10 Miles

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Morning! Sorry I never posted last night; I just wanted a break from blogging.  It was a pretty boring day food-wise, anyway — just a lunch sammie, yogurt + granola, and pasta for dinner.


I woke up this morning feeling bright and chipper and ready to tackle my Half Marathon Training Program Week 2 long run!


Before I left, I fueled with a yummy bowl of oatmeal.


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings:  unsweetened coconut, Grape Nuts


I finally found unsweetened coconut at Whole Foods yesterday! Yay!  They were a delish addition to my oatmeal.


Before leaving for my run, I filled up my CamelBak and packed two Clif Shot Bloks.


According to the Clif website, "The Margarita flavor has three times the amount of sodium than the other flavors. Sodium depletion via sweat is the primary reason for muscle cramping in athletes. By adding more sodium we’re bringing carbohydrates, electrolytes, and higher levels of sodium together into one easy-to-ingest solution."  Each blok has 35 calories.


Today’s 10 miler was one of those neutral runs.  It wasn’t torturous, but it wasn’t awesome either.  I had to resort to playing lots of mind games with myself to stay occupied.  I would pick a landmark about 0.2 mile ahead and tell myself that I only had to run to the landmark and then I could take a walking break.  I actually only took a walking break about 7 times.


Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes (10 miles)
  • Average Heart Rate: 155 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 186 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 855


I came home and literally sprinted towards the kitchen.  I was INSTANTANEOUSLY HUNGRY despite snacking on the Shot Bloks at Mile 5.0.


Lunch was simple and quick.  I just wanted to shove carbs down my throat!! 🙂


I had a scrumptious slice of Prairie Bread from Whole Foods.  This bread is amazing — definitely pick some up if you have an opportunity!


And a big glob of Anne’s Organic Mac and Cheese.  I think it was about 1/2 the packet (so around 1.75 servings).  I LOVE long-run days! 🙂


And a dry spinach, carrot, and cucumber salad.  Yum!


Plans, Plans


I think I’m going to shower and lounge around for a bit.  The dog are begging for a trip to the park, so that may be in order, too! 🙂


What are you doing today?



  • talesofexpansion January 25, 2009, 10:35 am

    Wow, go you with that run!! And your carby lunch looks sooo good. As Meghann says, “I run so I can eat what I want,” right?

    Today’s a loungy day for me, too. … Working on getting some stuff done before my classes start again tomorrow night, blech. Enjoy your fieldtrip with the dogs!

  • Tina January 25, 2009, 10:40 am

    10 miles!?! Ok, I NEED to go running today! Thanks for motivating me! 🙂

  • Justine January 25, 2009, 10:51 am

    Yay for a long run! I did my first double-digit run yesterday (10.5 miles) and it went pretty good! No walk breaks, so I was pretty happy with that 🙂 And I officially signed up for my half marathon at the end of March…no turning back now!

    Today is recovery day…maybe a bike ride to/from the gym and some upper body weights. Also going to the grocery today at some point! Oh, and lots of reading/homework…

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point January 25, 2009, 10:54 am

    talesofex – hells yes, i run so i can eat what i want!

    tina – yayyy!

    justine – justine – rock on!! congrats on your venture into double digitland! 🙂

  • Mica January 25, 2009, 11:02 am

    OOh, I have that Annie's mac&cheese in the pantry now, just waiting to be tasted. I can't wait!

    Great job on the 10-miler. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

    (Homework for me. Blah.)

  • nicole January 25, 2009, 11:26 am

    I am on a train from Providence back to New York City! It is booooring!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 25, 2009, 11:38 am

    Great run and post run carb up!

    Haven’t tried a camelback…what do you think? I’m wanting to try something different for my next half other than lugging the handheld water bottle like I did last time.

    Margarita shot blox? Sign me up!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point January 25, 2009, 11:42 am

    sarah – i love my camelbak. its the “ladies” fit and is very slim and comfortable. its great for long runs! plus, thers a place for your keys and phone.

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 25, 2009, 11:47 am

    Congrats on completing your long run. I don't know if I could stomach margarita flavored anything during a run. How did they taste? I bet the mac & cheese tasted much better!

    I always look for unsweetened shredded coconut in the bulk bins – much cheaper.

    Have a good Sunday afternoon Caitlin.

  • jenngirl January 25, 2009, 11:49 am

    Great run! I guess neutral runs are better than torturous ones at least….love that Annie’s Mac n cheese! YUM 🙂

    I’ve done some running today, and will probably lounge and get ready for school tomorrow!

