On The Mend

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It’s time again for the workout weekly round-up! I like to take a macro view of working out instead of looking at each day one-by-one; I think this outlook helps keep me healthier and more balanced.


So – here’s what I did this week:


  • Monday: Swam 1,000 yards
  • Tuesday: Rest day
  • Wednesday: swim 1,200 yards
  • Thursday: Ran 1 mile
  • Friday: Swim 1,000 yards
  • Saturday: Hot Yoga
  • Sunday: Long walk


Did you catch that?  Yup – I ran on Thursday at Girls on the Run


Some background: on March 10, I did something horrendous to my knee/leg while on a 12.0-mile training run for my upcoming half  marathon.  The injury was so painful that it forced me to skip three major races I had signed up for in late March/early April.  I actually haven’t ran since March 25, although I did walk a half marathon on April 2 (which was a bad idea because it really, really hurt).


I’ve been run-free for a little over 5 weeks. Unfortunately, I haven’t been pain-free.  I’ve been keeping track of my flare-ups, and my knee has hurt sporadically after yoga, sitting on an airplane, and walking at the mall.


HOWEVER – I think I’m finally truly on the mend (knocking on every wood object and structure around me).  At GOTR, I’ve been walking around the track with the girls, explaining that I cannot run with them because of my injury.  But on Thursday, I decided to run with them because it was so hot and no one was feeling very motivated.  I ran a mile very slowly, and although I was “aware” of the area after, no pain!


This makes for a very happy Caitlin.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m over the healing hump and will be able to run the GOTR 5K on May 7.  I’d also love to get back to longer workouts.  My game plan is not to run again until May 7 and then walk-run the race.  We’ll see!




A bowl of Greek yogurt, raw oatmeal, cashews, blueberries, and chia seeds.  With some orange juice on the side.


How was your workout week?



  • Melanie @ Trial By Trail May 1, 2011, 10:07 am

    So glad your knee/leg injury is healing! My hubby has also hurt his leg and foot while running and it’s so tough when you’re trying to train for a race!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 1, 2011, 10:07 am

    Woohoo! Congrats on the run! I know how awesome running a mile feels after a forced break 🙂

  • Freya May 1, 2011, 10:07 am

    I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better!
    Mine was good – I ran 15miles total! Cos my injury is FINALLY on its way out!!!! I even did a 10k in 50mins this morning, which was awesome 🙂 5months is TOO long with no running, IMHo.
    I hate that they say an hour a day – that’d put a lot of people off, if they don’t do anything. 1/2 hour is a better suggestion, cos it is SO much more doable to go from nothing to 1/2hr, than nothing to an hour.

  • The Teenage Taste May 1, 2011, 10:08 am

    I’m injured at the moment (pulled quad) so my workout week has been virtually non-existent. (I did do some walking/ellipticalling though!) Glad to hear you are healing and running again! Being injured stinks! 😛

  • Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) May 1, 2011, 10:10 am

    YAY on the run! I used to be in that club actually when I Was younger!! it was a blast!..
    LOVe your breakfast- so many components to it!
    I love how you swim so much- that is something I just never quite got into, but its such a great workout!! my week was great- my running keeps improving- woo!

  • Little Bookworm May 1, 2011, 10:13 am

    Congrats on the run! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 1, 2011, 10:16 am

    I’m so glad things are looking better for your knee! I knocked on wood for you too! I had a great workout week, but I am pretty controlled in what I do. I do a lot of kickboxing and core fusion. I like the mix of hardcore with slow strength and stretching. I’m so happy you got to run! I hope it keeps improving!

  • Emma May 1, 2011, 10:21 am

    That’s great that you were able to run a little bit without too much discomfort! A good way to motivate the girls when your able too.

    I am excited because my running is really starting to improve and I had a strong week! Ran 4 times and did my “long run” of 4 1/2 miles and really could have gone farther. Finished the week feeling positive about the next week of training and starting to think I can totally do the Half Marathon I kind of already signed up for… 😀

  • Jen May 1, 2011, 10:22 am

    Glad your knee is feeling better!

    My workout week has been non-existent, other than a two-mile run on Thursday, because I’m in the grips of writing final papers and can’t shake a cough that I’ve had for about a week. Actually, that cough has been shaking me; perhaps I should count that as an ab workout? Ugh.

    • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 9:57 am

      Ugh I hope you feel better soon!

  • Jesse May 1, 2011, 10:29 am

    so glad to hear your injury is getting better and hoping that you’ll be hitting the ground running more again soon 🙂

    my workout week was pretty good. lots of time @ the gym cross training and two runs: one really good on tuesday, and one not so good on thursday which prompted me to take the weekend off from running to ward of my awful shin splints!

    have a great rest of the weekend 🙂

  • cathy May 1, 2011, 10:33 am

    Yippee that you are on the road to healing that knee, caitlin!
    I had the workout week I wanted: mix of cardio + strength. I don’t enjoy weights, so was pleased to accomplish the sessions – had planned for.
    Here’s to a pain-free May for you!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 1, 2011, 10:38 am

    My workout week was pretty good — I skipped a longish run on Wednesday because my hip felt really sore (and almost hurting) but I redeemed myself with my 18 mile run yesterday! It went good and had very little hip pain afterward.

    • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 9:57 am

      Congrats on 18 miles of awesomeness.

  • poweredbypeanutbutter May 1, 2011, 10:38 am

    Thats great news that your injury is starting to get better and that you sneaked in a short run 🙂 My exercise week has been pretty good, I did the 30 day shred level 1 for 6 days out of 7, went on a really long hike and got in 2 short tempo runs. Not bad at all.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) May 1, 2011, 10:39 am

    That is awesome news about your pain free run!
    My workout week (month) has been the pits, but here is to a great May!

  • Khushboo May 1, 2011, 11:16 am

    Glad to know youre run was pain-free! Do you think you’re going to build up to a half marathon or take it easy for a while?

    My workout week has been fab and ended with a bang thanks to a spontaneous workout yday and killer session today 🙂

    • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 9:56 am

      I think I’m definitely going to take it easy for a few months – prob under 5 miles. Too much too soon = disaster.

  • Dorien @ Striped Happy May 1, 2011, 11:21 am

    So glad your knee is starting to feel better!! You’ll be running again before you know it 😉
    I actually ran my first 5K race today!!! I don’t know my official time yet, but the course was 5,4km and I ran it in about 31mins! I started training for this about 10 weeks ago, and it’s amazing to see how much I’ve improved! I think I’m hooked! 🙂
    Thanks Caitlin for your inspirational and motivating blog! I don’t comment often, but I always enjoy reading! In fact, just this morning I was going through your pre-race tips and that definitely helped with my nerves!!

    • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 9:55 am

      Dorien! You rule. 🙂 Congrats on your first 5K 🙂 Do you have plans to run another one??

  • Amber K May 1, 2011, 11:47 am

    I take the weekends off from “official” exercise and I made it to the gym every day Mon-Fri. So I’m doing well! Although not doing as well with flexibility and strength training. It’s just so much easier to get my cardio in because I get that lovely endorphin boost!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 1, 2011, 12:08 pm

    So glad that your injury seems to be doing much! It is so awesome that you listened to your body and took the time you needed to heal properly. It is not easy to listen to your body – but seeing you do it.. makes it easier for all of us to do it as well!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews May 1, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Glad to hear that you’re doing better! How exciting.

  • monicanelsonfitness May 1, 2011, 12:43 pm

    love this pic with the girls! Glad you are healing. Love your breakfast too, looking the same over here. 🙂

  • Amanda (modernation) May 1, 2011, 12:56 pm

    Congrsts on the baby steps! Our GOTR 5K is May 14th and I can’t wait. Although, I will be working and not running! My workout week was good – finally getting into a consistent routine. 2 runs, lots of walks with the dog, bootcamp, stairs, and gym!

  • Nichole ( eat & be pretty ) May 1, 2011, 1:04 pm

    yayy for your road to recovery! My workout week was not as intense as I had anticipated… I was planning on torturing myself after my 21st birthday week which involved a whole lot of… (ahem)…fun, and not a whole lot of exercise. I still moved my butt a good amount, though.

