Problem with eating meals on the kitchen floor – thieves try to steal your carrots!  Gasp!


I had a not-so-fun doctor’s appointment really early this morning (to do this; will blog more about it down the road), ran some errands, and came home to crash.  Henry and I napped for a good three hours.  It was glorious.  I think he’s inherited his mom and dad’s love of sleep.


Lunch was a mish mash.  I couldn’t be bothered to do something complicated.









A colorful plate, indeed.


Train like a Mother


While at the doctor’s, I paged through my review copy of Train Like a Mother from Another Runner Mother.  I briefly mentioned the book in another post, but I LOVE IT.  It is so funny (isn’t that rare? For a book to make you literally LOL?) an full of great information that I’ve never seen elsewhere.  There’s a section on how to run if you have young children, even if you are a single mom, and the suggestions are positively genius. 


Since I dropped my iPhone into the washing machine yesterday and have to pay a hefty chunk of change to get a replacement (I have insurance but there’s a deductible), I’m probably going to pull out of the other triathlon that I was planning to do.  Tris are expense!  It’s sad that I’ve got to skip it, but that’s the financial reality of being a doofus.  Instead, I’m going to focus on an upcoming 5 miler race and a Half Marathon that I’m already registered for. 


I really like the looks of the TLAM 10K plan.  There’s two options – a “Finish It” and an “Own It” version.  I’m doing the Finish It version.


One thing I really like about the training plan is they have little water bottle and coffee cup symbols next to some of the runs.  The water bottle means “Bailing is not an option!” and the coffee cup means “Bail if necessary.”  A truly flexible training approach which, of course, works perfectly for mommas.


I’m excited to get started and follow a plan again, but I probably won’t start for a few days – still recovering from my cold. Sad smile



  • Megan August 29, 2012, 2:33 pm

    I think you’ve got the wrong link on your doctor’s appointment today.

    I may need to check out that book! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    • ali August 29, 2012, 3:14 pm

      Her link is about birth control options so I think it is the right link. procedures, checkups, options etc

  • Stef August 29, 2012, 2:56 pm

    This has nothing to do with your post – but first of all, your son is super cute and secondly, my son has the same onesie! 🙂

    I would love to get back into running so I will need to check out that book. I wonder if I can adapt it for a jogging stroller?

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 29, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Haha I love the water bottle and coffee cup symbols, and that they name the plans finish it or own it! It makes it more understandable to the average person!

  • Lauren August 29, 2012, 3:14 pm

    Is your upcoming post about IUDs? I just got the paragard about a month ago – and I used to have an extremely short period, but now it is longer and heavier. I also had some *discomfort* for a couple weeks, but I’ve seemed to move past that. My doctor said the first period after insertion could be abnormal, so I’m waiting a few months before I concede that my period pattern has changed, but so far I like it. the hormonal BC made me loco, and I don’t want the babies, so this felt like the right choice!

  • Kimberly @ Healthy Strides August 29, 2012, 3:23 pm

    I love, love, love “Train Like a Mother.” I am following the Marathon: Finish It plan, and I really like the flexible approach. I’ve found that it’s been nice to flip through when I’m in a slump – like calling a running buddy for advice. (I also have “Run Like a Mother,” which I read after, and it’s just as good.)

  • Sara August 29, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Ok, this has nothing to do with your post and you may already have seen this, but have you read the NPR blog entry about all the ridiculous “for women” products (instigated by the new Bic ladies-only pen)? It’s absolutely hilarious and totally reminded me of you:

    • CaitlinHTP August 29, 2012, 7:31 pm

      That is ridiculousness.

  • Lauren August 29, 2012, 3:27 pm

    I’m so interested to hear about your birth control decisions. I was interested in the copper iud but have a bad allergy to nickel and we’re doing OK with rhythm method. Although more kids aren’t in our immediate plans it wouldn’t be a problem.

    As for Train Like a Mother, glad to hear you like it. I’m considering training for another marathon so a plan tailored to moms seems like a good idea.

  • Lauren August 29, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Wow, I am totally jealous – my 3 month old naps for 30 minutes at a time. You’re lucky!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 29, 2012, 3:41 pm

    Love that idea with the training plan – a lot of people get frustrated when they skip runs for whatever reasons while training, so this presents the idea that that’s ok once in a while. Useful for anyone!

  • Jess August 29, 2012, 3:47 pm

    Saw your tweet this morning – I’ve got the same appointment first thing tomorrow! I’d love to hear about your experience and which IUD you went with. Actually, if it hurt that bad, maybe I don’t want to know just yet!

    • CaitlinHTP August 29, 2012, 4:21 pm

      Paraguard and it did hurt but I mean, you’ll survive. Did they tell you to take Cytotex?

      • Jess August 29, 2012, 4:36 pm

        No cytotec. My doc recommended Mirena over Paragard due to bad pre-BC periods, though the idea of no hormones was really tempting. She said to start ibuprofen today and it will only hurt for 10 seconds, so I’m trusting her experience!

