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I did this swim workout this morning and… it’s the longest that I’ve ever swam! By a LOT, both in terms of yardage and time.  It took me about an hour and 20 minutes to finish.


Courtesy of Coach Marni


Henry was in childcare while I was swimming, and towards the end I started to worry that he’d be freaking out – he’s never been in childcare for more than an hour or so.  By the time I got out of the shower, I knew I was really pushing my luck.  But wouldn’t you know it?  He was FINE!  Playing like a boss with his buddies.  <3


Speaking of training, Coach Marni wrote a really great post calming down pre-race nerves.  My favorite part:  “The mind is an amazing thing. You can use it wisely to discover how strong you really are in life or you can let it fill up with negative thoughts and emotions, which then lead you to damaging actions.”


Want to know what my favorite workout song is right now?  The new Katy Perry song!  Prepare for this song to be, ah, everywhere for the next three months.  It’s so catchy.

Guess who came to visit me last week?  Jessica, of the incredible Headbands of Hope!  Do you remember HoH?  For every headband purchased from Headbands of Hope, the organization donates a headband to a girl who has lost her hair after cancer treatment – since Jessica got started, she has donated over 6,000 headbands and $6,000 in cancer research funding!  Henry says the newest glitter HoH headbands are the best ones yet.


I can’t believe I’m saying this – it’s August, for goodness sake – but Headbands of Hope would make an awesome Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!


I am stenciling our downstairs bathroom.  It’s light gray on dark gray, and it’s taking forever.  It’s a ballsy choice, I know, but I wanted to do something fun and different in the space.


I shall write about more the stencil process when I’m done (if I’m ever done….).  I just had to put it out there that I was doing this… or I may never finish.


I recently read this book – Columbine – and loved it.  It was very sad but very interesting.  I was so disgusted at how the media reported and perpetuated rumors about the shooting when evidence pointed in the other direction (the boys weren’t ‘outcasts’ and they weren’t targeting minorities or jocks).  Also – did you that the shooters designed Columbine as a bombing, not a shooting?  They placed two big bombs in the cafeteria, but the bombs failed.  If they had gone off, over 500 students and teachers would’ve been killed instantly. 


On a lighter note… I recently bought the new Samsung Galaxy S4.  I was nervous to switch from my beloved iPhone, but my screen was cracked and we were eligible for an upgrade.  My friends Kath and Emily, two Android lovers, convinced me to make the switch.  I liked it at first – bigger screen! swiping text! cool homepage! – but after a week, I exchanged the Galaxy for an iPhone 5.  I do a lot of my work from my phone, and I found the iPhone to be so much easier.  The Husband also switched to the S4, but he decided to stick with it.



Are you an iPhone or a ‘Droid person?  What have you been reading lately? Any good workout songs?



  • Elisabeth August 21, 2013, 1:03 pm

    I’ve been an Android person (Motorola Droid X and now a Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD since December), but I’m really thinking Apple next time. I use an iPad now & really wish I was pairing an iPhone with it… I always think I like Android better, but there are just some features an iPhone is better for (including the camera!).

  • Katie D. August 21, 2013, 1:05 pm

    I have an android Razr X and LOVE it! I work from my phone too and it seems so inuitive, but then again, I’ve only ever used Androids.

    I love the boldness of the bathroom!!

  • Peggi August 21, 2013, 1:17 pm

    I’m definitely a iphone person but my hubby is an Android person – he has the Galaxy S3

  • Sarah August 21, 2013, 1:17 pm

    I want to read that book. I was in high school when that shooting happened and I remember all the stories and rumors about how and why it happened. It wasn’t until recently when I saw a documentary (can’t recall the name at the moment) that I heard it was originally supposed to be a bombing. At the time, I remember being really appalled that they wanted to blame it on video games and music the kids may or may not have played and listened to.

    I have had an iPhone for a year now and coming from a Blackberry, it was a 1000% improvement! There are things about Android phones that interest me but I don’t see myself switching.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 21, 2013, 1:23 pm

    The stenciling looks lovely! Can’t wit to see the finished product.
    I am totally a Droid person. I hate all apple products with a passion! I have a Droid Razr Maxx HD. I got it for it’s crazy long battery life (the strongest out there) and it is perfect. It lasts for days (I also don;t use my phone much..but I can get a good 3 days out of it).

  • Katie August 21, 2013, 1:23 pm

    I have a droid right now, but plan on switching when the next iphone comes out. I have an ipad and a mac, so having a droid is more of a pain in terms of syncing.

