Orange Basil Smoothie

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I’ve been a little bored with breakfast lately.  Nothing an interesting flavor combination cannot fix, of course!


The inspiration for today’s smoothie actually comes from an Orange Basil chocolate that I ate last week at Petite Philippe.  The outside was a smooth milk chocolate, and the inside was a creamy basil-infused orange filling.  It was GREAT!


Oh, this smoothie packs a wonderful punch of flavor.  If you love to inhale the intoxicating scent of a fresh basil plant (or is that just me?), you will love this smoothie.


In the blender:


  • 1 banana (peeled, chopped, frozen)
  • 1 orange (peeled, chopped, frozen)
  • 1.5 tablespoon protein powder
  • 10 leaves fresh basil
  • 1.25 cup rice milk (or other milk)
  • 0.5 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder


Plus some buttahed toast.


The National Half Marathon Update


Well, I guess I cannot avoid this topic for much longer.  :(  As you may know, I have been diligently training for my 4th and 5th Half Marathons, the Washington DC National Half Marathon (this Saturday) and the NYC More/Fitness Half Marathon (next Saturday).


10 days ago, I completed a great 12.0 miler per my training plan… and promptly realized that I’d injured something in my leg/knee area.  It didn’t hurt at all during the run, but KILLED after.  I took 3 days off from running (but walking and did yoga) and tried to run again, but no dice.  My leg hurt after 2.0 miles so I stopped.  Then, I got really sick last week and was forced to really rest.   I ran three more times (3.0, 5.0, and 3.0) but it’s obvious my injury isn’t better.


I suspected my IT band so I’ve been doing lots of foam rolling, yoga, and stretching.  However, since it wasn’t improving, I went to my massage therapist yesterday (David Turner with Healing Touch Charlotte; the Husband exchanges services with him, and I would HIGHLY recommend him – he’s awesomesauce).


David did some digging (literally and metaphorically) and determined that I’ve pulled my lateral quad muscle.  At least it’s not my IT band – ha ha.  After an insanely painful but effective deep tissue massage, I’ve been instructed to ice for 20 minutes at a time, alternating with heat, for 2 hours a day.  He also said I should continue the rolling, yoga, and stretching.


Using the Online Stopwatch to keep me on track so I don’t over-ice:


Obviously, I’m in a very bad position for the upcoming halves.  Not only is my quad acting up, but my mileage hasn’t been where it should be for the past 10 days – which is a bigger deal for NYC than DC.  David says that he is 100% confident I’ll be ready for NYC… but he’s only 20% confident I’ll be able to do DC and NYC.  The odds that I’ll really hurt myself if I do DC are high, and then I won’t be able to do NYC (which I want to do more).  Clearly, I’m not going to PR at either race at this rate, so that goal is completely out the window.. I just want to race, period!


It’s really hard to drop out of a race, and I’m not ready to say, “I definitely am not doing DC,” but I’m coming around to the idea.  Slowly but surely.  Regardless, I’m going to still go to DC for the weekend and cheer on my friends who are running the Half.  I’m not happy because I’ve been working really hard on training… What can you do?


So that’s where I am with training – my favorite and least favorite thing in the entire world. 😉



  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 22, 2011, 8:54 am

    Basil is such an interesting ingredient! It sounds refreshing, but I’m not sure if I’d like it. Guess I”ll have to try to find out! 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 22, 2011, 8:55 am

    Aw Caitlin, I’m really sorry to hear that 🙁 I know you’ve been prepping hard for both races, but long term it’s definitely best to give yourself TLC now and save your energy for race #2. I may be biased, but I think NYC is a cooler city anyway 🙂 And I’m not sure how long you’re planning on staying after the Fitness race, but there’s a vegetarian expo that afternoon in NYC as well!! Fingers crossed everything heals well for you!!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 22, 2011, 8:55 am

    Very interesting take on the smoothie! I have been loving citrus lately so I might have to give it a try.

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething March 22, 2011, 8:56 am

    oh caitlin i am so very sorry! it must be so tough for you right now and you are handling it like a trooper… and recover.

