Ten Glorious Miles

in Marathon Training

Nothing like a long run to make me feel human again!

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Last night, one glass of wine turned into two glasses… which was one glass of wine too much.  Yikes!  Anne, the Husband, and I had an absolute blast, but I had a pretty big Malbec-related headache this morning.  πŸ™‚

 

Nothing that waffles + a long run can’t fix!

 

Pre-run fuel was whole wheat waffle with banana, fruit, sesame almonds, and honey Greek yogurt.

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One breakfast digested and we said goodbye to our houseguests, I set out on a 10.0 mile run.  I was definitely feeling a little off, but by Mile 2.0 everything seemed to come together.

 

How’s the weather where you are?  It’s absolutely PERFECT pre-Fall day in Charlotte – a balmy and breezy 75 degrees or so.  The cool air was exactly what I needed to maintain a great, moderate clip the entire time.

 

Drank Gatorade throughout the run:

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I tried to pick it up the last mile and finished strong! 

 

  • Distance: 10.0 miles
  • Duration:  1:40
  • Mile 1: 10:05
  • Mile 2:  9:30
  • Mile 3: 9:53
  • Mile 4: 10:01
  • Mile 5: 10:24
  • Mile 6: 10:21
  • Mile 7: 10:03
  • Mile 8:10:01
  • Mile 9: 10:31
  • Mile 10: 9:40

 

Can I just say that I love taper weeks in marathon training? :)  I also love how much training warps your perception of a β€œshorter” run.  Compared to last week’s 15 miler, today’s was a breeze.

 

Post-run snack:

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And lunch:

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Pre-cooked beets, brown rice and tabbouli, and BBQ baked tofu:

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Have a happy holiday weekend (it’s Labor Day tomorrow here in the States!) πŸ™‚

{ 65 comments }

 

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 5, 2010, 1:41 pm

    Weelll done on the run! That hose-shot of you is amaze!
    I did 15miles today – it made my 4 the other day pale in comparison!!

  • Sana September 5, 2010, 1:47 pm

    Today’s weather was beyond amazing and I jumped out of my bed to run! I wish we could have 65 degree everyday! Everyone would have amazeball runs!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) September 5, 2010, 1:49 pm

    the weather = epic over here! it’s breezy and about 79 degrees. i can’t wait for fall to be here πŸ™‚

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 5, 2010, 1:52 pm

    The weather has been lovely in MN — a cool breeze each day, high 60s, low 70s, beautiful!!! I can feel Fall coming closer each day.

    Great run! I agree about the taper weeks — its amazing when 15-16 miles seems “easy” πŸ™‚

  • Kristy @ Kristyruns.com September 5, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Cooler weather makes for such better runs! Yay! That bbq tofu looks scrumptious!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit September 5, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Same weather here in NH today- perfect for running! I had a lovely 6-mile run this morning πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 5, 2010, 2:03 pm

    Hehehe I love those first 2 photos!! Congrats on that amazing run. Enjoy the rest of the long weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 5, 2010, 2:08 pm

    Ha ha. Yes, training must warp you. 10 miles seems impossible to me! πŸ™‚

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 5, 2010, 2:09 pm

    So glad you are enjoying your day. Good job on the run! Your eats look delicious! Have a great Sunday!

  • Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life September 5, 2010, 2:11 pm

    The change in weather is wonderful. It was 53* this morning, compard to the 90* last week!!

    Congrats on your 10 miles!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal September 5, 2010, 2:11 pm

    It is glorious here today too! I ran 8 miles and they went by SUPER quick! Beautiful day!

  • Heather September 5, 2010, 2:19 pm

    great job! its about 83 here in MS but way better than 97, and low humidity too! I am loving it!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini September 5, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Good for you for sticking with your running plan after a night of wine…that is not easy!

  • Haley September 5, 2010, 2:21 pm

    Oh man, if I want it to be 75 degrees when I’m running I have to leave the house before 5am, haha. Hawai’i doesn’t afford too many cool days, but then again, I never have to worry about it being TOO cold either :). Nice job with the 10 miles today!

  • Amanda (modernation) September 5, 2010, 2:23 pm

    The weather is great here, too. 70s now, 80s later. I can’t wait for Fall, especially for marathon training. I did 12 miles today for marathon training and am looking forward to taper weeks coming up! Next week is my first drop in mileage from 12 to 10. I am sure I will notice more of a difference later in training.

  • Little Bookworm September 5, 2010, 2:25 pm

    Congrats on the run, love your breakfast!

  • Megan @ The Daily Sweat September 5, 2010, 2:27 pm

    I had a bit too much Malbec last night too! But I woke up in the middle of the night thinking, “oh crap, my run tomorrow is gonna suck, better chug some water.” So I did and I felt fine this morning for my 7 miler.

