My big end-of-summer 5K is this Saturday, and I’m gunning to set a Personal Record (my PR Is 23:46).  I really wanted to have fresh legs for the race, so I was planning to have my last run be on Wednesday.


But yesterday I received my new sneakers in the mail and was surprised to see they were the updated version of my usual Brooks Summon, Summon 2.    Whoops – Guess I ordered the wrong pair!  I’ve been such a space cadet lately – I also ordered the wrong knee sleeves!


I was left with quite the conundrum.  Do I run the 5K in a new style of sneakers?  Do I test them out beforehand and risk sore legs?  Do I suck up the blisters and run in my old shoes?!


I decided the best option would be to go a on short and slow 2.0 miler this morning.  My old shoes are totally shot so running in the Summon pair wasn’t really an option.  But… I am happy to report that I really like the updated Summon 2!  The toe box seems a little wider, which is nice because my feet tend to swell as I run.  Here’s to hoping they stand up to longer distances, too!


Pre-run snack was 1/2 a banana and PB:


And after, I had an oatmeal mess:


In the mix:


  • 1/2 cup raw oatmeal
  • Honey Greek yogurt
  • A peach
  • Raspberries
  • Chia seeds


While running, I was thinking a lot about the upcoming race.  I really believe in the power of visualization.  The course is one I run on regularly, so I could definitely imagine myself tearing down the corner and crossing the finish line in time for a new PR.


I’m excited for this race, but my least favorite distance is a 5K! 


So far, I’ve run 28 races, including running races of all distances (except an ultramarathon – ahh!).  I’m not a huge fan of 5Ks because I feel so much pressure to go fast and the entire 3.1 miles is one, long painful sprint.


My first race was actually a 10K!  I remember thinking that I was going to “go big or go home.”  :)  I like 10Ks because there is less pressure for me to sprint, sprint, sprint, but I still feel like I end up maintaining a very uncomfortable pace for 6.2 miles.


My FAVORITE distance is 15K.  I think it’s long enough so I can go slower (I love moderately paced runs), but the 9.3 distance is obviously very challenging.  I feel like I’m getting my “money’s worth” when I enter a 15K.  I really love 15Ks and wish they were more popular!


Half marathons are fun, too – but it’s starting to get a little TOO long for me to LOVE it.  :)  Halves are really hard!  And of course, I’ve done one marathon and it wasn’t the BEST experience.  Hopefully, marathon #2 will be more enjoyable.


If you’ve run a variety of distances, what is your favorite distance to run?  What was the first race distance you completed?



  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 2, 2010, 9:51 am

    Ive only ever done a 10k and 3 half marathons – I think that 15k sounds really good though! Obvs I’ve done that in training, and that’s probably my most comfy long run 🙂

  • jen @taste life September 2, 2010, 9:54 am

    I’ve run in two races: both half marathons! I’m crazy, I guess. I don’t think I’ll do another half, as they’re so hard on the body. I am thinking about signing up for a 10k later in the season, and from now on will probably keep my distances shorter. Good luck on your race this weekend!

  • Melissa September 2, 2010, 9:54 am

    My very favorite race distance is the 10 miler followed by the 15K (uh, pretty close, there, huh?) and my least favorite is the 5K (I agree–TOO FAST!) followed by the marathon. I dislike it so much that I haven’t run one in 9 years but I’m giving it another go next month (well, I’m doing 2 next month, actually!). Training this summer has been brutal with the heat and humidity but I’ve been doing it!

    I think it’s funny when people ask about why I hate the 5K so much and you are exactly right. It’s basically one long sprint! Eww!

    Nice job, btw!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 2, 2010, 9:54 am

    So far I’ve run in 5ks, 10ks, a 10 miler, and have a half marathon coming up in 2 weeks (AHH!). I like the 10k distance the most. I agree that 5ks make you run your heart out the whole time and while 3 miles isn’t THAT far, it is far to sprint! 6.2 miles is a good distance and I feel like I get a good workout and can maintain a comfortable pace during the race.

  • Amanda September 2, 2010, 9:54 am

    I’m going to race my first race on October 23rd. I’m really worried/excited and its only a 5k!

    • Caitlin September 2, 2010, 10:27 am

      Don’t say it’s “only” a 5k! When you’re beginning to run, 3.1 miles is quite the bootay haul 🙂 You’re going to do great. Just remember to have fun!!!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 2, 2010, 9:58 am

    Still working towards a 5k! I did one once I few years back, but am actually “training” for one now… I’m going to do the one in Charlotte on the runway at the airport… pretty cool! 🙂

  • Alison September 2, 2010, 9:59 am

    new shoes make for the best runs! glad yours are working out for you. the only distance i’ve run is a 5K, as I ran cross country in high school. i agree that there is a lot of pressure to run fast with 5Ks so i am in the market for some moderately-timed races with a longer distance. here’s hoping that my knees and feet hold out though — long runs always kill my body, haha.

