Happy Sunday! 🙂


Last night, my late “linner” kept me pretty full until bedtime.  I snacked on a slice of whole wheat toast with Barney Butter and a banana-less Green Monster (just spinach, milk, and ice) around 9.


I went to bed EARLY because the girls and I were meeting up for an 11.0-mile training run in the morning!


Today, I tried something different in terms of fueling.  Instead of eating more calories on my run, I decided to have a higher-calorie pre-run breakfast.  I woke up at 5:15 to be sure I had enough time to digest:


This is what I typically eat on a race day: banana oatmeal with nuts and brown sugar (and a coffee!).    Delish!


I met the girls at a new running location.  I was pretty excited to run 11.0 miles, but even more excited for new scenery!


Eleven miles is the most any of us have run for MONTHS!


Kelly, Megan, Debbie, me. (FYI I forgot sunscreen on my legs and now I have a super hot knee sleeve tan.)


Pre-run stretching/silliness… we were all suppose to be making “funny faces” — how come I’m the only one that did!?!


It was a great run.  It’s nice to do long runs with friends.  I like to just zone out on my shorter weekday runs with my iPod, but when I’m running for nearly two hours, it’s better to chitchat about boys, work, and life.


I took a shot of goo around mile 6.0:


Clif Shots have officially won my heart over Hammer gels. I think I like them more because they are organic — the flavors are similar and the texture is the same.


And I think the bigger breakfast was a good idea, especially because there was downtime in between eating and running.  I couldn’t really do that if I was leaving from my own house for a long run, but it worked today!


Here are my statistics:


  • Duration:  1 hour, 53  minutes, 22 seconds
  • Distance: 11.01 miles
  • Mile 1: 10:25
  • Mile 2: 10:14
  • Mile 3: 10:09
  • Mile 4: 9:07
  • Mile 5: 9:11
  • Mile 6: 10:12
  • Mile 7: 10:17
  • Mile 8: 10:17
  • Mile 9: 10:45 (this felt like a real struggle)
  • Mile 10: 10:01
  • Mile 11: 10:35


Post-run cold bev:


And breakfast number two was granola, yogurt, and grapes.


I’m going back to bed….  I’m pooped.


And next week is a taper week on my schedule!  No long run… but I am doing a fun 5K race.  🙂



  • xtina September 6, 2009, 8:08 am

    wow that sounds like an awesome run! just a quick (random) question: i know you LOVE granola, and i *may* like it as much as you do-i see it on your blog nearly everyday and i always wondered what kind you eat! can you fill me in on what your favorite types/brands and/or recipes are? thanks!

  • Kelly September 6, 2009, 8:19 am

    Congrats on 11! It's so exciting to see you moving up in the miles!

  • Lizzy September 6, 2009, 8:21 am

    i think thats a great idea on a higher calorie breakie before the run. What other breakfast ideas do you have for a pre long run!? I'm going to be doing my half in about 6 weeks, and i'm not sure what i should eat the morning of thats not going to be 2 filling or harsh on the stomach!?

  • Hannah September 6, 2009, 8:22 am

    Hey what kind of granola do you use? It looks so delish!!

  • eatingmachine September 6, 2009, 8:27 am

    dang, 11 miles? great job!
    and the knee sleeve tan made me smile…

  • Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 6, 2009, 8:31 am

    How did the new fueling work for your run? Love the running skirt. Man 11 miles is a heck of a lot!

  • Jenny September 6, 2009, 8:37 am

    bom chicka wow wow you chicas are rockstars!

  • K from ksgoodeats September 6, 2009, 8:47 am

    Way to go!! Glad the heavier breakfast worked well 🙂

  • Tami September 6, 2009, 8:47 am

    great job Caitlin.

  • Amari September 6, 2009, 8:58 am

    Impressive way to start out the morning! Way to go on 11 miles, that's wonderful! How long do you typically let your breakfast digest before running? I always have troubles with timing, I either don't wait long enough and my stomach cramps up or I wait too long and find myself running out of gas during my run.

  • inmytummy September 6, 2009, 8:59 am

    I love doing a 5K in the middle of a training plan. It's such a different feeling than a long distance run.

    I really like the chocolate flavor gels. I had a Clif fruity one once and felt that the flavor stuck with me for way too long. Did you find that? I haven't had one since.

