Jan 16, 2015

Race. SeaWheeze Half Marathon.

The 2015 SeaWheeze Half Marathon sold out in under 15 minutes.
No joke.

Somehow, Meghan and I still got in -- and Disney running friends of mine in California! Needless to say I'm super excited for this race in a short eight months!

Yes, it is already 2015 and half way through January. 
Anyone else find that crazy?
2014 flew by. And I know I am not the only one that feels that way.

Back to the most amazing race.
[the Berlin Marathon still has my heart]

Vancouver is pretty any time of day.
Up early to start our little jog.

The day before, Meghan and I {patiently} waited to visit the expo.
[If you do run this race in the future, get there early; the lines starts early and the beautiful swag and gear sell out crazy fast.]
I was lucky and was able to get a few items that I wanted and did not spend a fortune. Goal accomplished. See my new, cute stripes top in the pic above??

Back to race morning --- if you did not have on an item of lululemon, you stood out. The start line was {screaming} with lulu gear -- it was beautiful array of their colors, styles, and the curves of how ahh-mazing their clothes hug.
yes...I'm in love with it, can you tell?


The above picture is the start; lululemon is not scared to think outside of the box -- and this is one of the many reasons I love the company.
The arches are a prime example. I did not know this at the time, but they resemble the medal! Not circular, not square, but a hexagon!


Running this little portion downtown Vancouver gave me the feeling of Chicago.


Let's get one thing straight.
This course was absolutely b-e-a-utiful, but NOT flat.
These little Florida legs did not know what hit them.
Bridges, overpasses, hills, downhills, miniture mountains...


But...with every turn, was something pretty to gaze out.


See over in the grass? They're doing advanced yoga poses, like it's nothing. ;)


The below picture was later on in the course; I loved how Vancouver had the big city and small town view & feel. I would totally move here. 


Did I mention that apart of your race registration you got a limited-edition pair of lululemon shorts? I decided not to keep mine because of sizing, but the pattern was kick a$$.


Shortly after taking the picture below, I saw two wild, baby otter playing on the rocks! They were super cute, I had never seen them in the wild before!


Meghan was a speedy whippet for this race, and always is! She finished with a reputable time. As for me, I decided to be a photographer, more so than a runner that day.

Scroll down a tad. See those lovely donuts?! They're important!! 
Those beauties were our reward for running 13.1.
Yes, I will shamelessly say that sometimes, I run for food! And I think Meghan will gladly agree with me. ;)
This lovely little donut shop was just down the street from our hotel. We passed it daily and both said that we would indulge after the race.
Cartems Donuterie is the name -- and if ever spot one, go enjoy one!!
See the one with the bacon in the bottom left corner? That one was mine... Canadian Whiskey Bacon. [I might have just been drooling over it on the website. Like seconds ago...]


Along with the limited-edition shorts, your registration also included one ticket to the Sunset Festival.
Meghan and I did not quite know what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised.
The evening of race day, we headed back to the Vancouver Convention Center, from here we were shuttled out to the Sunset Festival. [btw, the Convention Center was the central location for everything SeaWheeze. Packet pick up. The expo. The start. The beginning and end of the Sunset Festival. fyi for future racers]


The evening began with downward dogs, runner's lunges and savasanas. There were food & drinks tents to quench your pallet -- along with a tent full of FINISHER gear from the race, Meghan finally found some lulu gear :)


The night ended with an array of music from a few different bands. It was the perfect ending to the day.

I would highly recommend this race to anyone. It is relatively inexpensive for all that you get -- the race, medal, limited edition shorts, post race breakfast, and the Sunset Festival entry. Travel wasn't too bad, our hotel was decent -- and since I am returning for 2015, obviously I felt it was worth it. :)

To date, what is your favorite race?


Sarasota Half. BattleFrog. BDR.

We interrupt our scheduled 'catching up' for a couple updates...

I am throwing both of these updates into one post since they are both the same weekend! 

http://battlefrogseries.com

First up is the Central Florida BattleFrog OCR. It is happening on March 14th & 15th. Similar to most obstacle course races, this one has a twist, the courses and obstacles are created by Navy SEALS! 
There are four different courses happening that weekend: 
BattleFrog 15K:
BattleFrog 5K
BullFrog Mile: one mile with 10 obstacles
TadPole Dash: for the little peeps! 

