Screamin’ Seventeen

in Marathon Training

Previous long runs for Marathon Training:



I had an awesome long run this morning.  It was totally one for the Caitlin record books.  🙂


One of the key differences in today’s long run was that I was mentally prepared for it.  I built it up all week in my head.  I was EXCITED to tackle the mileage.  The enthusiasm was coursing through my veins!


I woke up at 4:15 AM and made myself a delicious, stabilizing breakfast:


Coffee, banana oatmeal with flax and almonds, and water.


And around 5:15, I drove to our usual spot to meet Megan.  She was a little late so I did some self-portraits  (I was wearing a new workout shirt sent to me by Thriv, which I think would make a good yoga shirt but was not a good running shirt – I sweated through it instantely):

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Megan showed up soon afterward and we started off on the first leg of our journey.  Since we run in a group, the mileage was split up as follows:


  • Mile 1 – 2: With Megan
  • Mile 2 – 8: With Megan and Kelly
  • Mile 8 – 16.5: With Megan
  • Mile 16.5 – 17: Solo!


The first two miles were a breeze.  We looped back and picked up Kelly for another 6.0 miles.    I started to take Gummi Bears around Mile 6.0.  They aren’t the ideal mid-run fuel, but they are cheap and they work!  I ate about 200 calories worth of bears throughout the run.


Megan and I also discussed how crazy it is that we are running so far now – the weird thing about marathon training is that the miles seem to build SO fast.  One second you’re doing a 10.0 mile long run, and the next you are up to 17.0 (well, not really, but it feels like it!). 


I remember the days when my goal was to run for 1.0 mile without stopping.  It took me weeks to work up to that!   :)  And I was SO proud of myself when I did it.  Everyone starts somewhere.  The amazing thing about running is that EVERYONE can improve.  You can PUSH yourself to be the runner you dream of being.  It takes hard work and a lot of sweat, but it’s achievable.   


The last 3.0 miles were the hardest (of course).  I still had my good attitude and used it to motivate Megan, who seemed like she was mentally struggling.  I shouted out, “You’re awesome!”; “You’re so strong!”; “Look how amazing you are!” every few minutes.  It helped ME to help something else.  And it was nice to be the motivator instead of the motivatee for once.  🙂


Megan and I also spent a lot of time screaming and grunting during the run.  I think it helps to let it all out during long runs! 🙂


Megan was done at 16.5 so I finished it up by myself.  I sprinted a little bit towards the end and got down to a 8:58 minute/mile!


Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 2 hours 57 minutes
  • Distance: 17.0 miles (my longest run EVER)
  • Mile 1: 10:18
  • Mile 2: 10:22
  • Mile 3: 10:02
  • Mile 4: 10:24
  • Mile 5: 10:31
  • Mile 6: 10:15
  • Mile 7: 10:27
  • Mile 8: 10:37
  • Mile 9: 10:20
  • Mile 10: 10:37
  • Mile 11: 11:22 (walking break)
  • Mile 12: 10:30
  • Mile 13: 11:54 (walking break)
  • Mile 14:  10:24
  • Mile 15: 10:35
  • Mile 16: 10:36
  • Mile 17: 10:21


Man – those mile split lists are getting LONG!!! 🙂


I collapsed on the asphalt at the end:


And then I made a sweat angel:


Oh, by the way, I found the trick to preventing chafing on my shoulders from my sports bra – athletic tape!  Works like a charm and it doesn’t come off when I sweat buckets. I am the sweatiest person you’ll ever meet.


I drove home, immediately iced my knees (they were SORE, but they don’t hurt now), and ate an Egg and Cheese sandwich:


….And then I made another one and ate that, too!


Going to go rest up and refuel!  :) 


Have a wonderful day!



  • Jessica October 30, 2009, 12:14 pm

    YOU GO GIRL!!!

  • Carrie H October 30, 2009, 12:16 pm

    Yay! This post is so awesome. I know I told you I signed up for a marathon in May ’09, but I hurt myself (minor ankle sprain) and haven’t been able to run for about two weeks. I’m trying to remind myself to take it slow, that obviously, I have plenty of running in my future, but I MISS IT SO MUCH! Plus, I live in the middle of the terrible snowstorm the west has gotten, and even if I could run, it’d be hard to do in two feet of snow! Anyway, thanks for letting me live vicariously through your run this morning. 🙂 You rule. And so do your two sandwiches. Ha.

  • Kristine October 30, 2009, 12:17 pm

    Congrats on the run, Caitlin! That is awesome!

    Do you ever stop to stretch during your runs?

  • Erica October 30, 2009, 12:17 pm

    Nice job girl! Way to rock that. Love the sweat angel. Your eggy sammy looks so yummy. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day

  • Nicole October 30, 2009, 12:18 pm

    Wow, SEVENTEEN! That’s awesome. Posts like this make me miss running, but my legs are shot! I have problems with both my feet and my knee gave out yesterday when I was WALKING! Booo.

