Pizza, Pizza!


I’ve had this meal planned in my head for DAYS!  I made Vegetarian BBQ Pizza, which contains BBQ-infused sauce, baked BBQ tofu, and pineapple.   Yum!  I’ve found the key to health(ier) homemade pizza is using a whole wheat pita as the crust.


To make this yummy treat, I coated 1/4 a block of pressed extra firm tofu in BBQ sauce and baked it at 380 for 25 minutes.  Then, I prepared the pizza, topping the pita with pasta sauce + 1/2 tablespoon of BBQ sauce, cheese, pineapple bits, and the tofu.  Back in then oven for another 12 minutes, and viola!


This is the BBQ sauce I love:


No HFCS here!


Earlier, I snacked on a mini Oh She Glows bar:


On a side note, my desk is a disaster and it’s STRESSING ME OUT.




Common Running Injuries and How to Prevent Them


Guess what subject I get e-mailed about the most?  Running injuries!  It’s no surprise because my injuries are pretty well documented on the blog (see this post).


I thought I’d compile a list of the top running injuries and how I prevent/avoid them.  I’m not a doctor (maybe someday!), so this is just based on my own thoughts and research.  Feel free to chime in.  Enjoy!


Complaint #1:  Chafing:  Ever go on a long run, come home, jump in the shower, and discover that your skin is BURNING?  Chafing is a really common problem for runners, but it can become a major annoyance.    I chafe on my shoulders, rib cage, armpits, and back.


  • Solution:  Body Glide is AMAZING.  I’ve heard Vaseline works well, too, and I’ve used Chap Stick in a pinch.  I’ve also begun to use athletic tape to cover up spots that are most prone to chafing, as my sweat tends to remove the Body Glide after a few hours.


Compliant #2:  Dehydration:  I cannot even tell you how many runners do NOT drink water while running.  Your body NEEDS water to engage in cellular respiration and other chemical processes that literally allow you to run or exercise.  Studies have found that dehydration of two percent of bodyweight due to dehydration leads to about a six percent reduction in running performance.


  • Solution:  Try weighing yourself before and after a long run to determine if you are replacing enough water (you should ideally weigh the same before and after).  Or, try looking at the color of your pee after a run.  If it’s dark yellow, you are dehydrated.  To fuel up on long runs, carry a water bottle, wear a hydration belt, or wear a CamelBak (I prefer CamelBaks).


Compliant #3:  Knee / Ankle Pain:  Oh, you guys know that I could go on and on about joint pain.  :(  The most common cause of joint pain is due to overuse – AKA too far, too fast, too soon.  If your doctor has ruled out acute injuries such as tears, ruptures, or stress fractures, you might just have simple inflammation.


  • Solution:  Never increase your mileage or speed too fast.  Aim for a maximum weekly mileage increase of 10% (i.e. if you run 10 miles total one week, run 11 miles the next, not 13).  Icing my knees has been my saving grace, as it allows me to reduce the inflammation after runs (see this post).  I also recommend seeing a physical therapist to learn specific strengthening moves that can help build the joint’s resilience.  Lastly, you might want to try knee sleeves if you have Patellafemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) like I do.


Compliant #4:  It Really Hurts When I….:  I can’t tell you how many e-mails I’ve received that start off, “I cannot walk down the stairs but I have a half marathon this weekend.  Do you think I should do it?”  If you have sharp, shooting pain; pain that increases with activity; swelling; and/or a specific spot that hurts (as opposed to generalized pain), DO NOT RUN – you may have a stress fracture.


  • Solution:  If you are experiencing any severe pains, you need to see a doctor ASAP to get an X-Ray and/or an MRI.  To prevent stress fractures, take a calcium supplement, eat a healthy diet, eat enough calories (very important), make sure you are menstruating monthly (research has shown that women without their periods are more likely to get stress fractures), and cross train a few days a week.


Compliant #5: Blisters:  You know how it goes…. you’re running along, and then a little patch of skin starts to hurt.  Next thing you know, a huge blister has formed and you’re limping all over the place.


(Not my foot – it’s Meghann’s.  She did this to her ankle during one of our Half Marathons… and she STILL beat me!).


  • Solution: MOLESKIN!  If you have not tried moleskin yet, you are missing out.  You can buy moleskin at the drug store in the foot care aisle.  Works well for high-heels, too.  🙂


Compliant #6: Pooping or Peeing Yourself (Hopefully not at the same time, because that would be extra terrible!):  It happens to the best of us.  Although I’ve never pooped myself (although I have dashed behind the bushes before), I have peed myself during a race (very embarrassing).