In the next couple weeks I will have a discount code and giveaway! 
Keep an eye out for this post! ;)


Ahh-mazing medal from 2014...
Next up is the Sarasota Half Marathon! I am excited to run this half again this year. You can check out last years' recap HERE. The course is stunning and takes you all along the shores of Sarasota, it will be fun to return and run with fellow bloggers DeniseNanci & Jessica



If you want to join in on the fun and celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the Sarasota Half, you better hurry! There are only about 200 spots left to register for the half marathon! 
It is Sunday, March 15th, 2015 and starts at 7AM. If you do not live in Sarasota, I would suggest staying the night before, much easier! 
Check out their site for more info HERE


And don't forget that Best Damn Race is coming up in Safety Harbor and Orlando! There is still time to sign up, and use CAITLYN to save in registration. 


And that's all folks! 
My exciting Friday night is ending with some Spartan Race training and enjoying some Chipotle. Enjoy your weekend! 

Jan 3, 2015

Vancouver.

First off, Happy New Year! 
I set the goal of blogging more consistently for 2014, and kinda failed. Therefore, it's back on the list for 2015! 

How many posts can I start with:
...better late than never!
Good thing I'm the boss of this blog ;)

Months ago, Meghan and I [tried] to get into the lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver, Canada -- and got in!! The race was sold out in under 40 minutes and this year sold out in under 15 minutes. Excited to know that I'll be back to Vancouver next year for the race again!

Here are our adventures in picture form... Enjoy!!

Delayed flights. Connecting flights. 
Fiiiiinally made it to Vancouver -- late, but made it!


Up early for the SeaWheeze expo! 
Did my research ahead of time and knew to get there early.


Since we arrived late the night before -- this was our first chance to really see Vancouver. Absolutely stunning views; I loved how the city had the views of water and mountains. I would move there in an instant!


A lego-style orca and a friendly-monster sized rubber ducky?! 
Yes please! And adorable :)


There were so many amazing things about the SeaWheeze half -- more coming in the next post ;)
But to give you a little taste... there were multiple opportunities to partake in yoga; it was an amazing view with the sea & mountains to stretch it out in downward dog.


Breathtaking views.




Why yes, I shall downward dog, run 13.1, then par-tay par-tay.


The day before the race, we wanted to make sure that we saw some of Vancouver and it's beauty. As the Floridian, I was amazed at the views and these pretty landforms called mountains! Meghan and I made our way to Grouse Mountain


We took the ski lift to the top for the amazing views. As I'm typing, it is January in Florida and I am in a cutoff tank and shorts. I took a quick look at Grouse Mountain's website to snag the web address and saw they had web cam capabilities -- of course I had to look. Completely covered in snow! There were ice skaters and skiers enjoying the white, fluffy stuff! 


I made friends with the animals there. Pictured above are two Grizzly Bears that they rescued and now reside at Grouse Mountain. 



Now onto race day! 

Dec 22, 2014

Phantom of the Opera on Tour.



A little #tbt for you...

One of the first things my mom noticed about me right after I was born was my long fingers. She knew her little girl would play the piano -- and she was right. I started at the ripe age of eight and played until I was sixteen.

They say you should live with no regrets.
Well, I live with one...
Looking back, I never would have given up letting my fingers dance across those beautiful keys. Yes, I am bragging, I was good. Music is definitely a niche of mine and was a big part of my life from the age of eight until eighteen.

Besides banging out the theme song to Mission Impossible, 
the music of Phantom of the Opera was my favorite.
"Think of Me"
"Angel of Music"
"The Phantom of the Opera"

I strongly disliked practicing. However, I loved to zealously play when my parents were not home. And I would even sing...
Oh, if the walls of our previous house could talk.
I would belt out those three songs (and others), while playing the piano -- my dogs were the only ones to experience those mini concerts.

Needless to say, experiencing the Broadway play, The Phantom of the Opera was more than just a night out embracing the arts.

Photo credit to: Straz Center
Words cannot do the set and stage justice. Each scene was elaborately decorated with detail; it was as though you stepped into nineteenth century Paris. The architecture of the staging and props combined with the intricacy of how the pieces moved from scene-to-scene was amazing.  There was one large circular piece used throughout the musical that allowed each scene to revolve into the next. 
It took us from the theater -- to the street -- 
-- to the dressing room -- to the Phantom's lair. 
Of course the costumes were at the same caliber; 
there was not one detail forgotten.

