Post-Bump 10K

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I got sucked into a vortex of Henry and am just now emerging – with circles under my eyes, a frazzled expression, and a messy house.  At least he’s super cute!


Amidst the drama, I managed to go on a 10K run.  I was pretty pleased – I wasn’t super speedy but I maintained an even pace and never thought, “OMG, I can’t go on, make it stop.”  Considering my furthest post-pregnancy run had been 5 miles, it felt like a big accomplishment!

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Cold enough to require mittens – I’ve had these gloves for over TWENTY YEARS.  I literally wore them in elementary school.  Crazy, huh? 


The best part of the run, however, was that it was trash day.  I absolutely love, love, love watching the neighborhood dogs freak out at the garbage trunk.  In Charlotte, the garage men don’t jump out and haul the cans in manually – this mechanical arm comes down, grabs the can, and turns it upside down in the truck.  It’s pretty neat – but dogs must think it’s a monster.

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I followed the trunk for a good three or four minutes just to see all the pups lose it.  Hah.


So – today’s breakfast:


2 eggs


A protein shake


In the smoothie: strawberries, banana, soy milk, and protein powder.


Off to be a momma!





  • Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer October 31, 2012, 10:57 am

    I SO do not like running on trash day. Stinky!! I prefer Saturday morning runs – I will take the smell of laundry over trash any day!

    Congrats on going 10k! I haven’t run that far since… oh man, since my half marathon back in April! Gotta get the miles up, I’m planning on PRing for my Spring Half!!

    • Whitney October 31, 2012, 11:06 am

      totally agree! I hate dodging trash cans and love the smell of laundry coming from houses, ha! 🙂

  • Lisa Fine October 31, 2012, 10:59 am

    Congrats on the 10k run this morning! I love getting in a good run at the start of the day.

    And that smoothie looks tasty. I don’t have my blender with me, and I miss making post rum smoothies.

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat October 31, 2012, 10:59 am

    What a high tech garbage truck! My pup would definitely hate it! 🙂 Happy Halloween!

  • Ann October 31, 2012, 11:01 am

    When I first saw a video of the mechanical-arm trash trucks on YouTube a few months ago, I was totally mesmerized! We don’t have them where I’m from in MD, or where I’m in college in NY. As cool and efficient as they are, I can’t help but think that the mechanization puts people out of jobs though.

  • deva at deva by definition October 31, 2012, 11:05 am

    Our trash truck has a mechanical arm, but it has a man helping it dump the trash in. He pulls the cans over, hooks them on, the arm dumps the can, and then he puts the can back. I also live in a pretty urban area where on-street parking is the norm, so it makes sense for my neighborhood.

  • Vivian October 31, 2012, 11:07 am

    Is the link for your protein powder broken? I’ve been looking for a good non-dairy protein powder since my nursing son has a dairy allergy as well.

    • Caitlin October 31, 2012, 11:07 am

      I am on my phone now but I will fix it up when I get back to my computer! Sorry!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action October 31, 2012, 11:27 am

    Way to go on your 10 K! I haven’t run that far in over 2 years! (though to be fair my knees crapped out and I no longer am allowed to run)

    That’s funny that the dogs freak out for the garbage truck! In my city we have drivers who grab the garbage- but they have to stand while they drive the truck AND the steering wheel is on the opposite side than every other vehicle. I think I would hit a lot of stuff if that was my job!

  • Lindsay October 31, 2012, 11:33 am

    Doesn’t it smell bad behind the truck?!!? When I biked to work, I hated biking on trash day. It STUNK behind those trucks. I don’t even like driving behind them…I am mesmerized by the system our trash folks have though. They are pretty efficient!!

    • Caitlin October 31, 2012, 11:36 am

      Naw, I think because it’s so cold!

  • Vivian October 31, 2012, 11:38 am

    I notice the protein powder contains whey, which is a dairy product. Has it interfered at all with your breastmilk?

    • Caitlin October 31, 2012, 11:56 am

      hm i may have linked to the wrong one, the Standard Process protein powder I eat is vegan and is pea-based protein.

  • Jessica October 31, 2012, 11:53 am

    I HATE riding my bike to work on trash day; it’s so stinky, I can’t stand it! You must have a nose of steel or something. 🙂

    How is sleep training going with Henry? I saw in your other post that he started to sleep through the night – that’s great! I’m sorry that you’re so frazzled. I actually love the days on the weekend where all I do are baby care; it’s so much easier than work, and I love getting a million cuddles and just getting to reconnect with my daughter – it really puts everything into perspective and reminds me of what’s really important!

    • Caitlin October 31, 2012, 11:59 am

      🙂 I love this comment.

