Challenge Wrap-Up

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Well, it’s just one of those days. I spent the morning at AT&T because I dropped my iPhone yesterday during a training run – destroying the screen.  Then, I was informed that my cell insurance plan was officially dropping me because I’ve filed “too many claims.”  Whoops.  Afterwards, I drove to the supermarket to pick up some beans for Henry (who has become a bean monster), and the grocery bag ripped as I carried stuff back in.  Henry fought his morning nap, and now, I sit at my computer, hoping for at least 45 minutes of peace.  His sleep has been rough lately (I think it’s due to separation anxiety).


So.  Yes.  I am determined to turn my slight frown upside down.  Another trip to the park is in order – nothing makes me happier than pushing H on the swings.  As long as I don’t drop my phone again, of course.


Here’s a wrap-up of two challenges I recently completed – well, kind of.


Add, Not Subtract Week

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My goal this week was to add healthy things instead of focusing on all the unhealthy behaviors that I wanted to nix.  My goals were to…


  • ADD:  Water, water, so much water.
  • ADD: Regular exercise.
  • ADD: Sleep.  Sleep in a regular pattern.  Early to bed, early to rise.
  • ADD: Vegetables.
  • ADD: Regular, balanced meals.


I did okay.  I’m restarting this challenge again this week and have been faring much better so far.  The trouble with last week is that my friends Joe and Jenn came to visit, and Jen and I did a fair amount of ‘day drinking’ when I wasn’t on mommy duty.  It was fun, but it wasn’t very in tune with my plans for the week.  I did eat better for the first half of the week, but by the end, I was back to my peanut butter sandwich dinners (nothing wrong with PB sammies, but I could use more greens in my life).


Onto the second challenge… Ironman March!  My goal to complete an Ironman over the course of a month.

ironman march

How did I do?  Well, I ran 34.3 miles, swam 2.7 miles, and spinned/biked indoors a total of 6 times.  That means I surpassed my run goal, beat my swim goal, and failed to reach my bike goals (I counted each spin class as 15 miles, so I probably rode about 90 miles).  I’m proud of my runs and swims, but the trouble is that I never have difficulties meeting my goals in those sports – biking is my weak sport.


I did really enjoy Ironman March because it forced me to be more well-rounded than usual with my workouts, which is very important because I have a triathlon at the end of April!  I liked the variety a lot.  However, I am disappointed in myself for not completing the challenge – I was so close!  I try to cut myself slack about these things because, let’s be honest, triathloning is a hobby for me, not a job, and hobbies should make you happy.  But I really want to do better at the sport this season.  I think I’m halfway to putting my money where my mouth is.  I just wish I could commit more fully (hah – wishing to be able to commit is a funny concept).  I am going easy on myself, though, because the reason I missed my rides were this guy (or traveling for work):

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If you want to do Ironman March any month, you can download a PDF of the month-long training plan. 


Are you doing a challenge right now?  Which one and how is it going?



  • Ja @Ja on the RUN April 3, 2013, 11:29 am

    Awesome challenges! Especially the goals of adding more fluids & veggies! I like that part. I am trying to do that lately coz I’ve been craving unhealthy food the past week. So thanks for this post. It’s a reminder for me to start eating healthy again. 🙂

    I’m going to Houston this weekend to cheer for my friend who’ll do the IRON MAN. I have been thinking of training for it. So hope I’ll get more inspired! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 3, 2013, 11:30 am

    I need to get back at my half marathon training. The past 3 months have been hard with kids getting sick, then me catching their colds, then my husband (who was training with me) was traveling or suffering from IT band issues…so training has definitely not been where I wanted it to be. I’m feeling better and Spring is really trying to make an appearance here in Atlanta so I’m hoping to get that training back to where I want it. Good luck with your new goals Caitlin!

  • Becca April 3, 2013, 11:32 am

    You’re doing a bang up job!! I remember you saying while training for your half marathon that you’d get 2 weeks of great exercise and then the third week would be a bust. Looks like Iron Man March took care of that! That’s definitely a success!!

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies April 3, 2013, 11:34 am

    I love the kitty taking a bath among all of the discarded books. Super cute. I am participating in the Extreme Body Shaping challenge (kickboxing/resistance training six days a week with a nutritional plan to follow as well). So far, I have attended all of my classes and have not strayed once from my meal plan. Yay!

  • Julie April 3, 2013, 11:42 am

    Henry looks like such a big boy standing there w/ his books! He’s gone from infant to toddler!

