15.0 Miles (Again, Again)

in Marathon Training

Previous marathon training long runs:


I ran my third 15.0 miler of marathon training this morning – AND it was my fastest one yet!  Although I plan to run the marathon solo, it’s been REALLY nice to do my long runs with friends… like Emma:




I mentioned last night that I ended up snacking on “a million” animal crackers after dinner last night (truthfully, it was probably 3 or 4 servings).  Those damn animal crackers sat like a ROCK in my stomach all night (duh) and the sugar gave me nightmares… I slept horribly! 


When my alarm went off, I thought I was going to cry!  I wasn’t sure it was going to be a good run… in fact, I probably would’ve bailed if it wasn’t for Emma.


Luckily, my stuff was already ready to go (I don’t run with this Thermos, I left it on the porch to refill my water bottle mid-way through the run):


Standard pre-run breakfast of PB toast with a banana.  I was so full from those stupid animal crackers that I basically choked it down.


Luckily for me, Emma arrived at my house bouncing with energy and smiles.  It was the boost I needed to get through the workout!  Today’s run was her furthest run ever so she was pretty excited (she’s done a half marathon and is training for a marathon that is a week before mine).


The run itself was standard fare.  The miles ticked by EXTREMELY fast in the beginning (at one point, I looked at my Garmin 305 and realized we were at a 10K distance, not 5 miles like I had guessed!), but I think we both began to feel it around the 9.0 mile marker. 


We stopped into a gas station and split a Gatorade around Mile 10.0.   I never actually got hungry on the run but knew I needed the calories. 


We REALLY began to drag at Mile 13.5, but we challenged each other to really pick it up around 14.25.  All conversation ceased, and we practically sprinted home.  Just check out our mileage splits!


  • Distance: 15.0 miles
  • Duration: 2:34:30
  • Mile 1: 10:30
  • Mile 2: 9:58
  • Mile 3: 10:20
  • Mile 4: 10:23
  • Mile 5: 10:25
  • Mile 6: 10:17
  • Mile 7: 10:11
  • Mile 8: 10:56
  • Mile 9: 10:21
  • Mile 10: 10:03
  • Mile 11: 10:10
  • Mile 12: 10:37
  • Mile 13: 10:14
  • Mile 14: 10:56
  • Mile 15: 9:10 (WAHOO)


And… to make our run even better… when we got back to my house, we discovered that my neighbor had left us homemade oatmeal raisin cookies!  She had seen us leave the house on our long run and wanted to surprise us with a treat.



The only word I have to describe that is “Epic.”  Because it truly was.


Post-run breakfast #2 had to feature cookies, of course!


Yea. I went there.  🙂



In the mix:


  • Greek yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 3 awesome oatmeal cookies


More eating will be had soon, but I’m waiting for my hunger to catch up with my exercise.  Sometimes it takes a few hours to really hit.


Are you a solo runner or a runner who prefers company?   I like running with friends.  You get to learn so much about them!  But sometimes the solitude is nice, too.


PS – I finally consolidated all my training plans from August 2009 to current into one location.  You can view my (very loose) plan for this marathon as well as my more detailed plans for my first marathon, Olympic Triathlon, Speedy 5K, 15K, 15-Mile Trail, and Century bike ride.


PPS – Operation Beautiful is mentioned on the Nate Berkus show today – tune in (it’s on a different times at different locations)!



  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 17, 2010, 10:57 am

    I am a solo runner — I think I am able to really talk myself into pushing it hard, etc and when I am with other people (friends, sisters or Jason) I feel bad pushing them. Maybe I just talk horribly to myself to get myself to run faster or longer? I don’t know.

    I wish I had 3 cookies with my breakfast this morning. What a nice neighbor!

  • Angharad September 17, 2010, 10:58 am

    That is awesome! I like how you’re doing more long runs – I think I would need that too. I run by myself 95% of the time but I LOVE having company! It makes the time fly by and like you said it’s a great way to get to know someone and bond!

    I’m hopefully joining my friend for 6-7 miles of her marathon training 22 miler tomorrow – should be good times!

  • Louise September 17, 2010, 10:59 am

    Just caught the end of the Nate show and he was talking about YOU!

    • Caitlin September 17, 2010, 11:02 am

      nate who?!

      • Caitlin September 17, 2010, 11:04 am

        please tell me nate berkus.

