The Crooms’ 50 Mile, 50K, and 15 Mile Fools Run will take place on April 11.  I’ve signed up for the 15 Mile portion of the race.  This is my second trail race, and it will be my longest race distance EVER! 


I’m very excited.  This race takes place at Croom, which is within the Withlacoochee State Forest.  The forest was named one of the "10 Coolest Places in North America" by the World Wildlife Fund.  According to the race website, this is a wonderful course that is mostly a great single track running trail that winds through outstanding Florida terrain and most of the trail even has tree canopy to keep off the sun. 


There will be 3 water stops / aid stations along the 15-Mile loop.  As this is a trail run, there will not be stops every mile.  Note to self:  wear my CamelBak!


Provided below is my training schedule.  I’ve made some modifications to Hal Hidgon’s Half Marathon program and left some dates "open" because we are traveling to North Carolina the week of March 16.   I’m hoping to average 20 – 23 miles that week, but it really depends on what the vacation is like.  I’ll run about 19 miles this week and peak at 25 miles the week before the race.


Week M T W Th F S Sun
March 9 3 m, Shred Shred, Rest 5 m, Shred Cross, Shred 5 m, Shred, Yoga Cross, Shred 6 m, Shred
March 16 4 m, Shred 5 m, Shred Shred (NC Vac) Run?, Shred (NC Vac) Run?, Shred (NC Vac) Run?, Shred (NC Vac) Shred (NC Vac)
March 23 4 m, Shred Shred, Rest 5 m, Shred Cross, Shred Cross, Shred 4 m, Shred 10 m, Shred
March 30 Shred, Rest 4 m, Rest Cross, Shred 5 m, Shred Cross, Shred, Yoga 3 m, Shred 13 m, Shred
April 6 4 m, Shred 5 m Cross, Shred Cross Rest RACE DAY Rest


You can click on this icon on the left hand portion of the blog to review my training schedule anytime!



Here are my actual workouts (let’s see how closely I manage to follow the training plan!):


Week M T W Th F S Sun
March 9 3 m, Shred Shred 5 m Cross, Shred 20 min cross, yoga, Shred 3 m, Shred 3 m, Shred
March 16 Shred, Cross Shred, 5 mile None None 4 m, Shred Shred None
March 23 4 m, Shred Rest, Shred 5 m, Shred Shred Shred 4 m  
March 30              
April 6           RACE DAY  


  • VeggieGirl March 9, 2009, 7:19 am

    So exciting, indeed!! Good luck!!

  • Brandi March 9, 2009, 7:19 am

    exciting! sounds like a good plan.

  • therunningaddict March 9, 2009, 7:20 am

    The plan looks really good Caitlin! I am excited to see how you go through it!

  • Erica March 9, 2009, 7:20 am

    Good for you girl! You amaze me 🙂

  • Victoria March 9, 2009, 7:21 am

    Good luck! It sounds like a grogeous race to run!

  • Mica March 9, 2009, 7:31 am

    Sounds like a great race and a great plan!

  • Run Saraah March 9, 2009, 7:34 am

    Your schedule looks great! How exciting! Good luck.

  • tfh March 9, 2009, 7:38 am

    I would love to run that race someday. I can’t wait to see your photos! Will you be able to train on any trails during your long runs? I don’t think it’s necessary, but boy, is it easier on my joints at least!

  • March 9, 2009, 7:55 am

    good luck! sounds like a fun race and a good plan you put together.

  • Thinspired March 9, 2009, 7:59 am

    Holy cow! I hope one day I can become as addicted to running as you are 🙂 (That is meant as a compliment). Best of luck, I know you will rock it.

  • just me March 9, 2009, 8:01 am

    suuuuur jealous you’re training for that! wish i could be! plan sounds great.

    can i come and cheer you and meghann on?

  • Beth March 9, 2009, 8:08 am

    awesome, where are you going in NC? the mountains? beach?

  • Missy March 9, 2009, 8:20 am

    Good luck! Can’t wait to see how it goes!

  • Kelly March 9, 2009, 10:04 am

    Wow Wow Wow

    All I can say is WOW! I’m impressed.

  • Leanne March 9, 2009, 10:41 am

    Thanks for this training schedule! I need to start signing up for some races in the spring and summer.

  • runjen March 9, 2009, 11:31 am


    Great plan! It looks great. How did you get it in calendar format like that? I am using a modified HH training program for an upcoming half. Love him!

  • angelcubbie March 9, 2009, 11:44 am

    Looks like a great training plan! You definitely inspire me with your running! Also, I was curious, do you weigh your oats? After reading Heather’s post (heathereatsalmondbutter) on weight vs. measurement for Oatmeal I was wondering if you’ve ever weighed out your oats. I never have and I’m wondering if I should. But then I’m scared of falling into a food scale trap…

  • jenn March 9, 2009, 11:54 am

    hey caitlin! i have a question about your knee sleeve. i just got mine in the mail today, it seems a little snug, but the medium is big. did you have this problem, did it stretch out a little for you? thanks for the input.

  • sarahdbelle March 9, 2009, 12:19 pm

    I wanted to tell you that I tried another Jillian dvd on Friday from Netflix- Banish Fat Boost Metabolism. It was an hour long, intense, and fun!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 9, 2009, 12:30 pm

    angel – no i don’t weigh my food because i don’t really see a point. like you said, i don’t want to fall into the weighing food trap. and seriously, does an extra 30 calories or so make a difference? not really 🙂 i do measure my oatmeal but just because the water and milk need to absorb properly. i would NOT recommend getting a scale if you feel like you could become OCD about it.

    jenn – yes mine were a little snug when i bought them and they have loosened up a LITTLE. i think its better they start off snug — if they aren’t tight, they aren’t going to work. you get used to them after a while, i promise!

    sarah – ooo something to try after the 30 day shred is over!!!

  • jenn March 9, 2009, 12:41 pm

    THANKS! i was hoping i wouldnt have to send it back, i am so looking forward to running with a better and smaller knee sleeve.

  • HangryPants March 9, 2009, 1:29 pm

    Nice schedule!

  • jenn March 9, 2009, 1:50 pm

    hey, one more question about the knee sleeve. as far as the ‘snuggness’ was for you. was it a little akward when you went to bend you knee. im getting less range of motion right now, but i havent actually ran in it yet. im just kinda walking around to see if i like it. i dont want to wear it if im gonna end up returning it. above my knee is measuring at just under 14 inches. which is technically a small.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 9, 2009, 2:05 pm

    jenn – i went ahead and re-measured my knee so we could do objective comparsions. above my knee (with my leg extended) is 13.25 inches. so it sounds like my knee is only 0.5 inch smaller than yours. i think you should be ok. the knee sleeve HAS to be sort of tight or it won’t work. yes, i do feel a restriction in my range of motion, but you get used to it. now i think it feels weird to run without the sleeves. 🙂

    if they don’t work for you after a few runs, email me and ill buy them from you 😀

  • jenn March 9, 2009, 5:09 pm

    hey caitlin, thanks for offering to buy them, thats so nice. i actually think ill be ok with it. i was bouncing around the apt before with it on and it felt ok.

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