Guess who is one month old today?  Miss Claire!


And that means I’m that much closer to my post-partum check-up, where my midwife will hopefully give me the thumbs up to start exercising again.  I’ve got no doubt that I’ll be cleared to run, but I always think it’s wise to wait for the official okay.


I’m really looking forward to training for a 5K in 2015.  I’m a blog ambassador for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon and 5K and will be running the 5K on March 28!

publix half marathon and 5k

The Savannah Women’s Half Marathon route encapsulates all of Savannah’s history and beauty in 13.1 miles, while including some of Savannah’s most scenic areas. The course starts off by running alongside each of Savannah’s two largest recreational parks, Forsyth Park and Daffin Park. Connected by beautiful tree-lined streets, the route also navigates around 12 of the city’s scenic squares in the Historic District before a picture-perfect finish at the iconic Forsyth Park Fountain.


If you’re interested in doing the Half Marathon or 5K, use code HTPSAV10 to get $10 off your registration! I’ll be doing a fun blogger meet-up over race weekend, and I’d love to meet you.  <3 <3


But if you can’t get to Savannah, we can still virtually train together!  Let’s call our little support group A 5K for 2015, shall we?  (If there’s any interest, maybe I’ll put together a private Facebook group where we an all track our progress?  Let me know!).  There are 11 weeks until the end of March, which is more than enough time to get 5K ready – whether you plan to walk it (still legit!), walk/run it (also legit!), or run it (go you!). 


Here are some of my favorite (FREE!) 5K training plans:


A 9-week plan from Couch to 5K

A 7-week plan from Mayo Clinic

A 15-week plan from Jeff Galloway

An 8-week plan from Hal Hidgon

A 6-week plan from Fitness Magazine

A 7-week plan from Shape Magazine


My plan is to start off with the Couch to 5K method and then hopefully accelerate training a bit to include less walking and more speedwork.  I’d like my Savannah 5K to be a fast-for-me race, but it just depends on how training goes with two kiddos.


Are you starting from zero?  Let me assure you that a 5K is totally attainable, no matter what your current fitness level!  It really, really is.  Some of the plans above only require three days of walk/running a week – if you can carve 20 – 30 minutes out of your schedule, YOU CAN DO IT!  And trust me, you will feel an incredible sense of pride when you cross the finish line (whether a real one or a pretend one – you don’t have to sign up for an actual race, although I recommend it because it creates a deadline).  Your first 5K is an awesome experience – give it a shot!


Are you building your fitness back up, like me?  I get it – it can be discouraging to be starting all over again, whether it’s because of an injury, pregnancy, life circumstances, or you just simply fell off the wagon.  But here’s an idea – instead of thinking negatively about how much work you have to do again {groan}, remind yourself how great it felt to hit those goals the first time around.  It will feel just as awesome the second time {yay!}.  That’s how I’m looking at things; I’m really excited to get back to working out, even though I know I’m going to feel winded and rundown covering distances that I used to consider a warm-up.  I can’t wait to prove to myself that I can do it again – and have a lot of fun at the same time!


LIKE Publix Savannah Women’s Half and 5K on Facebook


Are you training for a 5K or other distance this winter?  Is it your first attempt at the distance or are you trying to hit a speed goal?



  • Beks January 2, 2015, 10:29 am

    I was going to sign up for ColorMeRad again this year, but they’re not coming to Omaha (Urgh! Argh!). Instead, I think I’ll plan on doing another Color-type run. Color Vibe or The Color Run are coming back this year, so those should be fun.

    • Pauline January 2, 2015, 5:27 pm

      If you sign up for ColorVibe TODAY, they’re having a New Year Sale and it’s only $30 (or $26 if you’re with a team)! Do it! 🙂

  • Catherine January 2, 2015, 10:33 am

    I’m in! I was in the best shape of my life at the end of college. I used the C25k app on my iPod and trained for my first 5k. My goal was to run it under 30 minutes, and I did! Now that I’m a year and a half out of college, I’ve started my teaching career, gotten engaged, moved in with my fiancé, and have a new 50-minute commute to and from school. Life and all of its adjustments have gotten in the way of my fitness plan, but I’m ready to get back to where I was! Thank you for all of your inspiration over the years. I’ve been a dedicated reader for four years!

  • Lauren January 2, 2015, 10:37 am

    A Facebook group would be amazing! I’m hoping to do the Color Run this year (probably walk/run due to bad knees) and would love the support!

  • Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy January 2, 2015, 10:50 am

    Happy 1 month Claire! I’m planning on walking some 5ks with my mom, she just completed her first in August 🙂 Next year will be half marathon again!