  • Trust, Hope, Believe January 25, 2009, 11:56 am

    omg 10 miles! that’s awesome! When you take walking breaks how long are they?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point January 25, 2009, 12:01 pm

    t,h,b – about 30 seconds usually

  • Tyler January 25, 2009, 12:08 pm

    10 miles is a long way to run by yourself! do you listen to music!

  • Mrs. LC January 25, 2009, 12:52 pm

    It’s a great day for a run, beautiful outside! So far today has been spent curled up in a ball with cramps, then when happy pain killers kicked in a trip to Target and a few more groceries. Now I’m gonna bake, study for nutrition, and get a post in sometime today!

    Hope you have a great rest of the day! (And I can’t wait to see you again!)

  • sweetandfit January 25, 2009, 1:34 pm

    way to stick it out for 10 miles today! those are some pretty good mind games… that mac n' cheese looks soooo good! My plans for tonight?….relax, read blogs, & make dinner…haha, pretty boring but its just too cold outside!

  • Erica January 25, 2009, 1:52 pm

    Congrats on the big run. Sounds like your training is moving along really well! You’re like my running hero 😉 Lunch looks really good. I def want to try that bread from WF’s. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad WF’s product. The shot bloks are great! I liked that flavor a lot. Have fun with the pups!

  • Victoria January 25, 2009, 2:10 pm

    Great run! I've never tried those shot blocks. I also love long run days – that mac & cheese is great!

  • Erin January 25, 2009, 3:14 pm

    Great job on your run! I’ve been a reader for a long time and just wanted to say you have inspired me to get into running and also start my own blog! It’s still rough right now, but I can see the fun of it already!

  • K January 25, 2009, 4:25 pm

    Fabulous job on the run and YUM to the mac ‘n cheese! That WFs bread sounds amazing 🙂

  • TinaGirl January 25, 2009, 4:36 pm

    I wish we had a whole foods in our neck of the woods. we pass one in Mill Valley during the San Fransisco Avon Walk but I never get to go in =(. Great job on your 10 mile. I love my camelpac too but I’ve never used it for running. I might have to change that.
    Cliff shots are the bomb! I do love the margarita ones too but the black cherry is my favorite! When I eat the margarita flavored ones I just crave a margarita until I get one, and I like really really good margaritas so I don’t get them often. LOL

  • Trojan January 25, 2009, 4:41 pm

    Hey Great run Caitlin!!!!

    I did my 1st 1/2 marathon of 09 today…was really thrilled to have a time of 2:10. Hopefully under 2:00 next year…

    You always keep me motivated with your running stats!!!!



  • just me January 25, 2009, 4:59 pm

    great job w/ the 10 miler! we did almost 7 this morning and w/ meghann i totally would have given up. hhehe!

  • Meredith January 25, 2009, 5:42 pm

    Wow! 10 miles! I’m so impressed! I can only do 1 before my knees start killing me 🙁
    My plans for today were tons of homework, washing my car, and going to the grocery store. I kinda just want to relax tonight, but I know that if I work on a project now I’ll have less to do tomorrow.

  • elise January 25, 2009, 6:25 pm

    hey caitlin – just wondering what your thoughts were on how often to get new running shoes. the runner mags always recommend replacing sneaks WAY more often than i can afford. how often do you typically wear a pair before getting new ones? im doing 20-40 miles a week, depending on my work sched, but especially since the winter months are so freezing, lately much of it is on the elliptical, which hardly seems like it should count as mileage in terms of shoe endurance. anyways, any thoughts would be appreciated. thx


  • Bridget January 25, 2009, 7:12 pm

    Great run!

  • Meg January 25, 2009, 7:39 pm

    That Prairie bread looks yummy.

    You have me craving coconut now.

  • Erin January 25, 2009, 7:51 pm

    Nice run! I hope the weather was warmer for you than it was for my half-marathon this morning. 14 degrees is not fun!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point January 25, 2009, 7:58 pm

    taylor – of course! i cannot run with music.

    elise – well i went 1.5 year before replacing my last pair, so i think im a bad person to ask. realistically, i think you should replace your shoes every 6 months if you are short on cash. they say every 4, but i think unless your knees or shins are beginning to hurt and you can attribute it to less cushioning if your shoes, its probably OK to stretch it to 6.

  • lauren January 25, 2009, 8:04 pm

    great job on the 10 miles. I am craving mac & cheese now!

  • brandi January 25, 2009, 8:21 pm

    Glad the run was good!

    I’m hoping to get into some longer races soon – I’ve only done a couple 5k’s, but there aren’t as many around here!

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