Running Like the Wind

Oh man, I had a day yesterday! It took me almost two hours to get home from work all because of “on-looker delays.” If you aren’t familiar, that’s when an accident occurs and even though the damaged vehicles are moved out of the traffic lanes, every one slows down to 2mph because they want to look at the people standing on the side of the road.

Nothing frustrates me like on-looker delays do! UGH, UGH, UGH. By the time I got home to Fort Lauderdale it was after 8pm. I was hungry, angry and seriously thinking about just driving home, but I knew going for a run would make me feel better – just like it always does! :)

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I had four miles on the schedule but only ended up doing two since it was already so late and I was in need of dinner. The wind was whipping around at about 25mph with gusts up to 31mph.

When I started my run I wondered why the heck I was putting myself through this, but of course five minutes later I settled into the run and felt a million times better. I love running, there’s nothing like it in the whole world!

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Every year Fort Lauderdale Beach puts together a holiday display – and this year’s display is definitely the cutest one yet! You should definitely come visit and take a picture with the sandy snowman! I would be happy to show you around :).

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After snapping the snowman pic I ran into the wind for a mile which was a struggle at 13:52/mi. Luckily I had the wind at my back for the second mile and easily knocked out a 12:38 minute mile. Now if only I could have 30mph winds at my back for the duration of my next race :) .

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By the time I stretched and took a few minutes to watch the waves crash against the shore my stomach was really rumbling. I made it hope just before 9pm – phew, what a long day! I’m so grateful to have Thursday and Friday off this week for Thanksgiving!

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If we’re friends on Instagram (@kristinarunning) then you already know Cecil has been in super cuddle mode lately! I think it’s because it’s “cold” out (aka in the low 70s) and he is trying to steal my warmth!

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Whatever the reason, I don’t mind it!

If today is your last work day of the week I hope you have a great one! I’m counting down the hours until the end of the day :).

Talk to ya tomorrow!

Are you traveling for Thanksgiving or hosting?
All prepped and ready or running around last minute like me? haha

My Weekend + The Start of a New Training Cycle

What a weekend! On Friday afternoon Adam and I drive over to Venice, FL which is clear across the state on the west coast. It’s a really pretty little city right on the gulf.

Venice, FL | Photo Credit | Google Maps

Friday night we went to see an NXT show (wrestling). We were supposed to meet up with my dad who lives nearby but in the end he wasn’t able to come. That was definitely a bummer but we still had a fun night and got to see the champ, Finn Bálor. The venue was really small, which is typical for NXT house shows, but the crowd was super into it which made it a lot of fun.



Saturday afternoon we made our way back home so that Adam could go see his teammates in their MMA fights that night. I didn’t go with him because I had a date with Jim, sometimes spelled as Gym 😉 .

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I got in a good night of lifting and enjoyed having the place almost completely to myself (there was only one other person there)!

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After the gym I made myself a delicious smoothie to sip while I watched the Heat game. I don’t know what button I hit on the TV but I watched the entire game dubbed over in Spanish. Afterwards I watched part of Independence Day in Spanish too. It’s a good thing I’ve seen Independence Day enough times to know exactly what’s being said without needing to know the language. Such a classic movie! haha

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Yesterday Adam and I braved the storm and headed out to the Cowboys v. Dolphins game. It POURED out so badly that even my poncho wasn’t enough to keep me truly dry.

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The rain was also FREEZING (temps dropped into the mid 70s!!!)! Adam and I ended up leaving early because we so badly wanted to change into warm, dry clothes – plus the Dolphins were playing poorly. I am sure all of you northerners reading this are laughing at what wimps we are! 😀 I don’t know how I’m going to handle New York next month!

Noticeably missing from this weekend was running. My only running plans included getting in about five miles on Sunday, but those weren’t mandatory. Mostly I wanted to strength train and ensure my legs were raring and ready to go today as I begin my new half marathon training cycle!

After almost two months off from a structured training plan I am beyond ready to get going! LET’S DO THIS!

Best part of your weekend?
Are you doing any cooking this week for Thanksgiving?
– What is your favorite non-pumpkin and non-apple pie Thanksgiving related dessert? 

