First Run Back

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About five years ago, my best friend Lauren sat me down and told me I seriously needed to get my act together.  I was a hot mess throughout college (a very fun hot mess, but still – a mess).  I binge drank, socially smoked, ate like crap, and Fat Talked all the time.  


When Lauren intervened (thank goodness; I love her for it), she offered to take me on a run.  I was, as you might expect, not in very good shape and could barely run a 1/4 mile without stopping to dry heave.  But I LIKED that I was so bad at running.  After all, that meant I had lots of room to improve!  I was back out there the next day.


After a year of running 5Ks on the treadmill, I decided to train for a 10K.   Looking back, I have no idea what possessed me to sign up for the race.  None of my friends were doing it.  I just knew I wanted to try for a new distance. That 10K was one of my favorite memories; I had no idea that it would be the first of 34 races over the next four years.


I fell in love with running. 


  • Running doesn’t care if you don’t have nice clothes or fancy gadgets.
  • Running is always there for you, wherever you need it.
  • Running doesn’t care if you’re slow or fast.
  • Running rewards you when you work hard and is surprisingly forgiving when you slack off.
  • Running teaches you to like sweating.  It means you’re doing a good job!
  • Running doesn’t care if you hate it occasionally.  It loves you even when you don’t.
  • Running humbles you and forces you to appreciate your body for more than just its appearance.
  • Running will listen to you complain and philosophize.  Running never talks back.
  • Running doesn’t mind if you leave it for a few weeks, months, or even years – it will always be waiting for you to return.


It’s been six or seven weeks since my last run.  I tweaked my knee on a long run while training for a half marathon (that I never got to do), and I’ve been relegated to swimming and yoga ever since.  Running also taught me to respect my body when it’s injured – trust me, no one ever healed from a running-related injury by more running.


But in the two weeks, I’ve been jogging a mile or so with my Girls on the Run team, and on Saturday, I jogged a 5K with the team without pain


I’m feeling pretty good about my knee situation, so this morning, I dusted off my Garmin, turned on my iPod, and decided to go for a run.  Cue:  sneaker-shaped confetti.


I started off a little too fast – a 10:00 minute – just to prove to myself that I could still do it.  I definitely lost some endurance over the last six weeks, but it’s not a disaster.  Around the 0.75-mile mark, I came to my senses and took a walking break.  I do NOT need to push it too fast, too soon.  I repeated the run/walk pattern for the rest of the workout. 


In total, I ran/walked 2.0 miles.  It took me about 25:00, and I was thrilled.


My plan is to very, very slowly ease back into running, assuming I don’t have any injury flare-ups.  I’ll probably only run once or twice a week for the next month or so, and gently increase my running time and mileage.  I don’t think I’ll be going long distances anytime soon – that knee tweak was SUPER painful.


Back at the hotel, I hit up the gym for a chest/biceps workout of lat pulldowns, bicep curls, rows, and tricep pushdowns.  I did some crunches, too.  I was smiling ear-to-ear the whole time on account on my run – glad I was the only one in the gym!


Hotel breakfast:


Surprisingly, pretty good!  I had a tortilla with egg, cheese, and salsa, plus a big fruit bowl. 


Are you in love with running, too?  Why?



  • Orla May 10, 2011, 11:13 am

    I am really happy that you ran this morning. There is no better feeling that knowing you are on the way back. But I am glad that you also knew to pull back and not push it too hard. it is a very easy mistake to make and one that we have all made. Heres to lots more runs building in distance and time! Yay!!!!

  • Nicole May 10, 2011, 11:14 am

    YAY!! I’m so happy my running buddy is getting better!

  • Baking N Books May 10, 2011, 11:16 am

    So happy for you! I had no idea about your past…would love to hear more about that.

    What a hotel!

  • Amanda May 10, 2011, 11:19 am

    Hooray!! I just want to thank you for showing how crucial it is to take time off in order to recover and to ease back into it. I hurt my hip running a few weeks ago, and it’s been SO hard to take time off. I am still doing yoga and feel fine in spin class (with lower resistance), but know I really need to slow down – so hard!!

  • Amanda May 10, 2011, 11:22 am

    I want to love running. I like the idea of it. I was never athletic, but two summers ago I got my act together and slowly worked my way up to 3 miles. Then life happened ( I work fulltime and at that time I was finishing grad school) and I fell out of the groove. I haven’t picked it up again. Now that it is getting to be light out @ 5am when I do the 30 day Shred DVD each morning, I find myself think, I should go out and try to do a mile. So far though I haven’t ventured back out. Running causes me some knee trouble as well and even though I was enjoying it 2 years ago, I’m having a hard time finding that desire to REALLY get out there now…

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 10, 2011, 11:24 am

    I love running for most of the reasons you listed, but I have to disagree about it being surprisingly forgiving. I took a month off after my first 10 mile race to cross train, and the first time I went back out I almost died! I feel like it takes a while to build up your endurance, but it goes away like that!

    That said, that’s why I love it. It challenges me in every way and I never feel like I’m getting too comfortable with running becuase there’s always room for improvement – be that increased speed, a longer distance, a hilly course, or a new PR in a race.

    • Amy May 10, 2011, 12:38 pm

      Ha, yeah, I’ve noticed that too – if I have even a week off, that first run back is rough! But after that I bounce back.

      • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:30 pm

        Hahah well thats true, some runs are rough when you’re coming back! I think swimming kept me in good shape, though! It’s the bomb.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 10, 2011, 11:25 am

    I am in love with running! I did cross country my first two years of high school but totally slacked off and could barely run three miles. Last January, I started running again and hopped to run a 5K. Instead, I started training for a 10K and then decided to do a half marathon 🙂 I’m now training for my second marathon and am so excited!

    Congrats on your first run back!

  • Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries May 10, 2011, 11:28 am

    I am so in love with running! I totally understand your feelings of joy being able to lace up your shoes and go for a run. Because I’m still battling Lymphoma it’s a struggle for me to run, my energy is zapped. When I am done with treatment the first thing I want to do is not go out and celebrate with drinks, it’s to go for a long run across the Williamsburg Bridge on a sunny day! Nothing is better than that runners high and a good sweat, I am so looking forward to that day this summer.

    • Amy May 10, 2011, 12:40 pm

      Good luck with your treatment! Thinking of you. Cancer’s a bitch.

      • Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries May 10, 2011, 12:48 pm

        Thanks! It is a bitch but I’m going to make it my bitch, haha 🙂

        Have a great day!

        • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:33 pm

          Hahah Love you Rachel!!!

          Please make cancer your bitch.

  • Jackie @ Baking Charms May 10, 2011, 11:31 am

    So happy for you!! That’s a great first run 🙂 I never thought I would enjoy going out for a run but surprisingly it has become FUN.

  • chelsea May 10, 2011, 11:34 am

    Awesome run! It’s so smart to start back slowly. I am going to start back running slowly too, so we can do it together! You deserve to smile from ear to ear!

  • Kari May 10, 2011, 11:36 am

    Awesome! You’re so smart to keep in mind not to push too hard too soon, I’m terrible about that when I’m recovering from an injury.

    I love your list of reasons to love running.

    Also, I have that exact ipod shuffle. It’s even that color. Are you able to keep that kind of headphones in your ears when you run? They always fall out of mine.

    • Kris May 10, 2011, 12:25 pm

      Kari, I have tried SO many types – all of them fall out for me! So now I just wear a headband over my ears to hold them in place… I look goofy, but hey! Running doesn’t care. 😉

    • Alison @ Around the VeggieTable May 10, 2011, 1:56 pm

      I have tried SO many different kinds of earbuds, and I finally found the kind that I love. They are JVC Marshmallows, and they have memory foam so they actually stay in! These are the ONLY ones that work for me!

    • Mrs. Muffins May 10, 2011, 4:34 pm

      Ooh, the best headphones I’ve ever used are the Skullcandy INK’d Earbuds (I got mine from Amazon). They come with different sizes of covers so you can use whichever one works best for you. And the sound quality is AMAZING!

    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:34 pm

      I think some people just have ipod shaped ears 🙂 LOL The factory buds stay in my ears.

  • Samantha Angela May 10, 2011, 11:36 am

    I have a love/hate relationship with running. I recently shared my “hate”:

  • Dean May 10, 2011, 11:36 am

    In the past year, my passion for running has been reignited. Feeling part of a community, a fun atmosphere at races and the charitable causes most races support keep me coming back for more. So glad to here everything you’ve been doing if working.

    I actually tried acupuncture yesterday for my knee (thanks to you), along with all of my strengthening and slowly cranking up the mileage I hope to complete my 2nd half in October along with thousands of other strong women at the Nike Women’s run.

    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:37 pm

      Yay! Did you like the acunpuncture experience?

      If you want to ask Husband if the cream I use on my knee would help you, I HIGHLY recommend it for joint pain. It’s all natural and awesome, it just has to be sold by a holistic doc. His email is

  • Heather May 10, 2011, 11:38 am

    I love running because I love being outside, listening to music and moving around. Running makes me feel strong and free!

  • Hats @ See How She Runs May 10, 2011, 11:39 am

    I’m new to running but I’m starting to love it as a way to have time to think, to clear my head, and to get myself outdoors after being cooped up inside all day.

    Great to hear that you’re running again!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 10, 2011, 11:40 am

    I love running because it is so challenging and because there is no feeling in the world like finishing a long run.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) May 10, 2011, 11:41 am

    Good for you for taking it slow and not trying to do too much, too soon. 😀

    I have a long (well, about 5 years + high school)relationship with running, too (I think I’ve done about 40 races by now but not sure). I don’t know if I can say I “love” it. I consider it that a job — and not in a bad way. I wish I could find a job that I could stick to in the same way. Running is how I get to use my Chevro-legs to travel the world! =D

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 10, 2011, 11:41 am


    I’ve been waiting to hear how it went.

    I’m new to running but am definitely in love. Probably because I can always improve. And from where I started (not being able to run for a full 60 seconds), I feel like I’ve accomplished a ton.

    Yay for running!

  • Abby May 10, 2011, 11:41 am

    How exciting that you got to get a good run in this morning! I love running. It is an escape from everything in life. There is nothing better than a 55 degree spring morning with a light breeze, the open trails, and ipod going! 🙂 Running makes me feel strong and dedicated!