  • Lisa April 3, 2013, 11:59 am

    If you have an iPhone, Best Buy will insure it even if you didn’t get it from them. My insurance is $15 a month, but it has no deductible. You may want to look into that.

  • Bethany April 3, 2013, 12:00 pm

    Loved the March Ironman challenge idea so printed it and put it on my fridge. I went from maybe 1-2 workouts a week to 4-5. I biked 120, swim only twice but got in 3,000 yds and ran 20. What a great jumpstart. And since I didn’t complete the goal- I recreated one for April -it’s on the fridge and I am ready to get it done this month with a few yoga and ab classes! Thanks for this – it was exactly what I needed!

  • Emily April 3, 2013, 12:06 pm

    You really were so close….it’s pretty impressive! Way to go. And sometimes, you need to just day drink 😉

    Hope this week goes better for you, and your day turns around! I can’t believe how big Henry looks playing with his books.

  • Carolina John April 3, 2013, 12:06 pm

    Those days are all too familiar. yes. Biking is the toughest part of the ironman march to complete no doubt. I struggle to fit in enough bike time too. This year I’m trying to focus on my bike speed by taking a volume approach, so it will pay dividends come race day if you can get up to about 300 miles per month. Come on, you know you want to.

  • Kelsey Y. April 3, 2013, 12:14 pm

    My challenge right now is to recover the stress reaction I have in my foot from training. I decide to make a monthly workout plan of using the stationary bike and doing yoga as well! I’m pretty excited about it!
    And so far? So good!

  • Lyndsey April 3, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Hey, whenever I do a spin class I do between 20-25 miles (and i’m really not that awesome) So I think you might be short changing yourself in miles! I think you surpassed your goals or at least met them in biking! Good job! Also, why is Henry so damn cute in your profile pic?!

  • Chantal April 3, 2013, 12:14 pm

    The biking is so hard because it just takes so much time! I barely squeaked in finishing the Ironman March with two 15 mile bike rides the last two days (thank you nice weather).

    I like the add, not subtract challenge. I’m going to add in guitar playing and more fruits and veg!

  • Lisa April 3, 2013, 12:17 pm

    Hi Caitlin I wanted to ask a personal question if thats ok. You only seem to struggle to eat enough greens but do you ever actually struggle with overeating/feeling bad about food? You seem to have such a healthy, balanced relationship with food which is so great but not the case for everyone. Would love if you could share a bit about that

    • Caitlin April 4, 2013, 9:31 am

      Hi Lisa!

      Sorry for the late reply. I am certainly not a perfect eater (at all) but I don’t really have food hang-ups. I guess I really do just look at food as fuel, and when I don’t eat perfectly (i.e. inhaling nutella), I kind of just think, “Meh, it doesn’t really matter.” So I don’t feel like I have that much to add to your question, unfortunately. However, has written a lot about binge eating, maybe you can google her and see if that helps?


  • Rebecca April 3, 2013, 12:18 pm

    Rough morning! The screen issue is why I didn’t get an iPhone. I tend to drop my phone more than I mean to and I didn’t want to risk a glass screen cracking on me. Droid’ll work fine for me.

    I’m trying to get myself to drink more water and eat more fruits/veggies. “Trying” being the operative word.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 3, 2013, 12:19 pm

    My challenge has been 1/2 marathon training and we’ll find out how it’s paid off on saturday…!!!!

  • Kelsey April 3, 2013, 12:24 pm

    I working on an exercise and diet revamp for April! Doing good (only day 3!) so far. You should try a bike challenge! See if that makes it easier to get more in (and just track running and swimming)


  • Sara April 3, 2013, 12:27 pm

    Ah good job with your challenges. Days like that you just have to laugh, BTW there are protective cases for the iphone that are suppose “lifeproof” here is the link -> ( My dad had one on his iphone 5 which he gave me because he didn’t like it (strange man). I wasn’t fan of the case so I got a new one, but more because it covers up the headphone jack which I use all day at work, and just the over all feel of the phone in the case, but might be worth it if you do not have insurance anymore! Its kind of expensive but its less $$ then a new phone.

    I want to start an Iroman month of my own as a challenge but around these neck of the woods (Massachusetts) its still cold. I am a newbie runner and I want to start running outside BUT I feel the need to start this challenge when spring has arrived. (Lame excuse I know). I am also working on eating a better balanced diet. I do okay for the most part (I track my food using Jawbone UP- have you heard about it? Its life changing) and I always, always, always go past my carb intake of the day. I need to change that, so that’s my one my challenges.

  • Mary April 3, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Girl, you need an Otterbox case or something, haha!

    Omg Henry with all those books is too cute.