  • Joanne March 22, 2011, 8:56 am

    Injuries are so frustrating. I’m beginning to think that when we try to ramp up to any kind of longer mileage, things start to ache. For me, the real “run stopping” injuries seem to happen when I do speed work.
    I know you decided to drop out of DC because you may cause more serious injury, but is it possible that your leg would be ok if you used DC as simply a long distance training run? Experience sake – no speed demon running?

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 8:57 am

      That is kind of my ‘hopeful’ plan… That I can do DC but just take it really, really, REALLY easy with loads of walking breaks. But I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that pain-free. I’m going to take the rest of the week off from running and try to do a few miles on Friday… if I can’t do that without pain, then no dice on Saturday.

      • R Chandra March 22, 2011, 12:32 pm

        maybe walk the DC half-marathon entirely ? 🙂

        i know how you feel in some ways. i signed up to run the NJ marathon in december, but because of moving/starting at a new school my running has dropped quite a bit! last month i realized that i’m better off doing the half instead. i still get to enjoy the race but won’t risk possibly injury!

        good luck!

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama March 22, 2011, 8:57 am

    So sorry about your racing status. Such a tough choice. Your smoothie looks so interesting! I love orange+chocolate.

  • Nikki @ BareFootPrint March 22, 2011, 9:00 am

    Caitlin, I am terribly sorry you are dealing with these injuries now! I too had to come to the realization that running my local race this weekend wasnt a smart idea (due to knee pain like yours). I hope that coming to terms with not doing DC will be easy for you. Remember we need knees for the rest of our lives… a PR only lasts so long 🙂

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:10 pm

      That’s true… a PR is temporary, one way or the other!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 22, 2011, 9:01 am

    Great flavor combo!

    Dropping out of a race sucks…but you definitely don’t want to risk further injury!! And hey, at least you’ll still get to have fun in DC (and drink a lot more, ha!).

  • Emily March 22, 2011, 9:02 am

    Ugh Caitlin that terrible I’m so sorry 🙁 You’re lucky to have access to such great care though; hopefully your body will mend and you can get back on track! Best of luck 🙂

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations March 22, 2011, 9:03 am

    First, I’ve never tried basil and orange together. The possibility intrigues me.

    Second, I understand your disappointment over maybe not being able to do the DC race. I had to postpone my very first race by almost a year because I tore a tendon about two weeks prior to the event. In the end, I realized I had plenty of time, it was disappointing in the moment, but in the end, I was fortunate. I still had a good time at that race last year; I cheered my brother on and took photos at the finish line.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 22, 2011, 9:03 am

    Aww man, what a bummer. I feel your pain. Going through all that training only to realize that you won’t be able to run the race can really make you feel disappointed.
    But the good thing is that you are not pushing yourself. You know your limits and you should be proud of that.

    I’m sure it will be great to cheer on all the other ladies that are taking part! They will really appreciate the support.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 22, 2011, 9:03 am

    It’s so frustrating when our bodies don’t do what we want them to do. I have been there so many times. Just make sure you take care of yourself since I’m sure you want many more races in your future. It’s the only body you have. I know you’ll make the right decision for you! The smoothie sounds delicious! I hope you have a great day Caitlin!

  • Julie @SavvyEats March 22, 2011, 9:03 am

    Hmm…I’ve heard of watermelon + basil, but not orange + basil. I’ll have to try it sometime!

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:10 pm

      Yes, watermelon and basil are great!

  • AnneJuliet March 22, 2011, 9:04 am

    that’s a total bummer, i’m so sorry to hear that. im in the exact same spot for saturday. i am signed up for the full, but my IT band said definitely no to that, and im still not ready to admit im not running the half either. i plan to be there either way though—cheering is good for the soul!

