Double Digitland

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As you may have guessed from this morning’s post on surviving long runs, I did a long run today!


I am running the National Half Marathon in Washington DC at the end of March, and today was my first double digit run since I ran a marathon in October.  I was a little nervous, but also excited.  I really love long runs – the way they feel during and after, too.


Plus, the weather was gorgeous earlier – not too hot, a little windy.  I started to sweat after a mile (and I was rockin’ a sleeveless shirt!). My aim was to maintain a steady pace that was a little slower than my goal pace (I hope to run a sub-2:00 hour Half or MAYBE a 1:55).


Around Mile 4.0, I stopped off at the store to grab fuel:


I was tempted by this $1 beer though… Heh.  Can you imagine?  I knew a guy who drank a beer at Mile 24 of a marathon (he vomited his way across the finish line).  I know it’s not a good idea; however, it did sound REALLY refreshing.  Maybe later!


Here are my splits:


  • Distance: 10.0 miles
  • Duration: 1:38:10
  • Mile 1: 9:38
  • Mile 2: 9:36
  • Mile 3: 9:42
  • Mile 4: 9:47
  • Mile 5: 10:01
  • Mile 6: 10:06
  • Mile 7: 9:32 <— glucose from the Gatorade kickin’ in!
  • Mile 8: 9:59
  • Mile 9: 10:00
  • Mile 10: 9:47


I cannot imagine running another 3.1 miles in the space of 17 minutes!  But hopefully, I’ll be able to do it under race conditions.


Pre-run breakfast was a Grilled Banana Sandwich:


And afterwards, I made this incredibly easy bowl of pasta.  Would you believe this whole thing took 4 minutes after the water started to boil?


I cooked Somen noodles (Japanese whole wheat, very thin), drained, put back in the pot, added white bean and basil hummus, added some tomatoes, chickpeas, and spinach, and gave it a good stir.  Tada!  Creamy vegan pasta.  Topped with sunflower seeds.


I had about 1.5 servings of pasta in the bowl.  I’m sure my hunger is going to kick in strong after such a hard workout, but it usually takes a few hours to catch up with me.


Psst – This morning, a producer of a major morning talk show (can’t say which one, but it’s cool!) contacted me and asked me to put a call out on my blog.  Are you overweight or obese according to BMI charts and been denied health insurance because of your weight… despite the fact that you live a healthy lifestyle? If so, shoot me an email at  You could be on TV!


Off to Girls on the Run!  🙂



  • Liz February 22, 2011, 1:28 pm

    You go, girl! I love reading about your half-marathon training adventures because I’m in the midst of training for one too! Mine’s in April, so my long run is only about 8.5 miles now, but I’m getting there. And I’m also shooting for that sub-1:55 time 🙂 Great tips about overcoming that long run – it’s surprising how far pre-run pep talks will take you!

    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 7:53 pm

      Good luck on your half marathon!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 22, 2011, 1:30 pm

    Great run Caitlin! I bet by race day you will be ready for a sub 2 hour. Just maybe save the beer for some post race carbs LOL 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 22, 2011, 1:34 pm

    You are well on your way to a great half-marathon time! 😀 Have run at GOTR!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 22, 2011, 1:34 pm

    Great run! I hope to one day run a sub-2 hour 1/2 marathon.

    That pasta looks delicious — I love when meals turn out well.

  • Amanda February 22, 2011, 1:41 pm

    Congrats on your long run girl! That is so awesome! I am sure you are going to rock your half marathon! 🙂

  • Amanda February 22, 2011, 1:42 pm

    Congrats on your long run girl! That is awesome! I am sure you are going to rock your half marathon 🙂

  • Leanne February 22, 2011, 1:49 pm

    Great job on your long run! I ran a 9 min, 40 second mile the other day and that was a PR of mine… I can’t imagine running 9 min 59 seconds at 8 miles in! You’re a rockstar! 😀

    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 7:55 pm

      <3 You'll get there! You're doing great.

