Last Week’s Workouts

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Remember how last week, Vacation Mode and Training Mode were waging an epic battle for my time and energy?  Well, this week, I made it work!


On Friday morning, I drove five hours to Charlottesville to see my friends Kath and Matt and their son, Mazen, who is a few months younger than Henry. Mazen and Henry are great buddies!


Here’s the thing about training for a big event like a Half Ironman (or a half marathon or a marathon or whatever)….  Realistically speaking, you only need to really buckle down and commit yourself for 3 – 5 months.  Sure, there’s the ‘getting in shape’ part, but if you’re already active, the training plan for the event itself is only a blip on the radar of your life.  My plan is a mere 12 weeks long.  That means that I only have 84 days to get my mind and body into Half Ironman shape.  The more I thought about that fun (and scary) fact, the more I was able to get myself into the mindset of, “I will make this work, no matter what, because it’s my #1 Fun Priority” (I like to call it a “Fun Priority” because it always takes the backseat to things like family and work, but it’s my top To Do when it comes to everything else).


Coach Marni had a really tough week planned for me – no breaks.  I normally get rest days on Mondays, and Coach Marni says I should always take an extra one if I need it, but Week 3 of the training plan was “Testing Week.”  That mean I was pretty much going all out.  The steady mix of swimming, biking, and running doesn’t mean I’m dooming myself to injury by doing several straight days of exercise.  Although – trust me – I’m really excited for my rest day tomorrow!


Okay, to sum it up, here’s what Testing Week looked like:


Monday: 1800 Yard Swim + At-Home Yoga

Tuesday: 1 hour and 30 minute indoor bike ride

Wednesday: 1 hour indoor bike ride

Thursday: 1 hour run


Its worth noting that Wednesday and Thursday’s workouts were both designed as bricks (run + bikes), but I either couldn’t arrange childcare or I was way too wiped out).


Come Friday morning, I had to leave for Charlottesville at 8 AM so our drive would include the maximum amount of nap time.  I thought and thought and thought about how I’d make my weekend getaway work with Testing Week, and I decided the only way to do it was to wake up before Henry stirred and hit the pool when it first opened.


Friday: 1500 yards + Strength


And then, after several giant cups of coffee, I drove to Charlottesville.  I wish the Husband could’ve come, too, but he had to work.  I had a blast seeing Kath and Matt, and – as mentioned – our sons really get along, so it was the perfect vacation.  On Friday, we went to an outdoor concert, which was a blast.  Henry liked running around in between everyone’s blankets!  And we both enjoyed jamming to the music.


I feel you, Henry.


The next morning, we were all up rather early.  I had packed my jogging stroller, so Kath and I went on a run with the kids on Saturday morning.  And then we walked to the Farmer’s Market to grab food for Saturday’s dinner.


Saturday: 1 hour run

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We spent the rest of the day hanging out with the babies, playing tag in the yard and hitting up the community pool.


Matt watched the boys after bedtime, so Kath and I got to go bar hoppin’ at night! Wahoo!


I left early Sunday morning (and was so sad to say goodbye).  When I got back home, I went directly to the gym.  I had packed my swim gear and put it right behind the driver’s seat… I so planned ahead!  Aren’t you proud?


Sunday: 1300 yards + Strength


Grand Totals:  4600 yards of swimming, 2.5 hours of biking, 10 miles of running


So, did I follow my plan perfectly? Not quite. As I mentioned, there were supposed to be a few bricks in there, but I was pretty darn close.  I’m SO pleased with myself for hanging tough, doing my seven days, and racking up some pretty gnarly totals.  Um, hello?  4600 yards of swimming is 2.6 MILES of pool time!


I’m starting to believe that I can actually do this Half Ironman at the end of October.  I’ve just got to get creative with scheduling and plan ahead. My next hurtle is perfecting the art of coordinating longer workouts with Daddy Time / Childcare so I can do those long, long bike rides that are so desperately needed.


(Side note: Thanks to the greatest photographer in all of blogland, Kath, for these beautiful pics… I didn’t whip out  my camera once all weekend!)


How was your workout week?



  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun July 28, 2013, 8:25 pm

    I’d say you did a pretty amazing job at keeping up with your workouts! Some weeks are harder that others but training helps to keep you accountable and pushing yourself! You are going to do awesome on your half ironman!

    • Caitlin July 28, 2013, 8:28 pm

      Thank you!!!5(

  • Katie @ Live Half Full July 28, 2013, 8:47 pm

    My workout week was great! I finished my first road race- 64 miles!

  • Suzanne @ hello, veggy! July 28, 2013, 9:38 pm

    You two are a pair of FIT mamas! Keep it up 🙂

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share) July 28, 2013, 9:47 pm

    You look so happy in these photos! I love seeing that you’re proud of your accomplishments rather than beating yourself up over small “misses.” Something we can all learn from!! Congrats-

  • Rebecca July 28, 2013, 9:48 pm

    Henry looks so cute and like such a little man! Is he still way ahead in his motor skills? Seems like it! Such a fun weekend!