  • AnneJuliet March 22, 2011, 9:04 am

    that’s a total bummer, i’m so sorry to hear that. im in the exact same spot for saturday. i am signed up for the full, but my IT band said definitely no to that, and im still not ready to admit im not running the half either. i plan to be there either way though—cheering is good for the soul!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy March 22, 2011, 9:05 am

    Rest well, Caitlin!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 22, 2011, 9:06 am

    Sorry to hear about your quad — but yes, at least it isn’t your IT band! I think you’re doing the right thing by taking that doctor’s advice — you don’t want to get hurt and not be able to run the NYC one. It is tough, but you have to take care of yourself!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 22, 2011, 9:09 am

    This sounds like a great smoothie Caitlin! Whenever I buy basil, my only option is to buy it in a container that gives me way more than I need – so now I’ll be able to put it to good use.
    Sorry to hear about your quad, but I think that it’s great that you’re being honest with yourself about your training. It’s the sign of a strong runner! 🙂

  • gabriella @ embracement March 22, 2011, 9:09 am

    That sucks about your quad, Caitlin. But I’m in a similar position. My foot recently started acting up and I can’t figure out what it is. After all my training and this being my first race, I’m really disappointed that it’s all gone wrong so soon before the race. I don’t want to push myself, but I’m also having a hard time doing nothing. It’s very disappointing but not something I want to mess with at the same time.

    Also, just so you know, more/fitness is next Sunday not Saturday 🙂

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 9:10 am

      It is?! LOL

  • Jess March 22, 2011, 9:11 am

    Quad strains often are the result of imbalance between quad and hamstrings- hamstrings take over for weak quads. It can further be exacerbated by over pronation and weak hips. All the more reason to strength train. In addition, it looks like youre wearing a neutral shoe, you swear these shoes are what works for you, but it sounds like youre always injured. You may need something with more support.

    • KatieTX March 22, 2011, 5:21 pm

      I was going to mention this. do you think strength training would help your chronic knee (and surrounding area) issues? I think it is so great you are doing yoga, as this helps with strengthening, but I really think resistance training would help you! It is such a bummer to deal with injuries 🙁

      • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 5:22 pm

        Yup but I think ST is actually what caused this issue – I need to ease in very very slowly.

        • KatieTX March 22, 2011, 5:23 pm

          I feel ya. I know squats and lunges bother people with knee issues…sigh

  • Lisa Fine March 22, 2011, 9:13 am

    So sorry to hear about your injury and the race. Would it be possible to walk the whole thing (without getting swept)?

    I love basil, and tried it in some of my smoothies last summer. It has the most wondeful flavor and aroma. Just curious…what kind of protein powder do you use? Might add some to my diet as I increase my mileage.

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 9:15 am

      I don’t think I can walk the entire thing without being swept… The course is only open for 3 hours.

  • Baking 'n' Books March 22, 2011, 9:19 am

    DON’T think about the future and the races. Focus on the NOW and just healing your body and see what may come. Thinking about not doing them only leads to more anxiety and dissapointment.

    And if you can’t do them – it’s not the end of the world! There’ll always be other races for you – duh – we all know it 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 22, 2011, 9:23 am

    Oh no! I’m so sorry! I know it stinks to choose only one but it’s better than really hurting yourself. At least you’ll be there to cheer on your friends.

  • Laura H. March 22, 2011, 9:24 am

    Hey Caitlin. I’m Sorry to hear your DC half news. I was feeling the same thing when I dropped out of a half marathon last year because of injury. I could have pulled through and gutted it out, but I was training for a marathon, and that was far more important. You’re an experienced runner, so I know you’ll figure it out, but I did have some thoughts:
    – volunteering at a water stop along the course
    – “crewing” for your other friends: making sure they get a ride to the start/from the finish
    – finally (this is the one I think would be awesome!), for the LA marathon out here, one of the local Girls on the Run programs set up a cheering section/aid station. Maybe that’s something you could coordinate in DC?
    No matter what you do, you are an awesome runner, and I think you’re being really smart about your injury.

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:11 pm

      oh fun ideas!!! thank you for the positive suggestions.

