Sweaty Sixteen

in Marathon Training

Previous long runs for Marathon Training:



I can’t believe I ran 16 miles this morning! This is officially my longest run to date.  :)  My previous personal distance record was 15.4 miles at the Croom’s Fools Run.


My pre-run meal was two pieces of PB toast with a 1/2 a banana:


I ran with Megan.  We met up around 5:30 AM and decided to take a very casual approach to our long runs (she did 13.1).  I carried a water bottle and we looped back to the car several times to refill, take Goo packets, or stretch.   I’m starting realize that I don’t need to feel pressured to run my long runs at a certain pace – the mileage is the priority.


When we met, it was quite dark outside.  Time for self-timer shenanigans!


Annnnnd then we were OFF!


The run itself was pretty uneventful, but fun.  Megan and I chatted about work, school, boys, Halloween, the marathon, blogging, and more.  It’s nice to have someone to keep your mind off the distance!


My stomach felt off the entire time, but I did take two packets of Goo around Mile 8 and Mile 11:


We made this vlog (video blog) at a water stop around Mile 11:

Yes… I say “Holler” in real life. 🙂


Megan dropped off around Mile 12.5 to loop back to the car,  and then I was by myself.  Not going to lie – that’s when it got HARD!  My legs were getting so sore and my pace started to drop.  I felt it the most in my butt – the back of my thighs felt like they were on fire!


At Mile 14, I swore to myself that I would not take any walking breaks, even if I was just slowly shuffling along. 


Whenever I wanted to stop, I started to repeat some of my favorite mantras:


  • Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.
  • Pain is weakness leaving the body.
  • I am a machine, I am a machine, I am a machine.


But by Mile 15.75, my only thought was “It’s going to be over soon. It’s going to be over soon.  It’s going to be over soon!”


I managed to “sprint” the last 0.1 mile at a 9-minute mile pace.  Woo hoo for a little extra effort!  :)  Here’s my statistics:


  • Duration: 2:49:58
  • Distance: 16.0 miles
  • Mile 1: 10:55
  • Mile 2: 10:21
  • Mile 3: 10:09
  • Mile 4: 10:24
  • Mile 5: 10:36
  • Mile 6: 10:46
  • Mile 7: 10:33
  • Mile 8: 10:35
  • Mile 9: 10:30
  • Mile 10: 10:25
  • Mile 11: 10:19
  • Mile 12: 10:32
  • Mile 13: 10:57
  • Mile 14: 10:58
  • Mile 15: 11:06
  • Mile 16: 10:57




When I got home, I realized that my sports bra had inflicted TERRIBLE burns around my chest!


This did NOT happen to me during the 14 miler last week.  I’ve been using Body Glide around my ribcage and in between my breasts, but I guess I need to coat my entire upper chest with it.  Is it weird that I’m more scared of chafing during the marathon than the actual running 26.2 miles part?  I’m so prone to chafing!


Post-run breakfast:


Banana oatmeal with pumpkin pie on top!  Because, if there’s any day I can get away with that, it’s today. 🙂


My oatmeal contained:


  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings:  mini pumpkin pie and flax


Off to recover!


PS – When I think about the fact that my first run consisted of jogging 1/4 mile and collapsing in a heap on the sidewalk, wheezing “I can’t do this!” – I am floored.  You can do anything you put your mind to!



  • Kristin P. October 9, 2009, 10:06 am

    I LOVE pumpkin pie for breakfast! hehe. And congrats on your long run! wow. Its motivating for me.

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life October 9, 2009, 10:08 am

    pumpkin pie for breakfast I LOVE IT!! hehe.. GREAT job on the long run girl!!

  • Julie @savvyeats October 9, 2009, 10:08 am

    Your breakfast looks yummy. And I say you could get away with it on the marathon day, too. 😉

  • Laura October 9, 2009, 10:09 am

    Loved your post today. Makes me want to run. I am not a runner. Maybe I’ll find a run to train for. Something longer than 5K. Maybe a 10k or Half marathon. LOVE the pie on the oatmeal!

