Ways People Have Stereotyped Me

Yesterday Kim blogged about how frustrating labels and stereotypes can be. Her post got me thinking about the ways I’ve been stereotyped over time.

“You’re asian so you must be good at math.” Nope. I am terrible at math. Unless I can use a basic calculator to figure it out, I need to defer to someone else. In school I thought scientific calculators were expensive and pointless!

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“If you don’t want children it must be because you’re selfish.” Actually, I think it’s selfish for someone to have kids just because it’s the “normal thing to do” even if they don’t want children or cannot properly support a family.

Admittedly, not having children does afford me the disposal income to travel multiple times per year, the ability to plan and save for an early retirement, the freedom to buy the things I want and the enjoyment of getting to spoil my cat.

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Those are all nice luxuries I likely wouldn’t get to enjoy if I had children, but to be clear enjoying those things does not make me selfish.

I am not choosing those things over having a child. Rather I decided long ago, and after extensive consideration, that I did not want children and as such I am free to enjoy those things without guilt or the need to excuse my behavior.

“You’re not skinny so when you say you run you must mean you walk.” <–Well, no one has ever said that to my face, but my own mom has, on occasion, asked me how my walking is going! SIGH.

Also on two separate occasions when I told two different people that I ran a half marathon their identical response was, “Wow, that’s more than I could run. How did YOU do it?”

I rubbed a magic lamp and asked the genie to make me a slow runner.

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“You’re not skinny so you must actually hate running but do it solely to lose weight.” This one usually comes up when someone who is also “not skinny” finds out that I am a runner. The conversation usually goes, “ugh, running sucks, how much weight have you lost?”

“Well actually, it’s not really about that for me. I’m most proud that I went from running 0 miles to finishing a full marathon. I really like running.”

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“Oh wow, so how many calories does running burn?”

That’s usually when I try to find a way to exit the conversation.

Few things frustrate me more then when women try to bond over weight – gaining weight, losing weight, what other people weigh, etc. We are complex human beings and there just has GOT to be something better that we can bond over.

“You’re so nice, you must be a pushover.” This is another one that no one has said to my face, but actions speak louder than words. I don’t want to go into details here, but let’s just say a work related event recently showed me that someone thinks because I am nice that he can take advantage of that. Let’s also just say that I called this person out on their BS actions because I am nice but I am definitely not a pushover!

Stereotypes really stink. I know many people have been stereotyped or profiled in much worse ways that I have. Really, I’ve had it easy, but wouldn’t it be great if we could all just keep an open mind? It’s not easy to do but it’s worth trying for.

Have you ever had to deal with an unfair stereotype being placed on you? How did you deal with it?

Catching Up!

I hate to start a post off negatively, but my right hip has turned into a nightmare.

Some days it doesn’t bother me at all, and some days it hurts really bad unless I’m laying down. I’ve been diligently stretching every single day but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Some days I’m fine and some days I’m not.

I haven’t run since Wednesday.

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I had hoped that a few days of uninterrupted rest would heal things up, but I still feel the same. I’m going to take myself to the doctor this week to get a professional assessment.

On one hand I think it’s great that this is happening during a lull in my training. On the other hand I don’t really understand WHY it’s happening now.

I’ve learned that a tight hip is possibly one of the worst things that can happen to you because your hip affects SO many other parts of your body. On the days that my hip feels the worst my IT band is also tight, my achilles is tight, my glutes are tight and even my lower back aches a bit :(.

Hopefully the doctor can refer me to a couple of PT sessions and I can get back on track.

I didn’t do any running this weekend but I did go on a nice walk. Our weather dipped down into the 60s briefly and it felt SO NICE! If only this weather was sticking around!

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I also spent some time outside grilling!

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I could feel someone’s eyes on me as I was turning the chicken.

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Cecil had to supervise and make sure I cooked everything to his liking.

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The food may not look like it came from the pages of a cookbook, but it sure tasted GREAT!

