All Black Everything

I’m writing this post at 9:28pm on Thursday night. I honestly should be in bed right now. I’m directing a photoshoot tomorrow morning for work and I need to get up by 5am to get ready to meet up with my art director and photographer at 6:30am in Miami. YIKES! That’s so early for me!

The shoot is on a section of Miami Beach so it’ll be a fun morning. I just hope it doesn’t rain out and isn’t too cloudy. Right now the weather is calling for a partially cloudy morning… the same weather I had on my last run.


The humidity was through the roof since it’s been raining on and off. Summer is definitely here! Why I wore all black everything is beyond me! At least the sun wasn’t beating down on me.


I am pretty proud of this week’s training so far. This has been my first week of consistent training in a while and it feels good to be getting back into the rhythm of running frequently.

Last year during marathon training I peaked at about 42 miles per week and I only ran that volume one time I think. Otherwise I mostly ran about 35 miles per week. This year I already know that I’ll run higher mileage in Chicago training. My new coach and I have already discussed that a little bit and I’m looking forward to giving it a try.


Up until now I’ve had the most success when running 32 to 35 miles per week, but I’m all for stepping outside of my comfort zone this summer if it means seeing a nice payoff in the fall.

As someone who loves running I’m not intimidated by the mileage, but as a slower runner I am intimidated by how much time I’ll need to dedicate to running. I often find myself feeling guilty about the (small) amount of time I spend with Adam on weeknights because I run after work. I may give morning running another try … that intimidates me too though. I’m just not a morning person at all!

For now I’m still an evening runner, and when I get home from my run I like to have something easy to prep for dinner. Last night I didn’t have any leftovers so I popped this in the microwave:


It was really good! For all my fellow celiacs (Ali, haha) I would definitely recommend this. The pasta consistency wasn’t gummy at all and the spinach was delicious. I can’t remember the exact price but I do remember it was really expensive so it’s more of a treat but a tasty one. I guess that’s what most microwave meals are!

Okay, it’s now 9:50pm and I definitely need to get to bed. By the time you read this I will probably have hit snooze several times and almost made myself late to the photoshoot ;).

Have a great Friday!

What type of weekly mileage do you like to peak at for marathon training? 



  1. June 12, 2015 / 5:11 am

    For my first marathon I think I peaked at about 40 miles per week. When I followed Hansons marathon method last year it was much higher- like 60 I think. An then for Philly I found a happy medium of around 50 which seemed to work well for me!

    • June 14, 2015 / 4:01 pm

      Wow! 60 is a lot, that’s impressive! I’m not sure where I’ll peak yet but I think it’ll be in the mid 40s. Right now I’m looking forward to the increase in mileage but we’ll see how I feel in a couple of months when the cumulative fatigue builds up 😉

  2. June 12, 2015 / 10:20 am

    I haven’t run a marathon (yet!) so I can’t really say what mileage works best for me. But I do know that the more I increase my weekly mileage the faster my times become. The plan I am following for my first marathon peaks at 55.

  3. June 12, 2015 / 10:40 am

    Morning running is the best, Kristina. You should definitely convert! 😉 That’s exciting that you will be putting in more weekly mileage during this training cycle. I think you will really enjoy it and find it helpful! When I was training for the Portland Marathon, my peak week was 58 miles. It was a lot! I think my happy place is around 50 miles.

    I feel the same when about spending time with Justin during a heavy training cycle. Does Adam have a bike? One thing he could do is ride his bike next to you. Justin does this during some of my long runs and carries all of my food/water/etc. He keeps me company and we get to spend time together! 🙂

    • June 14, 2015 / 4:02 pm

      Adam does like biking so that is a great idea! My only worry is that I definitely run too slow for him to comfortably bike at my pace, haha!

  4. June 12, 2015 / 11:20 am

    I peaked at around 50 for my marathon training, and I felt like such a badass! I couldn’t believe I ran 50 miles in one week. I’m not sure what my next marathon training plan will look like, but I felt great doing 50 so I think it’ll be around that again. Hope the photo shoot went well!

    • June 14, 2015 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks Lily! The weather held up and we had a great morning for the shoot. It was a little grey at first but the sun eventually peeked out!

      50 mile weeks definitely DO make you a badass! And you were a badass during the race too!

  5. June 12, 2015 / 11:33 am

    I am not a morning runner either. I’ve tried and tried. I just cannot bring myself to do it. I have the ideal work schedule for it too, so I’ve been trying to convince myself that I need to start doing it, especially during marathon training.

    • June 14, 2015 / 4:04 pm

      I hear ya! During marathon training last summer I did all of my long runs (except for two) in the morning and it worked out. It was sooooo hard to get up in the 4 o’clock hour for those runs though! This year I hope I can convince myself to start running in the morning for the entire training cycle so that on Saturdays it feels natural instead of awful! haha

  6. June 12, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Well since I’m just planning for my first marathon, I’m not much help with that lol. The plan I’m working on has me around 30 to 35 miles.

  7. June 12, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    I love Amy’s meals. All the pastas and tamales I’ve had of hers are ridiculously good!!

    I like to wear all black when I run too, but yeah, summer isn’t the time for it haha!

  8. June 12, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    I love wearing all black!

    We WILL do this morning running thing! I also feel guilty about having to sacrifice time with Kevin to run. He seems okay with it, but I still feel bad. I think we often forget that our families, friends and loved ones also make sacrifices when we decide to train for marathons. A big motivator for me making the switch to AM workouts is to have my evenings free! And now that it’s summer, long runs will be earlier in the AM and will free up more of those days too 🙂

    • June 14, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      Whenever I try to convince myself to get up early to run I always think about how awesome it will be to have the evening free…. but then I end up staying in bed because I tell myself, “nope you’ll just be too exhausted by the evening to enjoy it if you get up now!” haha

  9. June 12, 2015 / 5:31 pm

    I don’t think I realized you have Celiac! And your “all black errythang” pic made me laugh because whenever I try to be all chic and wear all black during the summer, I feel like I just end up sweaty and red-faced…so not actually chic at all hahaha 🙂

  10. June 13, 2015 / 11:48 am

    I love Amy’s meals, but yes they are a little $$. I get them for lunch sometimes, because I am such a slacker at cooking.

  11. June 13, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    I know how you feel! I’m in Jacksonville and it was unbelievable hot and humid this morning at 7am for my run… it must be worse down south for you! Maybe sweating makes us lighter and better runners….? 🙂

    • June 14, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      Hahah I will try to think of that on my next run when the sweat is dripping into my eyes and I’m feeling annoyed, haha!

  12. June 15, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    I considered Hansons, but knew with the tri cross training it would not work. This year (if I follow my workouts better) then I should end with higher mileage than last year.

  13. June 23, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    It would be great if you could get into morning running! However, I am sure Adam understands your love of running and probably enjoys some alone time, too!