A Confidence Boosting 16-Miler

We were supposed to have a wild and crazy storm pass through this weekend but the weather ended up being really tame. The lifeguards put out red and purple flags but a few people still waded out into the water and looked pretty safe.

One red flag indicates high surf, dangerous currents or both. Two red flags indicate that the water is closed to the public. A purple or blue flag indicates that dangerous marine life has been spotted, usually jellyfish or sharks.

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I slept in on Sunday and headed out for my run in the middle of the afternoon. That’s nearly impossible most weekends but thanks to the cloud coverage the weather was “nice.” By nice I mean there was only a light drizzle and slight breeze most of the day.

Somewhere along the way the heavens did open up for a few minutes and I got stuck in a downpour. I know a lot of runners enjoy the rain, but I really don’t like it. I hate when the water gets in my eyes and loathe running in soggy shoes.

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I had 16 miles on the schedule for the day, but I ended up only doing 8 of them at the beach. After the downpour my socks were soggy and I could feel a blister coming on so I headed home to quickly change into dry clothes before finishing up on the treadmill.

All week I was really looking forward to this long run because 16 miles feels like a “real” marathon training distance to me. I am so happy to have this run under my belt! Immediately afterwards my legs were sore but my spirits were really high! I LOVE RUNNING!

Around mile three my right achilles felt really tight. I had to stop for a minute to stretch it out but after that it felt fine. Other than that (and the soggy socks) I don’t think I could have had a better run.

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I nailed my fluid intake and my fueling which is a big deal since I’m usually really bad about that. I drank 1.5 Gatorades, had 1 Gu and about a bag of Honey Stinger chews. My run lasted 3:55 at 14:41 pace – my long run pace is about 1 minute slower than race pace on purpose. I felt like I could have easily picked up the pace and I actually reined myself in a few times when I noticed I was going too fast.

This was definitely a confidence boosting run!

Drinking Gatorade or Powerade is something new I’m doing during long runs this training cycle. I still drink Ultima most of the time since it’s sugar free and I love the taste of the cherry flavor. However, when I have to drink Gatorade or Powerade during races they mess with my stomach (and make me burp A LOT). This training cycle I thought I would drink Gatorade and Powerade during my long runs to get used to it since those are the brands offered at most races. I’m happy to say I didn’t burp one time during yesterday’s 16-miler… YAY!

While I was out running Cecil was doing this:

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How is he so cute? It’s bananas.

When I get home from work tonight I plan to follow his lead and do the same. I think I’ve earned a night of rest!

How was your weekend? Any other FL runners get stuck in the rain?
Raise your hand if you watched football OR if you followed along with UTMB! 



  1. August 31, 2015 / 4:42 am

    A confidence boosting run is always a great thing 😀 I had one of those too on Saturday, not a very long one but I was finally able to run at a good phase again and my breathing didn’t bother me too much (I’ve been having a lot of trouble with that recently, I pretty much can’t get the air down, it stops in my throath or chest and I have just end up having to stop to I don’t pass out. So freaking annoying!).

    So smart of you to get used to drinking the stuff they normally have on races. My stomach gets messed up by the drinks at races too, and I normally end up throwing up a little, which is gross and just awful. Tmi? HAhah xD Congrats on a burp free run!

    I’m not a fan of running in rain either, haha! I’m not sure why.. I mean.. It’s just water. But I still hate it. I get all wet and cold, it gets in my eyes, my shoes get dirty, blisters! Blah, stupid rain.

    My weekend was good. Saturday started with work – and I worked with one of my fave people there so it was great. Then that run. Great. Sunday was lazy, but still okay.

    • Kristina
      September 1, 2015 / 10:52 pm

      Ugh throwing up during/after a race must be awful. As if your body isn’t already feeling ALL THE EMOTIONS when you cross the finish line, adding throwing up to that mix would be bad. I hope over the next few months you’re able to figure out what causes that so you can stop it!

  2. August 31, 2015 / 6:43 am

    Sounds like a great run! I have issues with Gatorade too. I always stick with water during races, but I’m going to add salt tabs to my training to see if that helps some, because I seriously hate how sticky sweet sports drinks are.

    • Kristina
      September 1, 2015 / 10:56 pm

      You should try Ultima! It’s really the only sports drink that I’ve ever truly liked and it doesn’t contain any sugar. The cherry flavor is really really good. I’ll bring you some to drink after you cross the finish line at the marathon 🙂

  3. August 31, 2015 / 8:32 am

    Great job on your 16 miler! Hopefully that will help reduce some of your Chicago freak out that you mentioned last week.