  • Sara @ Activegal October 9, 2009, 10:10 am

    You did awesome! Congrats! I have a month or so before I reach my 16 mile runs..thinking about having to do that now woud just terrify me! 🙂

  • Cindy October 9, 2009, 10:12 am

    your breakfast made me LOL! I love the balance you have in your eating. Thanks for being real on your blog. Congrats on the long run today!

  • Courtney October 9, 2009, 10:12 am

    That pumpkin pie oatmeal is awesome!!!!! Combining something healthy with something fun is the way to go.
    Congrats on 16 miles!! I have never run more than 5 miles, and my next goal now that I finished my triathlon is to do a 10k. Love reading about your running adventures and knowing that I just need to keep doing it!
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Trish (girlatgym) October 9, 2009, 10:14 am

    Amazing! Good for you!!

    I am just starting out with running and I feel like you used too. I can’t imagine being able to run 16 miles. But it’s true, if you keep believing and working at it, then anything is possible.

    I need to keep repeating that when I run! 😉

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 9, 2009, 10:16 am

    Pie makes the best breakfast! Congrats on the SIXTEEN miles! (Also, your video was adorable)

  • tami October 9, 2009, 10:21 am

    great job and ouch. body glide your entire bar strap area

  • Allie October 9, 2009, 10:21 am

    excellent run!!!
    is your sports bra too big in the straps? i have really narrow shoulders (not a small chest per se, just narrow shoulders) and really struggle with strap issues. the straps that work the best for me are ones that have an adjustable back. just a thought because that looks painful.

    relax and stretch- you deserve it!!

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 10:27 am

      i have the moving comfort fiona bra which has adjustable straps and an adjustable back. soooo frustrating. i have a really small ribcage and short torso, and almost no sports bras fit me correctly. i think i need to basically lube up my entire chest. LOL. awkward.

  • Meg C. October 9, 2009, 10:27 am

    congrats on the new PDR! weird about the chafing – I never have that problem.. surprising, because I wear my sports bra so tight (I hate any bouncing around!)

  • Lee October 9, 2009, 10:32 am

    You rock!

  • caronae October 9, 2009, 10:33 am

    Great job and congrats on a new pdr! I have serious sports bra burning/chafing issues too. I find that it helps to make sure the bra has plenty of room. If it’s a little tight, it’ll hurt!

  • Evan Thomas October 9, 2009, 10:38 am

    Congrats! Love the look of that refueling! Yum

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 9, 2009, 10:38 am

    I love your breakfast!! OMG!! Congrats on the mileage!

  • Erica October 9, 2009, 10:40 am

    hahahha love the video. 16 does seem loco but I think its AWESOME that you made it through! Way to rock. The breakfast looks out of this world good.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance October 9, 2009, 10:41 am

    CONGRATS!!! What a great acomplishment! =) I know how you feel about your very 1st run being so hard and being amazed where you are at today. I am only up to about 1/2 mileage as you but you have been at it a while longer then me (a year+).

    =) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance (after a 100 POUND weight loss)

  • MelissaNibbles October 9, 2009, 10:42 am

    Congratulations Caitlin!! Enjoy every bite of that lush breakie!

  • Diana October 9, 2009, 10:42 am

    That’s pretty amazing. 🙂
    16 miles… I would die! Several times probably.

    I love your mantras! Especially this one “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” 🙂 I remember that one all the time! I heard Jillian saying it and it stuck with me.

    And you’re so cute on that video ahah “Holler!” Cuteness.

    To finish… That breakfast looks so yummy. 😉

  • Lizzy October 9, 2009, 10:47 am

    What an amazing run girl! i’m so proud 🙂 16 miles is something to be so proud of, and i love your motivational thoughts, those are what get me through too! 🙂

  • christie, honoring health October 9, 2009, 10:47 am

    Congrats on your run, you did awesome!

    That oatmeal is crazy delicious looking!

