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Good morning!  I’m off on another jet plane – this time to Colorado for an Operation Beautiful event at Colorado State University.  It’s a super short trip; I’ll only be gone for about 30 hours.  But I am looking forward to hotel sleep…


I am also 35 weeks pregnant TODAY!  Holy heck.  I can’t believe I only have 5 weeks or so left.  When we got home from our week of travels on Friday, I was suddenly hit with the enormity of what we’ve done.  I was so very tired and having lots of pregnancy symptoms… then, all the sudden, I felt a lot of pressure and a big SHIFT. I think Little One turned head down (and maybe dropped a little, too!).  This is pretty exciting because he/she has mostly been transverse (sideways) during the last few weeks, which was super uncomfortable.  I hope Little One stays this way.  I have a midwife appointment on Wednesday so… fingers crossed.


Things I’ve been thinking about:


How Long Did It Take For You to “Get Over” Childbirth?

Things I Learned About Having a Newborn


Anyway, after two solid weekend days at home, I’m feeling much better and not as crampy.   I was even up to doing this workout on Sunday:

walking treadmill workout
This workout is AWESOME for someone is just getting into fitness or wants a beginner’s treadmill workout with no running.  It’s challenging without being too tough, and it’s a perfect distance (about 2.0 miles) and duration (35 minutes).  My legs were burning thanks to the inclines, and I never felt bored because I was constantly fiddling with the settings.  It’s a good one – let me know if you try it and like it!


Randomly, here’s a great meal I ate over the weekend:


Roasted delicata squash

Cast iron tofu

Brown rice

Steamed kale


Buttttter and salt


One Year Ago This Weekend…

PicMonkey Collage

One year ago, I did the Miami Half Ironman!  <—race recap.  It was the coolest but hardest thing that I’ve ever done.  I worked with a triathlon coach for the race and finished in 7:03:07.  I’m totally proud of my swim time (1.2 miles in 45 minutes) and the fact that I never really lost my shit, emotionally or physically.  I don’t think I will do another Half Ironman anytime soon, but that’s okay with me!  It was an awesome experience and just looking at the pictures gets me excited about training for shorter triathlons once Little One is old enough.


What were you doing one year ago today?



  • Brynn October 27, 2014, 7:04 am

    One year ago I was tailgating at my alma matter. And now I’m spending my time soaking up snuggles with my three week old.

  • Abby October 27, 2014, 8:39 am

    It’s really cool to look ack a year ago. Shutterfly, this life, photo storage section sometimes will send my photos of what I was doing a year ago, it can be pretty amazing. Good luck with your trip to Colorado!

  • Emma @ Life's A Runner October 27, 2014, 11:31 am

    One year ago today I was frantically making a (lame) dice costume for Halloween last minute. I was more ahead of the game than I am this year! 😉

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) October 27, 2014, 11:39 am

    What a fun idea! Gosh a year ago today.. I was on a plane to london I think!

  • Jennifer October 27, 2014, 12:02 pm

    Hope you enjoy Fort Collins today! I work at CSU and was trying to figure out how to attend your talk if possible, but didn’t see it listed on your website. If it is public, I’d love to attend if you have the details.

    Eat at Raska in Fort Collins on Laurel–fantastic Ethiopian food!

  • Erin October 27, 2014, 12:18 pm

    When and where are you presenting at CSU? I’ve been a long time blog follower and I live in Fort Collins. I’m also a school counselor, so I’d love to hear your talk!

  • Caitlin @ Happy 'n' Hungry October 27, 2014, 12:36 pm

    One year ago today, my husband made the trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, to watch the Bengals play! It was my first NFL game and I had a blast! I wish I was doing that again today. 🙂

  • Jen October 27, 2014, 2:28 pm

    A year ago today I was just over 11 weeks pregnant, so I was probably lying on the couch eating carbs and trying not to move much, ha!

  • Catalina @ Shades of Pink October 27, 2014, 2:40 pm

    oh wow time flies, I love the picture of you and Henry with the medal 🙂
    One year ago, I was working fulltime (still do), pumping fulltime (not anymore) and raising a 5 months old baby boy, that now is running around the house making our lives so much happier!

  • Lacey October 27, 2014, 4:05 pm

    What time is your talk tonight? I live in Fort Collins and would love to go!

  • Jo October 27, 2014, 5:39 pm

    One year ago I was sitting at work analyzing every possible symptom wondering if I was pregnant… now I’m spending my days playing with my 3 month old baby. Crazy how life can change in a year!

  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate October 27, 2014, 6:28 pm

    I loved reading about your half ironman recap! I actually reached out to Marni because am considering the Ironman WI in a few years!

  • Daina October 27, 2014, 6:56 pm

    One year ago today I got married!!!

    • Caitlin October 28, 2014, 7:26 am

      Happy anniversary!

  • Jennie October 28, 2014, 12:18 am

    Not judging or anything, but arent you nervous to fly in your third trimester? I thought it wasnt recommended.

    • Caitlin October 28, 2014, 7:25 am

      Nope, I’m not truly nervous (of course, the thought DOES cross your mind!). I actually have a post about this going up later in the week. My midwife lets you fly until 35 weeks (I’m flying back on 35+1) and many airlines let you go until 37-39 even without a doctor’s note. I looked up my relative risk of going into labor at 35 weeks and it’s about 2%. My midwife said the odds I would go early with one full term pregnancy and a healthy second pregnancy are low, too.

      I guess for me the bottom line is I probably wouldn’t air travel for pleasure at this point, but it’s for work and how I make money… When you’re self-employed (or really any type of employed I guess!), you can’t necessarily turn down work just because you’re late in pregnancy, ya know?

  • Amy October 28, 2014, 1:23 am

    Would love to find out more about your talk at CSU, if it is public I would love to attend! I second the Ethiopian suggestion, delicious!

  • Holly @ Happiness This Hour October 28, 2014, 7:54 am

    I’m hosting a party with a pumpkin recipe contest this weekend and have been struggling to decide what to make! Perhaps this is my answer! 🙂

  • Jolene ( October 28, 2014, 8:31 pm

    One year ago today I was preparing to defend my Masters thesis! I’m glad that’s over!!

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