I was sitting on my porch when I saw Kath and Matt turning the corner!


They ran 2.8 miles to my house to surprise me and say hello!  Since they were there and sweating, I decided to throw on my running clothes and do a quick run with them. 


Kath and Matt are super fast, so I had to haul booty to keep up!


  • Distance: 3.37 miles
  • Duration:29:55 minutes
  • Mile 1: 9:01
  • Mile 2: 8:44
  • Mile 3: 8:51
  • Mile 3 – 3.37: 3:19 (9:05 pace)


Very proud of Mile 2 in particular!  :)  One thing I’m trying to focus on during my runs is getting used to the sensation of feeling “uncomfortable” when I go fast.  Obviously, pushing myself to RUN-RUN instead of jog is a little hard on my legs, lungs, and entire system!  I kept repeating, “It’s OK to be uncomfortable, it’s OK to be uncomfortable,” and that helped motivate me up a few hills. Framing the sensation in terms of “uncomfortableness” instead of being overly dramatic and thinking, “OMG I’M GOING TO DIEEEE” makes it a LOT easier.


Since I was already sweaty, I walked right into my office and set up my yoga mat to do No More Trouble Zones.  I had to do some modifications to get through it, but I finished it and felt soo good afterwards!


Prior to the workout and after church, my mom and I stopped off at Panera for some coffee.  I snagged a little of her bagel and soufflé to munch on.


And I posted an Operation Beautiful note on the community board!



Post-run, pre-No More Trouble Zones snack was cinnamon bread with Earth Balance:


Lunch was an arugula salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and vegetarian refried beans.


Off to enjoy the last bit of the WEEKEND!  🙁



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 11, 2010, 3:08 pm

    Haha I’d love for Kath and Matt to turn up at my house and drag me out for a run! I can’t see them running a few tens of thousands of miles though….
    Have a great afternoon!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 11, 2010, 3:17 pm

    I also have to modify some workout routines to get through ’em, but as long as it works for me, I’m happy. 🙂

    This weekend has indeed gone by so quickly… better enjoy it for the next few hours! Have a good one 🙂

  • Rebecca July 11, 2010, 3:30 pm

    That bread looks so delicious. Do they ship nationwide?

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 11, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Great times on your run today! I am trying to get used to being more uncomfortable too because I really want to get faster!

  • kath July 11, 2010, 3:42 pm

    Whee!! Leaving a comment from my.new.Droid.phone!!

  • Mindy July 11, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I would have never, ever thought to put refried beans on my salad! I’ll have to try that sometime!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 11, 2010, 3:49 pm

    What a nice surprise to see Kath and Matt running towards you! You did well during yor run!! And that cinnamon bread looks heavenly – yum! Anything with cinnamon and/or raisin gets me excited!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 11, 2010, 3:51 pm

    That is such a great mantra to say. With this sudden heat I’m finding myself saying that I’m going to DIIIIE. I’m a very dramatic runner.

  • Marina July 11, 2010, 3:52 pm

    I wish I had friends like that, coming and inviting me for a run 😀
    amazing 🙂

  • Tina July 11, 2010, 3:55 pm

    I like using that thought process for motivation. Sometimes we have to be uncomfortable to make progress.

    And that would be such a nice surprise. Impromptu visits from friends are great.

  • Chelsey July 11, 2010, 4:01 pm

    What a fun day so far! I love the pink heart post-its! I havae them too!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day (Formally A La Mode) July 11, 2010, 4:10 pm

    I love your points about being uncomfortable when running fast. I used to tell myself that others who ran at faster paces were just more fit than I was (some probably are), but maybe they are just more comfortable with their uncomfortable-ness! Great post!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete July 11, 2010, 4:14 pm

    haha. That’s great! Usually I don’t like it when people show up unannounced, but I would definitely make an exception for that!! Glad you were able to get out and survive the heat. 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 11, 2010, 4:35 pm

    I think that’s a great way to describe the feeling I get when I am trying to push myself to run instead of jog. I feel like I’m going to DIE, but it is really just me being very uncomfortable.

  • Mary Frances July 11, 2010, 5:12 pm

    I just did Jillian Michaels yoga meltdown for the first time this morning. At one point she says, “get used to feeling uncomfortable.”

