Ten Miles

in Marathon Training

I learned an important lesson this morning…  It’s more important to listen to you body than your training plan


Before I left for my run, I had a whole wheat bagel, PB, and a banana:


I had a 17.0-miler scheduled and met up with the girls (including Katy, Megan, and Kelly) for a run.


Katy and I met at 5:30 and did 2.5 miles before looping back to grab Megan and Kelly.  It was around that time that I found a nice, hidden bush and used the bathroom – ugh.


Around Mile 8.0, I took a few of these Powerade chews (I never got around to eating them all or taking the Goo):


I was just DRAGGING ass the entire run.  My body was screaming “NO NO NO” from the very beginning.


Megan and I began discussing how it is important to follow your body cues and not run through exhaustion or pain just because your plan says you should do XX number miles.  This week was suppose to be a long run week, and next week was going to be a taper.  After I spoke to Megan and realized how right she was, I decided to flip flop my weeks and do a “shorter” run today.  I love how marathon training convinces me that 10.0 miles is short.  🙂


In the end, I did 10.0 miles, which is nothing to scoff at!  I’m not disappointed because I know it was the right decision to switch my weeks.  Here are my statistics:


  • Duration:  1:40
  • Distance: 10.0 miles


I felt pretty beat when it was all said and done.  Seventeen miles, I’m gunning for you next week!  🙂


I came home and had some Greek yogurt and granola to refuel:


Happy Birthday Debbie!


Happy birthday to my running buddy Debbie.  :)  Debbie just moved to New Jersey.   We miss her on our morning runs! 


Dancing in parking lots is awesome.



  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 16, 2009, 9:02 am

    I would kill to be able to run 10 miles. One of my biggest fears is running long distance and having to pee…or worse. My husband runs marathons and I’ve seen and heard horror stories!

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 16, 2009, 9:05 am

    Respecting what your body wants can be SO hard when what your training plan says is different! You will totally eat that 17 miles for breakfast next week!

  • Anne P October 16, 2009, 9:08 am

    you two are so cute with your debbie happy birthday video! 🙂

    good call on listening to yourself. like we were saying on gchat the other day… sometimes you’re just. not. feeling it. and that’s OKAY! 10 miles is pretty damn awesome. pat yourself on the back!!

  • Diana October 16, 2009, 9:09 am

    You’re both so cute ahah And 10 miles is awesome! I would probably die. Several times. ahah Good for you for listening to your body. You wouldn’t want to exhaust yourself. You’re in awesome shape and I’m sure you’ll do fine. 🙂

  • Matt October 16, 2009, 9:10 am

    Sometimes you need to switch around your training plan. That’s why it is a “plan”. I tend to use mine as a guide because the plan is never going to know how I am feeling that day. I think as long as you get the workouts in, you are fine. It is when you start actually skipping them is when you get yourself in a bind.

  • Erica October 16, 2009, 9:10 am

    Nice job girl! I’m glad you listened to your body! I have a 10 miler planned for next week- 17 miles sounds like such an out of this world distance to me right now :)! Love the videos. hey- I’m giving away 2 yoga mats today if you’re interested!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance October 16, 2009, 9:13 am

    I totally agree with Megan and think it is great that you switched your weeks, though you are so right…….10 MILES is nothing to scuff at by any means, I am striving to get to “6” miles outside right now in prep for the upcoming 10K in November, so I am so jeolous that 10 miles is an easier run for you……..

    =) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance (after a 100+ POUND weight loss)

  • Lee October 16, 2009, 9:15 am

    I think it’s definitely okay to switch around your training plan based on how you are feeling. 10 miles is no easy feat either!

  • Susan October 16, 2009, 9:17 am

    Toooootally important to listen to your body first! Best way to stay injury free while marathon training 🙂 And damn straight 10 miles is nothing to scoff at! Awesome run regardless! 😀

  • Jac October 16, 2009, 9:22 am

    ok.. for me.. 2 miles five days a week is making me go nuts.. i think it’s cos i do it on the treadmill.. used to run marathons alot, but kinds stopped cos noone wanted me to go.. (family thought it was not safe to leave so early alone). sigh.. but i really admire you! 10 miles is uber long..17?? Good luck.. i’m sure you can!

