Half Marathon Goals

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Good morning! Happy Thursday!


The pumpkin breakfast streak continues:



And today – Pumpkin Pancakes!


With grilled bananas instead of maple syrup!


To make pumpkin pancakes (for 5 pancakes):


  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pancake mix
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds on top


The key to successfully grilling bananas?  Use a very hot griddle, lots of cooking spray, and only flip them once.  Don’t touch them until you want to flip them!


Half Marathon Ready


This Saturday, I’m running my fourth Half Mary.  I am so excited!


Half Marathon #1:  Marine Corps / October 4, 2008  2:06:30


Recap Top Quote: “All in all, it was amazing race.  I nearly cried at the finish line because I was just so happy.  It floors me sometimes to think that 2.5 years ago, I couldn’t even run 1/4 a mile without stopping, and today I ran 13.1 miles without walking ONCE! Running is such a fun hobby because you can really see your improvements over time, and it’s just such a reward.”


Half Marathon #2: Gasparilla / March 1, 2009  2:02:59


Recap Top Quote: “While passing over one of the bridges, I happened to glance up at the sky and noticed the sun was finally rising.  This would’ve have given me immense relief, but I also immediately realized that there were several huge, dark, and low thunder clouds coming right at us!  At that point, the rain seemed inevitable, so I sent up a silent prayer that it would hold off until the very end.”


Half Marathon #3:  OUC / December 5, 2009  1:58:45


Recap Top Quote: “It’s official!  I’m a member of the elusive sub-two hour Half Marathon club!  And it feels awesome.”


So, as you can see, with each Half Marathon that I’ve done, I’ve set a new Personal Record.  I’m really excited for this weekend’s race because I feel stronger and faster than ever, but I don’t think I’ll be setting a new PR.  I’m OK with that.  The course is hilly – so I’ve got that working against me.  And Jen and I are talking about running before and after the actual race to make it more of a “long run” for marathon training since the Greenville Marathon is in 5.5 weeks.


So instead of striving to set a PR, I’m going to strive for under my dream  marathon pace (10:30/mile or a 4:35 marathon) and aim for 10:00/miles, which will squeak me in around 2:11.  I’m going to try to maintain this pace for the entire time, including the mileage that Jen and I will be running before and after the race.


Here’s how I set race goals (without driving myself crazy).


What fitness goals are you working towards right now and how do they compare to your previous achievements?  Are you reaching new heights or returning to glory?



  • Freya September 23, 2010, 9:18 am

    Ooh good luck on it!
    My short short term fitness goal is to be well enough to do my 18miles on Sunday. My short term goal is the Marine Corps Marathon in 5weeks!! It’ll be 100% a new height 😀

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans September 23, 2010, 9:20 am

    I am definitely reaching new heights because I am a week and a half away from running the Twin Cities Marathon, which is my first!

  • Cate September 23, 2010, 9:21 am

    Now that I’ve qualified for Boston, I’m kind of goal-less for the past couple months…but I’m thinking of trying an Ultra in January so I guess that’s my new goal (just finishing 50k)

  • Jenny September 23, 2010, 9:22 am

    I signed up for my first 5K! I’ve been in “training” mode, and this morning I ran 3 miles in an awesome time!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) September 23, 2010, 9:24 am

    Each race is a different goal. Right now for my Turkey Trot it is just to be able to run at all. I’ll be happy with that after no running all summer.

  • Tina September 23, 2010, 9:24 am

    We are seriously on the same mental track. Now that I have pumpkin this week its all I want. Today I had a pumpkin/almond butter/maple mix on top of waffles and tomorrow I planned on making pumpkin pancakes. It sure is good!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 23, 2010, 9:26 am

    I’ve recently started considering a full marathon. My longest race was a 25K…but I really want to be able to call myself a marathoner!

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story September 23, 2010, 9:26 am

    I am running my first half marathon in October. My goal is simple…finish. That’s the best past about running a certain distance race for the first time. 🙂

    • Caitlin September 23, 2010, 9:32 am

      I agree! I still don’t really have goals for my second marathon. A dream pace is fine but my primary goal is to finish alive.

