5 Miles at Race Pace … Almost Killed Me

If you wake up on a Monday and I don’t have a post up, here’s what to do:


I hope you had a great weekend! Mine involved running, football and cooking so all in all, not bad.

I’m the kind of person that eats the same meals over and over again until I can’t stand them anymore. Last week I reached the point where I just couldn’t take my normal meals, so on Saturday I picked up this new cookbook:


I’m looking forward to making a few recipes from it this week. I picked out Chicken Marsala Meatballs and Artichoke Risotto to get started. I’ll be adding mushrooms to both of those dishes because I put mushrooms in everything :).

I’ll let you know how it goes in case you’re looking for some new recipes but aren’t sure about buying a new cookbook.

My run Saturday night was … not easy.


Saturday runs on the Hal Higdon plan are often pace runs – as was the case for this weekend. It was my goal to run 5:59 in Chicago and I’d love to run that at Miami in January. However, just five pace miles nearly killed me off this weekend.

I know I took a couple of weeks off from hard training when I decided I wasn’t going to Chicago, so this could just be a result of some fitness loss from that. Also I did the first mile way too fast at 12:47 and that’s not a great way to setup the rest of your miles. Perhaps in a couple of weeks I’ll be back in a good “race pace” groove. I hope so!

It was also hot and VERY humid Saturday. My heart felt like it was going to beat right out of my chest by the end – but I made it and that’s what counts!

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On Sunday Adam and I slept in. And when I say slept in, I really mean that. I’m actually embarrassed to tell you what time we got up! We went to a sports restaurant on the beach to watch the 1’o clock games and grab a bite. That’s when I knew my long run was going to be a doozy. It was still 88*F and humid as F when we were leaving the restaurant at around 3pm.

Unlike me Cecil looooooves the heat, he just sits in the window soaking in the sun rays all afternoon. I don’t know how he stands it because sometimes I go to pet him and his fur is so hot!


^ Yes I am hiding the dirty windows with heart graphics :).

When I got back to the beach for my run it was down to 84*F with a nice breeze, thank God.


After Saturday’s pace run, my easy long run (8mi) on Sunday felt like cake. I was cruising along loving my life and then BAM.


The inseam of my shorts decided to tear at the worst possible time and I chafed in a way that nobody should ever have to experience so that was no bueno. It definitely put a damper on an otherwise great run.

When I got home I realized I really needed to go grocery shopping so I (painfully) showered and then headed out. 

Let me give you some words of advice: do NOT go grocery shopping after a long run. Every single item in the store will look like the most delicious thing ever and you will buy way too much! Oops! At least I have lots of great food to look forward to eating this week :).

Happy Monday!

What’s the latest that you allow yourself to sleep in on the weekend?
Do you like to buy cookbooks or prefer to just look stuff up online?
How do you take your coffee? 
I like a splash of half-and-half in mine!



  1. October 3, 2016 / 6:32 am

    I will never know how you can run so late in the day! And then to go grocery shopping after that?!
    So last week I rode an indoor bike at a hotel gym in shorts and got a little chafing (I should always wear capris when I ride a bike!), but then the next day I went running and the chafing got sooo much worse! It almost ruined an otherwise really good run!

    • Kristina
      October 3, 2016 / 2:12 pm

      Oh no, I’m sorry you had to deal with so much chafing last week! It’s really the worst part of being active!

      I honestly have no idea how I had the energy to go grocery shopping that late at night either. Probably had something to do with sleeping in so late though, haha. Normally I would never have the energy to do that! 🙂

  2. October 3, 2016 / 8:16 am

    You got some GOOD running in this weekend! I’m sorry you chaffed pretty bad. That’s the worst. I still have two scars on my back from the epic chaffing I got from my hydration pack this past July! I hope it’s not there forever! My kitties love the sun too, and you’re right, it’s crazy how hot their fur gets! Paul and I are the king and queen of just eating the same damn thing. For the past two weeks we have been stuck in that rut where we are hungry but NOTHING sounds good. On Friday night we went shopping for healthy food for his diet and I decided that I am going to start eating ham and cheese sandwiches. So I got a bunch of meats and cheese from the deli. I had a ham sandwich for breakfast today and I am having one for lunch too. Cereal just did not sound good to me this morning! No need to wash those windows, they won’t be yours in a couple weeks! 🙂 Have a great Monday… today is my super busy day at work. ugh.

