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It’s 8:42 AM.


My alarm went off 2 hours ago.


My training plan says I’m suppose to run 18.0 miles today.


I’ve been standing around in my running clothes for an hour and a half.


I read 21of my favorite blogs so far today, including a few entries that I’ve already read but I re-read just for fun.


It’s 8:43 AM now.  I still haven’t left the house!


I think I’m having trouble getting motivated today.  End-of-training blues, perhaps?



  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up October 17, 2010, 8:55 am

    You can do it! 🙂 Just think about how awesome it will feel to cross the finish line in a few weeks. 😀

  • Mary H October 17, 2010, 8:56 am

    Come’on Caitlin, you can do it! The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll finish. This is your LAST PRE-MARATHON long run!

    I completed my last long run yesterday for my Nov 7th marathon! For what it’s worth, I’ll be cheering you on from Ontario 🙂 Just dig deep, you KNOW you can.

  • Christa October 17, 2010, 8:58 am

    Ha! I’m doing the saaaaaaame thing. =)

  • Anne October 17, 2010, 8:58 am

    My running schedule has me running 5 miles this morning. I have been up for hours in my running clothes and have cleaned both bathrooms and done 3 loads of laundry……Ok the computer was my last bit of procrastination…I am off to RUN!

  • Amber October 17, 2010, 9:03 am

    I also am sitting in front of the computer procrastinating my long run. Running hills today just doesn’t sound like that much fun! But, get on out there! I just think about the feeling I will have afterwards!!

  • Katherine October 17, 2010, 9:08 am

    You can do it Caitlin! I am healing from an injury and I would give anything to be able to go for a run right now!! Be thankful that your body allows you to run 18 miles, you never know when it will betray you!

    How’s that for a dramatic guilt trip? LOL Are you motivated yet?! 🙂

  • Courtney October 17, 2010, 9:12 am

    I procrastinated for about 1 hour today. (I had a 9 miler planned) I finally decided to just go do it and it ended up being one of my best runs to date! You’ll rock it!

  • Michelle October 17, 2010, 9:13 am

    You can do it!!! 🙂 I just got back from 4.5 and my shower and breakfast felt amazing! I can only imagine how good they would feel after 18!!

  • Book Worm Runs October 17, 2010, 9:18 am

    Just think how amazing you will feel when you are finished!! You can do it!! Good luck!!

  • Nadine October 17, 2010, 9:19 am

    You could have been done by now…. get on out there!

  • Susan October 17, 2010, 9:20 am

    Now here’s the question – is it better to procrastinate and not start, or start the run and turn around? I wish it was the latter, because that’s what I did today. Uggh.

  • Sarah @ EatRunGarden October 17, 2010, 9:20 am

    You can do it! although I am also procrastinating, I just have a 2.5 mile run to test out my sprayed ankle but I am procrastinating because I am a little nervous to run on my ankle after not running for a week. I really wish I could be running the 6 mile run I thought I would be doing today 🙁
    Go have fun! 🙂

  • Gillian October 17, 2010, 9:22 am

    I can empathize with you! I have a 20 miler planned this morning, and I have been putting it off all morning. Enough procrastinating, here we go! I look forward to reading your recap in a few hours. Good luck!

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  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 17, 2010, 9:28 am

    Ohhh the joys of procrastinating. All I can say is just get out the door. Think of how awesome you’ll feel afterward!!

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  • maria @ Chasing the Now October 17, 2010, 9:31 am

    Get out there and RUN! You’ve worked so hard to get to this point, don’t throw it away now!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 17, 2010, 9:38 am

    The hardest part is getting out there. But you’ll rock the run once get into it! You can do it!

  • rebecca lustig October 17, 2010, 9:45 am

    you know once you step outside, you’ll be good to go! you can d it, girllllll

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) October 17, 2010, 9:47 am

    At least it’s gorgeous this morning. I’m definitely in the procrastinating mood today, too. I’ve been up for 2 hours and am still lying on the couch in pajamas. Ah well…

  • Orla October 17, 2010, 10:01 am

    I know how you feel- I was faffing about for an hour before I left the house. But felt great when I came back- plus I could eat the last piece of Chocolate birthday cake in comfort. It kept me going. Hope it all gets easier!!! Enjoy.