  • Amanda K. April 3, 2013, 12:34 pm

    dude. henry’s book insurance is totally going to drop him if he keeps dropping them on the floor like that 🙂
    a broken phone is horrible. my son threw mine in the toilet. ugh!

  • sara @ fitcupcaker April 3, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Im not really doing a challenge but I am trying to watch the sugar intake! Ive had way too much over the weekend!

  • Ashley April 3, 2013, 1:15 pm

    I just started reading this blog but I love the idea of completing an ironman over a longer period of time. I’ve been trying to incorporate a lot more swimming into my schedule and this seems like a really good way to have a month of well rounded cardio!

  • Jenn April 3, 2013, 1:18 pm

    I take full responsibility for the day drinking!:-) Bad influences from PA!

  • Chelsea April 3, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Henry with all those books – so cute! Sorry about the whole phone dropping thing – I’m HORRIBLE at that, to the point where I couldn’t really get phone insurance 😛 I second that suggestion on the Otter Box case, though – my husband has one and dropped his phone in the toilet and it was fine!

  • Angela April 3, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Who knew your phone insurance could drop you like that?! Do you at least get your money back? 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed April 3, 2013, 2:49 pm

    I’m doing a Whole30 which is 30 days of strict paleo! I’m on day 3, so it’s been pretty easy so far, but I know it’s going to get harder. I’m dreaming of chocolate already, but I know that it will be worth it when I feel great and reset my taste buds to appreciate veggies that aren’t covered in cheese 😉

  • Dominique April 3, 2013, 10:39 pm

    have you found anything that works for the separation anxiety – especially at bedtime? my daughter (same age as Henry) is having the same problem. when i put her in bed at night she keeps opening her eyes to check that i’m still standing there and freaks out if i walk away whereas a month ago she would lay right down and go right to sleep. she also cries whenever i leave the room and when i drop her off at daycare. the sleep one is the hardest though.

    • Caitlin April 4, 2013, 9:29 am

      its so sad, right? i try to make the going-to-bed process a little longer than usual, but otherwise…. no nothing really works. it’s sad 🙁

      • Grace April 4, 2013, 10:22 am

        I know it’s not for everyone, but we’ve always co-slept and nursed on demand, and our 16 month old daughter has never shown any serious signs of separation anxiety (and I work out of the house so I leave her every weekday morning, and have since she was 3 months old, and we’ve never had any bed experiences with her crying when I leave).

        She also never cries at bedtime or in the middle of the night (we’ll have the occasional whimper), and no nighttime wake-up has ever lasted more than 10-15 minutes (and I’ve never even had to sit up in the middle of the night!). Again, I know it’s not for everyone, and I’m just one example. But having heard so many other peoples’ experiences with sleep training (both in real life and online), it sounds like a lot more work than my experiences with co-sleeping.

        • Grace April 4, 2013, 10:23 am

          “bad” not “bed” experiences – Freudian slip, ha!

          • Dominique April 4, 2013, 1:32 pm

            yes, caitlin, it is sad but it is also very frustrating for me. we are at the point where it is taking me 3 or so hours to get her back to sleep when she wakes up at night. she just will not go into a deep sleep and keeps checking for me. last night she was wake and crying for most of the time between 11 and 2.

            grace, i would be okay with co-sleeping but she now thinks that being in our bed means play time with mom and dad and when we ignore her she pulls hair, beards, pinches, pokes eyes, puts her hands in our mouths and tries to escape from the bed. i really am at wits end with the whole thing.

            when it started two or so weeks ago, we just thought it was teething, but one tooth has come though and nothing is getting better, it’s just getting worse.

          • Caitlin April 4, 2013, 1:48 pm

            do you let her cry or do you go in and comfort her?

          • Dominique April 4, 2013, 3:27 pm

            i go in and comfort her. my husband is really against the idea of letting her cry on her own for long periods of time.

  • Jenna April 4, 2013, 8:37 am

    I have the lifeproof case and it has saved my butt on more than one occasion. iPhone lost in snowbank anyone?! And dropped more times than I can count. The sensitivity of the screen is impacted – and the headphone jack takes some getting use to. But for the peace of mind – I’ve been very pleased.

  • Emily April 4, 2013, 9:03 am

    I completed Ironman March, too! And it inspired me to sign up for my first sprint triathlon, at the end of this month! Ahh!!

    • Caitlin April 4, 2013, 9:28 am

      Good luck!

  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} April 4, 2013, 8:34 pm

    You did awesome! My weak sport is swimming, so I am going to add an extra swim day to my schedule. This challenge was a great idea.

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