  • Amanda March 22, 2011, 9:26 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your injury! But like a comment above, you’re really lucky to have such great diagnostic resources within reach. I hope that you heal quickly and I’m sure you will make the right decision. I hope that we can meet while you’re in DC…I’ve heard that there are a few meetups in the works. Safe travels and sending speedy recovery wishes your way!

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing March 22, 2011, 9:27 am

    I’m sorry you might have to drop out. There were quite a few races I missed over the winter due to injuries. 🙁 Feel better!

  • Little Bookworm March 22, 2011, 9:28 am

    Sorry to hear about the injury Caitlin and the race! I hope you get better soon. That flavour combination sounds really interesting – would never have thought to combine orange and basil!

  • megan @ blackberries for jam March 22, 2011, 9:30 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your injury! It seems like you’ve been battling something since the marathon. Total bummer. I know how frustrating it can be when your body doesn’t cooperate. But it’s definitely best to take short break now rather than a LONG break later! Happy healing!

  • Orla March 22, 2011, 9:36 am

    I am sorry to hear that you are njured. I had issues with my leg and hip last year about 8 weeks out from my marathon. I went to my physical therapist who told me I had to take off from running for 2 weeks and see him every second day. I cried when he told me and he said that it was this simple – either take off for 3 weeks or say good bye to my marathon. I chose the former and ended up PB-ing in my marathon! I am sending you good speed omens for the NYC half and a quick recovery!

  • Kristina @ life as kristina March 22, 2011, 9:41 am

    That smoothie sounds so unique!
    I’m sorry about the injury-not fun…but you gotta do what’s best and healthy for you!

  • Jenifer March 22, 2011, 9:42 am

    So sorry to hear about DC. I can only imagine what a tough decision that was for you to make. However… on the bright side (and there is always a bright side)you have a bijillon readers who see that you are taking care of your injury and your body and doing the wise thing.My guess is that somewhere out there, someone is going… you know, Caitlin’s an experienced runner and she’s not going to tempt it, I should probably take a cue and listen to my body too!! <3

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:12 pm

      <3 thanks Jenifer.

  • alison March 22, 2011, 9:44 am

    Aw, I’m sorry about your quad. It’s so frustrating to plan, train and focus on a race and then having something like an injury squash it all. I’ll hope for a miracle so that you can participate in both races.
    However, if you have to drop out of the National half, at least you’ll have fun cheering for all your friends. You can enjoy the beautiful sights in the city…and the cherry blossoms, which are about to bloom.

    I’m running the National half, but have been stuck at home with a sick kid for several days, which has caused me to miss a few runs. I’m afraid my legs are getting rusty from all this rest. That’s what happens when you get old!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith March 22, 2011, 9:45 am

    Would you still be able to defer your entry to DC for next year? If not, I’ve always wanted to walk a half – I know that sounds weird, but I think it would be fun to walk through DC and see the sites during a race.

  • Haleigh March 22, 2011, 9:47 am

    Aw, I’m sorry that your injury may keep you from the half in DC. Keep your head up, girl! You are doing the right thing even though it may seem upsetting right now. I hope you have a quick recovery! xoxo

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) March 22, 2011, 9:47 am

    Glad to hear you are coming to DC anyway – hope you get to meet up with some bloggers! There’s a lot of fun stuff to do up here, and plenty of folks would be happy to hook you up with a spot to do some yoga to possibly help with the injury.

  • Nina March 22, 2011, 9:53 am

    I’m in totally the same boat 🙁 my knee started acting up last week and I’m supposed to run the half in DC as well. I’m not sure what to do either, and I’m still planning on going down even if I don’t race…I guess I’m just going to play it by ear and see how I feel when I get there. It totally sucks knowing you might have to pull out of a race. I hope you feel better soon!!

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:15 pm

      I’m so sorry. Injury e-hug.

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 22, 2011, 9:54 am

    Oh wow–what an interesting flavor combo!

  • Linz March 22, 2011, 9:58 am

    Its so hard to make a call like that but at least you are doing what is best for your body and sitting this one out will allow for a better performance in NYC and all your races after that.