  • Katie @ peacebeme October 17, 2010, 10:17 am

    That’s okay Cailtin! Sometimes I feel like if I procrastinate around for awhile in the morning, I end up wanting to go work out MORE and feeling like it eventually. I guess I get some of that relaxin’ out of me. 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple October 17, 2010, 10:24 am

    Aw actually I really enjoyed this post. It’s like, “Oh right, Caitlin is human, too!” You get the ups and downs just like anyone else. I’m sorry that you’re feeling a bit off with the motivation, but don’t worry. You’ll do great (even if you decide to take an impromptu rest day) 😉

  • Kim October 17, 2010, 10:25 am

    This quote has gotten me out of the door more than once…

    “One day I will not be able to do this, Today is NOT that day!”

  • Camille October 17, 2010, 10:34 am

    Ahh, I’m not a fan of those days either 🙁
    Try and think of how great you are going to feel when you’re done!

  • Fallon October 17, 2010, 10:40 am

    Like Nike says… JUST DO IT!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 17, 2010, 10:43 am

    Ya gotta just go! Enjoy it…it is all about the fun in it!

  • Erica October 17, 2010, 10:44 am

    I just run my very first half marathon yesterday, so I’m telling you from my lingering runner’s high to GET OUT THERE AND HAVE A GREAT RUN!! Think of your own runner’s high that’s coming in a couple weeks and amazing you will feel when you’re done today. Go girl!

    • Erica October 17, 2010, 6:14 pm

      Just re-reading my comment and it’s meant to read “my very first FULL marathon…” duh, goof. But I know that you already know that…and thank you for the sweet comment:-) But after running that yesterday, I felt it needed to be corrected! LOL

  • Amy October 17, 2010, 10:46 am

    Go go go! You’ll regret it so much if you don’t go, but you WON’T regret going out there. (At least, that’s what I tell myself when I’m in that funk!) You can always take it easy and turn around if you need to, and take lots of walking breaks. Good luck!

  • Jo October 17, 2010, 10:47 am

    Hey Caitlin, I hope you’ve finally hit the street and got on with your run. I’m the BIGGEST procrastinator, it’s one of my traits that I really dislike.

    My favourite runs are like the ones I had yesterday – impromptu inspired by something, normally a song that I love. I put on my ipod to do some chores yesterday and the first song that came on just made me want to get out there and run. I ran upstairs, got changed and was out the door in less than 5 minutes.

    Those are the sessions I love.

    Good look, hope the run is awesome *mwah*

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 17, 2010, 10:49 am

    I hear ya! I’m sure you’re gone now and having a great run!

  • abbi October 17, 2010, 11:09 am

    I understand, was totally the same way towards the end of mine…you’ll feel great after it’s over!

  • Lee October 17, 2010, 11:18 am

    This happens to me a lot. Getting out of the door is the hardest part! Just make yourself go. Although, I realize that it’s 11:18 and you’re probably finished by now so I’ll just pretend that I wrote that 4 hours ago.

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 17, 2010, 11:24 am

    This happened to me quite a bit — and after 1-2 hours of not running I would start beating myself up for wasting time when I COULD be running.

    Just get going. You’ll feel great when its over!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 17, 2010, 11:28 am

    You can do it girl!! That has happened to me a lot in the past but I’ve found that the longer you wait, the harder it gets to get yourself moving. The hardest part is just stepping outside! I think it was a couple of hours ago that you posted this, so I hope you had an awesome run, then followed up with some delicious food! 😀

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 17, 2010, 11:33 am

    Just get out there and do it! You’ll feel so good when its over!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) October 17, 2010, 11:48 am

    I can only imagine how much I would put off that long of a distance. Yesterday I ran 1 mile on the treadmill and got off to ‘check a few emails’ and then I planned to get back on…never happened. 😉
    Maybe your body needs another day of rest and you will be ready to go tomorrow AM?

  • Charlie October 17, 2010, 11:53 am

    I’m not better – reading blogs instead of studying!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 17, 2010, 11:58 am

    I’m reading blogs and not making breakfast, even though we shove off on our 20 mile ride ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, in about an hour ;P we’ll proba end up eating pb toast hehe! My fav lazy girl, pre workout fuel.

  • Amber K October 17, 2010, 12:00 pm

    Somtimes I just don’t feel like it, but sometimes I have to ignore that and just go out anyway. I can always come back home if I REALLY want to.

  • Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 17, 2010, 12:11 pm

    I’m having the same problem everyday…but instead of the end of training blues its “get your butt back into shape” dread…it’s not fun to go for a slow painful 30 minute run when I used to go for fast, fun, and energizing 10 mile runs!

  • Sara October 17, 2010, 12:14 pm

    Just take a deep breath & imagine looking down at the garmin and seeing “18.00 mi”. You’ll be tired, but so ecstatic you did it and your training is coming to a close. Yesterday I had to drag my butt to the track, but after running 5k (a little less than 18 hah!) I had a huge smile on my face and my day had turned around. You CAN do it, even if you are a bit burnt out on training! Just get out the door and do the best you can :).

    • Caitlin October 18, 2010, 7:25 am

      thanks fo rthis 🙂

  • Savvy October 17, 2010, 12:17 pm

    You can do it Caitlin!! When days like that hit me (and they are such a bummer) I like to make a whole new playlist on my itunes for that specific run.
    It really helps to get me pumped, and listening (and throwing a mad dance party) to my itunes while I’m making the playlist helps motivate me to get up and out on the road.
    Good luck!!

  • SaraRM October 17, 2010, 12:23 pm

    RUN, JUST RUN!!!!

  • Shelly October 17, 2010, 12:58 pm

    Did you run yet? I thought I was going to have a hellish 12 miles b/c I’ve had a cold all week, but it ended up being awesome.

  • emptynutjar October 17, 2010, 1:08 pm

    I would give anything to be able to walk longer than 30 minutes without fatigue. I cannot even imagine jogging. Walking is still painful for me.
    Once upon time I was like you.
    Cherish every bit of ability and health you have no matter what!

  • hippierunner October 17, 2010, 1:11 pm

    Caitlin! You can do it because you are AWESOME! If not today, maybe try again tomorrow! 🙂

  • Lana October 17, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I totally understand! My half is next weekend and motivation is lacking…I always just remind myself how good I will feel when I get it done. You can do it!! reward yourself with a relaxing afternoon and yoga!!!

  • christina cadden October 17, 2010, 1:53 pm

    I have done that before but my run called for a lot less miles. Good luck on your run today.

  • Jennie October 17, 2010, 1:55 pm

    I wanted to share a recipe with you that I think you will enjoy. It reminds me of your simple favorite of sweet potato and baked beans. I am hooked on stuffed red peppers lately. I often stuff with leftovers and top with cheese, I love it with black beans and cheese. Lately my FAVORITE is refried beans, cheese, and salsa. I’m serious try it. It’s so simple but SO yummy. I could eat it everyday. Enjoy! 🙂

    p.s. Good luck on your run. I think you’re amazing!

    • Caitlin October 18, 2010, 7:24 am

      oh that sounds really good!

  • lindsay October 17, 2010, 2:17 pm

    Maybe you’ve already run, maybe you are in the middle of your run or maybe you said screw it. Either way, I hope you are having a great day 🙂

  • Caca October 17, 2010, 2:50 pm

    Procrastination is also one of my traits I really dislike. When I am in procrastinating mood, it likes my mind and body lost connection. I couldn’t make myself do what I need to do. Only i can do is to relax and try it later.

  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit October 17, 2010, 2:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, been there done that! There were runs during my training that STARTED at 6pm instead of the morning because I procrastinated the day away!

  • Jaclyn October 17, 2010, 2:59 pm

    Ah, I wouldn’t want to embark on an eighteen miler either! However, I did drag myself out of bed and to a yoga class this morning, and felt so much better after!

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim October 17, 2010, 4:04 pm

    You can do it! Sometimes it’s hard for me to start a workout or a run. I’ll distract myself with other things for a while, but eventually I’ll cave in because I think of how great I always feel afterwards!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 17, 2010, 4:11 pm

    Ah yes, procrastination is a booger. BUT only run if you are READY and you WANT to- and if yes to the above,then go get ’em girl. Happy Sunday!

  • kathleen October 17, 2010, 4:18 pm

    the trick that i use (and what i am going to use right now because i have been sitting around all day thinking i should go workout) is that i only have to do it for 15 minutes. then after 15 minutes, i can reevaluate whether or not i want to workout. 99% of the time, i finish the workout.

  • carlee October 17, 2010, 4:33 pm

    that sounds like me…everyday! I’m a master at procrastination. It has got to stop.

  • eatmovelove October 17, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Story. of. My. Life.