  • Sarah (this is it) September 2, 2010, 10:06 am

    new shoes always make me feel faster! I like 10Ks best and I’m preparing for a 1/2 this fall (3 weeks left!) and then I was convinced to sign up for a second half in November. I like the 10K distance because it isn’t as draining. When I run 10 miles I just want to curl up in bed afterward.

  • Liz September 2, 2010, 10:06 am

    EEEk this is tough… the best part of any race is being done!!! I think I like the 10K best though. Marathons are tough, I don’t think its that easy to really enjoy an entire marathon. Pieces maybe, but the whole thing? Not so fun : )

  • Angharad September 2, 2010, 10:07 am

    My first race was a 5K with a friend who is much faster than me and it was a death-sprint the entire way! Ha. I really liked running the half marathon. It was a big enough distance to feel like a huge accomplishment but I felt amazing the entire way.
    You are going to kick this 5K’s butt!

  • Nicole September 2, 2010, 10:09 am

    I’ve run 5Ks, 10Ks, 15K, 10 miles, and a half marathon and I couldn’t agree with you more. I don’t 5Ks for the same reason you do. I think the 15K-10M distance is my favorite as well….they’re challenging enough to feel like you’ve put in a good fight but not so challenging that you leave feeling like you never want to do one again. I ran my first 10M race in April (The Cherry Blossom in DC) and felt so good when I was done that I immediately signed up for the Army 10 Miler (next month)
    I’m so excited for your 5K goal! You rock girl!

  • Sammy September 2, 2010, 10:10 am

    I can’t believe you’ve run 28 races – that’s mental! It’s interesting what you say about the distances and which one you prefer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 15k, I’d have to say half marathon is my favourite. (And when I mean favourite, I mean it’s totally hideous but nice when it stops!) x

    • Caitlin September 2, 2010, 10:28 am


  • Jaya September 2, 2010, 10:14 am

    I’ve never run a full, but a few halves and tons of 10s and 5s… and I have to say that 10k is definitely my magic distance. It really mimics the exertion time/patterns of my sport. I don’t run anymore, but if I return to running, I will definitely only run trail/adventure races. 10k off-road can be really demanding, but I so prefer it to pavement pounding.
    My sister, on the other hand, can run for hour and hours and hours before she even sweats.. but she used to be a track athlete and competitive runner, so we’ll just put her a whole other category of human beings!

  • Ally September 2, 2010, 10:15 am

    Love the 15k too, it’s my favorite distance! And my first race was also a 10k. I do not enjoy 5ks–yuck!

  • Stephanie September 2, 2010, 10:15 am

    My first race was a half-marathon, and I still think that is the ideal distance for me!

  • Dorry September 2, 2010, 10:16 am

    I just signed up for my first 5K but I’m not putting pressure on myself – just going to see how it goes as my very first race. 🙂 I think a 10K sounds pretty ideal.

  • Christine September 2, 2010, 10:17 am

    I know you mixed it up later – but that oatmeal “mess” is quite unmessy and BEAUTIFUL. Love it!

  • brandi September 2, 2010, 10:17 am

    I’ve only done 5Ks and one 10K, which was a trail run and SO hard! I enjoyed the scenery, but it was tough. I’d love to do another 10K that’s a road race, and I’m floundering on deciding whether to sign up for a half this November. I’m just scared/psyching myself out!

    • Caitlin September 2, 2010, 10:29 am

      Do it! You’ll love the feeling of pride and accomplishment.

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness September 2, 2010, 10:18 am

    I’m glad to hear positive things about the 15k distance! That’s a race I’ve got on schedule later on this fall and have never done one before!

    I’m a really big fan of the 10k. It’s like a challenge to find the perfect balance of sprinting and pacing for me…

  • The Hot and Fit September 2, 2010, 10:21 am

    I’ve only run half, full and 400 m in high school. I cannot say I liked any of them. Marathon is definitely the most rewarding…

  • Tiffany September 2, 2010, 10:22 am

    I hope your shoes work for you in the long run (no pun intended)!

    I’m new to running and have run a few 5ks. That said, earlier this year, I told a friend that I’d run the Disneyland Half Marathon with her for her 25th birthday. Clearly, I was crazy. It’s this Sunday, and in all honestly, I AM FREAKING OUT b/c I am not ready for it whatsoever…ahhh! Life and knee issues crept up on me during the last month or so of my training. If there was any way I could back out of it, I would. But since I can’t, I’m going to go out there and OWN IT as much as I can! Any words of advice or encouragement would be greatly appreciate at this point, haha.

    • Caitlin September 2, 2010, 10:30 am

      I would say – walk/run it! Run for 5 minutes, walk for 2, and then repeat. It will make the entire experience a lot more pleasant and relaxing. Bring your camera and take pictures with the characters. Can you dress up like a fairy princess? Because I would!!!