  • Mary @ stylefyles February 22, 2011, 1:53 pm

    sounds like a great run! 3.1 miles in 17 minutes seems like it would be impossible, even without having just run a previous ten miles, BUT I bet once you’re racing, all your splits will come down just a bit from the excitement. That beer photo made me laugh…and also wonder where I can find one of those $1 beer buckets! And your food looks fantastic! Both the sandwich and especially the pasta….YUM!

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 22, 2011, 1:55 pm

    The pasta looks delicious and so easy! Congrats on the long run! I’m still trying to run a mile without stopping 🙂

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 22, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Oh man – a beer for $.99 – so tempting! 🙂

    Love your lunch. Aren’t simple & quick meals the best?

  • Freya February 22, 2011, 2:09 pm

    Waaay congrats on the long run! I can’t even begin to say how much I miss it :'(
    LOVE that pasta dish – hummus sauce = good idea indeed.

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) February 22, 2011, 2:10 pm

    Hehe, I’ve vomited across a finish line before. It was not beer-induced, nor was it pretty. Made for great laughs when it came time to view the race photos.

  • brandi February 22, 2011, 2:14 pm

    I totally would have bought that Modelo to have later 🙂 A much better option than the bud light or whatever is beside it.

    Modelo = yum 🙂

    Good job on the run!

  • Megan February 22, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Your pasta dish sounds great! Love how quickly you were able to prepare it!!!

    Congrats on your long run today – you should feel proud of yourself!

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food February 22, 2011, 2:20 pm

    $1 Modelo is a great deal! ohhh yeah 🙂

    That is a great run! I still haven’t gone into double digits yet…but I hope to soon.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 22, 2011, 2:22 pm

    If that’s TJs white bean and basil hummus you’re talking about I am drooling. That is by far my favorite hummus. Ever!

  • Ali @ Ali on the Run February 22, 2011, 2:25 pm

    Congrats on the great long run! I’m running the National 1/2 as well, and my goal is to break two hours for the first time!

  • Jess February 22, 2011, 2:29 pm

    Ha! We’re on the same half marathon schedule this spring, almost! I’m running NYC on March 20. Sub-2:00 is my goal for this year, but I doubt I’ll make it this time. I’m thinking it’ll be between 2:05-2:15. 🙂


    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 7:56 pm

      Oh fun! I’m coming up to NYC to do the 13.1 series in April!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 22, 2011, 2:31 pm

    EEEE great job on your long run!!! That must have felt SO good! I can kind of relate, I just ran my first ever distance past 13.1miles this weekend… I ran 15 for my training run and it was amazing! Went so smooth, and never got sore/DOMS afterwards (unless it comes today, which would be 4 days later).

  • Hallie February 22, 2011, 2:35 pm

    Well, I got denied when I was 22 for “reproductive issues.” Umm when I was 15 I would get really bad cramps and so saw a doctor for it. That’s worth denying me health insurance? Ok…

  • Hallie February 22, 2011, 2:35 pm

    Well, I got denied when I was 22 for “reproductive issues.” Umm when I was 15 I would get really bad cramps and so saw a doctor for it. That’s worth denying me health insurance? Ok…

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul February 22, 2011, 2:36 pm

    You’re so diligent in the morns! 🙂 Asian noodles are awesome IMO~~~

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) February 22, 2011, 2:36 pm

    Great job! It will be a while till my next half (October), but I love that distance way more than the 2 fulls I have scheduled during these next couple of months.

    Hope you get a good response to your show request (and congrats for getting contacted). I think BMI is a ROUGH guideline and should be considered in conjunction with other measures of health. I’m pretty sure if people are truly living a healthy lifestyle, the whole picture would show that they should not be DENIED health coverage. The whole health coverage thing is one of those things that really irks me sometimes.

    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 7:56 pm

      I agree 100%

  • Katie February 22, 2011, 2:39 pm

    Your lunch looks fab, I’ve got to try this. Most pasta has egg in it, is it a vegan variety of pasta? Just curious!

    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 9:11 pm

      Hmm I wonder. I think it is eggless, actually.

  • Stephanie February 22, 2011, 2:43 pm

    This just made me SO excited to start training for my half this year!!

