September 28, 2014
Short post today, I’m currently sitting on a plane en-route to Philly for the week. Just had to share my newest prized possession. Probably the best shirt ever created..let the unicorn obsession continue. I can’t wait to wear this little number on my way into Chicago! My mom truly outdid herself with this one.

Had a great first week of taper. Chatted with some amazing veterans during my 12 miler on Saturday who provided a ton of inspiration for me. Not to mention, my darling runner pal Ashley just ROCKED Berlin with a 3:35 on an injured leg. Amazing people. So many inspiring runners out there. Ya’ll make me want to push myself even more, it’s quite a feeling.

Have a great week everyone! I will try and squeeze in an actual post sometime during the week.

-C

Short post today, I’m currently sitting on a plane en-route to Philly for the week. Just had to share my newest prized possession. Probably the best shirt ever created..let the unicorn obsession continue. I can’t wait to wear this little number on my way into Chicago! My mom truly outdid herself with this one.

Had a great first week of taper. Chatted with some amazing veterans during my 12 miler on Saturday who provided a ton of inspiration for me. Not to mention, my darling runner pal Ashley just ROCKED Berlin with a 3:35 on an injured leg. Amazing people. So many inspiring runners out there. Ya’ll make me want to push myself even more, it’s quite a feeling.

Have a great week everyone! I will try and squeeze in an actual post sometime during the week.

-C

September 27, 2014
2 weeks! Lucky BIB #11375. Received my packet pick up ticket and this awesome marathon surprise from my mom yesterday. As you can see, I have a slight obsession with anything sweet tooth or unicorn related- moms know best. 

Off to tackle my second to last long run before Chicago with the MIT crew. By long run I mean a nice easy breezy 12 miles. Yippy!

Cheers to Saturday!

2 weeks! Lucky BIB #11375. Received my packet pick up ticket and this awesome marathon surprise from my mom yesterday. As you can see, I have a slight obsession with anything sweet tooth or unicorn related- moms know best.

Off to tackle my second to last long run before Chicago with the MIT crew. By long run I mean a nice easy breezy 12 miles. Yippy!

Cheers to Saturday!

September 23, 2014
Another year has passed…what a year it has been. New job, new city, new friends, new start, hard lessons learned, and I’m about to kick the crap out of my very first marathon! I can’t complain. So thankful for new beginnings & amazing people who support & love me unconditionally no matter what.
Ya’ll know who you are!
Thanks gymworkrepeat for my magical birthday present! You’re the best cube mate ever!
Enjoy the first official day of Autumn everyone:)
Cheers to 26 & another good ole’  yearly ” life check” as I like to call em’.
Oh, and Happy Birthday to the Boss Man himself..Mr. Springsteen (birthday twins)
-C

Another year has passed…what a year it has been. New job, new city, new friends, new start, hard lessons learned, and I’m about to kick the crap out of my very first marathon! I can’t complain. So thankful for new beginnings & amazing people who support & love me unconditionally no matter what.

Ya’ll know who you are!

Thanks gymworkrepeat for my magical birthday present! You’re the best cube mate ever!

Enjoy the first official day of Autumn everyone:)

Cheers to 26 & another good ole’  yearly ” life check” as I like to call em’.

Oh, and Happy Birthday to the Boss Man himself..Mr. Springsteen (birthday twins)

-C

September 21, 2014
Three weeks to go…

THREE! I can’t believe it. Three weeks until I unleash 4 months of training, hard work, and a ton of emotion on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The past two weeks have been busy busy between work and long runs. Last weekend marked my first 20 miler followed by yesterday’s milestone 22 miler. My last long run of training. Thankfully, I ran the first 12 miles with my MIT pace group followed by 5 miles with a fellow MIT’er who had more mileage. I finished strong with 4 hard solo miles…followed by a few tears of accomplishment/sitting on the hood of my car in a slight run coma. Mentally, I am in the best place I have been all training. The nerves of ” not knowing if I can do this” have slowly subsided. I’m anxious, don’t get me wrong. But, I’m ready to race, enjoy running through the city of Chicago, and so ready for the energy of the crowd to carry me. I have decided I will run the race without music. I think I will have my ipod on me, just in case I really need a pick me up-otherwise I want to take in every sound, every sign, every cheer, and every inspiring runner I pass or passes me for that matter!:)

I am proud to report I was fully able to function after yesterday’s long run. Let me just fill you in on a quick story from last weekend’s 20 miler. I came home, took an ice bath, showered, tried to eat but couldn’t really stomach much and then tried to lay down and take a nap. Not so much…my body had other plans. Instead, I woke up after about 20 minutes and decided to go pick out my new BIG GIRL BED! Yes, at age 25, i’m finally purchasing a new bed. My current bed is…..older than I am. Embarrassing. So, after I laid around on a few beds I decided I should probably go try and find something to eat for dinner. I was incredibily indecisive and could not make a decision to save my life. I spent T-W-O HOURS driving around, stopping at two different grocery stores…basically wondering around aimlessly trying to make my stomach happy. I finally gave up. I came home…sat down in front of the T.V, turned on college football and had two glasses of wine instead. Betcha can’t guess what happens next? YUP, Caitlin is drunk. I finally decided I needed to just go put myself to bed. So, there I was…curled up in my blankets, on my couch, semi- watching football…drunk..oh yes, by myself! Good times.