  • Solution:  Hydrate the days leading up to a race, NOT the morning of.  Meaning, do not try to cram a bunch of water into your system at 4 AM.  Make sure you use the restroom right before the start.  To prevent “runner’s trots” (AKA pooping yourself), do not each fiber-rich foods before a run and make sure you do #2 before leaving yourself (induce it with coffee, if you must).  Before a race, do not eat anything new or unusual within 48 hours. 


What running or exercise injuries have you experienced, and how can you prevent it?  Tips? Tricks?   More information staying injury-free is HAPPILY accepted!



  • Runeatrepeat November 3, 2009, 12:58 pm

    The bloody foot was gross 🙁 and looks very painful!

    I agree, when people email me…”this hurts when…” I say Don’t Run!

  • Tiffany November 3, 2009, 12:58 pm

    I find sometimes when I run I will develop a sharp pain about two inches to the right of my belly button. It’s not always in the same spot. Sometimes it is to the side, or above or below my belly button (but always on the right side). Once the pain was so intense I couldn’t run, it even hurt to walk. I am not sure how to prevent it or even what causes it. I run anywhere from 12-17 miles a week and it seems the pain has no rhythm or reason. If anyone has any thoughts I would greatly appreciate it =)

    • Caitlin November 3, 2009, 1:10 pm

      hmmm sounds like a stomach/intestinal thing?

    • Sammi November 3, 2009, 1:39 pm

      I sometimes get this too when I’m running. I also have a lot of digestive/stomach problems though so it doesn’t surprise me. I’ve heard it can have something to do with how you’re breathing. I’ve been told to put my arms above my head which could also help pop if maybe it’s a gas bubble? I also won’t eat anything big 2 hours before I run.

      I’m not sure if this is related but I’ve also been hydrating a lot more and it seems to not be an issue anymore. I hope this helps a bit!

    • Betsy November 3, 2009, 2:24 pm

      Sort of sounds like a typical runners side ache – the usually appear on the right side below the rib cage.

      • Tiffany November 4, 2009, 12:37 pm

        Thank you all so much for your comments, and a special thanks to you Besty, that article was very helpful. I will work on belly breathing and other tips mentioned.

    • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, On a mission to run a marathon to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Foundation November 6, 2009, 2:22 pm

      I get this too! It sounds exactly like your problem. Except it’s only ever been so bad before that I can’t wait OR run once.
      I went to the doctor and she said that it was a pulled muscle, but I don’t believe that. It hasn’t gone away in about 2 months.

  • caronae November 3, 2009, 1:00 pm

    I’ve had a lot of shin problems, and one thing that helps is getting shoe inserts/orthotics. You can easily get them at a shoe store, or get professional made ones. They help a lot!

    • Nikka @ HealthfulGirl November 3, 2009, 4:53 pm

      I recently began running and have had terrible shin pains. I’m going this weekend to find inserts, thanks for the info!

    • Bernadette November 3, 2009, 5:23 pm

      I had HORRIBLE shin splints when I started running that turned into stress fractures, so be careful to not run thru the pain with these. For ME the key was to increase mileage VERY gradually, a rest day between runs was MANDATORY, stretch your calf muscles after EVERY run and icing them afterward helped. I also got inserts for my shoes and they seem to be helping too.

  • Diana November 3, 2009, 1:01 pm

    Ouch, just looking at that foot is painful. 😐

    The pizza looks great though! :p

  • Gabriela November 3, 2009, 1:05 pm

    HOLY YUM that pizza looks fantastic! I had to laugh about peeing/pooping yourself…I almost had to #2 once on a long run in Cape Cod, but thankfully a kind person let me use their bathroom!

  • RhodeyGirl November 3, 2009, 1:06 pm

    How about TOENAILS FALLING OFF? EWWWWWW! It happens to my friend Gina often from running. madness.

    I know that the ankle injury I sustained when we tried to run the RI half last May wouldn’t have been nearly as bad if I hadn’t overtrained. Doctor said it, and I knew it. But it is SO hard not to increase mileage fast or try to run harder and faster!

  • megan November 3, 2009, 1:08 pm

    ha, I love how open you are on here. no holding back from embarrassment 🙂 this is why I could never have a blog that documents my life – I am way more self conscious than you. 🙂 But I admire you!

    • Caitlin November 3, 2009, 1:10 pm

      like the book says, everybody poops 🙂

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans November 3, 2009, 1:10 pm

    I have had a million different injuries and all I can say is STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH! Biofreeze and Tiger Balm are my two best friends.

