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Oh, Sunday. How I love thee. Mostly because Sunday is “TV night” (okay… every night is TV night – but Sundays feel more special).  But also because it’s the end of another week of Half Ironman training!  That much closer to my goal and that much stronger. Wahoo.


I’ll be recapping this week’s workouts on Tuesday, but let’s talk about today’s workout – it was a doozy, especially following Friday’s long ride and run and Saturday’s long swim.


Today was a “hard run brick” that included a 30 minute bike ride and a 1:15 hour run.  I was looking forward to this workout, mainly because it only involved 30 minutes of biking. I’m trying really hard not to be negative about any aspect of training (hello, I signed up for this insanity), but I really don’t love biking in Charlotte and killing two hours on the roads is pretty bad.  But 30 minutes? I can do 30 minutes with a smile on my face.


The game plan was to come home, grab Henry, put him in the jogging stroller, and then run, but the more I thought about that, the worst the idea seemed.  It’s pretty hot out there today, and the end of my run would be majorly butting up against Henry’s nap.  So I ended up coming home, reliving Kristien of Dad Duty for a bit, rocking Henry to sleep, and putting him in his crib a little early for a nap.  I managed to get back out of the house in about 15 minutes… not bad, considering that I also changed and hydrated.


Too bad baby care isn’t the fourth leg of the triathlon…


Once I got out there, I was REALLY glad that Henry wasn’t with me.  Too hot!  For him and me.  A 1:15 run is a pretty long run for me right now, and hauling 45 pounds of stroller and baby would’ve made it worse.  Instead, it was a great run, despite the weather.


Can we talk about worms?


Yes, this totally needs a meme.


WHY DO WORMS CRAWL ONTO HOT SIDEWALKS TO DIE?  Seriously.  Let’s discuss.  I get why they’d be tricked into crawling onto the sidewalk after a rainstorm, but can someone explain why they’d crawl onto hot concrete at noon, thereby getting fried to death unless a nice runner like myself comes by and saves them?  I saved not one… not two… not three… but four (yes, four) worms on my run.  I refuse to touch them so this involves picking them up carefully with a leaf.  I feel so bad for the wigglers and don’t want them to become like their crispy dead buddies, so I have to save them.


Can worm saving be another part of the triathlon?  Swim, Bike, Baby Cuddles, Run, Worm Saving?  That sounds awesome to me…


How was your weekend? Any great workouts?  Any great worm rescues?



  • Leslie August 11, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Check your pic there is a typo. But it is funny. Have a great rest of the day.

    • Caitlin August 11, 2013, 1:01 pm

      hahah 🙂 corrected.

  • Jess August 11, 2013, 12:43 pm

    Finished my long run yesterday (trying to get back in training mode for a half in October). But did not notice any worms along the way. It was also very hot where I am so had to stop and let the pup go for a swim half way.. it sure felt good to finish though!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun August 11, 2013, 1:11 pm

    I just finished 11 miles for the day. Broke up it 4 in the AM before my husband ran a 5k (he won!) and then 7 afterwards. I just made a week PR of 81 miles! I am so excited but boy do my legs need a bit of a break now 🙂

  • Marni Sumbal August 11, 2013, 1:17 pm

    So glad you are enjoying the little things…like worms and nature 😉

    All this hard work will be worth it when you stand at that starting line feeling confident and proud of you well-trained body. Also, although Henry is young, you will continue to inspire him (and others) to always work hard for your goals and to never quit what you start. Can’t wait to see you race on race day!
    -your coach, Marni 🙂

  • Katie @ Live Half Full August 11, 2013, 2:14 pm

    I ran a 10k yesterday! It was my longest distance in a long time since I had a spine injury, so I’m pretty proud of myself!

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs August 11, 2013, 4:35 pm

    Glad you’re enjoying your training enough that you even notice the poor little worms! Some people are so focused on how torturous it feels that they get tunnel vision. Haha!

  • Liza August 11, 2013, 4:37 pm

    I have never noticed worms on hot sidewalks, I only ever see them after it rains! I’m glad you saved them, though 🙂 I got a half-marathon PR yesterday :)!