    • Caitlin July 28, 2013, 10:26 pm

      Yes 🙂 he is such a joy.and as active as ever!!! He has learned so many words now. He can say 9 words! I love it.

  • Amber July 28, 2013, 10:08 pm

    So I’ve been wondering how your insomnia/sleeping issues have been lately/since having Henry? Maybe you updated and I missed it. Just reading your workout+life plans right now seems like a lot and I know when I’m overwhelmed that’s when my sleep goes downhill! Oh and if you’ve found the secret cure-all…please do tell :). Thanks!!! Good luck with training!!

    • Caitlin July 28, 2013, 10:25 pm

      Funny you should mention that. It’s been horrible lately. I need a solution stat!!!

      • Ali July 29, 2013, 10:05 am

        Have you tried Melatonin? I use NatureMade Sleep and it is AH-MAZING! It just relaxes me and quiets my mind. Yoga before bed also helps as does a very regular sleep schedule (even on the weekends, as painful as it is!). I have fibromyalgia and if I don’t get quality sleep, I’m in so much pain so I’ve been searching for years to find sleep solutions!

        • Jill July 29, 2013, 12:48 pm

          oh wow…I experience similar condition but haven’t found success for my insomnia. I didn’t think melatonin was appropriate…hormone and all …I need to look out for stuff…hard to find things and I don’t shop online.

          • Caitlin July 29, 2013, 1:05 pm
          • Ali July 29, 2013, 2:10 pm

            I only take it for about 2 nights every few months as it regulates my sleep schedule so well and gets me back on track and I only take it when it becomes absolutely necessary. The thing for me is that lack of sleep = absolute nonfunctioning. Not nonfunctioning exhausted as though I’ve worked too much and only got a few hours of sleep for the past week or month, I am talking nonfunctioning as in so much pain, I can’t get out of bed, go to work, pay my bills, workout, cook, talk on the phone, feed my cat, or function in any appropriate way. I don’t smoke, drink, eat fast food or sugar, don’t take birth control or any other medications (not even aspirin or NSAIDs), and I workout at least 10 hours a weeks. For me, a couple nights a few times a year is fine and my doctors (both rheumatologist and generalist) suggested it to me to keep my fibro under control (and fibro is not something you can play with). The rest of the year, yoga, a sleep schedule, and regular exercise and healthy eating are my go to’s.

          • Amber July 29, 2013, 3:17 pm

            Melatonin doesn’t always work for me. My problem isn’t getting tired, I’m definitely tired. My problem is a running mind and then worrying about not falling asleep 🙂 Fun times. I find the less I think about it, the better it gets, but there are some days when I just know I’ll come home and have a rough night’s sleep and it always happens. Haha…mind over matter I suppose. 🙂 Anyways, I would love a blog post update on it!! 🙂

          • Amber July 29, 2013, 3:20 pm

            oh and one of my favorite insomnia tricks comes from the Zen Habits blog — replay your day in your mind in detail starting from the moment you wake up. Doesn’t always work, but I find that it sometimes distracts me enough to fall asleep. Going over something I did that I like (like a run) helps too.

        • Rebecca July 29, 2013, 4:39 pm

          Yep, regular sleep schedule is supposed to be really good, but I usually sleep in at least a little bit on weekends. (And by “a little bit” I mean two or *maybe* three hours.)
          I’ve found that taking a shower before bed helps me unwind and sleep a little better. And I recently got a new mattress, which I think has helped some. I’d had the same one for practically my entire life, so it was time for a change!

        • Elisabeth July 29, 2013, 7:57 pm

          Melatonin does wonders for me!! I work night shift in a hospital and it’s the only reason I’m able to sleep during the day. I read your link, but I basically have to take it get sleep (stuck on nights with almost no chance to get on day shift…) 😉

          • Jill July 30, 2013, 8:21 am

            Totally relating to ALI’s comment regarding non-functioning. EVERY day for the last couple of years I cannot peel myself off the bed in the morning…I feel like a truck has hit me and its literally like a magnet is plastering me to the bed. I have to literally slide out of the bed and collapse on the floor and brace myself against the wall to stand up. No one understands and doctors think I’m nuts and I’m so TIRED that I can’t exercise and I’m brain fogged all the time. It takes all my effort to concentrate on words/papers during the day and I repeatedly have to take rest breaks. Walking up stairs = torture and takes me forever — its like climibing mount Everest. I feel it must be the insomnia. My doctor says “antidepressants”….god, there must be a more natural, less harsh way to deal with it , no? I may try the melatonin just a couple times like you mentioned. Something else I heard about is “calm forte” but again I cannot find these things in my stores and I simply never buy things online.

