Energizing Eighteen

in Marathon Training

Previous long runs for Marathon Training:



More long runs should culminate in an icy dip in a public fountain!


Now, that’s what I call an ICE BATH! :)  Yes – I totally jumped in a fountain in the middle of a park after my 18.0 mile run today. 


My day started QUITE early when my alarm went off at 4:15 AM.  I stumbled to the kitchen and made breakfast:


Coffee with a PB and banana sandwich.  After I ate, I did a TON of stretching.  My legs (especially my ankles) have been feeling tight lately.


Megan picked me up around 5:15, and we drove to a lovely park called Blue Jacket Park to meet Ashley (she is also running the Disney Marathon).  Our plan was to do 18.0 miles, occasionally looping back to our car so we could refill our water bottles.  I have a CamelBak, but I do prefer to hold my water bottle.


When we started off, it was pitch black outside, but by the first loop back to the car (around mile 6.0), it was starting to get light out.



We ran ALL OVER this portion of Orlando.  I feel like we covered SO much territory!  We ran through neighborhoods, around a few lakes, through a commercial districts, and through the park.


Our pace was slow, I’ll admit.  I don’t mind being slower (for me) on long runs because I’ve heard a theory that the longer you’re on your feet (when it comes to marathon training), the better.  Unless you’re trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon and focusing on speed, an 18.0-mile run that takes you 3:15 is building your distance endurance much better than a 2:50 run.  Or so Runner’s World says!  🙂


We split from Ashley around Mile 13.5 because she had a really bad stomach stitch and wanted to cut her run short.  Megan and I chugged on, but I could feel myself getting even slower.


I fueled on 150 calories of Sharkies during the run (Mile 6.0, 10.0, 13.0).  This was my first time trying Sharkies, and they were good!

I think I hit an emotional/physical wall around Mile 15.5.   The first thing that always hurts for me are my butt muscles!  :)  When this happens, I tend to stop talking and just buckle down.  If you think too much about how much farther you have to go, it can be disastrous!


I managed to pick it up for the last mile, getting under a 9:00/mile sprint at the very end.  Wahoo!


  • Distance: 18.0 miles
  • Duration: 3 hours, 10  minutes


(Too lazy to type out my mileage splits, sorry!)


After our run, Megan and I walked over to the central fountain in the middle of the park to take some silly pictures:


But…. then I started to stare into the water and thought, “Man, that looks really refreshing!”


So, off came the shoes:


And the rest of the gear that I could shed without being arrested….


And then I jumped in! 


It felt SOOOO refreshing.  I felt like a wild child for doing something so naughty and likely illegal.  😉


It was FREEZING – kind of like taking an ice bath!  I sat in the water for about 5 minutes.  Megan didn’t get all the way in, but she did put her feet in (she didn’t have a towel to sit on in the car).


Note to self: must do more long runs at Blue Jacket Park and jump in the fountain EVERY TIME.  It felt amazing!  And it made me generally happy about life.  🙂

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After our little adventure, we went to Panera Bread for bagels.  I ate 1.5 bagels:


Now I’m home, showered, icing my knees, and thinking about rummaging in the kitchen for a nice carb/protein combo.  I burned at least 1,500 calories on this run, and I want to chew off my arm!  🙂


Off to work I go!



  • Kelly November 5, 2009, 11:40 am

    I LOVE your knee sleeve tan, that is awesome! And the fact that you jumped into a fountain haha

    • caitlin November 5, 2009, 11:47 am

      my knee sleeve tan is RIDICULOUSLY unattractive. LOL

      • BettyTheBalancer November 5, 2009, 12:01 pm

        Funniest thing I’ve seen all morning! What a great badge of all your hard work 🙂

  • alli November 5, 2009, 11:41 am

    AMAZING job! i’ve been thinking about your run all morning! glad to hear it went well!

  • fitforfree November 5, 2009, 11:41 am

    Congrats!!! And there is NOTHING better than jumping in water after a sweaty run — I am jealous!!

  • Yasmin November 5, 2009, 11:42 am

    Awesome. Just awesome.

