W. CAITLIN SMITH

DOULA, PILATES, YOGA, DANCE, ART, TRAIL RUNNING

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ummm...

for those that know me, I can be kind of random especially when it comes to thoughts on life, advice, and so forth. I tend to collect what I've been told over the years and just mix it all together. Sometimes it makes sense, but most the time it doesn't although I can be rather convincing. So here are some random tips of advice (to be followed up by a soon to come video interview).

- Don't look at your watch, just run.
- Laugh
- Own a car, at least for grocery shopping
- Eat Eggs
- Dance, but if you don't know how, make sure you have a few drinks first
- Wear Smart Wool socks, they are f'n great!
- Eat Vitamin C with your iron intake
- Take apple cider vinegar before meals
- Lucky thongs are a must, but boy shorts are up there too
- Do backbends
- Laugh
- Eat meat
- Begin having conversations with your body. It might not listen, but it will humor others
- Be nice, not because you have to, but because being an ahole is so not attractive...
- Smile, but don't be phony about it because then you just look weird
- Don't run to escape, run to be present
- Rest (even though it sucks)... buy a TV, it makes it easier...
- Brush your teeth 'cause bad breath is so not attractive
- Drink coffee just because you like it... there are worse things in the world
- Drink beer just because you like it... there are worse things in the world
- Swim just 'cause it makes you feel out of shape even if you're in the best shape of your life
- Own a pair of crutches if you're a trail runner, chances are you'll need them
- Do headstands
- Do cartwheels
- Eat oranges
- Love your body
- Shoot guns, not people
- Buy an iPhone, it is the best boyfriend ever
- Be single at some point in your 20's, you'll learn a lot
- Own a pair of down booties, they are the best
- Go winter camping at some point just so you can appreciate warm Nalgene bottles at the bottom of your sleeping bag
- Realize when people say your snoring is "cute", they are in fact just being nice
- Sleep a lot, but wake-up early
- Complement people, but not just about their appearance
- Own microfleece sheets
- Hot tub
- Paint your toenails (even if you're a guy, it can be fun)
- Talk to strangers from time to time
- Be random and spontaneous from time to time
- Acupuncture is amazingly wonderful, try it!
- Try Trader Joes plantain chips occasionally, there pretty yummy
- Even take moderation in moderation (its ok to be extreme once an awhile)
- Buy a glittery limbo stick, you never know when you might need it
- Tap dance
- Speak in another language even if you don't know what your saying
- Be honest, but also don't share completely unnecessary things... really...
- Do things you love and try to love the things you do
- Pizza without cheese is so much better
- Don't own an umbrella... completely unnecessary... a rain jacket is ok
- Be consistent
- Make snow angels
- Own a lot of hoodies, they are the best piece of clothing ever (ok, along with socks and undies)
- Try to get the unstoppable giggles at least once a week... it's good for your health
- Don't worry about tomorrow or bills, they'll show up, today is what disappears
- If someone pisses you off, tell them
- If someone is awesome, tell them
- Cook for yourself and for others
- Eat with chop sticks sometimes
- Dry your laundry on a line, it saves energy and it's just fun
- Eat pickles and sauerkraut
- Be flexible, both mentally and physically

I am sure I'll have much more, but I don't want to put you all to sleep either...

10 comments:

trailmomma said...

Nice post. I agree with a lot of that. Had to chuckle at "Lucky thongs are a must, but boy shorts are up there too" . . . I take it you're not saying "the wedge" is up there too. :-) Love 'em both myself.
And boy have I learned the lesson of "rest" the hard way. Thanks for the reminders!!!

Bob - BlogMYruns.com said...

Swim just 'cause it makes you feel out of shape even if you're in the best shape of your life.
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haha no chitt

Good random thoughts!

GZ said...

Fun post Caitlin!

Best clothing ever might be the mitts my mother in law made me (along with hoodies ... and a good pair of boots).

Buzz said...

Really good!

My current thinking:

Lose, fail, cry.
Get it over with.
Grape-Nuts.
Short Track Speed Skating is idiotic, which is why it's so fun to watch.

SteveQ said...

I agree with all except the unnecessary sharing - that's what the internet was made for!

Now... off to find the results of the Pap smear of a complete stranger.

Scott Dunlap said...

Great stuff! Be sure to add:

Rest, because that's when your muscles really grow.

I always have to remind myself of that one.

Devon said...

I would swap Eat Butter instead of Eat eggs, but only because I am allergic.lol.

I also think you should add eat Tartine sandwiches before races because they make you superpowered!

Good post lady! I enjoyed.

tri-sportsgirl said...

Love it! I still really don't know you, but everything I do know and the few times I've met you on the trails....all I can do is smile. Thanks so much for spreading the sunshine!

Brian said...

Nice post. And you're awesome :) I agree with most of it but I'm gonna need some convincing on the pizza with no cheese bit... that's like a cupcake without icing. And my iphone and I are better off being just friends.

Rick Gaston said...

You know what the problem is with this post? Too many good things to comment on and I am long winded enough as it is. So I will comment on just one even though I wanted to comment on 10.

"Begin having conversations with your body. It might not listen, but it will humor others".

I am my own best friend and enjoy conversations with my body/myself. Unfortunately I sometimes forget to keep it all in my head but I've laughed out loud because my body has a great sense of humor.
Once during the swim portion of a triathlon with my head in the water, losing all my air, blowing bubbles as I went.