  • Kendra August 21, 2013, 1:24 pm

    I grew up in Littleton, Colorado and was a senior in a neighboring high school during the Columbine shootings. I knew a number of the students there at the time, one of which I’ve known all my life. It was a crazy time for sure and impossible to think how it could have been any worse….

  • Angela August 21, 2013, 1:25 pm

    I thought that book was very interesting too! Also–your bathroom looks amazing!

  • Kim August 21, 2013, 1:50 pm

    I am loving the bathroom stencil, super cute! That swim workout looks awesome and tough, but totally do-able, I might have to try it today (weather permitting) or tomorrow. My current workout song has been “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. Even though I am a huge country fan, this song has been great on long bike rides when I just want to quit. I know people think I am crazy as I sing along while I ride!

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) August 21, 2013, 1:53 pm

    An ongoing debate in our household! David is a droid fanatic for it’s longer battery life. I’m an iphone girl myself!

  • ali August 21, 2013, 2:06 pm

    I have the Razr M and LOVE it. I’m not an Apple person though. I hate my MacBookPro and iPod shuffle. For phones, I really like Android so much more – they just seemed so much more customizable for what I need. That could totally be untrue but I only had a little time to play before buying!

  • Lauren @ Sassy Molassy August 21, 2013, 2:11 pm

    A few things: I would love to read a feature on coach Marni (if you haven’t already done one). That workout sounds tough!! Secondly, I love the stenciling. Ballsy, but fun, like a modern wall paper! And thirdly, I’m currently an android user, but just waiting for mine to die so I can justify paying $200 to get the iphone 5. I just don’t love the phone (and the battery drains SO fast) and think that the iphone cameras always take great pics and seem easy to use.

  • Wendy Heath August 21, 2013, 2:54 pm

    Yeah, I was what, 12 when Columbine went down? I watched it all live on TV as I was homeschooled at the time. As a Denver native, I have a few comments…

    I cannot emphasize enough, I *hate* the goddamn media.

    1: The live coverage of the incident put responders at risk, as they didn’t know if the gunmen had been neutralized at the time. Showing where folks were taking cover and maneuvering is a GREAT way to get responders killed.

    2: The political fiasco and skewing of every little possible detail to suit different agendas after the incident STILL makes my blood boil. “They were bullied!” “They played too many violent games!” “Guns are evil!” Oh, MY GOD. Columbine STILL gets trotted out every time someone wants to make a point about these three issues, when really these issues have VERY LITTLE to do with what happened there.

    On another note… I learned very good lessons from watching this event happen before I went to high school; I wore shoes I could run in, and I can still tell you where every exit (and exit capable window) in my high school was, as well as the location of most of the fire alarm pull stations, telephones and fire extinguishers. I read the emergency procedures manual that the district had posted in classrooms, and knew during a lockdown what we were supposed to do before the TEACHER did. Kind of sad when a fifteen year old is more in tune than the educator…

    That habit hasn’t left me, as we just had active shooter training not that long ago at the hospital I work in, and there wasn’t a single bit of advice or survival technique that I hadn’t already considered and internalized throughout my high school and college years. Your picture “mindset is everything” is oddly apt… I strongly think everyone should run through mentally what they would do in this kind of situation, even though the odds of it happening are incredibly tiny.

    Ok. Sorry for the topic hijack… just pushed a button with me. Have a wonderful day!!

    • claire August 21, 2013, 6:08 pm

      Wow, wow. Reading this makes me so glad I live in a country with tough gun control laws. I can not imagine having to think about what I’d do if caught in a mass shooting, and choose my footwear based on needing to be able to run to save my life. Amazing. Land of the free…

      • Marissa C August 22, 2013, 12:46 pm

        One of the worst ones ever happened in Norway, just saying.

        • Cassie August 22, 2013, 10:06 pm

          – Over 32,000 people in the United States are killed by guns every year.
          – 1 in 3 people in the U.S. know someone who has been shot.
          – The U.S. gun homicide rate is **20 times higher** than the COMBINED rates of 22 similar countries.

          When you look at the facts, there’s no way around it. The U.S. has a serious, serious problem with gun violence, worse than any similar nation in the entire world.

        • claire August 23, 2013, 5:36 am

          Yeah, one. Compared to several mass shootings, plus countless non mass shootings most of which barely rate a mention.

  • Tara August 21, 2013, 3:02 pm

    Too funny! We’re an iPhone household all the way and I cannot wait until Sept. 10th when they announce the 5s, since I’ve been holding off on upgrading my iPhone 4 for so long. I’m still on 3G, which after playing with Hubby’s iPhone 5, makes mine seem so slow. Hopefully they’ll be some good upgrades.