      Are you planning on keeping together with your friend?

      • Tiffany September 2, 2010, 10:42 am

        Walk/running it is definitely going to be MO on Sunday. I’m actually a Disney geek (which was a lot of the motivation for saying yes to the half) and am really looking forward to getting a few pics in! And I’m running with a tiara on haha.

        I’m not sure if we’ll run together. I’ll try to keep up as long as I can, but I don’t want to hold her back. We were ambitious with our goals of running this marathon, but I think she’ll be able to keep her pace a bit faster since her knee is a bit healthier than mine. Thanks!

        • Tiffany September 2, 2010, 10:42 am

          running this half*

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 2, 2010, 10:24 am

    i used to love just doing 3-4 miles…i thought that was the perfect distance for me!

    also, i adore that photo of you jumping in the water! probably my fave 🙂

  • Jamie September 2, 2010, 10:25 am

    I dislike 5K’s too. I feel like it takes me about 1 to 1.5 miles to get in my groove and if I run slow then there is no way I can make up the speed. I like to run long and slow, not fast, and I’m okay with that. But I get caught up in it during 5K’s and probably start out too fast. I’m running one next Saturday and just going to do the best I can 🙂 Good luck in your race!

  • Liza @ Health Nutting September 2, 2010, 10:28 am

    I haven’t done any races yet, but I really want to and this post is great! Good to get some firsthand input on what each distance might belike for me too! Thanks 🙂

  • Devon (Fast Foodie) September 2, 2010, 10:28 am

    I am one of those crazy ultrarunners. My favorite ultra distance is 50 miles. I also really like marathons but don’t do them very often unless I am training for a road ultra. My very first race was a half marathon when I was a sophomore in high school. I remember that I didn’t train for it, got huge blisters but definitely found myself as a runner. I didn’t really take up running though until 6 years ago.

    • Caitlin September 2, 2010, 10:30 am

      You. are. epic.

      • Devon (Fast Foodie) September 2, 2010, 12:18 pm

        🙂 You should try trail races. The trails are so much more forgiving on your knees and joints. At least out here (SF Bay area) there are trail races from 15k(!) to 50k pretty regularly. I was much less sore after my first trail 50k than I was after my first few marathons!

        • Caitlin September 2, 2010, 2:14 pm

          I agree! I heart trail races… I think I’ve done five or six and I like that there isnt a time pressure really.

  • Jen @ Jen is Green September 2, 2010, 10:28 am

    So far I think my favorite are 10Ks and 15Ks. I’ve only ran one of each. Automatic PRs! 🙂 But I’m doing another 10K in a few weeks, so hopefully I get get a new PR for that distance. I’ve ran three 5Ks this year and one 3.5 mile race and all of them were uncomfortable for me since I’m running faster than I normally do. Good luck with your 5K, I’m sure you’ll PR!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans September 2, 2010, 10:29 am

    So far my favorite distance is a 10K. I think that it allows me to get into the groove but its manageable the whole way. And the training efforts aren’t as intense so I feel less pressure leading up to it.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) September 2, 2010, 10:31 am

    I love the variety of race lengths, but I am kind of partial to the 10K.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 2, 2010, 10:32 am

    I’m about to sign up for a 10K and it’ll be my first race ever. I’ve run that distance time and time again but never a race….ever! Eeps!!!!

  • Britney September 2, 2010, 10:33 am

    My first race was a 5k that I mostly walked, and I’ve done a few since then. I’m currently training for my first 10k on Columbus Day!

  • Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) September 2, 2010, 10:34 am

    I’ve only ever run half marathons, but I would LOVE to do a 10 k. I think that would be the perfect distance for me, even though I’m training for a marathon. Congrats on running 28 races..thats awesome 🙂

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing September 2, 2010, 10:34 am

    The first and only race distance I’ve completed is a 5K. My first half marathon is coming up in less than 2 weeks though – eek!

  • Danielle (Runs on Green) September 2, 2010, 10:35 am

    Wow, I can’t believe you’ve ran 28 races! I’ve only ever run a half marathon and a full marathon so I really have no idea what a shorter race feels like lol. But I’d have to say the marathon was kinda fun (until mile 15 or so…)

  • Kelly September 2, 2010, 10:36 am

    I just signed up for my first 5k and I was SO much more hesitant signing up for that than when I signed up for my half, haha. I think the prospect of sprinting for 3.1 miles scares me too!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers September 2, 2010, 10:38 am

    There’s nothing like the feeling of finishing a longer distance like a half marathon, but I think 10k’s are probably my favorite because they’re long enough to make you feel accomplished, but not so long you have to sign up & train months in advanced- which gets hard when you’re busy!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 2, 2010, 10:38 am

    Wow, 28? That’s intense. I haven’t run any due to horrible knees. Does running hurt your knees at all? Or do your braces really work well enough to run pain-free? Just curious!

