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GOOD Morning!  Sorry I pulled a complete "disappearing act"!  I never post dinner because…. I never ate dinner! 


After arriving in Orlando at 4 PM yesterday, I plopped down on the couch in a semi-delirious state of exhaustion, yet unable to sleep.  I picked up my relatives from the airport at 9 PM (there was a death in the family over the weekend, unfortunately), and I seriously felt like I was drunk driving I was so tired. 


I was so tired I never ate dinner…. which was fine because I wasn’t hungry. I added up my calories (as I usually do on long-run days) to make sure I had gotten enough fuel, and I had, so I didn’t feel like I *had* to eat more.  I collapsed in bed at 10 PM and called off work in the morning


Ten hours of sleep + 25.5 miles in 1 weekend = exhaustion!


Needless to say, I woke up STARVING this morning!


I made WW waffles with Hodgson’s Mills InstaBake mix and added in chopped pecans and almonds.  MMMM crunchy!


Plus 1/2 an orange


So, as mentioned, I took the day off because I’m truly not feeling work-worthy.  I need to "go into the office" electronically to write a few memos, and then I’m going to crawl back into bed.


Race Plans


Many of you have asked what race I’m planning to do next.  Well, unfortunately…. race season is coming to a close right now in Florida.  Our race season tends to be Fall/Winter, while most races in the north occur in the Summer.  It’s simply too hot to have decent long distance races during the summer.  There are loads of 5Ks, but this weekend’s race was pretty expensive ($135 in total), so I need to chill on entry fees for the time being!


Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t have some fitness goals in mind! 


  • Increase my strength.  I’ve got legs of steel, but weak abs and arms.  I’d really like to focus on toning right now, because a strong upper body really does make you a better runner.
  • Maintain my endurance.  I’m going to continue to run 20 – 25 miles a week, but I might reduce my Sunday long-runs to single digit mileage again.
  • Ride my bike moreMeghann is training for a marathon, so I’m going to support her on her long-runs by riding alongside her and handing her water and goo. 🙂
  • Get faster…. safely.  I’d love to run a sub-2 hour Half Marathon.  I only need to shave 3 minutes off my time to reach that goal, so it’s attainable.  However, faster paces tend to irritate my knees, so I want to train to be faster without beating myself up.


Some of you have emailed me about training programs, which is AWESOME!  Here is a list of  my recommended training programs (I’m not going to recommend any marathon training schedules because I’ve never done one!):


5K Training Programs


10K Training Program


15K Training Programs


Half Marathon Training Programs


Happy running! 🙂



  • Amanda March 2, 2009, 8:11 am

    I know that you mentioned wanting to get Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred, and I can honestly say that it will help you tone your arms and abs. I got it for Christmas and do it about 3 times a week (sooo easy to fit in at 20 mins a pop) … I know without a doubt that my abs are more toned and it has always the spot that I can’t tone (mostly because I HATE doing crunches).

    Also Yoga will help you tone up TONS without realizing it. AND both will help your running!!

  • Meghann March 2, 2009, 8:13 am

    Soooo JEALOUS of you day off today. I think its a good idea! I’m at work 🙁 Enjoy the day for me.

  • Erin March 2, 2009, 8:18 am

    Glad you are getting some much needed rest! I can only imagine what that sort of running would to do your body exhaustion wise!
    Thanks for the training plans, I am going to check them out and hopefully run my first race this spring!

  • thecleanveggie March 2, 2009, 8:24 am

    im sorry that you were so tired!
    have a great day off though : D

    LOVE Hodgson Mills – I use their pastry flour all the time to sub for all purpose.

  • therunningaddict March 2, 2009, 8:26 am

    It’s good you are getting some rest!
    You did so well this weekend, its so impressive!!!

  • VeggieGirl March 2, 2009, 8:35 am

    Wonderful waffles!!

    Hell yes for a much-deserved rest day – enjoy it to the fullest!!

  • talieworld March 2, 2009, 8:37 am

    You totally deserve a day off after this weekend, rest up girl!

    Thanks for the training links, I’m training for my first 5k and I know I never would have done this if it wasn’t for the inspiration from you and your blog. 🙂

  • Missy March 2, 2009, 8:39 am

    Glad you took off for some rest even if I am jealous!! Thanks for all the training programs! One of these days I will start one because I need to improve my running!

  • Emily March 2, 2009, 8:45 am

    Good luck with the recovery!

  • Mica March 2, 2009, 8:53 am

    Ooh, rest up and enjoy your day off! Happy recovery!

  • Tami March 2, 2009, 8:53 am

    living in New Hampshire my racing season is just starting. I think riding your bike sounds lovely right about now! Have a great rest day

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina March 2, 2009, 8:54 am

    go relax you deserve it hot shot!!!

    have a fabulous day! yummy waffles!

  • Katy March 2, 2009, 8:58 am

    You could take a serious road trip with Meghann in April and come to Charleston for the Cooper River Bridge Run. 🙂

  • Dori March 2, 2009, 9:06 am

    Once again your waffles look absolutely incredible. I also need to work on increasing my strength, I should put together a list of goals as well, that is a great idea.

    Riding a bike is so much fun! I wish I had a place to keep one in the city. Thanks for posting the training programs.

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 2, 2009, 9:08 am

    Enjoy your day off, you deserve the rest!!

  • ashley (sweetandnatural) March 2, 2009, 9:10 am

    I was out of town all weekend and am just catching up on blogs. Just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on all of your races this weekend!!! What a huge accomplishment. You’re amazing!