  • Kelly November 3, 2009, 1:10 pm

    Awesome list of injuries and prevention, thanks Caitlin!

    Another big thing I can think of is remembering to do strength training in addition to running. A lot of running injuries are because one area is stronger than the other on our legs- I know you know this from all the exercises you had to do for your knee 🙂 We could prevent these kinds of problems if we did more strength training instead of just running 🙂

  • Kelly November 3, 2009, 1:10 pm

    Oh and I can’t believe I forgot- STRETCH…and foam roll. The foam roller is my best friend 🙂

  • Lauren November 3, 2009, 1:14 pm

    I’m glad you included that last one on there-it’s so true, and I thought it only happened to me! LOL

  • Sana November 3, 2009, 1:15 pm

    Yeah, I have had people get dizzy in my bootcamp classes, b/c they forget to eat all day!!!! UGH!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 3, 2009, 1:18 pm

    that pizza looks incredible! i recently made a peanut pineapple pita pizza (phew, p alliteration!) and i’ve been trying come up with a diff pineapple creation! this miiiight just be the solution 🙂

  • Evan Thomas November 3, 2009, 1:18 pm

    I love love love the sound of that pizza. Pineapple used to be my favorite to order from a local pizza place, but it was so greasy it’s horrible to think about

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) November 3, 2009, 1:18 pm

    Great tips!! Wow, I didn’t know that peeing and pooping can happen! Such fun to look forward to!

  • Mary @ Fit this girl November 3, 2009, 1:20 pm

    I love your definition of disaster!!! Should I post my desk aka: national disaster area!? Thanks for the running tips!! About peeing during a race, an energy product I used this past weekend caused me to have to pee! It contained caffeine-Gah!! Those are the kind of things to check as well, before you go out. I had used it before and remembered having to go, but it was an evening run and I didn’t connected the product to the pee.

  • Whit November 3, 2009, 1:23 pm

    I second RhodeyGirl. What about toenails falling off? Happened to me, and it was gross.

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats November 3, 2009, 1:24 pm

    If anyone wants more info on blisters/ blister prevention check out my post from this morning:

    There are a few good suggestions of other things you can do besides moleskin (i.e. don’t run in cotton socks for one!).

    (P.S. I apologize for “pimping out” my blog with the link…you know that’s not my intention, I just felt it was relevant and helpful to anyone else like me currently struggling with blisters).

    • Caitlin November 3, 2009, 1:26 pm

      you may pimp freely 🙂

    • Shelly November 3, 2009, 1:57 pm

      Yes! I had to buy running socks b/c I was naively running in cotton socks and started getting blisters on the arches of my feet when I increased my mileage. Even now, the socks have to be fairly new or I will blister there.
      Also, in my experience, what works fine for up to a 5K doesn’t necessarily work for longer distances. I can throw on whatever socks, shorts, and t-shirt I want for a quick 2 or 3 mile run, but after 3 miles, everything that can chafe, will. And actually, now that I’m training for a 1/2 marathon, I think there’s another spot around mile 8 where things I didn’t even think could bother me start bothering me. I actually bruised my wrist from my Garmin this weekend. Guess I need to get a better strap!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite November 3, 2009, 1:24 pm

    All of the running injuries you mentioned I’ve had (expect the pooping part)

    I did have a toenail fall off…

  • Molly @vegandorm November 3, 2009, 1:26 pm

    I’ve had a gazillion knee issues, but on a daily basis things like blisters and chafing can be really tough.
    For chafing, finding the right sports bras and tops are CRUCIAL. I learned the hard way never to buy a sports bar without trying it on. Even if it fits the girls, the straps can easily be irritating.
    The blisters thing- make sure you buy good socks! I do sometimes run in the cheap-o Target ones…if they work! But some people really need to invest in running socks…I haven’t had a blister in them yet!
    I have definitely had a few runs where I finish and look down to see that I’ve bled through my shoe. Usually during the run it’s fine, but runs the next few days are rough!

  • Samma November 3, 2009, 1:27 pm

    What about shin splints? I get them constantly in my right leg!

    • Caitlin November 3, 2009, 1:33 pm

      rest! ice! elevate!

      • Shelly November 3, 2009, 2:00 pm

        I used to get those in high school when I was running cross country. I don’t have the problem any more and I suspect it boiled down to a couple of things for me. First of all, my nutrition was very poor in high school. I was basically getting by on very small quantities of coca cola and riceroni. Eating makes running so much easier.
        But also, I was going a lot faster in high school than I am now. I was aiming for two 7 minute miles, not 6 nine minute ones, for example. Sometimes I find that if I do my long run too fast, I’ll have joint pain and I make a point to slow down on my next run and see if that helps.