    • Caitlin September 2, 2010, 10:48 am

      If I’m doing things right (bracing, icing, stretching), I don’t usually have problems. It’s just a matter of finding out what works best for you, I think. There’s a lot of info about knee pain on my FAQ page if you’re interested!

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up September 2, 2010, 10:41 am

    I’m shopping around for new running shoes right now. I’m usually a Nike girl but I might have to look around for a pair of Brooks.

  • Julie September 2, 2010, 10:42 am

    My first race was a marathon. That whole go big or go home thing 😉
    I think my favorite distance is 15k. JUST RIGHT!

  • Julia @ Brit Bride September 2, 2010, 10:46 am


    My first was a half marathon, but my favourite distance is a 10k – good thing, because I am competing in one on Sunday!


  • Megan September 2, 2010, 10:46 am

    My favorite distance is actually the half-marathon, though I’ve never done anything further than that for racing! With injury, it looks like I am going to be shooting to become a 10K specialist though 🙂

    My first race was a 5K…oh beginnings!

  • Karen September 2, 2010, 10:49 am

    I’m with you on the 15k being my favorite race distance! I’ve run everything from 100 meter track and field sprints to a full marathon. I’d like to try an ultra. Some day…

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 2, 2010, 10:50 am

    Half marathons are too long, yet you’re doing another full one? You’re crazy, girl!

  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit September 2, 2010, 10:51 am

    I like 10k’s the best! It normally takes me about 3 miles to really get into my run so in a 5k I’m through before I’m really into it! Definitely harder to find a pace and enjoy the run. Just don’t feel pressured to sprint the whole time but just keep in mind how fast 3 miles flies by compared to 6 or 9 or 13! You’ll do great! Good luck 🙂

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated September 2, 2010, 10:51 am

    I think my favorite distance is a 10 miler. It’s totally acceptable to use the first couple of miles as a warmup before getting into a groove. I have had some of my best races and felt the proudest of the 10 milers, so I bet I’d love a 15K, too! They are so rare, though, you’re right! Next time I find one, I’m in!!! 🙂
    GOOD LUCK this weekend!!!! You’re going to do GREAT and I’m excited to read about how it goes!

  • Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 2, 2010, 10:52 am

    I never knew there was such a thing as a 15k race! That might be my next goal because although its just under 10 miles long… I really want to run double digits… so I could incorporate that into my training!

  • Chrissy (The New Me) September 2, 2010, 10:52 am

    I haven’t done nearly as many races as you, but I’m pretty sure I love half marathons best. I feel like I can maintain a comfortable but fast-ish pace, it’s over in two hours, and I can usually walk the next day. Marathons and marathon training just take so much out of me – I feel like I can run at a half at any time, plus I feel really accomplished when I’m done.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 2, 2010, 10:55 am

    i’ve only run two distances- 5k and half- but I think I prefer the 5k!! It’s easier for me to just push myself for a few miles and remind myself that it’s done in a half hour, instead of telling myself to keep going for two hours!

  • Teri [a foodie stays fit] September 2, 2010, 10:58 am

    I’ve done 5Ks, half marathons, a 30K, a marathon, and two 180-mile relays. The half marathon is my favorite, but I bet that I would love a 15K! My very first race was a half marathon!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! September 2, 2010, 10:58 am

    I am running my 1st 15K in a little more than 3 weeks and can’t wait! I would have to say my favorite race is a 10K as you said you don’t feel the pressure to run really fast and can pace yourself, however running a fast 5K always feels great in the end. =)

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 2, 2010, 11:00 am

    5km’s are definitely my least favourite distance. I had to run them when I competed in varsity cross country because for some reason it was the only distance girls were able to run (????) My favourite distance is a half marathon I think – I’m definitely not a short distance girl! I haven’t done a 10km in a while though, but that would probably be a runner-up favourite.

    Glad your shoes fit well! 🙂

  • Candice September 2, 2010, 11:05 am

    My first race was a half marathon. I had never even been a runner before, and it was when we lived overseas. I just got in my mind that I wanted to run a half marathon, so the husband and I tranined and ran it in the south of Thailand, and we were hooked after that! Since then I’ve run a 5k, 15k and full marathon.

    I have to say the 15k was pretty awesome. I am better at longer distances, and like you I don’t really like the pressure of running fast. I’m currently training for a half marathon and have really been struggling with the weekly runs. My long runs are great, but I just really don’t care for short distances. Obviously I really liked the half marathon too, and I’m anxious to do it again and see if I still like it as well now that I’ve been running for awhile.

    Glad your shoes worked out!

  • Whitney September 2, 2010, 11:07 am

    I’ve only ran 5ks and Half-marathons. Trying to motivate myself to the next level of a marathon but haven’t gotten there, lol Good luck with your race!

