AM Run

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After two days of not running (and missing 1 day of speedwork training in the process), I was itching for a run. It was now or never, because we’re driving to Miami to see friends around 3 PM.


Pre-Run Snack


I woke up later than intended to (damn beers) and rushed around like a crazy person to get ready to leave for my run.  I had a coffee + 1/2 a Pure Protein bar.


This is my first time having a Pure Protein bar, and I must say — not impressed. Not all all.  It wasn’t BAD… I just didn’t think it was particularly good!


Run, Run, Run!


For my morning run, I had a serious time limit.   That’s the trouble with AM workouts–you’re pushed to finish and usually end up cutting it short. But seriously, some mileage is better than no mileage.


I ended up doing 5 miles in the dark.  I wore my safety light on my behind to let the cars know I was out and about. 🙂


With my mom putting our family dog down today, I had a lot of energy I needed to get out.  I’m so emotional this morning. 


I keep thinking about how we sometimes fall back on merely going through the motions of life, getting so wrapped up in the stuff that doesn’t really matter.  It’s our natural human instinct to function like we’re going to live forever, but we won’t.  It’s so important to me to wake up and be thankful for every day–to value each interaction with a loved one, to enjoy every second I am healthy and happy, and to just LIVE in the moment


It was a really, really amazing run.


Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 49 minutes (5 miles)
  • Average Heart Rate: 174 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 190 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 470




I wasn’t up for dirty pots and pans this morning, so I did a simple breakfast of frozen waffles + PB + a banana.


I drizzled everything with some real maple syrup…. PB + maple syrup = heaven!


I’m leaving work early today so we can make the 4 hour drive to Miami without hitting rush hour (cross your fingers!).  But I’ll see you during lunch! 🙂


Have a good day!



  • VeggieGirl October 10, 2008, 5:22 am

    “Some mileage is better than no mileage.”

    Amen to that!! Kudos!! :0)

    Mmm, lovin’ the waffles!!

    Stay extra strong through this tough time with Louie’s loss – I PROMISE that if you cherish the GOOD memories and times that you had with him, it will be much easier to deal with. It has helped (and still helps) me cope with the loss of my dear “furry sister.”

    Your comment on my blog was so lovely – love ya back!! :0)

  • Simple and Divine October 10, 2008, 5:37 am

    Damnit! Tears again! So yeah, I’m in my girlie cycle, but your SUCH a RULL writer… You speak to my gut, girl! Really, your words are always so heart clenching and true. I thank you so, for your willingness to share them with us! And once again, I’m so amazed by your strength… I would have been so emotional during that run, as well… What a powerful experience!

    You’ll be in my heart all day, babygirl. Allow yourself to feel emotion… Some times our emotions and our hearts need a little run too, you know? X0.

  • runningwithfood October 10, 2008, 5:45 am

    I’m so sad to hear about Louie … just remember all the smiles that he brought to your face and the great times you had with him! 🙂

    I’m glad you had such an awesome run – taking that time to yourself and thinking through things is the best medicine in the world!

    Take it easy and enjoy Miami this weekend!!

  • just me October 10, 2008, 6:08 am

    you are such a strong young lady and i know you can work through the hard times; if need be, think back on all he good times and memories…that’s what i’ll do, and make sure i smile to make it all worth while.

    and yay for the run going well even w/ the time constraints…i’ve always hated that!!!

    yummy bfast! can’t wait for you lunch!!!

  • Meghann October 10, 2008, 6:10 am

    The one thing I ahte about running in the mornin gis time constraints, but I think I would still have time constraint in the evening with wanting to get home and make dinner asap. Honestly, with working full time there is unfortautnely no good time to get a good run in except on the weekends. 🙁 I’m glad you got your run in though. 🙂 Are you going to be doing any running in Miami?

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 10, 2008, 6:12 am

    thanks guys… XOXO

    meghann – i’m taking my gear with me, but im going to take it as it comes. i sure there will be alcohol consumed tonight, so i may not be up for a run. plus, god… my leg hurts again. i dunno what’s wrong with it! sigh.

  • Meg October 10, 2008, 6:13 am

    I agree that it is important to be thankful for every day! Continued prayers for your family!