    • Jenny May 10, 2011, 2:03 pm

      It is an escape and for me it’s therapy – I work out all my demons and once the run is over, I’m in a better mood and nothing seems as bad as before the run.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me May 10, 2011, 11:43 am

    Not a big fan to be honest, haha. But I’m getting really into cycling. So much fun and a killer workout!

    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:41 pm

      Haha I love cycling, too! I wish Charlotte was more conducive to cycling.

  • steph May 10, 2011, 11:43 am

    I’m in love with running because I spent my entire youth being rubbish at sports, having no balance or co-ordination whatsoever, and hating my fat legs. Running helps me realise those legs are useful, and whilst I’m not the best at running, I know that if I persevere, I can still improve, and that even coming last in a race you still get a medal!

    I also love that your post reminded me that it doesn’t matter if I’m not running sub 8min miles like a lot of the people out there – I’m still doing it and that’s what really matters!

    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:43 pm

      Yea! Sometimes its nice to throw away the Garmin, even, and just run for fun. Not time.

  • BeckyH May 10, 2011, 11:45 am

    I’m not in love with running *yet* At the moment, I am in like with running. I like seeing improvements (in my first month of running I took 6 minutes off of my 5km time!!!), I like going a little farther without stopping, I like how it makes me feel emotionally and physically.

    • Jen @ Light Enough to Travel May 10, 2011, 12:17 pm

      Yeah I’m the same way; I’m in serious like with running. We’ve passed the initial flirtation stages and are now seeing each other a couple times a week or so. Just taking it slowly for now ’cause I don’t want to get hurt. (LOL)

      I’m not quite near 5K yet, but I’ll get there. Wow 6 minutes off in a month is impressive!

      Way to go Caitlin on your run today!!!

      • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:44 pm

        Hahah Running is a good date… I’m sure you’ll fall in love.

  • Kim May 10, 2011, 11:46 am

    I fell in love with running too (though I still don’t have awesome endurance to do long races!) and after my 10k last month, my knee has been giving me trouble (also the same knee that I hurt in a car accident). I had signed up for the Race for the Cure 5k this last weekend and pushed through as much as I could because I was already committed. Now, I’m listening to my body and resting it up!

  • Hating ED May 10, 2011, 11:50 am

    Running was my best friend, worst enemy… and now my best friend again. I used and abused it as an over-exerciser, and it was more of a duty than a fun workout for me.
    Now, I’m back in love. It’s great to find new trails, be out in the fresh (smoggy) air, challenge myself, pace myself, learn more about myself, and regulate my emotions. If I’m happy, I run. If I’m sad, I run. Etc etc etc. I don’t run for time anymore… just for the exhileration, confidence, and fun it brings!

  • Joey May 10, 2011, 11:51 am

    No, I’m not in love with running. I have tried to fall in love with it several times but I actually HATE it (while I’m doing it). I do love the feeling that I have when I’ve completed a good run. I think part of my problem is I’m very competitive so I set really lofty goals & can’t reach them as quickly as I’d like… BOO!!! 🙁

  • Joey May 10, 2011, 11:52 am

    No, I’m not in love with running. I have tried to fall in love with it several times but I actually HATE it (while I’m doing it). I do love the feeling that I have when I’ve completed a good run. I think part of my problem is I’m very competitive so I set really lofty goals & can’t reach them as quickly as I’d like… BOO!!! 🙁

    PS – Congrats on your first run back! 🙂

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley May 10, 2011, 11:54 am

    I really do love running. I feel accomplished no matter how short the run. It gets my endorphins up, and its free to do.

  • Gavi @ Gavi Gets Going! May 10, 2011, 11:54 am

    Congratulations on your first run back! I, too, have been nursing an injury (stress fracture), and I have been inspired by the way you have so carefully listened to your body over these past few weeks. I know it’s not easy to slow down, but sometimes it is what’s best for our bodies in the long run! I am totally, completely in love with running, and I miss it every day. But I have also enjoyed the opportunity to focus on other forms of exercise over the past few weeks. Best of luck in your ongoing recovery!

    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:45 pm

      I hope your stress fracture feels better soon!

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) May 10, 2011, 11:55 am

    I’m in love with races—but not running if that makes sense.

    However, I do love that running reminds me to eat well and fuel my body. I love that running has nothing to do with how you look.

  • Kerry May 10, 2011, 12:00 pm

    yay! congrats. What helped me when I was getting back into running after a significant time off (4 months) was not using my garmin or anything that showed me how fast (in this case, slow). I used running for the mental aspect and just getting out there without knowing my pace helped a ton. Trying to get endurance back to your “old pace” can make me push back to re-injury, but it looks like you are being super careful which is great!!

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) May 10, 2011, 12:01 pm

    You took one tiny spark of inspiration and lit a fire! I love running because I prove to myself how strong I am, and I enjoy fighting with my own mind to find endurance. BUT, I haven’t been bit quite as hard by the running bug… I drew the line at half marathons!

  • Heather May 10, 2011, 12:01 pm

    Congrats on your run!

    I am in love with running – except that I’m frustrated with some lost endurance so I’m not enjoying it right now. Soon though I hope!

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well May 10, 2011, 12:01 pm

    So glad you’re back to running again!

    This is SO the post I needed today. I’m trying to fire myself up for half marathon training/get out of the negative head space that keeps me from pushing myself. I need to stop quitting when things get hard. I may print out the reasons you love running for motivation! Thank you so much for this!

