July 28, 2014
6 glorious pain free miles! Yippy!

Also received this amazing card from a friend today.. Too cute, right?!

Thank you malloryrunsthis & runlong for your sweet tooth advice. I’m going to try out a few different options this week:)

Bring it speed Tuesday, I’m ready for ya!

6 glorious pain free miles! Yippy!

Also received this amazing card from a friend today.. Too cute, right?!

Thank you malloryrunsthis & runlong for your sweet tooth advice. I’m going to try out a few different options this week:)

Bring it speed Tuesday, I’m ready for ya!

July 28, 2014
Sweet Tooth

Tumblr friends- help a fellow runner out. My sweet tooth is ridiculously out of control right now. It must come to a halt or else I’m going to turn into a 50 layer cake with extra sprinkles on top. Any and all recommendations on how to curb this god awful thing are MORE than welcome….

Thank you in advance!

-Cupcake Face

July 27, 2014
Tomorrow marks my first day back to running since Thursday when I tweaked my back slightly- fluke accident.. Yet so frustrating!
It feels like the weekend has been dragging and I’m so antsy to get back at it. My back is still a little sore but doing 100% better. Really looking forward to a great training week ahead. I will run my 14 miler on Saturday that I was suppose to run yesterday and then finish out with an easy 10 next Sunday to make up for some lost mileage this week.

I do have to say, Monday- Thursday’s workouts were great. I felt challenged and focused. I even tried out a few new fueling options that finally seemed to agree with my stomach which is always a relief.

Monday: Easy 6
Tuesday: Ladder.. 400, 800, 1200, 1600 and back down. All with. 400 recovery with 1 mile warm up & cool down. 7.5 miles total
Wednesday- Rest Day
Thursday: 7 mile tempo run with 1 mile warm up and cool down. 9 miles total

Total Weekly Mileage: 22.5 miles

Cheers to a new week everyone! As we all know, marathon training has it’s ups and downs. I’m learning how to take on/ cope with the unexpected. Most important, staying positive and being kind to my body. 

I found the image above and just thought it was a pretty cool photo and thought I would share.

Start corral assignments are posted to our athlete center profiles beginning Friday. August is almost here! The months are flying by & the finish line is just around the corner.

Tomorrow marks my first day back to running since Thursday when I tweaked my back slightly- fluke accident.. Yet so frustrating!

It feels like the weekend has been dragging and I’m so antsy to get back at it. My back is still a little sore but doing 100% better. Really looking forward to a great training week ahead. I will run my 14 miler on Saturday that I was suppose to run yesterday and then finish out with an easy 10 next Sunday to make up for some lost mileage this week.

I do have to say, Monday- Thursday’s workouts were great. I felt challenged and focused. I even tried out a few new fueling options that finally seemed to agree with my stomach which is always a relief.

Monday: Easy 6
Tuesday: Ladder.. 400, 800, 1200, 1600 and back down. All with. 400 recovery with 1 mile warm up & cool down. 7.5 miles total
Wednesday- Rest Day
Thursday: 7 mile tempo run with 1 mile warm up and cool down. 9 miles total

Total Weekly Mileage: 22.5 miles

Cheers to a new week everyone! As we all know, marathon training has it’s ups and downs. I’m learning how to take on/ cope with the unexpected. Most important, staying positive and being kind to my body.

I found the image above and just thought it was a pretty cool photo and thought I would share.

Start corral assignments are posted to our athlete center profiles beginning Friday. August is almost here! The months are flying by & the finish line is just around the corner.

July 26, 2014
Jealous of all the long run recaps this morning but, the good news is.. my back is feeling 100% better! 

Taking today and most likely tomorrow off just to be sure. I’m so antsy to get back at it Monday. Staying positive and focusing on the rest of training- PLENTY of time still remaining to fit those long runs in:).. Even though mentally, I’m going bat shit crazy knowing I’ve missed workouts this weekend.Sigh…

Enjoy your Saturday!
-C

Jealous of all the long run recaps this morning but, the good news is.. my back is feeling 100% better!

Taking today and most likely tomorrow off just to be sure. I’m so antsy to get back at it Monday. Staying positive and focusing on the rest of training- PLENTY of time still remaining to fit those long runs in:).. Even though mentally, I’m going bat shit crazy knowing I’ve missed workouts this weekend.Sigh…

Enjoy your Saturday!
-C

July 24, 2014
Well ladies and gents, that’s my don’t panic/ yes I have vegetables on my back/ no I didn’t tweak my back face…😩😳 nothing a little ice + rest + biofreeze + meds can’t fix! #positive! (at my floor)

Well ladies and gents, that’s my don’t panic/ yes I have vegetables on my back/ no I didn’t tweak my back face…😩😳 nothing a little ice + rest + biofreeze + meds can’t fix! #positive! (at my floor)

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July 21, 2014
Two things that are absolutely kicking my hiney as of late. Hansons & Speed Tuesdays… wouldn’t have it any other way! 

I always have to write my speed workouts down the night before or else I totally forget mid workout what the heck I’m suppose to be doing.Then, I start talking to myself and from there, it all goes downhill.

Ladders tomorrow…see ya at 4:30 a.m!

Two things that are absolutely kicking my hiney as of late. Hansons & Speed Tuesdays… wouldn’t have it any other way!

I always have to write my speed workouts down the night before or else I totally forget mid workout what the heck I’m suppose to be doing.Then, I start talking to myself and from there, it all goes downhill.

Ladders tomorrow…see ya at 4:30 a.m!

July 20, 2014
A little bit of this & a little bit of that..