On-Again, Off-Again Relationship with Pinterest

Pinterest and I have an on-again, off-again relationship. Some weeks I dedicate hours to scrolling through pins about running, cats and Mindy Kaling. They are my holy trinity after all. Other times I won’t even log into my Pinterest account for months on end.

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This week Pinterest and I have had one of our famous reunions, and I’ve found lots of pins that have made me literally laugh out loud. Today I want to share a few of my faves with you! :)

This one represents exactly how I felt after my half marathon on Sunday:

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It’s actually taken my body a few days to feel properly recovered which is why I haven’t written about running since Monday. Last year at this time a 13 mile easy run wasn’t a big deal at all and I would have been running the very next day.

I really think splitting up my long runs this summer as part of my marathon training plan wasn’t a great idea for me. Coupled with an injury on top of the split long runs and it feels like I’ve gotten worse this year rather than better. That stings a lot since I made huge strides in 2014 and I believed 2015 would be an incredible year of running for me. That’s all in the rear view mirror though, now it’s time to focus on what I can do during the remaining weeks of this year to set myself up for an exciting 2016!

Okay, things just got way more serious than I intended for them to be in this post so let’s move on! (I have a lot of ideas and feelings to flesh out about 2015 in general and I’ll write a “year in review” post sometime in December.)

This image represents what I think every time I go to the bathroom – which is A LOT because I’m always drinking water and always peeing!

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Being a runner in hot and humid South Florida means taking hydration SUPER SERIOUSLY.

Is it sometimes embarrassing the amount of times I have to pee in a day? Sure, but when I first started running I used to get really tight calves within five minutes of starting each run. Once I started taking my daily hydration strategy more seriously that issue completely went away! (And by “daily hydration strategy” I just mean that I keep a big class of water next to me all day and I sip every 2 seconds*!)

*This might be an exaggeration :)

This image needs no introduction and no explanation:

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Some days Adam and I both find ourselves hobbling around like two uncoordinated baby deer learning to walk for the first time. I think it’s kind of cute!

This picture isn’t fitness related, but I do love a good taco and can relate to how happy this bear is about eating them!

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Finally, today I want to leave you with this thought. I actually saw this on Pinterest a few months ago and it really resonated with me.

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Five different people could have five different interpretations of this saying. For me it’s a reminder to be the best version of myself so that good people want to be around me. I think if you’re negative you’ll inevitably kill other people’s joy. If you’re angry or jealous or hateful you’ll bond over hateful things with other people, and then the core of your relationship will be based on shared negative experiences/feelings. Not a great way to live.

I’m extremely reactionary which sometimes means I’m either very happy about something or super upset by it. There is very little in-between for me. Luckily I think I’m also fairly self-aware so when I find myself complaining too much I remind myself that “water seeks it’s own level.” If I don’t want to be dragged down by other people complaining then I need to stop and try to find the positives in the situation.

I think this can be frustrating for others who interact with me. I’m sure it makes me look like a flip-flopper because I may complain for hours about something with you one day and the next day I’m telling you why I think everything is going to be more than okay – it’s going to be great! I understand that can be annoying, but hey, we’re all entitled to a change of mind right?! I mean, when I first heard of The Mindy Project my immediate reaction was to hate it. I have no idea why, but I’m glad I eventually gave it a try because it’s now my favorite show!

Anyway, there you have it, my most recent Pinterest experience in a nut shell!

Do you use Pinterest a lot?
What do you like to pin?
Leave a link to your Pinterest below so I can follow you :)
Best running joke you’ve ever heard?


Day in the Life!

Helloooooo Wednesday! Today I’ve got a new vlog for you – a day in the life video from yesterday!

I’ve decided I’m going to do Vlogmas this year – it’s a YouTube thing where you vlog every day or every other day leading up to Christmas/the end of December. I haven’t decided which schedule I’m going to try to keep up with, but I do have a few fun things planned for December including:

  • Meeting up with Megan and Ali for Best Damn Race Cape Coral
  • Spending a week in NYC
  • Running the Jingle Bell Jog
  • Christmas!
  • New Years!
  • Training for my half marathon PR in February
  • Plank a day challenge

Hopefully I can keep things interesting for you :) .

I think I mentioned it the other day, but this is a down week for me training wise. I’m letting myself rest up and getting my mind right for the start of my next training cycle which will begin this coming Monday!