    I got caught in the rain during my 16 mile run this weekend too. Fortunately it was just a light rain, so I didn’t end up with squishy shoes. Unfortunately between the humidity and the actual rain my shirt was soaked for my entire run and I ended up getting some chafed skin from my hydration pack. That was a fun surprise when I got in the shower.

    • Kristina
      September 1, 2015 / 10:59 pm

      Oh no! Finding chafed skin in the shower is one of life’s worst experiences, ESPECIALLY after a run when you really want to stand under the stream and get nice and clean! But instead you have to do this little naked dance to get the soap off without getting too wet so you can make the pain stop!

  4. August 31, 2015 / 9:13 am

    I’m so glad you guys weren’t affected by the tropical storm! And what an awesome run… you go girl! 16 miles is a huuuuuge confidence builder. Only 10 more to go and you got your marathon 🙂

    • Kristina
      September 1, 2015 / 10:59 pm

      Just 10 more miles, no big deal!


  5. August 31, 2015 / 9:59 am

    So glad you had a good run! I dont really mind running in the rain but I also hate when my socks get wet.

  6. August 31, 2015 / 10:48 am

    I bet it is really nice to have a long run under your belt. I was thinking about you this weekend when I saw the tropical storm moving that way. Glad it didn’t hit too hard and that you were able to still do part of your run outside. It sounds like the cloud cover was really nice! I watched football ALL weekend. Looking forward to the regular season and my fantasy football draft (tomorrow!!!).

    • Kristina
      September 1, 2015 / 11:00 pm

      Foooootball! I went to the Dolphins game on Saturday night, first home game of the season! Even though it was just a pre-season game it was still so exciting!

      Go Victorious Secret! Didn’t you win last year?!

  7. August 31, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Yayy for having a good run and getting that 16 miler under your belt 🙂 Glad you went inside to finish out the run on the TM to avoid the blister.

  8. August 31, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    GREAT JOB! I have a 16 miler next weekend, I believe. I feel the same way you do. It makes me feel like I am training for a marathon when my long runs reach that distance.
    I cannot wait for regular season NFL games…waiting for news on Tom…
    I do not like wet sneakers either…

  9. August 31, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    Yay for an awesome confidence building run! I’m so glad you got that “feather to stick in your hat” so you can go on to be rockin’ it at Chicago!

    I’ve worked on training my gut as well. Sometimes it’s a good thing, and sometimes not so good. One other tip I have after you have another “good” long run with gatorade is to try a “race pace” or faster run with it as well. Even if it’s a distance that you don’t normally need the calories for, it’s good to test out and train for your gut at the effort levels where you anticipate being on race day to make sure you don’t get burps or anything worse!

    • Kristina
      September 1, 2015 / 11:01 pm

      Oh that’s a really good idea, I will definitely do that. Thanks Lauren!

  10. August 31, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    Was thinking about you this weekend with Erika and now Fred heading your way! Glad you were able to get your confidence-boosting run in. Chicago is going to be awesome!!

  11. August 31, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    YESSSSSSSS! Glad your run way so awesome!

    I can’t believe people go in the ocean with those warning flags!

    Cecil is so beautiful I want to eat him!!! I want to eat Jelly too. Why do I want to eat cute little animals? I just can’t take it!

    • Kristina
      September 1, 2015 / 11:05 pm

      I will tell Cecil that you called him little. He will be happy that someone noticed his trimmer physique. He’s cut down to 2 treats per day in an effort to look better on the blog!

      And also because now that he is 8 and sleeps all damn day he really needs to trim down to put less stress on his joints when he jumps. I don’t know why but I am obsessed with keeping his knees healthy. I don’t even know if cats really have knees but when I see him jump down from high places now I’m like “OMG stop, you’re going to ruin your knees!”

      I’m going to google if cats have knees now…

  12. August 31, 2015 / 11:43 pm

    It sounds like you have definitely earned a night of rest! I admire anyone who can run that long on the treadmill. I just can’t do it, man.

  13. September 1, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    So glad you had such a great run!!! Sometimes when my stomach gets weird, I use the Mio Fit sports stuff added to my water. I don’t know why, but it helps. And it claims to replace electrolytes just like Gatorade.

  14. September 1, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    That’s awesome to hear your run went well. I can not imagine running during the afternoon right now lol
    I am with you, I do not like getting drenched. I can take a drizzle, but I hate soggy shoes.
    You sound ready for Chicago to me!