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Let’s talk about this race photo.


Another failed heel click!  I attempt to do a heel click at every race.  Very often, I cannot time it correctly with the photograph’s flash (because, seriously, I am usually busy trying not to pass out from exhaustion in the middle of the race, and while heel clicking is high on my priority list, it requires a great deal of oomph)…


But sometimes I time it perfectly and click click click for the camera…


Next time!  I’ll get a good one next time!  Only a month and a half to go until my next race.  I should practice my heel clicks more regularly….


Speakin’ of practice…

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Back to working out.  I took a few days off after the race to recover, and I was ready to go this morning.  I ran a fast mile on the treadmill and then went to spin class, which was a fabulous as always.  My favorite instructor was teaching.  I like her because 1) she plays the same songs over and over again (which I do, too, when I love a song!) and 2) she says some really funny one-liners.  Like…


Do guppies heel click?  No.  Then I don’t wanna be a guppy.




An egg scramble with broccoli, spicy soy chorizo, and sweet potatoes.  Kind of a strange flavor combo, but it worked.  I would’ve loved to eat those juicy watermelon slices, but Henry stole them all and promptly inhaled ‘em.


Question of the Day:  What time of day is it easiest for you to be healthy?  Me:  the morning.  I eat a balanced breakfast and (usually) find time to exercise.  As the evening approaches, I start feeling lazy and want to just get horizontal on the couch, eat cookies, and watch back-to-back episodes of Scandal.



  • Lauri June 18, 2013, 11:27 am

    Replace “cookies” with “Bowls of ice cream” and you just described my night last night. i watched about 5 episodes in a row of Scandal yesterday!

    • Caitlin June 18, 2013, 11:32 am

      I watched three!

      • Allie June 18, 2013, 1:29 pm

        Ha, pretty much describes what I want to do at night, sweets and Scandal! It really is easiest to eat a healthy balanced breakfast and workout in the am.

  • Emily June 18, 2013, 11:42 am

    Mornings for sure. I get up, work out, and eat a healthy breakfast. Evenings are the worst! Especially with the hubs sitting on the couch next to me eating chips and ice cream 😉

  • Tara June 18, 2013, 11:47 am

    Definitely the morning. I feel rested, pack a nice healthy breakfast for work, and am ready to take on the world. Fast forward to late afternoon and I’m scrambling to pick up the kiddos from daycare, throw something together for dinner, have play time, and make it through our nightly bedtime routine. By 8 the hubby and I are in our pjs (okay, I’m actually in my pjs the minute I get home) and watching Scandal or Game of Thrones on the couch with some dark chocolate! We *try* to only watch one episode a night, since we want to make it last, but it’s hard with the cliffhangers!

  • Jamie June 18, 2013, 11:59 am

    Mornings, for sure. I have to work out early and get in a healthy breakfast or it’s all downhill from there. My vice is television and ice cream. Nothing I love more than getting a big bowl of ice cream, parking it on the couch, and watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. 🙂

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action June 18, 2013, 12:00 pm

    Evenings for me! The morning time is hard enough- just getting out of bed when my alarm goes off is a challenge.

    I find by the evening time, typically around 6 or 7, I really get my energy for the day. Then I’m able to do some yoga, clean my kitchen, eat a good home cooked meal (not necessarily in that order) and before I know it, it’s past 11 pm and I’m not tired at all.

  • Carly June 18, 2013, 12:00 pm

    Scandal is the BEST! Can’t blame you there.

  • rachel June 18, 2013, 12:03 pm

    mornings are definitely easier – but my evenings are getting better with the recent addition of an elliptical in the living room – looks horrid – but i feel a lot better about watching the real housewives for 2 hours if i’ve completed a a workout in the process

  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance June 18, 2013, 12:09 pm

    I love Scandal! Morning is easiest for me as well.

    Funny to me that you like an instructor who plays the same songs over and over. That would bug me! Each to his own. 🙂

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries June 18, 2013, 12:13 pm

    Haha I love the heel click photos! You’re awesome.

    Morning is definitely the easiest for me to be healthy too. Like you said, as the evening approaches, I just want to be lazy and start to reach for the sweets.