Hola!

This week was a tiring, yet productive one if I do say so myself. I spent most of the week in Philly for my once a month work travels. I always enjoy getting out of the office for a few days and working from a new environment. I managed to squeeze in two early morning runs ( speed work & tempo run) on Tuesday & Thursday. I tell you what….the feeling you get after a morning workout is the best. Aside from seeing the dreadful 4:30 or 5 a.m on your alarm clock every morning, I feel like a million bucks after.  I’ve always been a morning person but, since training has started, I guess my morning person qualities have continued to grow:)

I returned home late Thursday night and only had to work until 12:30 on Friday..(Summer Fridays-Yippy!) It was leg day with my personal trainer so I knew a 6 mile easy run was not happening afterward. I opted for an additional rest day this week- again, really trying to listen to my body to avoid over-training & injury. Here is what week # 6 looked like

….already completed week 6?! WHAT!

  • Monday: Easy 6 miles & upper body circuit
  • Tuesday: Speed Work: 5 x1200’s with 400 recovery= 1 mile warm up & 1 mile cool down..little over 6 miles total
  • Wednesday: REST Day
  • Thursday: Tempo Run ( 7 miles @ Marathon Pace with 1 mile warm up 1 mile cool down)
  • Friday: No run, lower body circuit
  • Saturday: 10 Miles-LSD
  • Sunday: 9.5 Miles-Easy

Total Weekly Mileage: 40.5 Miles

Ran the Johnstown Trail this morning…realized it ran right past my uncle’s house so I popped in for a surprise visit..aka quick water break! Also saw a few deer. Such a beautiful hideaway….

I also tried out running with my phone today for once. One of my favorite running bloggers, ChicRunner (www.chicrunner.com) wrote a post this past week about marathon training must haves. One of the must have’s she called out was using the Run Keeper App. I usually log all of my runs using Map My Run, however, Run Keeper may slowly be winning my vote! Right now, I’m using both until I make a final decision. I also made a trip to R.E.I yesterday to load up on fuel. I have a pretty sensitive stomach when it comes to energy gels, gummies, bars, etc. while running so, I picked up a few recommendations to test out.

Stopped into Fleet Feet Columbus last week and picked up my very own 6RUN4 tank! Fleet Feet always has the cutest running apparel..not to mention, they run the amazing MIT program I’m apart of. It’s been awesome being able to run my longer distances with the MIT group. Lots of laughs, running talk, and endless amounts of water/gatorade breaks!

Checked my mail yesterday & was pleasantly surprised to find this uplifting card & book from my momma! (Midge) She has always been probably one of my # 1 cheerleaders, especially when it comes to my marathon training. I love little inspirational books & cards..she knows me all too well!

" Love it when you’re bold enough to stand alone. Love it when you’re tender enough to need support”.

Speed work increases, tempo runs go up, & a big 14 miler this upcoming week- bring it!

-C

July 17, 2014
Welp, after a 4:30 am wake up call in order to report to ” tempo duty” this morning at the hotel (prior to when normal human operating hours usually begin)…I treated myself to a nice glass of red in the Delta Sky Club traveling home. (side note)..I must up my delta swag so I can frequent this secret hideaway more often.

Tomorrow is Friday & a summer Friday! Looking forward to an excellent easy 6 and strength training session in the afternoon.

It’s been a good week! I really can’t complain.

-C

Welp, after a 4:30 am wake up call in order to report to ” tempo duty” this morning at the hotel (prior to when normal human operating hours usually begin)…I treated myself to a nice glass of red in the Delta Sky Club traveling home. (side note)..I must up my delta swag so I can frequent this secret hideaway more often.

Tomorrow is Friday & a summer Friday! Looking forward to an excellent easy 6 and strength training session in the afternoon.

It’s been a good week! I really can’t complain.

-C

July 13, 2014
Summer Cold

I am ready for this polar vortex the local weatherman keeps yapping about…and by polar vortex I mean temps in the low 70’s this week, aka perfect running weather. I have been slightly under the weather  battling what appears to be a good ole’ nasty summer cold. Not quite sure how one gets a cold in the summer but, i blame it on this strange weather here in central Ohio.

Not a whole lot to report this week except for the fact I had to stay home from work on Tuesday due to my cold and with that came a rest day. Which is also what I decided to do today after my long run yesterday. I am traveling for work Tuesday-Thursday and the last thing I want is for this silly thing to escalate & put me out for a week…trust & listen to your body. Easier said than done.

Weekly Run Recap…

  • Monday:Rest Day
  • Tuesday: Sick Day
  • Wednesday: 6 easy miles
  • Thursday: 8 miles ( Tempo Run- 6 miles at marathon pace with 1 mile warm up & cool down)
  • Friday: 6 easy miles
  • Saturday: 12 miles-LSD
  • Sunday: Rest Day

Total Weekly Mileage: 32 miles

Hoping for a healthier upcoming week! Mileage drops back a little this week and then back up the following.

-C

July 12, 2014

Had to snap a pre-run selfie of quite possibly my new favorite running top I scored at TJ Maxx last week. Definitely gets the Caitlin stamp of approval- love the orange straps!

12 incredibly humid miles this morning along the Olentangy Trail. I ran with the 9 minute pace group but finished in 1:48 with an average pace of 8:56. This was my first long run that I decided to try out the infamous ice bath. I highly recommend it, as it really did make a difference how I felt post run. We shall see how the ole’ leggers feel tomorrow.

Off to enjoy the rest of my Saturday doing a whole lot of nothing😊

Full week recap tomorrow.
-C

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