  • Nicki September 23, 2010, 9:26 am

    My fitness goal for the year is a race a month. I was going to run a marathon in October but did not get my registration in on time to THE one. I looked at others but found that I really want to run the one close to home first.

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 23, 2010, 9:27 am

    I used to only run for exercise, but now I focus mostly on strength training and quick HIIT cardio workouts — I feel better now than I ever have before!

    I think you have great goals for your 1/2 marathon, good luck!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 23, 2010, 9:28 am

    Gooood luck in your 4th Half!!

    I’m still working toward a 5k 🙂 & feeling good about it!

  • Heather @ The Single Dish September 23, 2010, 9:28 am

    I am running my 2nd half marathon in November. I did the 1st in 2:17. I want to do in 2:10 for the next one. Setting goals is the only way I know how to train!

  • Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances September 23, 2010, 9:30 am

    That is awesome that all of your halfs have been faster than the one before! In 2 weeks I’m doing my fifth. I think I may be in the 2:10 range as well.

  • Kayla September 23, 2010, 9:30 am

    Good luck, Caitlin! I am going to start training for my first half marathon in the coming months, and I’m so excited!

  • Lana September 23, 2010, 9:30 am

    I’m training for my first half marathon right now!!! I totally get your race 1 quote about crying at the finish line. I feel like I will be doing the same. There is just something so amazing about setting such a physically demanding goal and watching yourself achieve it with your family cheering you on at the finish line. I’m eager, nervous and excited all at the same time.

    • Lana September 23, 2010, 9:31 am

      If you have any training tips for a beginner, send them my way: anotherhealthyhabit.com

      • Cyndi Eggers September 23, 2010, 9:55 am

        Lana – there are so many tips and ideas out there. I am close to my first half next weekend and can say that following a training program (I used a mix of Galloway’s and Higedon’s mixed with a schedule that worked for me) and then really taking care to rest, ice and stretch to avoid injuries has helped. I have very damaged ankles from a childhood of competitive gymnastics and never thought I could do more than a 5K – I cannot wait until next weekend!

  • Sarah September 23, 2010, 9:31 am

    I’m running my first half in November! Never in a million years would I have thought I would be doing this, but reading your blog and others who train carefully (and always say they don’t call themselves “runners”) has given me to the confidence! I can’t wait!

  • JenATX September 23, 2010, 9:31 am

    I’ll be doing a 5k at the end of November, and i have never done one before! I’m starting training on Monday & my goal is to do my miles faster than my miles at the 10k I did in April. I’m not sure if I can do it since I havent been running as much due to knee problems, hopefully they hang in there!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 23, 2010, 9:34 am

    I love the stripe of chia seeds running down the middle! Yum!

    Good luck in the race this weekend!

  • rebecca lustig September 23, 2010, 9:38 am

    you continue to awe the crowd with every post!

    best of luck lovely lady

    it’s almost the weekend, smile!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 23, 2010, 9:38 am

    I’ve been dealing with debilitating pain (my feet burn in response to movement) so exercising is incredibly painful. Still, I know it’s good for me. So right now my goal is to get back to the gym and bike for as long as I can. It won’t be as long as I’m used to, but even 15 minutes of biking is better than nothing. Now if only I can psych myself up for it enough to cover the fear of the pain!

  • Eliza September 23, 2010, 9:39 am

    When I first started transitioning to a healthier lifestyle I set goals pretty often, and running a half marathon was a big one. I feel a little more relaxed about it now, and am just trying to make being active a normal part of my life.
    I guess I did set (and surpass) a goal to hike 3 mountains this summer.
    Its kind of neat to reflect on this and see that slowly these are just becoming “things that I do.” Its always good to challenge yourself, but right now I’m challenged by grad school- and thats enough!