Last week I tried Pilates for the first time and I’ll be going to another class today. I’m not yet sure how long I’m going to continue with it. I don’t find it to be equal or better than weight lifting, and my schedule is way too full to keep up with running 30+ miles per week, lifting twice a week and then adding Pilates on top. For right now it’s something different and interesting though.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but Adam and I are heading out of town this weekend for a little pre-holiday fun! We’re heading over to the west coast of Florida for a couple of days.

Speaking of Adam, guess what tomorrow is? Our 11 year anniversary! I’m so lucky that I’ve been able to spend the last eleven years with the person who was literally made for me. It’s pretty incredible that out of the billions of people on the planet we were able to find each other. I don’t think I believe in the concept of soul mates, but if there is such a thing he’s definitely mine! <3

I’m looking forward to this weekend with Adam and to eventually kicking off Vlogmas!

Have you ever taken a Pilates class? Like/Dislike?
What type of fitness classes do you like to take?

Michelob Ultra Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Race Recap

If we’re friends on Instagram (@KristinaRunning) then you already know I had a tough time at the Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon yesterday.

I just barely made it to packet pick-up on Friday evening. I think the running shop locked the doors right after I walked in. Maybe I should have taken that as an omen!

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^ I really like this year’s technical tee. I love that it incorporates the little towers that the lifeguards hang out in on our beach. I may actually wear this one!

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Saturday night I laid out all of my gear and got into bed around 10pm. That’s actually later than I normally like to go to bed before a race, but I stupidly took a 2.5 hour nap in the afternoon and I just wasn’t tired! Oops!

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My alarm went off at 4:25am and I had a couple of pieces of toast, a coffee and a glass of water. I headed out the door at 5:50am and walked over to the starting line << a nice benefit of racing in Fort Lauderdale!

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I planned to just take it easy during this race and use it as a training run. I figured I would finish in about 3:10 (or less).

Well, I was served a giant piece of humble pie! My official finishing time was 3:23 on the dot, although I ended up running 13.3 instead of 13.1. My Garmin said I hit 13.1 miles at 3:17. I’m absolutely terrible at running tangents and I often weave in and out of people at the start of races.

From mile two onward I knew I was in for a bad race. It was 80 degrees at the start and my stomach just did not want Gatorade at all. Every time I grabbed a cup at the aid station I would feel gas building up in my chest but it would take me forever to burp which felt super uncomfortable. When I took Gu with Gatorade I actually threw up a little. Sorry for the TMI but I know my fellow runners will understand the gross things that sometimes happen to us!

Mile 1: Yay, it’s race day!

Mile 2 – 6: Oh man, this isn’t going well at all. Stomach please calm down.

Mile 7 – 10: Oh F. I’m going to do 1:1 run/walk intervals.

Mile 11 – 13: It’ll all be over soon!

It turns out even a really good Taylor Swift + Britney Spears playlist cannot always keep you on pace – even what you consider your easy pace!

We had a really windy morning here too. I could tell it was bad but later another runner told me that there were gusts up to 23 mph – and we ran into the wind way more than it was at our backs.

Excuses, excuses!

When the finish line finally came into sight I felt total relief. I made it! After my disappointing DNF in Chicago crossing a finish line felt really good even if my time was 20+ minutes slower than the PR I just set in January! Sigh. There is work to be done.

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Can I give just one more excuse?

I haven’t run a double digit long run since September and I haven’t really done any speedwork since then either thanks to my injury. Considering my only two “long runs” were 9 miles in Chicago and then 8 miles last weekend, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised that I finished with one of my worst half marathon times ever.

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There is no point in wallowing in self pity though because what’s done is done and now it’s time to move on to greener pastures!

I’m looking on the bright side and feel sure that this one bad race means I have several good ones in my future!

This race laid the foundation for my upcoming training cycle. I have three months to get back into racing shape and to go after a half marathon PR in February. I have no doubt that I can make it happen, but it’s clearly going to take more work than I thought! That’s okay though, I’m not scared of a little hard work!

…. And even though this was a slow race even by my standards it still counts as race #1 in the Florida Storm Series! :)

How was your weekend? Did you race? Did your football team win? :)

Sipping Ice Cold Smoothies in the Hot Box Called Florida

Oh Friday, you are gorgeous, funny and smart. I just love you.