Photo credit to: Straz Center
I do not want to give too much away... but how can I not mention the music??
Since our seats were near the top, I was able to see into the orchestra pit and watch the conductor's every move. I still knew every word by heart and the talent exuded on stage was powerful. Each individual sang with such emotion and hit every note. I was thouroughly impressed with the soprano women & men who effortlessly jumped octaves without hesitation. 

The presence that was radiated from the stage gave you chills; it is amazing how a masterpiece written over one-hundred years ago and still make that impact. 

Obviously, I loved it. The music has always held a special place in my musical soul and it was amazing to finally experience it in it's true form, as the way Gaston Leroux &
Andrew Lloyd Webber intended... (giving both credit here; Gaston was the original writer & creator, ALW brought it to life and allowed it to receive the credit it deserved)
The entire company of The Phantom of the Opera did a phenomenal job with the production and the Straz Center was quite the exceptional host.

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The Phantom of the Opera is currently at the Straz Center in beautiful downtown Tampa until January 4, 2015. It is a powerful performance and I highly recommend paying a visit. You can find out more information for dates by visiting here
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#starstruckmoment -- Three members of the musical 'favorited' my tweet, pretty sweet! 



*As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I did receive complimentary tickets to attend The Phantom of the Opera at the Straz Center in exchange for my review and social media love. All opinions are my own. 

Dec 1, 2014

four things.



Happy belated Birthday to me! 
Yes, I said it. Don't you wish yourself a Happy Birthday?!?

My birthday was pretty awesome. 
Orange Theory to start. Jason kicked my butt. 
Taught Insanity & PiYo.
Chipotle for lunch.
Road trip to Melbourne. 
Dinner with Nanci, Corinna & Natalie
Dairy Queen Blizzard, yum!
Drinks on the beach with Nat.
Then up in the AM to cheer on my friends running the Space Coast 1/2 & Full Marathon!!



I'm really quite simple, lol. Give me Chipotle, some sand, a race atmosphere and my heart is happy. 

I was not tagged by anyone for this, but saw that the lovely & spunky Beth from Discom-BOB-ulated Running and I wanted to join!

4 Fun Facts

Four names that people call me other than my real name
  • Cait
  • Peach
  • YaYa 
  • CC (CeeCee)
Four jobs I've had
  • Sandwich maker @ meat shop in Plant City
  • Retail sales lead
  • Makeup Consultant 
  • Real estate assistant 
Four movies I've watched more than once
  • Despicable Me 
  • Sweet Home Alabama 
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Punisher 
Four books I'd recommend, haha, let's do songs to shake your a$$ to...
  • GDFR
  • Uptown Funk
  • Booty
  • Blame
Four places I've lived
  • Carrollwood, Tampa, Florida 
  • Brandon, FL
  • Downtown Tampa, FL
  • Town n Country, Tampa, Florida -- notice a trend??
Four places I've visited
  • Germany 
  • Spain
  • Ireland 
  • Hawaii
Four places I'd rather be right now
  • The gym 
  • The beach 
  • Disney 
  • My bed. It's comfy.
Four things I don't eat
  • Lima beans 
  • Brussels sprout 
  • Asparagus 
  • Tofu
Four of my favorite foods
  • Chipotle 
  • Sushi
  • Eggs
  • Ice cream 
Four TV shows I watch
  • Gotham 
  • Flash 
  • Catfish, both dudes are hot 
  • WWE Divas, don't judge 
Four things I'm looking forward to next year
  • Spartan race: Tampa Sprint
  • Spartan race: Jacksonville Super
  • Spartan race: Carolina Beast
  • Grandma's Marathon in June
Four things I'm always saying
  • Yay! (Always as a text)
  • Seriously?!
  • Woohoo! 
  • Jes. It's more fun than saying yes. 
Four peeps I'm tag to answer these questions:
1. Nanci
4. Jackie 

Nov 28, 2014

a birthday post.