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) November 5, 2009, 11:44 am

    Wow, great job, Caitlin!!!

    So funny that you took a fountain ice bath! Good times 🙂

  • Kate November 5, 2009, 11:44 am


  • Estela @ Weekly Bite November 5, 2009, 11:45 am

    Congrats on your run!! Great job!

  • Leah @ L4L November 5, 2009, 11:45 am

    I agree, I think the distance, not the time, is what matters! Awesome job! You are my hero!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers November 5, 2009, 11:46 am

    congrats on such a successful long run! i love that you jumped in the fountain! great way to celebrate such a wonderful accomplishment. also, 1,500 calories!? dang! go back to panera & get another 10 bagels! 😉

  • Amy November 5, 2009, 11:46 am

    Woooooooo hoo!

    My motto for long runs is, train slow to run fast.

    It hasn’t let me down yet.

    Way to go Catilin!

  • Mary @ Fit this girl November 5, 2009, 11:50 am

    I lOVE it!! Jumping in the fountain seemed like a perfect ending! Congrats, I was itchin’ all morning to see how it went for you! 🙂

  • Caroline November 5, 2009, 11:50 am

    Awesome job! I had to do a double take because I thought the picture of you in the fountain was from some resort or something, then I realized that it was actually today on your long run! That’s great! Enjoy your glow after running that much 🙂

  • Susan November 5, 2009, 11:51 am

    Love that “time on your feet” thing. When I was cycling, my boyfriend always refered to it as “saddle time.” Didn’t matter how fast or where, so long as your butt was in that saddle! 😛

    Awesome work on the 18 miles!! 3 hours seems like suuuuch a long time to spend running. You and Megan are going to run out of things to talk about! 😛

    • caitlin November 5, 2009, 11:57 am

      heheh never. megan is good at finding things to talk about!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 5, 2009, 11:51 am

    Wow, that is amazing! Love the fountain pics too. I can’t imagine running 18 miles right now but if someday I decide to do it, I’ll remember how you did it 🙂 Yum, Panera bagels!!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn November 5, 2009, 11:51 am

    hahaha i didn’t notice the knee sleeve tan until i read that comment. hilarious! awesome job caitlin, you’re rockin it 🙂

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! November 5, 2009, 11:52 am

    CONTRATS ON 18 MILES!!! I have only ran 7 in an hour and 1/2 myself so far so that is amazing to me……someday I will be there! =)

    I would of jumped in the fountain too, as long as no one was looking of course! =O

  • Niki November 5, 2009, 11:53 am

    Awesome job girl!! And how fun to jump into the fountain?!? What a way to end you long run!

  • katherine November 5, 2009, 11:53 am

    Congrats on the 18 miler!!!

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life November 5, 2009, 11:55 am

    Congrats on the great run!

  • Leah @ Simply fabulous November 5, 2009, 11:55 am

    Way to go… sounds crazy but it looks like FUN! 🙂

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 5, 2009, 12:00 pm

    Hahah there’s something genuinely euphoric about jumping in an icey fountain– and even watching someone else do it! Congrats on the big 18!!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) November 5, 2009, 12:01 pm

    Congrats on completing such a long run! You look so happy in the fountain at the end- what a great way to finish!

  • Rachel November 5, 2009, 12:02 pm

    Congrats! What a great accomplishment!

  • BethT November 5, 2009, 12:02 pm

    People in SF frequently jump in the (freezing cold) bay when they finish long runs. Refreshing for sure!

    Do the other ladies work 9 – 5 jobs? I can’t imagine running that much before work!!

  • Julie November 5, 2009, 12:03 pm

    Nice!!! An amazing run followed by a dip in a fountain and a bagel snack is a good way to start a day!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 5, 2009, 12:04 pm

    Love this run recap! Congrats on the 18 miles. I love that you jumped in the fountain afterward, too!! bahaha
    You must feel amazing! Have a great day.

  • Tiffany November 5, 2009, 12:07 pm

    hahaha i love the picture of you tossing your shoes, and your sneaker is in mid-air! congrats on 18 miles!