    Ran across this quote the other day:
    “Running is a mental exercise with physical benefits.:

    SO TRUE! 🙂

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged September 2, 2010, 11:08 am

    I’ve never raced, persay, but I do like a good 6 mile run – it seems to be a good distance for me.

  • Therese September 2, 2010, 11:09 am

    I have to agree, so far I’m loving the 15k! I’ve only done one (just a couple of weeks ago) and it’s a great distance. Not TOO far but far enough to be a challenge. I’m not a fan of 5ks either for the same reason as you, I pressure myself too much to run fast and I’m NOT a naturally speedy runner!

    I have my first half coming up in just a couple of weeks so we’ll see how I feel about that distance!

    Good luck on Saturday! You’ve worked so hard I know you’ll meet your goal!

  • Lindsey September 2, 2010, 11:11 am

    I love 10 milers and I agree that 5k races are so tough. Mostly because there are a lot of people that can give it for 5k… it’s in the longer distances that you see what people are made of haha. I have done a couple of half’s and I do love the feeling of completion! I too am waiting until I have that full marathon itch : )

  • LindseyAnn September 2, 2010, 11:13 am

    1 That same thing happened with my mom, only she ordered the same pair of Asics, only to find they had changed them. She wound up absolutely loving them, but she was pretty upset at first.
    2. There’s a pretty awesome 15K in my hometown, if you ever feel like venturing way up North here 😉 It’s a part of the National Cherry Festival of Races, and it is probably one of the best racing environments I have ever seen. Check it out at I’ve done the 5K more times than I can count, and next summer if I can make it back home I want to do the 15K for the first time.
    3. You and I have the same 5K PR! I hit mine 8 years ago during my senior cross country season. (Wow, saying that made me feel super old). Good luck, and I hope you smash that time! 🙂

  • Carla September 2, 2010, 11:14 am

    It’s funny that you mention this, because I was just thinking this morning how much more worn out I feel training for a half marathon than I did my 10-miler.

    I just started running in January, and did the 10-miler in May. I am now training for a 1/2 in mid-September, and I am at the point (11-miler this weekend) where I feel my body is having trouble keeping up! I think I much prefer the 10-mile distance, probably because it doesn’t involve any double digit training runs!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 2, 2010, 11:16 am

    I’ve never done a 15K, but I think it would be my favorite. 5Ks KILL me– I feel like I’m about to die during them!! And I loved doing my half marathon, but it was definitely a commitment.

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet September 2, 2010, 11:22 am

    I haven’t run any races but like to stick with the 3-6 mile range:-)

  • Dori September 2, 2010, 11:24 am

    10K is by far my favorite distance! None of that 5K run fast pressure but not so long that I can’t run a little fast. I can push myself to go faster than usual and then before I know it, it is over!

  • SueMac September 2, 2010, 11:25 am

    I think the 10K is my favorite…. I’ve only done one 15K and it’s titled “The South’s Toughest” and it sure is as you go OVER a mountain. My first race as a 2 miler in jr. high for cross country, but if that doesn’t count then it was a 5K.

  • ashleigh September 2, 2010, 11:25 am

    I’ve only done one race… 4 miles. I am planning on doing it again next year. I would like to do a 5k and 10k soon!

  • Andrea September 2, 2010, 11:28 am

    Well, I’ve only done one 5K and I’m contemplating doing another one at the end of September. We shall see. I hear you about the pressure to sprint though. The one in spetember is a “fun run” so maybe the pressure will be off? Who knows!

  • mm September 2, 2010, 11:33 am

    I’ve never run a 15k, but I ran a 12k this summer and found that I really liked that distance. More than a 5-miler, and half the distance of a half-marathon – works for me! I think a 15k would be good for the same reasons. I had to take time off of running to let some huge and nasty blood blisters on my feet heal, but I’m getting back into it and working on building my mileage back up… it sucks that it takes so long to build up, but you lose it so fast!

  • Wei-Wei September 2, 2010, 11:35 am

    I’ve never done any races! I’m training to start running about 5k on a regular basis, so I’m not sure about races. Yet. 😉

  • AngelaOSG September 2, 2010, 11:37 am

    My 1st race was a 10k…im so pumped to finally run my second 10k on Monday! I didn’t enjoy that distance though- because it was a super hilly course in wine country, but im hoping for a better course on monday. 🙂
    I am dying to run a 5k.

  • Caitlin (EatFeats) September 2, 2010, 11:39 am

    The only running race I have ever done is a 5K, so I guess that is my favorite by default.

    I do enjoy long open water swims because just finishing feels like an accomplishment. I’ve only gone up to two miles (open water races, pools are a different story), but hope to someday do more.