  • Lisa October 9, 2009, 10:49 am

    congrats on the 16-miler! I totally get the chafing dread. Before my runs, I basically try to coat my entire body with Body Glide. Also, I don’t have a mantra but I do a lot of counting to get myself into a zone.1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. etc. etc.

  • julia October 9, 2009, 10:50 am

    16 miles is awesome! You’ve come so far.

    I think about how three years ago I “hated” running outside. Now it’s one of my favorite things in the world and I hate when I can’t do it (I’m recovering from hip problems at the moment). I just goes to show what you and I (and everyone else) can do when you push yourself!

  • Anna October 9, 2009, 10:53 am

    Wooooo go Caitlin! 16 miles is pretty damn impressive. You’re going to kick ass in your marathon.

    I think this is the first comment I’ve left on your newly re-designed site, and I love it! Blue is my favorite color.

  • Allison R. October 9, 2009, 10:53 am

    GREAT job! And L-O-V-E the pumpkin pie with breakie…totally deserved it today 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 9, 2009, 11:03 am

    Great job on the run and thanks for the VLOG, you girls are so cute!

    Have a great Friday and enjoy that breakfast 🙂

  • ciely October 9, 2009, 11:06 am

    Saw a pumpkin dog biscuit on Foodgawker
    Supposed to have digestive benefits

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 12:13 pm

      oh thanks!! (says james)

  • Sarah October 9, 2009, 11:06 am

    Caitlin – I get those chafe marks on my upper chest as well!! I coat myself in body glide now…from my rib cage, between my breasts, the top of my breasts and then the front of my shoulders. It has definitely helped on my long-runs (even my 2 20 milers the last month – one was 54 degrees outside but the other was in the mid-70s…so I was definitely sweating).

    I love your mantras as well, and that you’re focusing on the mileage instead of hitting splits. So much of marathon training is about remembering that you’ll run faster on the day of the race (with the crowds, endorphins, etc) and just getting out there to knock off the miles lays a great foundation. Runner’s World suggests running long runs at 30-90 seconds per mile slower than your goal pace, so it looks like you’re well on your way to an awesome marathon!! My marathon is next weekend (the 18th)…eek!!!

  • BethT @ Pretty By The Bay October 9, 2009, 11:06 am

    Awesome stats! You really need to slather your entire upper body with body glide. If you’re concerned during the race, they make travel sized body glides that you could put in your fuel belt (maybe?). It works SO well.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 9, 2009, 11:08 am

    Chaffing is a huge deal. It hurts long after the ache from running so I hear you on that very real fear.

    Congrats on getting it in and sticking with it even after you were alone!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 9, 2009, 11:12 am

    Now that’s a breakfast of champions, lady! Oats with a pumpkin pie topping? Genious!

    Thanks for describing your runs. I’ll say I’m a newbie to running – only been doing it for 10 months. When I would hear that people ran marathons, I just pictured constant running, no stopping. I always wondered how on earth someone could run for hours on end! I didn’t realize that stopping for water refills/breaks were part of the process.

    When you do stop for a bit, does it make it hard to start again? How do you get the motivation and regain your pace/momentum that you had before stopping?

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 12:14 pm

      yes! i try to jog around in place or walk in circles when i stop at lights because my legs start to freeze up FAST!!! i do try to take off a little speedier than i hope to end up, too.

  • brandi October 9, 2009, 11:15 am

    congrats on the run!!!!

    I love that you put pie on your oatmeal.

  • girlrunningaround October 9, 2009, 11:17 am

    What an awesome run! 16 miles is huge!

    I just read something about long runs that really made sense to me, so I’ll share. It’s not about the pace or the distance. It’s about being on your feet and moving for a long time. You’re training your body to be able to handle exercise for hours at a time. It doesn’t matter how far you go.

    This really helped me put long runs in perspective. 🙂

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 12:15 pm

      i read that on RW’s. they said the important this is how long you are on your feet. so longer long runs (in terms of time) are actually better.