    Love the bathroom! We’re halfway through remodeling our master bathroom and I’m always looking for idead for the rest of it!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun August 21, 2013, 3:05 pm

    I am an iphone girl. I have thought about switching but I have everything figured out and working from my phone so often I don’t want to learn how to do it on something new! I guess I am afraid of change LOL

  • Kim August 21, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I can’t wait to see how the bathroom turns out!

    My husband has a side business of developing games for the iPhone, so we have a bazillion iPhones… he uses the different generations to test on since the screen size has changed over the years. He does have a couple of Androids too for those markets, but we both use iPhones as our “real” phones.

    Speaking of which, I have a little shameless plug! He is donating 100% of the revenue (the game is free, but he gets money from the ads) for his game, Chicks Rock, to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund… a near and dear cause for us. It’s a pretty simple and straight forward game. He’s been working on a redesign of it with a team of artists, but the current version that is in the app store is something we did together. I did the home page graphic and the icon and he did all the other graphics and coding. If you download it, be sure to rate it since that boosts it up in the app store and generates more money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund! 😀

  • Erin August 21, 2013, 3:25 pm

    My husband and I are an Apple household, so iPhone all the way. I’ve been (finally) reading Brick Lane in preparation for my trip to London, but this book is going on my Kindle for my trip.

  • Allie August 21, 2013, 3:28 pm

    I have always been a Android person, but on my next upgrade in a couple months, I’m making the big switch to iPhone. All my other devices – work computer, home laptop, tablet – are all Apple, so I figure it’s time to make the switch. My hubby is all PC/Android, though, which is my only hangup – I like having the same phone as him for car mounting purposes.

  • Vanessa August 21, 2013, 5:23 pm

    Ah, I was so excited to hear you got the Samsung but then you switched… uh oh.

    Only because I currently have a basic phone and can’t make a decision 1) IF I want to upgrade and 2) which phone to get- Galaxy or iPhone?

    I don’t have other Apple products so I was leaning towards the Galaxy (S3 since it’s cheaper). Oh man- now I’m not too sure…

    I’m so indecisive sometimes!

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind August 21, 2013, 5:31 pm

    I’ve just recently joined the 21st century and was gifted my boyfriend’s old iPhone. I think choosing between the two is a little ambitious for me 🙂

  • AJ August 21, 2013, 5:42 pm

    Android for me, I have the HTC 1x and love it, I can’t stand Apple products. Your bathroom looks fantastic and Henry just keeps getting cuter!

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 21, 2013, 5:59 pm

    Awesome job on your swim!

    I’m an Android girl through and through! I’ve been eyeing the Samsung Galaxy!

  • Jessica @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad August 21, 2013, 6:15 pm

    I am in iPhone lover. I’m grandfathered in and have unlimited data. For some reason I never want to give that up! My husband has an s3 or 4 and loves it.

    • Sara August 23, 2013, 1:22 pm

      My husband recently upgraded to the S4 and his grandfathered unlimited data carried on to the new phone. I on the other hand (like you) love my iPhone and I’m not ready for the switch.

  • Kyla August 21, 2013, 6:21 pm

    Team iPhone!

  • Rebecca August 21, 2013, 6:22 pm

    As a Media major, the media ticks me off a lot. It doesn’t entirely surprise me when I hear things about news stations, etc making things up or whatever, but it does annoy me. Needs to change.

    I have Droid Razr M (I think? Razr something. Not the newest one, but relatively new.) and really like it. I almost got an iPhone, but the easily-cracked-glass-screen thing kept me from switching. I went with the Droid instead. Of course over Spring Break I bought a Mac… But I don’t think I’ll switch to iPhone. They’re too thick! Although I would love to figure out how to make Gmail emails delete from my computer when I delete from my phone…

    I reread Max Dubinsky’s We Can’t Go Home Again last week. Haven’t really read much else in the last couple weeks, unfortunately, for whatever reason.

  • Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties August 21, 2013, 6:45 pm

    I love Roar! so catchy! also i am impressed with your swimming abilities. an hour and 20 minutes?! that is for-evaaaa!

  • Amber K August 21, 2013, 8:25 pm

    Ha! I still have a flip phone. Totally not in the “cool” crowd 😉

  • Melissa August 21, 2013, 9:34 pm

    I’m definitely an iPhone lovah…so easy! I switch around my music a lot, so it’s nice to be able to download straight from my iTunes. (I sound like an ad.)

