Category Archives: Races

Going that EXTRA Mile!

Good afternoon, dear friends! Well.. almost evening. Holy moly. WHERE did this day go?! I hope you are enjoying your Saturday so far! I know that I sure am.

It started out BRIGHT and early.. a 5:30 am wake up call on a Saturday morning. Now, I am certainly an early riser..but not 5:30 on a weekend.

Today though – I had some business to take care of!

The Walk/Run was this morning. And clearly, I was the individual on the committee that was nominated to be the volunteer on site at 6:30am. (Because… 1. I am a ROOKIE, 2. Everyone knows my sleeping habits since they see posts from me on FB in the weeeee hours of the morning).

So – Justin and I were up and at em!  Surprsinginly.. upon arriving to the site of the race, the sun was shining and it was a comfortable temperature.

We got the registration tables ready, helped to mark out the course, and drew the starting line and the finish line.

Justin the Champ (Shadow Form)

Then I had some breakfast – still 3 hours before race time.  You don’t think I skipped my oats, do you?

Silly! Of course I didn’t! I brought them with me! 🙂

Extra Cinnamon on Top!

Then. It got cloudy. Foggy. Breezy. Cold. I am a wimp when it comes to cold weather – so I most certainly escaped to the car a couple of times to warm up!

It was odd trying to capture pictures without looking weird…since my blog is not a known facet of my personality at work. I don’t know. I just am NOT ready for that. Who knows if I every will be!

(Btw – the picture on the shirt was drawn by one of our 4th graders! Amazing!) I hate running in t-shirts… especially the ones handed out at the race.. but this is certainly an exception!

We had about 300 participants. It was pretty inspiring to see a great family event. So many students with parents – teachers with their families – and supporters of our school in general!

While the race was supposed to be 2.0 miles – it actually only ended up being 1.87. How do I know this.. well because I wore my Garmin!  *I felt really silly wearing my Garmin.. but did it anyway. EVERYONE was like.. what is that hunk of equipment on your wrist!?

So – I ended up being the first female finisher with a total time of 13:09.  I was 2nd overall! 🙂  I know it was only a two mile race..but am still pretty happy with it! It averaged out to a 7:03/mile pace.

The best part of finishing so quick..was that I got to CHEER for everyone else as they crossed the finish line.. including Justin – who was the 3rd male finisher.. and 5th overall! 🙂 GO BABE!

My favorite part of the day was seeing to sense of accomplishment written across every student’s face as the ran, jogged, or walked across the finish line!  I was more then happy to be the girl standing right there with my arms wide open to give each of them a huge hug and a cheesy medal!

We had a little awards ceremony.

Hey Trophy!

Families enjoyed some lunches, while the kids played some field games..

And there was even a child identification tent set up for the families to take advantage of!

It was definitely a very successful event and I am so happy that I was lucky enough to be involved! I am proud of every student and parent who made the effort to participate!

Afterwards, Justin was a hungry man, so we stopped at Panera for lunch.

I had 1/2 a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with lettuce, tomato, onion and mustard, as well as a classic salad with balsamic viniegarette.

I also hit up Whole Foods next door. I don’t buy TOO much there because I would be broke if I did. I mainly go there to get bulk oats. This time, I picked up bulk Oat Bran too – because I watched Carrie’s video on how she makes her oats. She uses oat bran and I decided to give a go.

I also picked up one of these.

I have tried Kombucha in the past.. but got orignal flavor.. and could barely stomach it. This however – tastes much better.

I only had a little bit because I have read it is something you must slowly accustom your body to!

Justin and I then headed out for a walk.. because as soon as we got home.. the SUN miraculously appeared again.  We walked for 80 minutes – and covered almost 4 miles. It was beautiful! We loved being able to soak up the sun and enjoy nature.. and each other’s company. All at the same time!

Check out these massive mushrooms we saw!

And I of course cannot go without taking pictures of beautiful flowers!

After getting home, I snacked and began reporting to you!

Vanilla Yogurt, 1/2 Banana, PB, Cinn

Tell me: Do your co-workers know of your blog? If so – how did you introduce them to it?!

Enjoy your last few hours before “Rapture”. 🙂 I will probably be at Walmart when it strikes. We are looking for a little bistro set for our baby deck. I didn’t realize until earlier today – this this is the day were all of the “good” people will be taken .. while the sinners will stay on earth until December.