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^ Grilled chicken with honey BBQ sauce, grilled zucchini and squash, hot dogs and a salad with candied walnuts, craisins and fresh grapes.

I’m really getting the hang of this grilling thing!

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If only I could get a handle on whatever it is that’s wrong with my hip I’d be in really good shape.

How was your weekend? Do you like to go for walks or do you think they’re a waste of time? I couldn’t stop thinking about running while I was walking! 

5 Things on My Mind

Let’s jump right into it.

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1. Last Night was the Perfect Evening (for my calves to get super tight).

I was really looking forward to my run all day. My office was freezing and I just knew the warm air and sun on my skin would feel amazing.

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But my body rebelled. My calves were so tight I wondered if I had broken them somehow.

The last two nights I’ve gotten pretty bad sleep. I wonder if the tightness has anything to do with that. I know it doesn’t exactly make sense, but being tired can affect you in weird ways.

Hopefully today’s run goes a lot smoother!

I’m sure it will! #PositiveThinking

2. Get a $200 Fundraising Credit if You Join Team Paws Before April 1st!

Are you thinking about running the Chicago Marathon this year? Join Team PAWS!

When you sign up be sure to use the code “RAFCHALLENGE” to get the $200 credit. If you put my name (Kristina Allen) as your referrer I will also get a $200 fundraising credit! :)

The pre-lottery fundraising minimum for the Chicago Marathon is only $1,000 this year (it was $1,200 last year). If you take advantage of the $200 credit now you’ll not only bring your fundraising minimum down to $800 but you’ll secure a guaranteed entry into the marathon before lottery day!

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3. That Mindy Finale Tho! 

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I don’t want to spoil anything if you didn’t watch it yet but HAVE MERCY that was a good finale! If this show gets cancelled before next season … I can’t even think about it.

The scene with Danny in the kitchen with his ma was on point. Chris Messina is a damn good actor. He should win an Emmy for that scene.

4. I’ve Been Accidentally Conditioning My Hair with Shampoo. 

Yes, you read that correctly! Oy!

Over the weekend I bought what I thought was a new bottle of hair conditioner.

Yesterday I was thinking that my hair was feeling kind of dry and straw like. When I looked to see what the ingredients were in the conditioner I realized that it was shampoo. So, I’ve been double shampooing my hair for a couple of days!

Did I mention that life has been a little hectic lately?! :)

5. V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N.

The upside is that in just a couple more weeks Adam and I will be taking a nice little cruise through the Caribbean.

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I cannot wait.

Neither of us have taken time off from work since January, and a few days of kicking back and relaxing are just what the doctor ordered.

I am counting down the days!

Have you ever double shampoo’d your hair? Or used body wash as shampoo by accident? I’ve nearly done that several times. I’m 99% asleep when I take my morning shower!

Race for PAWS 5K/10K Results!

The virtual Race for PAWS 5K/10K is complete!

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I seriously cannot thank each and every single person who signed up enough. Not only are you helping me realize my dream to run Chicago this year, but you’re helping out so many animals at the PAWS Chicago no-kill shelter!

Official Results for the 10K

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Official Results for the 5K

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If you haven’t submitted your result yet, you can still get it in! Just email me (runkristina@gmail.com) and I will add it to this page! 

*** I haven’t received the medals from the company that made them yet, so I haven’t shipped them off to those who requested one. I promise I will keep you updated and ship the medals as soon as I receive them! 

Finally, I know I blogged about this before, but I think it’s worth repeating…

The $867 that we raised could pay for:

  • 13 x-rays for injured dogs and cats …or
  • 11 IVs for sick dogs and cats …or
  • 10 spay/neuter procedures …or
  • 4 rounds of medication for dogs and cats with upper respiratory infections or
  • 27 days worth of litter for all the cats at the PAWS shelter or…

Heartworm treatment for a sick dog or cat, medication for the entire shelter for a day or any combination of these things.

