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Have you done your Saturday workout yet?  I did!  Oh yeah.  I haven’t been blogging all my runs, but I’ve been following a 10K training plan, and I was due for a long run of 4.0 miles.  I tried to squeeze it in last night but didn’t end up leaving until 7:30 PM – so I just did 2.5.  But this morning… I was READY.


Pre-run fuel (eaten whilst feeding Henners).


When I set out on my run, I intended to listen to the Pitbull station on Pandora (best running music ever!), but my mom called within the first 0.1 of a mile.  It’s really hard to find the time for long conversations nowadays so I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to chat.  The iPhone earbuds have a little speaker on the wire so you can listen and talk, and mom ended up joining me for the entire run (I just hold the phone in my hand – but would love any recommendation for nice carriers).  It was awesome!  Like having a virtual running buddy to talk with – we gabbed the entire time and the four miles flew by so quickly that I ended up going a little over without even realizing it.   I probably looked like an idiot talking to ‘no one’ but who cares. 

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Mission accomplished!


Post-run snack:


Now it’s time to round up some real grub.  Have an excellent day!



  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 8, 2012, 11:55 am

    Great job Caitlin! Run buddies are definitely the best way to make a run go faster! Enjoy your day!

  • Mai September 8, 2012, 11:56 am

    that’s awesome. i feel like i get so tired when i try to talk while running so i just stick to music, haha.

  • Melissa September 8, 2012, 11:59 am

    I carry my phone in my Spibelt and listen to music that way even though I also have a iPod nano that would work better. The Spibelt and phone combo works perfectly.

  • Laura September 8, 2012, 12:11 pm

    My dog, Margaret, is my running buddy and I talk to her a lot on my runs so I probably look just as crazy as you! 🙂 and the dog doesn’t judge me when I feel tired and want to walk

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 8, 2012, 12:38 pm

    I wear an arm band for my iphone, you can find them at any electronics store and a lot of sports stores as well. I like it because I don’t really notice it on my arm and it’s close enough to my face that I can see it to change music or do anything else on it.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB September 8, 2012, 12:55 pm

    I have a cheap armband holder for my phone and it’s held up for 2 or 3 years- Target, baby!

  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna September 8, 2012, 1:08 pm

    running while talking on the phone is just as good as having a running buddy right there!

    i just run with my phone in my hand – i have an otterbox case so i’m not worried if i drop it!

  • Kim September 8, 2012, 1:22 pm

    I recommend this pouch! It stays put and I forget I’m wearing it after 5 minutes.

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama September 8, 2012, 1:24 pm

    I carry my phone in my hand or try to wear something that has a big pocket (Nike and lululemon have great running skirts that are perfect).

    I’ve been known to have long conversations while running with family. You gotta fit it in when you can!

  • Anna September 8, 2012, 1:26 pm

    I have a running armband but it`s not tight enough for me, my arms are tiny, I think. That`s definitely something to consider, I would be sure to try out armbands before buying them.
    Now I just wrap mine in a plastic bag that fits the iPhone perfectly and put it in that key pocket thing of my shorts (Nike Tempo`s or other Nike styles, too).

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 8, 2012, 1:39 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve never gone running with anyone but I would imagine I would get too huffy-puffy to run with anyone else! haha!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks September 8, 2012, 1:58 pm

    That’s a sweet running buddy if I ever heard of one! Great idea!

  • colleen September 8, 2012, 2:12 pm

    I had my workout done by 9am – my first 10k. I was prepared for everything, except the cold front that came in last night. It was 50 at start time, which impacted my time, but I was happy with have I did. Didn’t have much time to celebrate because I had to book it over to my son’s first flag football game.

  • Sarah September 8, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Its awesome that you can chat during your runs. Having a conversation just tires me out!
    I did a full brick work out in a mixed up order. Bike-run-swim. It wasn’t my plan when I set out this morning, but I have my first full length sprint tri next weekend and I feel so much more prepared now!

  • Sam September 8, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Just curious–I’ve noticed that “sister” mug in a few different posts… but no one in your house is a sister lol. Is there a story behind it?

  • Laura @ She Eats Well September 8, 2012, 3:06 pm

    Ha ha that is awesome. Good for you for getting your morning run in early! It makes the weekend feel extra productive sometimes…! I like to have a running buddy for my long runs once a week. It makes them something to really look forward to. But other than that, I like to have my alone time for my during-the-week runs.

  • Lisa September 8, 2012, 4:04 pm

    I wear two sports bras so I just shove my phone in between them. CLASSY.

  • Andrea September 8, 2012, 4:23 pm

    I’ve been running with a Belkin armband holder with the earbuds run up through the bottom of my shirt so that they don’t get in the way. It’s an old one, made for the 3G iphones, but my new iphone fits it just fine. I’m afraid to put the phone in my sports bra becasue I get so sweaty.
    I wish I had someone to talk to during my 7 miler this morning. It was long an boring!

  • Amy September 8, 2012, 4:30 pm

    I use this armband for my iPhone:

    It works really well and there’s a little hole for your house key. It stays on my arm no problem, but I’m a walker, not a runner. 🙂

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes September 8, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Congrats on your run! Pitbull has a special place in my heart–perfect workout music! 🙂

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 8, 2012, 4:46 pm

    No I haven’t done my Saturday workout yet and that is so unlike me! I am about to head out to the track near my hood for some interval running and plyometrics exercises. It’ll be a quick one, but effective!

  • Justine September 8, 2012, 5:32 pm

    I am low-tech and put the iphone in my sportsbra/regular bra if I’m in the car. Totally works and how I talk to people while driving/running.

  • Bree September 8, 2012, 5:58 pm

    Got my Saturday workout in! Woo!

    I also use an armband for my iPhone/itouch (depending in what I decide that day to use). I wear it on my forearm cause it’s easier to look at… Amazon has some great deals!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 8, 2012, 7:34 pm

    I just moved and am always looking for an excuse to talk to my mom – while I’m on a run is brilliant!

  • Michelle Lewis September 8, 2012, 7:38 pm

    I like carrying my iPhone in my hand, so I’m getting this carrier as my miles increase.

  • luv what you do September 8, 2012, 9:21 pm

    Despite spending my entire day in Cont Ed class, I was able to get in a 5 mile run this morning…in long sleeves. I loved it…Hooray Fall!

  • Christena September 8, 2012, 10:23 pm

    Damn girl! 4 miles in 33 minutes….and while talking on the phone! Amazing!

    • Caitlin September 9, 2012, 11:13 am

      Whoa whoa whoa – jumping to conclusions. It took me 48 minutes!

  • Kelly September 9, 2012, 8:18 am

    Awesome! I always call my mom while I am walking the dog. It kills two birds with one stone and passes the time so much quicker!

  • Tabitha September 9, 2012, 9:41 am

    I use the and love it. I forget I even have it on.

  • Lauren September 9, 2012, 10:00 am

    My mom and I use this armband and have for years. I trained and did a half in it. It’s wonderful!

  • Caroline September 9, 2012, 11:44 am

    I run with my phone in a spi belt and really love that! I put in headphones so I can listen to podcasts and I use an app to tell me my pace and distance.

  • Whitney September 9, 2012, 2:52 pm

    I got an armband through during a flash sale (that I’ve seem reoccur) for $12. It’s neoprene so it absorbs sweat (and I put it to the test!) but is easy to wash too. It’s pretty simple since I use a Spibelt & fuelbelt so no need for extra pockets.

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