Sweet Seventeen

in Marathon Training

Previous marathon training long runs:


Yayyyy! Fall running RULES!


I had to dig through the back of my workout clothes drawer to find one of my three long-sleeved workout tees!  It was super chilly this morning when I left for my 17.0 mile run.  I even wore another shirt UNDER my long sleeve shirt, but I shed it around Mile 9.0.


However, it’s not yet WINTER because I still could wear shorts.  :)  I’m going to have to head to the running store and plunk down some serious cash for some actual winter running pants.  Everything I own is made for running in Central Florida!


This morning’s run started off like ALL long runs – I really recommend getting into a routine with your longer (which is a relative term, of course) runs because it definitely makes race day go a lot smoother if you know what to eat, what to drink, when to use the bathroom, etc. 


PB and banana sandwich, down the hatch!  Plus a coffee and a big water.


I had trouble getting motivated to leave the house, but some inspirational tweets from fellow bloggers got me moving.  Also, I had not one but TWO running dates with friends.  Even if your friends aren’t running the distance you’re tackling (or the reverse), you can always meet up and do a few miles together.


My rest date was with a reader named Mary.  She was so nice!  We ran 5.0 miles together, and it set a great tone for the rest of my run.  The miles flew by when I was with Mary because we had plenty to chat about.


When we parted, I stopped into the grocery store to grab a large Powerade, and then I ran back to my house to drop it off on the porch.  I looped back three times during the rest of my run to refill my water bottle and consumed about 150 calories in Powerade.  I also ate a Mint Chocolate Gu (which actually tasted pretty good) around Mile 12.0.  It seems that 250 – 300 calories is the “magic number” for me on runs from 15 – 18 miles.  I don’t get too hungry or feel too full, and I never feel weak.  I’d rather eat most of my long run calories back in “real food” anyway.

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At Mile 10.0, I met up with Nicole!  I was so happy to see her since I was started to feel a little bored.  I told her that I was feeling really good and she was happy for me!  My long run last week was SOOOOO HORRENDOUS due to 1) exhaustion; 2) the heat; 3) the humidity; and 4) my attitude.   Today’s 17-miler was so much better! I hope the weather for the marathon (in 27 DAYS!) is just as nice as it was today.


Nicole and I did 4.0 miles together, and then I wrapped up another 3.0 on my own!  I even managed to pick up my pace a little at the end.  I felt like I could’ve kept going, too (which is a very, very, VERY good sign).


  • Distance: 17.0 miles
  • Duration: 2:58:05
  • Average Pace: 10:29 <— right on pace for my dream marathon pace!


I fantasized about this breakfast for the entire run!


Wouldn’t you be fantasizing about THIS?


I made French toast and smashed Pumpkin Yogurt in between.  It was so delicious.  I literally licked my plate clean.


Topping with a heap of raspberries!


I’m grinning from ear to ear today!  Having a strong run is such a confidence boost before my race!


Any recommendations for cold weather running gear?



  • Jessie October 3, 2010, 1:04 pm

    Congrats on the awesome long run! I tackled my longest this morning (11 miles) and it felt great. I had the same clothing issues as you did, though, it was chilly and I didn’t know what to wear! I’m in upstate NY and it was damn cold when I stepped out the door but I was warm enough with a pair of shorts, a tank top and a lightweight fleece, plus a little fleece cap.

    Last winter I spent most of the really cold days on the treadmill, but I am training for my first marathon in January and know I won’t be able to tackle my long runs on the treadmill, it would be tough, so I too, will have to head to the running store and get some better cold weather gear. I look forward to read some of the suggestions from others.

  • Freya October 3, 2010, 1:07 pm

    Awh I am so so happy for you, that it went so well!! You totally deserve to kick ass in your marathon 🙂
    I just had a hellish 14miler, so it’s nice to read that someone is doing really well 🙂 maybe I’ll re-read this post before next week’s 20miler, as some inspo….I’m gonna need it!

  • Sarah for Real October 3, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Layers! I like things with zippers because you can vent or not vent based on your temp.

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats October 3, 2010, 1:15 pm

    You are amazing!!!! the mornings are supposed to be getting chilly in FL this week apparently! so excited 🙂 and that french toast looks epic

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 3, 2010, 1:16 pm

    I’m trying to find the energy to get out there and run today – thanks for such an inspiring post! You are going to rock this marathon!