  • Theresa @ActiveEggplant May 10, 2011, 12:04 pm

    I would LOVE to be in love with running! But sadly I’ve always struggled with it. Running is one of the only activities that helps me lose (and maintain) weight, but it is my least favorite. I have tried time and again to get to a “good place” with running and while I’m closer now than I ever was, I’m still not to the point where running is my go-to sport. (I’d much rather cycle.)

    Happy to hear you’re back on the road & easing back into it!

    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:45 pm

      Really embrace the walk run style. That was the key for me!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) May 10, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Congrats Caitlin! I love how you stick with things! It’s an admirable trait that not many people have!

  • Michelle from The Cooking Life May 10, 2011, 12:09 pm

    That is awesome, Caitlin!
    I have to say that I love running. I didn’t use to, but the last 4 months have helped. I took a half marathon class through my town’s parks & rec department, under a coach. It was amazing to see how I could push myself, with guidance from our coach (who is a super awesome off-road triathlete) and support from my “classmates”. As we did more long runs, I no longer became scared of them. I love to run because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. Sure, not all my runs are great (some really suck) and I’m not very fast but I love it nonetheless. It’s a challenging thing to do but I am able to embrace it!

  • hippierunner May 10, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Great job Caitlin!! I love this post, the list of running reasons, etc is just what I was looking for yesterday when I needed to get myself out the door for a run. I will definitely be referring back to it! I am in love with running; it’s always been there for me and is easily accessible, all I have to do is step out the door!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) May 10, 2011, 12:12 pm

    I am in love with running and have been doing it for so long, I don’t know life without it!

  • Steph May 10, 2011, 12:17 pm

    I love running becasue it allows me to think and reflect on the day. it’s my me time and I wouldn’t trade it for the world 😀

  • Jenny @ Love Eat Run May 10, 2011, 12:18 pm

    I’m in love with running because its my best outlet for stress and allows me to just get out and go. No restrictions, no holding back…love it!

  • Michelle (your girlfriend for fitness) May 10, 2011, 12:22 pm

    Congrats on being able to get back out there! I love that running is all about you and your run… like you said no gadgets needed (unless you want), and you just get out there and can zone out… it is so therapeutic to me.

  • Liz May 10, 2011, 12:31 pm

    Love this post. I love running because it clears my head, is free, can be done anywhere, is the best way to explore a new city, can be a social activity, connects me with my body, humbles me when it’s hard and exhilarates me when it’s easier,and can be modified on a day to day basis depending on my needs.

    It took me a long time to love running, and sometimes I still need a break, but on the whole, I can’t imagine my life without it!

  • katie May 10, 2011, 12:38 pm

    yay, congrats on your run! It must feel amazing to be on the uphill from an injury. Yes, in love could be an understatement. This past year we have really taken it to the next level 😉

  • Sue @ Sue In Training May 10, 2011, 12:38 pm

    First things first, congrats on your awesome run!
    I’ve just recently fallen in love with running, after hating it my entire life. I really love your reasons and totally agree with all of them! Running has showed me that I CAN change my life, and that my body can do much more than I had thought.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 10, 2011, 12:47 pm

    So happy your run went well! I am SO in love with running. In early schoolyears.. I was the kid that never finished the mile in time.. I that could never finish the 15 min run in middle school without walking. Once I started running for fun – it was a way for me to shoot down all the negativity that used to fill my head regarding my self-image!

  • Karen May 10, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Hooray! I’m so happy that you are finally easing your way back into your exercise love.

    I know this is totally corny, but I have always really liked the “commercial” for Nike in the movie “What Women Want” and your list about running totally reminded me of it.
    Have you seen it?

    • Mrs. Muffins May 10, 2011, 4:24 pm

      I thought of the What Women Want quote too!

      • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:46 pm

        I love this!! Thank you for sending it to me 🙂

  • Lindsey May 10, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Congrats on the run! Must feel great to get back 🙂

    I love running because it is my “me” time – time when I can just have to myself and think and reflect on life in general. I also love that it gets me outside more and more (and in every season) to truly appreciate nature.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 10, 2011, 12:48 pm

    Awesome job on your run! I do love running – I fell in love with running during college, and I haven’t looked back!

  • lauren May 10, 2011, 12:51 pm

    yay, thats so great your able to start running again 🙂
    I love running for so many keeps me sane, helps me deal with stress, is my “me” time, makes me feel strong, makes me appreciate what my body can do rather than whet size it is, has helped me reach a healthy weight and love my body ( because when i started running i fell in love with it and at the time I was in recovery from an ED and still needed to still gain weight and running gave me that motivation to do so because i knew i needed to fuel my body and build it back up if i wanted to continue to run..which i did!!). I think the great thing about running is it means different things to different people!
    Im on a running break at the moment after injuring my ankle 3 weeks ago – fingers crossed i can run again soon…writing this list has made me want to run big time 🙂

  • Carolina John May 10, 2011, 12:52 pm

    It’s got to feel good to get back to that old familiar endorphin high. Your patience will be rewarded.

  • lauren May 10, 2011, 12:54 pm

    oh and I also meant to say, youve been a big inspiration for me when dealing with my running injuries (ankle and runners knee) because you really listen to your body and take the time off you need to in order to bounce back from an injury and it has helped me so much 🙂 Your awesome!!

