Doesn’t my bed look inviting?


I practically face-planted into bed this afternoon, immediately passing out and sleeping for about FOUR HOURS.  I felt like I was being roused from a coma when my alarm went off, and then I proceeded to roll around for another thirty minutes, debating if I could possibly just go back to sleep and actually stay asleep all night.


I started to contemplate my weekly running mileage and knew that I should probably get up and run.  For the upcoming marathon (my second), I am taking a decidingly more relaxed approach to training, scheduling only my long runs.  I take a macro view of the entire week and strive to hit a certain weekly miles – right now I’m aiming for 23 – 25 miles a week, but I’ll be stepping it up soon to 25 – 30. 


By thinking about running (and eating) in a macro sense, I am much more relaxed about workouts.  There’s not a lot of pressure to run XX distance throughout the week, and I feel more balanced in general.


Of course, come Sunday, it also means I have to put in some light mileage to meet my weekly goal.  I ran a total of 23.4 miles this week, including a 3.0 mile easy jog, 4.0 miles of speedwork, a 13.1 mile long run, and tonight’s light jog.


I ran 3.3 miles at a 10:00-mile pace, and the Husband joined me for the last 2.0 miles.  I loved it. 🙂


Before leaving, I had bread with almond buttah:


And the star of dinner was refried vegetarian pinto beans with salsa mixed in.


Pinto beans looks disgusting but taste amazing!


In the mix:  a whole wheat tortilla, spinach, beans, basil, and tomato.  With corn on the side.


Off to watch Entourage… Oh, and I have a fun little surprise up  my sleeve for this week! :)  Stay tuned – it shall be revealed on Tuesday.



  • Miranda August 22, 2010, 10:27 pm

    You’re bed looks absolutely comfy and I LOVE the decor!

    • caitlin August 23, 2010, 8:51 am


  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 22, 2010, 10:28 pm

    I love surprises — can’t wait to see what Tuesday brings 🙂

    I totally agree about refried beans — they look sick but taste so good!

    So nice of your hubby to run with you, I love J joins me.

  • Leianna August 22, 2010, 10:34 pm

    That bean wrap looks great, haven’t had Mexican food in a while. I’m craving it now!

  • Christine August 22, 2010, 10:53 pm

    Nothing better than a Sunday in bed! I napped and read and enjoyed my covers a lot today!

  • rebecca lustig August 22, 2010, 10:56 pm

    love surprises. and refried beans– although they do not look the part.

    get some rest love!!
    becca xo

  • Molly August 22, 2010, 10:57 pm

    ooo surprises…I love surprises. and that bed looks amazing! love the comforter!


  • Janna@Janna's Keeping it Real! August 22, 2010, 11:01 pm

    Way to go getting your run in! That would have been so tough for me to get out of a cozy bed to knock out some miles!

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 22, 2010, 11:12 pm

    I love Entourage as well:) I also watch True Blood on Sundays but sometimes that one is difficult to stomach. Have a great night!

  • Heather August 22, 2010, 11:20 pm

    Love your bedroom color scheme, simple and classic!

    Can’t wait to hear the surprise on Tuesday, I love surprises!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa August 22, 2010, 11:20 pm

    Thanks for posting about mileage. I;m training for my first half marathon and I didn’t run as much as I wanted to this week although I did get in my long run. Its good to be reminded about the long view.

    • caitlin August 23, 2010, 8:51 am

      Long runs are what really count!!!

  • erica August 22, 2010, 11:27 pm

    i LOVE entourage! it’s getting really good now. i was skeptical at the start of this season. i love your bedding!!!

  • Liza August 22, 2010, 11:38 pm

    I agree! Trying to have a macro view is one of the best ways to work on achieving balance– it applies to any and every aspect of life. So important to just step back and look at the big picture. 🙂 Great post!

  • Wei-Wei August 22, 2010, 11:39 pm

    I always thought that refried beans look like puke… but they actually taste awesome. 😀 Do I have to worry about mileage if I’m doing a walk-run sort of plan like C25K?

    • caitlin August 23, 2010, 8:53 am

      i would worry more about time than distance with that – focus on meeting the time goals and running at least three days a week. the mileage will come with the time!

  • Brooke - One Healthy Cookie August 22, 2010, 11:43 pm

    That wrap looks great! I think I need to pick up some refried beans soon 🙂

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up August 22, 2010, 11:49 pm

    wrap looks great! i loooove refried beans! they’re so good!

  • Sana August 22, 2010, 11:52 pm

    Ummm I can’t wait for the surprise! Kudos to you for running post nap. I am always tired and ick after naps and usually go back to bed!

  • Nicole - August 23, 2010, 12:01 am

    I’m in awe if your dedication to the marathon training with all you’ve had going on!

  • Amber K August 23, 2010, 12:09 am

    Awww man! I hate waiting for surprises =P

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 23, 2010, 12:11 am

    I have the same bed spread! I got it last year, but then my dryer in my apartment stained it yellow, so I just picked up the same one today again for the school year. I’m in love with it 🙂

  • Maren August 23, 2010, 12:23 am

    I really like your approach to working out. I always get too focused on the day rather than the big picture.

  • hippierunner August 23, 2010, 12:45 am

    High-five for deciding to run! I went through the same debate in my head this evening. My head was pounding but I thought since it can’t get any worse, why not? And I had a great run! 🙂

  • Dorry August 23, 2010, 12:49 am

    Pinto beans are my favorite! Truly delicious. I love your practical approach to running without too much pressure on yourself. Great example for all of us runners!

