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Good morning! Happy Monday!


How was your weekend?  Mine was great, if busy.  I spent Saturday in Miami, speaking at a Women’s Leadership Symposium at the University of Miami.  After, I met back up with my friends Lisette and Danny, and we had an excellent meal at one of my old favorite restaurants, and then we walked around our old favorite mall and reminisced about the old high school days. 


With one very late-night flight, I went from this…


To this.


I love me some palm trees, but I love home even more.  It’s wonderful to be back after such a long trip.  I missed the boys and the dogs a lot.


Oh, I did manage to squeeze in a run while away!  One of my biggest travel pet peeves is when I pack my running clothes and don’t use them.  Taking up value suitcase space AND adding weight to my bag for no reason?!  Ugh.  So if I pack ‘em, I feel compelled to use them.  I did about 4.0 miles on Friday morning – I was planning to do less but I got very, very lost. 🙂


While on my run, I was thinking that I owed you guys a mention of my new shoelaces.  Check ‘em out – they’re elastic laces called Lock Laces.  I bought them a few weeks before the Half Ironman because I was so sick and tired of my shoe laces coming undone during my workouts.  A few experienced triathletes also told me that elastic laces make switching from the bike to the run a little bit easier and helps cut down on transition times (not that shaving two seconds off my transition is gonna make that big of a difference in my performance…).


Anyway, I *really* love the elastic laces and would recommend them for anyone tired of their shoe laces coming loose. Although, elastic laces eliminate the problem of accidentally tying your laces too tight and getting numb feet (I hate that!).  Once you set up the Lock Laces, they stay in that position and simply stretch out so you can put the shoes on or take them off. Winner


The winner of the giveaway is…


Abby, whose favorite holiday tradition is simply spending time with family (including her one year old son – it’ll be his first big boy holiday!). 


Thought of the Day:


Have a good one. 🙂



  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change November 18, 2013, 10:07 am

    I love those lace locks, so much better than regular laces!

  • Sydney @ Trust the Skinny Cook November 18, 2013, 10:21 am

    I LOVE the lock laces! I have the exact same color as you! I don’t think I’ll ever wear regular laces on my running shoes ever again!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 18, 2013, 10:28 am

    I’m a BIG time Lock Laces fan! I was originally turned onto probably 9 or 10 months ago and I haven’t looked back! Every time I’m at a race and I see people sprint over to the side to stop and tie their shoes, I always look down at my Lock Laces and smile. It’s cheesy but it’s no joke, I LOVE them!

  • Laura November 18, 2013, 10:34 am

    I have the same shoes and lock laces in them! 🙂 I received mine in my Stridebox a few months ago and I really like them as well!!

  • Kendra November 18, 2013, 11:09 am

    I love the “thought of the day.” I have to say, I had a rough weekend. A few personal set-backs and I gave myself an emotional beating (so to speak). I had “fallen” but I picked myself back up and I am going to learn from these set-backs and carry on. It was a very timely message for me to read this morning and it was just the bit of sunshine I needed! Thank you!

  • Melissa November 18, 2013, 11:14 am

    Such a great quote and one that applies to every day life. Thanks so much for sharing it today.

  • Taylor @ Singletrackedmind November 18, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Those laces are genius!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun November 18, 2013, 1:34 pm

    Love that quote so much! Glad you were able to get a good run in while you were traveling! 🙂

  • amelia November 18, 2013, 1:55 pm

    I am printing out your ‘thought of the day’ and sticking it to the side of my computer monitor. Love this!!! Thanks!

  • MILF Runner November 18, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I’ve also seen those laces called Yankz…I guess ‘cuz you yank ’em 😉 My eight-year old loves them…mostly because I’ve been too lazy to teach him to tie his own shoes.

  • SuperCutePetContest November 18, 2013, 3:38 pm

    I need to get some of those lace locks for both my husband and myself!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 18, 2013, 5:50 pm

    I love your “Thought of the Day” — so true! A great inspiration 🙂

  • Kirsty Beresford November 19, 2013, 12:58 am

    Hi Caitlin,

    I’m writing to you all the way from beautiful, sunny South Africa! I stumbled accross your blog about 3 months ago and I fell in love 🙂 It has now become my ritual to log on and read your latest update with my cup of coffee in hand before the chaos at work starts.
    Thank you for providing us readers with such interesting posts – it’s so exciting to see how the other side of the world lives!

    Kirsty x

    • Caitlin November 19, 2013, 7:55 am

      Thanks 🙂 I appreciate it a lot.

  • Rob Runs November 19, 2013, 1:10 pm

    I love my Lock Laces too! Except when I run races with returnable chips that typically go on my shoelaces. I am completely incapable of re-opening my Lock Laces (at least not without implements, broken fingernails, and tears) so I grab extra safety pins to attach the chips. So far it’s worked out fine but I’m always afraid of losing the chip (and therefore my official race time, and the couple bucks they’d charge me to replace it).

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