  • D October 3, 2010, 1:19 pm


    I asked this question on carrots n cake this morning, but I wanted to ask you too! Im training for a marathon now, and so I’ve been reading tons of training advice, etc. I keep reading and hearing that you should do your long runs 60-90 seconds slower than your goal marathon pace. Have you heard this?

    • Caitlin October 3, 2010, 2:00 pm

      Yes I have also heard that but I think that there’s a point where it’s not true. I’m aiming for 1030 but if I ran an 1130 pace I would barely be actually running. I think it especially applies to people who want to run 8 or 9 minute miles. The theory behind it is that the longer you’re on your feet during training runs, the better. So… I agree… only kind of. 🙂

      • D October 3, 2010, 2:27 pm

        Okay, good to hear what you think! I don’t know if I totally agree with it or not yet! I know it’s better to be on your feet for a long time, but my problem is that my goal pace is 9:30-10:00 so I know that by the time I get up to long training runs, it will feel like they last FOREVER! I just did 11 miles yesterday at 11:20 (mostly because I injured my knee doing 11 miles last year and this is my longest distance since, so I was superstitious!) and mannnnn it took so long.

  • Liz @ LBBakes October 3, 2010, 1:20 pm

    Love those running shorts! Also, as a Northerner, I recommend investing in some quality running tights – they get me through single digit long runs 🙂

  • Food & Other Things October 3, 2010, 1:23 pm

    French toast and pumpkin yogurt sounds genius! Under Armour can be a little pricey but I really like their running tights/pants for cold weather…sometimes you can find it on sale at outlets!

    • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 3, 2010, 4:48 pm

      I concur. I think Under Armor makes some really great cold weather athletic gear. I have a long sleeve compression shirt that’s actually mens and intended for hockey players. It is SUPER warm but also keeps you really dry too.

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini October 3, 2010, 1:23 pm

    Yay…glad the last 3 miles went well. I knew you had it in you!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 3, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Target is great for winter running gear- especially their pants b/c they make them in all different styles (tight, relaxed, etc.) And it’s nice not to spend so much when you won’t need them for THAT long in NC. 🙂

  • Caitlin October 3, 2010, 1:25 pm

    Congrats! I just finished 16 miles and they were hilly, so it was a little tough, but I too finished feeling really strong and feel great now! 🙂
    I just picked these up the other day because it’s getting chilly in NYC too! http://shop.lululemon.com/Run_Inspire_Crop/pd/c/570/np/570/p/2579.html
    a little pricey for sure, but they proved themselves worth it on today’s run. Stayed in place, super light, could barely feel them!

    • Caitlin October 3, 2010, 2:02 pm

      Oh – are those lined? Or are they just spandex?

      • Caitlin October 4, 2010, 6:39 pm

        Spandex but have lining/gusset, like most running tights – but no fleece!

  • Stacey October 3, 2010, 1:26 pm

    Yay! I’m glad this long run was a lot better than the last 🙂 Go Caitlin! You are right on track with your marathon pace! Woot woot! As for the running gear advice: can’t give you any 🙁 I could probably use some myself..I’m wearing sweats and old tshirts from 2 years ago. I need some new running gear STAT

  • tina October 3, 2010, 1:26 pm

    i have an awesome pair of under armour tights- they have fleece on the inside and are soooo cozy for cold runs! i’m not sure how cold it gets there- i also have some AWESOME lululemon running tops (so functionable)- and jackets- seriously have been wearing them for years! and their tights are also pretty amazing too! 🙂

    congrats on 17!

    • Jazz October 3, 2010, 3:51 pm

      That’s what i was going to recommend, Under Armour ColdGear tights.. I go out in – degrees and am HOT in those.. and when it’s -40 here in the winter I can wear htem under my jeans.. but I don’t think you’ll have that problem there hehe.

  • Dynamics October 3, 2010, 1:27 pm

    Under Armour.

    Pricey but well worth it.