  • Mama Pea August 23, 2010, 12:53 am

    I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve.

    Entourage, on the other hand, has totally been turning me off this season. Yet I’ll still watch it tonight too.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 23, 2010, 12:59 am

    Way to remind us all to take a macro look at our lives. I’m currently training for my second half-marathon, and I had been stressing a little about the fact that I haven’t been as consistent with my workouts as I was for my first one. Throw in an unexpected ER visit last weekend (the boyfriend had appendicitis) and nursing him back to health this week, and you’ve got a messed up training schedule. Thank you for reminding me today to NOT stress, and to take a look at the larger picture!

    Looking forward to that surprise!

    • caitlin August 23, 2010, 8:56 am

      You’ll be fine, truly!! One of the nicest things about long distance running is that it’s the culmination of weeks of training – so one or two bad weeks won’t ruin the race. You’ll do great.

  • Laura (Starloz) August 23, 2010, 2:43 am

    I love love your bedding!

  • Neen@Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 23, 2010, 4:20 am

    your bed looks uber comfy i could do with a 4 hour nap myself!

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) August 23, 2010, 4:23 am

    Ooh, I love surprises – can’t wait to find out what it is!!

    I hate falling asleep during the day, as I find I always feel groggy and horrible when I wake up.

  • Jac August 23, 2010, 5:26 am

    Tortilla! Just had one with egg!

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 23, 2010, 5:36 am

    I like your relaxed approach – I think that’s the best way!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 23, 2010, 6:07 am

    Refried beans always look like goop. Or something else. But they totally taste amazing. I love it as a taco salad filler or a fun dip. 😀

  • Tina August 23, 2010, 6:29 am

    I’m intrigued by this surprise you speak of.

    I love having that type of approach to training. Definitely takes the stress off.

  • laura prida August 23, 2010, 6:37 am

    Most people exercise to keep their bodies healthy. However, it is also important to keep the brain healthy. which are some good ways to exercise the mind?

    • caitlin August 23, 2010, 8:57 am

      I think running counts as mental exercise!


  • Chelsey August 23, 2010, 6:44 am

    I like the idea of a macro approach to training – i’ll have to look into that

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 23, 2010, 7:04 am

    Re-fried beans and salsa are excellent – it doesn’t matter how terrible it looks, that’s why wraps are great – they hide what’s inside!

  • Lauren August 23, 2010, 7:05 am

    I love your macro approach too. I think sometimes I get too caught up in the expectation I set for myself to run a certain amount of miles each week. I feel the best when I can just relax and enjoy whatever miles I do get in.

    Entourage is my favorite show. I just caught up from last weeks and I’m saving this week’s for tomorrow! I hear it’s the last season but a movie is coming out next year.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 23, 2010, 7:17 am

    I hope you had a good night’s sleep! Have a great week!

  • Joanna @ August 23, 2010, 7:27 am

    Thanks of this post. You have inspired me to plan out my workouts for the week ahead!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 23, 2010, 7:41 am

    I prefer the macro approach too. It’s too easy to get tied up in every day, but with the week, there’s always time fore redemption. Hope you have a great Monday!

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 23, 2010, 7:57 am

    It’s interesting to hear about your macro approach. I feel like I would find that difficult. That I would go in knowing I need to do around 25 miles and then break it down in my head by day and mileage and then end up with a micro approach again. I guess the macro approach takes a little more flexibility than I am usually capable of!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 23, 2010, 8:19 am

    Refried beans, while completely delicious, remind me of dog food. I’m glad I can push that out of my mind while eating them.

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 23, 2010, 8:48 am

    I love that you are taking this aproach to training. I am 5 weeks away from my first 1/2 marathon and feel a little anxious that I am not doing enough of the right things so it is great to see that it is possible to stay relaxed when it comes to these sorts of things!

    • caitlin August 23, 2010, 8:58 am

      You’ll do great 😉 Don’t stress!

  • Corinne August 23, 2010, 9:58 am

    I have a question. I was wondering if you guys keep track of all your workouts?? And if so how and why?? Thanks!

    • caitlin August 23, 2010, 10:08 am

      I keep track on an Excel spreadsheet (its linked on the left) because I train so frequently for specific races.

  • Heather August 23, 2010, 10:09 am

    good job on the mileage. I love when my husband runs with me!

  • Maren August 23, 2010, 10:17 am

    I wish I could keep a more relaxed plan, but I don’t think I’m knowledgeable about how much to run and all that yet. I wish I could get my boyfriend to run with me! How awesome was Entourage last night? INTENSE! It is the only show I never miss 🙂 oh and that is hilarious about your glasses being in the fridge! haha

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 23, 2010, 11:38 am

    I really like your approach to training! Why make it something to get stressed about when it should be fun and relaxing? 🙂

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 23, 2010, 1:11 pm

    I like refried beans, too. Haven’t had them in forever. Sounds like a great lunch idea! Excited about your Tuesday reveal!

  • Jolene ( August 23, 2010, 1:14 pm

    Ooooooooooooooh I am excited for the surprise!!

  • Amykinz August 25, 2010, 10:13 pm

    I have been trying forever to find a whole wheat tortilla that doesn’t taste like cardboard. What do you use?

    • caitlin August 26, 2010, 9:38 am

      That was Trader Joe brand but I also like La Tortilla factory!

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