  • Sara October 16, 2009, 9:23 am

    Awesome job! I wish I could run 10 miles!

    I think you mean “important” lesson, not “appointment” lesson 🙂

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 16, 2009, 9:34 am

    I am glad you listened to your body … smart thinking.

  • Lizzy October 16, 2009, 9:36 am

    i totally agree. you should listen to your body and do what it says to do, otherwise your right you will burn out and end up making it worse! Great job on your 10 miles! thats awesome

  • Mica October 16, 2009, 9:42 am

    Man, my marathon training was allll about switching weeks, and I guess it turned out alright in the end! Good job listening to your body.

    I’m pretty sure that 17-milers are just hard. (I’m basing this very scientific assessment on the fact that the boyfriend and I both struggled with our respective 17-milers.)

    You’re going to rock it next week!

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life October 16, 2009, 9:42 am

    You guys are so cute! I think it’s awesome that you listened to your body-it will never stear you wrong!

  • MegaNerd October 16, 2009, 9:44 am

    We love embarrassing ourselves, don’t we!? LOL

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) October 16, 2009, 9:46 am

    LOL you guys are too funny – I love it! Great job on the 10 miles and being able to listen to your body. So important.

  • Meg October 16, 2009, 9:50 am

    You guys are awesome, and entertaining 🙂 You definitely made my morning brighter. So thank you! Congrats on the 10 miles, and listening to your body – something that we all need to do more often!

    Enjoy your Friday!

  • Evan Thomas October 16, 2009, 9:54 am

    10 miles is great! I had a bit of a dissapointing run this morning, but I’m trying to just look on the bright side and you’re definitely an inspiration for that

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life October 16, 2009, 10:19 am

    I just have to say how jealous I am you guys are running in shorts and tanks.. IT IS FREEZING here in NEW JERSEY.. I have to switch to bore-o-mill runs.. I hate it.. Wish I lived in FL.. hehe.. ANyway.. GREAT job on the runs and I totally agree with Megan you should listen to your body!! Great job!

  • Julie @savvyeats October 16, 2009, 10:30 am

    Nice job on listening to your body instead of sticking strictly to your plan. It will serve you so much better in the long run!

  • Olga @ Healthing It October 16, 2009, 10:31 am

    I’m with Megan on the whole envy about good weather thing. I’m running my first 5K ever this Sunday and it’s supposed to SNOW.

  • Jennifer October 16, 2009, 10:42 am

    Good for you for doing what your body said and not getting hung up on numbers or goals! 🙂 I think your rib cage will thank you, too 🙂 haha

  • Dawn (HealthySDLiving) October 16, 2009, 10:43 am

    10 miles is still definitely quite the accomplishment! 🙂 And I’ve been learning just how important it is to listen to your body!

  • Molly @vegandorm October 16, 2009, 10:45 am

    Ever since I started running longer distances, I’m poppin’ squats all over the place!
    I’ll admit it-on some early morning runs i’ve gone in people’s side yards or behind their bushes.
    Every time a cop drives past me, I always think they’re going to arrest me for indecent exposure haha!

  • Amelia October 16, 2009, 10:56 am

    Cannot agree more with your discussion of listening to your body cues. It is not worth doing a really long run when you don’t feel well and possibly setting yourself up to feel worse.

  • brandi October 16, 2009, 11:05 am

    great job on your run and listening to your body 🙂

  • Jessica October 16, 2009, 11:09 am

    I am pretty sure that my 1.5 mile run yesterday almost killed me.

    You are definitely a role model of mine.