    Excuse me, I’m off to run pick up some basil, that smoothie sounds mind blowingly delicious.

  • Melissa March 22, 2011, 9:58 am

    I’m really sorry to read that report about your injury 🙁 Wishing you a speedy recovery so that you can still make it to NYC 🙂

  • emily (a nutritionist eats) March 22, 2011, 10:14 am

    Sorry to hear that Caitlin! That must be disappointing after you’ve been working so far – I guess the good thing is that you should be able to do one of them!!

  • Emily March 22, 2011, 10:14 am

    So sorry to hear about your injury! You have an amazing mindset about it though. Deciding to drop out of a race is never an easy decision and a lot of people stupidly avoid doing it, only to end up much worse off. I will send lots of heal fast vibes your way! Hopefully it’s at least feeling good enough that you can walk/run national and then be ready to rock NYC next weekend.

  • Liz March 22, 2011, 10:14 am

    So sorry about your injury 🙁 I’ll be out cheering for the marathoners after the half if you decide to spectate and want company!

  • Beth March 22, 2011, 10:16 am

    I feel your pain with the DC Half. I slacked off on my hip PT over the last week and a half and now my IT band is super tight on my left (weaker) side. I literally almost cried from the pain when I foam rolled it last night! I’m only doing a 5 mile leg of the relay, so I’m planning on doing it, but probably taking more rest than planned this week!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) March 22, 2011, 10:18 am

    Aw Caitlin! I’m so sorry to hear about your injury! I know that dropping out of races SUCKS! I had to drop out of Gasparilla (15K, 5K, and 1/2 Mary) in February and I am being forced to drop down to the IronGirl 5K instead of the 1/2 Mary that I was registered for in a few weeks. I had a left shin splint and I am just now building back up my mileage. Hang in there!!!!

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) March 22, 2011, 10:20 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your injury. Now that I finally ran my first half, I can imagine your disappointment. Sounds like you are being patient and doing the right thing though.

  • Clarissa March 22, 2011, 10:23 am

    Sorry about the injury – they are the worst! It’s so nice you have your hubby to heal you though!

  • Rae March 22, 2011, 10:23 am

    Aww, I am so sorry to hear that! I completely understand. Crossing my fingers that you can use DC as a training run and have fun with it, but AMEN to you for listening to your body!

  • Kara March 22, 2011, 10:25 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your injury! If you decide you don’t want to run D.C., I’ll be willing to buy your bib from you so you don’t have to feel like you wasted the money too 🙂

    You are going to rock that NYC half marathon!

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:16 pm

      Thanks girl.

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad March 22, 2011, 10:26 am

    Better to be safe than sorry. Think of how rested your legs will be for the NYC half! Hang in there!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 22, 2011, 10:27 am

    The smoothie sounds interesting. I’m so sorry about you’re injury.

  • MathTeachD March 22, 2011, 10:27 am

    That is tough.
    I hope that you get everything taken care of. No matter how many people give you advice, it is ultimately a decision you have to make on your own. You are the only one who truly knows what is best for you.
    I have a cousin who had qualified for Boston several times. He finally decided last year he was going to do it. He trained and trained and literally the week before Boston, he herniated a disc in his back and had to withdraw from the race. It was REALLY hard for him. Since then though, he has made an awesome recovery. He ran Chicago last year in 2:50. Pretty amazing to me!


    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:16 pm

      Oh your poor cousin – I would be so gutted!

      But amazing time at Chicago.

  • Michelle March 22, 2011, 10:39 am

    I’m so sorry about your leg! 🙁 It’s a tough descision. As someone who ran a half in NYC this weekend, I’d say skip DC in favor of being 100% in NYC. It was one of the greatest runs i’ve ever had there. There’s such an energy! (I say this never having been to DC.:))

    Either way, I totally commend you on being so sensible about it all. Last time I thought I hurt myself bad enough to sideline me I was in hysterics. 🙂

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:18 pm

      I’ve had my private hysterical moments.