  • Stacey November 5, 2009, 12:11 pm

    😀 That looks like a ton of fun! You girls are truly inspiring, and seriously making me want to sign up for a marathon too! Yay for a fountain dip, now get to eating! Haha 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 5, 2009, 12:13 pm

    That looks like such a blast! Congrats on your long run!

  • Kindra November 5, 2009, 12:15 pm

    Congrats on the 18 miles! That is AMAZING! I have been silently reading your blog since you were featured in the Orlando Sentinel back in June (I think it was June…) and I just wanted to tell you how much you inspired me! I have been running for three weeks now, and I ran over a mile yesterday without stopping. Small beans, compared to your 18 miler, but I’m not gonna lie…I was very proud of myself! Good luck with the rest of your marathon training…you rock! 🙂

    • caitlin November 5, 2009, 12:16 pm

      the first miles are always the hardest!!!! 🙂 congrats!

  • Bernadette November 5, 2009, 12:16 pm

    ADORABLE!! You are adorable!! The pictue of you in your bra in the fountain is priceless – loving life!! I am so very impressed, thanks for sharing this with us, it made me smile!!

    Have a wonderful day girlie!!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com) November 5, 2009, 12:22 pm

    …. I’m thinking about jumping in a public fountain too, and how awful it would be considering it’s snowing here. *Cry*.

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) November 5, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Congrats on the 18 miler!!

    Love the dip in the fountain, too funny! I always forget to bring a towel to the beach with me, as I run along the ocean….although that can be a bit chilly here in NH!

    I’ll have to try Sharkies out sometime. I do Just Plain flavored Gu usually.

  • Lara (Thinspired) November 5, 2009, 12:31 pm

    This post makes me so happy! 🙂 I love that last shot of you i the fountain. That’s magazine material right there!

  • Niki November 5, 2009, 12:35 pm

    WAY TO GO!!! I just wrote about you in my post and how excited I was to read your run recap. You didnt disappoint. I would love to jump into the fountain after a long run, what a great idea. Enjoy your food today 🙂

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 5, 2009, 12:36 pm

    YAY you did it! You look happy too. I would not be so happy after 18 miles! (Then again, I have not been training my ass off.)

    I love that you went in a fountain. You are my hero.

  • Hallie November 5, 2009, 12:37 pm

    Congrats! My friend who’s run like 5 marathons told me once if you can run 18, you can run a marathon. So you are so set! Not that there was any doubt. It really is SO inspirational for a new runner like me to read about your experiences training.

  • Diana November 5, 2009, 12:39 pm

    Good job Caitlin! 🙂 I bet I’d want to jump in a fountain if i ran 18 miles :p

  • Lindsey @ eatreadrun.com November 5, 2009, 12:39 pm

    Congratulations on 18 miles! The end is of your hard training is nearing. Quick question – does drinking coffee before a long run ever bother your stomach? I’ve considered it, but was always afraid it might be “too much” for my body to handle.

    • caitlin November 5, 2009, 12:40 pm

      it doesnt bother me… in fact, i need coffee before a run to ensure i “go,” if you get my drift…. 😉

      • Lindsey @ eatreadrun.com November 5, 2009, 12:48 pm

        Gotch. Ha! I have the opposite problem – my body knows what I’m about to do and it reacts by being scared ****less (if you know what I mean 😉 – sorry TMI. That’s why I don’t think coffee would be great for me. But who knows, I may just give it a try and pray.

  • Gwen November 5, 2009, 12:41 pm

    Way to go! That looks like a far more tempting ice bath than the ones I took in my tub!

  • Mama Pea November 5, 2009, 12:41 pm

    Oh I catch your drift. “go”ing is a must before a long run!

    I love you for jumping in that fountain!!!

  • Heather November 5, 2009, 12:44 pm

    beautiful girl, your love for life and embracing each moment INSPIRES ME.


  • Bobbi November 5, 2009, 12:47 pm

    Way to go C!!! I am running 18 next weekend and now I must find a fountain to jump into after!!! I know what a huge accomplishment this is for you love following your journey!!! Now go eat!