        • Jenny @ nutmegger November 3, 2009, 2:15 pm

          I also used to get these all the time when I was younger. Like Caitlin said definitely ice them! You can wrap your shins with tape while running and then ice afterwards. Also, if you can run on the grass, do that instead of cement. And lastly, ducks! You know those plyometrics where you walk on your heels back and forth. It’ll help to strengthen your shins to prevent further injuries 🙂

      • Samma November 4, 2009, 9:38 am

        Thanks ya’ll!!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 3, 2009, 1:27 pm

    eeeek! those blisters look terrible!

    delicious looking za, though 😉

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 3, 2009, 1:28 pm

    Hahah that last picture of you is hilarious.

    I love Annie’s BBQ sauce- it’s the best I’ve tried!

  • Matt November 3, 2009, 1:28 pm

    Great post!

    The only real injuries I have had is achilles tendonitis and runners knee. Nothing really serious, but quite painful. Most of the time the best cure for injuries is some REST. I know it is hard to tell a runner to rest, but sometimes your body is telling you that.

  • Jenna November 3, 2009, 1:28 pm

    pizza looks delishhhh 🙂

  • Laura November 3, 2009, 1:30 pm

    I was a ballet dancer all the way through college and have definately had my fair share of blisters from pointe shoes! A little dancer trick is to use Oragel (the stuff you put on a baby’s gums when they are teething!) on an open blister to help with the pain. Sounds weird, but it works!

    Also, we used to do ice “massages” instead of just sticking a bag of ice on sore muscles/joints. You just fill a paper Dixie cup most of the way with water and stick it in the freezer. When you’re ready to use it just peel back the paper and rub the ice on your sore area in small circles with a little pressure (move it around a little). Another option is to wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and do the same thing. It tends to be a fairly wet experience so you may want to put a towel underneath.

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) November 3, 2009, 1:31 pm

    I have a bad knee and find that I need to do lots of stretching as well as strength training to take care of it.
    That pizza looks amazing – I’ll have to try it sometime!

  • Katie November 3, 2009, 1:31 pm

    The pizza looks delicious! Thanks for the good tips and honest facts about the not so graceful side of running. Do you find that particular knee sleeve comfortable? I’ve tried a few that slide or pinch but usually end up not using one (bad me). thanks!


    • Caitlin November 3, 2009, 1:33 pm

      i love my knee sleeves, wear them every time for over a year.

  • Mama Pea November 3, 2009, 1:38 pm

    Fantastic pizza! Isn’t it great how you can easily make old favorites (ie BBQ chicken pizza) into amazing vegetarian/vegan versions? How is your hubby doing with the transition? I can’t imagine him being bummed about that pizza at ALL.

    • Caitlin November 3, 2009, 1:38 pm

      me thinks he struggles.

  • Mica November 3, 2009, 1:39 pm

    Ha, thanks for the honesty in this post!

    And I didn’t realize that Annie’s made BBQ sauce. I’ll have to go a’huntin’ for it!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 3, 2009, 1:39 pm

    Thanks for the thorough listing of awesome injury/accident prevention tips! Not to be gross, but my best friend and I have an ongoing private joke about runner’s trots. They’re unfortunate, but funny!

    I’ve recently experienced a calf strain on my right leg. It wasn’t severe, fortunately, but I did need to pause my running for two weeks. During that time, I cycled, did the elliptical trainer, and Stairmaster. I also juiced up my strength training and that helped improve my runs tremendously! Now that I’m back in action, I just feel far more powerful. In a weird way, getting injured helped me take a step back and improve my overall fitness.

  • Leah @ L4L November 3, 2009, 1:39 pm

    One thing that I think is SUPER important with running is proper shoes! I have plantar fasciitis and I know there are a whole slew of issues and injuries that can be prevented or lessened with a proper shoe fitting &/or orthotics!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama November 3, 2009, 1:43 pm

    I often wonder about runners and their need “to go”. Thanks to the wonderful miracle of giving birth my holding mechanism doesn’t work like it used to. Running always makes me dribble! 🙁

    • Caitlin November 3, 2009, 1:44 pm

      luckily, sweat and urine look quite similar on dark shorts 😉

  • brandi November 3, 2009, 1:44 pm

    that pizza looks fantastic!

    what great tips – thanks Caitlin!