        • Louise September 17, 2010, 11:26 am

          The Nate Berkus. He challenged his show to all write notes like you! He has a new fall show on channel five. Are you going to be on the show??

        • Caitlin September 17, 2010, 11:28 am

          OHMIGOD. I had no idea he was going to do that. I am watching it now – was it the one about Elizabeth Edwards?!

          Does he mention Operation Beautiful by name?

  • Michelle September 17, 2010, 11:01 am

    I’m totally a solo runner. I actually push myself less when i’m with other people!

    Random question – Do you carry a water bottle when you run? I’m experimenting with ways to hydrate during my longer runs and always love to hear what other people do!

    • Caitlin September 17, 2010, 11:02 am

      YES I DIE WITHOUT WATER. I also have a CamelBak and it’s great.

    • Susan September 17, 2010, 11:45 am

      For my long runs, I use the Camelbak that goes around your waist. I ran with the backpack a couple of times, but noticed as it got lighter, it started to move around and it wouldn’t stop, no matter how I tried to tighten it. I also like it because the pockets are easily accessible for GUs, chapstick, tissues, etc.

    • Michelle September 17, 2010, 2:57 pm

      Good to know. Thanks to both of you!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 17, 2010, 11:03 am

    Oatmeal cookies totally fit into a healthy lifestyle! I am sure all the food groups were covered. Great job on the run! I work out early in the morning solo, but I love going on walks with my husband! Have a great day Caitlin!

  • Stacey September 17, 2010, 11:04 am

    You have such nice neighbors 😀 And yes, I would prefer company sometimes, but sometimes it’s nice to be alone and reflect on my day or what-not. Your neighbors sound awesome…my neighbor never makes me cookies 🙁 She just stands around in her TOO BIG underwear all the time…boooooo

    • Marie September 17, 2010, 11:26 am

      Haha “booooo” indeed! This made me lol! 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 17, 2010, 11:05 am

    That was so nice of your neighbour!! I’d love to come home to a surprise like that. Normally I run on my own, but that’s because I’m an early-morning runner and most of my running buddies are afternoon people. I just need to find some runners that like to get up crazy early like me and that should motivate me to run outside more (as opposed to the treadmill!)

  • Little Bookworm September 17, 2010, 11:06 am

    Congrats on the run, and so nice of your neighbour! Your breakfast looks lovely. 🙂

  • Katie September 17, 2010, 11:08 am

    I had to do my 9 mile long run this morning. I would have preferred to have the motivationg spirit of a friend, but alas, I was solo and had to find some strength within.

  • Emmanuelle September 17, 2010, 11:11 am

    I’m both. I run 3 times a week, following the C25K plan. 2 out of 3 times I run solo, and usually the third time my boyfriend comes with me, he says he needs the exercise anyway 😉 I push myself more too when I’m solo, but it’s actually quite fun to do some kind of workout together.

    We usually run together on Saturdays, but I’m away this weekend so we went running this morning before work. It was session 3 of week 5, aka 20 minutes running without walking. I know, sounds like nothing, but trust me when I say that to me it was a challenge. It was torture getting out of bed for this, but it turned out awesome. I think running together this morning made this run a breeze, when we stopped we both said we could have gone on 🙂
    And something I never thought I would write: running first thing in the morning feels great!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa September 17, 2010, 11:13 am

    I can run solo or with another person. Generally I prefer to run alone but I have a running friend that I run and chat with occasionally. It really makes the miles go by faster.

  • Katheryn September 17, 2010, 11:15 am

    Sounds like a good run. I’ve run with friends a few times, but 99% of the time I run solo. I definitely prefer it that way. As a SAHM of two running solo is usually my only alone time, and I cherish it.

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats September 17, 2010, 11:15 am

    man my neighbors fail after reading this hahahah.

    glad you had a great run!

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 17, 2010, 11:16 am

    Awh that’s so sweet of your neighbour!
    Ive only ever had company on 3 runs (all at the healthy living summit) and I love it 🙂 I get bored running alone..but I am faster, so it’s a win some/lose some 🙂

  • Orla September 17, 2010, 11:19 am

    I am a solo runner who loves company if that makes any sense. I run alone because there is no one around my neighbourhood who runs. However when I lived in the city and before she abandoned me to go to the other side of the world, my best friend and I would run together. We trained for our first ever half marathon and as I haul my butt round a half tomorrow morning I will be thinking of her!
    Any chance I could borrow your neighbour. So sweet to leave you cookies!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 17, 2010, 11:25 am

    Great run!