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl September 5, 2010, 2:28 pm

    I don’t know that 10 miles will ever feel like ‘nothin! I’m always pretty excited with a day where I do more than 4!!!

  • christina cadden September 5, 2010, 2:55 pm

    Love the photos! I am always so sweaty after I run but when i stop I get this sudden chill and goose bumps. Not sure I am brave enough to pour water over my head!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef September 5, 2010, 3:01 pm

    love the first 2 photos!! sweet. i love long runs!

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 5, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Great job on the run! Mmm your breakfast looks tasty!

  • MoniMeals September 5, 2010, 3:20 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I am new to your blog! I think you and your entire story is aweseome. I am thrilled about Operation Beautiful and I am so glad you came up wiht it! I did see you on the Today Show too.:) Nice work!
    I love your first 2 pics and I love the meals/snacks you had, YUM! We have a lot in comomn it seems. I also am very into fitness and food, cooking and recipes. I am a trainer in LA and post my recipes on my site. I look forward to checkin-in with you!

  • Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon September 5, 2010, 3:20 pm

    Fall weather is in full swing in Morgantown! It’s a perfect 68 degrees here today πŸ™‚

    Your waffles look so tasty–Saturday and Sunday mornings are always fruit n’ nut waffles or pancakes at our house, too. Glad you had a good run!

  • jackie September 5, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Hi Caitlin!

    You are such an inspiration and healthy role model. I actually have been training for my first 1/2 marathon and love reading your tips and your own experience. I do have one question, I typically run first thing in the morning. My longest run I have gotten to so far is 7.5 miles. I’m just wondering, when I go longer distances I’ll need more fuel. I like the idea of eating breakfast 1st but how long do you wait till your “digested” on average. Thanks for such a great blog!
    Jackie

    • Caitlin September 5, 2010, 7:19 pm

      I can run about thirty minutes after eating a full breakfast but other people need more time. definitely experiment with eating a PB sandwich or something before your runs because you will need to do it race morning! it’s really a matter of figuring out what works for you!

      good luck on your half mary!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 5, 2010, 3:36 pm

    you’re right, that weather sounds PERFECT for a great run! way to finish strong too πŸ™‚

  • Jillian @ Reshape Your Life September 5, 2010, 3:40 pm

    That weather sounds awesome… It’s probably around 90’s here in Texas. Waaayy too hot, I’m so sick of it, but it will be hot until the end of October. So I guess I just have to get used to it.

    Enjoy the nice weather for me!

  • Carol September 5, 2010, 3:40 pm

    It’s currently +7C or about 45F and raining here in Calgary (Alberta, Canada). That made for a rather damp 23km or just over 14 miles. But after last week’s 32km (20 miles), this was a picnic of a run! Even pushed out race pace a few times.

  • Lindsey September 5, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Great job on the run! I did 10 miles, too, this morning. It was cool and breezy, with just a little sun; however, it didn’t last long–now its super hot here in Georgia. Oh well.
    Looks like a delicious breakfast and lunch by the way! Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend πŸ™‚

  • Neen@Broad Bean to Runner Bean September 5, 2010, 3:58 pm

    well done for the run! your eats for the day look mega too!

  • Bria September 5, 2010, 4:11 pm

    Great run Caitlin! I did 8.5 mi today (I think that’s the equivalent of 14 Canadian kilometers haha) and it zapped me. Amazing what a few weeks off running can do to your fitness level! Which I guess is the flipside to how marathon training makes those medium long distances seem like cake πŸ™‚

    That waffle looks unreal.

  • eatmovelove September 5, 2010, 4:40 pm

    It’s labour day in Canada too πŸ™‚ LOVE that first pic – so neat. What a run – your splits are so impressive.

  • Amber K September 5, 2010, 4:41 pm

    The waffle looks amazing! Great job on getting out fo ra good run. πŸ™‚

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 5, 2010, 4:42 pm

    Love those pictures of you after your run, so cute! Good job on the run by the way, especially as you weren’t really your best to start with.

  • Chelsea September 5, 2010, 4:56 pm

    YEY for your 5k time, even if you got off track (my worst fear by the way!) and YEY for your 10 miles today!! πŸ™‚

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 5, 2010, 4:58 pm

    The weather was *perfect* here this morning, too!! It’s kind of hot right now..but ohhh man I could have stayed outside for hours earlier.
    Glad you had such a great run! Congrats on ten miles!

  • Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 5, 2010, 5:04 pm

    The pictures of water pouring on your face looks so refreshing! Great job on the run Caitlin!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed September 5, 2010, 5:27 pm

    Those first two pics of you are so cute πŸ™‚
    it is WEIRD weather here in Melbourne, Australia. It is Spring here, but wild storms with no power. Then it will be a bit sunny and warm. Then more rain. So unpredictable.
    Those waffles look delicious. I’ve never had waffles but I’m tempted to buy a waffle iron after thinking about it for a while.
    Bring on more perfect weather!!
    Heidi xo

  • Camille September 5, 2010, 5:35 pm

    What a lovely run!
    I think I am going to do a nice “short” 10 miler tomorrow πŸ™‚

  • Kristina @ spabettie September 5, 2010, 5:52 pm

    the weather here is perfect also… blue sky with Little Puffy Clouds πŸ˜‰

    I LOVE the sesame cashews from TJ’s, and see you’ve been eating them lately also… but ALMONDS~!! do you get those at TJ’s also???

    I need. I NEED ! πŸ™‚

    Enjoy your Holiday!!

    • Caitlin September 5, 2010, 7:20 pm

      YES SOOOOO GOOD AND ADDICTING.

  • Maren September 5, 2010, 6:04 pm

    I keep seeing people top their pancakes and waffles with greek yogurt and I’m starting to feel a craving coming on. It sounds delicious.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 5, 2010, 6:18 pm

    Congrats on your fantastic run!! The weather sounds perfect!

  • Courtney September 5, 2010, 6:23 pm

    I love fall runs πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • Jenn@healthyhoofbeats September 5, 2010, 6:27 pm

    Good job on your run! Ten miles may not seem like a lot to you but for me it sure does! πŸ™‚ Today was a beautiful fallish day too, compared to last weeks heat wave atleast!

  • Wei-Wei September 5, 2010, 6:42 pm

    Love that first photo of you! And great run, you’re amazing!

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul September 5, 2010, 6:45 pm

    I’m laughing at your comment about how training distorts your perception of distance. Totally agree! But 10 miles is certainly nothing to scoff at.

    Also, I tend to find that running is a good hangover cure. It might be all in my mind though! Still, two glasses of wine is usually my pre-run max.

  • Marie September 5, 2010, 6:51 pm

    Yay for the ten miles! You have really encouraged me to start running…my knees aren’t the greatest but I noticed that you wear knee braces. Does this help? Thanks!

    • Caitlin September 5, 2010, 7:21 pm

      Yes! I have tons of knee posts on my FAQ page <– check em out!

      • Marie September 5, 2010, 7:55 pm

        Awesome! Thanks! I am so motivated! πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 5, 2010, 6:51 pm

    Good job on the run! It was perfect fall weather here too, so I went on a gorgeous 15 mile bike ride. I wish the weather could stay like this until Spring! πŸ˜›

  • Joanna @ landanimal.wordpress.com September 5, 2010, 7:02 pm

    Awesome run! You are so inspiring to me!

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life September 5, 2010, 7:11 pm

    Awesome job on the run!

    The weather here is really nice, I’m loving it πŸ™‚

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 5, 2010, 7:11 pm

    Woohoo for 10 miles!

    The weather here was gorgeous yesterday, but it’s looking like another really hot day today!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 5, 2010, 7:20 pm

    The weather here is 55 degrees and gray clouds. I guess it’s the Northwest for you though.

    The baked tofu looks perfect. I want it so badly even though I am still stuffed from lunch.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 5, 2010, 7:35 pm

    Nothing like running to cure a headache! I love how that works, especially since it seems so counter-intuitive.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 5, 2010, 8:26 pm

    Go you on the run! Nothing like exercise to make you feel like a new person!

  • Mary September 5, 2010, 8:33 pm

    I actually had the heat on today in raleigh driving to work at o’dark thirty this morning! I love the first two pictures, you’re a warrior! haha!

  • Sammy September 6, 2010, 6:34 am

    I love that pic of you, you look so free and happy! I don’t think I’d look that happy if I’d just run ten miles πŸ˜‰ x

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 6, 2010, 10:14 am

    I’ve never run more than 10 miles in my LIFE, so yeah, it seems crazy that that’s considered a taper run. Good job!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 6, 2010, 11:14 am

    Great run! The weather here is finally getting cooler; the past couple days it has been in the low 70s/high 60s! Yay for fall!

  • Kristy September 6, 2010, 10:56 pm

    75?!? Send some of that weather back to Florida! πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea September 9, 2010, 4:58 pm

    where are you buying sesame cashews?? Did you/or do you know if you can make them homemade?? I cannot find them anywhere!!! (and no trader joe’s here) :/

    • Caitlin September 9, 2010, 5:08 pm

      they are TJ’s!

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