  • EatRunLitigate October 30, 2009, 12:18 pm

    Great run! I wish I lived in Florida and could do these great long runs.

    The good news about the upcoming time change is that it will make it lighter earlier 🙂

  • Diana October 30, 2009, 12:19 pm

    Good job, that’s awesome!
    This makes me wanna start running. But I’d have to start with that 1 mile. 😉

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 30, 2009, 12:19 pm

    Congrats on seven-freaking-teen. You give me hope since I can barely run a mile!

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) October 30, 2009, 12:19 pm

    You are AMAZING!!

    17 miles. SEVENTEEN MILES!

    I can’t even fathom running that far and am way impressed. Next up we’ll be watching you kick that marathon’s butt. Also – egg sandwich is one of my favorite things. I’m definitely making one this weekend.

  • Evan Thomas October 30, 2009, 12:20 pm

    great job!

  • Bernadette October 30, 2009, 12:22 pm

    That is AMAZING Caitlin!! You rocked this run! I just started my Half Marathon training and cannot imagine running 10 miles before taking a walk break, kudos to you ladies, you are quiet the inspiration!

    Have a wonderful Friday!

  • Gabriela October 30, 2009, 12:22 pm

    Congrats on your awesome run! I love running because of the way you can always improve, too…I just get frustrated because my knee always starts to bother me (I dislocated it 5 years ago and it’s never been the same). Rest up and enjoy the rest of your day!

  • Jacqueline October 30, 2009, 12:22 pm

    You are so frikin’ amazing girl!

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  • MelissaNibbles October 30, 2009, 12:27 pm

    Great job Caitlin! You’ve come so far from the days when you were suffering from leg pains. AMAZING!!!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 30, 2009, 12:27 pm

    you’re amazing!!! great job. what a wonderful way to kick off the weekend!

  • Julie October 30, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Good job!! I’d love to run with you and hear you scream and shout, it’s cracks me up to read about it.

  • Whit October 30, 2009, 12:29 pm

    The best feeling is when you are DONE with those long runs…and btw, you cannot be the sweatiest person you know, because you have met me. I am the grossest sweatiest person alive, I think.

  • megan October 30, 2009, 12:30 pm

    WOW – way to go! that’s so awesome. I’m really impressed with your mental discipline to get over a few bad runs and really build yourself up for this one. it’s training like that that will get you through the marathon!

  • Amanda (modernation) October 30, 2009, 12:33 pm

    Congrats Caitlin! You are going to so ready for the marathon! Great job!

  • Nicole October 30, 2009, 12:33 pm

    Whit, no, I’m the sweatiest person you all know! haha

    Good job, lady! I’ve never run 17 miles before, and I just got done with my marathon training plan. I’m scared!! Yikes!

  • FatFitnessFood October 30, 2009, 12:34 pm

    Wow, awesome! Thanks for sharing the pics! I love seeing pictures of brilliant strong women exercising!

  • Kate October 30, 2009, 12:38 pm

    Congrats! It’s so inspiring to see how far you’ve come in your running journey!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 30, 2009, 12:39 pm

    I’ll be honest, I am insanely jealous of you! Right now my goal is to be able to complete a 5k in under 45 mins. But reading your post reminds me that everyone has to start somewhere. I’m glad you wrote that. It definitely puts things in perspective for me.

  • Jenna October 30, 2009, 12:44 pm

    CONGRATS!!! You must feel on top of the world right now 🙂

    You are an inspiration to us all, keep it up girlie!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 30, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Congrats on the run!! Wooooo.. love the sweat angel too haha gross but funny to see. Doesn’t it feel awesome after you finish an extra long run, just to know you could in fact do it?? Happy Friday!

  • Andee (LAEasyMeals) October 30, 2009, 12:47 pm

    Great run! I have a 22 miler planned for tomorrow, your post just got me more excited for tomorrow’s run. Running with friends is always the best, especially to help boost your mental spirit.

  • Hallie October 30, 2009, 12:48 pm

    You are seriously such an inspiration. I think about girls like you and Meghann when I’m out doing my runs. I think about how I’m not very fast, and don’t have much endurance, but I’m going out there and giving it my all, and I know I’ll get better and stronger the more I work at it. Like you said, that’s what’s so great about running…anyone really can improve, it just requires the work and the desire.

  • Nina October 30, 2009, 12:51 pm

    Caitlin you are such an inspiration! Thanks for giving us all daily peaks into your life! 17 miles, YOU GO GIRL!

  • Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) October 30, 2009, 12:53 pm

    Congrats! That’s amazing! 17 miles seems like a completely unattainable distance for me right now (just starting out) – but it gives me so much hope that you started off just getting up to a mile. So inspiring! THANK YOU!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite October 30, 2009, 12:58 pm

    Congrats on the 17!!! You should be so proud of yourself!

