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10 hours later, I am back in Florida and feeling completely delirious. 


Somewhere in Georgia, I stopped at a Cracker Barrel and rented a book on CD for $3.95 (I just have to return it to any Cracker Barrel in the next week and get my $30 deposit back!).  As a result, I entered this weird time-vacuum and before I knew it, I was home.  Which was relieving, but also strangely disconcerting.


Now I’m home and grappling with the age-old question…


I think the answer is RUN!  :)  Off to pound the pavement before the Husband gets home from work.


See you in a bit!


Question:  Do you ever run without a set mileage goal?  I’m about to do that now and it’s something I hardly EVER do! Let’s see how far I go!



  • Stacey February 8, 2010, 6:04 pm

    Cool! and no I have not ever done that, but it sounds awesome 😀 Thanks for the idea! Good luck

  • Freya @ February 8, 2010, 6:12 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever done that! I normally say ‘at least 6miles’ or ‘at least 35mins’ and work from there 🙂
    I’m amazed you’ve got the energy to run after a 10hour drive! Superwoman 😀
    Enjoy the run!

  • Karla February 8, 2010, 6:15 pm

    Have a good run! Good for you after that 10hr drive! Great way to stretch your legs!

  • Matt February 8, 2010, 6:17 pm

    I usually run until I get tired!

  • Joey February 8, 2010, 6:21 pm

    I set minutes goals instead of miles goals… “Today I will run for x minutes.” But I’m just a beginner!

  • caronae February 8, 2010, 6:22 pm

    Hope the run goes well. Every once in a while I don’t have a mileage goal and it’s so freeing! I never regret those runs!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 8, 2010, 6:22 pm

    Have a great run! 😀 I usually try to go out without planning the mileage, but it’s hard to do when I know all the loops and miles around where I live. I automatically sum it up in my head without even realizing that I’m doing it. :mrgreen:

    • Caitlin February 8, 2010, 6:43 pm

      haha oh i totally just did that!

  • Gina February 8, 2010, 6:22 pm

    i absolutely love cracker barrel, whenever im travelling i have to go and have a huge yummy breakfast & than wander around checking out all the intersting stuf they have in the store!

  • kristina February 8, 2010, 6:25 pm

    That is the coolest idea ever to be able to rent a book on tape. I love the Cracker Barrel when I lived in Florida we used to go frequently but now the closest one is 30 minutes away so its a very infrequent trip.

    Good job on keeping the focus with the run even after a 10 hour roadtrip 🙂

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 8, 2010, 6:25 pm

    Is it your dads birthday? I feel like he’s had three birthdays already this year? Maybe I’m going nutty.

    • Caitlin February 8, 2010, 6:43 pm

      hahah well we DID celebrate it last week.

  • swimsutra February 8, 2010, 6:27 pm

    Hm, not sure I’ve ever actually have run WITH a distance or duration in mind. I just kind of go with it with a sort of goal in mind. Hmmm maybe this is why I have a “wall” with my running!

  • christie, honoring health February 8, 2010, 6:43 pm

    Glad you arrived home safely!

    have a great run!

  • Haleigh February 8, 2010, 6:46 pm

    I am happy to hear that you arrived home safely!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 8, 2010, 6:53 pm

    Who knew you could rent books at Cracker Barrel?!

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run February 8, 2010, 6:59 pm

    Yea, that’s good to know about Cracker Barrel. I always rent them at the library before I drive somewhere, but we usually run out of books before we are back home.

    I have never run without a goal in mind. I am such a planner I am not sure I could leave the house without knowing how far I was going or how long I would run for. Good for you!

  • Wendy February 8, 2010, 7:12 pm

    So is that time-vacuum anything like the long-run “disconnect” you talked about a few weeks ago? haha I love audiobooks!

    I often go out with a distance time/distance goal in mind, but no pre-mapped route (I don’t have a Garmin). I can’t remember ever going for a run without a specific goal, though. I always like to have some kind of plan.

  • Linzi February 8, 2010, 7:14 pm

    I can’t imagine just running. Sounds very liberating! I am interested to hear how far you go. I usually use my plan to motivate me. I don’t ever usually go more than the plan calls or under for that matter.