  • Susan October 3, 2010, 1:27 pm

    If you have Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Ross in your area, check them out before you plunk down a lot of money at a running store. I’ve gotten a lot of name brand running gear from those places at decent prices.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 3, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Congrats on the great run!! I personally keep it simple…just navy blue sweats (the hideous ones with elastic ankles) over a pair of running shorts. I don’t run when it’s frigid, but that keeps me warm in 30-40 degree temps!

  • Ellen October 3, 2010, 1:38 pm

    Underarmour leggings. I’m from Minnesota so i can tell you they work! they’re good at regulating your body temperature, by keeping you warm while wicking sweat. Their tops are good too.

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) October 3, 2010, 1:39 pm

    Well done, I’m glad you had a great run. It must be such a confidence booster, especially this close to the marathon. Your breakfast does look amazing, I’m not surprised you cleaned you plate!

  • Abby October 3, 2010, 1:40 pm

    I love the spandex under-armor type running pants for cold weather. If it’s super cold (I live in Ohio) I put wind pants on top. I recommend Reebok’s spandex pants though- they work just as well and are a fraction of the price of Under Armor! Plus they have a handy pocket in the back like all good running clothes should! Congrats on a strong run!

  • christina cadden October 3, 2010, 1:43 pm

    Glad you had a great run today!

  • Tracy October 3, 2010, 1:45 pm

    The Temp is really changing fast! Lots of Layers.. It was 30 degrees this morning! Yikes… Great Photos! ~Take Care

  • Sarah AJ October 3, 2010, 1:49 pm

    I second the recommendation for TJ Maxx-type stores. As a Wisconsin girl, I also swear by all things Sporthill for winter running. I usually get mine from Sierra Trading Post for cheaper.

  • Amanda October 3, 2010, 1:52 pm

    I officially think you earn the title of “Queen of Pumpkin.” You do such magical things with it!

  • ida October 3, 2010, 1:52 pm

    Congrats on the good long run! Winter running is all about layers. An ear warmer is key, and thick gloves. My hands start off so cold, but warm up after a while and I can change to thinner gloves or lose them all together.

  • Lee October 3, 2010, 1:56 pm

    Congrats on the good run.

    Although it doesn’t get that cold here in Atlanta, I do sometimes use an ear warmer like the poster above me suggested. I have some random Nike running pants and shirts that seem to work just fine.

  • Lizzy October 3, 2010, 1:56 pm

    way go to caitlin! having a good long run day is amazing!!! so happy for you!!!

  • Amykinz @ Foodie 4 Healing October 3, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I second the Under Armor comments. They have some winter items that have the “wicking” factor, too… to wick away the sweat, so you stay warm and dry.

  • Wei-Wei October 3, 2010, 2:00 pm

    That was an AMAZING run! You really are getting so good at this 😀

  • Wei-Wei October 3, 2010, 2:00 pm

    That was an AMAZING run! You really are getting so good at this 😀

  • Emily October 3, 2010, 2:02 pm

    Congrats on an amazing long run!! Its awesome what a positive attitude can do, I felt the same way today. I love going on twitter in the AM and seeing what everyone is running, sooo inspiring! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday 🙂

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog October 3, 2010, 2:03 pm

    glad you had such a good run!!

    I’m obsessed with my sugoi running pants. they’re absolutely fantastic. they fit perfectly and never give me any problems. They def weren’t cheap but totally worth it. I have them and then a pair of less expensive running pants that I also wear.

  • kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com October 3, 2010, 2:08 pm

    running days usually mean quick pb banana sandwiches for me too 😀

    and definitely long sleeve shirts too, since its fall of course 😛


  • Susan@MomSwimBikeRun October 3, 2010, 2:23 pm

    Under armour cold gear tights. They kept me warm ALL winter in Pittsburgh and you know what that is like. I also have heat gear tights that I wear when it’s not really cold (above 40) and they work great too.

    Nice run!

  • Sarah October 3, 2010, 2:25 pm

    I always focused on making sure I was well covered from the top down, because supposedly you lose your body heat from your head. So a good hat and shirt/sweatshirt and you could probably skimp on the pants. Oh! And gloves. Just in case you get caught in a snowstorm.

    Congrats on the great run!

    • Vikki October 4, 2010, 7:50 am

      In the south, if there is a snowstorm, stay away from major highways while running. It is for your own safety. We lose the ability to drive in the white stuff. Trust me on this.