  • Ashley June 18, 2013, 12:18 pm

    Typically the mornings. I roll out of bed and start moving before I even realize what I’m doing, haha. I used to not be able to work out after work AT ALL but I’ve recently started to do it a few days a week and I do notice an improvement in my performance, probably because I’m not still half asleep 🙂

    I am OBSESSED with Scandal!

  • Melanie June 18, 2013, 12:25 pm

    Hi Caitlin! Congrats on your race! Just curious when you felt comfortable leaving Henry at the daycare at your gym? I haven’t done it yet and am worried about leaving him there but also really want to get back to the gym regularly soon.


    • Caitlin June 18, 2013, 12:27 pm

      I can’t really remember but I think it was around 3 months?

  • Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen June 18, 2013, 12:33 pm

    You’ll get your heel click next race 🙂

  • emily n June 18, 2013, 12:34 pm

    I am with you for mornings! it’s easy to get fired up and workout, make a smoothie or oatmeal and start the day correctly. After that, it gets tough…

  • Laura June 18, 2013, 12:47 pm

    LOVE Scandal! When I rewatch episodes I feel like I catch something new everytime!

    I feel I’m the healthiest in the AM and when I’m at work. I pack only healthy snack items and lunches and since it’s the only food I have I am forced to eat it or go hungry!!

  • Katie June 18, 2013, 12:59 pm

    In my most recent half marathon I tried to do a heel click towards the end, I had eye contact with the photographer prior, so hopefully he got it (I haven’t checked yet). My first marathon is Saturday, I’m not sure if I’ll spare energy on a heal click for every photographer, but if I hit a long point, I might have to bust one out just to lift my spirits!

  • Julie June 18, 2013, 1:17 pm

    The mornings are WAY easier healthwise! Although the majority of my workouts are done in the evenings after work just due to time & schedule constraints.

    A couple of those heel clicks are pretty ambitious! Be careful not to fall on your @ss. 😉

  • Amanda June 18, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Woman…you are buff. Congrats on your new PR!

    Morning….. Probably because I like to cook breakfast the most.

  • Elise @ Expeditions of Elise June 18, 2013, 1:49 pm

    I love your heel-click photos! It’s a nice reminder that racing should be FUN 🙂

  • Amanda @ Peanut Butter & Adrenaline June 18, 2013, 2:01 pm

    I love heel clicks! I would try to do them at races, but I think I would fall on my face and trip other runners and it would just be a disaster. I mostly try to look hardcore in race photos, but then I just look constipated.

    I think I make the best choices in the morning regarding health. I always include fruit with my breakfast and drink a lot of tea. By the end of the day, staying hydrated doesn’t matter so much, and I don’t mind eating toast for dinner.

  • Trudy June 18, 2013, 2:06 pm

    Your heel clicks are so cute, even the failed ones! Hope those guys behind you didn’t get annoyed. Some people take things waaaay too seriously and don’t know how to have fun!

    • Kristina June 18, 2013, 2:23 pm

      If you are trying for a PR, it can be a bit frustrating when someone in front of you slows you down.

    • Sara June 18, 2013, 10:43 pm

      From my experience I’ve had people run into me trying to get into position for the camera. The guys were probably more like “umm wtf” than annoyed

  • Colleen June 18, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Definitely morning hours. If I wait the day gets away from me and I come up with tons of excuses.

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs June 18, 2013, 2:29 pm

    Definitely mornings for me! I have the most motivation and most of my cravings for carbs start in the afternoon.

  • Katie D. June 18, 2013, 2:42 pm

    Mornings. Always mornings. Oatmeal for breakfasat + a workout = healthy morning routine
    Evenings = avoiding dishes, laying on the couch, trying not to eat ice cream every night.

  • Caitlin June 18, 2013, 3:44 pm

    Is your chorizo from TJ’s? We tried it one weekend in a scramble and it killed my stomach- so yummy, but so dangerous for my GI!

  • Sarah June 18, 2013, 5:44 pm

    In terms of exercise, I am much more likely to work out first thing in the morning. With healthy eating though I am more likely to eat a balanced meal at lunch. When it comes to dinner, all I want is carbs and then dessert!