  • Jamie October 9, 2009, 11:21 am

    Great job on your first 16! I remember mine like it was the other day. Just a suggestion, you may want to take the GU a little sooner, even if your not feeling it. I take my first around 4-5 miles. It helps a lot on the late run energy. And if your not feeling the goo definitely take some kind of electrolyte drink with you early on, especially in humid FL!

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 12:15 pm

      normally, i took – around mile 6? but my stomach was NOT feeling it. do you think i should just force myself to take it even when i dont want to??? i wasnt sure what to do.

  • Shelly October 9, 2009, 11:22 am

    I chafe like crazy too! I have to put body glide around the lower band of my sports bra, the waist of my shorts, and on the arches of my feet for long runs!
    I like your “I am a machine” mantra. When I’m in the zone, I think about the machine metaphor too and think of pain as a warning light. As long as it’s a “yellow light” saying I’m tired and not a “red light” saying I’m injured, it really helps me ignore it.
    I like “pain is weakness leaving the body.” I’ll have to use that one!

  • Simone @ P:T October 9, 2009, 11:26 am

    CONGRATS ON THE LONG RUN! So impressive. Could you perhaps talk about your “running journey” and how you were able to build up the stamina and mileage?!…especially considering I am so that girl that wants to pass out after 1/4 mile run. I WANT to be bale to run consistently and not feel like the most unathletic person I know, but I just don’t even know where to begin. THANKS!

    P.S. YAY for pumpkin pie with breakfast! SO the breakfast of champions!!!

  • Stacey October 9, 2009, 11:26 am

    Yay! you guys are so funny 🙂 Ouch, that bra burn looks painful! I keep waiting for my heart rate monitor to chafe me, luckily it hasn’t YET. Gah! I know what you mean, when I first started running I could hardly do 1/4 mile too but now that seems so longgg ago 🙂 Happy recovery

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 9, 2009, 11:28 am

    Oh man, your photos are really going to get my in trouble with my bf. I’m sure if he sees that pumpkin pie breakfast it will sounds something like “hold on, if she can have pumpkin pie for breakfast, why can I, you are playing favourites” . . . We’re going to Whole Foods after work to pick up thanksgiving supplies. I’ve called him twice at work to ask him questions and all he has to say is “I don’t care, just take me to the pie store”

  • Andee (Runtolive) October 9, 2009, 11:33 am

    Great job on the 16! That is definitely an accomplishment, I’m running a marathon this Sunday and can’t wait to delve into some pumpkin pie afterwards! Love that quote “Pain is weakness leaving my body”, I’ll be saying that over and over again the last few miles of the race

  • Aimee October 9, 2009, 11:33 am

    You are amazing Caitlin! 16 miles, WOW!! Thank you for mentioning how you started out. I am set to run my first 5K next weekend. I am very very nervous about it because I am just not a runner. I still have 30 pounds to lose to reach a healthy weight. I like running because it doesn’t require any equipment. I love running outdoors. I don’t run very fast. I can only run 2-3 miles at a time. I still huff and puff a lot. However, when I finish a run I feel stronger, more positive and more energetic. I smile more and look forward to the next one.

    Thanks for your inspiring words.

    Your breakfast looks amazing by the way!!

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 12:17 pm

      you can do it!! good luck on your 5k!!

      i huff and puff a lot too. ask megan. 🙂

      • MegaNerd October 9, 2009, 8:19 pm

        Shut up you’re awesome.

  • Lorraine October 9, 2009, 11:36 am

    Congratulations on your long run! I would love to read your running story – how you got started, what motivated you to start, how you improved so much. Have you posted on this before? I don’t remember reading it. I’ve worked my way up to 2.5 miles over the last 3 months, but I just can’t imagine ever being able to run much farther. Hearing you started off only being able to run a small distance and now you’re knocking out 16 miles is pretty inspirational. Thanks!

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 12:18 pm

      see reply to comment 37 but maybe i’ll expand it later. 🙂

  • chandra October 9, 2009, 11:40 am

    Isn’t the sense of accomplishment just amazing after such a distance?! Just wait, each longer run becomes another step you’ve never taken before (and in my case a step I never thought I’d take!) and it is just an indescribable feeling!!