  • Rob Runs (Slowly) September 23, 2010, 9:42 am

    Congratulations on your past successes and best wishes for your upcoming race! I just completed my first half (Philly in a blistering 2:35), my goals were to not walk at all (check!) and to keep a pace less than a minute faster than my LSD marathon pace so I didn’t compromise the rest of my training for my first marathon (check!). I had to “run it, not race it” and that’s what I did, I felt pretty good about it. Next race is the MCM, only goal is to finish!

  • Lee September 23, 2010, 9:44 am

    I’ve run 6 half-marathons and my fastest time was my first! So frustrating!! I would love to beat that time on my next half which is in a month.

  • Val @ Balancing Val September 23, 2010, 9:45 am

    I think it’s so awesome that you have all this documented on your blog to pull up from the past! 🙂

    I am debating whether or not to do a 5k. I just finally started to be able to run a mile without stopping. This is BIG for me.

    • Caitlin September 23, 2010, 9:49 am

      I agree! I love blogging for that reason alone.

    • Elizabeth September 23, 2010, 10:57 am

      I just did my very first 5K, and it was so much fun! I made it in 29:06. (I have no idea how!) I was super nervous, but I’m so glad I went through with it. If you think it will be even a little fun, I say go for it!!

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow September 23, 2010, 9:49 am

    I’ve decided that the end of 2010 and all of 2011 is the year of events for me! Most of my fitness the past 3 years has been in my own home or in the gym as I’ve been healing my back after tearing a disc. BUT…now that I’m stronger and healthier than EVER the events begin!

    I’m thinking of doing an Olympic tri, a century bike ride and working my way up to a 10K and then maybe a half marathon again! Big goals I know but it feels so incredible to not be in pain anymore! My eyes are bigger than ever 🙂

  • Jess C September 23, 2010, 9:51 am

    I graded to black belt in karate last year and that was a major ‘fitness’ goal achieved. And something I realised that came mainly through perseverance. At the moment I am struggling to persevere with anything else, but I guess my current goal is to be able to run 5km straight. 🙂

  • tina September 23, 2010, 9:53 am

    i’m running a 15K in november, it’s my first one, so no matter what it will be a PR! 🙂

    also, have you tried soaking your chia seeds in water before using them? i’ve started doing it for my AM smoothies- it makes an amazing texture!!! i think you said you like the crunch, but after reading “born to run,” and reading thats how they use it, i started doing it- so yummy! 🙂

    • Caitlin September 23, 2010, 9:55 am

      oooo why does born to run say to do that?

      • tina September 23, 2010, 10:02 am

        i don’t think theres any benefit… but thats how they introduce it- the tarahumara use it as a gel and they drink it before/during their runs…

        ps, have you read it? YOU. WILL. LOVE. IT.

  • hippierunner September 23, 2010, 9:54 am

    I hope to “return to glory”. I plan on running the LA Marathon and hope to beat my time last time of 4 hours.

  • britta trubridge September 23, 2010, 9:59 am

    YUMMY! I can’t wait to make em!

  • Heather September 23, 2010, 10:05 am

    going to have to try those pancakes, they look awesome!
    GL in your half, I am sure yall will do grat!

  • Wei-Wei September 23, 2010, 10:08 am

    Good luck on trying to reach your goal! And I am just LOVING your pumpkin breakfasts lately! I had leftover roasted pumpkin (which we barbecued last night, with a LOT of butter) with my breakfast oatmeal this morning. Absolutely amazing 😀

  • Natalia - a side of simple September 23, 2010, 10:08 am

    I’m going through a banana obsession right now, but I’ve been weary of grilling them… I think I just might be convinced now!

  • Nikki @ Balance and Moderation September 23, 2010, 10:09 am

    My goal is to run my first half marathon next month well and to follow my training plan to get me there. My first double digit milage this weekend! 10 miles! Crazy to think back to where I started.

  • Laura@keepingslimandgettingstylish September 23, 2010, 10:12 am

    I just completed my first half marathon at the weekend (the Great North Run in the UK – 2hrs 7 minutes! never dreamed I would be doing that) so I’m currently trying to come up with some new fitness goals. I’ve recently signed up for a beginners yoga class, so perhaps working on my flexibility could be good!