  • Carly January 2, 2015, 10:55 am

    I’ve been such a slacker (to be fair, I did have meniscus surgery on my left knee in September, so at least I have something of a reason to have slacked). I am totally in for a virtual 5k! I need something to kick my butt in gear.

  • Kelly January 2, 2015, 10:55 am

    Finally getting back on track after lots of stress (and stress eating!). Having a goal to work towards would be great. If there’s a Facebook group, please sign me up!

  • Emily January 2, 2015, 11:12 am

    I’ll do it!! Probably have to register for something up here in the BOston area but it would be great to have the support.

  • Katie@LifesNextBigStep January 2, 2015, 11:17 am

    I love this idea! I wish so badly I could participate. With B2s impending arrival, pretty much whenever he wants, unless he came in the next week, I wouldn’t have 6 weeks to be able to train. I’m sure I’ll follow along and at least get started once I get the all clear from my doc 🙂 Great idea!! And I love the starting slow idea 🙂

  • Sara G January 2, 2015, 12:06 pm

    I’d be super into virtually training! I started the C25K in late December. I’ve never been able to run before due to insanely weak knees, but I figured I’d give this a solid shot and see what happens.

  • Jeannie January 2, 2015, 12:20 pm

    I’m in! I’m actually moving back to Charlotte at the beginning of March and am looking for races etc to keep me motived during a move from NYC –> CLT!

  • Zelda January 2, 2015, 12:40 pm

    Definitely interested in training together! I’ve been following your blog since the See Bride Run days, before you were married, and it’s wonderful to see how your life has come along. Congratulations on Baby Claire!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 2, 2015, 12:46 pm

    I just ran my first 5K (From nothing) with just 1 run a week for 4 weeks! It was such a huge accomplishment for me and one of my 2014 goals! Now I’m aiming for a 10K this weekend!

  • Amanda January 2, 2015, 12:56 pm

    I’m working on finding the time to do a couch-5k app! My eldest is just 2 and littlest is 18 weeks so finding time is an issue. Also any recommendations for a sports bra for breastfeeding? Not to actually feed in but that offer enough support without too much pressure if you know what I mean? Good luck with training!

    • Caitlin January 2, 2015, 1:39 pm

      I love my old one but they don’t make it anymore. However, I need a new one so I’ll take you shopping with me when the time comes!!!

      • Amanda January 2, 2015, 6:01 pm

        Thank you! Would love to be part of a FB training group too 🙂

  • Brigid January 2, 2015, 1:07 pm

    Your daughter is absolutely beautiful!

  • Melissa January 2, 2015, 1:22 pm

    I would love to be part of a fb group. I’m a new mommy and ready to get back in shape. A race is just the thing I need to encourage me to work on my fitness and keep my goals in mind…I’m in!

  • Jolene @ Homespun Heritage January 2, 2015, 1:26 pm

    I am currently finishing week 4 of the Run for God 5K program. Struggling to get the energy today to get all my organizing projects done…..can I take a nap? As the mama of seven kiddos I am granting myself permission to take a nap! Then have some coffee after I get up!

  • Mallory January 2, 2015, 1:32 pm

    Great post, glad to have us all in on this together! I am after a PR 5K. March sounds like as good of a time as any to try for my goal.

  • Cecily January 2, 2015, 1:34 pm

    I’m in! I’d really like to try another 5K out so that I can complete my second triathlon this summer. I did a modified tri two years ago- 400 yd swim, 5 mi bike, and 2 mi run. Running is my weakest sport, so this could get me on track! 🙂

  • char eats greens January 2, 2015, 1:45 pm

    I have a half coming up in two weeks and holy moly, did I ever screw myself this time around. I just completely got sidetracked by life that I only trained about 25% of what I wanted to. Oh well, I just have to roll with it now and hope for the best!!

  • Shannon k January 2, 2015, 2:09 pm

    I’m in! I just had a baby in early September and am excited to get back on a running program. I signed up for the Monument Avenue 10k at the end of March in Richmond, and I’m following a 13 week Jeff Galloway plan.

  • Marney January 2, 2015, 2:20 pm

    I’d love to be part of a training support group!

  • Trinda January 2, 2015, 2:31 pm

    I’m hoping to train for a 5k PB in April! So I might join in on your 5k!

  • Kristy January 2, 2015, 3:02 pm

    I am in! I have two kids we moved in 2014 both my husband and I started new jobs. We need to get fitness back into our schedules!

  • Heather January 2, 2015, 3:06 pm

    Count me in! I’ve been wanting to get back into running but it just hasn’t happened since I had my son (a year ago!! Yikes!!) I just downloaded the Couch to 5k app and talked my mom into doing a 5k with me. 🙂 Thank you for the motivation! Your babies are beautiful btw!

