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Secret to summer running:  Wait until the sun begins to set!


I met Megan for a nighttime run in a safe residential neighborhood.  We churned out 6.0 steady miles in 1:04 (some walking was required) and gossiped ourselves silly.


It was a great run!  I haven’t run that far in… months?  In fact, the last time I ran more than 6.0 miles was the Iron Girl 15K on April 10, 2010.


More importantly… We celebrated our 1 Year Friend Anniversary.  Megan and I met on June 6, 2009!  :)  Megan will always hold a special place in my heart because she was my #1 training buddy for the Disney Marathon.  We did almost ALL of our long runs together, including the most hellish 22.0 mile run EVER.  And the time we jumped in a public fountain after running 18.0 miles!


🙂 (Nearly) one year ago:


After our run, I came home and made a REALLY late dinner:


Arnold Sammie Thin with an egg, broccoli, cherries, and melon:


Which I ate sitting on the floor. Sometimes the floor is the best table, don’t you agree?  I needed to streeetch out after that run!


Time for bed!  🙂


Have a nice Sunday evening!



  • John June 13, 2010, 10:29 pm

    That’s great you got a friend who runs. I do all my runs on my own. Long run days it would probably be nice to have some company for the misery? 🙂

  • Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks June 13, 2010, 10:31 pm

    Wow, long run! I’ll bet having your buddy there made it go by pretty quickly though! I moved away from the town where my workout buddy lives about a year ago, and I so miss our exercise dates.

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 13, 2010, 10:35 pm

    How cute! I saw that Megan wrote it on Twitter. I guess that’s the perks of blogging, having somewhere, set in stone, the things you have done and people you have met 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) June 13, 2010, 10:39 pm

    way to go on the 6-miler…that’s awesome you had such a good time after not running that distance for a while 🙂 and happy friendiversary to both of you beautiful girls 🙂

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 13, 2010, 10:42 pm

    I wish I had a long run running buddy! I start marathon training on Tuesday (gulp), and it would certainly help get me through the last few miles of those uber-long runs. I guess I’ll just have to find some inspirational music instead!

  • Nancy June 13, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Awww that’s awesome. How did you gals meet anyway?

    • caitlin June 14, 2010, 9:11 am

      we met through blogging 🙂

      • Nancy June 14, 2010, 9:14 am

        That makes sense!! 🙂

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) June 13, 2010, 10:45 pm

    I wish I had a long run buddy! I think my long run buddy will be the treadmill. And my iPod. Marathon training is scary alone.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 13, 2010, 10:56 pm

    That is so awesome! My husband and I can walk together, but we’re not really good at running and talking.

    Personally, I can’t eat on the floor unless I have a coffee table to eat off of. I get food on me in general, let alone with a longer distance between me and my food, lol!

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life June 13, 2010, 10:56 pm

    I joined a running club recently and I can’t believe how much more enjoyable my long runs are now that I have companions! I mean, sometimes I like to space out or clear my mind, but really my goal of those really long runs is just to get through them. Time/miles pass so much quicker when you have someone to chat with!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 13, 2010, 11:03 pm

    aw, her shorts are absolutely adorable. i need a running buddy for sure. i decided that i’m going to run my first race, a 10k, this september. i’ve only run 6 miles in one go once, and it was in 55 minutes so i feel i could do it if i trained properly. it’d be awesome if i had a friend to run it with, time goes by so quick when you can just yap on and on. 🙂

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 13, 2010, 11:05 pm

    What an awesome running buddy she is. I’m so jealous on your meal! I’m stuck in a cabin with all very unhealthy food, so my mouth is watering for your dinner.

  • claire June 13, 2010, 11:10 pm

    It must be so great having a great friend, athlete, fellow blogger..I wish I had some more around here!

  • Kellie June 13, 2010, 11:26 pm

    I would love a running buddy. It would definately make time go faster. Happy friend-versary.

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) June 13, 2010, 11:56 pm

    Happy friend anniversary! You really learn a lot about a person running that long with them, especially when the runs are super tough. I love my marathon training partner, don’t know what I would have done without her!