  • AllieNic (Frisky Lemon) September 23, 2010, 10:24 am

    I tried your pumpkin peanut butter recipe this morning for breakfast! It was sooooo good! I added a little bit of coconut butter too! Delicious!

    I don’t have anything specific/in the near future that I’m training for. I’m working hard in my workouts and pretending that I’m training for the 2011 Crossfit Games Regional competition…but that’s a long way away!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 23, 2010, 10:25 am

    I’m working on having a lowered heart rate for all my runs. I was averaging in the 180’s for every run (no matter how long) and I’d love to get it down to the low 170’s or even 160’s…THEN I’ll start working on longer distances than 5K 🙂

  • Joslyn @ missfitbliss September 23, 2010, 10:27 am

    Wow this is so touching to see your progress over such a small amount of time! I love it;)

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 23, 2010, 10:32 am

    well, originally i was working toward getting more toned and in shape for a trip to hawaii coming up…but totally threw my back out this past weekend! so now my main goal is resting so i can have a healthy back 🙂

  • Di September 23, 2010, 10:32 am

    Good luck! Hopefully the hills don’t wear you out too much and you reach your goal. 🙂

    My goal is to run my first 5K on Saturday in its entirety. I’ve run the mileage on the treadmill and once around a lake a few towns over from me, but my goal is to run the entire way on race day.

  • Carrie S. September 23, 2010, 10:32 am

    I’m running the Disney Wine & Dine Half in 10 day and I want to get in under 2 hours SOOO BAD! I don’t think it’ll be a problem as I’ve been averaging around a 9-min mile on my long runs, but right now I’m fighting the urge to re-adjust that goal even though I know I could potentially go even faster. Sub-two hour, yup. That’s my goal and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

  • Joanna @ landanimal.wordpress.com September 23, 2010, 10:32 am

    I’m down with an injury right now…. 🙁 But it’s so great to see you going after your goals and inspiring others to do so

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 23, 2010, 10:44 am

    OOOOO, pumpkin pancakes are one of my all time favorites! Perfect way to start today! I am just maintaining right now and feeling good with that!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired September 23, 2010, 10:45 am

    I’m currently training for a 10k. I have never run more than four miles at one time..and I trained hard for that. This is my “qualifier” for the Princess Half Marathon in Feb. Totally out of my comfort zone on those two distances!

  • Kimberly September 23, 2010, 10:54 am

    I am running a half on Saturday, too – my third. I’ve been working toward a sub-2:00 half so here goes nothing! Good luck at your race.

  • Chelsea at Striking Balance September 23, 2010, 10:55 am

    Fitness goals, hmmm. Well being as I am still rehabing my hip my goal is really to not push it too hard. I have fallen in love with the feeling that running gives me when I finish (even though I can only do a few miles), but sometimes running is just pushing it too hard, so I’m trying to be smart about it 🙂

  • Amber K September 23, 2010, 10:58 am

    My fitness goals right now are to simply spread out the type of fitness I am doing so my body doesn’t become so used to the same thing. I want to start doing yoga more often (I just wish I had a good place to do it!) and become more flexible.

  • Elizabeth September 23, 2010, 10:59 am

    I just did my first 5K and accomplished my goal of being under 30 minutes (29:06) WOO HOO!

    My next goal is to climb the Sears Tower in less than 20 minutes in November. The training for that has been HARD, but no matter how fast or slow, I just can’t wait to get to the top!! 🙂

  • Jen September 23, 2010, 11:00 am

    My sources tell me that you’re going to run the half this weekend faster than you expect!

  • eatmovelove September 23, 2010, 11:07 am

    Just wanted to say PUMPKIN! Pancakes – so good 🙂

  • Amy September 23, 2010, 11:08 am

    I saw this product for not spilling mugs (or pints of beer) and thought it would be perfect for you and may save you a computer! 🙂 http://www.thrillist.com/links/159527

  • Susan@MomSwimBikeRun September 23, 2010, 11:13 am

    I will soon start training for my FIRST marathon. EEK! I’m coming back from a serious injury so it’s going to be tough. I’m only looking to finish which would constitute returning to my former glory as that is pretty much my only goal for these things 😉

  • Carolina September 23, 2010, 11:16 am

    My goal is to finish the 15K this weekend & the half marathon the weekend after without injury. I’ll be honest: I haven’t put in the training I should have for these races. At this point I’m not trying to break a PR, or anything of the sort: I just want to have good, fun, clean runs. Wish me luck!