    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:47 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 I’ve learned to listen the hard way!

  • Nicole (the other one) May 10, 2011, 12:55 pm

    I love running…but my knees don’t seem to care for it much. I’m in the same boat as you, coming off a 5 month hiatus (working full time plus grad school plus running injury was a good enough reason to take so much time away). But now it is spring and the weather is finally breaking. I went out for the first time last night and walked/ran one mile and it was awesome!

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad May 10, 2011, 12:58 pm

    i’m obsessed with running. i’m addicted to endorphins, I guess.

    slow and steady wins the race coming back from an injury. you’ll be back up and running (ha!) in no time.

  • Kris May 10, 2011, 1:02 pm

    So glad you had a good run! Listen to your body, it will pay off in the end.

    I now love running… I get so cranky when I can’t run (had to take 3 months off last year for medical reasons!). I never used to love it, it was a learned thing. The endorphins are so addicting!

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good May 10, 2011, 1:07 pm

    I’m glad you are able to ease back into running.

    Yes, I do love running. It’s almost meditative. I sweat up a storm, push myself to do more than I thought I could at times, have time with my thoughts, get outside… I could go on and on. I also do relays, and I love that it’s an individual and a team thing all at once.

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily May 10, 2011, 1:09 pm

    I can relate so much to your story. I was 200lbs and ate and drank like it was my last day on earth. I realized that I couldn’t on some random day I put on some shoes and just ran around my block. The rest is history.

  • Natalia - a side of simple May 10, 2011, 1:20 pm

    “A very fun hot mess” haha love it! Now you’re an even MORE fun hot mess after a run 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 10, 2011, 1:22 pm

    I’m smiling for you today Caitlin!! I know how good a run feels after taking a long (not necessarily planned) break. Congratulations – it sounds like you’re taking a great approach, and one that your body will thank you for!

  • Jess May 10, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I’m so glad you can RUN again!!

    I love running because I feel strong and free. Even on slow, trash-run days, I feel fabulous when I finish. 🙂

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) May 10, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I have a love hate relationship with running. My feet turn inward so I easily trip myself up and have to focus on turning my feet out. I have a constant fear of falling flat on my face mid run. But the fear also drives me into focusing more on my form and I get into a sort of zone where I curse like a sailor and sing like a choir angel for the feeling of running. Can’t really do that while swimming. Cycling maybe, but running is just a feeling. . . I dunno.

    I had my first run back since being sick on Sunday morning, I’ve been aching in the calves (booo!) but it felt great to be able to run outside and just be moving!

    Have you gotten any aches from your first run back?

    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:48 pm

      It’s a little tired but mostly it feels GOOD yay!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans May 10, 2011, 1:35 pm

    I agree with Sonia, my rltshp with running is love/hate. Somedays I love it with all my heart and other days I think of throwing my Mizunos in the garbage and taking up bobsledding. But I do appreciate that the bad comes with the good and I am grateful for the good things it does for my mind and my body.

  • Khushboo May 10, 2011, 1:35 pm

    Running is like the boyfriend I never had! It always leaves me feeling strong and confident! Fortunately my running ‘career’ has only been a positive experience for me!

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story May 10, 2011, 1:37 pm

    I think I seriously needed to read this today. I am suffering for severe lack of motivation these days. I am too close to returning to the old me for comfort.

  • Lisa Fine May 10, 2011, 1:39 pm

    So glad you’re back to running!

    I started about two years ago, and wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. As a high school student, I always struggled with running, and have felt my confidence grow the more I run.

  • Lauren May 10, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Congrats on that run! Even short, slow runs seem like a huge accomplishment after an injury. I’m in love with running because it makes me strong and keeps me sane.

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 10, 2011, 1:47 pm

    So nice to hear that your knee is healed enough to run TWO miles!!!

    I love running for so many reasons, from the rush of endorphins to the feeling of accomplishment afterwards.

    Funny enough, I just wrote a post on my journey to running today!

  • Kacy May 10, 2011, 1:48 pm

    I’m definitely in love with running, but it comes in stages. I’m currently in a non-running stage and I’m cool with that.
    Yay for a pain-free run!

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe May 10, 2011, 2:06 pm

    It makes me so happy to hear you get excited about a 2 mile run with walking breaks. I am definitely not progressing with running as fast as I thought I would and sometimes it can be discouraging to read about all these bloggers that get up and bust out 6 to 10 miles every morning as routine. If you, a marathoner, can still get excited about 2 miles then I should too!

    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:49 pm

      YOU SHOULD! Everyone starts somewhere and goes through ebbs and flows. Run for life – you have TONS of time to reach goals.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) May 10, 2011, 2:16 pm

    Congratulations Caitlin! I love that coming back to running feeling! 😀 It is fantastic!

    After 8 weeks of being back at running since my 6-week no running hiatus (due to injury), I FINALLY had a FANTASTIC run this morning! My legs decided to be in sync with my brain and go at the speed I always knew I had! Woo hoo!!!

    You’ll be back in no time! 😀

  • Morgan May 10, 2011, 2:17 pm

    I love the feeling RIGHT after I have finished a run. Accomplished, proud and productive! It always sets the perfect tone to my day!