  • Elsa March 2, 2009, 9:19 am

    Awesome job this weekend Caitlin! Your day off from work is well deserved!

  • Joy March 2, 2009, 9:20 am

    Enjoy your day off-I also have a day off due to the snow! thanks again for the links.

  • robinbb March 2, 2009, 9:21 am

    I have been doing the 100 pushup challenge that I found online and a runner’s core workout that was in the Runners World magazine last month. I already feel so much stronger. During my 18 mile run on Saturday I really concentrated on using my core to run and I could tell my work has been paying off.

  • redheadedjournal March 2, 2009, 9:22 am

    That’s so sweet of you to ride your bike while she runs! Enjoy your day off!

  • Marian's eats March 2, 2009, 9:37 am

    I Loved all your pictures from the blogger meet up and your race!
    Your so inspiring! Hope you have a great start to your week!!! Thanks for all the tips too:)

  • HangryPants March 2, 2009, 9:40 am

    I am sorry about the death in your family.

    Race season is just beginning here in the north east. Would you like to come for the Brooklyn Half in May?!?!

    Enjoy your day off!!!

  • Maggie March 2, 2009, 9:56 am

    Enjoy your day off! You did so awesomely this weekend and I really enjoyed seeing your posts! Such an achievement 🙂

  • Brandi March 2, 2009, 9:57 am

    sorry to hear about the death in the family.

    I hope you enjoy your day off and the extra rest/sleep!

  • Olga March 2, 2009, 10:04 am

    thank you so much for posting those training schedules! They’re really helpful =)

    Rest up, you deserve it!

  • Carolina John March 2, 2009, 10:09 am

    look on amazon for a book called Tri Power. it’s a strength training program for triathletes that’s designed to achieve balance in the body. it starts with core strength. and if you want to get on the bike more, i really think that will get your first goal achieved. i started it last week and it is awesome! i’m doing some yoga too to help with that. i did a book review of tri power last month if you want a more detailed view of the plan.

  • Ryan (chasing daylight) March 2, 2009, 10:20 am

    GOOD FOR YOU taking a day off!! How sweet are you to support Meghann during her long runs? Aw 🙂

  • Krista March 2, 2009, 10:37 am

    You deserve a day of rest after that amazing weekend you had! Congrats on the races!!

  • kara March 2, 2009, 10:42 am

    Sorry to hear about the loss in your family. Taking a mental health day is definitely not a bad thing 🙂

  • tfh March 2, 2009, 10:52 am

    Fabulous job this weekend!!! Bask in that glow some more. 🙂

    Oh, and I wish I had a friend to bike next to me and be my water/Gu gal during marathon long runs– so sweet!

  • fitforfree March 2, 2009, 11:14 am

    way to re-focus on new goals! I always worry that I’ll get complacent if I achieve my fitness goals, but it’s great that you’re looking ahead and staying motivated.

  • Kat March 2, 2009, 11:38 am

    Congrats on all of the races this weekend! you are phenomenal!

    I know you read RW, but I wanted to know if you were as surprised as i was about the fact that your immune system can be impaired up to 72 hours following workouts 90 minutes or longer. I knew that there was some immune system impairment, but i didn’t think it could be 3 days worth! Maybe the reason you don’t feel so good today?

    Feel better soon and congrats again!

  • alessa March 2, 2009, 12:12 pm

    sounds like a lot of great goals! im with you on the abs, arm thing.. hope you enjoy your day off!

  • Lindsay March 2, 2009, 12:25 pm

    That is so awesome that you’re going to do that for Meghann! I had that a few times in my training for a marathon and it helped keep my mind from the pain of those 15-20 mile runs!

    Unfortunately, my guy got bored and then complained when the mileage got up, so try not to do that to Meghann! Keep her spirits high then it will keep your spirits high too!

  • Run Saraah March 2, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Congrats on your runs this weekend – you are a huge inspiration to me! And those waffles look AMAZING.

  • Megan March 2, 2009, 1:28 pm

    such a good idea to have a day off today, you need your rest!

    do you know how to search for races? i go to school in malibu so it’s easy to find races out here, but when i go home (to delaware), I’d like to find out if there are any this summer in my general area. is there a website that you can search or something? i thought if anyone would know, you would!

  • ksgoodeats March 2, 2009, 1:30 pm

    Congrats on your runs, Caitlin! I’m just catching up after a weekend away and I have to say what an inspiration you are! It takes a really strong person to accomplish what you did AND set a new PR – be proud 🙂

    Glad you caught up on some much needed rest!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 2, 2009, 1:46 pm

    kat – i did not know that but i totally believe it to be true! crazy!

    megan – check out and they have a listing of all the races! i would also look for a local runner’s club and see if they have race info on their websites. good luck!

  • just me March 2, 2009, 6:34 pm

    love the goals since there aren’t many more races…that’s a bummer since i only got to run one. boo. we should make up our own when there aren’t any being hosted. haha! we could do a blogger run!! who sweeeeeeeeeeet would that be?

  • Trish March 2, 2009, 8:54 pm

    Great goals. I need to work on my arms too. My legs are strong but my arms – not so much. The waffles look so good! 🙂

  • ChickPea March 2, 2009, 11:03 pm

    Ooh! Thanks for all the training links! I am participating in my first race over spring break (a 5k), so this is perfect timing!

  • Erin of Care to Eat March 3, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Ripped upper bods are fun to have just because they’re sexy 🙂
    I wish I had your legs!

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