  • Sarah for Real September 23, 2010, 11:18 am

    I’m training for my very first 5k and it’s on Saturday! My only goal is to run the whole distance, no matter how slow. I think I’ll try to pace myself at 11:00/mile since that’s been my training pace. I’m nervous, I don’t know what to expect!

  • Meg September 23, 2010, 11:20 am

    I just finished a half marathon last Sunday. The Philly RocknRoll Half. I would have loved to PR because it’s flat course, but I’ve been coming off a knee injury for the past year, so I couldn’t train quite as hard as I would have liked. However, I achieved my goal to finish the race PAIN FREE, YAY! And that’s pretty much the best outcome I could ask for at this point.

  • Camille September 23, 2010, 11:21 am

    My next marathon is in 17 days and my main goal is not to walk any of it!
    During my last marathon I was under trained and I ended up walking a lot at the end. No way will I walk during this one!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa September 23, 2010, 11:22 am

    I’m currently training for my first half marathon! I ran a 10k and a 5k since July. I ran 9 miles last weekend and it felt amazing. I can’t wait until the half!

  • Emily September 23, 2010, 11:26 am

    Thanks for the inspiring post! I am just beginning my journey to breaking through with running; past the 5k races and onto bigger and better things!! Sometimes it doesn’t feel like will ever make it to 10ks and halfs and further but reading posts like this reminds me that it is always possible!

  • Angela September 23, 2010, 11:27 am

    I actually don’t run races often, in fact, I’ve only done one in my life time. Its not that I don’t enjoy them but I don’t really love the competition. When I race I end up pushing myself to far and its no longer fun. I think this is due to my past ED, even though I’m in recovery I still really struggle with having a healthy mind set about races and exercise in general. Having those types of goals also cause I kind of trigger for my old habits. I hope one day I’m able to overcome that because I see how much fun everyone has, but for now I’m focusing on finding a healthy balance with my workout routine and using it to feel strong, not skinny.

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! September 23, 2010, 11:28 am

    I’m running my first half marathon in November, and it’s the first time I have a time goal: I want to make it in 2 hours. This is a pretty realistic goal, and I’ve been including at least one speed workout per week in my training in order to make it come true. Good luck this weekend–I know you will rock it!

  • Tracy September 23, 2010, 11:38 am

    While I think my “Glory” Days may be over, I’m still seeking certains times at certain distances.

    For which team are you rooting tonight? Pitt or Miami?

    (Go Pitt!)

    • Caitlin September 23, 2010, 11:39 am

      Heheh I must vote for Miami!

  • Heather in Seattle September 23, 2010, 11:41 am

    My goal is Seattle Thanksgiving marathon….to finish without it finishing me.
    In all my reading I found an amazing stat- 5% of the people that show up to the start line finish a marathon. Compared to 25% of the people that sign up but dont’ make it to the start line (mostly from over training injures.)
    Since my training started 6 weeks ago I have had to miss and entire week due to illness. I have missed 2 long runs and a few shorts due to scheduling issues (apart from that ilness week)
    I have also started therapy for my eating disorder. I think the running and marathon goal finally got me to the point to reach out to a qualified therapist in eating disorders.
    Could the marathon be my HTP? Time will tell.

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 23, 2010, 11:53 am

    My fitness goal(s) right now is to do something different everyday. Like Gina (our lovely fittnessista) says, ‘if you did it yesterday, don’t do it today! My goals also include listening to my body. (this one is hard at times) If I am tired and sore, I will take a break. Seems simple enough…? Yes, but I am the girl who will keep telling herself she’s not sick and then 2 weeks later go to the doctor and he tells her she had the flu and wonders how the girl didn’t know. lol. Silly girl.