  • Crystal May 10, 2011, 2:19 pm

    I’ve never really been a runner but I’ve always wanted to be. Since my ankle injury it’s been even harder but I’ve been slowly doing the walk/run thing. I’m glad that you have finally gotten back to running and I wish you lots of luck 🙂

  • Cara May 10, 2011, 2:30 pm

    I’m totally in love with running, it makes you feel amazing! I got nuts when I can’t run, I guess I”m addicted to endorphins!

  • Kristina May 10, 2011, 2:36 pm

    Congrats on getting back into it!
    I love running, but it does NOT love me! Talk about an abusive relationship! Mainly because of my joints and other ‘stuff’ – I like to think that the spirit is willing, but the flesh (or joints) is very weak. I had knee surgery almost 2 years ago now, and one of my biggest joys in recovery was being able to run again. It hasn’t been an injury-free return, however.
    Just this year, due to injuries I took about 8 weeks TOTALLY off from running while ‘training’ for an olympic tri. I was able to get in 3 weeks of runs before the race, and my running leg was definitely the strongest out of the three. I smoked the course! Ironic, no?
    I do wonder if/when I have to give up running completely. I have several older friends who have gone that route, and it pains me to think that I might not be able to run forever, but I would give it up if it meant that I could hike and walk pain-free well into my twilight years.

    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:50 pm

      Oh yea, I agree. You should commit to regularly walking/running a bit more… It’s fun and not as tiring on your body!

  • Alison May 10, 2011, 2:40 pm

    I love running. Almost always.
    I love it because it’s something I said I wanted to do and then I did it. I’m not a go-getter. I’m pretty timid and I have pretty crappy self esteem, so for me to set out to do something without giving up for fear of failture (I’m a perfectionist, too) is pretty rare. After cheering my husband on at many a race, I said to myself “I can do that, too.” And with lots of sweat and hard work, I did it.

    Hooray for running!

    • Alison May 10, 2011, 2:42 pm

      PS–I’m so happy you were able to run pain free today!!

  • Megan May 10, 2011, 2:43 pm

    So in love with running. I am in such a sour mood right now and am counting down the minutes (15 now!!) until my husband can watch my daughter so I can go on a long, hot, sweaty solo run. I know its the only thing that is going to keep me sane and to keep me from biting his (my husband’s) head off. He’s done nothing, I’m just THAT cranky. 🙂

  • Jess May 10, 2011, 2:43 pm

    Congrats on getting back out there!

    Even though I hated running as a kid when I played soccer, I love it now! It’s something I can do that’s totally for me and it reminds me to love my body for all it does for me 🙂

  • Marissa May 10, 2011, 2:52 pm

    Yes! I ran in my first race a little over a week ago. I ran/walked a half marathon without really training. Eek! It was for the OKC Memorial so it was a good cause and a “run to remember.” I had so much fun and it was such an amazing and exciting experience, I have signed up for a 5k in a couple weeks. I had a baby a little over 7 months ago, so running is my “me” time and something that is helping me get back into shape. We are about to get a jogging stroller so my husband and I can run together and with our son. I use to not like to run and now I look forward to running!

    Yay for you running pain free!!!

  • Freya May 10, 2011, 2:56 pm

    I’m so happy you’re healing 🙂 Me too! I’m up to about 20miles a week now, and couldn’t be happier!
    I am infatuated with running – it’s my best friend, boyfriend, husband, something I could never live without!! Aah 🙂

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun May 10, 2011, 2:56 pm

    YAY! I’m only newly into running since having baby B but I already love it so much and know I would miss it. You inspire me to keep things safe and listen well to my body. You really are doing a great job of that and I bet you will be back strong and better than before sooner because of it. Great run!!

  • Haleigh May 10, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Congrats on the run!! I bet it felt so good to get back out there after not running for 6 weeks. When I hurt my back, I had to take a break from gymnastics for 3 months. I had so much anxiety and excitement leading up to my first practice after my injury, so I can imagine how you feel.

  • L May 10, 2011, 3:14 pm

    This post is PERFECT for me today. I’m trying to get back into it as well [after about 5 wks off due to a busy wedding/honeymoon/stress/renourishment phase] and not sure how fast/how far to go! Not having as much fun as usual due to the increasing heat and humidity around here. Please do keep us posted on your progress!!

    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:50 pm

      I wilL! It will be slow and easy though 🙂

  • Shannon @ A Pinch of Ginger May 10, 2011, 3:18 pm

    I love running because it’s taught me to treat my body like a temple. My food, miles logged and rest all go into the greater good 🙂

    Welcome back to hittin’ the pavement!

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) May 10, 2011, 3:20 pm

    Way to go Caitlin! 🙂 its good to see you out running!

  • Jennifer May 10, 2011, 3:36 pm

    Totally love your reasons for loving to run. It reminded me as well why it is so great. I copied your list on my facebook page, but totally credited you!!! <3


    • CaitlinHTP May 10, 2011, 9:51 pm

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Ashley May 10, 2011, 3:38 pm

    I think we may be the same person! I just realized the other day that you went to Pitt. So did I. And I too was a fun hot mess while there. I am now a running addicted vegetarian. I graduated in ’05. I wonder if we ever crossed paths. Too funny. I still live in the burgh’ on the southside. Congrats on getting back in the swing of things!