  • Gina October 30, 2009, 1:00 pm

    Congrats on 17 miles! I couldn’t imagine running that right now, maybe next year! Enjoy the rest of the day, you earned it!

  • Marcia October 30, 2009, 1:02 pm

    Congrats on a great long run! You are so right about needing to have your head around it before your body can/will do it! Way to go!

  • Jessica (Mile High Jess) October 30, 2009, 1:02 pm

    Congrats on your run. I have found the scream and grunting really does help get me through long runs. Sometimes you need to just let it out. No matter what anyone may say, running double digits is no picnic.

    Have you tried Body Glide for your chaffing? I love love love it. I even keep a tiny little tube of it in my fuel belt when I do my long runs.

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 30, 2009, 1:04 pm

    congratulations girls! maybe those two low milage weeks weren’t such a bad idea after all!

  • Mel October 30, 2009, 1:05 pm

    Way to go!! I am SO glad your knees are holding up through this!!! Have a great weekend!

  • Carolyn October 30, 2009, 1:05 pm

    Congrats on your long run!! P.S. I’m giving away two breast cancer awareness prize packs on my blog:

  • Lizzy October 30, 2009, 1:07 pm

    Congrats!!!!!! when i was doing through my training schedule for my half, i for some reason found the long runs to be my most favorite! i would mentally perpair myself during the week and when it come time to run i was so excited for it! i love seeing the enthusiasm

  • alli October 30, 2009, 1:08 pm

    in-freaking-credible!!! you rock!!!! im so inspired!

  • Adriane October 30, 2009, 1:12 pm


  • Rosie October 30, 2009, 1:14 pm

    work it, girl!

    and thanks for giving a shout out to us one miler’s. haha. the pics and sweat angel are hillarious. love it.

    enjoy the rest of your day on your 17 mile high!! x

  • Stacey October 30, 2009, 1:15 pm

    Lol a sweat angel. That’s funny stuff there. You girls are awesome!!! But I’d like to challenge your sweatiest person ever theory, I tend to sweat non stop all day (gross, I know) and I still cannot find a deoderant that is strong enough to withstand my daily sweats!! 😀

    • Caitlin October 30, 2009, 1:17 pm

      we could have a sweat off?

  • Kerry October 30, 2009, 1:24 pm

    Great job on the 17 miler Caitlin! I just ran my first marathon last Sunday and it was great! My official time was 4:09:57…way faster than my goal of 4:30. When race time comes I bet you’ll surprise yourself with how fast you can go!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama October 30, 2009, 1:32 pm

    Great job on the run! I am a sweater, too… it’s gross but in a way I love it 🙂
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  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 30, 2009, 1:33 pm

    Athletic tape has been my lifesaver on many a run.

    So glad you had fun and I love the sweat angel. Shows you worked hard 🙂

  • Mica October 30, 2009, 1:34 pm

    Congratulations on your 17-miler! Now, go bask in your sense of accomplishment and have a great weekend!

  • ~Jessica~ October 30, 2009, 1:38 pm

    Another fellow sweater right here! I still have to run in shorts even though the temps are seriously dropping in the North of the UK!

    You are a total running Goddess ~ you should be so proud of yourself! And if you’re not, I’ll just have to be doubly proud for you.

  • Matt October 30, 2009, 1:41 pm

    Nice job on the long run. Are you going to peak at 20 miles?

    • Caitlin October 30, 2009, 1:41 pm

      nope, 22!

  • Brynne October 30, 2009, 1:47 pm

    17 miles is amazing! Congratulations!

  • Cindy October 30, 2009, 1:48 pm

    Wow. You are so amazing and such an inspiration! 🙂

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale October 30, 2009, 1:48 pm

    Oh my goodness… 17 miles is incredible! I love reading about your running journey – it’s so inspirational and challenges me to do better!

  • Aneta October 30, 2009, 1:48 pm

    wow 17 miles! that is crazy!
    the most ive ever done is 13.1 (half marathon lol).
    cannot imagine doing 17.
    but one day i will have to….when im training for my 1st full marathon.

    GREAT JOB!!!!!! congrats….

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet October 30, 2009, 1:50 pm

    You’re amazing! Congratulations, so happy for you! I know someone mentioned this, but the time change it will make it lighter earlier in the day! So you will have more sun on your run which can be good or bad! Adam and I are super excited to wake up with light and not pitch blackness like always. It will help the waking up process. Love the pics, you’re so great! 🙂 Congrats again!

  • Liz October 30, 2009, 1:53 pm

    Awesome long run! It’s hard to stay motivated at the end, but you did it! Congrats!

