A Beautiful Run + the Perfect Gift

I had a really great birthday – thank you sooo much to everyone who commented, tweeted, instagrammed and facebook’d me for my 29th! I love you guys!

I enjoyed my share of delicious birthday treats including this beautiful chocolate chip milkshake that I split with my mom on Monday night:

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^ This beauty was really too good to put into words. Have I ever told you that I love whipped cream? I honestly would have been happy with a cup full of the white fluffy stuff and no ice cream!

I worked off the milkshake Tuesday morning with a gorgeous birthday run before work. Yes, I actually got up early on a weekday to go running. I know it shocked me too!

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The sun rises so quickly. When I got to the beach the light was just peeking over the horizon, but by the time I wrapped up my run it was hot as an oven out!

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My right knee is still acting up. After texting with my coach we determined it’s probably just my IT band misbehaving. I’m doing all the normal recommended things to get it back in tip top shape!

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^ That pic looks a little fuzzy because there was a ton of condensation on my camera lens when I got done with my run on Tuesday. It was soooooo humid out. I much prefer running in the evening when it’s hotter but less humid.

It also takes me a little while to really wake up in the morning. On long runs it’s okay if I’m half asleep during the early miles because I have a long way to go, but on shorter runs I could be half asleep for 3/4ths of the run! haha #ButSeriously

I had a typical day at the office for my birthday…

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Afterwards I met Adam for dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. On the way home I had to stop at the pet store to pick up some cans of food for Cecil and when I got home Adam had the best surprise for me!

I walked in the house and on the TV he had “Danny Castellano is my Gynecologist” queued up on Hulu. For those that aren’t familiar, that is an episode of The Mindy Project (my favorite show). It’s not just any episode, it’s my MOST FAVORITE episode of any TV show ever.


Adam had made a little Mindy playlist which included “Danny Castellano is…” along with the “Harry & Sally” and “Harry & Mindy” episodes (duh). We spent the rest of the night watching Mindy and eating sour gummies. *sigh* It was my perfect night.

The first year that Adam and I were dating he got me a pretty ring from Tiffany’s for my birthday. I thought he set the bar really high with that little turquoise box and I wondered if he would ever be able to top that … but he totally nailed it this year.

How Adam knew which episodes of Mindy were my favorite I’ll never know. It’s not like I talk about them or quote them all the time or anything. So weird ;).

Now I am counting down the hours until Friday. After work Adam and I are heading into Miami to see the Miami Dolphins scrimmage…. I’m so excited that FOOTBALL is finally back! Whoo!

Let’s cross our fingers that today goes by quickly!

What is the best/most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received?
Would you rather run when it’s more hot/less humid or more humid/less hot? 

PS: If you haven’t watched my 5 Random Questions video yet, you can check it out HERE 🙂



  1. August 6, 2015 / 5:35 am

    Glad you had a good bday! I love sunrise beach runs…I can’t wait to be able to see some next week! I hope your knee feels better…hopefully some exercises and foam rolling will do the trick:)

    • Kristina
      August 6, 2015 / 12:13 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 I hope dedication to rolling and stretching will work out the kinks too!

      Sunrise beach runs are the most relaxing – I love watching the sun come up over the horizon!

    • Kristina
      August 6, 2015 / 12:13 pm

      Thanks Sam! I think he’s a keeper! 🙂

  2. August 6, 2015 / 7:20 am

    He’s a keeper!! That was a very thoughtful gift!
    I am glad you had a great day! Foam roll that IT band…
    I would rather run when it isn’t as hot.

    • Kristina
      August 6, 2015 / 12:13 pm

      Totally! 🙂

      Thank you – I am ultra dedicated to rolling and stretching right now! I need these kinks to go away by the weekend!

  3. August 6, 2015 / 7:29 am

    I’m so glad you had a great birthday! Is that milkshake from the Gheradeli place???? (spelling lol). Matt and I went there when we were in Miami. We LOVED it! Plus, they were always giving out free samples. 😀

    I enjoy that Beyonce pad thai episode so much! LOL

    • Kristina
      August 6, 2015 / 12:14 pm

      It’s the BEST EPISODE EVER!

      The milkshake wasn’t from Gheradellis (I have no idea how to spell it either, haha) – but I agree they make the best ones! This one was from a little place called The Moonlight Diner – it’s a 50s/60s diner with really good food in the Hollywood, FL area!

  4. August 6, 2015 / 8:28 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday!

    • Kristina
      August 6, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      It was a great day! The perfect way to ring in the last year in my 20s!

  5. August 6, 2015 / 10:46 am

    I am glad you had a great birthday! It is so sweet that Adam knew your favorite episodes and had them all ready for you two to watch together. Obviously getting a Tiffany ring was probably really exciting, but it is even more exciting to know you have a partner who truly loves and care for you and wants to do special things with you. Sigh. Now I am feeling all lovey dovey. I just love when people are happy. 🙂

    • Kristina
      August 6, 2015 / 12:16 pm

      I completely agree – this was the very best gift ever. Especially because Adam pretend laughed at all of my favorite parts. That’s true love right there 🙂

  6. August 6, 2015 / 11:01 am

    Sounds like a perfect birthday, Adam was very thoughtful 🙂
    I will take less humid always and heat, but heat about 80 is really rough on me. I just don’t cool off like I should.
    The sun over the water sure looks lovely 🙂

  7. August 6, 2015 / 11:15 am

    What?!?! You ran in the morning???

    Wow great job Adam, totally knocked it out of the park.

    Boooo dolphins…make sure you watch the Eagles destroy the Colts on Sunday ?

  8. August 6, 2015 / 5:44 pm

    More hot, less humid for sure. That milkshake looks amazing! I’m so glad you had a great birthday!!

  9. August 6, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    What. a. sweetheart!!!! I’m glad you had such a special birthday 🙂 You’ve definitely got a keeper!!

  10. August 6, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Glad your birthday was awesome! Took me a second (just one second, haha) to realize that of course you see the sun rise over the water on your coast! (I only see the sun set.)

  11. August 8, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    I was craving a milkshake/ice cream sundae something fierce during my hike today. Then, as soon as we got home the craving went away. I have a feeling that after seeing this glorious close up picture, I will no doubt get my hands on a milkshake sometime this week.

    Way to get in an early morning run. As someone who loves running in the mornings (I really don’t know how you evening runners do it) I can appreciate the effort it took!

    Glad to hear you had such a wonderful birthday. Adam gets major brownie points for noticing the things that often go unnoticed. What a sweetheart. Hope you are having a great time at the Miami Dolphin’s scrimmage. Like you, I am ecstatic that football season is right around the corner. My fantasy Football league is set to draft on Sept 1. Yippeee!!!

  12. August 15, 2015 / 4:05 am

    What a wonderful birthday! So sweet of Adam to queue up your fave Mindy shows. I am so sad the Mindy speaking tour was sold out for DC 🙁