      • Sarah October 4, 2010, 10:13 am

        Oh my goodness, Vikki, you’re telling me! I grew up in Connecticut, but moved to Georgia three years ago and the first time it snowed, I feared for my life!

        • Vikki October 4, 2010, 8:12 pm

          I have a friend who moved down from Pennsylvania. It was snowing this past winter. We told her, “Don’t do it. Don’t drive in the snow. The snow can’t hurt you, but the crazy drivers can.” She didn’t listen to us. There was no accident, but she followed several crazies to Charlotte one night. Apparently, there was tailgating (as in football) on I-77. She had several near-misses and ended up staying the night in Charlotte. She will never drive in the snow again.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews October 3, 2010, 2:26 pm

    Wow that French Toast looks amazing! Congrats on such a long run…you are so inspiring!

  • hippierunner October 3, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Glad you had such an awesome run! I can feel the positivity you’re projecting! Thanks. 🙂

  • Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) October 3, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Good job on your run! I think it is such a great idea to meet up with people throughout the run. And I definitely agree that it is important to have a “morning” routine for long runs. I experimented a little before finding my perfect routine but I pretty much have it now 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 3, 2010, 2:29 pm

    I can’t get past the French toast…oh my! I just drooled all over my keyboard! YUM! Congrats on the run!

  • eatmovelove October 3, 2010, 2:31 pm

    What is your goal time overall? And when is the race? Great run! I thought the yogurt in the middle was eggs 😉

  • Corey - The Runners Cookie October 3, 2010, 2:33 pm

    My favorite running shirts are ones that have flaps to pull over the fingers (my hands are always cold) and are made of moisture wicking material. My underarmor turtle neck and legging set was expensive but so worth it! I don’t know how cold it gets where you are, but in my opinion it’s worth investing in one nice pair of running tights and at least one long-sleeve shirt.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 3, 2010, 2:50 pm

    Awesome run! Since this is my first year running, I’ll have to plunk down some cash for some cold-weather gear too (in Minnesota, it will definitely get some use!).

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 3, 2010, 2:52 pm

    I love Fall running!! It’s the perfect weather before it gets too blistering cold to breath 😛

    The pumpkin yogurt looks yummy! I think I’m gonna go dig into some myself…

  • Cati @ crave and create October 3, 2010, 2:53 pm

    Congratulations on your long run! That “I could just keep going” feeling is a great feeling, and a great sign of good things to come. I had to go shopping for some cold-weather running gear yesterday, so I feel ya on the cash pain. Buy a couple good-quality pieces, and I promise it’ll be worth it in the end!

  • molly October 3, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Congrats! I’m trying to get used to eating gels or gu but find most to be gross. Do you usually like them or was this just a particularly not bad flavor?? I really am worried because I have a marathon coming up but am yet to figure out what I can choke down without being grossed out!

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal October 3, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I am right there with you on the cold weather gear. all my clothes are for beach ca, fl and coastal tx! now i live in the mountains where it’s going to SNOW! I don’t know what I’m gonna do!

    I’ll make sure to check back to see what people suggest!

  • kristin October 3, 2010, 3:30 pm

    underarmour cold gear is great for cold weather running! congrats on your long run!

  • Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon October 3, 2010, 3:35 pm

    Your breakfast DOES look amazing–great bite to look forward to during your run 🙂

    Have a great Sunday!

  • Rachel October 3, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Congrats on the long run! You should try Marshall’s and TJ Maxx for workout gear. They carry great brands – like Adidas and Under Armor and for really reasonable prices, go to the running store just to supplement what you find at those stores!!

  • Jazz October 3, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Oops, I already wrote about the Under Armour ColdGear tights but I was also going to say – I have some sacauny running gloves with a wind flap and a lululemon headband/toque that covers my ears which has saved my life a few times in the cold wind..