    Ah, now I’m remembering all the long runs I’ve done the past 4 months, and my upcoming longest (26.2!) and I am just buzzing with excitment. 🙂 Such a GREAT feeling!

  • Rosey Rebecca October 9, 2009, 11:40 am

    Congrats on running 16 miles!! Love the vlog!

  • Lara (Thinspired) October 9, 2009, 11:42 am

    Caitlin, CONGRATS on running your distance PR! That is so amazing. When I saw your tweet this morning about your pumpkin breakfast, I thought, “If you run 16 miles, you can have anything you want for breakfast!!” 😀

  • katie davis October 9, 2009, 11:54 am

    Yeah chaffing is no fun. I got a new running skirt and wore it for the first time the other day and though everything was fine, until about half way through I could feel my thighs starting to rub. I now have scabs in between my thighs from not using body glide…boo 🙁

  • angieinatlanta October 9, 2009, 11:56 am

    Wow! Great run and PR – congrats! Sounds like you definitely deserved that pumpkin pie topping!

  • Julia October 9, 2009, 11:58 am

    Amazing run! And pumpkin pie on oatmeal, AWESOME idea!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats October 9, 2009, 12:02 pm

    Great job on the run, keep it up girl.

  • Julie October 9, 2009, 12:21 pm

    Pumpkin pie on oatmeal looks like my kind of oatmeal!! Congrats on the run, I can’t even imagine running for close to 3 hours.

  • Alice October 9, 2009, 12:22 pm

    Hi Caitlin!
    I’m a great fan of your blogs and I just wanted to recommend you a book! I realize you’re a very busy girl, but it’s really short :-). It’s called “What I talk about when I talk about running”, and it reminded me a lot of you (Murakami is a writer and a marathon runner, like you soon!)
    Congrats on your 16 miles!

  • Justy2003 October 9, 2009, 12:27 pm

    Awesome job on the run this morning…and congrats on a new PDR! I’m the same way with long runs…I really don’t care about the pace, just as long as I get the miles in. That’s the important part!

  • Whit October 9, 2009, 12:27 pm

    Congrats on the 16 miler!!! 😀

  • Bethany October 9, 2009, 12:42 pm

    This is a serious issue I have…each morning when i set out for a run, it is inevitable that I have to go to the bathroom BADLY about 1.5 miles in. I usually find that I have to cut my run short by getting home ASAP. What does everyone else do in this instance??

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 12:44 pm

      number 1 or number 2?

      if its number 2, you must poop before you leave for a run. any runners will tell you that pooping is a pivotal part of their pre-run routine. i have to wake up pretty early and drink coffee (and eat a full breakfast most of the time) to ensure i will poop. also, try not to eat anything before your run that is too fibery.

      if its number 1, make sure you pee before you leave and stop drinking water for an hour before you leave. you should obviously drink on the run but you dont need to pack in liquids before you leave.

      • Bethany October 9, 2009, 12:59 pm

        It’s number 2. I have to be at work by 7am (ugh!)so I have to get up super early to squeeze a run in that pooping first hasn’t been a priority. Looks like I need to make it one! I adore your blog–you are one hell of an inspirational person and you owe yourself a huge round of applause for all you have accomplished. You define woman!

  • Allison October 9, 2009, 12:42 pm

    Sounds like a great run!! But I have a question: how are your knees doing? I’ve been injured before too from running and I was wondering what you will do if your knees end up bothering you again?

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 12:45 pm

      thus far my knees have been great. icing is the key. if i don’t ice, i’m screwed. but as long as i do, i’m fine. if my knees start to bother me despite the icing, i will probably just take a week off to see what happens. my “worst case” scenario has always been that i will walk the marathon, which i’d be cool with 🙂

  • ~Jessica~ October 9, 2009, 12:46 pm

    You never cease to amaze me! To come back so strongly from an injury and push for your marathon dream is utterly inspiring.

