A Sprint-y 5K

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Good evening! Whew! I always feel so overwhelmed when I come back from a vacation — getting into my normal routine is comforting, but there’s always "clean up" work to do after letting stuff go for a few days.


Work was actually…. REALLY GREAT today! I know I don’t discuss my job that much, but today was very positive! Yay for silver linings!


The theme of the day continued — my afternoon eats were lighter than normal.   Not on purpose really, but after eating and drinking so much this weekend, my tummy kind of needed a break.


I did have a serving of Grape Nuts around 1 PM….


But that didn’t satisfy me, so I had another 1/2 serving around 2 PM…


Before the gym, I ate an apple….


And some celery with PB.


Future Husband and I had *a lot* of work to get done tonight, so we made the gym session quick.  I decided to do a *sprint-y 5k*!


Here’s what I did on the treadmill:


  • Warm-up: 6.0 mph; 1 mile
  • Sprint Sets: 200 meters (0.25 mile) at 7.5 mph, with a 1 minute rest at 6.5 mph rest in between each sprint.  Repeat 5 times.
  • Run for 2 minutes at 6.5 mph (until I reached 2.5 mile).
  • Serious Fast Sprint for the last 0.6 miles at 7.5/8.0 mph.


Finish time: 27:30 minutes! 


I think the key with sprinting is that you have to learn to ignore the physical discomfort.  Sprinting is NOT fun — its extremely challenging, both mentally and physically.


Now, doctors will tell you "don’t work out if it hurts," but I’m not really sure what that means — because any serious runner will tell you that at some point, it HURTS!  When you’re running 13.1 miles or sprinting a 10K, your body is not going to be thrilled.  I try to transcend the discomfort — I place my mind elsewhere.  It’s the only way to improve; you have to push yourself past  your comfort zone (in a safe and sensible way)! 


I’m not suggesting ya’ll go out there and run yourselves to death (overuse injuries suck), but there’s something to be said for pushing yourself!


After the gym, we ran wedding-related errands at Wal-Mart (buying wrapping paper for the bridal party gifts, etc)… while I approached the checkout register, I spotted….


AHHHHH! The 2nd (New Moon) and 4th (Breaking Dawn) books in the Twilight series!  They didn’t have any copies of the 3rd book, but I snapped these up immediately (they’re sold out everywhere)!


We didn’t get home until 8:30, and I knew dinner would take at least half an hour, so I had a light snack…


Just 1 cup of this cereal is 70 calories (its like eating air!!), but it was delish!


Dinner was 1 cup of brown rice with steamed red and green peppers and stir-fried chicken.


I was craving veggies all day long, so this dinner hit the spot!


I realize I am late on the third installment of the December Challenge — sorry! I will post a new ab exercise tomorrow, I promise!


Time to unwind!  Have a wonderful night!


Oh, Clifford was flushed tonight after a brief eulogy.  RIP, Clifford.



  • Jaime December 8, 2008, 7:49 pm

    just thought i’d say hello! i’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks and i love it!!! looks like you had a great time at your bachelorette trip/party!!

  • Erica December 8, 2008, 7:51 pm

    Wonderful day! Eats look healthy and light! Glad you got a nice run in too! And the books- bonus! Enjoy your night

  • Mica December 8, 2008, 7:55 pm

    Wow, even though you’re lightening up your meals after the weekend, they still look delicious! Yum!

  • jenngirl December 8, 2008, 7:55 pm

    Woo Hoo for the Twilight books, I’m reading them for the SECOND time around now, and loving every second of it! haha glad you’ve joined in on the fun!

    Have a great night 🙂

  • ohsheglows.com December 8, 2008, 7:58 pm

    Great job on the run! You seem to be getting back into your schedule with no problems 🙂

    I posted a homemade Banana bread Larabar recipe on my blog tonight- thought you and other readers might be interested!


    It was super easy and yummy! 😀


  • Amy December 8, 2008, 8:08 pm

    I love the Twilight books!! I have yet to read book 4 but the first three were addicting. 🙂 I’m glad you had a great weekend. It looked like so much fun. I also really like what you said about running. Sometimes I don’t push myself enough so I’m going to give the sprints a shot on my run tomorrow.

  • Lida December 8, 2008, 8:20 pm

    the third book is the best one! MAKE SURE YOU READ IT!
    and i totally agree about the discomfort thing… in swim practice we all worked out till we cried and wanted to die. it took me a while to realize that working out doesn’t always have to be that way– that it can also be pleasurable and not a mental struggle. on the other hand, i sometimes feel like i can do anything, knowing that i’ve pushed myself that hard.

  • Sharney December 8, 2008, 8:29 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    Looks like you've been getting lots of fruits & veggies since you got back! Yayyyyy!

    Congrats on another awesome run! I wish you could be my trainer- you have such good ideas to get faster and are so knowledgeable, too! I finally signed up for my first race ever!!!! A half marathon in April!!! You have been such an inspiration to me ever since I discovered your blog. Your enthusiasm for running has really rubbed off on me and I have finally decided to challenge myself further by running a race. I am so nervous, though. I keep reading your blog & Meghann's because you guys rock and inspire me sooo much 🙂 I will continue to look to you for advice throughout my training. Thanks for always being there to help me with all my pesky questions!

    Hooray for finding New Moon! I remember Meghann mentioning she was having trouble finding it herself. I saw a copy here in Chicago the other day. I was going to pick it up, but I haven't even read the first book yet which I purchased over 3 months ago!!! Sometimes it's so hard to find time to read which sucks because I LOVE to read. I will definitely check it out soon because I've heard such great things about the series.

    Have a great night! Tomorrow I have a speedwork session- OH NO!!!!

  • Meg December 8, 2008, 8:44 pm

    Wow! A great day at work and new books! Fabulous!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK December 8, 2008, 10:41 pm

    nice 5k!!!! Love the food, and I need to read those books, I ll just cave in already!

  • samantha December 8, 2008, 11:39 pm

    Very good eats and so healthy! That sprinting 5k looks HARD. I agree about the hurting while running part. I understand if it feels reeeally uncomfortable but not exercise is going to be perfect.


  • magpie December 9, 2008, 1:10 am

    Just catching up on your weekend posts – sounds like you had an amazing time! NYC is a great place.

    Love the grape nuts 🙂

  • MizFit December 9, 2008, 4:18 am

    I love me some grapenuts. my hiusband thinks Im crazy but for me it is a food where I actually need to watch my portions (him? he gags it down :)).


  • Caitlin (see bride run) December 9, 2008, 4:44 am

    amy – good luck on your sprints!!!

    lida – oh trust me, i wont be skipping the third book! LOL! these things are like crack!

    sharon – wowowowowoow i cant believe your first race will be a half marathon – that is SOOOO awesome, seriously. id glad my blog and meghann’s could help motivation you – you are going to rock it out, i know it! good luck with sprints.

  • Jess December 9, 2008, 11:19 am

    Sounds like you’ve been super busy. And I agree with you on the pushing yourself aspect. No way to get faster if you don’t push it a bit.

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