A Short Long Run

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In general, I consider anything over 6.0 miles to be a “long run” because I’m running for more than an hour.  Per my marathon training plan, I was due for 17.0 miles, but I just couldn’t bear to:


1) run for 3 hours because I still feel a little sick (respiratory illness) and

2) leave my mom for 3 hours!


In the end, I ran 7.0 miles, and I’m pleased with that.  I wore my sweet Terminator Caitlin sunglasses.  This is my Terminator Caitlin face:


Really long runs – I’ll be back (next week).


Anyway, it was a nice run, but I felt a little tired and my nose is still congested.  Plus, it was HOT.  I don’t know WHY I insist on moping around my hour until 10:30 and then running when the sun is peaking.


  • Duration:  1:10 (approx, there were some Garmin issues)
  • Distance: 7.0 miles
  • Mile 1: 9:47
  • Mile 2: 10:10
  • Mile 3: 10:00
  • Mile 4: 10:31
  • Mile 5: 10:29
  • Mile 6: 10:17
  • Mile 7: 10:00


Before I left, I had an Arnold Sandwich Thin with blueberries and PB:


And when I got back, I had an Awake Glo Bar.


Ange has a $1,000,000 business on her hands.  These granola bars are the most amazing thing I’ve ever had.


Time to hustle my mom out the door.  I’m saving my appetite for a special lunch with her.  If we don’t leave in the next 10 minutes, I will chew off my arm.


Oh, check out this awesome Operation Beautiful pumpkin that Heather carved:



I am totally doing that this year!



  • natalie October 25, 2009, 12:15 pm

    I love the pumpkin, what a cute idea!! Have fun with your mom! I can’t wait to get my glo bars….they should be coming any minute! Love the terminator face!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 25, 2009, 12:17 pm

    You look like a complete bad ass in your terminator pic.

  • Stacey October 25, 2009, 12:20 pm

    LOL lovin the terminator pic 🙂 Hope you eat some yummy food and enjoy the rest of the day with your mom!

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 25, 2009, 12:29 pm

    enjoy the rest of your time with your mom! I can’t wait to get my hands on some glo bars!

  • Jocelyn October 25, 2009, 12:45 pm

    Love that pumpkin! And I love Angela’s bars 🙂

  • skinnyrunner October 25, 2009, 1:10 pm

    love the pumpkin. what a cute idea.
    i always wait too late in the heat to go running then hate myself for it!

  • Julie October 25, 2009, 1:11 pm

    lol you are the Caitlinator. Nice.

    Love the pumpkin, very cool!!

    • caitlin October 25, 2009, 3:59 pm

      Caitlinator is much cooler!

  • Diana October 25, 2009, 1:11 pm

    Ahah! I love that pumpkin 😛
    Have fun with your mom 🙂

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 25, 2009, 1:13 pm

    Cool pumpkin – I love it!

    Have a fun day girl!

  • Evan Thomas October 25, 2009, 1:13 pm

    It’s smart to run how you feel; you can always run more another time

  • Jenna October 25, 2009, 1:14 pm

    great job on the run!
    i love that pumpkin idea 🙂

  • Kt October 25, 2009, 1:23 pm

    Hi Caitlin! Wow 7 miles is awesome! I hope you don’t feel discouraged… taking care of yourself when you’re sick is super important. Feel better soon!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 25, 2009, 1:28 pm

    Cool pumpkin!!

    Haha you look so intense in that terminator picture…it is impressive you’re running at ALL while under the weather. You are very dedicated! Have a nice Sunday!

  • Sammi October 25, 2009, 1:29 pm

    I can’t wait until I get to the point where I can actually run six miles! (I probably could right now if I tried; however, the time would be pretty bad!) Great job getting out there even though you’re still feeling sick. A lot of people would just use that as an excuse not to go at all! I’m sure you’ll be back to your usual self in no time when it comes to your runs.

  • Laurel October 25, 2009, 1:38 pm

    I would love to do 7 miles. I ran a 5K this morning and had to give it all I could (doesn’t help being underweight). Love the pumpkin too! Great idea!
    Oh, when I first saw your pic on this post I thought you had something coming out of your head… caught me off guard 🙂

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 25, 2009, 1:46 pm

    Awesome terminator picture lol lol lol!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 25, 2009, 1:52 pm

    Great job on your run and good thing that you listen to your body!

    Glad your having a fun time with your MOM:)

  • *Andrea* October 25, 2009, 2:02 pm

    omg i love the pumpkin!!! great promotion 😉 i love your mean workout face lol. good job for listening to your body – you owe it to yourself, and yourself only!

  • Molly @vegandorm October 25, 2009, 2:08 pm

    good for you for putting your wellness and time with your mom before running.
    sometimes i amaze myself when i’m short on time, fit in an hour run, and feel guilty afterwards. there was a time when an hour run would have been impossible!
    <3 that pumpkin.

  • Julie @savvyeats October 25, 2009, 3:07 pm

    That pumpkin may be the most clever Operation Beautiful note I’ve seen yet!!

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, On a mission to run a marathon to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Foundation October 25, 2009, 3:38 pm

    7 miles is still waaaayy long! Good job!
    And I love the Operation Beautiful pumpkin 😀 That’s by far the most original and creative note i’ve seen yet!!

  • Lee October 25, 2009, 3:54 pm

    Good job on the run, Terminator.

  • angieinatlanta October 25, 2009, 5:05 pm

    Sounds like you made the right decision on your run – you pushed yourself without going too far!

    Have a great day with your mom!

  • Susan October 25, 2009, 5:10 pm

    Sometimes a run is better than no run! I would totally postpone the long run to spend time with my mom too, family is more important 🙂

    LOVE that pumpkin!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 25, 2009, 10:12 pm

    What a neat idea with the pumpkin! Perhaps someone will make an O.B. Christmas tree? Or ornament? 🙂

  • maria October 25, 2009, 10:43 pm

    Awesome pumpkin! 😀

  • lauren (athlEAT) October 26, 2009, 8:59 am

    I did the exact same thing 2 weekends ago! I had a 17 mile run planned, but was going to be up in NJ visiting friends. I mapped out the entire course up there, but when I went out to run – I could only do 8 miles. I didnt want to spend all morning running!

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