  • Daryl February 8, 2010, 7:16 pm

    For the last few years I don’t think I’ve headed out without a distance fairly set in mind. It might change a bit based on how I’m feeling, but usually it is part of a training schedule so off I go! Sometimes when I’m cross-training I’m more likely to go with the flow.

  • Meg February 8, 2010, 7:17 pm

    Have fun 😀

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner February 8, 2010, 7:22 pm

    Glad you made it safe! No, I always have a mileage goal in mind. A few times I have run with just a time goal in mind and it was really nice!

  • Lauren February 8, 2010, 7:37 pm

    hey I was just wondering what program you used to chart out workouts. thanks!

    • Caitlin February 8, 2010, 8:56 pm

      if you mean mileage, i use a garmin. but if you mean just recording the workouts, i like

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 8, 2010, 7:42 pm

    I have gone running occasionally without a set distance in mind. But then I usually give up early. I like to have a rough estimate in mind for outdoor runs.

  • Keri February 8, 2010, 7:45 pm

    Yes! I try to do this at least once a week. I love my Garmin but there is something very freeing about running just for fun and many times, those are some of my best runs!

  • Kelly February 8, 2010, 7:50 pm

    ugh I would give anything to be able to go run or do any kind of cardio right now. When I’m running on a treadmill I usually set out with the goal of at least doing 4 miles, and then anything after that is bonus. When i’m not following a training plan anyway.

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  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 8, 2010, 8:04 pm

    Great work on the drive! Glad to hear that you made it home safe and sound.
    Sometimes I set out with a ‘time limit’ in mind, rather than a specific distance.

  • Whitney @ February 8, 2010, 8:04 pm

    I haven’t been setting mileage goals yet, but that’s just because I’m doing the couch to 5k program. I only have 2 1/2 weeks left and once I’m finished I will definitely be paying more attention to it!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 8, 2010, 8:16 pm

    I’ve never done that before, good luck!!!

  • Amber K February 8, 2010, 8:22 pm

    That’s actually interesting to me because I have never set a mileage goal. I usually work out to burn X amount of calories. It is motivating to me to hit a certain calorie burned goal each week. But mileage certainly sounds interesting, do you use a pedometer to track it? I have a heart rate monitor which is why I’ve been doing calories.

    • Caitlin February 8, 2010, 8:56 pm

      i have a garmin 305 which uses a gps to measure mileage!

  • Jolene ( February 8, 2010, 8:26 pm

    Glad you chose to RUN! Good for you girl!

  • Marie February 8, 2010, 8:50 pm

    I always say run! It stinks getting out there, but by the time its over you will be SO happy you did! I’ve been following your blog for awhile but this is the first time I’ve posted

  • Ellen Collis February 8, 2010, 9:06 pm

    I rarely ever do, or else I’ll quit after like 15 minutes! I have to mentally prepare for anything over 2 miles! 🙂

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 8, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Q: What does your husband do for work? Just curious : )

    • Caitlin February 8, 2010, 9:25 pm

      he manages our family’s holistic clinic thursday and friday and on mon – wed he is in a master’s program for acupuncture (he graduates this spring!) and works in the school’s clinic.

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story February 9, 2010, 9:01 am

    I love books on CD! They do that to me too! I didn’t know you could rent them from Cracker Barrel! Thanks for the tip. Glad you made it back safely.

  • Guen February 9, 2010, 9:26 am

    I can’t speak for the runnin, but I know what you mean about the audio book. It helps time fly. Audio books were a life saver when I was doing cross country drives for an interim job I had a couple years ago.

  • Amanda February 9, 2010, 9:58 am

    I really never run without a set mileage goal. Even if I don’t have exact mileaged planned out on a schedule I still think to myself ahead of time how many miles I’d like to do. I have been thinking recently that it would be nice to occasionally go out for a run with nothing but me and a pair of shoes. No iPod, no Garmin, no heartrate monitor, no watch, nothing but me and the road. But I’m entirely too OCD to let it happen. Maybe someday.

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