          • Ali July 30, 2013, 1:47 pm

            Jill: I completely understand where you are coming from. That’s where I’ve been for years. Only God knows how I made it through grad school and kept a job. You aren’t nuts! Have you gotten a vitamin panel or been tested for things like MS or Lyme’s? I was tested for both (both negative, thank goodness!) but then I had a vitamin panel done and a number of other tests and found I was low in certain vits and minerals and had undiagnosed Celiac (and, oh, Celiac + Fibro are quite a combo!). I changed the foods I was eating and worked at better quality sleep and within a few weeks to a month, I was starting to feel a little better (I could have taken supplements but I would rather not). I felt like this from 10-28 years old and this morning, three years later, I popped out of bed and went for a 4 mile walk. It’s possible, just keep pushing your doc. Or try a different doctor! I went through many before I found one that would listen. Not all docs are the right one for you. Good luck!

  • Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate July 28, 2013, 10:25 pm

    It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, so fun that you were able to visit Kath and Matt (and Mazen!). And I love that you call training your “fun priority”, it makes it that much more exciting to do.

  • Jessica R @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad July 28, 2013, 10:38 pm

    I am impressed that you went straight to the pool after getting back from your trip! Good job! My workout week went pretty well. I am nursing some mild shin splints but I still managed to run a little more than 36 miles this week.

  • Jill July 29, 2013, 7:39 am

    I have long-standing chronic fatigue and muscle issues and wonder if you or your readers can suggest beginner youtube free yoga videos (or exercise videos) suitable for such? I don’t have a TV, so tv-videos are not doable. I would need something free and that does not take a lot of computer drain. Thank you very much.

    • Ebernst July 29, 2013, 2:52 pm

      If you have an iphone, you can download the daily yoga app for free (maybe they have it on droid too). You can choice 20,40 or 60 minute workouts.

      I don’t have TV either and use it all the time. Plus, when I’m traveling I always have yoga with me too!

      • Jill July 30, 2013, 8:21 am

        Hi, Thanks. But I don’t have an “iphone”…I’m kinda sorta living in the Fred Flintstone era 🙂

        Any other suggestions?

  • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow July 29, 2013, 9:09 am

    Sorry if you already mentioned this, but what are you doing for at-home yoga? I’m looking for a good recommendation for a yoga DVD 🙂

  • Kath July 29, 2013, 9:27 am

    miss you both! I think we covered about seven and a half miles on Saturday by foot 🙂

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables July 29, 2013, 9:30 am

    Wow, nice job keeping up on the workouts even when life gets busy!

  • Melissa July 29, 2013, 10:00 am

    Henry and Mazen look adorable together! Looks like they will be great friends!

  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance July 29, 2013, 11:54 am

    Your pictures are so beautiful! My workout week last week was ok but this week it’s going to be great! I’m excited for some yoga, Zumba, dance and a bootcamp workout!

  • Zulkey July 29, 2013, 2:29 pm

    I woke up on Saturday feeling under the weather–we had a cold/virus going around our house and on Friday I ate greasy pizza, a few drinks and also smoked a few cigarettes because I’m an asshole. I had a 4 mile run ahead of me and was not in the mood at all, ready to walk half of it. Despite (or because of?) my bad decisions on Friday I had an amazing run on–just one of those ones where you never feel out of breath for a second and the time flies by. I needed one like that. (it also helped that we had Octoberish weather in Chicago this weekend.)

  • Alexandra July 29, 2013, 3:02 pm

    Wow, that was an impressive week of workouts! I’m curious, what do you do for strength workouts? I’m training for a marathon, and I know strength is so important, but I find myself avoiding it as I don’t want to be sore for days after.

  • Kim July 29, 2013, 5:52 pm

    Awesome job sticking with the intense workout plan, even if you modified it. Working out when traveling is always a real sign of dedication, so hats off to you! You will kick this half Ironman in the butt!

  • Alysa July 29, 2013, 10:12 pm

    I noticed you mentioned strength training in there. I am following a tri program and wanted to add some yoga and strength but am not sure the best way to go about it. Do i do them on long days or short days? And is it best to do before or after the ‘main’ workout (what ever the focus is for the dayswim/bike/run) i read somewhere to do the strength/yoga at the opposite time of day, so for example if im doing a swim in the am do strength at night, but with a 1yr old it really isnt realistic to get away 2x. What is working for you?

    • Caitlin July 30, 2013, 1:16 pm

      I’ve asked Marni to do a guest post on this. Stay tuned!

  • Shel@PeachyPalate July 30, 2013, 3:02 pm

    Wow well done on all the workouts! Are you taking no rest days at the mo?

  • Barca Mama July 30, 2013, 4:03 pm

    I always admire how you manage to get workouts in and make them a priority. Hope you enjoyed your rest day!

  • Erin July 31, 2013, 10:55 pm

    So glad you and Kath got to hang out. I’m sure Henry and Mazen had so much fun seeing each other again. 🙂

  • Lindsay August 2, 2013, 7:29 pm

    We were sorry we missed you guys at the music Friday night!

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