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I had a major running crisis this evening.


I didn’t get home until 8:35, it was pitch black outside, and I was tired and irritable.  My training plan called for 3.0  miles, and I was SO close to blowing it off.  I quickly contacted my running support crew (Megan, Meghann, and Kelly) via text and asked for motivation.  Kelly responded with:  "It’s only 3 miles.  It will be over and done with before you know it. And then you’ll feel SO good!"


I knew she was right so I laced up my shoes, chanting my favorite motivational mantras out loud (meanwhile, the Husband looked at me like I was crazy):


  • You never regret a workout.
  • You made a commitment to training, and you always uphold your promises.
  • This is the line between a half marathon and a marathon.  This is the line between successful races and average ones.
  • The sooner I leave, the sooner I get back.


I took off like a bullet and decided to turn my 3.0 mile run into a speedwork session.  I ended up with a ROCKING overall time and some amazing maximum paces:


  • Distance: 3.0 miles
  • Duration: 26:40
  • Mile 1: 9:14 (Best Pace – 9:14)
  • Mile 2: 8:55 (Best Pace – 7:58)
  • Mile 3: 8:32 (Best Pace – 6:46!!!)


I was SMILING from ear to ear by the time I got home!


Here are my afternoon eats.  I made Zesty Carrot Juice (still perfecting the recipe):


And had a handful of nuts:


And dinner was, of course, eaten in parts.  I hate splitting up my dinner on weeknights!  Grr.  I had cereal around 4 PM, but my camera ate the picture.


Around 7, I had a banana and almond butter:


It was messy! 🙂


And my post-run snack was a Green Monster smoothie (almond milk and spinach) and toast with hummus:


**I know dinner looks ‘light’ when I eat it in parts, but the cereal, PB and banana, GM, and hummus toast totals to at least 650 calories.  Just a side note because some of you have expressed concern that I’m not sitting down for a ‘real’ dinner.  Don’t worry — I will always eat enough to properly fuel myself.**


Goal is to get in bed in the next two minutes!!!



  • angieinatlanta September 14, 2009, 7:04 pm

    Great job on getting out the door! You should be proud of yourself! This experience is great to remember on other nights when you don't want to get out the door!

  • Kate September 14, 2009, 7:12 pm

    Way to go!! I agree- you never regret a workout (unless you are sick!)

  • Meganerd September 14, 2009, 7:14 pm

    Sorry I responded with, "blah"

    I was sitting in class learning about the cracking moment of concrete beams. "blah" came to mind. LOL.

  • Meganerd September 14, 2009, 7:14 pm

    ps… I love you, great job on the run!!! 😀

  • Balance in Bites September 14, 2009, 7:16 pm

    I definitely know the feeling of not wanting to run, but then doing it anyway and feeling awesome! Congrats, go you!!!

  • Lizzy September 14, 2009, 7:16 pm

    way to get that run in! I always do the same thing. i dont want to go, but then when i end up going and coming back i feel 10 times better! so proud!

  • Rosey Rebecca September 14, 2009, 7:21 pm

    We have the same goal!

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City) September 14, 2009, 7:24 pm

    I love your mantras! Especially "You never regret a workout."

  • Jenna September 14, 2009, 7:27 pm

    i am glad you pushed through your run tonight!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 14, 2009, 7:30 pm

    Good for you… I love your "You never regret a workout" mantra. It's so true.



  • Julia September 14, 2009, 7:40 pm

    That's fantastic that you have running motivators!
    You absolutely rocked that run!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 14, 2009, 7:46 pm

    I love that your friends are there to motivate you!! Haha, banana in a bag – looks messy, but probably tasted good!

  • Leianna September 14, 2009, 7:56 pm

    I love running at night, when it's dark and no ones out!
    Great job motivating yourself!

  • emily September 14, 2009, 8:02 pm

    I seriously need to print out your commitment bullet points!

  • Kelly September 14, 2009, 8:12 pm

    Text, call, e-mail me anytime you need motivation! I'm glad you rocked the 3 miles! You beat my time from this morning!