  • Graze With Me November 5, 2009, 12:49 pm

    That is so incredible, congratulations!! I am going to live vicariously through you from now on, what an accomplishment. 🙂

    Have fun eating those 1500 calories!

  • Evan Thomas November 5, 2009, 12:51 pm

    Congrats on a great run! I’d love to go that far some day. I’m thinking I’ll do 13.1 tomorrow, which is the longest distance I’ve done so far

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats November 5, 2009, 12:52 pm

    This is just another reason why I love ya. 🙂 Although I have to say it cracked me up that you jumped in the fountain BEFORE Panera…lol bet the folks at Panera thought you looked extra sexy. 😉

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 5, 2009, 12:53 pm

    haha you are too cute! The only time I’ve been in a public fountain is when I gracefully FELL in.

  • Jessica November 5, 2009, 12:54 pm

    Love that you jumped into a public fountain and then sat in it for five minutes!

  • Eliza November 5, 2009, 12:54 pm

    Awesome job!! Seriously, you are such an inspiration. I am a college girl slowly but surely hoping I can be running 18 miles at some point in the next 5 years. You have helped me believe in myself so much. THANKS! 🙂

    • caitlin November 5, 2009, 12:54 pm

      this made me tear up 🙂 you can do anything you want… anything!!!!

  • Matt November 5, 2009, 12:54 pm

    LOL at the knee sleeve tan 😉

    Your long runs should probably be AT LEAST a minute slower than your GMP (goal marathon pace). Training for a marathon is all about spending time on your feet!

  • Mica November 5, 2009, 12:55 pm

    Ha, look at you, Miss Fountain-Jumping Criminal! Nice job on the 18!!

  • Jamie November 5, 2009, 12:58 pm

    congrats on 18! I can vouch for the long and slow runs. I did all my long runs 1-2 minutes slower than race pace with the exception of 2 race pace runs. Even then the entire long run wasn’t at race pace. I ended up with a 4 min PR! Training to be on your feet for 3-4 hours really pays off come race day.

  • Aneta November 5, 2009, 12:59 pm

    Congrats on the run!!
    18 miles is friggin awesome!!!

    and ya, jumping in the fountain is probably illegal, but its the most fun things that i have heard someone doing this week 🙂

  • brandi November 5, 2009, 1:01 pm

    What a fun way to end a good run 🙂 congrats on the 18 miles!!!

  • Anna November 5, 2009, 1:01 pm

    You’re amazing! Congratulations on your 18 miler… the fountain play time is definitely a deserved reward!

  • Lee November 5, 2009, 1:20 pm

    That first picture of you lounging in the fountain made me laugh out loud!

  • Chari November 5, 2009, 1:21 pm

    You were thinking about getting arrested because of shedding clothes? It’s amazing OPD didn’t arrest you for getting in the fountain! HA! Great idea; I wish Avalon Park had one like that; I’d so be in it after my runs.

    Congrats on the 18 miles! You look completely refreshed.

    • caitlin November 5, 2009, 1:27 pm

      heheh as i said to megan, it wasn’t the most illegal thing i’ve ever done, so if i haven’t been arrested thus far in my life, i doubt i’m going to get nabbed for a fountain dive LOL

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats November 5, 2009, 1:24 pm

    You are such a rebel!!! hahah I love it. Such fun times 🙂 That fountain kind of reminds me of the one in the beginning of Friends! When the theme song is playing… lol

  • Mary @ Fit this girl November 5, 2009, 1:29 pm

    Any idea how Ashley likes the Zensah compression sleeves on her legs? I am curious!!

    • caitlin November 5, 2009, 1:30 pm

      she loves them and they allowed her to PR in her last half marathon. she couldnt even WALK the day before the 1/2 because her shin splits were so bad!!

  • Kieri November 5, 2009, 1:29 pm

    CONGRATS! I have a 14 miler on Saturday and am even preparing for it today! GREAT JOB……..Need to find myself a fountain!

  • Jenna November 5, 2009, 1:29 pm

    sounds like a great run! wow, 1500 cals that is amazing! 1.5 bagels from panera can’t get any better!

