thick pancakes.


All together now:


Pancakes with oats and sliced almonds

Vanilla Greek yogurt



FAQ Mondays


I want to sign up for a race, but I’m not sure how to find one / decide which one to do.  Any thoughts?


Selecting a race can be very confusing, especially if it’s your first race.  Of course, the first thing you want to decide is the race distance.  I often look for races that have multiple distance options, so I can ‘drop down’ if necessary.  For example, once I signed up for a 10K but woke up that morning feeling rather gross, so I decided to just run the 5K instead of blowing off the race altogether (and I set a new personal record in the process!).  There are other things to consider, too, like race terrain, race location, typical weather conditions, and price – racing can be very expensive, but smaller races are usually cheaper.  To find races, check out websites like and, as well as the site for your local running store. For more information, check out this oldie but goodie:  How to Select Your Next (or First) Race.


What are you favorite non-blog websites?


I am addicted to Lamebook – a guilty pleasure but so funny.  I also love reading Dear Prudence every Monday and Thursday.  And on Sundays, I race to the computer to catch up on PostSecret.


Do you think personal records ever expire?


My personal opinion is that for self-competition purposes, race records ‘refresh’ when you enter a new age bracket (varies, but generally 18 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, etc).  Therefore, when I’m 50 and (hopefully) still running long distances, I won’t tell people my personal record for the marathon is 4:22 without adding, “…. when I was 26 years old.”  I also think you can divide personal records before and after big life events, such as a pregnancy, illness, or serious injury.  That being said, at the very core, I don’t believe that personal records ever truly expire… they’re yours to keep forever!


How tall are you?


I’m a shortie.   I’m 5 foot 3.5 inches (that half is very important).


Your turn…  How do you choose races, what websites do you love to frequent, and are you a shortie, too? Do records ever expire?



  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa April 9, 2012, 8:02 am

    How have I never heard of PostSecret before?!

    I am chasing a BQ, so I always look for marathons to register for…that are not too hilly and not too far away. If the race is far enough away where we have to make a road trip out of it, then it has to be in a neat city that we would want to spend the weekend exploring.

    I also look for races that are spectator friendly on a route with bike paths near by, as my husband likes to bike while I am running.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 9, 2012, 8:09 am

    I totally slept in today…so needed. I’m hoping to get moving at some point today!

    I always say I’m 5’2″ on a good day. If I stand really straight I can pull it off.

    I hope you have a great day Caitlin!

  • Lee April 9, 2012, 8:10 am

    This is obviously state specific, but is a great resource for races in Georgia.

    I’m 5’7.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 9, 2012, 8:14 am

    OMG I had no idea you were only 5’3.5″! I’m 5’10, and I know a lot of my blog readers were surprised to find out I was so tall when I eventually mentioned it one day – although I’m sure they probably had some idea because I’m usually head and shoulders above anyone else in the photos on my blog! As for frequently visited non-blog websites, Pinterest wins for me! 😉

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 9, 2012, 8:16 am

    I google races in my areas. After a race, I always get a TON of pamphlets for other upcoming races!

    I am average – at 5’5. BUT I’ve been that height since I was in 7th grade. So I used to be super tall!

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not April 9, 2012, 8:21 am

    Mmm greek yogurt on pancakes is so yummy..sometimes I mix mine with some maple syrup. I wanted to let you know..tried a think thin bar the other day after you said you liked them and it was delicious! The name is unfortunate however..

    I’m obsessed with Dear Prudance also! Love reading her on my lunch breaks 🙂

  • Patti April 9, 2012, 8:23 am

    I’m addicted to’s race finder – especially since I move a lot for my career. So Runner’s World is definitely a site I visit multiple times a day…and the Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia and for jobz. I’m so lame and responsible with my internetting!

    I’m 5’8″ in my running shoes but 6’2″ in my second favorite shoes. 😀

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 9, 2012, 8:25 am

    Currently I choose races that are in Chicago, because I can’t afford to travel for them! Otherwise it’s based on my school schedule!

  • Emily N April 9, 2012, 8:28 am

    Hmmm… I decide races by first deciding the distance that I want to run, and then what weekend would be good. In the summer here in Cincinnati we have an abundance of choices for races, with one almost every weekend!

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife April 9, 2012, 8:28 am

    I also like to see how many people are running the race and perhaps the results from the year before. I’m not the fastest person, but I still don’t want to come in dead last. I’ve done it before (in a very small local 5k) and it wasn’t fun.

  • Khushboo Thadani April 9, 2012, 8:35 am

    Snap on the high…5 and 3.5 inches…and yes that half an inch matters :)!

  • Sara April 9, 2012, 8:40 am

    I’m not into racing, I frequent your blog, Peas and Thank You, Daily Garnish, Stuft Mama, Baby KERF, Kath Eats and a few others … and I am 5 foot 7 1/2. My husband is 6 foot 4. Wonder if we’ll have giant children?