  • Lucy March 22, 2011, 10:47 am

    Ok, my first thought when I saw that second pic was, wine for breakfast – rockstar! haha, but that flavor combo does sound very refreshing.

    So sorry you are going through the pain and these decisions right now. I know racing is an important part of your life. I agree with the other commentors to get better first and then kick boo-tay in NYC. You are in great shape so if you lay low for a bit you will be good as new. No matter what you are still an inspiration to many:)

  • skinnyrunner March 22, 2011, 11:02 am

    nyc will be awesome, id do nyc before the other one. but injuries always suck and dropping out of races does too, but clique alert coming up…. there’s always another race to run. in a year, it wont matter if you ran both or neither! keep your head up 🙂

  • Marissa C March 22, 2011, 11:06 am

    I pulled my hamstring on Sunday–my first half (Dallas Rock n Roll) is this Sunday. Sucks! Luckily it is improving rapidly. I’m running no matter what!

  • Andrea ( March 22, 2011, 11:08 am

    This must be tough on you. Sorry that you have to deal with it, but it’s inspiring to see someone who takes such good care of herself, or at least does her best to make sure she’s well. I wish you all the best 🙂

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove March 22, 2011, 11:12 am

    Ugh! I’m in the same boat – injured, signed up for a race and not sure what to do!

  • manda March 22, 2011, 11:13 am

    sorry to hear the injury is that bad! definitely sending you healing thoughts. you know better than anyone about how to take care of your body, and i know you won’t run the DC half if you can’t or if it will compromise your healthy body. i know it sucks right now, but you can always run another race!

  • Jamie March 22, 2011, 11:24 am

    I understand how difficult that decision must be! I’ve been wanting to start training for a full marathon for months and anytime I attempt a 13+ mile run, my foot starts to act funny (I injured it mildly a long time ago so it’s sensitive). It’s so frustrating when your head is in the game and motivated but your body just says “no!”

    Sending happy thoughts your way! 🙂

  • faith @ lovelyascharged March 22, 2011, 11:31 am

    Dang, that’s such a hard decision, and one that I have no idea what I’d do if I were in your case. Especially as a runner who has never entered a race, I can’t even imagine the emotional investment that goes into training. Of course the rational suggestion is simply to listen to your body and what it feels like it can handle – there’s nothing better that we can do for ourselves!

  • Kacy March 22, 2011, 11:32 am

    That smoothie sounds absolutely amazing!
    So sorry to hear about your injury and this difficult decision. It’s always such a bummer to have injuries alter your goals. I’ll be sending you and your quads happy vibes!
    Oh, and I’ll be in D.C. this weekend too. Totally a coincidence that it’s on the same weekend as the National (and my flight doesn’t get in until post-race, bummer) hope to see you if you’re at any of the meet-up events!

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well March 22, 2011, 11:32 am

    Sad I won’t get to cheer for you at the National Half — but I am trying to meet up and cheer with Emily so maybe I’ll get to cheer with you as well!? 🙂

    Sending feel better thoughts to your legs/quads/IT bands. 🙂

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 22, 2011, 11:35 am

    I’m so sorry to hear that, Caitlin! I’m glad you listened to your body and got everything checked out. On the bright side, at least you’ll be 100% ready for NYC. 🙂

  • Katherine: Unemployed March 22, 2011, 11:36 am

    just chase that basil with some garlic

  • Kaci March 22, 2011, 11:37 am

    Oh man!! Healthy healing vibes to you friend!!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In March 22, 2011, 11:44 am

    Love the unique smoothie combo.
    And that’s really tough about your injury and races. Dropping out of races, especially after training, is super defeating. But I think you know that in the long run it’s better to avoid major injury and sign up for another race to PR on. Still praying you’ll be better in time to run them, though!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 22, 2011, 11:56 am

    I’m of the stubborn breed, so I say… take it one day at a time! And if you race, take it easy!

  • Marci March 22, 2011, 12:09 pm

    I hurt my IT Band, and rested, iced, painful deep fascia massage, everything, and it’s just not getting better. I’ve come to realize it could take a very long time, like months and months (it’s been 4 months) for it to feel better. I can run about 3 miles until pain hits. A bummer, but don’t push it. I think you know what you are supposed to do!