      Sleep training BLOWS. We had a few days that felt like a break through and then we begun to backslide majorly. I think the problem is that we are not ever consistent and don’t have a good ‘game plan.’ I really need a game plan (in life in general) so my friend and I are sharing a sleep specialist and I am implementing their protocol. The first part of the protocol is that Parent A has to do all the nighttime duties for 5 straight days and then Parent B takes over and does the sleep training (basically, a graduated cry it out method, I know this is not popular with everyone but we are okay with it and have gotten to the point where we agree this needs to happen – 5 months with multiple wake ups every night save a few is not working for us at all. I refuse to feel like a bad mommy because of this). So we are currently in stage 1 of the protocol, which means I am doing all the work right now (which blows). I’ll let you know what happens when Parent B takes over!

      • Vikki October 31, 2012, 12:28 pm

        My sympathies to you and your husband. When my cousin was born, she wouldn’t sleep at all. (All the adults swear she didn’t sleep for the first two years of her life.) My aunt would go into church and hand her to the nursery people. Crawl onto the back pew and sleep during the service.

        Rest when you can and congrats on the distance.

        • Caitlin October 31, 2012, 1:00 pm

          Oh your poor auntie!!!

      • Maggie October 31, 2012, 12:45 pm

        Hang in there. Eventually it will settle down and you guys will figure it out. It is so hard though in the middle of it. My son is almost 6months old and I can relate.

      • Jessica October 31, 2012, 1:26 pm

        I hope that it works for you! It’s something I don’t do, not because I’m really morally opposed to it or anything, but from talking to my mom friends that have sleep trained they have to re-train ALL THE TIME (teething, milestones, illness, traveling, time-change, etc. have all caused major regressions and they have to start over from square one it seems). So from my perspective it seems like they still get crappy sleep fairly regularly AND have to deal with a lot of screaming and crying and the stress that something is “wrong” with their babies. My 2 cents is that some babies just naturally sleep in longer stretches than others – my sister’s baby started sleeping through the night at 4 weeks, and at a year my daughter still has multiple wake-ups (co-sleeping and side-lying nursing have saved my life, otherwise I have no idea how I’d make it into work each day). We tried some sleep training with my daughter around 6 months and it just didn’t work for us at all – I figure she’ll just sleep through the night when she’s ready!
        I hope you get some good sleep! Naps are a god-send! 🙂

        • Jayce October 31, 2012, 2:11 pm

          Agreed. They sleep longer stretches when they’re ready. For me, I see no need to make my days more complicated and frustrating. Those that sleep train seem to obsess over sleep. I actually would not label myself AP or anything (mostly because I believe in different discipline practices when they get older), but it seems to me that babies sleep better with mommy because that’s where they belong and they know it. This baby stage will be gone in a flash.

          • Caitlin October 31, 2012, 3:26 pm

            It’s not that I expect Henry to never wake up from 7 PM to 7 AM. But for the last five months, we’ve been living with multiple wake ups all night long, ever night. A good night involves two wake ups, and this only happens about three times a week. I hear some women are totally fine with getting up four times a night and can function, but I cannot nor can my husband. There are days that I am literally sick to my stomach and emotionally fatigued because I am so sleep deprived. When you aren’t knee-deep in the experience, it is very easy to say this stage will be over in a flash and not to get worked up over it!

          • Claire October 31, 2012, 4:08 pm

            Totally – I think that sleep training is sort of creating a problem where there just isn’t one (and adding so much unnecessary stress to your life!). If your baby isn’t suffering and is getting enough sleep total over a 24 period, then it’s not a problem to be solved! I’ve been up 2-6 (or more) times a night for over 10 months now, and despite being sleep deprived so almost a year I know that it will be really short-lived in the grand scheme of things – what’s a year out of my life, in order to have the most awesome and amazing baby girl ever? (I might be a little biased, ha!). And to be honest, most days (with the exception of the night where I get less than 5 hours of total sleep and have to work 9+ hours the next day) I feel perfectly fine.

            I knew going into parenthood that sleep would suuuuck for the first few years, and I knew it was something I would just have to suck it up and get through. That’s the price of parenthood, and it’s still totally worth it!

          • Jayce October 31, 2012, 4:35 pm

            My son is 5 days younger than Henry, so I am knee-deep in it also. We have multiple wake-ups every night as well (2-4), but we bed share so it does not involve getting up/waking up (except when I bring him to bed from the pnp at the first wake up). Our sleep environment is very safe, and while I do hope to transition him into a crib when he’s ready, this arrangement is amazing for this season. I am very sorry these months have been so rough on you! I really hope you figure out something that works for you. From what I see, Henry looks like a super happy, well-loved baby. The sleep stuff will work out!

          • Caitlin October 31, 2012, 5:14 pm

            Thanks 🙂 I appreciate this comment. It makes me feel bad when people say I should just suck it up because I physically can’t and then I feel like such a weak sauce mom.

          • Jayce October 31, 2012, 5:51 pm

            When I say this time will go by in a flash, I don’t mean “suck it up.” I mean, “Try to focus on the big picture. It will get better.” I’m sorry if it came off otherwise. This mom stuff is awesome but challenging. My biggest challenge? Getting back in shape. It’s hard to see women like you fitting back in your favorite jeans while I have 30 lbs to lose still. Every body is different, and every baby is different. You are an awesome mom!