  • Louise September 17, 2010, 11:26 am

    Channel five in Boston that is…

  • stacey-healthylife September 17, 2010, 11:27 am

    Great job on your run, what a nice neighbor.

  • Laura @ Tidbits September 17, 2010, 11:27 am

    I’m a solo runner – mainly because I’ve never really had anyone to run with. I pump up my music and just carry on.
    My fiance runs with me from time to time, but due to his work schedule it’s never on a regular basis sadly.

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! September 17, 2010, 11:28 am

    Congratulations on your fabulous long run! And you are definitely lucky to have such a thoughtful, sweet neighbor. I am predominantly a solo runner, mostly because I haven’t really found a good running partner. I am currently training for a half marathon that I will be running with a friend, and I’m really excited about this! Enjoy your day–that is quite an epic morning already! 🙂

  • Melanie September 17, 2010, 11:29 am

    Congrats on finishing as I saw your tweet this morning about not sleeping well.

    I would love to find someone to run with regularly but it’s hard when friends don’t run at the same pace as you do (either too fast or too slow). So while I do go running with friends sometimes, we often end up splitting up part way through the run to run at our own pace.

  • Natalia - a side of simple September 17, 2010, 11:30 am

    Hi Caitlin, do you eat a snack/meal before working out all the time or do you find it’s just before runs? I’m curious because I’m trying to find what foods I can keep down depending on what my activity is (gym vs. running, etc.) Thanks!

    And anything oatmeal is game for breakfast. Anything.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 17, 2010, 11:31 am

    congrats on it being the fastest one yet! i actually really love working out alone…i cherish that alone time and don’t think i could share 🙂

  • Tracey September 17, 2010, 11:31 am

    I’m currently a solo runner.

    I just started running and haven’t figured out how to breath properly while I run. I have no idea how you girls can talk while you are running. One day I hope I will be able to figure out how to breath and talk while I run because it would be great to run with friends:)

  • Marie September 17, 2010, 11:32 am

    I ALWAYS run by myself, and I kind of like it. I don’t know anyone in my town who runs but there are so many girls I see out running when I run. I want a running buddy! I’m trying to be super friendly so I smile real big and say hi when I pass someone around my age 😉

    • Susan September 17, 2010, 11:41 am

      Do you have a running store where you live? That’s how I got my running buddies. They do weekly fun runs and I did my marathon training with them. I met a lot of people running through them and we’ve continued to run together on our own.

      • Marie September 17, 2010, 11:43 am

        Yes I do! That’s a great idea, thank you. Hadn’t thought of that!

  • Louise September 17, 2010, 11:32 am

    He mentioned Operation Beautiful by name. It was at the very end after Elizabeth Edwards. He said how one person can start a movement! You are getting so famous! Your movement is wonderful.

  • MoniMeals September 17, 2010, 11:32 am

    Congrats Cailin on that 15ner! I am so impressed. 🙂 I also have had issues sleeping from the darn sugar and yes, animal crackers, is it the child hood memory or something-So Addicitive!
    I am laughing, because I deliver extra goodies to my neighbors with a note saying-“Enjoy” w/ a smiley face all the time!…are we neighbors!?
    Have a great day!

  • Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats September 17, 2010, 11:33 am

    I’m a solo runner, mostly because I run at 7 in the morning and every other college student on Earth seems to prefer not even getting out of bed until past noon. I’m pretty excited to run a 5K in October with my boyfriend, who is faster than I am. I think that just keeping him in my sights will keep me at a pretty good pace to finish the race.

  • Devon (Fast Foodie) September 17, 2010, 11:39 am

    I do 90% of my runs by myself and the remaining 10% with my boyfriend (who is an ultrarunner like myself) or our running group (we meet on Thursday mornings for a very early trail run). I like having a balance of both. The day to day running (recovery runs and speed work) I like to do by myself. But when it comes to really long runs in the mountains it is much more fun to do with another person.

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness September 17, 2010, 11:39 am

    Your neighbor is too cute! I’m glad that you’re in a neighborhood surrounded with such nice people!