Kris’s husband, Ryan took this photo while waiting for us to finish on the 50!

Yesterday post long run turned out to be a much better situation. The running tripod reunited for the Buckeye 4-miler this morning! It was so awesome. I haven’t run with Ashley or Kris since April so it was lovely seeing my fellow cheer squad & running pals again. It was a beautiful morning. The race attracted 12,000 people! They had a bunch of old players come back with awesome entertainment- I definitely recommend it for anyone close to Columbus.  We all agreed it will now be our annual fall fun race. We ran all four miles nice and slow, which was an awesome recovery run for my legs. Overall, my body was feeling really good when I woke up this morning so I really can’t complain.

Chicago plans are starting to come together and get finalized. As are vacation plans…ah yes! This week marks my first week of taper. I’m going to enjoy the cut back in mileage while I can. Speed Work and Tempo still continues but my weekend mileage drops drastically.

My race day outfit is all picked out and tested as of yesterday…I’m in the home stretch…what a feeling…and potentially plotting my next marathon? Perhaps!

Have a great week everyone!

-C

September 13, 2014
My first 20 miler.. Ever! We ran around the stadium as all the early tailgaters were out and about shot gunning beers😉 Finished in just under 3 hours holding steady at an 8:45/8:50 pace. 

Time to enjoy the game from the comfort of my own couch.. Snuggled up in my blankets with a cup of Joe.

One more long run for this girl next weekend and then it’s taper time. Since this is my first 26.2 adventure, I mentally needed to survive a 20 & 22 miler even though Hansons only calls for 16 max. After today’s run I have decided… I can do this!

Enjoy your weekend!
C

My first 20 miler.. Ever! We ran around the stadium as all the early tailgaters were out and about shot gunning beers😉 Finished in just under 3 hours holding steady at an 8:45/8:50 pace.

Time to enjoy the game from the comfort of my own couch.. Snuggled up in my blankets with a cup of Joe.

One more long run for this girl next weekend and then it’s taper time. Since this is my first 26.2 adventure, I mentally needed to survive a 20 & 22 miler even though Hansons only calls for 16 max. After today’s run I have decided… I can do this!

Enjoy your weekend!
C

September 7, 2014
Zzzzzzzzzzz’…Tired

It’s official. I am so tired. I think I’ve officially hit the ” Burn Out “ stage in marathon training. While I think this is a perfectly normal feeling to be experiencing, I’m still a little worry wart. I am SO. DARN. CLOSE. to taper…and not to mention the race! I have two big weeks coming up. My final long runs with 20 & 22 miles the next two Saturdays. To say I’m a little nervous/anxious about what’s to come is a slight understatement. I was supposed to run one of my longer-ish runs with my super human runner friend Ashley, however, our schedules didn’t quite match up and she is off to Berlin to run her 3rd world major- amazing! So, I will finish out my last two hefty mileage runs with my fantastic MIT group.

This past week was a drop back week with 10 miles yesterday. I started out with the progressive group but dropped back half way due to the awful weather conditions. I didn’t want to do something stupid and put myself in jeopardy for my long runs over the next two weeks. I spent the remainder of the day yesterday horizontal on my couch watching college football. Followed by sleeping in until 9 a.m this morning, being super productive until around 12:30 p.m. when I then proceeded to lay back down again and sleep from 12:30-4 p.m. I swear I could have kept sleeping but I also knew I needed to get up. It’s like my body just can’t get enough sleep. I guess the best thing I can do is listen and just go with it.

Last weekend I think I tried doing too much after my 18 miler. I was on the go, go, go immediately after my run with no time to slow down and breathe. By 10 p.m. I literally could stand up straight and again, was beyond exhausted. Noted for the next two weeks after my long runs- keep it low key post run:)

Two more weeks….T-W-O! until I hit taper time. I received my start corral last week and I’m in D. Any other Chicago runners in D? I really can’t wait. I’m getting so excited, yet sometimes I think my excitement is covered up with nervousness. Again, normal- I think?:) 

Aside from all of the race excitement, I also have vacation excitement! I fly back from Chicago on Monday to turn around and get back on a plane Tuesday to the Cayman Islands for a week. Such a beautiful thing…Words can’t express how much I’m looking forward to letting my body relax, laying on the beach, enjoying a few adult beverages, and wearing my ruffle dress, of course.