I’ve been waiting for this week to end since it started. All year long the days seemed to fly by but lately they’ve been crawling. I think I’m just in need of a vacation!

My mom and I are heading to NYC next month and I couldn’t be more excited. The only issue is that I have zero pieces of “winter clothing.” The heaviest jacket I own is made of tech material that can wick my sweat away and keep me cool. Not sure that’s what I need for a December in New York!

Even if NYC is only in the 60s it’s going to feel frigid to me since our temps haven’t dropped yet at all. Fort Lauderdale is experiencing a record high for November. I know I’m not the only person in Fort Lauderdale still whipping up ice coldIce C smoothies!

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Supposedly there is a chance for rain on Sunday. I’m not usually a fan of running in the rain but I think a little drizzle might make the half marathon more enjoyable. Running a race in 80+ degrees is just not fun. Been there, done that, not a fan… but running in 80 degrees is better than not running at all :) .

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I’ve officially stopped going to physical therapy. I’m still doing all of my stretches every night but I am feeling really good. My hips aren’t tight, my back doesn’t hurt, I have had any foot numbness, etc. in almost two weeks now. I am eternally grateful for feeling better. Chronic pain is no joke and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

Anyway, Fort Lauderdalians, what are you doing on Thanksgiving morning? How about a Turkey Trot and Paddle along Las Olas and A1A? Sounds like a plan to me!


I’ve never participated in a Turkey Trot since my Thanksgiving mornings are usually a bit hectic and I need to get my run in before 6am, but this year I may give it a shot!

Do you run a Turkey Trot every year?
Can I borrow a jacket for New York? :)

Have a great weekend!

Wish me luck at my half marathon this weekend. It’s just for fun, but with your luck I may avoid bad weather! haha

The Suite Life

Last night Adam and I had a blast at the Miami Heat game! Since we were there as a guest of a client we had awesome seats in the club/suite level and we got VIP parking.

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We pulled into the garage and someone came over and showed us to a special spot to park, and then led us to a special elevator that took us directly to the suites. We didn’t have to walk through the crowds of regular people with their regular tickets because obviously (for one night only) we were that fancy.

We also saw the elevator reserved for celebrities – ohhhh! It was right next to our elevator, haha. Adam said, “tonight we don’t have to be near the people with regular tickets and the celebrities don’t have to be near us. What a world!” 😀

I did bump into Alonzo Mourning right outside of the bathrooms which was cool. Zo played for the HEAT his entire career, helped us win a championship in 2006 and was also on the USA Men’s basketball team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. No big deal running into him or anything. I played it totally cool and just said “hi Zo.” He said hi back so we’re practically best friends now.

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The Heat won pretty big against the Lakers, so all-in-all a great game. I was a little bummed that Kobe didn’t play since I’ve ever never seen him live and this will be his last year in the NBA. At least I can say I was in the same room as him. I hope some of the air Kobe breathed out floated up to me and I breathed it in. I could use some of his drive and determination for future races!

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Adam and I got home late to a cat that was outraged we would dare to leave him alone for so long without dinner. I promise you he didn’t starve to death, even though he was acting like he was on the verge of it.

I was supposed to run yesterday but I didn’t. I’m not too worried about it since I have the Fort Lauderdale half this weekend. Even though I’m not racing it and definitely do not need to taper… I’m just going to use it as an excuse.

Life is supposed to be about balance, right? I’ll definitely get in a run today – really looking forward to it!

What’s your favorite sport to watch live?
Favorite athlete of all time?


Every once in a while Megan writes a Currently post where she talks about random stuff going on in her life – today I’m stealing the post idea!

I am currently: burning my first holiday candle. It’s from Bath & Body Works, the scent is Frosted Cranberry and I am obsessed. I don’t know if it’s really getting me in the holiday mood or not, but I can taste juicy cranberries in the air when it’s burning!

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I am currently: motivated by this Own Chicago wallpaper on my laptop. This will remain on my screen until I am back in Chicago next fall. I have never, ever, ever been more excited about a race that is still 11 months away!

