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jogging stroller

I haven’t run a single step or lifted anything heavier than Henry since last Sunday.  No action.  Nada.  I’m finally 100% better, which means that TODAY IS THE BEGINNING of a better week.  Healthy food, productive time on the computer, and EXERCISE.  I set out to do 4.0 miles but barely made it walk/run style to 2.25.  Isn’t it ridiculously sad how quickly fitness disappears after time off (and doubly so after a sickness!)?  It’s no fair!  Fitness should stick around at least as long as it took to gain it.   Right?!


Oh well.  No where to go but up!  And up I better go!  Because in the midst of my sickness, I decided it would be a really good idea to sign up for Charlotte’s Corporate Cup Half Marathon.  It’s in March. 


…. Which means that we’ll be training through winter.  Clearly, I was ill when I thought this was a good idea. Winking smile


Do you like Henry’s winter running outfit?  I dress him up in snowsuits for chilly runs in the jogging stroller.  He looks like a cute, puffy marshmallow.  We may get one or two dustings of actual snow, but you can bet that he’ll get more use out of the outfit in his stroller than at the park!  I wish big boy snowsuits came with footies like his baby one did…  Also – his baby one looked like a lion, complete with ears and a mane, making it extra awesome.

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In all seriousness, I am really excited to have another race to train for.  I still want to focus on kettlebells and swimming, but it’s just SO HARD for me to stay motivated if I don’t have a self-imposed deadline.  I have never done a Half Marathon in Charlotte before, so I think it will be fun!  If I’m allowed to run with a stroller, I may do it with Henry, too. Smile 


Ramblin’ Rose Registration


Fellow North and South Carolinians… Wanna become a triathlete? Registration for the 2014 Ramblin’ Rose Women’s Triathlon Tour IS NOW OPEN!


Ramblin’ Rose is an introductory triathlon (250 yard POOL swim, 8 mile bike, 2 mile run) that is perfect for your first race. 


Raleigh – May 18, 2014

South Charlotte – June 1, 2014

Winston-Salem – August 17, 2014

Charlotte (Huntersville) – September 21, 2014

Chapel Hill – October 5, 2014


Save $10 on your registration! Use promo code: EarlyRose. Promo code expires on January 1st at midnight.


Something Funny…


Did you see this?  Scout is the Single Most Composed Dog on the Planet.


Maggie would never do that.


To the Mamas of Littles (and Everyone Else in the World)


A friend passed along this post about “saying no” during the holiday season, and I really wanted to share it with you all – To the Mamas of Littles During the Holidays.  The message is directly to parents of toddlers, but it definitely applies to everyone.


Have a good one!  I have a yummy vegetarian crock pot recipe going up later. Smile



  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change December 2, 2013, 1:51 pm

    Good luck with the training! Training during the winter always makes you a stronger runner :). Can’t wait to see the new recipe, I have been wanting a new crock pot recipe!

  • Laura December 2, 2013, 3:10 pm

    I hear ya on losing fitness! It is so depressing how fast it goes away. I worked hard all summer to build up my bike fitness, didn’t go for 6 weeks due to lack of motivation (still ran and stuff though) and I went for a ride yesterday. My legs were so out of shape feeling and I was tired partway through my 30 minute ride!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 2, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Good luck with your training! I have been injured all fall (my favorite time to run) and am just now getting back into it! I can’t believe I am finally starting to run now that we have snow on the ground! Good thing I am one who likes the treadmill!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs December 2, 2013, 4:07 pm

    I love all of the stuff that gets piled on Scout’s head — I’m amazed at his self control! My mini dachshund could never do it either 🙂

  • Aerevyn December 2, 2013, 5:19 pm


    It is so heartening when you say “I have a hard time getting out there if I don’t set a specific goal.” It makes an evolving “used to be hateful of athlethics, trying to be a physical person” people like me feel SO much better about my own reluctance. Love. It.

    The days are so short and so cold (I really DO love New England!) that I challenged myself this month to doing active exercise 30 minutes every day until Christmas. Somehow now it’s something to look forward to, something specific to push against. Nice. And now I will be losing weight instead of gaining. (Speaking of, can’t wait to check in as a 2013 January (almost) Joiner.

    • Caitlin December 2, 2013, 5:26 pm

      It’s SO hard!! But knowing it’s hard makes me proud of when I do it. 🙂 you should be proud too!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 2, 2013, 6:35 pm

    I’m so glad you’re on the mend, Caitlin! I got hit with an unexpected migraine on Friday which meant being stuck in bed allllll day, so I kind of know how you feel! And on a side note, I know I say this on practically every one of your Henry Instagrams, but he is seriously one of the cutest kiddies I have ever seen!

  • Kayla December 2, 2013, 11:15 pm

    So I have a question about swimming…. it is SUPER intimidating to start out! I have been thinking a lot about signing up for my first tri but the swimmers at my local gym all seem pretty experienced. Is it okay to just jump in and start swimming laps without having a swimming cap? I try to get to the gym in the morning around 5 or so and everyone there just seems like they have been at it for so long. I have more than once psyched myself out and ended up going home without getting in the pool just because I have no clue how to start. What kind of advice do you have for someone who is just getting started?
    Thanks so much!

    • Caitlin December 3, 2013, 9:24 am

      Hi there!

      Don’t worry if you don’t have a cap, but they are really inexpensive and helpful. 🙂 And I felt the same way about swimming. My recommendation would be to focus more on form than speed or length at first. So if you can only swim 5 laps but you do it slowly and correctly, that’s awesome.

      I would also recommend watching YouTube videos about swim technique. This helped me a lot!

  • Kati December 3, 2013, 4:47 pm

    Hi Caitlin!
    Congrats on signing up for your next half marathon! I just signed up for my FIRST half in March! So I will be training with you! I was looking online for half marathon training plans and was wondering if you had any you would recommend? There seems like a lot out there and I want to make sure I stick to a good one. The longest race I have run is 10 miles but am looking forward to this next goal! Thanks for your help!

    • Caitlin December 3, 2013, 5:42 pm

      Hi!!! Way to go 🙂 I like Hal Hidgon’s plans. They are free online!

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