If this “Rapture” were true.. would you be on your way today.. or chillin on earth until December?

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Asian Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

Happy Friday!  This week kinda FLEW by for me… especially because  it was only a four day week for me. But who am I kidding.. lately, all weeks have been flying by.. I can’t believe the end of my first year of teaching is so close!

Even though the weather has been bad all week – and there is a chance for more rain scheduled in the forecast tomorrow, I’ve got some jitters in my stomach. It is the 2 mile walk/run for my school – where we try to raise money to help keep our charter school up in running.

As I have mentioned before, charter schools do not receive all of the financial support that a public school receives.. (only 75%) so it is up to the school to raise the rest of the money.  This fundraising walk/run is one of the events.

I am part of the committee.. so I am really excited! We have been busy choosing t-shirt designs, securing sponsors, and planning the entire day. Tomorrow.. it all comes together as one!

Yay!

Now – I am sure you are all anxious to see this little peanut sauce recipe I created using peanut flour 🙂 (Okay..maybe not.. but you can atleast pretend .. right 😉 )

So, let’s get to it!

Asian Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce


(adapted from Gina @ Skinny Taste)

Peanut Sauce


  • 1/2i c. fat free, low sodium chicken broth
  • 2.5 tbsp peanut flour
  • 2.5 tbsp water
  • .5 tbsp Franks Hot Sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lower sodium soy sauce
  • .5 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cloves minced garlic
Combine peanut flour and water in a small bowl and mix until blended. It will be of peanut butter consistency.  Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil – and then simmer until everything is blended and is a smooth consitency.
Meanwhile – Prepare CHICKEN
  • Chicken (or other protein – enough for 2)
  • .5 tbsp Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • Juice of 1/4 lime
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • .5 tbsp lower sodium soy sauce
  • .5 tbsp freshly grated ginger
Combine all items (except chicken) in a small bowl. Then mix in chicken (which is cut into bit size pieces) being sure to coat each piece. Transfer everything to a wok or frying pan – and cook chicken thoroughly.  Once chicken is cooked, remove from pan and set aside
*Before getting your veggies on the stove, prepare your RICE NOODLES (2 – 3 ounces) according to the directions on the package.  This will allow ample time for the noodles to cook completely.
Veggies
  • 1/2 c. chopped green onion
  • 3/4 c. shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cups broccoli slaw
  • Lime (slice the remainder of the one used previous)
Stir fry all of the veggies in the wok or frying pan until softened.
Now – you are ready to combine all of your ingredients!  First – be sure to drain your rice noodles. We don’t want all that water in our dish. Add the peanut sauce into the noodles – followed by the chicken – and finally the veggies.  Toss everything until well mixed.  Serve immediately.. and ENJOY!
Now – I am not going to lie – this was rather time consuming for me. But it was tasty too!  If you do plan on making this – I would set aside about an hour of your time. To save time.. you can always chop your onion – and shred your carrots ahead of time!


WYWL 10K Race Recap

I did it!

I ran my first race!

It was even better then I hoped it would be!

But, before we get to the deets of the race –  I want to thank all of you for your well wishes. Each and every one of them brought a big smile to my face – and I was remembering you all through out my race – when I was getting a little tired – or the hill in front I was about to climb looked a little big – I had some motivation in my back pocket.

Let’s back track to last night.

For dinner, I chomped on a turkey burger with some sweet potato rounds.

Mmm, Mmm Good.

Got my gear ready to go.

Relaxed, watched Inception – and got to bed at around 10:45.

Had my alarm set for 6:30 – but being the early bird that I am – I was up at 6 and was able to relax, watch the news and eat my pre-race breakfast.

Two pieces of ezekiel sesame toast topped with a little honey, a banana, and cinnimon.

Justin and I left for the race at around 7:30.  The line to get into the parking lot was a little out of control.  The best part of having someone else drive to the race, is that I was able to get out of the car and walk – beginning my warm-up.  I also had to pick up  my girl Nikki’s racing bib because she thought the race was at 9 (but it was scheduled to begin at 8:40).

After walking for a good 10 minutes, I met up with Justin – gave him Nikki’s stuff (snapped some blog photos) – and went for a 7 or 8  minute jog.