  • katie September 23, 2010, 12:10 pm

    My current goal is my second half marathon- on November 7th….I hope to reach a new PR, any amount of seconds under my first time is acceptable 🙂 As a side note, I had a horrible long run today, excuses being that I rearranged my schedule and had long runs too close together and that I’ve been actually trying to run the hills at race pace because they are always slowing me down…but, I know from last time…there’s always next run 🙂

    Good luck this weekend! Can’t wait for the recap and to see what race outfit you’ll come up with ;)!!

  • Ronja September 23, 2010, 12:13 pm

    I’m working towards 5K at the moment. I have just started running but I hope to take part in a 5K race in the spring! It’s actually quite big for me as I don’t like doing races. So I’m not only learning to run but also taking myself into new directions with the running.

  • Kelly September 23, 2010, 12:18 pm

    I’m running my first half marathon in Nov, and my goal if conditions are perfect and I feel perfect is to break 2 hours!

  • Moni'sMeals September 23, 2010, 12:22 pm

    You are amazing Caitlin! I don’t run so I am not much help.:) You will so great this weekend.
    Will you make me those pancakes though?!

  • Sana September 23, 2010, 12:26 pm

    I read Jen’s post on the same 1/2 and I think that is an AWESOME idea!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 23, 2010, 12:30 pm

    I just completed my current fitness goal! I ran my second half last weekend and ran it in 1:57! Woohoo!

    THose pancakes look awesome.

  • Ellen September 23, 2010, 12:33 pm

    just a tip: costco sells the big cans of libby’s pumpkin in a 3 pack! makes it easy to stock up 🙂

    good luck on the half!

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 23, 2010, 12:33 pm

    Good luck with the half marathon. I don’t really have any fitness goals at the moment, but for the past week I have been considering signing up for a half marathon which takes place in March 2011 and then doing a 5, 10 and 15K along the way in preparation for it. I haven’t quite decided though.

  • Jaclyn September 23, 2010, 12:38 pm

    Wow, four half marathons, what accomplishments! That’s great you re pushing yourself in other ways besides just time goals, too!

    Yum looknig bfast!! Omgosh seriously i need grilled banana and pumpkin in my life/bfast!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 23, 2010, 12:45 pm

    I think that’s a good way to view this half…
    And pumpkin pancakes, I can’t get enough lately!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) September 23, 2010, 12:46 pm

    I love the half marathon distance! Good luck on your fourth one! How exciting:) Looking forward to the race recap.

  • Lisa September 23, 2010, 1:25 pm

    Wow! You’ve done so much already!

  • Dani September 23, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Those pancakes look amazing! I have the pumpkin pancake mix from Trader Joe’s but those look much better… They look like they’d make good savory pancakes too!!

    Good luck on your half marathon, you rock! Matt and I are running a 5k tomorrow (his first, my second). It’s a mud run, should be fun :):):)

    • Dani September 23, 2010, 1:33 pm

      ***Saturday, not tomorrow

  • Courtney M. September 23, 2010, 1:35 pm

    I am training for MY FIRST MARATHON! The SAN ANTONIO ROCK N ROLL! :))) Happening in less than 8 weeks!

    • Courtney M. September 23, 2010, 1:36 pm

      I really like the half distance though 🙂 Training for the full 26.2 has been and will continue to be a serious challenge.

  • Anne @ a daily slice September 23, 2010, 1:53 pm

    I’m running a 10k on Sunday that was supposed to be my first half marathon. Life got in the way so I would love to sign up for a half marathon in December… I have BIG dreams of running a marathon in 2011 🙂

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black September 23, 2010, 1:55 pm

    I’m not a big pumpkin fan but boy do you make me want it!

