Doin’ In On My Own

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So, I haven’t been doing much running.  I think I did a run/walk last week, but this week, it’s been all about the walk.  Kristien and I have been doing a 1.5-mile stroll each morning while he pushes Henry in the jogging stroller.  Each time we go, I dress like I could be going for a run (i.e. I don the one sports bra that currently holds the girls in  –> here are some recommendations for other busty ladies!).  But then K and I end up talking the entire time.  And I’m at the point with my fitness that I cannot juggle running with talking and breathing. 


I’ve been starting to think that I “can’t” run anymore (I’m 20 weeks on Monday – wahoo!), so last night, I decided to wake up early and go for a solo run.  Could I run if I wasn’t gabbing with my husband?

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Verdict: YES!  You guys – I ran for 20 straight minutes.  NO BREAKS.  Sure, I wasn’t breaking any speed records, but I RAN.  It was so awesome!


Wait – I lied.  I did walk up this beast of a hill.  But I have never ran up this hill in the two years that I’ve lived in this house, no matter how fit I was, so that doesn’t count!

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I’m definitely going to try to do more solo runs.  It was so peaceful, so enjoyable, and so relaxing.  When you spend all day taking care of someone else, it’s really, really nice to have that alone time.  Who am I kidding – it’s ALWAYS nice to have alone time!  But I feel doubly lucky when I get to go on a run alone nowadays.  I’m definitely going to make the effort more often…


Before my run, I had a banana with some almonds, and when I returned, I made this awesome breakfast:


Four eggs with corn and spinach (my new favorite combo), plus a load of sweet strawberries.  I planned to share my eggs with Henry, but he kind of boycotted breakfast this morning. 


Fine with me, kid.  Momma never turns down extra eggs.


Other Fun Things…


We’re debating the best Disney song ever on the HTP Facebook page.

A woman named Megan found an Operation Beautiful note at the perfect bittersweet moment – you can read the touching story on the OB Facebook page.

A reader named Lindsey sent me this article about the “Critical Importance of Kindness” in a marriage.  I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with all of you!

How to Clean Your Home in 10 Easy Steps made me laugh so, so, so hard.  Especially Step 9.

I loved this graphic – and the message behind it.


Have an awesome day!



  • Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy July 11, 2014, 9:18 am

    Good for you! When I was preggo I stopped running at 15 weeks, I was just SO out of breath.

  • Erica { } July 11, 2014, 9:28 am

    Lol – I love the look on his face with the single waffle on his plate.

  • MJ July 11, 2014, 10:27 am

    My fiance and I are using Gottman’s book with our pre-marital counselor. I would recommend his book for use even if there isn’t any problem in the relationship. Great stuff!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well July 11, 2014, 10:32 am

    Ha – I just bought those same running shoes I believe…not sure how I feel about them yet. Regardless, good for you for running solo – I too cherish those solo runs and workouts, because it’s the perfect way to clear my head!

  • Traci July 11, 2014, 10:40 am

    Mornings are the best! I’m glad you were able to get that time for yourself. Also, your breakfasts always look sooooo good. This one especially!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed July 11, 2014, 10:59 am

    20 minutes of jogging sounds so doable. When I think of running, I feel like i psych myself out by building it up in my head to be something it really doesn’t have to be.

    Great job 🙂

  • Melissa @ Mel's Miles July 11, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Great job getting out there and running! I’ve never been pregnant, but I bet it makes running a lot more difficult!

  • Emily @ Fit as a Mother... July 11, 2014, 12:39 pm

    Alone time is the #1 reason why I run!!

  • Dominique July 11, 2014, 12:46 pm

    This is probably going to sound really dumb, but I’d like to get your opinion…do you ever worry about the cholesterol in the eggs you’re eating? I sometimes have two eggs in the morning, at least a few times a week and have always heard differing opinions regarding the cholesterol. I don’t know whether eating anywhere between 6-12 eggs a week is a bad thing. What do you think? I’m not a vegetarian but don’t eat pork and rarely eat beef. Mostly it’s just organic chicken and sometimes beans.

    PS: I’m totally adding corn to my eggs now too! Thanks for the idea.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2014, 2:10 pm

      I don’t think that’s a dumb question… I eat a lot of eggs – I eat like, two dozen a week. Hah. I asked my doctor about it and he said don’t worry about it if you don’t have cholestrol issues, which I don’t. But I know there’s a lot fo conflicting info about this. Especially when I’m pregnant and trying to eat a lot of protein, I rely on eggs heavily. So I hope its okay!

      • Dominique July 11, 2014, 2:43 pm

        Thanks so much for the quick response! I’m going to assume I’m okay until otherwise told by my doctor.

  • Abby July 11, 2014, 1:42 pm

    You are amazing! You also have a great day!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 11, 2014, 6:09 pm

    Girl, EVERYONE has a license to walk beastly hills from time to time – preggers or not! Congratulations on your awesome run! As much as I love training with friends sometimes, solo runs are mandatory for shaking the crazy out of me so the rest of the world doesn’t have to deal with it! 🙂

  • Becky July 13, 2014, 8:26 pm

    Breakfast boycotts suck. But worse? Breakfast takeovers, when no matter what, the only thing they want is exactly what’s on your fork. And only if it’s on your fork. Sometimes I eat my breakfast hiding in the corner of my kitchen. 🙂

  • Runner Girl Eats July 14, 2014, 6:21 am

    Glad you got out there for a solo run! Enjoy your alone time 🙂

  • Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers July 14, 2014, 8:32 am

    Great job! I was a no-run preggo, but cheers to those who do!

  • Ashley M. [at] (never)homemaker July 14, 2014, 3:46 pm

    Awesome job keeping up with fitness, girl. We just moved to a new neighborhood where our hills would probably make you cry (haahha no really, I saw your photo of the hill and was like “oh I wish that didn’t look so flat to me now!” because the ones in our neighborhood are MAJOR) . . . needless to say, I am ALREADY adjusting my expectations for running in my next pregnancy, and I can definitely tell you I will be doing much more walking. I’d love to be able to get some good half hour runs in, though. We shall see when it all happens when it, well, happens — 😉

  • Jess July 17, 2014, 10:27 am

    Hey Caitlin,
    Had a question for you: how old was Henry when you did your ironman? I’m 24 weeks pregnant and was thinking of signing up for my first marathon (it would be when baby is 6 months old). I know it is no ironman but for me it might as well be, I’ve been running through pregnancy and have run a few half marathons before but never the full.

    • Caitlin July 17, 2014, 10:49 am

      I did a 1/2 ironman when Henry was 1 year and a few months. I started to train when he was 1 year. I did a spring Tri at 11 weeks but I think it would’ve been hard for me to do a longer event before he was STTN.

  • Jessica July 18, 2014, 12:25 pm

    Thanks for the tips!!


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