  • Kara February 22, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Great run times! I love that you stop and buy a gatorade…I get embarrassed going into places all sweaty 🙂

    My hunger after long runs usually doesn’t kick in until the next day. I think I actually eat less than normal on the day of the long run, but I know it all evens out eventually!

  • kristin February 22, 2011, 2:48 pm

    that white bean basil hummus is to die for however, without fail, every time i buy it the oil leaks all over my reusable grocery bags so I am taking a break from it 🙂

    nice work on the long run 🙂

    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 7:57 pm

      Hahah I’ve never had that happen!

  • annette @ enjoyyourhealthylife February 22, 2011, 2:48 pm

    I love that you got into the double digits!! 🙂 So exciting, Caitlin!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 22, 2011, 2:48 pm

    Great job on the run. I figured that’s what you were up to! Sounds like it is pretty there like it is here…it is amazing! Have a great afternoon!

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing February 22, 2011, 2:48 pm

    I’ve found that when running at lunchtime it makes me RAVENOUS in the afternoon! Definitely makes weigh loss a bit harder!

  • Sana February 22, 2011, 3:03 pm

    my bother always tells me about his voming while running, blahhh!

  • Emily February 22, 2011, 3:09 pm

    race day adrenaline will totally carry you to that sub 1:55 half! I’ll be at national and will totally cheer you on to your goal pace.

  • Amber K February 22, 2011, 3:11 pm

    The grilled banana sandwich is always a winner! 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 22, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Gah I can’t WAIT to get back to long runs! I LOVE them.. for some reason, they seem so much easier than short runs to me.

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats February 22, 2011, 3:21 pm

    Congrats on the long run! I miss running so much but my bursitis has been acting up something awful the past few months. There really isn’t anything better than a banana sandwich…unless it’s PB and banana.

  • Stacey February 22, 2011, 3:23 pm

    Congrats on the long run!! I love the feeling of finishing a run – any run – I just feel so accomplished.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 22, 2011, 3:24 pm

    Great job on the run! It sounds like you did a great job!

  • Lizzy February 22, 2011, 3:26 pm

    yay for the long run! i miss doing my Saturday long runs when i was training for my marathon last year! i have a question for you tho. i just got my garmin today (yay first one) its the 205, and the training cd that it came with is it compatible with MACs or is it just for PC! If there is anything else for a newbie garmin user that you think i should know definitely throw the info my way! Thanks!

    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 7:59 pm

      I don’t know, I’m so sorry! I’ve never plugged mine into the computer.

      Turn the AUtoLap feature on!

  • Leslie February 22, 2011, 3:35 pm

    Congrats! I ran 10 miles last night (although not as fast as you!) WHOOHOOO! After my 1/2 in March, I’ve decided start training for speed!

    By the way GO CANES!

    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 7:59 pm

      Go Canes!

  • Julie @ Shining From Within February 22, 2011, 3:41 pm

    Congrats on the 10 ten miles, giiiirl! That pasta looks soooooo good.

  • Kacy February 22, 2011, 3:50 pm

    Yay 10 miles! I totally think you can hit your goal. Adrenaline on race day does it every time!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life February 22, 2011, 4:10 pm

    $.99 beer–wow! Bargain. Congrats on a great run.

  • Ashley February 22, 2011, 4:12 pm

    Sounds like an awesome run! Congrats, the pasta does look really good!

  • LindseyAnn February 22, 2011, 4:41 pm

    You’ll get the sub 2–raceday adrenaline and speedwork (if you’re doing any, I don’t know) will definitely help you. 🙂 Nice job on your 10!
    BTW–I tried the sweet potato and baked beans combo that I’ve seen on your blog before today, and it was AMAZING! Thanks for the great idea 😀

  • sarah February 22, 2011, 5:17 pm

    Dollar beer barrel! That deserves a #youknowyouresouthofthemasondixonwhen hashtag. Although that’s probably too long for twitter.

