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More tag team action at the gym.  This time with the Husband, who has the day off from work (wahoo!).


It’s pretty cool that my gym encourages strollers on the indoor track, but I haven’t seen any other parents making use of it.  It’s too bad because it would be neat to meet another mom at my gym – we could walk together. 


The Hus lifted weights while I took the first indoor track shift – Henry and I walked for about thirty minutes.  Since I had no one else to chat with, I listened to the Pitbull station on Pandora. 


And then we switched.  Kristien walked with Henry, and I hit the pool.  I only had 10 – 15 minutes to swim because we had to get back home, so I swam as fast as my little arms would carry me.  I did 500 yards – the last 100 were super speedy.  Relatively, of course. 


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As mentioned a few days ago, I signed up for a race!  Credit card number submitted and everything.  I’m pretty pumped because I love to participate in races but haven’t done any in a while (obviously).  It’s a 5-mile road race in late September.  I’m also eyeing an early August triathlon but need to hop my post-partum booty on a bike prior to registering; not sure how the – ahem – undercarriage will fancy being on a bike.  Anyway, regardless of whether my first race back is this 5 miler or a tri, I’m pretty pumped about the road race because it’s being put on by the Ramblin’ Rose group.  They normally host women’s triathlons and really know how to put on a great event.  


Although 5 miles seems QUITE far right now, I’m sure that, with a bit of dedication, I can get ready over the next few months.


What race is up next for you?  Any one else attempting a return to fitness?  Whatcha coming back from?  Baby, injury, excessive horizontal time on the couch?



  • Brie July 18, 2012, 3:10 pm

    Baby will be here in September, so right now I’m just trying to stay active and not die in the summer heat.

    I’m already looking forward to getting back to CrossFit after baby! I’m super slow and huge now and I can’t wait to set PRs again.

  • Janae @ Bring-Joy July 18, 2012, 3:13 pm

    I’m actually on the decline. I used to teach a dozen or more exercise classes a week. Now I’ve scaled back & am loving it.

    I teach one yoga class a week. The other days I take my baby for a walk, swim every day in our pool with my kids, & lift weights 4-5 times a week.

    My body loves this schedule so much more. Not sure if I ever want to go back to such a demanding fitness schedule!

  • Amanda July 18, 2012, 3:13 pm

    I’m training for my first ever 15K! I’ve done my fair share of 5K’s and would love to train for a longer distance. Pus a structured goal and training plan keep me on track.

  • Army Amy* July 18, 2012, 3:14 pm

    Congrats on signing up for the race! It’s such a motivating feeling!

    I’m maybe/sorta/kinda/possibly moving (but I don’t know when). (Vague, right? I know!) Since I don’t know where I’ll be living or when I’ll be living there, I have zero races on the horizon. I’m itching to get back out there and do another.*

  • Hillary July 18, 2012, 3:15 pm

    I was just thinking today how I’d like to start training for another race. I’m not coming back from anything, but I finished my last half marathon in March, and I’m starting to get a little antsy! I don’t want to run anything more than a 10-miler right now, but I need to start looking for events in the area.

  • Annette@FitnessPerks July 18, 2012, 3:20 pm

    YAY! Love how you both put an emphasis on fitness. WAY to go! 🙂

    I am training for a Half IronMan that takes place in August. So yes, in major training mode. Lots of miles. Lots and lots of ’em. It’s hard work, but I am actually loving it! Can’t wait to actually DO it though. Hah.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats July 18, 2012, 3:23 pm

    I’m running my first marathon in October!! I’m actually running as a Solemate for GOTR thanks to hearing so much about them from your blog!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 18, 2012, 3:25 pm

    Team work really is the only way to go when you have kids! It makes everything easier!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well July 18, 2012, 3:29 pm

    I need to get back on the mat, the yoga mat, that is :). Work has taken over and I refuse to allow it to make me miss my yoga. Have you heard of Wanderlust? I wrote about it a bit on my blog today, but there is a annual festival and it’s Yoga and Music in a few different locations across the US…I’m going next weekend. Can’t wait to get my yoga on!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 18, 2012, 3:31 pm

    I like that you’re making exercise a family affair! My next race is the Lululemon SeaWheeze half mary on August 11th in Vancouver. I’m so so excited about it, especially now that my achilles tendinitis appears to be gone (I think). There are heaps of things I want to do in Vancouver during the short time I’m there, and of course, lots going on at the race expo to check out too. I’m pumped!

  • Rachel July 18, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Great to hear that you’re getting back into the racing you love!
    I have my second triathlon this Saturday and I’m so excited! The first one, last month, had me totally hooked as soon as I crossed the finish line (actually, way before that). I’ve really enjoyed reading about your triathlon experiences and your tips have been super helpful.

  • Kim @ wonderings July 18, 2012, 3:48 pm

    My first 5k is on Friday! Definitely getting pumped and ready to go!

  • K @ Finding a skinnier me July 18, 2012, 4:08 pm

    I was concentrating on running my very first 5k in November but got lost between work and school. Now I am hoping to get back to the training and start my new eating lifestyle this week! Once we get the husbands bike fixed (he has stolen mine), I will probably start riding more as well.

    Henry is adorable!