  • Whitney May 10, 2011, 3:53 pm

    I am madly in love with running. When I finished my college basketball career, I needed something else to take up my free time besides just working out for the fun of it and my dad coerced me into running a 5k with him. I was hooked ever since and love everything about running racing for that matter. With it getting hot in the afternoons now I am finding myself on the pavement at 5am before work. It is very peaceful with no one on the roads! Okay I could go on and on but you get the picture! 🙂

  • Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 10, 2011, 3:57 pm

    i’m about to start couch to 5k!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 10, 2011, 4:03 pm

    YAH that is SO cool!! I love running, but only if I want to do it (not coming from anyone or anything else!)

  • Ula May 10, 2011, 4:06 pm

    Because of you I started running! It has always been on my New Years resolutions list but after finding your blog I decided it was time I became ” A runner”. Still in my first couple of months & your blog is inspiring me to keep it up. THANKS!

  • Running Mama May 10, 2011, 4:19 pm

    I love running too, that doesn’t mean I’m fast or can run a half yet but I LOVE that it releases my stress.

  • Mrs. Muffins May 10, 2011, 4:27 pm

    I love running. I’m still new (just ran my first 5k in April) but it’s amazing seeing myself improve week to week. I’m so happy for you that you were able to get a run in today! xx

  • Little Bookworm May 10, 2011, 4:40 pm

    Glad you had a nice run! 🙂

  • Kelly May 10, 2011, 4:42 pm

    Yay Caitlin! I’m so happy that your knee is allowing you to get back at there. Running and I are like an old married couple that has a horrible fight every two years or so and don’t speak for a month. I love it terribly, except during those times, which are few and far between. I think I love it so much because it was the thing I could never do during my asthmatic overweight childhood. Being able to run a mile, then two miles, then three…was like proving to myself that I could do anything.

  • Gina @ RunningtotheKitchen May 10, 2011, 5:07 pm

    Yay! So happy for you. I love your running list. I can relate to so many of them. Just yesterday I found myself philosophizing on my 4 miler and the run was over just like that! i love that it can be so many things to so many different people.

  • Kelly May 10, 2011, 5:08 pm

    What timing…I actually wrote my post today on my running history:

    I am so glad you were able to run without knee pain!! 🙂

  • emily May 10, 2011, 5:14 pm

    I’m in love with YOU for not bitching about being “slow” on your first run back and having such a positive attitude!! You rock so hard.

    And I’m in love with running because of how it makes me feel.

  • Megan @ On the Road Again May 10, 2011, 5:18 pm

    Way to get back out there! Great job on your first run back.

    I love running because I can hate, and it will still love me back. We have a tumultuous relationship and I’m totally okay with that.

  • monicanelsonfitness May 10, 2011, 5:49 pm

    another great post! It seems you and I were very similiar in college, shhhh..our lil secret! 🙂

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) May 10, 2011, 6:07 pm

    Glad to hear your first run was a success!! 😀 My PT told me today that if all goes well by Monday of next week I get to do some upper body excersizes with really light weights 😀 😀 … SO excited. YAY for both being on the road to recovery!!!

  • May 10, 2011, 6:09 pm

    Congrats on your first run! I really think it’s awesome that you fight the urge to “just do it” as Nike brainwashes us at times, and instead, you take the NEEDED time to heal. That takes patience and only a strong woman can do this : )

  • Laura @FoodSnobSTL May 10, 2011, 6:09 pm

    I love running because #1 I can do it anywhere, anytime and #2 it makes me feel free. For a brief, 30 minutes or an hour, I have no stress, no probelms, no responsibility. It’s just me and the road.

  • Lili May 10, 2011, 6:11 pm

    Happy for you caitlin! I MISS running so bad!!! its been a year struggling w/ shin splints after a run. Im more of a leisure runner. Never ran any marathon. But I used to run w/ my 2 dogs almost every day after work, and I miss doing that.

  • Emily @ Relishments May 10, 2011, 6:27 pm

    I used to only work out at the gym, but I ran my first 5k (which I was only going to spectate, at one point) two weeks ago and I got bit by the running bug–hard! Now I’m really excited about running regularly and can’t wait for another race.

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 10, 2011, 6:43 pm

    I love running because you don’t need to run 10 miles a day to reap the benefits! You can run short and fast, slow and long, whatever works for you!

  • Kristi May 10, 2011, 6:53 pm

    I hope to one day say that I’m in love with running. I’m on week 4 of the couch25k plan, and as I progress it’s getting hard, but I’m feeling stronger.

  • Gina May 10, 2011, 6:54 pm

    I love running! I am not much of a distance runner but I do a lot of good thinking while I run and have made some of the best decisions of my life while running like going vegetarain and then going vegan.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble May 10, 2011, 6:58 pm

    Congrats on getting back into running! I haven’t run since my last half marathon which was almost 6 weeks ago… I had so much knee pain I knew it was time to take a break from running. I’m ready to start training again but think I it’s time to try a Tri so I don’t have as much impact on my knees. I want my knees to still be around and useful when I’m 60, 70, and 80++!!

  • Molly @ RDexposed May 10, 2011, 7:26 pm

    I am! I used it as therapy. So much better than turning to food or EtOH!

