5 Running AND Life Updates!

Hi there! How’s it going?

Today I thought I’d just update you on some random things going on over here — and hopefully I can get some of your advice too! 🙂

1. Yesterday’s run sucked. My calves were so tight that I had to stop running every 5-6 minutes to stretch them out. They never loosened up. WTF. I seriously can’t figure out why one day they can be perfectly fine and the next they are so tight!

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I am going to buy some salt pills but I don’t feel certain that they will help. My calves don’t cramp up, they’re just tight and the tightness is there right from the beginning.

2. I love this OGX coconut milk anti-breakage serum for hair. I’ve never been a fan of the OGX brand. Their shampoo and conditioner makes my hair feel really dry. However, B recommended I give this serum a try since they don’t test on animals…and I really like it!

It makes my hair feel smooth and healthy even at the ends despite the fact that I am in need of a trim!

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3. Fact: a doggie visiting your office will boost happiness by 100%. This little girl came for a visit yesterday. Isn’t she just adorable? Now if only someone would bring a kitten by for a visit because that would boost my personal happiness levels by 200%.

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4. Saw this on Pinterest and it cracked me up! I am definitely guilty of spotting a race photographer and trying to look either like a serious/determined/focused runner or a really, really happy runner! Usually my true feelings are somewhere in the middle of those two :).

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5. Shopping for a house/condo is so time consuming. I have two different apps that keep me updated on properties… and I’m constantly looking at KITCHENS. Adam and I have differing opinions on what layout constitutes an acceptable kitchen.

I like the ones where the kitchen is separated from the living room by a counter/bar like this:

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Adam hates the counter thing. He says, “I don’t want to vault over the counter to get to the living room.” (#dramatic)

He wants an open kitchen layout with an island in the middle like our apartment currently has (which I don’t like), or he wants a kitchen that’s totally off on its own (which is virtually impossible to find).

Cecil may need to be the deciding vote. I should go butter him up with some treats …

Talk to you again soon!

Homeowners, what tips do you have for buying your first place?
Favorite hair care brands? 



  1. July 20, 2016 / 7:38 am

    Number 4. Dying. Hilarious.

    The layout of my condo kitchen is almost identical to the first image you posted, except we also have an island. Honestly it is the most amazing kitchen ever. I seriously love it. I can send you a picture if you want. Tell Adam that he will never feel like he needs to vault over the counter. It’s like two steps to walk around it to get to the living room. It is really great for say holiday baking because I can be in the kitchen making cookies and put on a cheesy holiday movie and just glance over at the tv from time to time.

    We bought our condo in 2015. My only advice is to take your time looking at a lot of different options to find out what will be the best fit. And ignore people who tell you you’re wrong. We initially looked at houses, but so many of them are SO big. When we talked to family/friends/coworkers it was all “When you have kids…” and “You’ll buy things to fill the space…” But honestly two child-free adults do not need a living room AND a family room. Or two full size baths. Or 4 bedrooms. Good luck with your shopping!

    • Kristina
      July 20, 2016 / 12:01 pm

      Hahahah I have definitely told him he won’t have to vault over the counter! 😀 See, your holiday scenario is exactly why I want the counter! I’ll be in the kitchen baking and watching movies. Then I’ll put all of my baked goods on the counter to cool off! This is my dream anyway, in reality if I tried to put any baked goods on the counter Cecil would just jump up and push them off onto the floor!

      I’m so with you on the houses. We’re really only looking at condos because we don’t want/need the space … plus most houses in our area start around 1 million and that’s not in our budget today… someday! Maybe! haha!

  2. July 20, 2016 / 9:59 am

    That owl meme!!!! I tend to have resting bitch face when running so when I see a photog I do definitely try to look a little happier, then I at least look neutral!

    I love going online and checking out homes. It’s just something fun to do! Our kitchen here is a galley kitchen but part of it is an island that opens into the dining room so it doesn’t feel cramped like a normal galley would. But really only one person can be in there at a time!

    Agree, Adam is being #dramatic. Why do YOU want the counter and not the island?

    • Kristina
      July 20, 2016 / 12:04 pm

      One of the properties that we both like has a galley kitchen! Fingers crossed that it’s as nice as the pictures make it look!

      I like having an island, but I don’t like the kitchen just basically being part of the living room with no boundaries to make it feel like it’s a “room” of its own. I like things to be separated! I liked this open setup when we first moved into the apartment, but as we’ve started shopping for places to buy I’ve realized things I thought were okay when we were renting are just not what I want when I have to plunk down my life savings!