  • Jelena@FabLifePhD June 18, 2013, 5:45 pm

    Actually, my evenings are pretty healthy too, I do my runs and eat light diner. I am unhealthy in the afteroons, when I get to snacking crisis at work 🙂

  • Patty June 18, 2013, 5:46 pm

    OMG…you are such a hoot!! Have I told you lately how much I love you!!

  • Rebecca June 18, 2013, 6:13 pm

    For me it’s usually dinnertime (er, suppertime now that I’m home, lol). Mornings I eat whatever I can find–usually poptarts or something. I’m usually in a bit of a rush–up at 6, to work by 7, and not usually fully awake or functioning yet). Lunch is not always the healthiest (though today I had ham and cheese lunchables. Does that count? lol). Dinner is usually healthier because we plan them out ahead of time and it’s (nearly) always healthy. (Case in point: last night was bacon-wrapped-chicken. And green beans!) Sometimes I take leftovers for lunches, but not always.
    This is of course only really applicable if it’s a weeknight that my parents are both home and we can do the planned dinner. Weekends tend to be “eat whatever you want whenever you want” (“WW”–“Whatever Whenever” nights) as far as meals go.

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share) June 18, 2013, 6:29 pm

    TOTALLY agree on the morning thing!!! I’m pretty good at starting off with a run, a healthy breakfast, and a healthy mindset, but I really struggle a lot with late- night snacking when I’m not hungry (just trying to stay awake!). But I like the mindset that every day provides a fresh start so I don’t (or try not to) stress too much if the night before wasn’t ideal!

  • Lily June 18, 2013, 7:46 pm

    My mornings suck cause I eat so much the night before I have a problem at breakfast and “force” it in. I’m not active like you either. At all. And night, I guarantee you I eat 10x as much as you, and it ain’t “clean” eats…it is a process ..

  • BroccoliHut June 18, 2013, 7:54 pm

    I’m the same way–I find it easiest to be healthy in the morning. It’s something about the psychology of a new start.

  • Jane @ Not Plain So Jane June 18, 2013, 8:03 pm

    After any work-out. Activity energizes me and it motivates me to eat healthier!

  • Amber K June 18, 2013, 8:46 pm

    Mornings are always the easiest. Even if I’m completely exhausted I can grab something healthy and easy to eat.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 18, 2013, 9:22 pm

    Evenings are definitely the hardest for me, even if I’ve eaten a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. But yeah, come the evening, I’m in the chair with my feet up and wanting to eat something sweet (even if I’m not hungry!)…i’m working on it.

  • Caroline June 19, 2013, 8:06 am

    That spin room looks all too familiar! And that one liner…it has Shannon all over it! I love her class too. She keeps me laughing and sweating at the same time.

    • Caitlin June 19, 2013, 12:14 pm

      Haha you know it! Shannon kills me.

  • Aerevyn June 19, 2013, 9:54 am

    After exercising (which is alllllllllways in the evening). I want to drink big glasses of water and eat fruit and veggies.

  • Jessica June 19, 2013, 10:57 am

    HI! The heel click is impressive! I LOOOOOVE Scandal. So much it (like coffee) deserves OMG like OMGSCANDAL! I cant wait for it to come back! My friend’s wife plays Quinn! Isn’t she great?! PS Zach is on a huge watermelon kick as well! And cherries (I cut them to avoid the pit)

  • Emily @ Tips on Healthy Living June 19, 2013, 5:03 pm

    Definitey morning! If I’m good in the morning, I’m good all day long. If I sleep in or am lazy in the morning, well, it does not bode so well for the rest of the day.

  • Sonia the Mexigarian June 20, 2013, 3:49 pm

    I always wonder if it bothers the people coming up behind a person doing poses like this? In the second photo, it looks like the guy is close behind you and your elbow is aiming for his face. . . Personally, I think I’d be a wee bit annoyed if someone suddenly stops in front of me to do a pose. Not saying it to be mean. Just curious if you make sure other racers aren’t around so they won’t be thrown off their game?

  • Sarah @ Licorice & Olives June 21, 2013, 3:42 am

    Oh those photos are awesome! Love it!

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