    Congrats on the 15-miler! I’ve been really missing the feeling of accomplishing a long run! (well- longish)

  • Gwen September 17, 2010, 11:41 am

    Great work powering through Caitlin! Total inspiration. During my marathon training I felt the best during my 14 and 16 mile runs. Definitely like the plan you’re using for this one!

  • Heather September 17, 2010, 11:43 am

    That was SO thoughtful & sweet!!!! Perfect treat at the end of a run 🙂

    I like to run alone but often run with my hubby. We have our own ipods going though so don’t talk much but it’s nice to be out there with him.

  • Rachel September 17, 2010, 11:46 am

    What a great run – congrats!! I totally agree – those cat cookies from Trader Joes are amazinggg. Do you buy the vanilla/original flavor? Chocolate is only decent…

  • Wei-Wei September 17, 2010, 11:47 am

    GREAT run! I’ve never had any running buddies, and I think that your neighbour is so sweet to have made you cookies! 😀

  • Kelly September 17, 2010, 11:47 am

    I run solo out of convenience (I can go whenever I want!), but it goes so much faster with someone else!

  • ivy September 17, 2010, 11:48 am

    I began reading your blog this summer, and since then, I have been running religiously and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables! Thanks so much for the great blog and the inspiration! =)

  • Kristina @ spabettie September 17, 2010, 11:53 am

    what an awesome neighbor. 🙂 kinda like an operation beautiful in cookie form 🙂

    I love solo running… once I get into my “groove” I feel like I can run forever, and it’s a great time to process my mind!! 🙂

    • Kristina @ spabettie September 17, 2010, 11:54 am

      and GAAH !! congrats on the Nate Berkus show – that is so dang cool ! 🙂

  • Stacy September 17, 2010, 11:53 am

    Good job on your run! I’m a solo runner for runs 5 miles and under. But once I hit that 6 mile mark I like to have someone by my side to chat with. It just makes the run go by so much faster!

  • Amber K September 17, 2010, 11:54 am

    I feel motivated to go to the gym with someone else, but I prefer to actually work out solo. I can’t get into the proper zone if someone is trying to chat me up!

    That is so sweet of your neighbor!!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 17, 2010, 11:56 am

    I am usually a solo wogger, but sometimes it’s fun to have friends. I find I push myself harder if I’m with someone else 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 17, 2010, 11:56 am

    Congrats on the great run!! While I like company every once in awhile, my best runs are usually alone. I ran 6 miles today alone and last Friday with the BF, and was 6 minutes faster alone! I think it just helps me get in the zone 🙂 Happy Friday!!

  • Liza @ Health Nutting September 17, 2010, 12:01 pm

    Congrats on the awesome run! 🙂
    I’m usually a solo runner, but sometimes I really really love the company, chit-chatting a little, it definitely mixes it up and makes the miles go by a little faster! Plus– the competition that comes with running with a buddy isn’t bad either!

  • Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff) September 17, 2010, 12:02 pm

    You’re so lucky to have such a thoughtful and sweet neighbor =)

    Congrats on the long run. I actually have no idea whether or not I’m a solo runner or prefer the company of others. I’m new to running and I’ve never really run with anyone (aside from my semi-disastrous Disney half experience). I think I’ll try running with people after my knees are cleared.

  • carpensm September 17, 2010, 12:02 pm

    I’m totally a solo runner, I love the time to just decompress! I ran with a friend once and did enjoy it, although we both listened to our tunes while running and talked during walk intervals. It was great to have that push at the end though!

    Congrats on your great run! So inspiring!

  • Monika @ ForeverImprovingGirl September 17, 2010, 12:20 pm

    Aww, what an amazing neighbour! And you guys haven’t even been living there long. Now I feel like I should start dropping off (vegan) cookies for my neighbours *ponders*

    I used to think I was and would always be a solitary runner (and I still prefer it as it gives me time to reflect, plan my goals and just silently take in the world around me) but this summer my husband has started running with me and those runs are definitely my favourites! (We run together twice a week, and then I do all my half-marathon training runs alone).

  • Lauren September 17, 2010, 12:21 pm

    Oh i know! I just bought those Alphabet cookies and I can’t put them away!! 🙂

  • Sarah Soon-To-Be September 17, 2010, 12:21 pm

    OMG What a sweet neighbor! I love hearing do-gooder stories like that, reminds me that there ARE still genuinely good people out there!