      • July 20, 2016 / 7:37 pm

        I totally understand. I enjoy separate rooms as well. The new thing is having “great rooms” in houses where kitchen/living and possibly also dining room are connected. Not for me. I liked my relaxing living room area separate from hustle and bustle of the kitchen. Now, are house is about 1,200 sq feet, which is not big at all, but our galley kitchen opens to a bfast nook and a dining room which makes the house seem A LOT bigger. People come and and say “Wow this is big!!!” And I am always like, not really, it just SEEMS big because could you imagine an entire wall on the other side of our kitchen? It would just be horrible. But I am okay with our kitchen/bfast/dining thing being a big space because it makes sense. I like that my music room and our sun room (technically living room) are separate.

        • Kristina
          July 21, 2016 / 3:03 pm

          We have that great room thing where we are now – so annoying. It feels like I’m sitting on the couch in the kitchen! That might be a little over dramatic but I just don’t like it. Plus we really don’t even have a dining room area. We have little stools we tuck under the island so we can use the island as a dining room table — if we had to put a table somewhere everything would be so squished even though we have 1100sq feet, which like you mentioned, can FEEL big if things are spaced out right. I guess our extra space really went towards the three walk in closets – which is unusual since we only have two bedrooms. I’d give up my second walk-in closet for some extra living room space! 😀

  3. July 20, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Oooh I like the OGX brand shampoos and conditioners. I had been using some leftover (cheap) shampoo and conditioner, and just bought some new OGX a few days ago. My hair is loving it. I also use a Paul Mitchell hair serum to keep it feeling soft and smooth. Ha, I love the owl meme, that is definitely me. It still never turns out like I think it’s going to though. 🙂

    • Kristina
      July 20, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      Hahahah race pictures NEVER turn out the way I expect them to for me either. One thing I can’t understand is why so many of them shoot from down below. Don’t they know this is such a bad angle?! 😀

  4. July 20, 2016 / 11:53 am

    The doggie so cute!
    I have the coconut milk- I like!
    When my calves were bugging I use to do a lot of long holds off the steps, I would hold 2 or 3 minutes and let the heel drop then do lifts slowly up and hold.
    I would always 15 or 20 raises after every run 🙂
    I wore compression socks to work a lot! and I iced at night as i was sitting around.
    I use to some calf work at the gym too but once my foot got injured i couldn’t push weight anymore.
    I still so some reflexology work too, but i am not as diligent as I was at all. The pain ( knocking) never came back. Only one bouts with a a calf crap and that right before my foot exploded.
    I hope you can find a place you both love!

    • Kristina
      July 20, 2016 / 12:06 pm

      THANK YOU!!!! Wow, I never thought about holding the calf drops for 2-3 minutes. I’m going to give that a try tonight! It makes sense since I hold all of my hip stretches for that long.

  5. July 20, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Half the time I miss the photographer and end up looking like death (usually because I feel like death). On the rare occasion that I’ve seen them I make sure to get my running form back in shape, stop shuffling, and attempt to smile, they still don’t usually turn out that flattering, ah well!

    Buying your first house is stressful, we just bought our second, and it’s only slightly less stressful. Our first house was a compromise, I didn’t like it the first time I saw it; my Other Half really had to work hard to convince me. I agree with you about the kitchen, though, our first house had a lovely half-wall divide between the living room and kitchen (a perfect kitty lounge!). Our new house is open concept and just has the island divide, it’s OK, but I’m not as in love with it as my last kitchen. Good luck on your search!

    • Kristina
      July 21, 2016 / 3:04 pm

      I LOVE that you call it a kitty lounge, because I was totally thinking that the counter would be the perfect spot for Cecil to survey his territory! 😀

  6. July 20, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Which of you cooks most frequently? Matt doesn’t love that I want an island, but I’m the cook in the house, so what I say goes! I love having an open “window” from the kitchen to the living room because it separates the space but still allows it to flow; kitchens that are completely closed off end up being a total pain in the butt, and totally open kitchens can be nice but can also make it hard to tell where the kitchen ends and the living room begins!

    When I was having super tight calves, I definitely figured out it was that I needed a rest day. It could also be shoes if yours are getting up there in mileage! But I’m going to say that humidity is still a prime factor, here. Make sure you’re foam rolling! I hope the salt tabs help.

    • Kristina
      July 21, 2016 / 3:06 pm

      We both cook since we usually have to eat different meals for dinner — but neither of us are chefs by any means! I think it’ll probably come down to a place that we both love except one of us has to compromise on the kitchen. We are seeing one place that as a kitchen sort of off on its own (hard to explain) this weekend so maybe we’ll both love that one and it’ll end up being The One!

  7. July 20, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    My tip for looking for a home is to recognize your deal breakers and be flexible with everything else. I made the mistake of not doing this (I wanted a good kitchen and nice closet space) and ended up really regretting it.

    • Kristina
      July 21, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Thanks Sam! I think my only REAL deal breaker is natural lighting. I want big windows with lots of natural light flowing through every room. Right now our living room gets hardly any sunlight and I hate it. I feel like I live in a cave! The kitchen is probably something I could compromise on if I love everything else about a place! (Don’t tell Adam I said that though!)