I have developed a serious obsession with Weather.com.  Yes, I know 10-day forecasts are BS.  I also know we’re 18 days away from W-Day.  BUT, I cannot help but check the forecast obsessively.


Pray for warmth!   It looks like a cold spell is coming in at Christmas, so maybe a warm spell will be right behind.


Mid-morning snack was Honey Bunches of Oats.  I will be so happy when our extra-large bag of this cereal is GONE!


I remembered to take my knee supplements…


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Lunch was a simple and healthy platter-style spread.  Lots of things to pick at as I worked!

A big glob of Sabra hummus….


And a few pieces of yummy chocolate…


Back to work I go! See you later for speed sprints.



**Edited to Add**


Sharon, one of the sweetest people I’ve "met" in blog land, commented on my morning post, but I want EVERYONE to read this, so I’m posting it here.


Great job on your 5k yesterday, Caitlin! You are awesome and so inspiring to me! That is so cool that you set a new PR! I am so proud of you! I ran 13.1 miles yesterday (not a race, just on my own as preparation for my half in April). After about 9 miles, I started to feel a dull pain in my groin ( I felt kind of stiff there before I started my run, so I made sure to stretch). I pushed through it and by mile 12, it REALLY hurt! I still pushed through it. I figured I was so close that I should just go for it. So I did. What a mistake. My last 5 minutes were the worst five minutes I ever ran in my life. I felt like I had a knife in my groin and I had to take my speed down from 10 minute miles to 12 minute miles. Every step was torture! I was able to finish, but once done, I was unable walk. I am so bummed because I have never had this happen to me before. I couldn’t even go to work today because I can’t even walk from the couch to the kitchen without the aid of a crutch. I don’t know if I’ve strained or tore an adductor muscle or have a stress fracture. It happened so suddenly that I can’t imagine it’s a stress fracture, but I always think the worst.


Anyway, I really messed myself up! I think it is because I have taken on too much, too soon. I really increased my mileage and speed too quickly. So you are definitely right about taking things slow and not running such long distances day after day. Now I am unable to run 🙁 Who knows when I will be able to get back to it. So, to anybody out there, please, please give your bodies a rest. Too much mileage a week makes you very susceptible to injuries that will sideline you and mess with your training. I am so sad because I have a half scheduled in the beginning of April. I hope I will be able to do it….

Anyway, you definitely know what you’re talking about. I should’ve been smarter and taken the wise advice that you give us day after day. It is much better to run 20-25 miles a week and be able to race and continue to run rather than push 40+ miles and not even be able to walk! Hopefully, I will heal quickly, but I am definitely not running for the next 3 days at least and I will only run if I don’t have any pain. Sorry for the long post and listening to me vent. I have got to start up my own blog soon! Thanks for listening!


Sharon – DON’T FREAK OUT JUST YET!  Relax, stay OFF your feet, and take some ibuprofen to reduce swelling.  If you need to, visit your doctor.  All long-distance runners eventually experience an injury, but it is VERY IMPORTANT to learn from your mistakes! Take it easy for as long as you need to.  I’m sure you will be much better by April for your half!!!



  • Amanda December 15, 2008, 12:58 pm

    Thanks for posting this – when I was training for my half I often wanted to increase my distances faster than my training program specified. Luckily I resisted due to all of the horror stories I heard and pretty much increased my weekly long runs by one mile every other week. I am happy to say that slow and steady wins the race … well I didn’t win the half, but I finished it and that was my goal 🙂

  • fodie818 December 15, 2008, 1:21 pm

    caitlin that seems like a TINY lunch!!

  • VeggieGirl December 15, 2008, 1:22 pm

    It’s already below freezing here, so you’ll be warmer than I am!! Haha 😉

    WONDERFUL words from Sharon and from you!! Thanks for the advice!!

  • carolinebee December 15, 2008, 1:24 pm

    Good luck to Sharon- I really hope you didnt do any damage and that you recover soon! Good luck to you too C-money 😀 On your training plan and wedding countdown!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) December 15, 2008, 1:25 pm

    fodie – really?? i guess it does look tiny, visually…. but the hummus was prob 100 calories, the crackers was about 1.5 servings (so about 200 calories, same as a sandwich), and the veggies loaded me up with fiber (plus approx another 50 calories). so yes, it was lower calorie than other meals, but i was STUFFED after eating that. so much fiber! 🙂

    the other issue is i have no food in the fridge. we need to go shopping ASAP!

  • therunningaddict December 15, 2008, 1:29 pm

    Caitlin I share the Weather Channel obsession. Its also on my Firefox toolbar AND my desktop!!
    Thanks for posting the comment; I have done this two years ago and it took me one MONTH to recover (I had a sprained ankle)

  • girlrunningaround December 15, 2008, 1:30 pm

    Wow, I’m sorry to hear about Sharon’s injury. I had a minor injury that helped me put things in perspective too.

    And I am also obsessed with Weather.com right now. Our honeymoon is in 8 days and I want the weather to be perfect! I don’t think checking the net a bazillion times a day will do it, but at least I’ll know if something funky is on the way.

  • Marissa December 15, 2008, 1:35 pm

    Thanks for posting on training too much.

  • Mica December 15, 2008, 1:47 pm

    Thanks for the post. Even though I’ve read a million times that extra running doesn’t always mean extra benefits, it takes a wake-up call like this to remind myself to be moderate and safe with my training.

    Thanks to you and Sharon for sharing your running wisdom.

  • tfh December 15, 2008, 1:51 pm

    Poor Sharon! Sometimes three days is all it takes, though– hopefully this is just one of those “lesson learned” kind of things and not a sidelined kind of thing. I’ve been there, though, and it’s no fun.