    Great job on an awesome run – that’s the inspiration I need for my long run tomorrow! (first 20 miler – mary in 1 month!)

  • Amanda September 17, 2010, 12:25 pm

    I run alone, not because I’m opposed to running with others I just don’t know anyone else who’s really into running.

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYour Life September 17, 2010, 12:42 pm

    Awesome job on the run! I wish my neighbors would make me cookies!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 17, 2010, 12:43 pm

    Talk about a great neighbor. That was so so sweet!

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story September 17, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Where do I get an oatmeal cookie leaving neighbor? I want one of those!

    I run alone but only because I don’t know any other runners near me. I am running my first half marathon in October with a good friend who lives in VA. She’s coming down for it. I’m excited and it will be VERY interesting since I’ve never really ran with anyone before. 🙂

  • Heather September 17, 2010, 12:50 pm

    I’m a total solo runner. I’m slow, so I don’t want to feel like I’m holding someone back with my pace. I like the alone time too, just zone out to music or be alone with my thoughts, or take the pooch with me on a run and laugh as I try to make him run on the one side so he doesn’t trip me!

  • Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 17, 2010, 12:50 pm

    How sweet of your neighbor! That’s an awesome surprise.

    I don’t really run anymore but when I used to, I liked to do it on my own. I think about alot of things when I run and it’s better to enjoy those moments alone for me.

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet September 17, 2010, 1:11 pm

    i do like running with my husband but don’t really run with friends for some reason

  • Natalie September 17, 2010, 1:19 pm

    I love running with friends! I had always been a solo runner until I found the best running partner…now it’s so hard to run alone. When we finish our runs I feel satisfied mentally and physically because of all of the chatting!

  • Camille September 17, 2010, 1:20 pm

    Nice job!
    I actually like solo runs better. Running is sort of my “me time”.

  • Lisa September 17, 2010, 1:22 pm

    I usually run by myself. I can go at my own pace. I don’t have to try to keep up with a faster runner, or go slower for a slower runner…

  • Beth September 17, 2010, 1:22 pm

    I do like to run with a girlfriend or my husband from time to time, but I definitely prefer to do solo runs. I love getting the time to think and unwind by myself. I also find that when I run with my husband I run a lot slower and it is nice every now and then, but I like my own pace!!

  • Tina September 17, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Operation Beautiful is just everywhere these days 🙂 Which is a great, great thing.

    How sweet of your neighbor. I bet that made the 15 mile run that much sweeter to have finished. Although steer clear before bed. I know sugar before bed gives me crazy nightmares too.

  • julia September 17, 2010, 1:27 pm

    i want to move into your neighborhood and run so that I may also receive those delicious looking cookies 🙂

  • Samantha September 17, 2010, 1:32 pm

    Are the animal crackers you’re talking about the Trader Joe’s Cat Cookies? Cause I think they are much heavier and more cookie-like than a traditional animal cracker. Regardless, I love both the ginger and the chocolate flavors of the cat cookies!

  • elaine! September 17, 2010, 1:57 pm

    Aw that was so sweet of your neighbor! I love having nice neighbors. I should bake cookies for ours…

    And to answer your question, I’m more likely to keep running when I have a running buddy, but I haven’t had one for two or three years. 🙁

  • Jess @ atasteofconfidence September 17, 2010, 2:08 pm

    you have the cutest neighbor ever!

  • RunningWithin September 17, 2010, 2:18 pm

    Congrats on the 15 miles!!! I’m excited to be doing 9 miles tomorrow (hopefully) after being injured for a couple weeks

  • Holly September 17, 2010, 2:24 pm

    I can already feel myself not being motivated to do my 12-miler…I will think back on this post when the alarm goes off tomorrow. As a preventative measure I have enlisted a running partner for tomorrow. Usually I am all about doing long runs solo.

  • Jaime Runs September 17, 2010, 2:42 pm

    That is so sweet of your neighbor. My neighbors give me the evil eye. They are not so nice. I should move to the south.

    Now I want oatmeal raisin cookies.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 17, 2010, 2:56 pm

    I like to run with my hubby. He pushes me, sometimes literally, to go further and faster.

