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Home, sweet home.


Well, the last 48 hours sure have been a whirlwind.  As I mentioned yesterday, I made a calendar error and ended up driving all the way to Anderson, South Carolina on Tuesday… only to realize my Operation Beautiful event was on Wednesday.  So yesterday, I drove back.   At least I had a really great opening joke about whether I’d ever been to Anderson before.  Winking smile


The event was really bittersweet.  Paula Bruner (top left) helped organize the event in honor of her daughter, Katie, who was a student at Anderson.  Katie lost her battle with a combination of eating disorders several years ago, only a month and a half before her intended wedding day.  I’ve worked with Paula before – I did an event in Dearborn County, Ohio with her last year.  She is extremely active with NEDA and supportive of Operation Beautiful (especially of the books!).  I was impressed by Paula the first time I met her; now that I’m a mom, I find her determination to carry on her daughter’s memory even more inspiring.  She took something so horrific and turned it into something that helps others…  That, my friends, is true love. 


By the time I took the stage, I was super motivated to give an amazing speech – I think I did pretty well!  Lots of laughs at the funny parts and lots of nodding heads at the serious parts.  Very little iPhone checking. Winking smile


My goal for today is to LIVE IT.  My schedule has been so screwy that I’ve managed to accomplish almost nothing… I’d love to tidy up, finish my Dad’s birthday project (it’s a crafty project), and go on a run. 


Get Over It


Speaking of running, I stumbled across this Runner’s World article – Get Over It – about tackling common running excuses and thought I’d pass it on.  Loads of good advice.  The one that probably applies to me today (even though it’s not late yet!) is “It’s Been a Long Day and You’re Beat.”  I like how the advice differentiates between mental and physical fatigue.  After all my travel, I’m definitely mentally wiped – but getting outside would be good for me!



  • DadHTP February 7, 2013, 9:22 am

    I woke up at seven, got the paper, and after thinking three times I was tired, went back to sleep for two hours. I love retirement.

    good morning!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2013, 9:29 am

      I hate you.

      • Kelly February 7, 2013, 9:34 am

        This made me chuckle. Parents!

    • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed February 7, 2013, 2:30 pm


  • Paige @ Your Trainer Paige February 7, 2013, 9:31 am

    Oh my goodness, what an emotional event! I’m sure it was an honor for you to be amongst these women 🙂

    Ps – LOL at your dad’s comment!!!

  • Laura @ RunningJunkie123 February 7, 2013, 9:32 am

    I just wanted to let you know that I think you support a great cause! It is so hard to for young girls these days to truly love themselves. To think that they are beautiful. It’s extremely important, now and for their future, that they learn their worth and build confidence.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 7, 2013, 9:38 am

    I’m glad you felt like you gave a great speech yesterday, I’m sure that felt good after the scheduling mix up and all that driving! P.S. Started laughing at your and your dad’s comment exchange!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 7, 2013, 9:41 am

    That’s too funny that you drove out there on the wrong day! I don’t really know that area well (or how far things are) but hopefully that didn’t eat away too much at your day!

    • DadHTP February 7, 2013, 12:38 pm

      560 miles in two days – yum!

  • Emily February 7, 2013, 9:52 am

    Wow that is so sad, but truly inspiring. What an amazing woman!

    Thanks for the link to Runner’s World article…a good read & good motivator.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In February 7, 2013, 9:56 am

    So inspirational – I love hearing the combo of NEDA + OpBeautiful since I’m semi doing the same!

  • Verlin February 7, 2013, 10:25 am

    Good for you to do work that you are passionate about — and helping people!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action February 7, 2013, 10:37 am

    Wow- that’s amazing that the mother started such an amazing project in memory of her daughter. Good for you for taking the time and speaking to these women- I’m sure it must be very rewarding!

    Good luck on the run

  • Steph February 7, 2013, 11:02 am

    Hah – my mom tells us girls to GOI all the time! (GOI= Get over it!) It’s right up there in the list with ‘life isn’t fair’

  • Allison February 7, 2013, 11:08 am

    What a sad story 🙁 That gave me goosebumps. I think it’s so wonderful that every day you get to pursue your passion and help spread positivity to the world. That is so important nowadays when there is so much crap thrown out there constantly.

  • Jen February 7, 2013, 11:13 am

    I live in Ohio and we don’t have a Dearborn County. Were you in Indiana?

    • Caitlin February 7, 2013, 1:27 pm

      Errrr yes.

  • Carly @LifeInTraining February 7, 2013, 11:30 am

    That is so tragic and inspiring all at once. I just can’t imagine how horrific it would be to lose a child. To go through that and use it to help others is amazing.

    Also, I love your dad.

  • Beth @ Running with the Sunrise February 7, 2013, 5:36 pm

    I’m glad that your speech went really well; that sounds like an amazing event. Hopefully your words will help spare other women from a similar fate.

  • Cat February 8, 2013, 11:50 am

    Glad that you had a good event.

    Great running article. The mental fatigue at the end of the day is what gets me every time!

  • Michelle February 9, 2013, 11:22 pm

    Hope you had fun in my hometown, on both days 🙂 Sorry you had to make the trip twice!

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