Running Bucket List!!

Last night I was browsing Pinterest and came across a summer bucket list. I don’t really have any summer life goals but it made me think of my current running bucket list goals:

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  • Run a half marathon without a Garmin
  • Finish a 50-mile ultramarathon
  • Run a sub-2 hour half marathon
  • Run the London Marathon
  • Run the Paris Marathon
  • Volunteer at a 100-mile ultra
  • Hand out medals at a marathon finish line
  • Run a race in California that ends at a beach
  • Be part of a Ragnar team
  • Push Cecil in a pet stroller during a race
  • Write a training plan for someone who wants to start running for the first time
  • Earn the Coast to Coast runDisney medal

I’ve run the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Orlando and I didn’t love the course. I’m also not a Disney fanatic at all, but there’s something about the Coast to Coast medal that appeals to me. Maybe it’s the travel aspect!

Last night I did not knock off any bucket list items. My run was HARD. Even at an easy pace I felt like my breathing was labored and I even took a couple of walking breaks! My legs felt like cement bricks too.

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Every bad run is followed by a good run, right? I’m looking forward to a great one tonight!

What’s the number one thing on your running bucket list?
Has your running bucket list changed over the years?
What’s the coolest thing you’ve already ticked off the list?

*** Thank you to everyone who purchased a mug yesterday in support of Team PAWS. TeeChip, the company that makes and ships the mugs, doesn’t give me a list of names of who purchased. There are nine mug purchases that I can’t account for. Please send me an email (runkristina@gmail.com) so I can THANK YOU properly!***

Meet Hawking the Cat!

Today I’d like to introduce you to a special little cat named Hawking.

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If his ears look a little funny it’s because he had frostbite on both of them when he rescued him from the streets by an organization called PAWS Chicago, a nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals.

Here’s Rupert, a beautiful little doggy who was hit by a car. Luckily PAWS Chicago was there to provide him medical care and adoption services so he can find his forever family.

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Thank goodness PAWS Chicago exists so these two animals, and thousands like them, can end up in happy homes surrounded by all the love and treats and eat scratches they deserve!

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^ One a stray, now part of a family thanks to PAWS Chicago. 

As many of you know I am running the Chicago Marathon as part of Team PAWS for the second year in a row. I’m very happy to be part of the team again because it supports PAWS Chicago, an organization that shares my love for all animals.

I look at Cecil and just can’t imagine him living out on the streets in the heat or the cold or the rain, scrounging for food with no safe place to lay down. It breaks my heart that this is a reality for so many animals.

As part of my fundraising efforts for this year I have designed a cute mug that I’m selling on TeeChip for a limited time (one week)! Yes, I designed this by myself. I’m pretty proud of it :). The saying is inspired by the “I wish I could text my dog” meme.

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All net proceeds from the sale of the mug will be donated to PAWS Chicago through my Team PAWS fundraiser page!

The mug costs $15. Four dollars from the sale of the mug goes to TeeChip for the manufacturing of the mug and $11 will get donated once the mug fundraiser ends next Tuesday.

Once the campaign ends TeeChip will ship all of the mugs the very next day. I’ve ordered things through TeeChip before and the shipping is very fast and the mugs come in very safe, study packaging.

I firmly believe every dog and cat deserves a safe place to sleep, a bowl of food to eat, tasty treats and human who loves it unconditionally. If you believe this too please consider purchasing a mug today

Help PAWS Chicago ensure we see more happy endings like this one:

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Instead of the sad stories I won’t post about here.

If you can’t purchase a mug, would you mind sharing the link? http://teechip.com/teampawsmug 

As always, I am so grateful for your support along my running journey and for always listening to my stories about Cecil :). I love hearing about your pets too! <3

All photos in this post are courtesy of PAWS Chicago. 

Long Runs & Leg Day

Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend, full of fun activity or completely relaxing.

Since Adam got home from a long, international flight on Friday we mostly just hung out at home while he acclimated back to our time zone. Well, and let’s be honest more often than not we mostly just hang out at home on the weekends with our favorite little peanut :).

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Saturday I ended up falling asleep in the afternoon while reading. I woke up with a foggy brain and headed to the gym to shake out the cobwebs.

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I did three easy miles and then an upper body lifting session. It took me a minute to defog my brain but by the end of the workout I was feeling great!

We ate pizza and watched the first two episodes of Arrested Development after. That’s seriously my ideal Saturday night during the summer.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for at least a year then you know every summer during the time between the end of the basketball season and the start of the football pre-season Adam and I re-watch the entire Arrested Development series! I think this is my favorite summer tradition (sorry, Harry).

On Sunday I got up and met my mom for a delicious breakfast and then headed to the gym for a run. I had planned to run outside in the evening, but I had a ton of energy and Adam was out with his dad so I decided to just go for it!

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I did 10 miles on the treadmill. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve completed a double digit run indoors. The first 4 miles went by fast since I had a show to watch, but the final six miles were painful. Not physically, just boring.

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Since I ran on the treadmill it was easy to fit in leg day after my long run. I know last week I said I wouldn’t advise doing leg day after a long run, but according to the experts it’s good to make your hard days extra hard and go easy on your easy days… so that’s what I did.