  • Dani November 3, 2009, 1:44 pm

    That pizza looks delicious! Thanks for the tips… I think I may have to invest in some moleskin… 😉

  • Sara November 3, 2009, 1:55 pm

    I am recovering from sciatica!! Its can be extremely painful and is an injury that requires patience to heal. The good news is that its not typically a running induced injury. I think I got it from overstretching in a yoga class because it started hurting right after that.
    Guys should not wear their wallets in their back pocket because the constant pressure can aggravate the nerve and cause sciatica

    • Lauren November 3, 2009, 3:11 pm

      I developed chronic sciatica from running. I have scoliosis, so my abs are weak and my body doesn’t absorb the impact evenly. My glutes on one side were way too tight, and were basically yanking on my sciatic nerve all the time (it weaves over & under your glutes) which was really painful. After months of rest & physio, I got back into running but am now limited to trail & treadmill running, where there’s less impact for my body to absorb.

  • Amanda November 3, 2009, 1:59 pm

    A few of the BIG things I have learned after going through a stress fracture in my foor are: to not be afraid to rest, pay attention to when things hurt before it goes too far, and get new sneakers when yours have reached their limit!!! I also just started taking a calcium/vitamin D supplement after reading a great article in Runner’s World.

  • Lauren November 3, 2009, 1:59 pm

    GREAT post! Luckily I have avoided most of these issues as I have become a runner over the past year…Sometimes the knees are a little sore, but nothing detrimental. And I love whole wheat pita pizas 🙂

  • Jason @ Cant-Coach-Desire November 3, 2009, 2:09 pm

    IT Band syndrome and Tibialis Anterior Tendonitis.

    Both happened due to not enough stretching. Everyone needs to be aware of their IT Band and how to stretch it. Its one of the most common injuries. The Tendonitis was due to tight calf muscles and tired arches. If I has just stretched my calves more and cut my run short I could have saved myself 8 weeks of limping around.

    Duct tape is great for covering blisters!

  • alli November 3, 2009, 2:13 pm

    okay. maybe this is tmi, but hopefully i’m not the only one 🙂 it involves butt sweat followed by a sort of skin burn in the crack area. it hurt to sit and it was a little painful! vaseline seemed to help but is there something better?

    • Caitlin November 3, 2009, 2:15 pm

      do you wear underwear?

      • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 3, 2009, 2:39 pm

        Caitlin I shouldn’t LOL at your comment but I did.

        • Emilytoo November 3, 2009, 4:12 pm

          Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is good for that.

  • Jess (Mile High Jess) November 3, 2009, 2:13 pm

    Suggestion for chaffing and blisters…do not wear anything cotton! Cotton socks are especially bad for causing blisters. Get clothing and socks that have wicking material. Haven’t gotten a blister yet since I started wearing them. Also, make sure you clothes and sports bras are the correct size.

    Also as far a knee pain (runners knee and tendonitis) do leg strengthening exercises i.e. squats and lunges. Also, cross-rain, cross-train, cross-train. Those were the top tips my PT gave me when I developed tendonitis in my knees during training. Also, rest, ice, elevate and compress.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 3, 2009, 2:16 pm

    And for over use definitely don’t increase speed and distance at the same time even if they would be within normal for the recommendations. I did that and ended up with tendonitis in my hip that I have to do PT for now.

  • Megan November 3, 2009, 2:28 pm

    I struggled with IT band issues for almost two years, and the best injury prevention tip I have (besides REST when it hurts!) is to stretch and use the foam roller regularly. Work out thsoe kinks BEFORE they sideline you!

  • alli November 3, 2009, 2:32 pm

    no undies. i cant stand weggies so i opt out. i’m guessing that would help?

    • Caitlin November 3, 2009, 2:34 pm

      no, i was thinking undies would make it worse for most people – but maybe you should try some sweat-wicking undies? i’m guessing your butt crack chafe is similar to my boobie chafe – rubbing together 🙂 maybe undies would help? worth a shot.

      • alli November 3, 2009, 2:48 pm

        haha 🙂 thanks.
        dont worry, Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat), i did too!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 3, 2009, 2:41 pm

    Great post! Recently I’ve had lots of issues with my knees. (That’s what you get for being inactive and unhealthy for years.) And these tips help me lots!