  • JJ April 9, 2012, 8:41 am

    For pancakes with a smoother texture, try blending your oats into oat ‘flour’ before adding to the mix. That’s how I sneak that in to replace the flour for my family.
    P. S. I love raw oats in yogurt/ cereal- you convinced me!

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction April 9, 2012, 8:54 am

    I’m tall! 5’10.5! I choose races based on their location and distance usually!

  • Dori April 9, 2012, 9:01 am

    The New York Road Runners sadly does expire your PRs (they determine your corral) after a few years, but I agree that your PR is your PR. This is what Runner’s World had to say on the subject last year:

    A friend ran his fastest marathon six years ago and still claims it as his personal record. So do PRs expire?
    –MONICA B., Tulsa, Okla.

    No, but old ones should be noted as such. Truth in advertising, and all. As our own Mark Remy says in The Runner’s Rule Book, Rule 1.51: “A PR has a shelf life of two years. After that, it’s still a PR–just with an asterisk.” That asterisk means adding a disclaimer, such as “My PR is 3:05, but that was at Yonkers in 1980″ or “. . . I ran that at Big Sur in 2003.” Two years is an arbitrary cutoff, obviously, but the larger point remains: It’s disingenuous to imply that you’re still capable of running that PR, or something close to it, if you clearly are not.

  • Coco April 9, 2012, 9:02 am

    I am reading Lamebook and I am dying. ahaha

  • Courtney April 9, 2012, 9:04 am

    OMG I run to PostSecret on Sundays, too! Love it 🙂

  • Hillary April 9, 2012, 9:08 am

    5’2 1/4. Yep. 1/4. You better believe I count it!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb April 9, 2012, 9:27 am

    i love adding oats to my pancakes. so delish!

    i’m am definitely not a shortie…i’m 5’11!

  • Linz @ ItzLinz April 9, 2012, 9:43 am

    I’m 5’3”! I like choosing races that benefit something… My favorite is the Undy 5000 as my uncle battled (and beat!) colon cancer so that race always means something to me!

  • ~Jessica~ April 9, 2012, 10:07 am

    We are exactly the same height 🙂

    I don’t know why, but you always look tall/average height in your pictures. If I had to guess I’d have put you at 5ft 6 – nice to know there are other shorties out there.


  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed April 9, 2012, 10:37 am

    I’m addicted to pinterest and facebook. I also check out cnn and glamour pretty regularly. And I will scroll through the google news headlines as well.

    I’m 5’5″ – super average haha!

    I pick my races by location and if they jive with my schedule. I usually don’t want to travel far, especially for a 5K, so the closer the better!

  • Kaitlyn April 9, 2012, 10:39 am

    I’m only 5 foot. ‘Nuff said.

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb April 9, 2012, 11:46 am

    I like to chose races that are close to me.

    As for websites, I am definitely a Pinterest-addict. 😉

    Oh and I’m 5’3… but just 5’3. You lucky duck get that half in there! haha

  • Carly April 9, 2012, 11:47 am

    I’m a shorty too! Just a hair under 5’3″ (like 5’2 7/8″) I like being short!

  • Taylor @ Nuts for Apples April 9, 2012, 11:48 am

    I usually always use to search for my races! Website I love to frequent: Pinterest (totally an addict but have gotten so many good recipes & ideas off of it!) I’m also a shortie at 5’4″. Everytime I get measured I always hope that I will magically be 5’5″…but then I remind myself I am almost 25 & my growing days are long gone…sigh….

  • Anna April 9, 2012, 11:54 am

    I would have put you at 5’6! Oh my word! I’m shocked! I’m about a foot taller than you (about 6’2) and if we ever met and hugged (I’m a hugger), it’d be strange.
    Because this post isn’t, or anything.

  • Bethany April 9, 2012, 12:01 pm

    I heard you on the radio this morning (101.5)!

  • Jess April 9, 2012, 12:03 pm

    I’m pretty new to running, I ran my first race last summer (a5k). My plan is to set up a race every month to keep myself motivated and running….otherwise I fall off the bandwagon (it’s happened too many times to count). I figure out what my goals are for a set period of time (in 6 months I’d like to do a 1/2,or maybe a 10k if I feel unprepared), then I set up small races til then. Hopefully it works! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE etsy! And I’m the same height as you! I’ve grown (haha) to love my height!

  • Emily April 9, 2012, 12:08 pm

    I’m 5’0 and 1/2 inch. The half inch is totally important!

  • Lindsey April 9, 2012, 12:09 pm

    I am even shorter, 5’2″! But love being short 🙂
    I like to choose local races or with something fun added in, for example I just signed up for a race where everyone gets cupcakes at the end! I also like to do a destination race a year, last year was the Disneyland Half Marathon which was unbelievable. I hope to run a east coast race for 2013 next.