  • Gina G September 6, 2009, 9:05 am

    you go girl! =)

  • Adriane A September 6, 2009, 9:11 am

    Yay for long runs! Hopefully I will be able to do them someday. You rawk!

  • mags September 6, 2009, 9:11 am

    great run!!
    this is a totally random Q, but i always wonder, who takes your pictures of the 4 of you?!

  • Devan Geselle. N September 6, 2009, 9:28 am

    yay! good run 🙂
    love the pictures!!

    how are those vita waters? i have tried the lemondade one.. very sweet.

    do you drink water before or after your run? or both?

  • angieinatlanta September 6, 2009, 9:28 am


    I'll get to double digit mileage one day, I hope!

  • Susan September 6, 2009, 9:32 am

    You girls are too cute!! I'm doing a fun 5k next weekend too, I'm pumped! 🙂

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 6, 2009, 9:48 am

    re; granola – its quaker simple natural and i get in bulk from costco.

    re: water – i have a camelbak for long runs. for shorter runs i carry a bottle.

    re: the photo – auto timer 🙂 hehe

  • Taylor September 6, 2009, 9:51 am

    Yay congrats!! What a fabulous run 🙂 I always need a big breakfast before long runs because it keeps me from getting hungry during it. Works well!!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 6, 2009, 9:51 am

    lizzy – yay for your half. i also eat a PB sammie with banana before races. i would just try experimenting with your pre-run breakfasts now so you know what works and doesnt work for you before the day of the race. #1 race rule is dont try anything new on race day!

  • Debbie September 6, 2009, 10:02 am

    Caitlin!! I had such a great run today. I love your face in the stretching pic. I didn't get the memo about the funny faces.

  • Jenna September 6, 2009, 10:12 am

    Awesome run chica! That is pretty impressive. Especially that early on a Sunday!

  • Niki September 6, 2009, 10:21 am

    Nice run!!! I wish I had a group of girls I could go on long runs with. All of my friends think I'm crazy for running anything over 3 miles, haha.

    P.S. I like your RPattz cameo in the pic of your Vitamin Water. Of course, I would notice that!

  • Lo September 6, 2009, 10:22 am

    Awesome run! Do u notice rob pat is in the vitamin water background? Love him!


  • recipesforcreativity September 6, 2009, 10:28 am

    I thought it was funny that there was a magazine with Edward Cullen on the cover in the background of your beverage shot, did you notice? Awesome for you and the 11 miles! I hope you caught up on sleep and feel great!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 6, 2009, 10:31 am

    yes i noticed edward 🙂 hehe

  • Nicci@NiftyEats September 6, 2009, 10:47 am

    Wow, 11 miles is awesome, go Caitlin…great job girl!

  • Jenna September 6, 2009, 10:59 am

    great job on the run this morning girl! the bigger breakfast seems that it worked better for ya!

  • kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) September 6, 2009, 11:03 am

    Great run! When I do long runs I NEED a good meal's fuel beforehand! Your body needs those CHOS!!

    Have a great day!


  • Lauren (athleat) September 6, 2009, 11:54 am

    Nice 11 miler today! How good is that pineapple chobani?! I love that stuff.

  • thecontemplativerunner September 6, 2009, 12:00 pm

    I have a super sexy ipod sleeve tan on my arm. haha but I like it — the more distinct it is, the more proof that I have been getting my runs in!

  • Tayor September 6, 2009, 12:23 pm

    11 miles; you've got me totally impressed. You must be very proud of yourself! 🙂

  • The Big Blue Dog September 6, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Wow 11 miles 🙂 good luck with your race!

  • teacherwoman September 6, 2009, 12:43 pm

    Nice job on your long run! Way to go!

  • Erica September 6, 2009, 12:46 pm

    haha I was just going to make a note about the twilight cover in the background 😉 What a great run- nice job ladies!!

  • Ashley Lauren September 6, 2009, 1:03 pm

    I'm doing my first 5k tomorrow and I'm freaking out a little! I can't wait until I'm up to 11 miles one day 🙂

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 6, 2009, 2:18 pm

    Congrats on 11 miles!!! Wow!!

  • Kath September 6, 2009, 5:21 pm

    I so wish I could run with you guys!!

  • Megan September 7, 2009, 5:05 am

    Awesome run!! What kind of knee sleeves do you use and where did you get them? I'm trying to find ones just like that!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 7, 2009, 5:24 am

    megan – go to rei.com and search "knee sleeves" you will find them there! they are by protech

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