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Thank you again to every single person for your generous donation and participating in the race for PAWS and my first virtual race!

I really appreciate your support a lot!

Wasn’t it just Friday a minute ago?

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That about sums it up.

Yesterday in my weekly rundown I wrote that I was planning to do an upper body strength session, but that I had not done it yet. I’m happy to report that I got it in (after taking a nice long nap in the afternoon)!

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I was pretty groggy from sleeping way too long, but I ended up doing:

  • 5 one minute planks with generous rest in between
  • 5 assisted pull-ups with a generous assist
  • 5 x 5 chest press with 25lb dumbbells
  • 5 x 5 shoulder press with 20lb dumbbells
  • 3 x 5 bent over rows with a 30lb dumbbell

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You know that’s true!

After the gym I decided to grill up some burgers. We have these really nice grills literally 10 feet outside of our apartment door and have never used them!

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I’ve never grilled anything before in my life, but it went really well!

Actually, I’m addicted and am going to start grilling EVERYTHING!!!!! Chicken, burgers, vegetables, pineapple… anything that can fit on the grill!

This summer I am going to become a grill master!

This guy is my new mentor:

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Saw that on Pinterest when I was looking up grill recipes :).

Alright, I’m off to conquer another week of work. I hope that you have a great Monday!

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(^ Me at work last week smiling because I just ate some delicious tacos for lunch. YOLO.)

PS: Things at work for me have been a little hectic lately. The company I work for is going through a merger and I’ve been promoted to a director position. Everything that is going on is pretty exciting, but some days my brain is just totally fried when I get home. I may miss a day or two or three of blogging over the next month, but I am sure things will calm down and get back to normal! :)

What is your favorite thing to grill? Any sites you go to for the best grill recipes?
Do you go to the gym on the weekends, or do you mostly go during the week?
- my gym is always empty on the weekends!

Weekly Rundown: 004 – The Tale of 2 Rest Days

Can it be Sunday again already? Wow!

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3/16/15
Monday  – Beach Run (3 miles, 39:04, 13:01/mi, 77*)
This run felt really good. Some very sweet drunk spring breakers gave me a standing ovation as I ran passed them.  It’s not everyday you are made to feel like Shalane! Thanks guys!

3/17/15
Tuesday – Treadmill Run (3 miles, 40:00, 13:20/mi)
I hit the emergency stop button on my treadmill when I was just .1 away from being done, so the total time and pace is an estimate, but probably a pretty close one. Stupid treadmill. Stupid emergency bar. Watching a new episode of The Mindy Project afterwards helped me feel better!

3/18/15
Wednesday - Rest
Got home from work late and had 0 energy to run or do anything else. Watched the HEAT game from the comfort of my couch until bed time.

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Thursday – Beach Run (4 miles, 51:41, 12:55/mi, 79*)
One mile warmup, two miles of fartlek and one mile cooldown. Hit the drawbridge at mile 3 and had to take a small break to wait for the bridge to come back down. That mile ended up being 11:40 which is fast for me, but I’m sure the break had something to do with it! It was really warm and humid out! Blech!

3/20/15
Friday – Rest
Oops another rest day. Actually I’m thinking about making two days off from running a standard thing for a while. I’ve been following a 6-day a week schedule for two years. I like running a lot, but I want to take some time to really focus on strength training. At this point I feel like that will help me more than getting in a few extra easy miles.

3/21/15
Saturday – Treadmill Run + Core + Legs
should have gotten in a lifting session on both Wednesday and Friday but I did not. I’ve been feeling really worn out the last couple of weeks; it’s been more of a mental exhaustion than a physical one, but it does kill my motivation. Since I skipped strength both of those days, I made sure to get in an okay workout this day.