Struggling with the iPod

Perfect Day for a Race!

Time to hit up the bathroom. Well – the line for the ladies room had about 45 women in it – and I was in NO mood to wait in that line.  I mean.. I had enough time to do it, but that doesn’t mean I wanted to.

I saw some girls in line for the men’s room – and was all about that idea.  I was outta there in 5 minutes.  =) I have no shame.

Nikki arrived with about 15 minutes to spare.  This girl does not not need to warm up – I mean.. check out those legs! She is a speed demon – and has always been a runner. I knew we would chat at the start – (which we did.. catching up on our lives) .. and then I would see her at the finish.

That is exactly what happened! 🙂

While we were chatting, my professional photographer, Justin, snapped some shots of everything that was going on.

5K Race

And then we have the starting gun…

And we were off!

Pure adrenaline. Let me tell you.  I kept glancing down at my Garmin thinking…”You’ve GOT to slow down, Caitlin, you are never going to make the whole race at this pace!”

I kept seeing paces between 7:00 and 7:50. But I went with it. Why? Because I hated it when people passed me.  Silly – I know. But I am competitive.

Miles 1 and 2 were awesome. I got water at the first water station and tried to drink it while running. FAIL.

At the end of mile 3, there was the “hill” of the race.  It wasn’t that big of a hill – nothing like I ran last weekend .. but it was a hill – and it was half way through the race..a little bit of a drag..

Until my iPod decided it WAS not going to let me drag my feet up this hill.   My shuffled “Runner” playlist englightened me with “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani. I mean.. how could I not get pumped up when a song.. that mentions BANANAS – comes on!.  I got a little hop in my step, pushed up the hill, tried to drink water while running and failed for the second time..  and was on my merry way.  It was also at this time when I was thinking of you guys!

The last mile was amazing. Why?  Because of the scenery. (and because I finally got a sip of water..because I stopped for a second). I WISH I had my camera. On one side of me I had a picturesque view of the sound – beautiful sand and sun (remember.. beautiful is relevant to Long Island Sound beautiful.. it isn’t the prettiest of beaches…) and on the other side were peach and yellow colored tulips.  The beauty motivated me to finish strong! (And the little girl on the side of the road with a cardboard sign that said “Almost Done!”)

Finishing was awesome – with all of the people lined up, cheering for you!

Justin snapped an amazing picture of me crossing the finish line ( what a fab photographer!)

And he also snapped an “unofficial time” of 47:18. Holy smokes! I am more then pleased with this time. I am still waiting on my official time – but I don’t think it will be too far off from that.  Let me break down my miles for you according to Garmie:

  • Mile 1: 7:26
  • Mile 2: 7:33 (adrenaline is wearing..)
  • Mile 3: 7:35
  • Mile 4:  7:50 (hilliest portion of the race)
  • Mile 5: 7:44 (getting my groove back)
  • Mile 6:  7:20 (fo real!?)
  • Last .28: 1:54 (6:47/mi)
  • AVERAGE: 7:33/mi

I will say that I forgot to “stop” Garmie when I crossed the line and was chatting for a a few before doing it – so times may be off.. in a good way!

Oh, by the way.. Nikki – yea she was the third female finisher. This girl is amazing! Unfortunately, Justin and I were not able to hang around for the award ceremony..but I am so happy for her! She is a fantastic runner – she finished just under 45 minutes. I am pretty pumped that I was about 2:30 behind her. Not too shabby =)

Bag Lady?

The man behind the camera!

Before heading out, though, I took advantage of all the goodies they were handing out and noshed on an apple and an orange quarter.  They were handing out this water – H-10-o

  

I got the peach mango flavor – and I am usually not a fan of these types of drinks, but I have to say, it really hit the spot.  It is designed specifically for the hydration of women.

All in all, I had a blast and am SO happy with my time. Although I did not post any goals – I did have some in my mind. My “realistic” goal was to finish with a pace of less then 8:20/mi. My “pushing it” goal was to finish under 8:00/mi. But 7:33 – I never even imagined I would come even close to that.

Best part of the post-race gathering.. LOTS of flyers about upcoming races in the area! Woot woot!

Again, thank you all for you support! You helped me run fast – and run hard!

Enjoy your Sunday!

xoxo