    And it ain’t got nothing to do with training for me.

    Attribute it to a weekend perhaps 😉

  • Stacey October 17, 2010, 5:03 pm

    You will feel so accomplished when you are finished! Just DO it. Don’t think about it, just get out there and start running. Then come back and tell us how great it was and that you were glad you went 😉

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 17, 2010, 5:15 pm

    hehe get out the door and DO IT!!!!! 🙂

  • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs October 17, 2010, 5:32 pm

    My trick when I don’t want to run is telling myself that I am just going to go for a walk around the block. Once I get out there I always ended up doing my planned run. Getting started is so hard, but you will feel great when you get out there!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 17, 2010, 5:35 pm

    This is a little late because I know you already finished, but good job! 🙂

  • jen October 17, 2010, 5:40 pm

    do it for those of us who had to postpone the dream for this year! 🙂 i should have been doing my 18 this weekend, too. next year, next year…

    • Caitlin October 18, 2010, 7:24 am

      there is always next year! it sounds pollyanna but its true.

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? October 17, 2010, 5:47 pm

    I’ve definitely had days like that. Sometimes its just easier to stand around. I figure its totally normal! 🙂

  • Hope October 17, 2010, 5:51 pm

    You can do it!! I totally have times like that, the blogworld is an excellent tool for procrastination!

  • Cynthia October 17, 2010, 6:41 pm

    I am sure that you completed your long run and that you did great. Can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Brenda October 17, 2010, 6:46 pm

    I made your mini santa fe casseroles today and they were delish! Do you have any variations?

    • Caitlin October 18, 2010, 7:21 am

      oh i’m glad you liked them! i have not really made any variations but you can prob swap out the veggies and beans for different types. if you make variations let me know what you do!

  • Jessica (Fit and Clean) October 17, 2010, 7:10 pm

    Sometimes procrastination isn’t a bad thing, though! 😉 I have a friend that is training for a marathon and she just finished her training today. She was like, now what do I do?? So I think what you’re feeling is normal. I’ve heard it from lots of people!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit October 17, 2010, 7:15 pm

    Caitlin! I’m experiencing the same thing, and I’m only training for my FIRST longer distance race (a half). I feel so bummed out by running lately! Maybe bc it’s an obligation to be prepared for the race? Not wanting to disappoint myself? I do like having a goal in mind, but I wasn’t expecting this letdown.

    • Caitlin October 18, 2010, 7:18 am

      just looked at your bloggie…. the race is november 7 so you’re in the hardest part of training 🙂 It’s normal to feel like this! trust me.

      my advice:

      watch spirit of the marathon on hulu <– this will get you excited about doing a race
      find someone to run at least part of your long runs with you. if you can't find someone you know, join a local running group.
      download new music 🙂
      take a few days off if necessary. you might find yourself really excited to run upon your return.

  • Susan October 17, 2010, 7:41 pm

    I want to say thank you to everyone who posted about how they didn’t want to get out & run. Makes me feel good not to feel alone!

  • Laurie @ Cookies 'n Cardio October 18, 2010, 12:20 am

    Ha! I loved this post! I’m glad to know that even marathoners have days where the walk around in their running clothes for a better part of the morning before actually going for their run. It makes a rookie runner like me feel much better. Haha! Seriously, I laughed out loud.

    • Caitlin October 18, 2010, 7:16 am

      hehe 🙂 we all do it

  • Andrea October 18, 2010, 3:48 am

    ‘End-of-training blues’ makes so much sense! And makes me feel good to not be alone in feeling it.

    We all know we can make excuses for not running (or whatever it be) at any time, and we also know how much better we feel once we get out and do it! But as I near the end of my training for a multi-leg marathon event (12 days to go), I am having trouble getting/staying excited about ‘the big day.’ All the things that drove me to this point seem dull and now I need to find a new reason to hold on, and not use ‘tapering’ as an excuse for ‘sitting around like a blob’ 🙂

    Good luck on your marathon, Caitlin! I’ll be watching how you go through your tapering as I go through mine! 🙂

    • Caitlin October 18, 2010, 7:15 am

      one great motivator is to watch Spirit of the Marathon on Hulu – it’s free and awesome!

    • Caitlin October 18, 2010, 7:15 am

      one great motivator is to watch Spirit of the Marathon on Hulu – it’s free and awesome!

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