    I hate you and Kath are only going to be in the same town for a little while.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 11, 2010, 5:36 pm

    I love refried beans! I bet they were great on the salad.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 11, 2010, 5:54 pm

    Yay for running with friends! What fun 🙂

  • Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 11, 2010, 5:56 pm

    Good for you for going on a impromptu run.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound Weight Loss!!! July 11, 2010, 6:12 pm

    Great run! I am currently working on increasing my distance so I am not working on my “speed” but this Fall I plan too and hope to become as fast a runner as you son day….=)

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 11, 2010, 6:15 pm

    Aw, that’s so cute that they ran to your house just to say hello! I liked your advice for getting through a hard workout. I’m gonna see how it works on my next run 😀

  • Rachael July 11, 2010, 6:31 pm

    Been reading your blog for about a month now, but this is my first comment. I gained a considerable amount of weight in the last few years and I’ve been working toward a healthy lifestyle over the last 6 months or so. I’m now struggling with getting back in shape and making exercise part of my routine. I read this post just before my work out today. The workout was VERY tough to get through but I channeled your post and told myself “it’s OK to be uncomfortable.” I know that’s going to be my motivation to help push myself through tough workouts and into a healthier and fitter life style. Thank you for the motivation!

    • caitlin July 11, 2010, 6:57 pm

      WAY TO GO!! 🙂 you should be so proud.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 11, 2010, 6:37 pm

    Thsi just strikes me as “The South”. Sitting on the porch relaxing with friends just running by for fun.

  • Camille July 11, 2010, 7:21 pm

    Looks like you guys had a nice day! I want a porch to sit on!

  • Ellen@FIrednFabulous July 11, 2010, 7:26 pm

    I like your “I’m uncomfortable” vs. “I’m going to DIEEE” mentality. Whenever I push myself on a run, I usually think the latter, but it’s a bit negative. No, I’m not going to die. I always feel so much better when I really step up my game, and I need to remember that so I can keep positive

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 11, 2010, 7:50 pm

    Wow they ARE fast! And I am super jealous of your bread!! Yum 🙂

  • Heather July 11, 2010, 8:41 pm

    I think its so cool that they are close enough to you to run by! thats so awesome!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 11, 2010, 9:45 pm

    That is so sweet that they ran by to see you 🙂 Great motivation to get moving too!!!

  • Sassy Molassy July 11, 2010, 11:09 pm

    That’s so cute! Love that they ran to your house. Yes, sometimes it’s hard to remember that the running thing won’t always feel great. Sometimes you just want to stop, but pushing yourself will make you stronger in the end!

  • Amanda (modernation) July 11, 2010, 11:43 pm

    I totally find that the biggest benefit of “speed work” is pushing myself out of my comfort zone and realizing it is okay. It is nice to feel that for a short time and then realized it is okay on longer runs, too.

  • Heather July 12, 2010, 12:41 am

    I’m so jealous you have Panera by you…I miss it so much!

  • Nichole July 12, 2010, 12:48 am

    I am totally at that point too! I need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I am realizing more and more that as I push myself beyond what is easy for me, that what was once difficult becomes easier…which in turn equals progress – yeah! Keep it up!

  • Wei-Wei July 12, 2010, 9:10 am

    O_O I think that speed training would be especially effective for you, Caitlin, if you run with Kath more often! They ARE fast, and that competitive/friendly aspect would help a lot, I guess. Just a suggestion 🙂


  • Lauren (Lauren Loves Good Food) July 12, 2010, 7:13 pm

    Isn’t the Cinnamon Chip amazing?! I got a HUGE loaf and still managed to finished pretty much by myself he he

  • Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler July 12, 2010, 9:54 pm

    All this blog-talk about “No More Trouble Zones” compelled me to rent it from Netflix. It came today and I hope to start it tomorrow. I have a feeling it’ll kick my booty HARD.

  • John July 13, 2010, 9:49 pm

    Running with people faster than you will only help you in your quest for speed. My mantra for a run like yours is “I’m not going to die” and it works. My fastest is 8:18 so far….you got some work to do to catch me 🙂

  • Lissi @ livelearnrun July 21, 2010, 11:25 am

    Caitlin, I love your blog! I read this post when you first put it up, but it really came in handy today. I’m a beginning runner and I struggle with running for even small lengths of time, but the “it’s OK to be uncomfortable” mantra helped so much today! Thanks for your great blog and tips!

    • Caitlin July 21, 2010, 11:28 am

      I’m so glad it helped you!!

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