I’m sorry that you keep getting pics from the leg press machine, but this is the only leg day exercise that I do where my hands are free to use a camera!

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190lbs, no big deal :).

After leg press and lunging, the final thing on my agenda was squatting. OMG. I literally had NOTHING left in me at this point and only managed to squeak out dumbbell squats, 3 x 10 @ 30lbs (using 15lb dumbbells).

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For me, 3 x 10 @ 30lbs is like the equivalent of an 8 minute per mile runner barely hanging on for a 14 minute mile. Oh well, literally ALL THE EFFORT was there just to get those three sets done!

I’ll have my weekly recap from last week up tomorrow, I’m a little bit behind on video editing.

Hope you have a great Monday!

What was the best, most fun thing you did this weekend?!

It’s No Secret.

It’s no secret that I love Mindy.

I also love Adam, and because Adam loves me too he knows that I want to live the Mindy lifestyle.

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Therefore he recently gave me a very special gift to show how much he loves me – and it’s absolutely Instagrammable and blog-able. It’s a new Camelbak!

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I have about five different hydration packs and I don’t really LOVE any of them. My Camelbak is probably my favorite, but it’s really not one that’s made for runners. It’s very big and bulky. I honestly chose it because it’s big therefore allowing me to tote around a lot of water. I just didn’t think about how heavy it would be to hold when it’s full.

Knowing that as my long runs get much longer during marathon training I would need some type of hydration pack that didn’t drive me nuts, Adam surprised me with a new, smaller Camelbak! I’m looking forward to trying it out this weekend :).

I could have really used it during last night’s tempo at the beach.

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It was bad guys.

It was a billion degrees out and my calves were pretty tight. I ended up taking a couple of breaks where I just straight up stopped moving and thought about calling an Uber to drive me back to my car.

It was quite an experience.

The good news is that I hit my paces. Actually, since it’s been a about a month since I’ve done anything but easy running, the first tempo mile came in at 13:08 which is about 30 seconds faster than it should have been. After that I took a break (gasp, I know) and then I was able to calm down and find my pace.

When I got home I made a nice, cold smoothie!

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I’m now super excited because Adam’s been in Finland for the last five days and he gets HOME today! I hope he doesn’t have to take any more work trips this year (or ever, haha)!

How did your running workouts go this week?
What kind of hydration pack do you like best?

What’s Going On?

Hola! Today I thought we should take a minute to catch up on all the little random things going on in life.

1. My run last night was pretty awesome. 

It rained all day which actually brought about slightly cooler temps. During my run it was 81*F/27*C with 77% humidity but it actually felt cool!

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Tbh every summer my sense of temperature gets really warped. I remember two years ago I shivered and got goose bumps one night when a light breeze swept over me. I went home and told Adam it was cooling down. He checked and it was 85*F out!

By the end of August I’ll be telling you that 90*F feels brisk and I’ll actually believe it.

2. I’m going to an Escape Room this Friday! 

At work we’re doing an Escape Room as a team building exercise!

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It’s basically a giant logic game where you have to work together to get out! Perfect for team building, or bonding with friends!

The one we’re doing is called Panic Room. The scenario is that we’re going to visit a relative in a mental ward and we get locked in a room. We have to come together to figure out all the puzzles to escape within an hour or they will perform experiments on us!

The Washington Post published an article about Escape Rooms that explains why they’re so popular all over the country right now if you’re interested.

If you live in South Florida, here’s a link to the one we’re going to!

3. I’m making my way through the OJ documentary on ESPN. 

WOW. This documentary has been eye opening in so many ways. When the bronco chase happened in 1994 I was only about eight years old so I don’t remember a lot about the case.

Through the years I was never curious enough to dig into the details about OJ, although I knew that many people felt really sure that he was guilty. I watched the FX show about OJ earlier this year which was enlightening, but nothing at all like this documentary.

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First of all, the documentary does an AMAZING job at explaining what race relations were like in LA during the time of the trial. This was about the same time that Rodney King was mercilessly beat by the LAPD. I had never seen the Rodney King footage before… it is horrifying. Of course what happened to King was caught on tape, but black people were experiencing injustices at the hands of the law on a day-to-day basis.

The documentary really helped me understand why the jury was so keen to acquit OJ of murder when all of the evidence pointed to him being guilty.

I head a rumor that OJ is finally ready to confess. Supposedly he is going to say that he never intended to commit murder, and that if Nicole hadn’t answered her door with a knife he wouldn’t have stabbed her to death. This sounds totally incredulous, but the documentary really brought to light what a big ego OJ has and how nothing was ever his fault, even all the times that he beat and raped Nicole. If OJ really says comes out with this version of the story, it will be victim shaming at its finest.

4. I’m onto Chamber of Secrets! 

On a MUCH lighter note, I finished Sorcerer’s Stone a few nights ago and started Chamber of Secrets.

 

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Truthfully, this is my least favorite of the HP books, but Lockhart is something else isn’t he? Ridiculous!

5. I am loving my closet! 

I am so pleased with my closet re-organization project. The mismatched-but-still-kind-of-matching baskets have totally grown on me and now I love them!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out my latest vlog here:

Thanks for watching :).

Have you ever been to an Escape Room?
Are you watching the OJ documentary?
What’s a non-running thing going on in your life right now?!