  • Natalia - a side of simple May 1, 2011, 1:10 pm

    Woohoo on your run, Caitlin! I always remind myself if I get injured or have a bad day with exercising that “slow is smooth, smooth is fast.” Just that little motto gives me such a boost!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 1, 2011, 1:39 pm

    I’m so glad you had a pain free run!! That’s awesome! I just got back to running after four months off, too and it feels ammmazing! I never want to stop when I get out there now!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 1, 2011, 1:50 pm

    Your b-fast bowl looks fab!!!

    Yah for being able to run SOON 🙂

  • Ashley K May 1, 2011, 2:10 pm

    Hey girl!

    So happy that you ran pain free! 🙂 I’ll send positive vibes your way on May 7th,

    I ran my first 1/2 marathon today and wanted to thank you for being such an inspiration to me. I love reading about your workouts and fitness tips. as well as the yummy food you eat! Reading your blog gave me the running bug and I am so grateful I found it!

    Thanks again, happy recovery and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

    • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 9:54 am

      Thank you so much 🙂

      A 1/2 marathon is an incredible accomplishment and you should be SOOO proud!!!!!

  • Hating ED May 1, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Yay for being on the mend!
    I’m nursing a hamstring injury, so my week just consisted of two 2mi runs, a 4mi run, LOTS of stretching, and 40min elliptical.

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 1, 2011, 2:46 pm

    that’s so awesome that you ran! congrats! my fingers are crossed that you are in fact on the mend, which I’m sure you are because you’ve been taking care of yourself so well!

  • Molly @ RDexposed May 1, 2011, 2:53 pm

    I’ve been having a PT tape my knee and it has made a world of difference!

  • Katherine: Unemployed May 1, 2011, 3:08 pm

    I’m so in the hole with working out (buried under all the food I’ve consumed). congrats on running! yay

  • Rachel May 1, 2011, 3:32 pm

    horray for you! my weekly workout schedule was pretty light b/c i ran my very first ever 5k race today!!! my goal was to run the whole way – no walking – & i did it! and i finished w/ a totally respectable time of 36:23 🙂 i am on a high like no other. happy sunday 😀

    • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 9:53 am

      Congrats on your first 5k! You are so awesome!!! 🙂 🙂

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun May 1, 2011, 3:34 pm

    Yay! So happy to hear you had a successful one mile. Hope it just keeps getting better and better.

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life May 1, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Congrats on a successful mile. I’m sure that felt really good. I haven’t run since Mar 26th. I ran that National half and now have an injury in both feet. My workouts are just now starting again- I’m biking indoors and lifting weights. I really miss running though 🙁

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) May 1, 2011, 4:46 pm

    Yay! I’m so happy for you!!!

    My week was ok… but I actually ended up tweaking my knee during a run on Monday! Ack! It doesn’t hurt when I run, but it hurts when I walk…. I’m taking a few days off and hoping it helps. I’m just over the injury hump (shin splint) and, while I’m bummed that I tweaked my knee, I’m learning to listen to my body more!

  • Erica May 1, 2011, 5:03 pm

    Glad to hear you’re on the mend! Your workouts look great 🙂 Swimming is such an amazing & therapeutic form of exercise. I miss hot yoga! I will definitely be taking a class after the peanut is born 🙂 I totally want to get involved with GOTR. I bet your a super role model for those little ladies. And that breakfast bowl has me craving blueberries. Workout week for me:
    M: Walked & taught Body Pump
    T: Walked on the treadmill at an incline
    W: Walked & took Body Pump
    R: Walked on the treadmill at an incline
    F: ” ”
    S & Sunday- walked outside (So pretty out!)

  • Cara May 1, 2011, 5:13 pm

    That breakfast looks delicious! I’m going through greek yogurt withdrawal, since I’m trying to finish up the food in my fridge before I move out.
    My fitness this week has been short bursts, because of studying for finals but a little exercise here and there is better than nothing!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble May 1, 2011, 5:55 pm

    Glad you’re knees feeling better! My knees got really painful during a half marathon last month and I haven’t tried running since then. I think my body (and knees) just needed a rest!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 1, 2011, 5:56 pm

    I am currently at day 12 of my 30 day MOVE it, TONE it, DRINK it challange and I am pleased to report ‘so far so good!!!”

  • Paige @Running Around Normal May 1, 2011, 6:05 pm

    Yay!! That’s such excellent news 🙂

    Hopefully there’s no more setbacks. Super cute pic of you and the girls, too.