  • 1 mile warmup @ 13:49 pace
  • 3 forearm planks @ 60 seconds with 15 second rest
  • 1 minute double hip extension
  • 30 reps of up and downs
  • 30 diagonal situps
  • 15 reps of deep squat press-outs with 10lb dumbbell
  • 15 reps of deep squat press-ups with 10lb dumbbells
  • 1 mile cooldown @ 13:38 pace

3/22/15
Sunday – Beach Run (10 miles, 2:17, 13:45, 76*) + Upper Body Strength
Nice little morning run during my usual loop. I haven’t actually gone to the gym to do upper body yet, but I am definitely planning to do it this afternoon so I’m including it here! It needs to get done since I slacked all week on strength training!

Total Mileage: 22
Total Time Running: 4:55
Avg. pace: 13:20/mi

4-Mile Loop PR! Nailed It.

Guess what?

I earned a new course PR last night! I did speedwork on my normal 4-mile loop and finished in 51:41 which is about 15 seconds faster than I’ve ever finished before!

(1 mile warmup, 2 miles speed, 1 mile cooldown)

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The downside? I don’t think I can officially call it a course PR because during mile 3 I hit the draw bridge and got to take a “nice” little break.

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I’m putting nice in quotes because when you’re in the middle of your speedwork flow, coming to a stop totally stinks, doesn’t it?

Mile 3 (the one where I hit the drawbridge) ended up being an 11:40 minute mile which is quite fast for me, but I’m sure it had something to do with the rest break!

It was pretty warm and humid out, so maybe I can cut myself a little slack ;).

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The reason I went all out on my speedwork yesterday despite having a 5K race scheduled for this weekend is … I don’t plan to run that 5K.

My heart just isn’t in it. Getting up early to run short races in hot weather is just not appealing to me AT ALL.

I’m still trying to decide which races I do want to take on this spring. There is one race that benefits sea turtle conservation that I’m sure I’ll do (my first pet ever was a water turtle), but beyond that it’s less clear.

We’ll see… I’m not stressing about it!

I’m still all about that speedwork and trying to get faster before marathon training begins, I’m just not all about the pressure of racing.

Instead I want to run my beach loop, earn some unofficial PRs and slide into marathon training mode this summer.

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Right now all the spring breakers are making their way into town and the beach is full of ‘em!

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GO AWAY KIDS AND STOP TAKING UP MY SIDEWALKS! I NEED THEM FOR RUNING!

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Just kidding.

If I can actually pull myself out of bed early this weekend to go running I can have the sidewalks to myself. I’m sure the spring breakers will be sleeping off their hangovers :).

Hey, they don’t call Fort Lauderdale “Fort Liquordale” for no reason.

Actually, I don’t think they’ve called Fort Lauderdale that in years.

Go away kids and leave me my sidewalks!

Have a great weekend :) 

Any exciting weekend plans? Are you into the March Madness thing? 

Celebrating TWO YEARS!

This week I am celebrating my two year blog-aversary!

Two years ago I switched over from Tumblr and wrote my first post in this blog. Back then I was wildly inexperienced as a runner with just a handful of blog visitors each day.

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I was getting ready to tackle my third 5K and I hoped to run sub-40, but I ended up taking 46 minutes.

I had no idea how to estimate how long it should take me to actually race a 5K based on my “training,” which mostly consisted of run/walking whatever I felt like each day. I wasn’t following a plan.

I had run my first couple of 5Ks just about a month and a half before (in back-to-back weekends)! The first one was a fun run that I unofficially finished in 42 minutes, but the course was definitely short. The second one was certified and I finished in 46:50…

I totally thought I could shave off 6+ minutes from my 5K time in just a month and a half! HAHA!

Oh yeah, and I had NO IDEA how to pace myself in a race.  I went out in that third 5K way too fast and ran a 10:30 minute mile for the first mile. It all went downhill from there (not literally). Let’s just say it took me about 20 minutes to crawl through mile 3.

We all start somewhere right?

Two years later and here I am. I’ve run sub-40 three times!