        • keren August 30, 2012, 8:16 pm

          I have mirena, and have had it for a little over a year. I love it!! It really only hurt for a couple hours—totally worth it!!

          • Hillary B August 31, 2012, 4:05 pm

            I had a Mirena inserted (also opted for Mirena over Paraguard due to nickel allergy and unsure how body would react) earlier this summer. It was pretty uncomfortable to have it inserted, and I had the worst cramps of my life for about 6 hours post-insertion, and was still pretty crampy for a few days following (even though my doc said it should only cramp for 2 hours post-insertion). I continued to have twinge-y occasional cramps for a week days after that. My first period was 7 days long (!!!) but after that, things seem to settled into my place. I love that I don’t have to think about birth control for five years!

  • Nikki August 29, 2012, 4:02 pm

    If your IUD insertion was anything like mine, then I hope you’re treating yourself to some rest and something sweet and yummy this afternoon… 🙂 (Although I have heard that once you’ve had a baby, the IUD insertion is nothing…)

  • Wendy August 29, 2012, 4:13 pm

    I had a new Mirena IUD inserted about a month ago, and OMG OUCH! At least compared to when I had the first one in when I was about 5 months postpartum. Things are not so, uh … open … anymore!

    • Eileen August 29, 2012, 9:54 pm

      Wendy- I had the Mirena for almost 5 years- the maximum amount of time for 1 insertion. I never read the side effects of moodiness, depression and anxiety that affects 20% of the people who use it until after i had it removed. Once I had it removed it was like I was a totally different person. I had no idea the effects until after it was removed. Just something to be aware of if you feel more edgy or irritable than normal.

  • Annette@FitnessPerks August 29, 2012, 5:11 pm

    That baby hurts! OUCH. Take that rest 😉

    YAY for the plan!

  • Heather August 29, 2012, 7:17 pm

    Will you blog soon about the products you/Henry like and use a lot and don’t use so much? I am in the information gathering stage and can’t get enough!

  • Leila August 29, 2012, 7:19 pm

    Your toast looks delicious, what brand of bread is that?

    • CaitlinHTP August 29, 2012, 7:30 pm

      Udi’s 🙂 Yum

  • kristin s. August 29, 2012, 7:28 pm

    Insertion is nothing! Just be wary of hair loss and increased greasiness if your having copper toxicity like i did. Had to have it removed 6 months later:( improved immediately though

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} August 29, 2012, 7:41 pm

    Thanks for the book review–looks like something I’d love. I’m looking forward to your BC post, as well.

  • Maggie August 29, 2012, 7:55 pm

    I U D s are wonderful. It the first one isn’t great, try another.
    You will be successful.

  • Susan August 29, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Some thoughts:
    Why do you eat on the floor? This doesn’t seem like a good practice especially with Henry around your dogs and food so close together. May be trouble someday.

    Also, IUD’s can cause PID., which often equals infertility.

    • CaitlinHTP August 29, 2012, 8:48 pm

      risk of PID with paraguard is equal to the risk of PID of the general pop

    • L. August 29, 2012, 9:39 pm

      I have to say, I wonder the same thing. In so many pics Henry is on the floor. And why do you eat on the floor? Especially with the dogs around.

      I have always had dogs, and most arguments /fights between dogs has always been over food. Or being top of the pack and attention. Seems like an accident waiting to happen. One of which the dogs will be blamed for even if they are doing what they normally do as a part of a pack mentality . Sorry, I just don’t think it’s the best idea.

  • Trina August 29, 2012, 9:25 pm

    We saw Obama during the DNC in Denver and it was so so exciting! Good luck!

    • Trina August 29, 2012, 9:27 pm

      Somehow I commented on the wrong post, whoops! I blame the iPad :p

  • Michaela August 30, 2012, 7:02 am

    I just got the paragard yesterday too. Holy cow. I was not expecting it to hurt so much. And now I’m still having cramps. I’ve never had them before so this is a whole new pain to me. I really feel bad for girls that get them all the time. I am so glad to be done with BC pills forever (hopefully)!

  • Shephalli August 30, 2012, 1:08 pm

    So cute! I am surprised the dog didn’t go for the eggs or toast!

  • Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real August 30, 2012, 3:25 pm

    I have read Run Like a Mother and I am looking forward to reading Train Like a Mother too. It has been on my Amazon wish list for months, so maybe someone will actually buy it for me for my birthday! I did not start running until after I became a mother, so I love all the fun stories in these books. Sometimes I do literally go for a run so I can run away from my children. Good luck with your training plans!

  • Kate August 31, 2012, 9:21 am

    Did you try putting your iPhone in a bag of rice? There is a chance you might be able to recover it. Google ways to fix water damaged iPhones. There are lots of great tips out there!

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