I was so excited to wake up this morning to see a cloudy sky!  In August in Florida, a little cloud cover goes a long, long way.

 

I fueled up for my long run of the week with two slices of crusty bread and Barney Butter:

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And then I got dressed and forced myself out of the house.  This is my favorite running outfit.  Who says you can’t be cute on long runs?

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Twas an excellent 8.0 miles.  It’s so funny how sometimes 8.0 miles seems like torture and sometimes it’s super easy and relaxing.  I didn’t push the pace; I just ran for pleasure.  So relaxing!

 

Around mile 4.0, I fueled up with this Hammer packet:

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I tend to take goo or shot bloks when I’m running more than 6.0 or 7.0 miles.  I can really notice a difference in my energy level when I eat mid-run; plus, I think it speeds recovery!

 

  • Duration: 1 hour, 21 minutes
  • Distance: 8.0 lovely miles
  • Calories Burned: 640

 

I came home and jumped in the pool!  It was so refreshing.  We need a pool just for post-run cool-downs.

 

And then I made brekkie:

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Cereal

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A plum and last night’s scone

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And a glass of OJ:

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After I digested, the Husband gave me some knee-pain preventative acupuncture on my knees.  Times this by 10 needles:

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It really does not hurt!  :)  In fact, it feels amazing.

 

I think I’m going to take a nap (and eat more food).

{ 39 comments }

 

  • cara August 23, 2009, 9:02 am

    Are you no longer taping your knees? I thought that was supposed to be better then the sleeves?

  • Anonymous August 23, 2009, 9:25 am

    ive always wondered about running skirts… thighs and friction and rubbing and all that… even some thin people's thighs touch. can you elaborate on how a running skirt can be comfy? but i guess short training shorts dont exactly provide that much of a fabric barrier between your thighs either!

  • Shannon August 23, 2009, 9:26 am

    I need a running skirt too! Very cute.

    How wonderful to finish a long, sweaty run and then jump righ tin the pool. Doesn't get much better than that!

  • Amanda August 23, 2009, 9:34 am

    I really want to get a running skirt. Yours is adorable!

    You say it doesn't hurt, but what does the acupuncture feel like? I'm not afraid of needles but seeing one just sticking in the skin makes my stomach flutter!

  • jenngirl August 23, 2009, 9:40 am

    Great run! And I love running skirts too, I think looking cute during workouts really helps sometimes šŸ˜‰

  • Ashley Lauren August 23, 2009, 9:40 am

    This morning I ran in my new running skirt for the first time! Kohl's was having a great sale last week- it's Nike and was only $12! I love it šŸ™‚

  • Healthy Beach Bum August 23, 2009, 9:53 am

    cute workout skirt! That scone looks amazinggg mmm. You are one brave girl trying that acupuncture.. that's so neat though!

  • MelissaNibbles August 23, 2009, 10:00 am

    I keep seeing running skirts everywhere and am tempted to try one. Another commenter asked about friction and that's a concern of mine as well. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. I always trust your opinions šŸ™‚

  • Jocelyn August 23, 2009, 10:04 am

    hmm any suggestions for your larger readers lol..Cute workout outfits without wearing a skirt!?

    Congratz on finishing the run afterall šŸ™‚

  • Kelly August 23, 2009, 10:15 am

    Acupuncture doesn't hurt at all! I think that sounds like a great idea for your knee pain. Yay for running 8 miles!

  • HangryPants August 23, 2009, 10:18 am

    I got my first running skirt this week and love it! Good job on the run Caiti errr Katie. šŸ˜€

  • Susan August 23, 2009, 10:48 am

    Ice baths really help with post-long run recovery, so the pool idea is definitely a good idea! Just wait until you take your first plunge into a tub full of ice. šŸ™‚

  • Erica August 23, 2009, 10:51 am

    What a nice day so far šŸ™‚ Exercise, swimming, good eats, and a nice treatment from the husband! Enjoy the rest chicky

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal August 23, 2009, 11:48 am

    That running skirt is SO cute! Where did you get it? Nice job on the 8 miles.

    And, that's so awesome that you have an acupuncturist at your service:)

  • Kat August 23, 2009, 12:15 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    Given all of your incredible work with Operation Beautiful and Dress for Success, I thought you might be interested in the article I wrote about today:
    http://katsdailyplate.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/a-must-read/

    Keep up the great work!

  • Kat August 23, 2009, 12:18 pm

    OK, that didn't work. I will try one more time!