  • Amanda January 2, 2015, 3:18 pm

    I’m in! I want to do a 5K on the way to a half marathon. It’s been a few years since I ran regularly, and I want to make it a habit again. If I can’t find an actual race to run, I’ll probably run my own virtural 5K with my sister-in-law.

  • Courtney! January 2, 2015, 3:23 pm

    I love that you shared so many different training options! There isn’t one ‘right’ way to train for a 5k!

  • Molly@ this life is sparkling January 2, 2015, 4:07 pm

    Claire is adorable!

  • Tiffany January 2, 2015, 6:04 pm

    I would love to be part of a support group on FB! I just had my first baby 3 weeks ago and can’t wait to get back to running! I signed up for a 5k locally on April 26th so I would get back in gear as soon as the Dr ave his stamp of approval!

  • Kim January 2, 2015, 7:48 pm

    I’m in! I’m ramping back up from a broken foot to a 5K on my way to a half marathon this spring in preparation for my first 70.3 in June (gulp!). A Facebook support group would be awesome!

  • Alex January 2, 2015, 8:04 pm

    I’m in!! I’ve run 5k non stop only a few times. Would love to be able to do it again!

  • Shannon January 2, 2015, 10:31 pm

    Yes please to a Facebook group! My normal accountability go-to’s just aren’t cutting it this time around… I would love some additional support!

  • Michelle January 3, 2015, 9:09 am

    What a helpful post! I didn’t realize there were so many different running plans out there, I’ve only ever heard of couch to 5k. Thanks so much 😀

  • Aja January 3, 2015, 4:53 pm

    I’m glad you’ll get to run again. That’s exciting! Good luck with your training. I’m really looking forward to building my fitness back up. It is kind of lame to have to start over, but I’m excited to get to hit all those milestones again and know that they will happen.

  • lynne January 3, 2015, 8:02 pm

    I would have loved to hear more about sweet little Claire turning one month old than your goals for fitness. I mean, really, what could be more important?

  • Courtney January 4, 2015, 1:24 pm

    This came at just the right time! Am looking forward to getting back into my fitness routine after a little bit away. And reading your excitement has sparked me on! Will join in on your 5K training all the way from London 🙂 Thanks for spreading the motivation!

  • Cathy January 5, 2015, 12:44 am

    Yeah! I’m in, I’m excited!!

  • Mia January 5, 2015, 10:02 pm

    I live in Savannah and have been planning on running the half. I haven’t signed up yet because it’s a bit expensive at the moment but hope to soon. Which by the way, does the discount code expire at any point? Anyway, i’m excited that you’ll be here, and would love to meet you when you are! Have you been to Savannah before?? Best of luck with your training <3

    • Caitlin January 6, 2015, 1:49 pm

      I have been there but not for years and I haven’t gotten to explore it as an adult. I hope we can meet up!

  • Amber January 6, 2015, 12:25 pm

    The Savannah run is EXPENSIVE with hardly any swag!!! GULP! I’m looking for a good 10K to train for post baby #2. Any suggestions that aren’t going to break the bank?

    • Caitlin January 6, 2015, 1:49 pm

      Have you checked There are loads of races there!

  • Amy January 7, 2015, 12:38 am

    Good for you for getting back to it so quickly! My second child is almost 4 months old and I have no time – or energy – between taking care of her, my 3 year old and now being back at work 🙁 Do you have any suggestions for exercise at home? Also, I found your blog by googling sleep training! My little one is not getting good sleep at all during the day and I’m thinking it’s time to start getting her into more of a routine/schedule. I will be interested to hear how you deal with this for your second! It has been a challenge for sure, especially with a busy toddler who wants to “help” you with the baby all the time and is always on the go 🙂 I think it is almost impossible for a baby not to be overstimulated when you have an older child around. Any strategies you know of or have heard about?

    • Caitlin January 7, 2015, 10:01 am

      Oh we are still so stuck in non-routine newborn life. I’m working on getting her to bed at a consistent time but even that is hard. I’ll probably have more thoughts in a month or two and will definitely do a bunch of sleep posts. It’s still survival of the fittest!!!

      I just ordered the PIYO DVDs and am going to start those. I think it would be an awesome at home workout!

      • Amy January 7, 2015, 1:38 pm

        Yes the non-routine newborn life totally throws you! Especially when you are used to the routine of your older kid. It does start to get a little easier and we started with bedtime with ours at about 6-8 weeks to get her used to that routine. Now it’s time for naps!! She was very small at birth so she can only stay awake for about an hour before needing to go down. It is exhausting to keep up! Thanks for the video ideas! I need to do something… getting stir crazy 🙂

  • Amy @ Amy M4gic January 9, 2015, 12:47 pm

    Thank you for posting the 5k training plans. Perfect timing, as signing up for my first road race was pretty much my only resolution! Cheers!

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