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I am currently: looking at this silly cat wrapped up in my scarf. He is too cute! It’s definitely not cold enough to be Scarf Weather for me with temps reaching record highs, so I’m glad someone can get usage out of it! 😉

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I am currently: excited about the Miami Heat game I’m going to tonight! Yesterday my boss invited Adam and I to go and watch the game from one of our client’s suites. We play the Lakers who aren’t looking so good this year, but I’m sure the game will still be fun to watch. At the least I’ll be able to see my guys, Wade and Dragić!

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Also, I love when Adam and I go to Heat games on weeknights because it means he comes and works from my office! He usually Works From Home, but if we ever have plans in Miami he tags along with me since I work down there. I love it because I have someone to talk to during the commute, we get to have lunch together and I can hug him in the middle of the day if I want! <– Best benefit.

What’s currently going on with you? Any different/random Tuesday stuff going on?
Favorite candle scent for the holidays?

Feeling Like a Well Oiled Machine

WOW, getting back into the swing of blogging after a short digital detox is hard! It feels a little bit like when you come back from vacation and haven’t been to the gym in a few days. I’m looking around like, “what am I supposed to do now?”

I was terrible at taking photos and videos this weekend, but I had the BEST two days of running that I’ve had in a month! There was a big boat show going on all weekend which made traffic a nightmare at all times, so I ran on the treadmill both Saturday and Sunday. I was fully expecting to hate every minute of indoor running but I actually loved it!

I did 5 easy miles on Saturday and 8 easy miles on Sunday for a total of 13 on the weekend. The most incredible part was that my body felt amazing. I had no back aches, no hip tightness, no calf or foot tingles… I felt like a well oiled machine for the first time in a very long time!

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The Michelob Ultra Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon is this coming Sunday and I am very much looking forward to it. I don’t have high expectations for the race since I haven’t done a solid double digit training run since back in September, but I know I have the base to at least complete it for fun. 

If it were any other race I might consider skipping it, but this half marathon is very close to my heart. Three years ago it was my very first half marathon and God willing I intend to run it every year for the rest of my life. Training for this race three years ago completely changed me as a person, and last year I earned a 35-minute course PR on it. I just love this race!


This half marathon is also the first race I’ll run as part of the Florida Storm Series of races. I’ve wanted to participate in the Storm Series for a couple of years and I am looking forward to finally earning one of the below medals by completing 3, 4 or 5 of the races in the series.


I’m very glad that my body seems to cooperating with me now since I am almost ready to start training for the A1A Half Marathon. I’m planning to run the half for fun this weekend, take a rest week next weekend (since it’s Adam and my anniversary) and then start Week 1 of “get a half marathon PR” training on November 23rd. That will give me just about three months to go after some big goals at the A1A Half Marathon in February.

Oh, and have I mentioned I have a new training partner? Garmin Connect made this cute cat watch face available and you know I downloaded it right away!

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That cat moves and randomly moves off of the screen and then pokes his head in from the bottom or the sides of my Garmin when he feels like saying hi! How cute is that?

Cecil may be a little jealous of this new cat in my life because he stuck to me like glue all weekend.

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I hope you had a great weekend too. Congrats to everyone who raced this weekend, and congrats to the Bills for once again slaying the Dolphins. Ugh.

I’m signing off for now…. happy Monday!

What was the best part of your weekend?!

Checking IN!

Hey! Sorry I’ve been absent from the digital world almost all week. I’ve had a million and one things going on that I want to catch you up on… but that will have to wait until tomorrow. As soon as I finish my long run I am grabbing a tall glass of ice water and catching up. I bet there are so many NYC Marathon recaps I need to read!

Today I just want to check in and say hi!

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Everything is going well over here. I’ve been doing the usual: eat, sleep, run at the beach, repeat.

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It’s been way hotter than a November should be over here. The temps have hovered in the upper 80s almost every single day. The newspaper says Fort Lauderdale is close to experiencing record highs for the month. I’m just a little bit jealous of everyone talking about weather in the 60s!

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Do you think I can blame being a slow-ish runner on it being perpetually hotter than hell over here?

Okay, I’m signing off for now. I hope you have an amazing Friday and lots of fun things planned for the weekend. Let me know what you’re up to! I don’t really have anything planned so I’m open to ideas :)!

PS: Megan, please let Paul know the Miami Dolphins are coming for revenge on Sunday! FINS UP!