  • Deanna April 9, 2012, 12:30 pm

    I am 4’11” 3/4. That 3/4 is also VERY important! I am one small gal 🙂

  • Lauren April 9, 2012, 12:43 pm

    Haha, I’m 5 2.5 but I always round up! 🙂 You are so right, that .5 is very important. 🙂

  • Carlee April 9, 2012, 1:01 pm

    The last race I signed up for (in 3 weeks) is the inaugural one and it’s in my town. I seriously hoping that in like 30 years they’ll announce me as the girl who has raced every year since it started.

    I’m 4’11” so definitely a shortie!

  • Jen April 9, 2012, 1:22 pm

    I choose races generally based on the cause that they support. I can’t remember the last time I ran a race that was not organized as a fundraiser too.

    I’m 5’1″ so I feel you on the short thing! Who else uses a spatula to knock things down off of the top shelves of the cabinets? 😉

  • Amber K April 9, 2012, 1:22 pm

    I’m 5’5” and my husband is 6’8”. I have pretty much accepted the fact that our future children will tower over me, lol.

  • Claire April 9, 2012, 2:41 pm

    I don’t race, but I think I’m with you. PR’s don’t expire…but you can definitely add to them within such stated categories. 🙂

    I’m a shortie! 5’3″ with a tall 6’3″ man! 🙂

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 9, 2012, 2:42 pm

    For some reason I envisioned you being taller. Is it weird that I guess bloggers’ heights? Because I do, the same way that I imagine accents, haha. I’m 5 feet 6 1/2 inches.

  • Whitney April 9, 2012, 2:48 pm

    I thought you were tall, too!! I’m 5’7″

  • mary @ what's cookin with mary April 9, 2012, 4:31 pm

    My Mom always says she’s 5’4″, but really she’s 5’3.5″ ;0)… my Dad is 6’1″ and I ended up being 5’6″. I know I’m an average height, but always feel tall…? In my new fav heels I’m 5’11” ?! Even my 6’2″ husband was like, WHOA! You’re TALL in those. HAHAHAHA

  • Sarah April 9, 2012, 4:39 pm

    I’m 4’11”! So I’m quiiiite a shortie haha. I usually date tall guys, too – at least 6ft. I do a Lazy Sunday links post ever week with blogs I love surfing, so if you’re curious, you’re welcome to check me out! (

    I’m actually just starting to run, and kind of following the Couch to 5k plan, but a bit slower than expected. I’m asthmatic and I have a foot deformality that often makes things a bit more difficult, exercise-wise. But, I can walk/jog a 5k and once I work up to jogging the whole thing, I’m looking forward to doing a 5k sometime this summer!

  • Crystal April 9, 2012, 4:43 pm

    Don’t skip Bradley! You can miss so much if you miss a class. And no one is going to mind if you fall asleep for a few during the relaxation stuff.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 9, 2012, 6:42 pm

    I’ve got you beat on the shortness – I’m only 5 feet! 😉

    My newest favourite site is #whatshouldwecallme – I discovered it on Friday and I think I spent an entire 30 minutes laughing out loud while reading it!

  • Kris April 9, 2012, 10:32 pm

    Ha, I just saw this post. I don’t really consider myself a shortie since 5’3-3/4 isn’t THAT short 🙂 I always thought I was 5’3, but I’ll def take that extra 3/4″. My friends who think they’re short are more in the 4’11 to 5’1 range.

  • Jess April 10, 2012, 12:19 am

    I am 5’8″, which is about average…Until I tell people that I have been this tall since I was 13. Yep, shot up and stopped. I was the tallest girl and the third tallest person in my first year of high school.

  • Jen April 10, 2012, 12:54 am

    I’ve been measured anywhere from 5’1″ to 5’3″, so I just go with 5’2″ – whatever! 🙂

    Now I’m curious about Lamebook – it SOUNDS funny!

  • Becca April 10, 2012, 3:02 am

    Ahh! I’m 5′ 3.5” and I TOTALLY AGREE. The half is exceptionally important.

  • Alett April 10, 2012, 9:50 am

    I choose races for various reasons (in no particular order):
    1) if many of my friends are doing the race (we usually gather for brunch/beverage after the race.
    2) to challenge myself eg. Goofy challenge (2010) or my first Olympic tri (this summer)
    3) because it is an “annual tradition” – eg. Gobble Gobble Gobble is our annual “turkey trot” -> this also satisfies #1 as well
    4) for a good cause – my friend has a wife with MS and organized a race to help support the MS society etc. (we also ran the Susan G. Komen 5k to celebrate the one year anniversary of my friend being breast cancer free <- note this was all before the recent Komen controversy; I honestly don't think I'd support Komen anymore)
    5) for fun! <- hubby & I are doing a marathon as a two person relay in VT, it's always fun to participate in a race with the husband 🙂

    re: websites/blogs
    Operation Beautiful 🙂
    Awkward pet/family photos
    Food gawker

  • Bobbie April 10, 2012, 12:43 pm

    I tend to run the same races year after year. I have found the ones I like and keep going back to them. I guess most of those were chosen by word of mouth. People I know have run them and recommended them. If I do add anything new I usually find out from our local running company.

    I am 5’7.5″ and I agree that the .5 is soooo important! ha ha!

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