I won’t bore anyone with the last 2 weeks of daily workouts but, all I know it mileage is high, my legs are tired, I am tired…and I’m still strength training twice a week.

Looking forward to the start of a new week tomorrow. I can do this. Two more big weeks ahead. Head down and focus…

" Running isn’t  a sport for pretty boys…It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. Its the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with."

-Paul MaurerWhy yes Paul, you nailed it.

20 mile recap coming next week- My 1st 20 miler- holy biscuits.

-C

August 30, 2014
How one recovers from 18 miles this morning.. And yes, I’m wearing my compression sleeves and running skirt at the bar. #marathontraining #running #gobucks #shocktop

How one recovers from 18 miles this morning.. And yes, I’m wearing my compression sleeves and running skirt at the bar. #marathontraining #running #gobucks #shocktop

August 24, 2014
Running Sisters, PR’s, Steamy Temps & the Ruffle Dress!

This guy,MFL/Dad…was SO excited to get up at 4:30 to watch me race he had to make sure he had his bucket hat on before the sun even came up. God love him. Thank you to MFL, Hans, Midge, Steppy & B-Mac….also known as my family for coming out to watch/support today!

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Warning- I apologize in advance for lots of pictures this week.

What a weekend. I took the day off work on Friday and enjoyed a nice   “Mental Health Day” code for: I had a long personal to-do list that I wanted to knock out before heading to Philly for work this week. I went for a pretty speedy run on Friday in order to beat the rain. My legs were feeling great and my body, overall, felt ready to race. I did cut back on my mileage last week and did a “mini taper” in order to have fresh legs! Here is a run down of last week’s workouts.

  • Monday- Easy 8
  • Tuesday- Easy 3 & upper body workout
  • Wednesday-REST
  • Thursday- Upper body workout #2
  • Friday- Easy 5
  • Saturday- REST
  • Sunday-Emerald City Half Marathon 13.1

Melissa, my new running sister, traveled from Indy with her friends Car & Marci to race Emerald as well. We enjoyed a nice carbed up dinner last night and finally met in person after a month or so of talking about running every day via text, e-mail, & snap chat:) She is fabulous, and so are Car & Marci!. We had a great time and not to mention…she PR’ed like a straight boss lady today by 10 minutes!!

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                             So glad I got to watch you finish M!

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                                        Me, Melissa, & Car

(Car met Melissa around mile 8 and pushed her along to her PR)..so awesome. Melissa, you’re going to do amazing at Indy’s Monumental Marathon!

Here are a few other action shots Midge captured during the race. They “practiced” their watching skills to get ready for Chicago and a mighty fine job they did.

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As for me, I was content with my performance. Did I run as well as I would have liked? No. Was it hot as hell/muggy as all get out? Yes. Did my legs feel heavy for some odd reason? Yes. Did I still PR? Yes!! I beat my previous 1/2 time by 25 ish seconds. I had to remind myself that in the running world, PR’s are not easy and they can come down to seconds or even 100’s of a second, and race day weather has a lot to do with performance. So, overall, I was pleased but still know there is lots of room for improvement. Here is the race breakdown..I did back it down a notch around miles 8 & 9 because at one point my breathing pattern got a little out of whack so I wanted to ensure I gave myself time to get my rhythm back.

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Last but not least, I think my entire weekend was made when I found a fancy new piece  to add to my wardrobe. Meet my new Ruffle Dress! I feel like a gigantic present and don’t hate it one bit. I’m off to the Cayman Islands two days after the marathon & you better believe I will be prancing around the island in this bad boy. Honest to god, it’s the softest thing ever…and I’m in love..Just ask Midge, a.k.a my momma! ( oh, and thank you Midge!)

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  Ah yes,don’t mind my compression socks:) I love me a good RUFFLE!

I don’t know about you, but i’m ready for bed and it’s only 5:30. Time to finish up my packing..it’s back to Hansons bright & early tomorrow morning.

Thank you all for the ” good lucks” by the way. I adore the awesome tumblr running community.

Have a great week!

-C

August 24, 2014
13.1 sweaty & humid PR miles today! #emeraldcityhalfmarathon  (at Emerald City Half Marathon)

13.1 sweaty & humid PR miles today! #emeraldcityhalfmarathon (at Emerald City Half Marathon)

August 23, 2014
It’s never too early to make sure you have all of your race day essentials☺️🏃 #emeraldcityhalfmarathon #runner #DALE  (at Courage abode )

It’s never too early to make sure you have all of your race day essentials☺️🏃 #emeraldcityhalfmarathon #runner #DALE (at Courage abode )

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