  • Amanda September 23, 2010, 2:17 pm

    Short term goal is to run my first 10K in a little over a week. Long term goal, run a marathon in 2.5 years

  • Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) September 23, 2010, 2:21 pm

    I did my first olympic distance triathlon (ocean swim and all) and I want to do another.
    I’ve done a few half marathons, but never a full one. That is definitely a goal too.
    I’m running a 5km next weekend for a charity event. Setting goals and Personal bests is a great way to stay motivated and driven. Good luck!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 23, 2010, 2:29 pm

    oh yeah! can’t wait to hear how it goes! A hilly track is definitely going to be a big challenge but you’re gonna be awesome.

  • Maren September 23, 2010, 2:32 pm

    Good luck Caitlin! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life September 23, 2010, 2:59 pm

    My goal is to finish my half (16 days!) in under 2:30. It’s my first half marathon and I’m so excited.
    Good luck this weekend!

  • Sarah (A Runner's Heart) September 23, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I have 3 goals right now. 1. Finish the Couch to 5K program in 3 weeks! 2. Run my first 5K in November! And 3. Start Half-Marathon training after the 5K! 🙂 I’m so excited! 🙂

  • Amy September 23, 2010, 3:55 pm

    I saw this Pumpkin Oatmeal recipe and thought you would love it- without the cereal perhaps! http://www.recipegirl.com/2007/09/22/baked-pumpkin-pie-oatmeal-with-crunchy-cinnamon-crumbles/

  • Tami September 23, 2010, 4:09 pm

    i think pacing yourself during this half marathon will be VERy helpful for your upcoming marathon…think of it as a race within a race and try and stick to your pacing.

  • María September 23, 2010, 4:54 pm

    Right now I’m kind of goal-less because I ran my first Half 12 days ago.
    For that race, I aimed for a sub 1:55, considering my best 10k was around 51 min, and I did it… barely, but I did it. 1:54:57.
    Now I’m working towards regaining lost speed and making sub50 in a 10k but it still feels kind of vague.

  • Monica September 23, 2010, 5:06 pm

    I love all your pumpkin recipes! So much fun, hopefully I will be making today’s pancakes soon! 🙂

    I just completed my first ever race (5k) two weeks ago and now I am hooked. I want to register for another one soon and eventually run a 10k once I map out a training plan.

    However my ultimate fitness goal right now is to get spin certified because spinning is a true passion of mine and I would love to teach others.

  • Kerry September 23, 2010, 5:09 pm

    I registered for my first half marathon in December! I’m so excited. Today I signed up to run a 5K in a couple of weeks as part of my university’s celebrations of breast cancer awareness. I think that race will be a lot of fun.

  • Kerry September 23, 2010, 5:09 pm

    I registered for my first half marathon in December! I’m so excited. Today I signed up to run a 5K in a couple of weeks as part of my university’s celebrations of breast cancer awareness. I think that race will be a lot of fun.

  • Catie September 23, 2010, 5:23 pm

    I am training for a 10k. Or trying to with my crazy new schedule with teaching. This is differnt than my last goal, because my last goal was a 5k!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 23, 2010, 7:02 pm

    I think I’m going to try to do my first 10K on Halloween! You’ve inspired me to finally take the plunge and do a race. 😀

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim September 23, 2010, 7:43 pm

    I need to make those pumpkin pancakes! They look and sound heavenly. Good luck in your half! I know you will do amazing because you are amazing and such an inspiration to many! Best of luck love!

  • Adam September 24, 2010, 1:52 am

    Hey Caitlin! I have read your blog for awhile now and i am definitely a fan! Sounds like you have great fitness goals… I had to comment on this post to tell you something funny i noticed about your pancakes! It looks as if the sliced bananas are fillets of fish, haha. Maybe i am crazy? Take a look again, i bet you will see it 🙂

    • Caitlin September 24, 2010, 9:09 am

      if you say so 🙂

  • corinne September 24, 2010, 2:48 pm

    oooooo I included pumpkin in my breakfast this am too! PUMPKIN overnight oats. boo yah! 🙂

    YOU ARE GOING TO DOMINATE TOMORROW! 10 minute miles here you come!

  • Aggie September 27, 2010, 2:26 pm

    I made these very pancakes this weekend, and my kiddos loved them. I served mine with grilled banana and was in absolute heaven!!

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