  • Justy2003 November 3, 2009, 2:41 pm

    I battled shin splints when I first started running…basically because I would overdo it. Then I kept getting them again. I finally solved it by using The Stick 2x/day, doing yoga more regularly, and strength-training my legs (used to basically just do upper body). No more shin splints! Now, however, I somehow strained my adductor…if I could only solve that so I can get back out there and run! I always push through the pain for too long…something I need to learn to NOT do!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 3, 2009, 2:49 pm

    I was definitely eating lunch when I read complaint #6!!! Hummus too….hahaha (wasn’t so funny at the time).

    That’s what I get for eating while blog reading, huh?

  • on the rocks November 3, 2009, 3:02 pm

    great post. my problem is my ankle. i sprained it a year ago and still till this day it feels like someone is hammering down on my ankle every time i step down on it. it hurts especially up hills. not fun!

  • Julie @savvyeats November 3, 2009, 3:06 pm

    When I first started running, the arch of my right foot was so so painful. I talked to my Pilates instructor (who has taken a lot of classes on “how the body works” type subjects), and she watched me walk. Apparently, I’ve been walking with my right foot just ever so slightly turned out. I’ve corrected this through practice, and haven’t had a problem since!

    She’s also the one who’s going to give me advice on my knee pain when I go in tomorrow…

    So if you can find a pilates/yoga instructor or someone who really knows a lot about alignment, they can help prevent lots of aches and pains!

  • Christine N November 3, 2009, 3:07 pm

    Wow, this is such a great post! I too was diagnosed with Patella Femoral Syndrome. I found strengthening my quads was a huge help!

  • Tay November 3, 2009, 3:12 pm

    All I can say is, if you have a nagging pain, REST!! Don’t try and run days through it. That’ll just inflame it and make it worse. Just like you said 🙂 I look back and only wish I had rested when my knee started to bug me.

  • Maggin November 3, 2009, 3:13 pm

    Hilarious! Love the “pooping yourself” issue! I’ve come close and it’s a HORRIBLE feeling!!!! And I am ToTALLY craving BBQ Tofu pizza now, thanks a lot!! 🙂

  • Sara November 3, 2009, 3:15 pm

    Wait…anyone’s arms/hands ever go numb or tingle on long runs?? This happens to me when I go on long runs over 7 miles… what could it be??

    • Caitlin November 3, 2009, 3:18 pm

      yup – you are holding your arms up too tightly. try relaxing them and shaking them occasionally. 🙂

      • Sara November 3, 2009, 3:42 pm

        That makes perfect sense…will try that next time. Thanks! You rock!

  • JAG November 3, 2009, 3:56 pm

    Fab fab fab advice Caitlin 🙂

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) November 3, 2009, 3:57 pm

    I have weird feet that are two different sizes, so no pair of shoes I’ve ever tried fits both feet correctly, so I’m pretty much doomed to one blistered foot for life…unless I keep running and maintain my ugly, but functional calluses!

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated November 3, 2009, 4:03 pm

    Thanks for the info on running injuries! I forwarded your post to all of my running friends. I can TOTALLY attest to the importance of dealing with injuries asap — I am a classic avoider and it usually doesn’t end up well… : )

  • Susan November 3, 2009, 4:12 pm

    I’ve experienced joint injuries/pain and just want to back up what you said about it! It’s always been because I did too much too soon, although one time I really hurt myself because I didn’t replace my sneakers when I should have. Icing for 15 minutes can also be the difference between not even being able to tell I did a long run that day, and not being able to walk for three days after!

  • Katie November 3, 2009, 4:14 pm

    That blister is GNARLY, I give her credit for finishing that thing is painful looking.

    Joint injuries=yoga and triple flex (msm, glucosomine, chondrotin)

    I have stomach pain left side only and I’m usually in pain from mile 9 on why I just can’t get to that full :/

  • Lauren November 3, 2009, 4:37 pm

    I have PFPS also! It came up when I started training for a half marathon. The furthest I was able to run during my training was 5 miles and then I had to give up. Partly because my doctor said I wasn’t “built to run” and wouldn’t recommend anything. Urgh! Do you find the knee sleeves to help alot? Which ones did you get? I would love to figure out how to continue training. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!


  • Nikka @ HealthfulGirl November 3, 2009, 5:01 pm

    Caitlin that pizza looks soo good! I never thought to use a pita for a personal pizza, great idea.

  • angela November 3, 2009, 5:08 pm

    I have had sciatica spring up from improper or not enough stretching. If you are a runner then you need a foam roller!!! Right now I am having more knee problems of my own and am off to the physical therapist! Great post!

  • Jacqueline November 3, 2009, 5:16 pm

    Thank you for this post Caitlin! I was researching knee & ankle pain this morning. I’m giving Elations a shot right now. After talking with my mom she informed me joint issues run in my family. Just curious… has anyone else tried Elations or anything similar? Did it help you? Thanks!