  • Meghan September 17, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I just just started running and have to run with my boyfriend or else it’s not happening, but I hope I get to the point where I am more comfortable running alone. Animal crackers and dangerous–where they the ones in the teddy bear container? we had those in college and it was a bad scene…i refuse to buy them now because I have no self control.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 17, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I love that you ran 15 miles and then snacked on a few cookies. Now that is a truly balanced lifestyle!! Congrats on completing the miles!!

  • Kristy September 17, 2010, 3:19 pm

    I wish on every shining star that I had a running buddy 🙁 Your very lucky to be surrounded by so many great like minded people!
    PS: Very greatful for you posting your training info. Was in need of a comparison…

  • Katie September 17, 2010, 3:22 pm

    I’d like to add more running into my mix (I just love the step mill so much) but I have such a hard time running early in the morning. How do you get your body to respond to running first thing in the morning? Any special warm ups?

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef September 17, 2010, 3:52 pm

    i prefer running by myself but running with my husband is a close second. i just prefer to zone out and get into my music/book on ipod and run. kinda anti-social but that’s ok. 🙂 and thanks for the training plans- i’ll have to check ’em out!

  • Jocelyn @ EnthusiasticRunner September 17, 2010, 3:55 pm

    I wish my neighbors left me cookies!!! Who does that?? Only in the South!

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker September 17, 2010, 4:20 pm

    I don’t have much of a choice in the matter — no one I know runs a similar pace to mine. So, I’m usually stuck running alone. But I make it fun — and honestly, I think I’d rather run alone and achieve my own goals. However, sometimes it’s fun to unwind and jog with others. And sometimes my husband runs with me — but only if I’m looking to do speed. Ack — he’s like almost elite-runner fast.

  • Jo @JAGSfitnessblog.com September 17, 2010, 4:43 pm

    You are utterly amazing – you never stop inspiring me.

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 17, 2010, 5:02 pm

    Congrats on the run! How nice of your neighbour to leave cookies on your doorstep for when you got homr.

  • Caitlin September 17, 2010, 5:10 pm

    143 your pink running shirt and your breakfast.

  • Monica September 17, 2010, 6:27 pm

    What an awesome neighbor!

    Great job on your run, that is so impressive that you were able to push your time like that at the end.

  • J September 17, 2010, 6:29 pm

    Caitlin, just for a heads up, your wedding summary pages and proposal recap are no longer working…

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 17, 2010, 7:13 pm

    Awesome run! And omgg those cookies look SO good! You’re so lucky to have such a sweet neighbor. The only thing I get from my stoog of a neighbor are grunts and judgmental glances. I miss southern hospitality!

  • ori September 17, 2010, 7:16 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I saw an article on Operation Beautiful in Women’s Day Magazine at the hair salon today! 🙂 I also bought and read your book, and thought it was very cute and well written. I’m going to pass it on to my little sister.

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) September 17, 2010, 7:37 pm

    I think it’s important to train with people and alone. Running with a partner helps me achieve long distances. On a solo run, I break down mental barriers that help me progress. I’m not sure which better for training for races. Nothing like setting off a race with hundreds or thousands of other runners!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 17, 2010, 8:34 pm

    I love that your neighbor just randomly made you cookies. That is EPIC! 🙂

    Great run–very good pace and steady.

  • Denise (the apple hill adventurer) September 17, 2010, 10:29 pm

    yummmm no combo better than pb and banana. great entry!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 17, 2010, 11:00 pm

    Nice job!!! You always seem to get horrible sleep the night before a longer run! What gives? Happy cookie eating!!

  • Sana September 18, 2010, 12:17 am

    You have such awesome neighbors!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 18, 2010, 9:18 am

    What a sweet neighbour!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed September 19, 2010, 9:33 pm

    Such a sweet neighbour! I want one! And I would have most certainly gone there too – those cookies looked wonderful in your breakfast 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 19, 2010, 11:00 pm

    I love the cookie yogurt mix!!!!

  • Holly B September 21, 2010, 5:43 pm

    Hey Caitlin! Did you catch this post by Mark Bittman on Runner’s World? He talks about carbs the night before long runs (he’s training for a mari, too). I always thought the carbo loading thing was a bunch of BS, but he seems to think there’s something worth while there. Anyways, the animal crakers made me think of this because I would guess they may have had something to do with your strong training run 🙂


    • Caitlin September 21, 2010, 9:45 pm

      interesting. personally, i heart carbs!

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