          • Caitlin October 31, 2012, 7:20 pm

            Thank you jayce, I really appreciate that a lot. You are an awesome momma too.

  • Carolina John October 31, 2012, 11:54 am

    Cool! it always makes me feel good to hit milestone distances like that after doing something huge. Good job.

  • Nicole October 31, 2012, 11:58 am

    I know you’ve had some epic distances pre-pregnancy but why wouldn’t you use the 10% rule for increasing mileage? If you’ve only ran 5 miles until now post-partum, why would you jump up so quickly? I’d hate to see you get injured since you enjoy the you-time that running is so much.

    • Caitlin October 31, 2012, 12:05 pm

      I had a rather low mileage week in total last week so i think going from 5 to 6.2 is fine.

      • laura October 31, 2012, 3:15 pm

        I agree, I don’t think increasing 1.2 miles is going to kill you! You know how to listen to your body 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 31, 2012, 12:03 pm

    Congrats on your 10K! Haha and I’ve never seen garbage trucks like that, I’m pretty sure my brother’s dog would just run away, she’s scared of everything!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well October 31, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Congrats on your long run. That IS a big accomplishment!

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human October 31, 2012, 12:47 pm

    Happy Halloween! That protein shake looks delicious!

  • Robert Ferrari October 31, 2012, 12:59 pm

    Very cool. I really like those gloves.

  • Laura October 31, 2012, 1:00 pm

    Congrats on the run! Love the old school gloves. 🙂

  • Annette@FitnessPerks October 31, 2012, 1:22 pm

    YAY for the 10K! Nice work.

    I think that’s hilarious that the dogs bark at the truck. Bahaha.

  • eliza October 31, 2012, 1:28 pm

    ah I thought it was so funny today…. when I get my novicaine shot today I was so nervous and freaking out. The dentists assistant goes “your a runner, and nothings harder than running”..powered me through!

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 31, 2012, 1:31 pm

    Awesome job on the run! Isn’t it funny that you’re constantly setting new goals for yourself? Sometimes for me it’s just “get more sleep” and other times it’s “run 6 miles before and write a blog post before work.” Keeps things interesting I guess!

  • Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real October 31, 2012, 1:34 pm

    I like that you said “sucked into the vortex of Henry”. It is true that you can be super busy taking care of a baby but not actually feel like you get anything accomplished! I did that this weekend with my kids after I got back from a business trip, stayed in PJs all day and just let them lay on me. Congrats on the 10K distance, that is a major accomplishment after a baby AND after sleep training.

  • Lindsay @ Fuel My Family October 31, 2012, 1:34 pm

    I hate running on trash day, the smell makes me feel sick! And I’ve never seen dogs go nuts at the truck, maybe that would change my mind a little 🙂

  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin October 31, 2012, 1:44 pm

    Those mittens are awfully cute for being 10 years old! I want to get some mittens with the touch fingers so I can still work my iPod while running 🙂

  • Megan October 31, 2012, 2:12 pm

    How does Henry react to the protein shakes? Any side effects? I stocked up on some protein bars from Wal-Mart since I’m slowly getting back into weight training, and my husband tisk-tisked me and asked, “Don’t you remember what the doctor said regarding protein?” (More specifically protein drinks). I said he told me all in moderation and to eat more of lean chicken and egg whites. My husband said, “No! He told you ONLY lean chicken and egg whites. No protein powder. The protein powder will impact his kidneys” Needless to say, I KNOW the doc said MODERATION. lol

    What’s your take on it?

    PS – I don’t mind trash day here either. We just moved about 60 miles north of where we used to live (we’re still in the Tampa Bay area though). And I loved my trash guys. THey were so friendly and used to say hi when I was out running. Now, I don’t know about these new guys. They don’t seem as nice :-/

    • Caitlin October 31, 2012, 3:20 pm

      Never heard this at all!

  • Aja October 31, 2012, 3:12 pm

    Congrats on your run!
    I want your smoothie. 🙂
    Happy Halloween!

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker October 31, 2012, 3:25 pm

    Haha This reminds me of when I was pregnant and made the mistake of running on trash day on a steamy summer morning and I seriously almost tossed my cookies several miles away from home.

  • Life's a Bowl October 31, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Haha, an arm picks up the trash?! I’ve never seen that! I bet all of the little kids would think it’s a monster too 😛

    P.S. I’ve been MIA lately and it’s the first time I’ve noticed, but loveee your scrolling banner!!!

  • luv what you do October 31, 2012, 10:19 pm

    Congrats on your run!

  • Mandi October 31, 2012, 11:01 pm

    I am super impressed that you have gloves from elementary school. I can’t even find my gloves from last year!

  • Nicole November 1, 2012, 12:30 am

    Congrats on your 10K! I can’t wait till that day arrives for me, even if it’s more around 6 months postpartum as opposed to a lovely 4ish… Giving birth messed with my insides I guess!

    You’re hilarious with you + dog watching while they freak out over the garbage trucks!

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