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well September 2, 2010, 11:40 am

    My first race was a 5k. The second was a quarter marathon. I think I liked the quarter marathon better. Even though I didn’t run the whole thing (three cheers for poor training and a sinus infection), I ran with a friend who made it really enjoyable. Plus, I was more used to running at that point.

    Oh, and my 5k was run in Jan 3rd with 25mph winds and a temperature of 2 degrees when you factor in the wind. Maybe that is why I didn’t like it so much!

  • Tay September 2, 2010, 11:41 am

    Back when I was in long distance shape, I LOVED going long. I looked forward to long run days so much! I remember running my 1st serious 5k (only a few weeks before my marathon) and I was SO dead and exhausted for day! haha. Now that I’m getting back into running, I seriously question myself why I run such long distances when I’m out there dying. So currently…I’d say my favorite is a 10k!

  • diana @ i can eat, cant i? September 2, 2010, 11:41 am

    woww! i’ve ran 5k and 10k. i wore the old sneakers for my first 5k and it was TORTURE, big big mistake!!! blisters everywhere. i could’ve ran and completed in a shorter time if i didn’t wear the old sneaker! my ankle is injured and my body has been kicking and aching to run (;

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life September 2, 2010, 11:45 am

    I’m glad the shoes worked out for you! That would have really sucked if they didn’t 🙁

    I can’t comment on the race stuff because I’ve never ran one. Working on it, though! It seems impossible sometimes. 🙂

  • Cindy September 2, 2010, 11:50 am

    Hi Caitlin. I will be doing my 3rd 5K next weekend the Rock N Run in Casselberry (by the names of the races you’ve run, looks like you’re from that area) My favorite by default because I’ve never run anything else! But you’ve inspired me to sign up for a 5 Miler at UCF…whoooweee I’m skeered 🙂

  • Nicci@NiftyEats September 2, 2010, 11:54 am

    Good luck, running in the new shoes & having a great race!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 2, 2010, 11:58 am

    My first race was a 1/2 marathon, and I was not prepared. I think my favorite is a 10 mile race (not there are many of them) — it is long enough that I need to train and push myself, but not so long that I have to put all social things on hold while training (like I did during marathon training!)

    I’m sure you’ve explained why, but I must have missed it. Why do you wear knee sleeves?

  • Katheryn September 2, 2010, 12:14 pm

    I’ve done one 5k, one 10k, three 1/2 marathons, and 3 marathons. My favorite distance is definitely the marathon. I feel so powerful and strong, and definitely love getting in the running groove.

  • caronae September 2, 2010, 12:15 pm

    I hate 5Ks too! 10Ks are alright but still not long enough for me. I like marathons and ultramarathons because I can build up to my pace. I have great endurance but sucky speed, lol.

    Happy Thursday!

  • Lisa September 2, 2010, 12:24 pm

    Those shoes look great! I LOVE my Brooks Ravenna shoes!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 2, 2010, 12:33 pm

    I’ve only done a half-marathon and a 5K, but of those two, I definitely prefer the longer distance. I am not a natural speedster by any means, so trying to PR a 5K for me is HARD. I think I’d like doing a 15K, so I might sign up for one of those soon!

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 2, 2010, 12:38 pm

    I haven’t done any races yet but 15k does sound like a nice distance. Long enough to be challenging but not too long. I hope your new shoes turn out to be good, even though they are slightly different to your last pair.

  • Heather September 2, 2010, 12:44 pm

    The first distance I ever completed was the Pat Tillman Foundation 4.2 mile run. He was a soldier (and former ASU) student killed in Iraq, and his jersey number was 42, so they made the race 4.2.

    My favorite distance is a 10K, a nice challenge but not a crazy distance.

  • Dannielle September 2, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Hey! What size knee sleeves do you get? Medium or small? I’m not sure which size to buy hmm..

    • Caitlin September 2, 2010, 2:15 pm

      Small – measure the top of your knee around your leg. The size recommendations are pretty accurate.

  • Tina September 2, 2010, 1:08 pm

    Like the new kicks. I would say my favorite distance is 5K because that’s where I’m going to have start after this next baby. We shall see from there.

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear September 2, 2010, 1:14 pm

    My first race was a 5K. I trained for exactly 3 weeks. As a BRAND NEW runner, 3 miles was FAR! 🙂

    My favorite distance is now 10k. I also enjoyed the 15k when training for the half marathon. I didn’t race much this summer due to the extremely hot temps, but hoping to get back in the swing next summer.

    I love your yogurt messes with oats!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) September 2, 2010, 1:15 pm

    I’ve done 5k’s, 10k’s, and a half. My first 15k is in November and I’m really looking forward to it.
    I’d actually have to say the half was my favorite. It just seemed so surreal and awesome to me when I ran through the finish line.