  • Amber from GIrl with the Red Hair October 16, 2009, 11:16 am

    It’s SO important to listen to your body and not get injured!! Good job! And 10 miles is still a LONG run in my books 😀

  • Tay October 16, 2009, 11:23 am

    Good for you! 10 miles is still and awesome awesome run. Megan has the best advice 🙂

  • Katie October 16, 2009, 11:41 am

    I’m so glad you listened to yourself. Just yesterday I found out that I earned a SECOND serious running-related injury because I ignored my body’s cues.

  • Tina October 16, 2009, 11:45 am

    Yay for listening to your body! I love how everybody’s outfits matched and were pink and purple 🙂

  • Stacey October 16, 2009, 11:49 am

    Hehe 🙂 You guys are funny. Glad you listened to your body, cos most of the time it’s right! 10 miles is still AMAZING!!!!

  • Ellen October 16, 2009, 12:03 pm

    Good for you for listening to your body. So many people would have kept pushing on. But those are the people that won’t be able to run when they’re 50!


  • Kristine October 16, 2009, 12:25 pm

    great job on your 10 miles! i think its great that you listened to your body! and great advice from megan!

  • sheila b. October 16, 2009, 12:28 pm

    I AM SOOOO GLAD that you talked about how important it is to follow your body cues. We tend to get excited about our runs and so we push ourselves and there are days where our body is ready for that push but some days our body is just not able to do that one or two extra mile we planned to run. Following body cues is sooo important in training, we prevent ourselves from injury which is the #1 thing we want while we are training. Anyway, good post Caitlin! i’ve been following your blog for a couple of weeks now and you’ve encouraged me so much in my own runs. Have a great day!!

  • Sara October 16, 2009, 12:31 pm

    Good job on the 10 miles!! that is great! it’s always a good thing to listen to your body!

  • skinnyrunner October 16, 2009, 12:32 pm

    10 miles is a fabulous way to start your weekend! great post/reminder to us all to listen to your bodies before a training plan. love it.

  • Sara October 16, 2009, 12:39 pm

    Wow, there are a lot of Saras here, lol. I, too, wish I could run 10 miles. Be proud!

  • Debbie October 16, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Thanks for the video Caitlin!!! I miss running with you too. I really had to bundle up for my 5 miler today!!

  • Jenna October 16, 2009, 12:55 pm

    good job listening to your body!

  • W @ Letters from the Bay October 16, 2009, 1:02 pm

    I’m just starting out building a running routine and it’s encouraging to read about your training journey. Thanks!

  • Shannon October 16, 2009, 2:02 pm

    Thank you for posting this. It’s such a good reminder!

  • Kat (kats daily plate) October 16, 2009, 2:40 pm

    Great post… and you are a running animal! 10 miles is a loooot! 🙂

  • Karla October 16, 2009, 3:00 pm

    LOVE the videos Caitlin!

  • Lu October 16, 2009, 3:28 pm

    I would probably keel over if I ran 10 miles. Way to go. You ladies look beautiful dancing in the parking lot.

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, Healthy living blog :) October 16, 2009, 3:43 pm

    Sounds like you did the right thing by listening to your body 🙂 and dude, 10 miles is HEAAAPPS! I love the videos, they’re great 😀
    And hells to the yeah, carpark dancing is hella fun 😀
    Wish I lived in America so I could run with you girlsss 🙁

  • Tyler October 16, 2009, 5:23 pm

    in high school, people used to think that me and my cross country buddies were crazy for talking about 5 mile “easy runs”. but i have never called 10 miles a “short run” lol. i think you win 🙂 good luck with the rest of your training!

  • on the rocks October 16, 2009, 6:17 pm

    i think its great to mustard up the courage to listen to your body. many times are egos get in the way…and that’s what causes injuries!

  • maria October 16, 2009, 9:51 pm

    It is so important to listen to your body. Pushing through exhaustion and pain can lead to injury. There’s a definite difference between discomfort and pain.

    Your guy’s running videos crack me up!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 17, 2009, 8:59 am

    You girls are so cute!

    And I’m so proud of you for listening to your body. An important lesson for sure 🙂

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