  • Dee May 10, 2011, 8:00 pm

    I’m in love with running because it doesn’t judge you if some days, darn it, you just don’t feel like it! Oh, and it’s good exercise 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 10, 2011, 8:17 pm

    Congrats on your run Caitlin! I hope the pain is gone for good now. 🙂

    I’m in love with running because of the feeling of accomplishment after I set a goal for myself and beat it!

  • allyson May 10, 2011, 8:41 pm

    congrats on your run, i hope the pain is gone for good. i am jealous of your ability to take time off and ease back into running.

    i have been dealing with a stress fracture (my 4th in as many years) for a month now. i will “test” it out and run on it, barely be able to walk for 2 days, rest for 2 and then re-do.

    i cant sense my own pain ( my first stress fracture i ran till it broke, then even didnt know till it started to heal), i never know if i am being “wimpy” or it really does hurt.

  • Molly May 10, 2011, 8:44 pm

    I’m new to blogging & just started following yours among a few others. I’m a runner training for my first half and I just wanted to say great job today! I LOVE you’re section on “running is/running doesn’t”/etc. Did you write those yourself?

    Again, Go You! 🙂

  • Parita May 10, 2011, 8:54 pm

    I do love running because it calms me down and allows me to push myself at the same time. 🙂

  • Sara May 10, 2011, 9:32 pm

    Glad to hear your knee is feeling better! How long did it take you to get from that first 1/4 mile run to running your first 10k? I’ve been running now for almost 8 months, 3 times each week. I’ve run a couple of 5K’s but pretty much feel like death afterwards. I want to be able to run farther but my lungs just can’t handle it. I plan to keep-on-truckin’ till I’m able to increase my distance even though it gets frustrating at times.

  • BroccoliHut May 10, 2011, 9:35 pm

    I’m in the same position–I was diagnosed with two stress fractures a while ago, so I haven’t run since January. I return to the orthopedist next week, but honestly, I am scared to start running again! I don’t want to be injured anymore.

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef May 10, 2011, 9:44 pm

    i love running because it’s always there and is so freeing from the demands of the day. my 2nd marathon is sunday and i can’t wait!!

  • Jolene ( May 10, 2011, 11:50 pm

    I hate running, but I am trying to learn to love it. It is hard!

  • Kristen May 11, 2011, 12:00 am

    yea for getting back to running! and slow and steady wins the race. It doesnt matter how fast or far you go, I bet it did wonders to clear your mind and increase endorphines! (also makes a body healthy too!)

  • Katie May 11, 2011, 12:43 am

    You are inspiring me! And I’ve been meaning to write you about it, but this post is exactly what I’ve wanted to write you about! I live running too. Right now is normally prime running season for me. It’s light out early enough for me to get a run in and still get home, shower get my boys up and out (with my husband’s help). So, I love late spring through late summer. But 6 weeks ago I had a nasty fall and was left with a bad ankle sprain. At the time I was gearing up to start pushing mileage and was so excited. I have been so comforted and relieved hearing you talk about your injury. Being patient and kind to yourself. Not being too hard on yourself and knowing that your body would come around. You have no idea how I needed that. So a million thanks. Really. Really really. And then your newly adjusted expectations about speed and distance remind me again to be kind to myself as I get back to running. Once PT clears me, I’m going to follow your fabulous lead.

    • CaitlinHTP May 11, 2011, 8:45 am

      I am sorry about your ankle… that sucks 🙁 But we’ll both be back at it in no time.

  • Sam May 11, 2011, 9:02 am

    I’m really happy you are getting better! Good for you 🙂 I love running too, it’s just such am empowering feeling. All of the reasons you listed and more 🙂

  • Christina May 11, 2011, 10:08 am

    So happy you’re back running! Good for you for taking time off to heal and coming back slow, that’s so so important. I had a stress fracture in my hip over the summer and had to take 12 weeks off from running!! Although I took it (very) slow in my return to running after that, I was surprised how quickly I was back at it — the first week was tough, but after that initial barrier, it was much better. Good luck!!

  • Jessica May 11, 2011, 10:39 am

    It’s so weird how parallel your injury timing seems to be with mine! I am similarly coming back from a knee injury, running 1-1.5 miles a couple of times a week. It’s frustrating, but so nice to be able to do at least a little bit of running again!

  • Amber K May 11, 2011, 11:58 am

    Apparently I hate running so much I even slurred about it when I was at the hospital a few months ago. I was waking up and I guess they were commending me on my great blood pressure and other stats.

    The nurse asked me if I ran and my mom says that I very loudly said something like “I HATE running, don’t make me run, I hate running, running yuck.” Then my mom laughed and tried to explain that yes, I work out, but running is not my favorite thing, lol.

  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska May 11, 2011, 4:20 pm

    Absolutely 100% in love with it. I love the confidence it gives me, the runners high I get, the fact that it’s helping me meet people in the town we just moved to…. Love it. So, I’m trying to stay healthy and whole to keep loving it.

  • Julia @ Brides Up North May 12, 2011, 8:07 am

    And with that, I pledge to get my trainers out once more this weekend. Its been over a year that your blog has been motivating me now! Do let me know next time you are in the UK, would love to grab a coffee.

    Anyway, I have been so motivated by your blog and I now may have some exciting blog news of my own!! But I will keep my fingers crossed and drop you a line to tell you when I know for sure.

    J x

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