  • Shelly November 3, 2009, 5:30 pm

    I chafe in the most frustrating place ever- my inner thighs! So if I do nothing about it, I feel it with every stride. No fun! It’s not too bad on short runs- I just put body glide where I chafe, but for long runs, I have to wear tight shorts or tights, which used to make me feel very self conscious (I would never wear leggings or something of equivalent tightness without a top that covered my rear and front bits in any situation other than running.However, when I run, looser shorts just bunch up and I chafe anyway.) One thing I have definitely learned is that when it comes to running, you have to wear what is comfortable, regardless of how it looks.

  • Sammi November 3, 2009, 6:04 pm

    Unfortunately, the problem that you wrote about which is going to be most useful to me is the pooping one 🙁 it is the cause for why I had to stop running on the treadmill after only .7 mi last night for a break and why I had to stop and walk three times during my run this morning.

    About #40, I get some BAD butt sweat, thankfully I don’t have the problem of chafing though; however, I do have chafing problems from sit ups (which causes me to not do them :()

  • Betsy November 3, 2009, 6:06 pm

    I pulled my hip flexor about 6 months ago – definitely sidelined me, but with a lot of PT, a little rest and a lot of education, I was able to get back into full on training.

    Stretching, foam roller and PT exercises were the key for me!

  • Ashley November 3, 2009, 6:39 pm

    I’m definitely going to try making your pizza!! Looks so good!

  • Island Girl Eats November 3, 2009, 7:04 pm

    Running injuries – they make the training so much more interesting! You feel like a real runner when you have a tale to tell!

    Mine consist of: chafing just about everything that you can think of! Do you love that feeling when you get into the shower and just about pass out when the water hits your skin?!!! I have had my toes nails cut through into the toe next to it and bleed through my socks. I have lost about 8 toes nails in the past 5 years. I have scars on both my ankles from when I used to run in Nike Shoxs – I have since learned my lesson and run in New Balance runners. I have had shin splints and took a trip to Orthopedic clinic. You know you are runner when…!

  • Juli November 3, 2009, 7:07 pm

    thanks for the honesty, caitlin. my first 5k was hard/hilly/hot in louisiana in june. i pushed through and was proud of myself for finishing, but as soon as i stopped running and slowed down (relaxed), i couldn’t stop myself from peeing! i don’t think anyone could tell but i was mortified 🙁 glad to know i’m not the only one!

  • Erin November 3, 2009, 7:15 pm

    I don’t have any running prevention tips to add since you/commenters have done a very thorough listing! But I will say I laughed out loud about the poo situation. I was at my book club a few weeks ago when one friend was talking to another about watching runners/a race on TV (where oone runner pooped themselves) – and they were all like “EWWW” and immediately turned me to and said “Have YOU POOPED!??” My friend said that any sport involving the potential to poop yourself was not worth it. I said that’s when you know you’re dedicated 🙂

  • Julie November 3, 2009, 7:16 pm

    I used to get shin splints a lot, and it was from increasing my speed too soon. I also have the same knee condition as you. And sometimes my toe bleeds…but it’s from having too long and sharp toenails rubbing up againt my other toe. It’s unplesent.

  • Lex November 3, 2009, 7:42 pm

    okew dokey – #1 – that pizza looks AWESOME! (But I am biased cuz I prefer pizza with pineapples over ANY other pizza!)

    I have NEVER heard of runners trots!!! THat is crazy!! But your solutions totally make sense!! Absolutely something to keep in mind!

    Great post!

    PS – that blister looked BRUTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Allison November 3, 2009, 7:52 pm

    Good injury advice! I especially like Meghann’s bloody foot. 🙂 Moleskin is awesome.

  • lindsay November 3, 2009, 8:00 pm

    Ha! I was going to email you today about pooping-while-running, and then you posted about it today! It hasn’t happened to me, but I’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about it recently. Thanks for answering my questions!

  • emily November 3, 2009, 8:06 pm

    That pizza looks out of control good, what a great combo!

  • Heather November 3, 2009, 8:09 pm

    Great post and pizza. I love how you are always so honest. When you say you’ve peed yourself, do you mean you stopped along the way and peed or just peed while running?? Stomach troubles can definitely make a race miserable…it’s happened to me 3/8 times. I really need to work on that! 🙁

  • Wendy November 3, 2009, 8:18 pm

    I totally peed myself running a 5K this summer. Luckily, it was super humid so I was drenched in sweat, and I was wearing dark shorts!

