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About Sweaty Kid


  • Marathon: 3:02:42 (November 2012) (Race recap)
  • Half-marathon: 1:32:15 (October 2011) (Race recap) (Unofficial: 1:29:12 en route to full in 2013…)
  • 10 miles: 62:44 (May 2013)
  • 15K: 1:02:48 (October 2009)
  • 10K: 39:03 (March 2012) (Race recap)
  • 8K: 31:54 (November 2010) (Race recap)
  • 4 miles: 25:12 (July 2012)
  • 6K: 23:16 (June 2012)
  • 5K: 18:43 (April 2013)
Marathon Progression.
March 2010: ING Georgia Marathon — 3:30:31 (Race recap)
  • Very hilly course; rainy with temps in the mid-40s; didn’t fuel properly and hit the wall hard
  • Averaged ~45 mpw for a 16-week buildup
  • Peaked at 58.5 miles
  • Cross trained with rowing machine and weightlifting 2-3x per week
July 2011: Juneau Marathon — 3:24:50  (Race recap)
  • Course is rolling hills out-and-back with only one turn; perfect running weather (high 40s-low 50s) and no wind
  • No focused training for this one
  • Averaged ~49 mpw in the 16 weeks prior
  • Had one random 75 mile week in there (I guess that was my peak week?) but that was by accident
  • Only one 20+ mile long run
  • Cross trained with rowing machine and weightlifting 2-3x per week
January 2012: Louisiana Marathon — 3:11:42 (Race recap)
  • Course is flat and fast; weather was great (sunny and 40s-50s)
  • I decided to buckle down and train a lot more this time
  • Averaged ~81 mpw for a 16-week buildup
  • Peaked at 105 miles
  • Cut out all cross training and lifting aside from daily hip myrtl routine (I only do a few of the exercises) and alternating between ~5 min of planks/pushups after every run
November 2012: Philadelphia Marathon — 3:02:42 (Race recap)
  • Mostly flat, fast course; perfect weather
  • Averaged ~92 mpw for a 20-week buildup
  • Peaked at 11o miles. Had several triple digit weeks. Hopefully this foundation will make it easier to run sub-3 in the future…?
  • Ended up managing an injury in the two months prior to the race (surprise!)
  • No cross training aside from some yoga and pilates when I got injured
  • No strength training aside from daily myrtl routine and 50 pushups every other day
  • If you want the day-by-day details, here is the entire 20-week buildup in my training log — all victories, mistakes, failures, good habits, and bad habits exposed.
November 2013: Philadelphia Marathon — 3:05:22 (Race recap)
  • Mostly flat, fast course; warmer than last year (60s) — unseasonably warm compared to the 40s/50s temps I had enjoyed for training in the six weeks prior to the race (I think this affected me more than I want to admit)
  • Averaged 87 mpw in the 14 weeks prior to tapering (see Training tab… sorry I got lazy about filling this out!)
  • Didn’t do much in the way of speedwork this time around, and cut out doubles almost completely because I had a lot of afternoon/evening commitments and just didn’t make it happen
  • Peaked at 1oo miles, but only once. A few other weeks in the 90s.
  • No cross training
  • No strength training aside from daily myrtl routine, some yoga moves and 30 pushups every other day
Other race recaps:
Veteran’s Day 8K (November 2011) — 33:50-something (Race recap)
Sweetheart’s Relay (February 2011) — 34:08 (Race recap)
48th Annual Ocean Beach/John and Jessie Kelley 11.6 mile Road Race (August 2010) — 1:25:20 (Race recap)
Bridgton 4 on the 4th (July 2010)  — 26:30 (Race recap)
Niantic Bay 10K (June 2010) — (Race recap)


Self-indulgent backstory section: 

Hi! I’m Cathleen. I’m 26. Grew up in Connecticut, went to college in New York, spent the last two years living in Alaska, and am currently living in Philly for grad school. I was a mediocre cross country runner in high school and went on to row crew for a division I program all four years of undergrad. Crew was incredible, but running is a lot easier for me mentally, physically, logistically, and financially right now — just step out the door and go! — so it’s taken over as my top hobby. I’m interested in seeing how fast I can get across the distances from 5K to marathon in the next 5-8 years, and am mostly going with a high mileage/specificity approach.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. 06/27/2010 17:29

    When do the post-college years become the pre-death years? heh. I’m digging your blog so far – cheers!

  2. 08/31/2010 09:32

    just found your blog 🙂 lovin’ it! i have actually been to victory bible camps in alaska on a missions trip with my church! ever heard of it? i think it was in palmer? i’ve got a few friends who now live in anchorage in ak, and they love it!

  3. 10/25/2010 10:34

    I really love your updated about page. The caption on the last photo is simply priceless.

  4. 01/21/2011 05:14

    Hey…are you still going to be in AK in September? Have you heard of the Klondike 110 Relay? I’m trying to get a team together. If we can get a group together, Chris and I are going to head up to AK to run it. Interested?

  5. Jessica Costello permalink
    03/02/2011 12:03


    I have a question about your site. Would you mind emailing me back @

    Jessica Costello

  6. 01/03/2012 08:08

    Hi Sweaty Kid, I’m across the country in Washington, DC, training for some big spring races. Tough in the winter, but Alaska is more fierce than DC, for sure. I’m on triathlon and running teams and find that so many people, especially women, ride and run indoors due to cold conditions in the winter. They are missing out on so much outdoor fun! Do you have any secrets you could share on how you fight the winter cold to log the big miles outdoors? If so, email me directly Your tips could be fun (like the two tips on my blog right now, #1 and #2) or product-specific (forthcoming blogs). Great work on your blog! –Kendra

  7. runningfarce permalink
    04/23/2012 18:44

    This is a good description and “inculcation” is a fun word. I dig it

  8. 12/12/2012 21:07

    But rowing in Philly is the BEST.

    Wishing you the best with your amazing running 🙂

  9. LisaS permalink
    10/05/2014 14:23

    Seriously miss your blogging! I hope all is well and that you are just busy with grad school.

  10. 03/07/2015 21:11

    I was cleaning up an old computer of mine and came across your blog in a search history from years and years ago. Got hit with a strong wave of nostalgia. I went back and read a lot of these and remembered how great a writer you are; hopefully somewhere out there you’re still writing something and running.

    • Cathleen permalink*
      03/12/2015 17:23

      Solid contact channel, and…

      Same to you. Hope you’re well, my dear dye-friend. 🙂


  1. Another lazy Sunday in which running was the most exciting and worthwhile thing I did. « Sweaty Kid.

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