  • megan September 2, 2010, 1:19 pm

    I think my favorite is the 10k, for the same reasons you like the 15k. 15k is a little too long for me, and 5k is too fast. I got a PR in a 5k this year, and now I’m dreading running another one because I seriously sprinted that one (for me) and it was so painful. I just got a PR in a 10k last weekend, and that was much better. I nice good-paced run, with about 1/2 mile pick-up at the end – perfect 🙂

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 2, 2010, 1:19 pm

    I’ve only done 2 5k’s which works for me because I’m more of a sprinter. I have those “fast-twitch muscles” that don’t mind too much distance, but after 4 miles my body gets pretty cranky.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit September 2, 2010, 1:23 pm

    My first race was a 5k (not a huge fan either), I love 10ks but I’d like to try a 15k too! Right now training for my first half and I’m so excited!:-)

  • meg c. September 2, 2010, 1:24 pm

    my favorite that i’ve done was a half, but it does take a lot of training to get my mileage up.

    as far as your shoes go, each shoe model gets updated yearly with a new version. the summon 2 is the closest thing you’re going to get to the summon, since they phase out the old versions and stop selling them.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 2, 2010, 1:30 pm

    My favorite distance is also a 15k… I’m a LOT better at endurance rather than speed.

  • Kacy September 2, 2010, 1:38 pm

    I’ve only run 5Ks, an 8K and a half marathon but the half was by far the funnest. I’m hoping my upcoming marathon will be fun too! There’s a 15K in October I’ve been looking at… might just have to for it!

    Glad the shoes worked out! I love Brooks.

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) September 2, 2010, 1:40 pm

    5Ks are my least favorite as well, because I feel so much pressure. I think somewhere between at 10k and a 15k would be my favorite. But, obviously, on a bad day, 1 mile is my favorite!

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYourLife September 2, 2010, 1:46 pm

    I just bought my first real pair of running shoes and I was SO lost in the store… After doing a bit of research today I’ve found that I made the right decision, don’t you love when fate steps in and gets you what you need?

    Too bad about the knee sleeves though!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels September 2, 2010, 1:55 pm

    I love how joyous you look in all those race pics!

  • Heather September 2, 2010, 2:06 pm

    I have run 5k, 5 miler, 10k, and half, and training for a full. I really have enjoyed my halves! the 10k was fun, too. I agree on the 5k, you feel like your heart is racing the whole time and you are in “hurry up mode” its so stressful!

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 2, 2010, 2:12 pm

    I’m a walker, not a runner! But I walk considerable distances. hehe 😀


  • Nicole, RD September 2, 2010, 2:14 pm

    I think they all have their pluses and minuses, but 10K is my favorite! Short enough to go all out, but longer than a 5k, and doable without much training.

    Good luck on your 5k PR!

  • Sarah September 2, 2010, 2:19 pm

    I have never run a race, and I am planning to run a 5K in November. I think I am bracing myself to see people running a lot faster than me and I just have to remember that my main goal is to finish — I just started running regularly 4 months ago so just completing a race will be a big deal for me! 🙂 It does seem like feeling like you have to run really fast for 3.1 miles would make it very uncomfortable! I definitely like a moderate pace!

    • Caitlin September 2, 2010, 2:34 pm

      You’ll do great!! I promise you’ll blow past some people too!

  • Amy Ramos September 2, 2010, 2:27 pm

    I have run multiple 5K’s to equate a marathon, a handful of 10K’s, one 15K and I will be running my first (and probably only) 1/2 marathon next month (holy cow, next month?!?!)

  • Fusami September 2, 2010, 3:13 pm

    The 3200 (in track) is the best! I haven’t done too many longer distance runs since I do cross country and track, but I enjoy 5Ks as well. And races are SUPPOSED to hurt! You’ve got to push it, girl! You will feel sore and tired the next day but in a wonderful I-couldn’t-have-run-any-harder way! It’s a glorious feeling! I’m much better at longer distances, though, so I think I might sign up for a 10K this winter (maybe over the holidays when we have some down time from track).

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 2, 2010, 4:01 pm

    Oh, goodness. I’ve done a lot of races (if you count school sports too). My first running races was a 5K I believe (you don’t get much shorter than that), but I’d have to say halfs are my favorite distance – a perfect challenge : )

  • chelsey September 2, 2010, 4:36 pm

    I like halves! Except, around mile 10, I feel like I could just die. So maybe I should try a 15k!

  • Maura September 2, 2010, 4:41 pm

    I completely agree about 5ks!! People who don’t run always think they should be my favorite b/c they’re the shortest, but it’s the complete opposite for me. They’re so incredibly painful!! I really enjoy longer races where you have to go at a more comfortable pace. Good luck with your race!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 2, 2010, 4:53 pm

    My favorite distance: 10 miles. But only for bragging rights! I’ve only done it a handful of times. I recently hurt my hamstring, but once it totally heals, I’m looking forward to increasing my mileage again!