    • Kristina
      October 3, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      Ham and cheese sandwiches LOL I don’t know why but that’s hilarious. Maybe because I can’t stand how salty ham is, and I can’t imagine anyone choosing to eat it on purpose! 😀

      Sometimes when I pet Cecil and his fur is burning up I move him to a shady spot. I get worried for him! Also I read an article about how cats can get skin cancer from sitting in the sun even indoors so that freaks me out too! I need to buy him cat sunscreen for his ears!

      • October 3, 2016 / 6:56 pm

        Omg I never thoughtful of the skin cancer factor!! Man or cats are pampered!

        Ps. I had ham and cheese on crackers for an after school snack too!!!

  3. October 3, 2016 / 8:17 am

    Race pace is tough when it’s hot and humid, makes it tough to breathe. Don’t worry too much about it, you’ll see those paces get easier.

    With the kids, sleeping in is like 9 am lol. But mostly I have runs on the weekends so we don’t zleep in much. But naps are magical.

    • Kristina
      October 3, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      Oh man, 9am! That’s getting up early for me on the weekends, haha. You are right though, naps are MAGICAL! Even after sleeping in so late yesterday I considered taking a nap lol!

  4. October 3, 2016 / 10:28 am

    I hate the shower sting! I have been getting chafed all summer from my pack…it stinks.
    i am sure the humid is making the pace runs hard, i am having a time too…it is so hard to gauge progress.
    My cats do that too, I would think it feels miserable but they seem to love it!!
    Your beach shots are always so pretty!

    • Kristina
      October 3, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Oh no that does stink! I thought about bringing my pack out yesterday and decided against it for that reason. Little did I know I would end up chafed anyway! 🙁

      Isn’t it so crazy how much heat the kitties can tolerate? I know they’re originally dessert animals but jeez!

  5. October 3, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    I tried to sleep in this weekend… and got out of bed at 8:00am. Super late, right? I would say 9:30 would be pretty darn late for me, then I’d probably be in a bad mood all day because I “wasted” my morning! ha! Do tell…. what time was it for you??
    Major kudos to you for running in those temps all the time. I would melt!

    • Kristina
      October 3, 2016 / 2:18 pm

      8AM!!!! That’s not sleeping in at all! haha

      …. on Sunday we got up at 12:44pm!

      This is the latest I’ve slept in since I was in college! It honestly left me feeling groggy and out of it most of the day. I definitely won’t be doing that again anytime soon!

  6. October 3, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Haha that coffee meme!! So perfect!!

    I think a lot of the reason race pace seems so hard in the beginning of training is because we are expecting it to be easier. We think that because marathon pace is so much closer to our easy paces that it shouldn’t feel hard. But it’s still hard, just a different kind of hard – you have to maintain a super specific pace that you’re not used to having to purposely maintain. The difficulty isn’t from lack of ability, it’s from lack of practice. Goal MP runs were often some of my most difficult in marathon training and looking back, part of the reason they felt so difficult is because I mistakenly assumed they should feel easy.

    • Kristina
      October 3, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Hanna! Of course! You are not just right, but spot on! I tend to think of race pace as something that SHOULD be easy since you have to hold onto it for so long, but actually if our goals are big (yet realistic) it should feel hard,

  7. October 3, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    I used to put a cap on weekend sleeping-in at 9:00 am…then I had a baby and he usually gets me up at 6:00…but if I keep the lights off and feed him, sometimes he’ll let me sleep until 8:00. Naps are my new weekend best friend.

    Pinterest is my best friend for recipes.

    If I’m going to drink coffee, I usually put so much creamer in it, I have to re-heat in the microwave.

    • Kristina
      October 3, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      I usually put 10am as my cap for weekend sleeping in, although most of the time I’m up by 9:30am. I can’t believe I slept so late on Sunday! YIKES! It totally threw off the rest of my day too. Sleeping in until 8am though… omg. Moms are seriously incredible. I couldn’t do it!

      Hahah that’s so funny about the creamer! 😀

  8. October 4, 2016 / 6:42 am

    I can never justify buying cookbooks because the internet is so full of recipes! I love the photos and I love the books for decoration, but I never end up using them!

    I habitually sleep until 10:30 or 11 on weekends. No shame in my game! I’m a childfree adult and I like to sleep like a teen, so I do!