  • Runeatrepeat November 5, 2009, 1:32 pm

    You are amazing! Great great super job on the run!

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, On a mission to run a marathon to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Foundation November 5, 2009, 1:41 pm

    Congratulations on an awesome run! You inspire me 😀 I feel energized just READING about your run.
    You are amazing!

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, On a mission to run a marathon to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Foundation November 5, 2009, 1:41 pm

    And I’m totally diggin’ the swim in the fountain 😉

  • Amber f rom Girl with the Red Hair November 5, 2009, 1:46 pm

    Way to go on a SUPER LONG run!

    Last weekend after my 10-mile run along the river I went and stood in the river for about 10 minutes. It was COLD but made my legs feel sooo good 🙂

  • RhodeyGirl November 5, 2009, 1:49 pm

    I don’t know if I am just emotional lately or what but this post has my crying hysterically at my desk. I am so proud of you!!!! Great run. I especially love how BIG your smile is in the fountain photo. Look at the impact you have on so many people around you- just reading these comments is making me cry all over again. You are a running inspiration!

    Also, RE: fountains. My friends and I bet these dude we met 20 euro to jump in a fountain the middle of Rome. He did it, but then he was so cold his whole body changed colors. It was like 10 degrees out, and not nice of us to make such a bet!

    • caitlin November 5, 2009, 2:09 pm

      are you preggers, sabrina!

  • Eve November 5, 2009, 2:00 pm

    I LOVE that you jumped in the fountain after the run! Amazing. I commend you for running 18 miles, that’s a lot and you will clearly do very well in the marathon 🙂 As someone with hip problems, who had to stop running long distances in high school I like watching others complete these accomplishments! Keep up the hard work.

  • JAG November 5, 2009, 2:01 pm

    Well done Caitlin, I think the ice bath in the fountain was an awesome idea!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 5, 2009, 2:10 pm

    Awesome run! And hooray for runners eating carbs! I got a bizzaro email from a “nutritionist” today telling me I eat way too many simple carbs. It’s not like I’m chowing down on doughnuts and wonder bread all day – my carbs come from whole grains, fruits, etc. yeesh! Sometimes people just don’t understand runners…

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) November 5, 2009, 2:11 pm

    Every time I go for a run outside (at least when it’s nice out) I literally dream of jumping into a pool after!

    That must have been amazing!

    So jealous it’s so sunny and nice where you are 🙂

  • Nicci November 5, 2009, 2:13 pm

    Omg, I was scared for a moment. Glad no cops around…silly girl. Great job onthe miles. I love how you guys support eachother

  • Courtney November 5, 2009, 2:19 pm

    God, I still haven’t mastered more than 10 miles, and with the weather turning sour, I don’t know how I’ll ever manage to get my runs in on the treadmill! :[

  • MelissaNibbles November 5, 2009, 2:23 pm

    Congratulations Caitlin! It’s my dream to be able to run such a long distance. Reading your blog and seeing you bounce back from your injury like this makes me believe that I can do it to! Thank you! Congrats again!

  • Jess November 5, 2009, 2:31 pm

    Congrats on 18! I am SO happy for you that you are running pain free again!

  • Kate November 5, 2009, 2:47 pm

    RW is SO right. For my first marathon, I did a lot of runs with a friend who was MUCH slower than me- it meant I ended up doing lots of 3-4 hour runs, and I was in great shape for a 4:04 on a tough coure on race day!

  • Megan November 5, 2009, 2:56 pm

    I love that you’re on a slightly different long run schedule than me…reading about your long run always helps get me psyched up for mine on Sunday! I’m so jealous of your running buddy too…that makes SUCH a difference!!

  • rebecca lustig November 5, 2009, 3:00 pm

    WAY TO GO, GIRL!! I only hope I can run 18 miles one of these days– when I’m healthy enough of course.

    P.S. Jumping into a fountain in public? Badass. I believe it’s fantastic you have no shame nor embarrassment– it shows healthy self confidence and inner beauty!

    Have a glorious afternoon, gorgeous!

