Attempt At Healthy Travel

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When I told Coach Marni how much I’d be traveling the week before my big race (I’m in four cities and on 6 flights), she told me that my goals should be:


1) Hydrate;

2) Eat healthy;

3) Do 45 minutes of cardio everyday if I can’t squeeze in the prescribed workouts.

4) Sleep.


I was relieved when she gave me these instructions because I felt like it was very manageable. From race experience, I also know that, at this point, what’s done is done in terms of fitness. I can’t possibly make myself noticeably stronger with last-minute hardcore workouts, but I can burn myself out, dehydrate, or injure myself. So – that’s kind of the plans for these next few days. Play it safe, keep it healthy, and try to relax.


Oh – and stay away from the booze!

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I like to have a glass or two of wine or cider when I travel (nervous flyer) but not this trip. No way. No how.


Instead, I’ve been searching for healthy vegetarian options (which is quite challenging in airports and hotels – but can be done!).

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(I lost my lens cap so I use a sock as a cover… oh yeah.)


And hydrating. I found a basket of free water bottles in my hotel room and jumped for joy!  Then I rode the stationary bike for 45 minutes.

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Let’s see… what else. Oh, I got a massage at the airport. My back is still hurting. The guy said my lower back is a little swollen and recommended that I take a few hot showers and do gentle stretches.  I’m lovin’ how the universe is basically forcing me to relax, take care of myself, nap, drink water, and eat well.  Nice, right?  Life has been pretty crazy lately (in a good way, but still – nuts), and traveling the week before the race is actually a happy accident.  It gives me some hotel-imposed down time. 🙂


Quirks Winner

The winner of the Three Quirks giveaway is… Autumn.  She listed her quirks as, “I agree with Henry. Bread is simply a vehicle for butter. I use Kerrygold and it’s delicious. Sometimes I can’t help putting an extra dollop on the knife just to eat it plain. And I always count steps. I can’t help it. If I’m climbing steps, I’m counting steps.” :)  Congrats, Autumn!


Book Club?


Would anyone be interested in doing an online book club?  I just read The Circle, and it was SO good and totally worthy of a book club discussion.  Anyone up for it?  If you like dystopian novels, you will looooove The Circle.


And speaking of books – the last Divergent book is out!  I’m about halfway through and love it so far.  Unfortunately, I saw the exceedingly low marks on Amazon and read a few reviews to figure out why… and the ending has been spoiled.  Don’t read the reviews if you don’t want to be spoiled!  I’m not having the same visceral reaction other Divergent fans are experiencing to the end, but I’m not there yet, so… we’ll see.



  • mary @ minutes per mile October 23, 2013, 5:31 pm

    I’d love to do an online book club! I’m in a real-life one, but can always add another book to the calendar 🙂

  • Ali October 23, 2013, 5:31 pm

    Traveling sounds like a nice way to distract yourself from the taper crazies, I think! When I’m tapering, too much free time makes me start worrying and thinking negative thoughts–staying busy is good, for sure. I like Coach Marni’s advice, too. Hydration is the key to everything, I think.

  • Kelsey October 23, 2013, 5:37 pm

    I would love to do a book club!! We have the same taste in books…you have introduced me to so many of my current favorites! (Hunger Games, hello!) I just ordered the last Divergent book today as well!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs October 23, 2013, 5:37 pm

    I’m in for a book club! The Circle is on my To Read List anyway! 🙂

  • Morgan October 23, 2013, 5:38 pm

    I’d love to do an online book club!

  • Sarah October 23, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Good for you eating healthy in airports and hotels!! I always start out great and then they offer me something tasty on a long flight and it’s out the window. oops!

    Also, OMG for the last Divergent book! I’m in the middle of Insurgent and I CANNOT put it down. What a huge bummer that the ending was spoiled… you went so far only to have someone spill the beans. I hope you’re still able to enjoy it.

  • Laura October 23, 2013, 6:03 pm

    I NEED a book club!!

  • Jessica @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad October 23, 2013, 6:15 pm

    I was just thinking about Divergent and wondered if it was out yet. Yay! I need to get on the wait list at the library now.

  • Amber K October 23, 2013, 7:06 pm

    I hate spoilers! I’m really looking forward to Allegiant, but I am waaaaaay too far down on my library’s waiting list to expect it any time soon.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun October 23, 2013, 7:10 pm

    I would love to to do an online book club as well! I think it would be a great idea!

  • laura leane October 23, 2013, 7:17 pm

    NEVER put heat on inflammation! inflammation wants ice, ice, and more ice! heat will only inflame the inflamed. it’s akin to putting a heating pad on the forehead of a fevered toddler… think about it 😉 xox

  • Eliana October 23, 2013, 7:17 pm

    An online book club would be a great idea! You should totally organize it; maybe monthly?! All members could suggest a book which can be selected randomly. That would be fun!

  • jen October 23, 2013, 7:56 pm

    a book club would be so awesome! im in!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. October 23, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Heck yes, book club!!

  • Julia October 23, 2013, 8:32 pm

    I’d love a book club!! And I need more GoodReads friends who aren’t already related to me…

  • Kerri October 23, 2013, 8:53 pm

    Omg. I had no idea the last Divergent book was out. I was about to go grab Pretties from the library (Read Uglies last week), but Allegiant it is. I think I have to go to the bookstore tonight!

  • Jen G. October 23, 2013, 9:31 pm

    I JUST finished Allegiant earlier tonight. I wasn’t spoiled, but have looked around for reactions. Apparently, I’m one of the few people who thought the ending was really well done.