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:18 pm

      Sorry about your IT band 🙁

  • monicanelsonfitness March 22, 2011, 12:14 pm

    Bummer. 🙁 There is always another one though,right!

    I love you smoothie idea, I am loving chocolate and orange right now. 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 22, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Well, I’m glad you figured out what the problem actually was! But at the same time, I’m sorry you are thinking you may not be able to do the half in DC.

    Love basil – love oranges – love chocolate!!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 22, 2011, 12:26 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you might not be able to do the race 🙁 I ran a race on Sunday with the flu and I wish I had just not done it! Not worth it to suffer through 13 miles if you’re sick / injured. Take it easy!

  • Maggie March 22, 2011, 12:27 pm

    It’s so great that even though you are disappointed and may not be able to run, you are still planning on making the trip to D.C. to encourage your friends. THAT’S positive thinking for you.
    Good luck, whatever you decide.

    (What does buttahed toast taste like? Never heard of it!)

  • Cristin March 22, 2011, 12:27 pm

    That’s so frustrating! Hang in there!

    I had to drop out of the Chicago marathon a few years ago because I broke my toe three days before the race in a stupid, random, non training incident. It was terrible but I went to cheer on my friends and while it was bittersweet, I’m glad I did it. I’m also glad I didn’t try to run (I was holding out hope til the morning of!) and injure myself further.

    Hold out for NYC so you can have a great experience there rather than a meh experience at both, or worse, NO NYC!

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:20 pm

      Ugh that blows.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 22, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Loving those smoothie flavors!

    So sorry to hear about the injury, but I’m very glad to hear it’s not the IT band. You are putting your health and well-being first in dropping out of this race, and that’s ALWAYS in your best interest! Hope you’re back up to 100% ASAP! 🙂

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle March 22, 2011, 12:32 pm

    that smoothie sounds awesome!!!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic March 22, 2011, 12:33 pm

    so sorry! It’s a hard decision to make, but you’ll do what’s right for you!

  • Amber K March 22, 2011, 12:37 pm

    That is such a bummer. I hope the ice and stretching helps enough for you to do both. But at least you’ll get to do one, which is certainly better than nothing!

  • Laura March 22, 2011, 1:00 pm

    What a bummer about DC! But, better to have an awesome time in NYC than a mediocre race in DC and spoil NYC with another injury 🙁

  • Carrie March 22, 2011, 1:03 pm

    I understand how you feel. I had to drop from my 1st marathon a month ago. I hurt my leg and didn’t let it properly heal so it caused me to take off a couple of weeks. Then my hubby has to be out of town most of the week for the next few months and I have 2 younger boys. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving them at home to do some crazy training runs to get myself ready for the April 10th marathon. The last 2 weeks have been hard for me. I have been unmotivated and a little depressed about having to drop from the race that I had trained for for several months. It sucks!!! But there will be other races! I keep telling myself that!

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:20 pm

      There will be… I wish you the best Carrie!

  • Anne P March 22, 2011, 1:06 pm

    Ugh there is nothing more frustrating than training for a race and getting injured right before it! Such a bummer… fingers crossed that you will be able to run DC and NYC with flying colors 🙂

  • olivewineandfood March 22, 2011, 1:16 pm

    oh no, i’m sorry to hear that! good luck!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 22, 2011, 1:32 pm

    I LOVE the scent of basil! It is the best fresh herb in my opinion. It works so well with savory and sweet dishes and really infuses them with such a lovely freshness :).

  • Theodora March 22, 2011, 1:32 pm

    I’m sad for you that you won’t be running, but I’m still excited to see you!!!