I expected 30 to be different.
Not gonna lie. 
I'm not disappointed at how my life has turned out, so don't take it that way :)
But...I anticipated things differently. And, that is how we get let down, damn expectations. 
If you asked me at 20, where I'd be at 30 -- a home, married, a little mini-me running around. 
However, I could not be more flabberghasted by what I'm about to type...
I'm a fitness instructor, able to travel, living life - my dream. Not many can say that.
Yes, there's still things I need to work on, but I definitely cannot complain. 

But back to 30. 
It's happening tomorrow. I have done a lot of thinking, and I have realized quite a few positives towards this new number.

Last year, on my birthday, I was all alone, sad, 
& threw myself quite the pity party. 
It sucked. Was my worst birthday to date. 
And entirely my fault. 

This year, I'm doing things different. 
I am doing my best to put all of my favorite things into one day.
Orange Theory.
Teach Insanity/PiYo.
Dinner with some amazing friends.
Then I get to watch those amazing friends complete their first marathon!

But back to 30.
If you follow me via social media -- you've seen what I've done ;)
I got a new tattoo. 



I have a drastic new hair color.


I even got a new piercing in my ear.
Sounds like a mid-life crisis?! 
NOPE!
Just finally being me. 

There is my biggest piece of advice. 
Be you. Unapologetically. 
Don't care about what others think.
Make you happy. 
Yes, easier said than done. 

But that is what I finally started to do...and couldn't be happier.

Happy 30! 


Sep 30, 2014

Spartan Race:::A Giveaway!

*disclaimer: I was contacted by Spartan Race to promote a few races, they supplied me with a free entry for a giveaway. 
All opinions are my own. 


Do you remember this post? 
I did a little mud run -- the only one to date. 
I kept my hands clean the entire time...
...didn't like the mud.
But powered through the obstacles and ended up having a blast.

However, I vowed to never do a mud race.Why?
I had this running thing down. I could run a half marathon on a whim and was going [at the time of this decision] was planning on having marathons under my belt. 

Fast forward to the present.
I have 20+ half marathon medals hanging in my room.
I've covered over 150 miles with six marathons. 
But I need more. I want more.
I'm about to hit the 'dirty thirty.' 
I want a new way to push myself and need a new goal to train towards.

Enough about me, onto Spartan Race

I was talking with a friend last week about Spartan Races.
[honestly] I had an epiphany. 
I was always under the impression that 'mud runs' were a 'show-off' race, only crazy peeps ran them. I could not have been more wrong -- I stand corrected.

When you participate in a Spartan Race, you're family. 
Yes, you're out there for yourself. 
Pushing your body to it's limits and shutting up your brain when pain may kick in. 
You could be marking off a bold item on your bucket list. 
Maybe someone dared you to sign up.
Celebrating an upcoming age... Or just to push yourself.

But you are out there for everyone else. 
To help them :: To push them :: To cheer them on :: To celebrate.

Unlike a typical road race -- which I've done so many of, completing an OCR is not just you against the clock. Yes, that clock is ticking, but that isn't the only thing on your mind.

And this is when I decided this would be my next endeavor. 

Here's what coming up next: 


The first Spartan Race is hitting Wisconsin in just four weeks! 
The Sprint will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, November 1, 2014. 



Heading south, you can mark two races off your list towards your Trifecta in Dallas. The Beast is Saturday, November 1 and the Sprint follows up on Sunday, November 2, 2014. 



Heading even deeper into the dirty south -- Mississippi is on deck with the Sprint distance. 

What the h___ is sprint, beast, whaaat??

Spartan Sprint
Sprint: 3+ miles and 15 obstacles
Super Spartan 
Super: 8+ miles and 20 obstacles
Spartan Beast 
Beast: 12+ miles and 25 obstacles
There's also the Ultra Beast and Death Race. 
My only response to the distances & obstacles was O.M.G.
Spartan Trifecta 

Lastly, the Trifecta.
You received this beauty & bragging rights for completing 
the Sprint, Super & Beast within a calendar year.

Feel inspired? Maybe a little crazy?
Wanna join me in Tampa next February when I run my first Spartan Race?
You can save $$ and register with: SPARTANBLOGGER

You can also register to win an entry!
The code will work one time for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in any Spartan Race in the continental US. 
You know what to do...


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Join them for their October Challenge, my personal favorite:

Where else you can find Spartan Race: 


*disclaimer: I was contacted by Spartan Race to promote a few races, they supplied me with a free entry for a giveaway. 
All opinions are my own.