    As for workout songs…hate to admit it, but I had the new Lady Gaga song (“Applause”) on repeat for 4 miles today. Lame verses, but a pump-up chorus!

  • Kathy August 21, 2013, 10:01 pm

    I am blackberry girl despite all the grief I get from friends and co-workers and even the boyfriend. I feel I’ve been sucked into the “cult” enough as it is with the IPad and now a Mac so I’m holding strong. Also, I was surprised to find out the IPhone doesn’t rate very well on the radiation scale, boooo.

    Song of the moment for running for me is “Wake Me Up” by Avicii, very insipiring. Also loving “love is All” by The Tallest Man on Earth if I’m feeling my inner hippy on a run. The headbands are a great idea for stocking stuffers and since the radio informed me Christmas is a mere 125 days away soooooooo

  • Brenda August 21, 2013, 11:21 pm

    As a colorado native who lives 20 miles from Columbine, who was a student at the time, with friends who were students at Columbine, who still has friends at Columbine, the mere existence of that book makes me angry. Obviously it wasn’t about just jocks or just music or just video games or just bullying- that’s been well established over the past 14 years. Obviously it wasn’t meant to be just a shooting- maybe it’s because of where I live but I’ve known it was meant to be a bombing since April 20th, 1999. I don’t really want to read about their post-mortem diagnosis or how one was the mastermind and one was the in-love teenager. They were murderers, and their terrorism is still felt in my community every day. I think about them when I go to work (I’m a teacher), I think about it when I see a very angry boy in my room who brings a knife to school and threatens other children with it. I think about it when I have to lead my class of fifth graders into a pitch black computer lab, and I think about it as we hug our knees silently for 10 minutes, as I pray this is just a drill. It’s still too close to home for me to even consider reading about all the “misunderstood” elements. The whole issue of school violence is still grossly misunderstood, and I’d much rather we focus on the similar core issues that link acts of school violence, instead of continuing to give attention to these two mass-murderers. I don’t want to read anything about them, personally. Even the content of that book relating to the survivors is absurd- “Every survivor’s story is different”. Ya think?

    • Cassie August 22, 2013, 9:56 pm

      Do they not tell you beforehand if you’re having a drill or not?? I hope I just read it wrong. It seems unnecessarily cruel to make teachers have an attack drill, but not tell them beforehand that it’s a drill.

      • Brenda August 24, 2013, 3:22 am

        I teach a subject that requires me to switch buildings multiple times a day. Because of that, I don’t receive drill schedules from each school, so to me, no, I have no idea what is a drill and what isn’t. Not to mention that the students never technically know, besides what they can tell from us. But we also have other drills (lockdown/lockout/tornado) far less frequently compared to fire drills, so when they happen they already feel a little more difficult.

  • Kelley August 22, 2013, 1:04 am

    I’m ‘Team Google’ through and through…. and i just pre-ordered the iPhone 5s. I hope this isn’t a mistake, i loved my android! But i’m lusting after the better camera. hope it doesn’t disappoint!

  • Amanda August 22, 2013, 2:27 am

    I really like Radiohead’s National Anthem when doing an “intense” workout (ie. one that makes me breathe really hard and wish I had stayed in bed).

  • Luv What You Do August 22, 2013, 12:17 pm

    I need some new swim routines…well any swim routines so i am saving this!

  • Alyssa August 22, 2013, 12:28 pm

    I’m a total iPhone snob. I had an Android for a year and absolutely hated it. It was far too cumbersome…maybe that means I’m simple minded, but I think of it as keeping a simple life. If I were some sort of crazy tech guru, I’d have an Android, but for every day emails, phone calls, text and surfing the net, the iPhone is much more user friendly!

  • kristin August 22, 2013, 1:12 pm

    I am an Apple consumer and user, and I feel like I always get pulled into the whole PC vs Mac discussion, or iPhone vs Android… as if there is one right answer for everyone. Apple products and operating systems are what I am used to and am most familiar with. It only makes sense to just stick with what you like, and what works with you. So, in that regard, I’m glad that you went with what works for you in the end (it is your phone, after all).

    I will also say that my husband and I have had our iPhone 4s (as in plural, not the 4S) for 2.5 years and they are in great shape (knock on wood ;). Even the battery still holds a pretty good charge.