  • Jenny July 18, 2012, 4:10 pm

    I’m running my first 5k at the beginning of September! I did the Cto5k this spring to learn how to run and now I’m doing it again to increase my speed–the walking intervals are a jog and the running intervals are at my goal race pace. So far, so good! (Although if any of you have any better ideas for how to get faster please let me know! I’m still a newbie.)

  • Breanne July 18, 2012, 4:21 pm

    I have the Disneyland Half Labor Day weekend and I’m *struggling* with motivation to train. I’m working out regularly still, but I’m having a hard time with my run schedule.

    It’s great that you have an indoor track at your gym (maybe that would get me going, I hate the dreadmill and outside right now isn’t workin’ for me for a number of reasons) – and that they encourage strollers! Maybe you could look on meet-up or check in with your gym’s kid care (if they have it, I’m guessing yes) to see if there are other moms that would want to walk with you.

  • lynne @ lgsmash July 18, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Good luck!! I signed up for a 5 mile (and a 10 mile) race after I had knee surgery to be my incentive to get my butt back in gear after I was off crutches. Unfortunately, I WAY underestimated the time it would take my knees to get back to 100% again. I had to opt out of the first and drop from 10m to 5k in the second. Glad you’re being smarter about it than I was 🙂

  • laine July 18, 2012, 4:28 pm

    A triathlon in a couple of weeks? Wow, impressive!

    Next race for me is a sprint Triathlon on the 19th of August. Can’t wait!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 18, 2012, 4:52 pm

    That’s amazing that your gym allows strollers on the track!! Awesome!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 18, 2012, 5:04 pm

    You’re doing such a great job with getting back into the swing of things! Nothing “up next” is scheduled yet for me. I just completed a 5K Dirty Girl Mud Run (which was craziness), and unfortunately, injured myself hiking last week. So, I’ll be resting for the next week or so, then hopefully I’ll get back to business. So in the meantime, I might concentrate on some upper body strengthening.

  • Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans July 18, 2012, 5:26 pm

    I was volunteering at a triathlon last weekend and one of the other volunteers was telling me about the Ramblin’ Rose triathlons. It’s now officially on my bucket list (I just have to work on learning how to swim!).
    I’m on the hunt for a 5K to do soon. I did something to my foot back in May and lost a lot of my endurance, so I’m trying to come back from that.

  • Sharon July 18, 2012, 6:33 pm

    I am doing a 12k in October. I thought it would be fun to do a Fall race but training in the summer stinks! It is so hot here!

  • Jessica @ New Girl, New City July 18, 2012, 7:29 pm

    Yay for the race! I hope to sign up for my first 5k (first race since I’ve back to running since my injury) in the fall!

  • Taya July 18, 2012, 7:57 pm

    I’ll be running my first marathon in October! I’m nervous (I just did my first half in April), but its in Munich, Germany, and I’m doing it to raise funds for Children’s Tumor Foundation. I’m actually more nervous about raising all the money than running the race!

  • Lee July 18, 2012, 8:18 pm

    I’m doing a 5K in a month. It’s not really a return to fitness or anything, but I haven’t done a race since March.

    I think I have the same running shoes as you. New Balance? I can’t tell.

  • Sarah July 18, 2012, 8:21 pm

    I love that you two tag team at the gym!! So fun and no excuses! I hope the TRI works out for you! Im signed up for 3 races right now ) 2 halfs and a 10k!) and cant wait to find a 4th!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 18, 2012, 8:50 pm

    That’s awesome that you signed up for a race! I was hoping to do a race this summer, but that might need to be put on hold because my right hip has just started really bothering me. I’m crossing my fingers that it’s nothing serious!

  • luv what you do July 18, 2012, 9:06 pm

    I am hunting down a half marathon now. My next race is the first tri of the summer the last weekend of July. I can’t wait. I did a TREK woman’s tri last summer and I can’t speak highly enough about it. It was so well run and perfect for beginners. I haven’t seen any other women only races, but I will have ot check this out.

  • Courtney @ Brussel Sprouts and Beer July 18, 2012, 9:35 pm

    I’m running my first 5k in September which I’m very excited about!

  • Liz July 18, 2012, 11:12 pm

    I am thinking about doing Ramblin Rose in September… I was reading all your posts last week on triathlons. I haven’t decided yet… but maybe I will see you there!

  • Claire July 19, 2012, 12:28 am

    Training for my 4th marathon, Melbourne in October, through our dark winter. Can’t wait for some more daylight. Otherwise racing weekly at running club, great for improving speed.

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 19, 2012, 5:59 am

    Good luck with the races!! I am training for a 5k at the moment 🙂

  • Lauren T July 19, 2012, 10:12 am

    It’s so impressive how quickly you’ve gotten back into exercise after having Henry! Go you!! I’m training for the 5K Color Run in October. I’ve never really been serious about running until now, so I’m nervous and excited about the race!

  • Amy July 19, 2012, 5:04 pm

    I think your motivation is great, Caitlin, but isn’t early August too soon to be racing a tri? Henry will only be about 6-7 weeks old. Your body is still recovering — give it some time and register for a tri you’ll be able to put your all into. I have a three month old, and my first postpartum race isn’t until Labor Day weekend, so I would have time to REALLY get myself back in shape. Don’t rush things.

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