  • angieinatlanta November 5, 2009, 3:06 pm

    CONGRATS ON AN AWESOME RUN! I’m so impressed! And I agree that it’s more about building endurance than speed!

  • Erica November 5, 2009, 3:14 pm

    You guys totally crack me up. I want to run with you! Nice job on the amazing mileage! Such an inspiration.

  • haya November 5, 2009, 3:34 pm

    sharkies are my favorite!! though i don’t like that flavour. watermelon is good but harder to find for me. i usually get the blue or the green.

    love the splashy fountain.

  • Carrie H November 5, 2009, 4:07 pm

    Hahahaha, that is awesome. I wish I could jump into a fountain when I get into my really long run marathon training, but it will be February in Wyoming and I think I might get frostbite! Ha! I’m nervous about running so much in the cold, but I’m totally stealing your enthusaism. Yesterday I stopped for a minute or two on a longer run and had DANCE PARTY with my doggie to “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” by Cake! It was so fun and silly.

  • Hangry Pants November 5, 2009, 4:11 pm

    Good job! I love sharkies. 🙂

  • Miriam November 5, 2009, 4:13 pm

    I love the funny ending of your long and hard run…! It makes running long distance a lot more fun to my eyes! Keep it up!

  • SweetiePotato November 5, 2009, 4:16 pm

    i love blue jacket park!! yay for 18miles, that’s incredible!

  • Lauren November 5, 2009, 4:38 pm

    You have such beautiful places to run in Florida. It makes me want to move there. Caitlin-how do you wake up so early and manage to stay up all day. I had to get up at 5:30 last Saturday for a race and I felt SO tired the rest of the day. I was so incredibly tired. What time do you go to bed at night and do you take naps?

    • caitlin November 5, 2009, 4:40 pm

      hahaha see the new post. i HAVE to nap on long run days OR race days. your body requires so much sleep when you are training for a major race. i once read that “sleep” should literally be on training plans.

      i do go to bed by 10:30 every night, though. and i try to get 8 hours of sleep. sometimes its hard to go to bed when i’d rather watch tv with the husband but i remind myself how important sleep is to my training.

      • Lauren November 6, 2009, 6:19 pm

        Thanks for getting back to me. I try to make it bed at 10:30 too but TV always keeps me up. I’m a sucker for late night television. You are an inspiration though!

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City) November 5, 2009, 5:02 pm

    Congrats on your longest run to date! Too bad the fountains in NYC are used as bath tubs for the homeless and we can’t jump in.

  • Tay November 5, 2009, 5:23 pm

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! I always would take 2 hour naps on long run days too. They zonked me!

  • Anne P November 5, 2009, 5:30 pm

    you two are so adorable in the fountain!! i love it 🙂 that’s totally something i would do, haha.

  • Nikka @ HealthfulGirl November 5, 2009, 7:10 pm

    Carpe Diem!
    You look BEAUTIFUL splashing around that fountain!
    Thank you for putting a smile on my face!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 5, 2009, 7:31 pm

    I love that you jumped in that fountain! That’s the way to live everyday girl!

  • Danielle November 5, 2009, 8:12 pm

    I’m so proud of you! Yea for an awesome 18 miler!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) November 5, 2009, 8:23 pm

    Congrats on your run! Watching you run makes ME wanna ice down!!!

  • Kelly November 6, 2009, 1:17 am

    I’m a new follower, but am loving the blog so far! I would love to be able to run like you, but I have heart problems and have been unable to exercise for awhile. My heart/lungs have to work harder than the “average person”. I really want to become a runner, but am getting impatient with trying to go slowly and work up to it. At this point running even a mile is very hard for me. Do you have any tips on how to work up to running? My goal is to go to the the gym 3-5 times a week. I really enjoy the elliptical, but am starting to like the treadmill.
    Thanks : )

    • Caitlin November 6, 2009, 7:49 am

      try the galloway method – alternate running for 1 minute with walking for 2, and then gradually (like, over the course of weeks) decrease the walking time. you might want to try the couch to 5K program (google it). good luck!!!!!

      i would also get your doctor’s clearance to run, if you havent done so already.

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