  • Alex @ Kenzie Life August 22, 2013, 1:18 pm

    I literally live around the corner from Columbine high school and I’ll never forget the day of the shootings. I was in elementary school then and could see helicopters circling it when I got out of school. One of my neighbors was a school counselor there at the time. I didn’t know about that book but it would be interesting to read. At the time it happened, they closed down every school and had to search for bombs in every square inch of every building.

  • Judith August 22, 2013, 4:08 pm

    I’m an Android person. I’ve been using my Galaxy Nexus for a year and a half. It’s served me well, but it’s starting to get slow on me and I hear Android phones only have a lifespan of 1.5 years tops.. iPhones are nice, but I’m still not sold on them still. I just find them so mainstream too. I do own a Macbook though, so I’m not opposed to Apple products at all. 🙂

  • Cassie August 22, 2013, 9:50 pm

    I used to want an iPhone. But I’ve read a lot of articles in the last year saying that Apple’s innovation has plateaued. There were a lot of bugs with the latest iPhone, specifically with the maps function. Since I depend on my phone to serve as my GPS, I couldn’t have a phone like that. I’ve also been disappointed by some of the choices Apple engineers made:

    – Initially, Siri wouldn’t direct users to Planned Parenthood (and worst of all, it WOULD send women to crisis pregnancy centers, which don’t provide actual medical services), or help them find contraception or emergency contraception.
    – Until very recently, Siri wouldn’t direct users to resources if they mentioned suicide.
    – Apple has a “kill list” of words the phone won’t even attempt to autocorrect, which includes: abortion, rape, suicide, virginity, pornography, homoerotic, the list goes on and on. Refusing to correct the spelling of these words doesn’t stop people from looking for info on abortion, or trying to find help after being raped. It does, however, let them know that Apple judges them for it.

    So, while a younger me used to want a iPhone so badly, I won’t be getting one when I upgrade.

    • Brenda August 24, 2013, 3:30 am

      I’m not sure where you heard some of this, but having used my iphone to get directions to planned parenthood (Where I get my BC pills every month) I can guarantee you that my phone will guide me there.
      Siri isn’t capable of interpretation. So, Siri will only respond to literal search term results- IE if you say “I want to go to the movies” Siri will find map listings that have the tag “movie theater”. Suicide hotlines don’t really have addresses (are there physical buildings?) and would only find listings with the word “Suicide” in them, not anything that skirts around the issue (IE “Planned Parenthood” vs “Abortion Clinic”). It’s also important to note that even if Siri finds NOTHING matching your search, it ALWAYS responds with “I can’t find information on “x”, would you like to search google/safari/internet for that?”
      -Apple will also not autocorrect most 4-letter words. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said “I’m so ducking mad right now!” to someone. Then again, my phone also doesn’t autocorrect when I try to type words like “viol” or “intervalic” or tons of other words I use. You can always force your iphone to accept certain words. I have no doubt that’s true for other phone manufacturers. Also, remember, if someone googled “how to tell if I’ve been roped/riped”, google is probably going to suggest “raped” and bring up those resources anyway.

    • Brenda August 24, 2013, 3:32 am

      Also, please remember the legal liability issue. Imagine if a 16 year old told their mother “Well I asked siri “what do I do if I’m pregnant?” and it brought up Planned Parenthood….so I went and got an abortion.” Lawsuit. Are you implying that Android does lead people to PP and responds to their suicide inquisitions?

  • Rachel August 23, 2013, 3:07 pm

    My sister and I are currently addicted to “Royals” by Lorde. So, so catchy, and the girl is only 16!
    Link to song:

  • Stephanie Clement August 23, 2013, 3:21 pm

    Katy Perry ripped that song off of Sara Barielles. Probably not purposefully, or even to her knowledge, but listen to Sara’s song ‘Brave’ and then Katy’s song. It’s eerily similar.

  • Marni August 23, 2013, 4:17 pm

    What an all-around awesome, inspiring and motivating blog!! Keep up the amazing work Caitlin!! Isn’t it so cool to impress yourself with your body and mind?
    <3, your coach 🙂

  • Ja @Ja on the RUN August 23, 2013, 8:26 pm

    I’m definitely an Apple girl! Apple all the way. 🙂 I too tried different phones but I just find the Iphone more user friendly. 🙂

  • Heathers Looking Glass August 24, 2013, 8:27 am

    Oh wow I didn’t know that about columbine.

    I had the galaxy 3 for awhile, and loved the bigger screen and swipe text but I just love my iphone too much!

  • Jessica Ekstrom August 26, 2013, 9:34 am

    Thanks so much for the love! It was so great to see you and Henry. I SO wish I was closer so I could babysit that cutie!


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