  • Dee October 23, 2013, 10:08 pm

    Book club FTW!

  • Hannah October 23, 2013, 10:15 pm

    Book club is a great idea!!

  • Lindsay October 23, 2013, 10:51 pm
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  • Joey October 23, 2013, 11:48 pm

    Ahh, the Indy airport! Say hello to my home state for me. Wish I was there & could come meet you! 🙂

  • Michelle October 24, 2013, 1:19 am

    Those sound like very do-able goals! I hope your back is 100% by your race!

  • Jason D at IS October 24, 2013, 1:49 am

    Book Club sounds nice – good for you on being able to keep your focus. I have a hard time maintaining my diet when I travel for work. Exercise is never the problem, it’s always those pesky simple carbs 🙂

  • Ksenija @ With An Open Mind October 24, 2013, 3:21 am

    “the circle” sounds amazing! I am purchasing the e-book today and I would be totally in for a book club.

  • Emily October 24, 2013, 7:58 am

    jumped for joy over bottled water??? not only is bottled water less regulated than tap water, but it is often packaged tap water. not to mention the energy it takes to produce plastic, bottle the water, then recycle the bottle…bottled water is an environmental nightmare. drink tap!

  • Dana October 24, 2013, 8:25 am

    I’m reading the second Divergent book now! I can’t seem to get anything done because I keep pausing to read a few more pages. So good 🙂

  • Marie October 24, 2013, 9:07 am

    Yes, yes, yes to the book club!

  • Taya October 24, 2013, 9:16 am

    I would LOVE to do a book club! I’m a newlywed housewife living in a brand new town where I know no one, with only a part time job…needless to say, I’m in need of some sort of social activity!

  • Sarah R October 24, 2013, 9:29 am

    I read Allegiant the day it came out, and I have to say that I was really disappointed. Not in the ending choice she made (not going to put spoilers here) but the quality of the book overall wasn’t up to par with the previous two, I thought. The whole book felt very rushed and tossed together. And some points I literally went “Wait, what? That makes no sense whatsoever.” Parts of the book don’t add to the plot in any meaningful way, other plot parts aren’t resolved, and I finished the book going without any feelings of resolution or completion. I felt…disgruntled? It was odd. It was like she didnt’ have enough time to write it well, so she threw it together and said good enough.

    I think it’s unlikely I will read more of her books, I felt like she let down her fans in the quality of the book. I’m a very loyal reader but the author has to keep up their part of the bargain! Just my two cents. 🙂

    Also GOOD LUCK on your half! You are making me think that I may be able to do one myself on day.

    • Caitlin October 24, 2013, 11:36 am

      I liked the ending (I just finished). I agree with you about the book feeling rushed. I couldn’t tl the difference between tris and four’s voices.

  • Autumn October 24, 2013, 11:04 am

    I can’t believe I won the Three Quirks giveaway. I was literally jumping up and down I was so excited. Woo-hoo! What do I do now? Also, I would love to do an online book club. I love, love, love reading. Haven’t had a bay yet but was worried that that part of my life would be over with kids. So many warnings from other mothers. Glad to see it is still possible.

  • Jacquelyn @justjacq October 24, 2013, 12:02 pm

    I love dystopian novels. I just bought the last Divergent and have to read it. Never read the circle… I’m going to go look that one up now!

  • Kristen October 24, 2013, 12:36 pm

    Yes, I’d love to do a book club! I’m reading Insurgent right now and can’t wait to finish them all before the movie comes out!

  • Bethany October 24, 2013, 12:54 pm

    I am in the middle of another book and trying to hold off on starting Allegiant but I think I’m just going to have to give in…
    Woot for new books!

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind October 24, 2013, 1:31 pm

    I think these are perfectly attainable goals for traveling. Traveling always throws off my digestive system and dehydrates me.

  • Sara October 24, 2013, 1:43 pm

    You need a pair of Oka-b flats to travel in! They are super cute, weatherproof and ergonomic! It would be perfect for what you do! Here’s a link for $15 off a pair! (I get a perk coupon if you buy, but really I’m sharing because I love the shoes!)

    PS I’m not spam or a crazy person 🙂 we met once at an event at the school I (used to- SAHM in the house!) teach in- Pine Lake north of Charlotte. They would probably give you a pair to blog about haha!

    • Caitlin October 24, 2013, 1:57 pm

      Oh thanks, i will look into this 🙂

  • Clizia October 24, 2013, 5:34 pm

    I am up for an online book club!!! Good luck with your race, you will be amazing!

  • Trinda October 25, 2013, 9:07 am

    I’d definitely be interested in an online bookclub! 😀

  • Jennifer October 27, 2013, 2:08 am

    I’d love to do a book club! I got distracted by your news that the last divergent novel was out – just had to download it before I could comment! Good luck for your race. I r,ember my first half ironman – I was so worried that I did. A complete run through with a friend about a month before just to check that we could do the distance in the cut off times! Needless to say we both finished just fine and a few years later (despite swearing it would never happen) we were in the water for the start of an ironman. And now I am writing this from Hawaii having just been to Kona and now in Maui for the Xterra World Champs. So go out there and have fun, you never know where your journey will take you!

  • E October 27, 2013, 1:35 pm

    I’m totally in on an online book club! And can’t wait for next installment of Divergent… don’t want to be spoiled! But it’s got a veeeery long waiting list at the library 🙁

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