    I have had all kinds of running injuries over the years (shins, knees, hips), most of which relate to my low arches. I wear orthotics in my shoes all. The. Time. Not just when running.

    My most recent problem was with my ITB while I was training for a half. About 6 weeks before the race, I couldn’t run 2 miles w/out stopping to walk due to the pain in my knee. I ended up going to a chiropractor. Between the adjustments he made to my back and knee, the stretching and strengthening exercises he had me do, and the light and ultrasound therapies I received, I ran my race completely pain-free. Before this I was really skeptical of chiropractors, but I am now a believer!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 3, 2009, 9:05 pm

    I love your running tips! As a runner, I’ve heard most of them before but it never hurts to be reminded. Poor Meghann’s ankle, ouch!

  • Jolene ( November 3, 2009, 9:41 pm

    Great running tips! Those blisters look BRUTAL!! I don’t think I could carry on running with feet like that!!

    And don’t worry – your desk is clean compared to mine 🙂

  • Emily Eats November 4, 2009, 4:54 am

    I’ve said it before, but I really do appreciate the honesty of your blog! I love that you post photos of things like your band-aid-ed toes.
    & thanks to you and Angela (ohsheglows) I am now running again 🙂

  • Rona November 4, 2009, 4:58 am

    My husband and I are about to try and conquer our various foot/achilles/ankle problems which have come and gone over the years. We have just ordered some Vibram 5 fingers. Seen them? We read Born To Run by Christpoher McDougall after seeing him on the Daily Show and are totally inspired to try out the Barefoot ethos as the way forward. Maybe we will start a blog to chronicle our journey??? If you haven’t read the book, try it! It is fasinating!

    • Caitlin November 4, 2009, 7:35 am

      barefoot running is def the cool thing now!

  • Kelly November 4, 2009, 9:34 am

    Piriformis Syndrome. It’s the bane of my existance. I started having trouble with it in late 2008, went to the doctor, 3 months of physical therapy, stretching, foam roller, strength training the area, stretching — the whole shebang.
    And it’s back. I’m still doing all the stretching, foam roller, strength, etc, and I’m SO frustrated. I mean, I can literally feel it hurting after like a mile. *sigh* Any tips? I guess it’s time to go back to the doc. I do know there’s nothing about my biomechanics that stands out as an issue — the PT checked me for that while I did therapy.

    • Caitlin November 4, 2009, 10:00 am

      I don’t really know anything about that – I’m sorry 🙁

      • Kelly November 4, 2009, 11:46 am

        It’s okay 🙂 Most people who have it (most people think its sciatia, because the piriformis muscle runs around the nerve) are fine with PT and stretching/foam roller.
        I just haven’t figured out why I’m a freak of nature about it. hehe

  • Nicole November 4, 2009, 10:18 am

    I love your blog! You are so honest and candid and you actually EAT!

    • Caitlin November 4, 2009, 10:21 am

      eating is good 🙂

  • Jen November 4, 2009, 9:03 pm

    That pizza looks awesome!!

    And I think it’s great that you posted these running tips…. I’ve been to a million different sites but I definitely prefer advice from real runners.

    When I first started running I got shin splints, but it was never a huge issue.

    I have a different issue now…sometimes when I run my fingers seem to swell up, and I’m not sure if that’s normal, or if it means I’m doing something wrong. Is this completely weird? Is there something I can do about it?

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) November 4, 2009, 9:48 pm

    I’m another one with plantar fasciitis. Proper shoes and proper stretching is very important. If you feel pain in your feet, go see a podiatrist! I now use a night brace for my foot. I was still able to run the NYC marathon but I it was a tad painful and is associated with a tight calf (which also cramped up).

    Runner’s Trots….. fortunately race day nerves & coffee solve this for me. Training runs though, I tend to plan routes near restrooms. Although I have made some emergency stops in the woods. I hate those, totally can ruin a great run. Blah.

  • Marie September 8, 2010, 2:32 pm

    I just started running. I did a half mile last week and then this past Monday (2 days ago) I did 9/10 of a mile. I was so excited to have gone that far and not have suffocated! 🙂 I thought for sure that my knees would be killing me, but oddly enough, my lower back is so sore/tender right now. Yesterday I had to run back into my office to grab some paperwork, and after about three running steps I had to stop because of the pain! Hmmm, don’t know what is up with that! I am so tempted to run today, but after reading the importance of rest I am going to try to hold off until Thursday or Friday. Maybe do some yoga instead 🙂

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