  • Kiran March 22, 2011, 2:09 pm

    I can understand your frustration yet glad that you are taking care of your well being, which is an important priority above all. Basil and orange, match made in heaven 🙂

  • Emma @ March 22, 2011, 2:25 pm

    Hi Caitlin, I love your blog. I recently had a baby and am struggling with the weight loss as well. I started running recently and have done about 4 miles per day for almost 5 months when I started having the same kind of pain. A friend of my sent me to a sneaker store in Brooklyn called Jack Rabbit – i think their site is They actually fit you for shoes. Kind of like a bra fitting to lift the girls but for your feel. They video tape your feet as you run on a treadmill and recommend shoes based on how your run. I’ve had a lot less pain since getting the new sneakers. Apparently my ankles turned inward while running which created lots of pressure on my angle and knee joins.
    If they have a store around your area, check them out. It was worth the hassle. And the sneakers were only about $100 so it wasnt anything outrageously priced.

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:21 pm

      Thanks so much for the recommendation! I’ll look into it 🙂

  • Dori March 22, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I registered for a half marathon on April 2 that I can’t do because of a hip injury. My situation is a little different because I was already injured before I would have started training, but it still sucks. I know you will make the right decision for yourself.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 22, 2011, 2:39 pm

    Im so proud of you! It is really clear how far you have come with your running wisdom over the past 2-3 years. You really are doing the best thing for your body and the fact that it is so hard to drop out (hate that word btw!) of a race means it is even more admirable if you can really be honest about the situation and do what is right long term! Im sure you will rock out NYC!

  • Jacalyn March 22, 2011, 2:53 pm

    Big bummer! I am having the worst plantar fasciitis right now. I haven’t run in over a week and have been icing every morning and evening in hopes of being able to run a quickie duathlon this saturday. It’s a short race, so I am hoping I will be fine. The stinker with me – I stand on my feet all day either in an operating room or in clinic seeing patients, so I can’t get serious rest. I am hoping to recover soon so I can get back on my training for this season’s races. Good luck! I hope you heal quickly!

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:22 pm

      Ouch! Plantar fascilitis hurts a lot. Feel better soon!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 22, 2011, 3:25 pm

    Aww I’m so sorry! Deciding to drop out of a race must be so hard! 🙁 But if you do, you’ll be in a better position for the NYC half, right? There’s an upside to everything! 🙂

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 22, 2011, 3:46 pm

    That’s really disappointing. If it’s not time to give up yet, then don’t, but just remember that your health must be your number one priority 🙂 hang in there!

  • kelly March 22, 2011, 3:51 pm

    I had to drop out of the National Marathon (supposed to be my first) as well, due to an injury. Maybe we can pretend it’s just a bad race?

    • Caitlin March 22, 2011, 4:24 pm

      I think this race is cursed.

  • Heidi - apples under my bed March 22, 2011, 4:54 pm

    What a fabulous smoothie idea! I can inhale basil too, the smell is insane!!! Sorry to hear about your race. You can’t win them all 😉 These things happen. It SUCKS but they happen. Save yourself for a better race. It would suck to enter into it feeling half of yourself.
    Heidi xo

  • Heidi March 22, 2011, 7:07 pm

    Egads! that’s such a bummer 🙁 Major kudos to you though for knowing when to bow out, i know that’s a tough decision (one that i probably should make with my less injured foot that’s a lot better than it was two weeks ago…)

    Hope I get to finally meet you here in dc this weekend! I’ve been a huge fan of your blog for a while! I’m so stoked that so many of my favorite bloggers are going to be in town for the race this weekend!

  • Katie March 22, 2011, 7:36 pm

    I had to back out of the Boston Marathon two years ago because I developed a stress fracture during my LAST 22-miler three weeks before the race. I was absolutely devastated after working so hard to qualify for and then train for Boston. I was still eligible for 2010 because of when I qualified, so I ran then–and had the best marathon of my life and set a new PR. Sometimes things happen for a reason–keep your chin up!

  • Jolene ( March 22, 2011, 11:39 pm

    What an interesting idea for a smoothie!!! It sounds great!

  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini March 23, 2011, 1:32 pm

    Interesting flavor combination! I don’t think I’ve ever tried orange and basil together! Sounds scrumptious though 🙂

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