  • Jamie Danielle October 3, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Just a quick question for someone that’s not a person that really works out, but is on their feet for 8+ hrs 5 x week.
    What’s a good shoe to help prevent your feet from hurting even after you take your shoes off?
    I’m using Nike Shox (this is my 2nd pair) & I have to say that the 1st pair I bought was amazing, until I literally wore them out. So I bought this pair back in January & they’re made a little different then the 1st pair, but I’m feeling pain & discomfort =(
    Any suggestions? Thanks

  • stacey-healthylife October 3, 2010, 4:06 pm

    What a great run. 17 miles would be tough. Great breakfast to come back to.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 3, 2010, 4:09 pm

    I’d imagine running in weather where you can see your breath will be quite a shock. But the great feeling of warming up as you begin to run is awesome!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 3, 2010, 4:18 pm

    As others have said, Target is your very best friend. They have AWESOME cold weather running pants and shirts. And layers all the way. I would usually layer a tank, the long sleeved windproof (the KEY) shirt, and then throw a jacket on top. I would usually end up shedding the jacket after the first couple of miles. Oh yeah, and GLOVES. And something to keep your ears warm. I forgot gloves one time and I literally could not feel my hands for the LONGEST time… not good.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef October 3, 2010, 4:24 pm

    i agree with others on checking target & tj maxx type stores first. i just got a sweet avia 1/2 zip top (long sleeve/turtleneck but with a 1/2 zip to vent when needed). and target’s gear by champion is really good…i’ve had mine for years and it still holds up. just don’t dry it in the dryer! 🙂

  • Kjirsten (Balanced Healthy Life0 October 3, 2010, 4:27 pm

    Congrats on your long run! You’ll do great at the marathon! I need to try that gel you had today. I haven’t found one that I can stand yet!

  • Di @ http://thetreadmilldiaries.com October 3, 2010, 4:31 pm

    First, I have to say that PB and banana sandwiches are finger-lickin good. Can’t get enough of that snack. 🙂

    Fab job with your run..it’s something to be truly proud of – good for you. I agree that keeping up your training is an important way of getting ready.

    Regarding clothes, I’ve tried to plan for fall and winter but whenever I try to layer it up a bit I still get too hot after a 1/2 mile in or so. I think I may be sticking with shorts and such until late in the month. Then, I’ll need to hunt down some long sleeves and pants.

  • yummiee cupcake October 3, 2010, 4:37 pm

    wow how do you run on the cold days? it sorta hurts when i breathe in the cold air!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 3, 2010, 5:07 pm

    I am a HUGE fan of UnderArmour cold gear. I live in Cincinnati, and I live in their fleece-lined cold gear pants in the wintertime. I also have a cold gear pullover that I layer over a tee or a thermal top (depending on HOW cold it is) that keeps me super warm. I’m hoping to invest in a few more cold gear tops this year 🙂

  • Kaci October 3, 2010, 5:14 pm

    Hubs ran 16 miles today and he too was cold! Good luck with your winter purchase and mmmm that pumpkin yogurt looks delish!

  • Lisa October 3, 2010, 5:14 pm

    I usually wear Nike clothes. They fit my body much better than any other brands. I love my Nike zip-up running jacket/sweater. I can take it off if it gets too hot.

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim October 3, 2010, 5:20 pm

    Congrats on a great run! That french toast looks amazing! I had a similar idea this morning when I whipped up some pumpkin french toast. Here’s the link if you’re interested 🙂

  • Juli D. October 3, 2010, 5:47 pm

    I run in Michigan all winter long so I’m used to the cold! I only breakout my cold weather full length tights under 40 degrees (from December to March, basically). If Charlotte doesn’t dip down below 40 much, you might not need pants. I layer a lot on top, always tuck in the base layer into your pants so wind can’t creep in and hit your belly. Ear wrap of some sort is key – cold wind in the ears is the worst! I’ll wear a headband to cover my ears and cheap Walmart gloves if temps are around 40 and capris or shorts. You may want a running jacket – I haven’t invested in one but it would help cut out the wind – for the past few years I’ve just put on 3 – 5 layers on my top half and that’s always kept me warm enough!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie October 3, 2010, 5:56 pm

    Way to go on the run! I love hearing your running success because it’s really quite motivating.

    I’m a total wimp and never run in the cold. I own a treadmill so if it’s below say, 40 degrees I stay inside. Lame I know!