  • Kat September 2, 2010, 5:07 pm

    My favorite distance is a half marathon. I’m training for Chicago 10-10-10, but that’s a little too long for me. As for shoes I only run in Asics! I love them.

  • Samantha September 2, 2010, 5:19 pm

    First race ever was a 5 miler on the beach. It was so flippin’ hard, but I still fell in love with racing (for a few years anyhow). My favorite distance is the half. It requires hard work training (at least for non natural runners like myself) but the training doesn’t take over your life like marathon training can. My half PR is 1:59 and my hope is to get down to 1:55 when we move back to the states. I don’t race here, the training is too hard on my body. We do the family fun run 1.5 milers or 5k’s on occasion with the kids, and I did a relay race, but nothing personal for me.

  • Courtney September 2, 2010, 5:55 pm

    I’m like you- I love long runs! A 12-mile run is my favorite, but they’re tough to schedule 🙁 The runner’s high afterwards is the best 😀

  • Caroline September 2, 2010, 6:31 pm

    My first ever race was a 4.8 mile road race which was quite hard at the time. Now that I have completed a Marathon, 10k, and 5k’s I have a feeling that my favorite distance might be a half marathon which I am going to be running in a month! Good luck!!!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 2, 2010, 6:48 pm

    I’m glad the new shoes are working for you!

    I think I want my first race to be a 5K because 10K seems pretty long to me. I’ve never run that far before!

  • Kim September 2, 2010, 7:12 pm

    I’ve only done 1 mile and two 5Ks – the 1 mile was better because it was over before you know it – instant gratification 🙂 But I’m starting to like the 5K because that’s a distance I can run on a regular weekday without having to move my schedule around too much, so it’s easy to train for.

  • Ellen September 2, 2010, 7:17 pm

    I’ve raced all except an ultra too (and not planning on one). I totally agree with you on the 5k! My first race was a 4-miler, and my fave distance is a 10-miler or half-marathon!

  • Jennifer@ knackfornutrition September 2, 2010, 7:19 pm

    I have only completed a handful of 5k’s and that was before I ever really got into running as a sport. Now I am 38 days and counting from my first half marathon and I am getting to the point in training when I’m all “what was I thinking!?”

    Should make for one hell of an experience though.

    Oh and by the way, this is a bit out of the blue…but I am giving away a copy of your book (hope that’s okay lol!). I just thought you may like to know. I really love it.

    • Caitlin September 2, 2010, 10:54 pm

      THANKS! I linked to it!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa September 2, 2010, 8:18 pm

    So far I’ve done one 5k, but I have 2 10k’s and a half coming up this fall. I liked the 5k, but there is some pressure to haul ass the entire time. I like running 6 miles on my own, so I think I’ll like the 10k

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker September 2, 2010, 8:32 pm

    New style or not — it’s never a good idea to race in a pair of brand-spakin’ new shoes. For that matter, it’s never a good idea to do anything “new” on a race day. Just go with what you know. So, yeah — I’d say go with the old. And of all race distances, I like the 15K to half marathon. I get my speed after the 5K distance . . . and like to keep it going. Marathons are so far not exactly my cup-o-tea, but I’m hoping to PR on Oct. 3rd. Under 4 hours is my goal!

  • Wendy September 2, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Hmm…I’m not really sure what my favorite distance is. I’ve run everything from the 200 m dash (in high school) to the half marathon. I do like 5Ks because most of the ones I run are small, local races and everyone is really friendly. I distinctly remember my first race distance being the 400 m dash as a freshman on my high school track team. It was nerve wracking, and seemed sooooo far to me then!

  • Jolene ( September 2, 2010, 9:47 pm

    I have only ever done a 5K … but I am not really a runner, so I didn’t even run the whole thing. I walked a LOT!

  • Lauren @ The Raw Cure September 2, 2010, 9:50 pm

    I LOVED the Hus’ comment about being the only guy in a yoga class. It made me laugh out loud and prompted my mom to ask what was funny.

    About running: I have just started trying to run, and I’ve only done two 5Ks. I can’t wait to graduate to a 10K, etc.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef September 2, 2010, 10:06 pm

    my 1st race ever was the 800 in jr high track. way way way back in the day. i think that was 1998? or 97? oh man. but my fav distance to race now is prolly anything but a 5k. i’m not sprinter, more endurance, so i can give more at the end of longer races i think.

  • marie September 3, 2010, 12:25 pm

    I know LULU shorts when I see them! Holla! I love 10k and 15ks. I am NOT a fast runner so I need plenty of distance to make up for it!

  • Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner September 4, 2010, 9:36 pm

    Do you find it harder to run with knee braces on? I’ve had a lot of problems the last few months and I have a brace but it’s hard to get used to. Do you think it’s worth wearing it?

    • Caitlin September 5, 2010, 10:11 am

      No it feels normal now. I can’t run without them so its worth it!

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