  • Marissa September 14, 2009, 9:22 pm

    I am big on the sooner I leave the sooner I get back! 🙂

  • Taylor September 14, 2009, 9:29 pm

    Congrats girl!! It's true – sometimes the absolute hardest part of the run is lacing up the sneakers and stepping out the door. Major commitment!

  • Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 14, 2009, 10:00 pm

    That was quite a feat to get out that door tonight- good for you. I can't believe how small your evening "dinners were"- you weren't hungry later? Guess I've just got a big ol' appetite! 😀

  • Steph September 14, 2009, 10:00 pm

    Congrats on pushing through that run! All your eats look so clean…YUM!

  • Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 14, 2009, 10:01 pm

    PS. Having said that, sometimes I actually LOSE my appetite after I train- does that happen to you too?

  • Courtney W. September 14, 2009, 10:47 pm


  • J September 14, 2009, 10:57 pm

    It's so wonderful to have a good support system. It's true: you never regret a workout!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 15, 2009, 3:19 am

    deb – i think its just that my dinners LOOK small. my "dinner" was technically cereal, the PB banana, the green monster, and the sammie. that's at least 650 calories. plus afternoon snacks (another 250 or so).

  • Lauren September 15, 2009, 4:14 am

    Awww, you rocked those 3 miles! Funny, as I'm reading through my list of blogs, it seems that so many people felt the same way as you yesterday. Not a whole lot of motivation to start the run, but once they started, it felt great and sooo happy they did it!

    I took a break yesterday, but this morning, back at it with 5 miles! It was a little difficult at first, but felt soooo good afterwards.
    Awlays a great motivator to start is how great you feel when you finish.

    Hope you have a great day Caitlin!

  • Niki September 15, 2009, 4:21 am

    You made me nervous when you said you had a MAJOR running crisis! I thought you got injured! Great job rocking out your speedy 3 miles!

  • Pam (Highway to Health) September 15, 2009, 5:35 am

    Great job on the 3 speedy 3 miles. It's awesome you didn't blow it off!

  • Erin September 15, 2009, 5:43 am

    Thanks for this — I was really feeling tired after work today, just ready to lie in bed and watch TV. And then I thought back to this post, dragged myself out the door and had a fantastic run!

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 15, 2009, 6:22 am

    That looks like the MESSIEST running snack ever!

  • Anne Marie September 15, 2009, 6:23 am

    I heard someone say to me once that you never regret going to the gym or working out, but you always regret not doing it. Good for you for getting that run in!

  • danielle September 15, 2009, 7:30 am

    Hi Caitlin! This is a random question, but what is your favorite brand of tomato sauce? I'm looking for one that's low sodium, little to no added sugar, low cal, etc.


  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 15, 2009, 7:33 am

    danielle- i dont think my fav brand of tomato sauce fits those requirements LOL i like the organic costco kind.

  • SuperDots September 15, 2009, 7:50 am

    I like your mantras–I'm going to try to remember those later this evening when I want to back out of my 5:30 spin class! (usually a morning exerciser!)



  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance September 15, 2009, 8:33 am

    I totally feel you! I had the same night last night, well I got home before dark but did not want to go out for my run……..but I kept telling myself to just do it despite being REALLY TIRED after a long day………and I felt so great afterwards and even wished I could of gone longer! =) Laura

  • Stephanie September 15, 2009, 10:16 am

    Good job on getting in the run. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I'm in the same boat as you are. It can be hard getting out the door but I am always so happy I did. And come race day you will be so happy you did as well.

  • jesstyler September 15, 2009, 8:19 pm

    I had that exact feeling this morning – I overslept (because I didn't fall asleep until after 4 a.m.) and only had 2 hours before I had to work. I said to myself – just one mile and you'll feel better. I did it! And I'm glad I did because work is stressful tonight and I would have been a REAL grump if I hadn't gone!

  • seesaraheat September 16, 2009, 7:54 am

    I think you are doing what is working best for you, your schedule and your training. Not everyone can sit down to a big dinner. Way to go!

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