Last Week’s Workouts

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Whew.  I am in such a good mood!  Thank goodness.  Last week was definitely ho-hum, but I’m looking forward to the upcoming holiday.  The Husband and I are doing a a July 4th race (a 4-miler), and I’m entering the stroller division with Henry.  Can’t wait!


So. About last week’s workouts…

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Like the rest of the week, my workouts kind of sucked (in comparison to what I should be doing for my upcoming tris).  Falling down the stairs and getting into a car accident does that to a woman.  Could’ve been a lot worse, and I still squeezed in four decent workouts, so I’ll call it a wash.


Monday: 1000 yard swim + 2 mile treadmill run

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 5K run with jogging stroller

Thursday: Spin class

Friday: Spin class at FlyWheel Charlotte

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest


Have you guys been to FlyWheel? My fellow spin lovers would, well, LOVE IT.  I’m accustomed to my gym’s spin classes, but FlyWheel really takes it to the next level.  I went to meet with the studio’s marketing manager to discuss a Ramblin Rose partnership, and afterwards, we took a class together.  I loved how the bikes were in ‘stadium seating’ and how all the lights were turned off.  You could choose to be added to the ‘Power Board’ (a TV screen in the front of the room) and would occasionally ‘race’ other riders on the board.  It added a competitive element and was really fun.  I only wish they had childcare!  I’d love to go to FlyWheel regularly.


After taking Saturday and Sunday off, I felt a lot better this morning and managed to go for a run.  I have a wound on my foot from the car accident (long story) and it makes wearing sneakers uncomfortable.  Nothing that a Band-Aid can’t help, thankfully.

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This morning, I was thinking about how much stuff I take with me on runs when I bring Henry.  If Henry is with me, I need:


Henry (of course)

Jogging stroller

Cup of cereal for him to munch on

Big boy sippy cup

Back-up bottle in case sippy cup doesn’t cut it

A toy

A hat for Henry

Sunscreen for Henry

iPhone and ear buds for me

A hat for me

Running clothes and shoes

A water bottle


It’s horrible!  But I’ve learned the hard way that it’s better to be uber-prepared when you’re running with a toddler than to not bring enough snacks and toys.  A screamfest when you’re two miles from home is no good.


When I run by myself, I boycott bringing extras and only bring my hat and iPhone and earbuds.  I used to religiously wear a GPS watch, but I don’t care about my specific times or exact distances anymore, so I leave that at home.


What do you bring on your runs?



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 1, 2013, 10:59 am

    Hehe that’s a significantly large list in comparison to what you have to bring when you’re just heading out on your own! Normally, when I head out to run, I just bring my house key, iPod, and some Kleenex which I stick in my shorts pocket because I always seem to get a runny nose! I need to start experimenting with running in either sunglasses or a visor (or both), just in case it’s super bright and sunny when I race in August.
    The spin studio sounds amazing! I’m a spin instructor but am taking a break for a bit, and some days I have huuuuge cravings to get back on the bike and teach, especially in a studio like that. I’m so glad you had such a great time, and have fun with the fam in the 4th of July race! 🙂

  • Verna July 1, 2013, 11:11 am

    I find it’s almost always better to be uber-prepared with a toddler. I’m having my 3rd baby any day now and I think I may start packing a little suitcase to keep a change of clothes for everyone in the car. The diaper bags just aren’t cutting it anymore. haha!

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life July 1, 2013, 11:25 am

    Isn’t that the truth with taking your baby on a run with you?! You worry more about them and packing everything up then your actual run. Sweet babies, worth every second.

  • Emily July 1, 2013, 11:39 am

    Glad you are already having a better week/feeling better from your fall! I usually feel like a pack mule on runs…iPhone, headphones, sunglasses, house keys, and an inhaler (boo asthma!). But I guess in the grand scheme of things, it’s not so bad. I went once without my inhaler and will never do it again…nothing worse than a 2 mile walk home during an asthma attack!

  • Ashley July 1, 2013, 11:49 am

    I feel like my run prep is relatively easy- heart rate monitor + Garmin, sunglasses, iPod, water (+ shot bloks if it’s a long run). I can usually go from bed to out the door in no time and that’s the way I like it!

  • Chetney July 1, 2013, 11:56 am

    Car accidents are so scary. I was in a head on collision last October and still get freaked out behind the wheel. The weirdest thing was that I had my appendix out a week after the accident (surgeon said totally unrelated). I feel like you’re handling your terrible week a lot better than I did! Good job managing stress, you can do it!

  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance July 1, 2013, 12:21 pm

    I LOVE Flywheel! Such a fan. A friend and I always go together and we are constantly racing each other on the leaderboard. It’s friendly competition though! 🙂 Out of all the boutique spin studios, I think Fly is the most useful for training, especially if you are an outdoor cyclist. If you ever come to NYC, we should Fly together!

  • Hilary July 1, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Ah! I would love to go to flywheel! It’s right by where I live and I love spin but I’m having a hard time justifying paying $20 for a 45 minute class 🙁 boo.

    On my runs I have my spibelt, iPhone, and earbuds. And running clothes/shoes of course.