    My own PDR is only 13.4 miles, but one day I really hope to go further if my scoliosis and hypermobility will let me.

    You should see the size of my post long-run bowls of porridge 😉

    Have a fabulous and restful day if you can ~ you deserve one!

  • Lauren October 9, 2009, 1:00 pm

    Congrats on the 16 miles! That is awesome. Your breakfast looks amazing. I love pumpkin pie!

  • Lindsay October 9, 2009, 1:10 pm

    Your oats look delish! Congrats on your long run!

  • Jacqueline October 9, 2009, 1:10 pm

    Yay for setting a new distance record!
    I love the explanation for the Pumpkin Pie oats, that was great! 🙂


  • Jenna October 9, 2009, 1:16 pm

    great job on the 16 mile! yummy oats!

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness October 9, 2009, 1:19 pm

    CONGRATS on your long run! I sometimes comment on your twitter and forget to comment here! 16 miles is a great accomplishment! Love the pics and vlog.

    The chafing looks like it HURTS! If bodyglide gets too expensive to use EVERYWHERE, I’ve used vaseline on some larger areas.

    Question- what knee braces (socks?) do you use? I wanted to get one before my 5k, but the only ones I could find the day before were huge (talking mid thigh to calf!). I tried one and it was so uncomfortable that I did my 5k without it!

  • sue October 9, 2009, 1:22 pm

    congrats on your pdr…those pumpkin pie oats were well earned- yum!!!

  • Tay October 9, 2009, 1:25 pm

    CONGRATS!!! Amazing…I’m so happy for you 🙂 And I fully approve of your breakfast, I’ms sure it was amazing!

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes October 9, 2009, 1:45 pm

    good for you! Way to go! I want pumkin pie now… yummy!

  • Ally October 9, 2009, 2:39 pm

    Awesome job, Caitlin! I love your attitude about the long runs–I was previously really obsessed with speed and I managed to hurt myself by pushing it too much on a 16 miler in June–left me hobbling for 2 months before I just decided to take 2 full weeks off running and then when I got back to my long runs, I ran them slow and steady–so, I’m slower than I’ve been in ages, but, hey, I’m not injured, so, that’s what matters!

    Sorry about the sports bra burn! I get really bad chafing under my chest–it hurts! Take care of yourself!

  • Stephanie October 9, 2009, 2:46 pm

    your blog is such an inspiration on my hard days. thank you so much.

  • Kristine October 9, 2009, 2:53 pm

    congratulations on your run today! and holy cow. a slice of pumpkin pie on top of a bowl of oatmeal! genius!

  • Tammy October 9, 2009, 3:13 pm

    Congrats on your longest mileage! I remember when I reached 16, I just couldn’t believe I had run that far! That’s a great pace to keep up the whole time as well. I never used to chafe, until recently and it’s usually at the bottom of my bar, where my Garmnin strap is..I always forget Body Glide and don’t realize it until I get in the shower and YOW! Get some good stretching in today!

  • Sherri October 9, 2009, 3:20 pm

    Way to go! Funny how you can’t wait to shower after a long run but often it can be more painful than the actual running when you discover areas that were chafed! My advice is if you’re wearing something that chafes you now, try a different outfit for your next long run. My oldest running shorts and top turned out to be the perfect thing to wear in my marathon. No chafing for me!! During my long training runs I carried a fuel belt with four eight ounce bottles of water. Anytime I ran over 20 miles, I would top them off around the half way mark. Every four miles whether I felt like it or not I ate either half a pack of shot blocks (margarita flavor was my fav) or a gu. During my marathon I looked forward to my snack breaks! One four mile snack break down and only 5 more to go!! Have fun!!!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama October 9, 2009, 4:30 pm

    That’s freaking amazing! You are an inspiration to newbie runners like myself. And pie for breakfast?! Sheer genius!

  • Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises) October 9, 2009, 5:24 pm

    Great run and great post! I really appreciated when you said “I’m starting realize that I don’t need to feel pressured to run my long runs at a certain pace – the mileage is the priority.”
    Of course speed work is good too, but I’m working on increasing my milage (I’m no where NEAR where you are) but you’re very inspiring!

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 5:30 pm

      thank you! keep up the good work!!!

  • Nikka @ HealthfulGirl October 9, 2009, 5:26 pm

    I know I’ve said it before and will probably repeat it again, but, I just love reading your blog.

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 5:30 pm

      🙂 thank you!

  • ari October 9, 2009, 7:13 pm

    HAAHHAH that is the funniest picture of oatmeal i’ve ever seen. a little slice of pumpkin pie on top. hahahahah.

  • Danielle October 9, 2009, 7:16 pm

    Great job on your long run! I just wanted to comment a on a few things that you may find helpful as you continue on your marathon training since mine is nearly over (Nike Women’s Marathon is NEXT SUNDAY!). It’s so true that your clothes will do weird things as your progress in your distance and sweaty-ness (is that a word?). I wore the same sports bra for all of my runs and when I ran 16 I got a chafe spot on my back where my Camelbak rubbed the back part of the bra. I also had to learn “the hard way” about lubing up just about everywhere with the BodyGlide and still have fears of chafing horribly the day of the marathon.

    Also, I’d highly recommend doing all of your training runs with your Camelbak. I know you’ve done long runs with it before (like your Trail run), but I was really surprised at how much more difficult the run was once I had all of my gear in it and a full bladder. I wouldn’t doubt that it weighs 5 lbs. and it really slowed me down at first. I’m not nearly as speedy as you, but I found it difficult to maintain the pace that I wanted to run at because of the extra weight.

    I hope you don’t mind me throwing my two cents in there, but I figure if I can help someone else learn from my mistakes than it’s worth it 🙂

    I’m so proud of you!

  • Hangry Pants October 9, 2009, 7:38 pm

    Hi! Um love the pie on oatmeal. Awesome awesome run! I am jealous and in awe!!!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 9, 2009, 7:55 pm

    Congrats on your run!!! And that breakfast is ridiculous – ridiculously AWESOME!

  • Rebekah October 9, 2009, 8:38 pm

    Awesome job on the 16 miles! If it ever seems like it’s not a big deal, remember that 16 miles is 16 whole minutes in the car on the freeway. That’s huge!

    I’ve adopted my uncle’s (also a runner) post-workout mantra: “Soreness is mediocrity leaving the body.” Similar to one of yours, but works the next morning when I first get out of bed 🙂

  • Megan (Bites of the Apple) October 9, 2009, 8:38 pm

    CONGRATS!! That’s huge! I’m training for Disney too and have 14 on Sunday…if you can do it when it’s in the 80s I better be able to in crisp fall weather, right?!

  • Niki October 9, 2009, 9:58 pm

    Wow girl! You are doing so awesome with your training! Keep up the hard work, you are definitely inspiring!! Love the vlog too!

  • Mary October 9, 2009, 10:38 pm

    Way to go!! Sounds like a great run–sorry about the burns. What did you think of the hammer gel? I saw it at an expo I went to last weekend, but hadn’t heard of It. I would love to hear what you think of the difference between that and cliff shots etc. Thanks!

    • Caitlin October 9, 2009, 10:48 pm

      i def prefer the taste of clif, but they are organic and hammer is not. i just have a few packets lying around.

  • BroccoliHut October 9, 2009, 11:14 pm

    Congrats on going the distance! You totally deserve that pumpkin pie for breakfast–it sounds like a fantastic combo. Oh, and that pumpkin totally counts as a vegetable serving:)

  • Brianne October 11, 2009, 1:23 pm

    First off, congratulations for your longest run yet! I’ve been a “lurker” for awhile now, and I just wanted to tell you that your blog has helped me so much! I’m on the cross country team at my high school and you inspire me so much. Especially now, since I’ve been having a lot of trouble breathing and can’t go as fast as I know I can, you’ve been helping me a lot! Thank you so much!

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