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And I have blog readers and new friends! 

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My blog traffic!

^ It still surprises me that all those visits aren’t just from Adam! Those first few little blips were definitely all him! :)

When I first started blogging I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know if running as a hobby was going to stick, and I didn’t know if I would be dedicated enough to blog about it every week.

Since blogging is part of my day job, I vowed I would quit if this blog ever felt like work. I still plan to keep that vow, but so far I hasn’t even come close.

If running is my favorite hobby, blogging is a close second. 

So, today as I celebrate my two year blog-aversary I have to say THANK YOU for visiting my blog and making it such a rewarding endeavor for me! I really appreciate it!

Emergency Stop

I’m just gonna start today’s post off by saying it is not sponsored by Yurbuds earbuds. I’m sure they have no idea who I am, but I am so glad I know who they are!

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For Valentine’s Day I got Adam a pair of Yurbuds and he’s been raving about them ever since, so I finally bought myself a pair.

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These are seriously the best earbuds I’ve ever owned. They are guaranteed to never fall out and I believe it. I got sweaty during last night’s run and I shook my head all around and they never even budged. They’re also super comfortable and I didn’t feel like I had anything in my ears!

I just wanted to tell you since I know many runners are always looking for a great pair of earbuds! I bought these ones from Amazon – they are on sale for only $34 right now (free 2-day shipping with Prime)!

(You can also get them at Target, but they only carry the pink/white and red/black versions.)

I wore my Yurbuds last night during what turned out to be an annoying treadmill run. I only had three easy miles on the schedule and at 2.9 miles in I accidentally hit the emergency bar and the treadmill came to a dead stop!

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Noooooooooooooooooooo! SO ANNOYING! I was so so so so close to being officially done!

Even worse, hitting the emergency stop automatically cleared all my data so I’m not sure what my exact time was. That is the most frustrating part since I like to know my numbers! Arghh!

The positive is that whole situation made me frustrated enough to knock out a plank PR!

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I didn’t get the 3 minutes I was hoping for, but 2:30 is still a 30 second plank PR for me!

I really thought 3:00 would be possible after the three 1 minute planks over the weekend, but I guess those 20 second breaks in between really made a difference.

Oh well, it was fun to try!

“Fun.”

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Did you go for a plank PR yesterday? How did it go?!
Ever hit the emergency stop on the treadmill by accident? It scared the heck out of me!

Right Now…

Right now I’m super high on the awesome win the HEAT pulled out over the Cavs! We may not be going to the finals this year, but man do I love those guys!

I’m also super high on the fact that I got to go running outside yesterday!

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(I could never leave Fort Lauderdale… BEACH LIFE FOR LIFE!)

Last week while I was waiting for my Garmin replacement I tried to use the Strava app to record my runs, but twice if failed to record anything. I guess my phone really doesn’t like Strava. Since I’m all about the data, I ended up doing the majority of my runs on the treadmill. Bleh.

The good news is my new Garmin is finally here!!!! Reunited and it feels so good!

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I don’t know why the pic looks so dark, the sun wasn’t down yet when I finished my run. I think it might have been dense tree coverage!

Who knows…

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I’m just glad to be running after work in the daylight again! It’s nice to see the world :).

My shin is feeling really good after last week’s soreness. I ended up not doing a long run  last weekend and I think the extra day of rest really helped out. Or at least that’s what I am telling myself so I don’t feel bad about skipping my long run! Life happens, right? Right!

To everyone who is running the PAWS 5K/10K don’t forget that March 20th is the last day to submit your time to be included in the official finishing time page I’ll be putting up!

Courtney did her run with Arrow last night! How cute is this pic?!

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I love it!

High fives all around for getting past Monday. Hope your Tuesday is a good one!

Tonight I’m going for a 3-minute plank!!!! Wish me luck :) .

Hey, just an idea, you should try for a new plank PR today too! Go for it!