  • Ann February 22, 2011, 5:19 pm

    I have got to try this hummus-as-cream-sauce on pasta thing I keep seeing. Sounds like a wonderful carbariffic meal!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 22, 2011, 5:27 pm

    a 99c beer??? that is half the price of WATER in Australia!!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 22, 2011, 5:52 pm

    Go you! That’s an awesome pace. I was offered a beer after I finished a marathon and almost threw up at the mere sight of it 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple February 22, 2011, 5:59 pm

    Congratulations on the long run!! I hope you drove back for those beers… 😉

  • Amanda (Eating Up) February 22, 2011, 6:10 pm

    Adding hummus to pasta is genius! I’m totally doing that now!

  • claire February 22, 2011, 6:19 pm

    Congrats on your long run!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal February 22, 2011, 7:05 pm

    Nice job on your run! Totally jealous of the weather!!

  • Kristyn February 22, 2011, 7:06 pm

    Awesome job on your long run! And great long run tips on the previous post. I FINALLY (after having it wrapped forever) gave my boyfriend his bell motivator birthday present on your suggestion and he is OBSESSED. He LOVES it. Thank you so much for your great recommendation. He thought it was the coolest piece of equipment and set it up right away. Hope Girls on the Run went great today for you and your husband!

    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 8:01 pm

      I am so glad that he is enjoying it!

  • Michelle February 22, 2011, 7:23 pm

    Love the long runs!! And best yet, I love when I am in shape enough to feel great the next day!!!!

  • Susan February 22, 2011, 7:24 pm

    That dish looks delicious! New to vegan/vegetarian cooking… do you have to cook the chickpeas? Thanks!

    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 8:03 pm

      Nope just drain and rinse the can to remove a lot of the sodium!

  • Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) February 22, 2011, 7:57 pm

    Nice job on the run!!!! The pasta dish looks delicious! Can’t believe it was ready that fast!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) February 22, 2011, 7:58 pm

    Your pasta bowl looks mouthwateringly delicious! I’m making this soon. 😀

    I’ve just started increasing my long runs for the half that I’m training for (my FIRST!) I know what you mean about loving the feeling of a long run during and after. Nothing beats it. 😀

    • Caitlin February 22, 2011, 8:03 pm

      Yay for your first half – of many, I hope!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence February 22, 2011, 8:37 pm

    Great job!

  • Carrie February 22, 2011, 8:49 pm

    Thanks for posting this!! I needed to read something motivating 🙂 I had a crappy run yesterday and feel like I’m in a bit of a running rut (I couldn’t even make it 5 miles…what gives?!). Keep up the good work and I’ll attempt to do the same 🙂

  • Jolene ( February 22, 2011, 9:38 pm

    That is so cool that they contacted you about that – you are so famous girl!!!!

  • Theodora February 22, 2011, 10:50 pm

    I ran 10 miles Sunday in 1:39 and am also hoping for a sub-2:00 half in March and also hoping that race-day conditions will help me speed up!!

  • Jennie February 22, 2011, 11:22 pm

    I just bought the white bean and basil hummus at TJ’s this weekend because of your recommendation and I LOVE IT!! 🙂

  • Rachel @ Healthy Teacher February 23, 2011, 12:54 am

    I do not miss long runs. One time I had to carry a gatorade in my sports bra. That was interesting.

  • Stephanie C February 23, 2011, 2:28 am

    In relation to your last question.. when I was in 9th grade we got on this BMI scale. I was of average weight and height (prob 5’5″ around that time.. maybe 110/115?), but I was eating either chips and coke for lunch at school, or coke and pizza.
    My BMI showed that I was obese! My teacher was so confused.
    Luckily I don’t eat like that anymore, but I don’t know my present BMI 😉

  • RJ February 23, 2011, 4:57 am

    oooh I have to share a somen noodle eating experience moment! I lived in Japan for a few years and somen noodles are usually eaten COLD during the hot, humid summer months. Every summer the elementary school where I worked would have a weekend event. a series of hollowed out bamboo chutes would be set up with ice cold water running down them. The somen noodles are sent down the chute and you have to catch them with your chopsticks. Then they are dipped in a delicious dipping sauce you have in your little bowl.Nagashi somen. Try it next summer!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2011, 8:45 am

      Hahah that sounds fun!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 23, 2011, 8:18 am

    Nice job on the run! I’m so jealous of your weather. It’s still way too cold here to run outdoors!

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