  • Katie December 15, 2008, 2:04 pm

    Poor Sharon. Not only does that sound REALLY painful, but sports injuries are so discouraging when you’re training for something tangible. That’s how I fractured my femur!

    I hope you heal speedily, Sharon 🙂

  • Halie December 15, 2008, 2:08 pm

    That’s so funny that you mention The Wheather Channel today because I’ve started to watch it a bunch again. You got a very important reason to keep your eye on it though 😉

    I enjoyed reading Sharon’s comment! Thank you for sharing it. Get well soon Sharon! I need to be reminded of that too!

  • Bridget December 15, 2008, 2:15 pm

    Oh man poor Sharron!!! That sucks. Great advice, esp for those of us who have only very recently started to run. Also Congrats on winning your 5k this weekend…SO AWESOME!!

  • Sharney December 15, 2008, 2:25 pm

    Thank you Caitlin and all your wonderful readers for your support! You ALL are the greatest group of people EVER!! I am so grateful and fortunate to have discovered the blog world-everyone always offers such kind words and really lift my spirits when I am feeling down. So thank you, thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your kind comments:-)Caitlin, thank you sooooo much for posting this. I honestly never want anyone to have to go through this. Training for a race is such hard work. We all know that it takes huge amounts of motiviation and dedication. There is nothing worse than putting the time in and having your dream dashed. So please everyone, be careful. I want to hear about how great you all do at your races, not that you hurt yourself because you pushed yourself too hard as I did. Take it slow and as Caitlin recommends, increase only by 10%. Don’t think you need to do more. Doing more will only leave you doing less.

    So once again, thank you guys! Take care of yourselves and your bodies and your body will do amazing things for you! I love you all and I’ve said it before, but I’m gonna say it again- you are the BEST, Caitlin!

  • Amandamoo December 15, 2008, 2:32 pm

    Good post! I have found that my body can handle 3-4 miles 3-4 times per week and that’s about it!! Even training for a 10K was too much for my knees (having been injured in the past).

    Also, wanted to let you know that I purchased the Immunplex protein powder from the Holistic Doctor and am so excited to get it!!!

  • Oh She Glows December 15, 2008, 2:36 pm

    Wow that is such a great comment. I am so sorry that she is going through that. I will definitely keep this in mind in my own training.


  • K December 15, 2008, 2:43 pm

    Oh my – I’m a weather.com addict too! It’s bad sometimes haha!!

  • Erin of Care to Eat December 15, 2008, 2:48 pm

    I think it’s GREAT that you posted that for all to read. Whether it’s running, lifting weights, yoga (two sports that I’ve injured myself in) or biking, learning to respect our limits is CRUCIAL to being able to enjoy fitness and health for life…

  • jenngirl December 15, 2008, 2:50 pm

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for pretty weather on the big day! Weather forecasts are BS though, so no worries! 🙂

  • teacherwoman December 15, 2008, 3:21 pm

    It’s so easy to become obsessed with weather.com when it comes to weddings, especially outdoors. I remember the week prior to my sister’s wedding, which took place outdoors a year ago this past june, and we checked that darn website multiple times a day! And… it was a beautiful day for pictures and all, and it still ended up raining for 5 minutes in the middle of the ceremony, but the rest of the evening was beautiful! You know what they say about rain on a wedding day…

  • Kath December 15, 2008, 3:41 pm

    The forecast said sunny for our wedding day for weeks – and THE NIGHT BEFORE it changed to all rain when a hurricane from Florida came up faster than I’ve ever seen a storm move in my life. I was such a weather.com person until then 🙁

  • ms December 15, 2008, 3:45 pm

    Caitlin ~ A huge congratulations on your 5k yesterday. And to think you weren’t feeling well…You’re a force to be reckoned with!!

    I have found myself in the same situation as Sharon in the past. And, Sharon, it’ll all work out ~ especially if this is not a recurring injury. Just take it slow when you run again without pain. I find that I have to really talk myself into slowing down my pace when I run after a hiatus so I don’t aggravate my knees that are prone to injury. It’s weird, because we’re all so used to saying to ourselves ‘you can do this. you’re strong. keep going.’ Then, I have to change my self-talk to ‘slow down. not too fast.’ It’s just not what we’re used to telling ourselves while running. I also have to hold back to keep myself from adding too much mileage on at once.

    Sharon, you’ll be ready for April. I think you’ll just have to view the ‘success’ of a run differently to avoid injury.

  • ms December 15, 2008, 4:00 pm

    i just realized my above post was curt and know-it-all tone to it. i didn’t mean it that way, just trying to do this and cook dinner at the same time ~ not a good idea.

    sharon, i had to change what i considered a run successful. before, it was lots of fast miles. now, i consider a run successful if i enjoy it, feel good about my progress and don’t cause pain on my knees.

  • twinks December 15, 2008, 5:12 pm

    Sharon I had the exact same feeling after the exact same distance exactly one year ago today. It was a pelvic stress fracture. You are welcome to email me with questions.

  • Simple and Divine December 15, 2008, 6:17 pm

    Awww, WE LOVE YOU SHAR! Hang in there girl!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) December 15, 2008, 6:26 pm

    ms – i think your advice was really helpful, not curt at all!! it was great words of wisdom from someone who’s been there!

  • Justine December 15, 2008, 6:57 pm

    Definitely a good reminder to not increase distance/speed too quickly! I had some shin problems, but after being a big baby about it for a while (aka not running) I think it’s finally all better! Now I’m just making sure to SLOWLY work my mileage back up…and taking cut-back weeks every 3 weeks as well.

  • magpie December 15, 2008, 10:48 pm

    I shouldn’t say this, but… accuweather has a 15 day forecast.

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