  • Sarah (shu) July 1, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Omg all the accessories 🙂 all I do for a is sunscreen ! I don’t want to start snacks bc she’s happy now and I don’t want her learn to expect one. She really seems to like stroller runs (or falls asleep) … Just hoping she stays that way!

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs July 1, 2013, 12:45 pm

    My workouts sucked last week too! I was at orientation Monday- Wednesday, got home on Thursday. I was able to workout Thursday-Saturday but….. yikes

  • Marie July 1, 2013, 2:45 pm

    This may come across as judgmental, but I GOTTA ask. Do you really think it’s a good idea to wear earbuds while you’re running with the baby? I think with the jogger it is even more important to be aware of my surroundings and hazards like other runners, cyclists, dogs, cars, etc. Maybe you just keep the volume real low? (Please say you keep the volume real low.)

    • Sara July 1, 2013, 4:47 pm

      I wondered the same thing. When I used the stroller with my little guy, I used one of those little portable pod speakers so I could hear my music/podcast and still be able to hear my son/traffic/etc.

    • Hotpotatokate July 2, 2013, 5:34 am

      I was wondering about this too- for me not just safety, but because when I run with my toddler, I need to be interacting with him pretty much the whole time! If he’s pointing at dogs or trees or whining, I want to know. Maybe it works with the volume really low- I’ve never tried! And totally not judgmental- we all have different babies with different needs, and my boy certainly is on the less chill side!

      • Caitlin July 2, 2013, 7:29 am

        I always keep volume low in general because its bad for your ears to blast it (and is totally unsafe). Henry doesn’t need me to talk to him but I think this may change as he gets older.

  • Megan @ The Lyons' Share July 1, 2013, 3:12 pm

    Wow! I really admire you for doing all the advanced planning required to run with a baby – and still fitting it in! You’re an awesome mama! I usually just bring my Garmin and my ipod (plus my RoadID which is always on my shoes). If it’s a super long run I’ll bring some fuel and maybe even water (but I prefer to plan my routes around water sources instead!).

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats July 1, 2013, 5:21 pm

    Um, Flywheel sounds AWESOME! I really hope I get a studio near me soon because I could see myself living there!

  • WTW July 1, 2013, 6:56 pm

    That’s quite a week of workouts Caitlin.

    As a non-swimmer, I’ll ask what is the 1000 yard swim the equivalent of? (how long of a walk or cycle for example).

    Also, would like to ask: Feedly or Bloglovin?

  • Trudy July 1, 2013, 9:17 pm

    How did you injure yournfootmin the accident? Ouch! Did you get hit by someone who was driving and texting? Those people make me so bad, I see them all the time even though it is illegal! So dangerous!

  • Amanda July 1, 2013, 9:45 pm

    I think I run with too much crap. My gps keeps me honest but I leave it home for easy runs. If I go somewhere new or far from my car I carry my phone in my spi belt. Actually I just feel safer with my phone. I was on a new path two weeks ago and rolled my ankle so hard my fiancé had to come get me. Thank goodness I had my phone so I could call him.

  • jenny July 2, 2013, 12:20 am

    Good on you for getting out there and running with Henry, but erm, am I missing something? That doesn’t really look like a horrible list of extras to me – a hat, some cereal, a couple of things for H to drink from and a toy? I’m surprised you don’t have a hat and sunscreen and an assortment of toys stashed in the stroller permanently, and I’d assume you don’t just wear running clothes, a hat and shoes when you run with Henry, so they hardly count!
    Hope your foot heals up quickly.

    • Caitlin July 2, 2013, 7:30 am

      Haha I just feel like its soooo much to round up. No I don’t keep a stash in my jogging stroller because then I’d have to buy two of everything.

  • Laura July 2, 2013, 8:39 am

    I just wear my garmin and visor if sunny and I bring my dog so I need her, the leash and to make poop bags are in the hangy thing off the leash! I think I travel pretty light when running. If it’s a longer distance I wear a camelback for water and fuel.

  • Catherine @ A Two Storey Home July 2, 2013, 12:52 pm

    This is totally beside to point of your post, but you look great/super fit in that picture!

  • Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream July 2, 2013, 1:39 pm

    I barely bring anything. Just the iphone (for music and sometimes gps if I use it) and my house key.

    As I increase distance (and as it’s July) I’ve been struggling with how to stay hydrated. I’ve tried different bottles that you carry or wear and I just can’t stand them. Right now I just take a route that has a fountain and stop for a sip even if I don’t feel I need it.

    Any suggestions?

    • Caitlin July 2, 2013, 2:48 pm

      i wish i had advice but im in the same boat!!!! we should do a hydration challenge on our blogs 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed July 2, 2013, 2:35 pm

    I’m so glad things have turned around for you! I hope you’re healing from everything. I’m flying into Charlotte tomorrow!!!! I’ve never been to North Caroline, I’m so excited 🙂

    • Caitlin July 2, 2013, 2:49 pm

      are you gonna be in town for a few days?

  • Kath July 2, 2013, 7:42 pm

    I love running with the stroller because I can bring so much stuff!!

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