  • Lindsey August 11, 2013, 5:19 pm

    I’m running my first sprint triathlon next weekend and I’m super excited! Reading your post series has definitely helped me mentally prepare for the event. Had a great brick workout today – 20 miles on the bike and 2 of running.

  • Bethany August 11, 2013, 6:47 pm


    I always get so sad when I see the suicidal worms on the sidewalks. I’ve gotten to the point where I just pick them up and cringe later.

    I also carry Purel with me 🙂

    -Fellow Worm Saver

  • Sarah August 11, 2013, 7:04 pm

    hahahah this is amazing! Those worms just don’t get it! I always come across them after they are fried to death only inches from the safety of the earth!

  • Chantal August 11, 2013, 8:22 pm

    When I was in elementary school my friends and I would have “worm funerals” where we would bury the unlucky ones who fried on the basketball court. Ha!

  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance August 11, 2013, 8:41 pm

    Oh my gosh I am just so in awe of your baby care and tri training! I feel like such a bum that I give up on workouts cause I’m too tired!

  • Mai August 11, 2013, 10:56 pm

    haha, that’s awesome. i totally do that with worms!

    2000m swim workout this weekend was in a lake… my FIRST open water swim! man, do i need work with sighting lol.

  • Annie August 12, 2013, 2:44 am

    Survival of the fittest. You’re messing with evolution.

  • Kathryn August 12, 2013, 7:18 am

    just wondering….can your husband not put Henry down for his nap?

    • Caitlin August 12, 2013, 7:57 am

      Of course he can – he was busy with work.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 12, 2013, 9:24 am

    I found my wedding dress this weekend!!!!! I also lost my phone… yay for phone insurance haha.

  • Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties August 12, 2013, 10:10 am

    hahaha! when i run i am trying real hard not to die sooooo i guess i don’t really pay attention to anything on the sidewalk. maybe now i’ll keep an eye out for worms and it will distract me from the pain of running! 🙂

  • Katie August 12, 2013, 10:47 am

    Way to go Momma!

  • Lauren @ Peaks and Passports August 12, 2013, 10:58 am

    That’s pretty adorable that you save the worms… My weekend workouts were a couple of (worm-free) hikes with my family in the mountains when they came out to visit me. Beautiful scenery + family time + a light workout = my kind of triathlon 🙂

  • Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream August 12, 2013, 11:51 am

    I love that you saved the worms! Seriously, that made my morning.

    It was such a beautiful weekend here in Ottawa… spent it with a combo of yoga, running, and kayaking (for the first time, take that bucket list!)

    Happy training!!

  • Sara @ Zero to Sixty August 12, 2013, 12:40 pm

    Ah good job sticking to your workouts! Its SO hard to run in the heat never mind with a stroller… my pace drops down dramatically and I don’t even feel like I am going slower. I get done with my run and I am like ug! but good for you sticking with it!

    Sara 🙂

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind August 12, 2013, 1:24 pm

    Great use of time to make a triathlon work! So efficient!

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats August 12, 2013, 3:06 pm

    This cracked me up because it has never occured to me to save the worms lol Also you are a champ for getting back out there in the heat, I would’ve probably napped right next to Henry!

  • Kate @ KaCo Living August 12, 2013, 7:13 pm

    That is awesome that you save the worms! I honestly have never thought to do that!

  • Jen August 12, 2013, 7:40 pm

    Yeah, so I kind of love you for saving the worms. That is just awesome.

  • MomHTP August 12, 2013, 11:18 pm

    Yes, I too save worms but what really gets to me is when there’s many and I save only a few…boo. So nice to know there are others doing this type to stuff. I like to save something each day just because I can and it matters to that little animal or insect. Why not. Worm savers of Earth stand and be proud.

  • Caitlin August 13, 2013, 11:11 am

    I commented on your Instagram photo regarding the worms- I totally do the same thing, except I’m okay touching them, but every time I do they split in half. It’s awful. Save the worms.

  • Suzy August 13, 2013, 3:02 pm

    Ha ha I love the worm pic! I’m happy to see so many people who do the same thing: )

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