    A Must Read
    http://katsdailyplate.wordpress.com/

  • Jenna August 23, 2009, 12:59 pm

    that acupuncture looks like it hurts girl! but hey if it does not hurt and it works then keep doing it!
    jenna

  • Lizzy August 23, 2009, 1:00 pm

    fantastic running stats! good for you caitlin! šŸ™‚

  • Lauren August 23, 2009, 1:02 pm

    Congrats on a wonderful run! It's so impressive how much your distance has improved over the past month. You really did everything right during your injury and now you are able to run these long runs again. Good for you Caitlin!

  • Niki August 23, 2009, 2:54 pm

    Great job on the run! Loving the running skirt, still not totally sold on the comfort issue but definitely cute!

  • Jenny August 23, 2009, 3:06 pm

    how cute are you in that running skirt! i bet you turned a couple heads in that baby ;)!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 23, 2009, 3:42 pm

    cara – i got sick of taping because its SOOOO time consuming and i always sweat the tape off!! LOL i sweat like a wild animal.

    anon and melissa – well, there are shorts underneath the skirt so that prevents chafing (well, maybe i'll chafe when i start doing REALLY long runs but i've never had that problem before. i usually chafe on my breasts, though. ugh). i like skirts because they kind of create a breeze on the back of your legs! it's very cooling. šŸ™‚ seriously, i never thought i'd like running skirts until i tried one.

    amanda – its just like a pinch, and then the feeling goes away! it REALLY doesnt hurt.

    jocelyn – you can wear a skirt, too!!! plus, i have seen some super cute ones with capris underneath the skirt — super stylish.

    paige – target! so cheap.

  • Courtney W. August 23, 2009, 4:47 pm

    I need some hubba to come poke my knees with needles. Knee pain galore over hurrr …

  • traveleatlove August 23, 2009, 6:34 pm

    I have been to London, a few times. I LOVE tea time and tea food and all of that. There are a few great places to go in Boston. Congrats on the run!

  • Matt (No Meat Athlete) August 23, 2009, 6:37 pm

    Nice job on the 8 miles! Taking it slow on long runs is definitely the way to avoid injury. I wish I could still get those gels down… I guess I had too many, or maybe I just associate them with feeling sick near the end of marathons. Whatever the reason, I can't swallow them anymore. Recently I've been making my own, from agave nectar, dates, and citrus zest. Much better!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie August 23, 2009, 6:56 pm

    That is the cutest running outfit ever!!!

  • Emily@The Experimentarian August 23, 2009, 7:01 pm

    Ooh–I want that scone! The acupuncture, not so much šŸ™‚

  • wholebodylove August 23, 2009, 10:08 pm

    Cute workout clothes are incredibly motivating. I would need some serious motivation for an eight mile run

  • jibbalibba August 23, 2009, 11:52 pm

    i cant wait for plums to come back in season they are the yummiest

  • Miz August 24, 2009, 3:39 am

    how cute are you in that SKIRT!

    I love mine (dirty red brand)

  • seesaraheat August 24, 2009, 6:15 am

    Glad you had a good 8 miles and that it was FUN šŸ™‚

  • Newly and Forever, Tamantha August 24, 2009, 6:53 am

    I LOVE my running skirts….but I haven't tried running with a camelback…does it rub or chafe with all that movement?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 24, 2009, 6:56 am

    tamantha – the only time i had an issue with chafing is when i just wore a sports bra (that was a bad idea).

  • Whitney@whitsgettingfit August 24, 2009, 7:22 am

    Your running skirt is the cutest! I love the pink. I am looking for an exact replica. 'twould be why I have not made a purchase yet.

  • Jennie August 24, 2009, 7:27 am

    Love your running outfit! Did you run a straight 8 miles or take walking breaks?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 24, 2009, 7:28 am

    jennie – aint no shame in walking! i never walk during races but i tend to take a few 30 second breaks on long runs.

  • Kate August 24, 2009, 7:50 am

    You look SO CUTE in your running skirt. And awesome job doing 8 miles!

  • Ali August 24, 2009, 9:09 am

    Love the running skirt!!!! YAY!

  • fromatopink August 24, 2009, 11:45 am

    Hi Caitlin! I've been reading your blog for a while now and decided it was time to say hello. I love your blog but get a special kick out of the posts that mention acupuncture. My mom is an acupuncturist so I've been receiving treatment since I was a little girl. It's wonderful! Keep up the good work šŸ™‚ And if you have any tips for new bloggers (I just started mine one month ago today) I'd greatly appreciate them!

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