  • chris October 3, 2010, 5:58 pm

    Under amour is the way to go

  • caronae October 3, 2010, 6:08 pm

    Congrats on another great long run! Under armour is definitely really good. One thing I do to save money on running clothes is reappropriate non-running clothes. Got a pair of long underwear? Makes a great extra layer! Got an old sweatshirt? Throw it on for a short chilly morning run. You don’t have to spend a lot of money.

    Definitely hit up TJ Maxx too!

  • Ana October 3, 2010, 6:08 pm

    Congrats on the great long run! You are really getting so great at this.Fall is the perfect weather for running, i believe you will do great at the marathon.
    Love the finger-licking French toast, I just wiped my droole over my keyboard. 🙂

  • Stephanie October 3, 2010, 6:16 pm

    I LOVE Gapfit gStretch pants for running in the cold! They are sooo comfortable and add just the right amount of warmth. My legs always heat up quicker during runs so I hate running in super warm pants. I always don’t like super baggy running pants and these are semi-fitted. They’re perfect…and I just a got a new pair over the weekend on clearance…$4!!!

  • sarah October 3, 2010, 6:59 pm

    sometimes you can schedule runs/outdoor activities for the warmest part of the day (2 to 3 pm up north) and that can make all the difference in needing an extra layer. I’ve also heard you should dress for 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperature.

  • Jess October 3, 2010, 7:01 pm


  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 3, 2010, 7:12 pm

    Can I just say that I am just waiting in anticipation to see your rebuttal to Marie Claire? Seriously? They need their heads check. <3 you!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 3, 2010, 7:19 pm

    Congrats! That sounds like such a killer run!

    I’ve always headed straight to the gym to do my runs the second cold weather hits. But this year I want to try out cold weather running,so I’m in need of some long pants too. You should do a post on cold weather running gear! 🙂

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 3, 2010, 7:20 pm

    For cold weather running I like wearing tight fitting capris and my long sleeve under armor shirt — it really keeps me warm and the fabric is really comfortable. I also have a headband/ear warmer thing that helps too. Gloves also are a must!

    Sounds like your 17 miles went really well! Way to go!

  • carlee October 3, 2010, 7:31 pm

    your running shorts are super cute! I am the same way! I like my calories in food!!

  • Alyssa October 3, 2010, 7:32 pm

    Congrats on the run! 🙂

    Um, yeah, just read the Marie Claire article (via an online link I found on a food blogger’s site) and I totally agree with you about what you said on Twitter. I’ll wait to comment when you post about it, but as a journalist, the reporting was almost completely one-sided, but more on that later 🙂

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 3, 2010, 8:06 pm

    Another great long run! Good job! Fall running is sooooo much nicer than summer running. I just got into running in May, so all I’ve known was the nasty summer side of things. I’m really enjoying this! I wear Nike running tights. They are amazing, and really flattering (extra bonus). They also have a small waterproof pocket in the back.


  • Kate October 3, 2010, 8:22 pm

    oooh best fall running gear is found at the nike outlet…and i need to make a trip…asap.

  • Jean@RoastedRootsPumpkinSpice October 3, 2010, 9:44 pm

    That pumpkin french toast looks amazing! Love the raspberry topping.

  • Amber K October 3, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Pumpkin yogurt with french toast? I would have licked the plate clean too!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life October 3, 2010, 11:46 pm

    I am really interested in seeing how you tackle the new climate change challenges!

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker October 4, 2010, 7:20 am

    Hey! Awesome job on your run. I do just have one piece of advice I can offer. Yesterday I totally failed at my marathon. I only got to mile 17 . . . so, I think one part responsible (among many, because I did have some back issues) was my long run training pace. I trained my long runs at my goal marathon pace for the most part. And because I sped up a bit on race day, this meant that whole hell-ish wall feeling came earlier. If you’re doing your long runs at your goal/dream pace, you may want to slow them down just a bit so that you can maintain that pace for the whole 26. Otherwise, you’ll not have as much time on your feet . . . just a thought. I don’t want to see you go through what I’m going through 🙁 It’s very, very sad to add your first DNF to your otherwise pretty awesome race history!

    Best of luck!!! Seems like you’re doing great!

  • sunny October 8, 2010, 5:43 pm

    I have to know where you got those shorts!

    • Caitlin October 8, 2010, 10:14 pm


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