  • Amanda May 1, 2011, 6:07 pm

    Hi Caitlin!
    I’ve been reading for years and would love to list your blog on my blogroll (www.motherofambition.blogspot.com). Would that be okay? Also, have you thought about an affiliate program to sell your book or is it only sold in stores? Just a thought : )

    • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 9:51 am

      Thank you so much for reading for so long and thank you for adding me to your blog roll!

      I think you can join Amazon affiliates? I don’t have an affiliate program though.

  • Sonia (The Mexigarian) May 1, 2011, 6:14 pm

    Glad to hear your injury is on the mend!! Hope that heals completely and doesn’t give you any trouble 🙂

    My workout week had two cycle classes, a yoga class and finished the 9 miler in Big Sur with my husbands family. I had never been in a run/walk event before and it was great feeling crossing that finish line as marathoners raced past us 🙂

    • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 9:51 am

      That is so fun – I like walking events 🙂

  • Karolina May 1, 2011, 7:12 pm

    YAY! I’m glad that you’re starting to notice some improvements in healing, and hopefully it continues healing quickly!

  • chelsea May 1, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Yay to healing!! It is good to look at your workouts in a weeks view rather than day to day. I can be so down on myself for missing workouts but when I look at the week in whole it makes me feel better.

  • lisa May 1, 2011, 7:46 pm

    Everyone is eating greek yogurt these days. I’m gonna have to give it a try.

    I had a good week. Mon-2m run, Tue 5m run, Wed-Spin, Thur- 5m run, Fri- 2m run, Sat- rest…This will be even better. I’m gonna add weight training 🙂

  • Carin May 1, 2011, 7:48 pm

    My workout week featured MY FIRST MARATHON!!!!! It was a loooooong way and I finished in 6:03 – but I think it’s a pretty epic achievement in that it was my 13th race, I only started running a year ago and my first race was the 10k at the same event last year. Admittedly I hadn’t done enough training but I am so chuffed with myself for trying it and finishing it. Will write you up a post sometime to inspire other older readers – so that they know that it’s possible!

    Thanks so much for your inspiration, positivity and running tips x

    • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 9:49 am

      CONGRATS on your first marathon! You are awesome.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 1, 2011, 8:08 pm

    Yay that’s such great news! Congrats on your pain-free run! 😀

    I’d say this was a good workout week! I got in 2 runs, an elliptical sesh, a spin class, an upper body workout, and a legs + abs workout. And of course a rest day!

  • Kelly May 1, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Wow, that’s great Caitlin. So glad you’re feeling better!

  • rebecca lustig May 1, 2011, 9:22 pm

    i’ve gotten into swimming again as well! although i still don’t understand how to measure yards and whatnot…. i just base it on time.

  • Christy May 1, 2011, 10:00 pm

    I always see you eat raw oats so I tried it myself yesterday and they are delicious! Thank you for introducing me to them!

  • Lindsey May 1, 2011, 10:48 pm

    It was awesome because the weather is finally allowing me to more all my runs outside! And to make it even better this was my last week of marathon training before taper time!

  • Alexa May 2, 2011, 2:01 am

    Congrats on the run!

  • Andreea @ Journey To USA May 2, 2011, 7:57 am

    I had a good workout week. Since I m not a runner I enjoy doing full budy workouts using light dumbells and mix in some stationary cycling with interval trainings.

    I really like to work my legs but I have to put some rest days in between so the muscles can repair. If it was for me, I would do squats all day long !

  • Kristina May 2, 2011, 2:39 pm

    Jumping on here very late, but wanted to say CONGRATS on the run!
    I had major issues earlier this year and took about 2 months off from running.
    Had a few weeks back on my feet before my Olympic Tri. What was really funny – the running leg was awesome! Maybe I need to take more breaks from running?

    • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 2:41 pm

      Yay for your Oly Tri 🙂

  • Allison @ Happy Tales May 3, 2011, 5:18 pm

    Ah you must be on top of the WORLD that you got a run under your belt pain free. I am *so happy* for you!!!!!!!! I’ve so been there, and I remember how much I was beaming when I realized I was on the mend… yay!

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