    Those protein bars are OK, but like you, I wasn’t impressed.

  • tfh October 10, 2008, 6:34 am

    Awww, your post made me think about an article I read this weekend. It’s quick and made me cry and about how our old dogs help us confront that very thing about life that you write about. If you have time, read it, if not, apologies for the long link:

    Take care.

  • bitesoflife October 10, 2008, 6:42 am

    You’re so right about living in the moment and not going through the motions. I know I tend to do that some days. Thank you for reminding me not to!

    Your loss is a though thing to go through, just think of all the good things that you guys had together!

  • Lindsey October 10, 2008, 6:48 am


    Thank you for what you wrote today about going through the motions. I feel like I’ve been doing that lately, and your post just made me stop and think. I know I don’t talk to my parents as much as I should, but I think today I’m going to give them a call and let them know I love them!!

    Keep your chin up, you are a strong woman, and your friends in blogland are here for you! I think you’re definitely an inspiration to a lot of us.

  • whatiateyesterday October 10, 2008, 7:19 am

    We don’t live forever, that is my greatest lesson I learned in my brothers passing. We have to cherish the days we have.

    I’m glad you had such a great run. Hang in there.

  • BOBBI McCORMICK October 10, 2008, 8:06 am

    love that your living for the day, I have to remember that all too often. I get so wrapped up in the things that don’t really matter. Life is too short not to be captivated by the beauty of each moment:)

  • shawna October 10, 2008, 8:23 am

    Your thoughts about making every moment count and living each day fully really are amazing! I need to remember that more often.

    ((hugs)) to you again today!

  • AlliJag October 10, 2008, 8:30 am

    I’m sorry to hear about the family dog (we had to do the same thing in June). I’m sure he lived and wonderful (and spoiled!) life with your family.

    You definitely have the right outlook – we need to appreciate all of the little things, every day. I’ll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts!

  • WeightingGame October 10, 2008, 8:46 am

    Ohhh..I’ve been there. I so understand.
    On a positive note, PB plus banana equals perfection. yummm.

  • aron October 10, 2008, 8:47 am

    i am so sorry about your doggie 🙁 losing pets is SO hard.

    great job on the run!

  • ModelBehavior October 10, 2008, 9:03 am

    Thanks for the snippit about not living like you will live forever, everyone needs a reminder of that sometimes! So sorry about your puppy 🙁

  • Sharon October 10, 2008, 9:06 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    Just wanted to send some hugs your way on this difficult day. Kudos to you for getting in a morning run! It sounds like it was good for you not only physically, but mentally, too. Today I am running 4miles, but tomorrow it my long run – 8 miles! Wish me luck – the furthest that I’ve ever run is 6 miles, so I’m really nervous about tomorrow and wondering if I will be able to do it??? Did you ever feel that way? Hope your time in Miami is fun!

  • Justine October 10, 2008, 9:10 am

    Sorry to hear the news about your dog 🙁 I haven’t lost a pet yet (cuz I just got my first one 2 years ago!) but I can only imagine how hard it must be. They’re definitely like a part of the family!

  • Chic Runner October 10, 2008, 9:16 am

    Way to get out there, even on a rough day!

    Where did you find your blinking light? I seriously need to get one before I get run over by some Crazy Orange County mom.

    Have fun this weekend, and thanks for the pics, again, got me hungry! 🙂

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 10, 2008, 9:31 am

    sharon – thanks, hun. and yes, i’ve experienced the same running fear. but i think a lot of running is mental, so tonight when you’re laying in bed, really PUMP up the run in your imagination. imagine how great it will feel to finish, imagine how easy it will be, etc. if you approach the run with a great attitude, it makes it so much easier. and 6 miles to 8 miles isnt too much a stretch, you can do it!

    danica – it was a give-a-way from the half marathon. you could probably get them at a sports store though. i would get a reflective vest if i ran in the early morning a lot, actually!

  • HangryPants October 11, 2008, 4:06 am

    Your right! It’s so important to appreciate each moment. In the grand scheme of things, all the little things that stress us out and upset us don’t matter. It’s the wonderful people and pets and our experiences that change us! Have fun in Miami.

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