  • Sana June 14, 2010, 12:15 am

    Excellent run! 6 miles will be my longest run sometime this week!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 14, 2010, 12:48 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who takes photos of their food on their carpet : )

  • Jolene ( June 14, 2010, 1:03 am

    I love sitting on the floor 🙂 People always offer me a chair, and they don’t understand!

  • jassy June 14, 2010, 1:24 am

    happy anniv to you and meg:)

  • Amy @ Amy Starts To Run June 14, 2010, 1:35 am

    I love both of your blogs, congrats on the friend-a-versary! I hope one day I can post on my blog casually turning out 6 miles!

  • Anna @ Lily Hue June 14, 2010, 3:15 am

    I can’t wait until I can run that far too! 🙂 I love running after sunset. Wonder if I would love pre-sunrise running too? Happy friend-versary!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 14, 2010, 3:24 am

    Only a year!? I thought you guys had known each other longer than that! I bet all those long runs gave you plenty of bonding time :p

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) June 14, 2010, 4:21 am

    Congrats on the friend versary 🙂

    Caitlin I found an operation beautiful esque clothing company in Africa! I will email you about it as soon as I can. its pretty cool!!!

    • caitlin June 14, 2010, 9:11 am

      sounds fun!!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 14, 2010, 6:02 am

    Yay for the good run!!! As good of friends you and Megan are, I totally forgot you only met her last summer! Seems like she’s been on your blog forever!

  • Marina June 14, 2010, 6:42 am

    I wish I had a friend to run with!
    sitting on the floor is my thing too 😀

  • Nicole, RD June 14, 2010, 7:00 am

    Training buddies are the best and their friendships are deeper than other friends since you share a passion for running. I love the pictures!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 14, 2010, 7:34 am

    I’ve yet to find a friend to run with…it’s awesome that you have a friend who’s about your speed! I take pictures of my food on the floor all the time, and would probably eat it there too if my mom didn’t yell at me 🙂 Hope you have a great Monday!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 14, 2010, 7:50 am

    aww, I love good friends. Congrats on your anniversary. hahaha

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 14, 2010, 8:01 am

    I find myself eating on the floor sometimes and I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts on it. :mrgreen:

    I love running after the sun begins to set. I went on a pitch-black run once with my brother, and there was a bright, full moon that lit up the entire run. It was simply marvelous and definitely cooler then running through the heat of the day! 😀

  • sirenjess June 14, 2010, 8:07 am

    That’s awesome you have a running buddy. My buddy doesn’t run with me anymore so I do my runs on my own. Well not really my husband drives along with me or rides with me.

    I have a question have you tried the Vega Smoothie infusion? If so how did you like it? I tried the Amazing Grass Chocolate and loved it.

    • caitlin June 14, 2010, 9:13 am

      is that like the shake and go? i dont think ive tried anything called infusion!

      • sirenjess June 14, 2010, 12:48 pm

        No, it’s called Smoothie infusion. They don’t see the shake and go yet at my Whole foods. I can’t wait for them to see it because I’m really wanting to try it. I’ll let you know how the infusion tastes.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 14, 2010, 8:42 am

    Somtimes eating on the floor is the best! I do it from time to time!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind June 14, 2010, 8:48 am

    Sometimes I love eating on the floor, too. I can’t do the plate-in-the-lap thing at all, so if I’m not at the table, the floor it is!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething June 14, 2010, 9:30 am

    i love sitting on the floor! people think i am weird 🙂

  • Miranda @ Mirandasjeans June 14, 2010, 11:49 am

    I love that you celebrate friendaversaries too! My best friend and I celebrate every year in November, marked by the weekend of my local Santa Clause Parade.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 14, 2010, 1:11 pm

    Ooh yes, summer temperatures definitely necessitate morning or evening runs. I tend to opt for the mornings though. Evening runs would wire me up too much before bed!

    Happy friend-versary! 🙂

  • alli June 14, 2010, 3:35 pm

    or before the sun comes up! the creepies aren’t out at that hour either 🙂

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