  • Paige October 30, 2009, 1:54 pm

    The sweat angel totally cracked me up. Love it!!!

  • Lauren October 30, 2009, 1:57 pm

    Congrats Caitlin-that is so awesome! I have a question for you. When I trained for my half marathon I found that I was always hungry because I was running so much so I allowed myself to eat much more. I actually didn’t always eat right and allowed myself to eat anything I wanted, and in turn gained some weight because of it. I had read on Meghann’s blog that she had gained some weight training for her marathon last year (which I also read can be normal and is mostly muscle), and I was wondering if you had any tips to not gaining weight during training. It’s hard because I know it is probably a lot of muscle, but I knew I was eating way more than I should have been. Do you keep track of how many calories you are burning and eating? I want to train for a marathon, but am so worried I will be starving constantly again.

    • Caitlin October 30, 2009, 2:17 pm

      i kind of just eat when i’m hungry and stop when i’m full. i wish i could give you a more scientific answer than that, but thats it. i’ve actually lost 1.5 lbs through training. i try to keep my meals normal sized (2000 cals or so) on regular days and much more on long run days (3200 or so). its worked so far.

  • 4shley (FitBits) October 30, 2009, 2:02 pm

    Awesome job – I am taking it slow and easy with my running, but I really hope that longer runs are something I can handle down the road.

  • Katie October 30, 2009, 2:19 pm

    CONGRATS!!!!! You are my idol I’m hoping to someday achieve this. The extra food is just a bonus although I get a big vegan cookie from WF to celebrate 🙂

    Not so envious of the sweat angel… Not enjoying gale force winds here.

  • Marlene October 30, 2009, 2:35 pm

    Thanks for this post. I’ve been dreading my scheduled runs lately because I’m afraid of PAIN. But that’s no way to psych myself out before I even begin!! Now that I’ve read what you’ve accomplished, all I want to do is get out there and RUN!

  • Jenna October 30, 2009, 2:42 pm

    great job on the run!
    good thing you are re-fueling yourself! those yummy egg sandwiches look great 🙂

  • Tiffany October 30, 2009, 2:44 pm

    First, congrats on the mileage, you are the WOMAN!! Second, I love your sweat angel. It made me giggle right here at work =)

  • Susan October 30, 2009, 2:56 pm

    Eee!! Congrats!! I just did my first double digit run yesterday – 17 seems even MORE hardcore! Especially when you’re up at 4am to do it!

    Also love the sweat angel 😛

  • caronae October 30, 2009, 3:00 pm

    Congrats on the PDR/awesome run! I did ten this morning and felt like I was going to die!

  • Justy2003 October 30, 2009, 4:01 pm

    Awesome job! I love when long runs aren’t mentally challenging…that’s the best! 🙂

  • ari October 30, 2009, 5:49 pm

    i’m glad i’m not the only sweaty beast. my shirts are SOAKED every time i leave the gym.

  • maria October 30, 2009, 6:45 pm

    Wow. 17 miles. Girl, you are badass!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) October 30, 2009, 7:06 pm

    YAYAYAYAY!!!!!! Congrats!

    You sweat angel almost made me spit out my water. LMAO!!!!!

  • Lizzy October 30, 2009, 7:26 pm

    what do you do for water on your long runs? i hate carrying a water bottle, and i would think one water bottle wouldn’t last 17 miles?? would love to hear if you have any advice! 🙂

    • caitlin October 30, 2009, 7:34 pm

      you must get a! it will change your life. get the ladies fit one.

  • Erin October 30, 2009, 7:51 pm

    I’m pretty sure I could give you a run for your the sweaty championship title! I am the sweatiest girl everrrrrr.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 30, 2009, 8:15 pm

    Wow, what an awesome run girl! I just learned in Exercise Science this week that the fitter a person is, the easier/sooner and more profusely they sweat 😉 You rock!

  • beth October 30, 2009, 10:14 pm

    This post is awesome! Inspiring really.

  • Taylor October 30, 2009, 10:16 pm

    Wow lady I am so impressed! I am only on 13 miles for my long run and doubling that seems so daunting – and exhausting. You are such an inspiration, and it is even more impressive you were able to give Megan those compliments during the last leg of the run – I can barely talk. 😉

  • Jolene ( October 30, 2009, 10:40 pm

    4:15 A.M. You are a crazy lady!

  • Kristen October 31, 2009, 10:40 pm

    I landed on your blog looking at reviews for Gasparilla 1/2 marathon. I wanted to let you know that I have used something called “Body Glide” an anti-friction item that really helps with chaffing!!! Especially around the bra!!!

  • Laura Smith November 3, 2009, 11:16 am

    awesome job! i’m starting training in 2 weeks for a marathon in may. the most miles i’ve ran so are is a 15k, so when i get to 17 like you are Its going to be crazy. I really admire you!!

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