kristina.allen

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Somedays I feel like an inadequate runner but somedays I feel like …

“I hopped off the treadmill, dripping sweat, smelling bad, heart beating out of my chest, feeling so incredibly self-satisfied.” I always preach the importance of everyone feeling confident about his or her running abilities – whether you run a 15…

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What I Do Besides Running: Make Candles!

A few months ago I decided to explore a new project: candle making. I love candles and burn them all the time. My favorites are from Bath & Body Works –Peach Bellini and Coconut Lime Verbena. They are my all…

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Cross Training Update: Biking + Weightlifting

I’ve really been enjoying my cross training days! Last week I mentioned that every Sunday I do a light cross training activity like stationary biking or swimming. On Sunday I did 10 miles on the stationary bike and enjoyed it…

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Pushing Myself to Two PRs in Two Weeks!

On Tuesday of last week I was feeling a small inkling of shin soreness by Wednesday it was noticeable enough that I had to bring it up with my run coach. She had me take a rest day on Thursday and then…

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Let’s Get to the Bottom of the Jogging vs Running Debate

What makes someone a runner vs. a jogger? Is there a certain pace that once crossed makes you an official runner? I saw a few tweets yesterday from someone who said (read from bottom to top): I am of the…

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Just Another Day of Run, Run, Running!

I got home from work late tonight and decided to hit the treadmill instead of running alone in the dark where I tend to assume scary monsters and serial killers are hiding behind every tree. Also, just a couple months…

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The Science Behind EnergyBits (Spirulina)

Like so many others in the online fitness community in recent weeks I was approached by EnergyBits about receiving a free sample to review and giveaway on my blog. I’ve been interested in EnergyBits for a while, but their somewhat…

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Cross Training: Improving on the Stationary Bike

Every Sunday my run coach includes a light cross training day for me. Aside from weightlifting I hadn’t really been doing any cross training before I started working with her, so it was a challenge to decide what I should do.…

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My Fourth of July Weekend Included Running & Eating Cheesecake (#awesome)

Happy belated 4th of July! My mom came into town on Wed. night and just left a few minutes ago. I got all of my normal runs in but at fairly random times. I am definitely looking forward to getting…

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Today’s Run Was a Mental Challenge

Today’s run for me was one of those runs where you just want it to end. Now. Half a mile in all I could think is “I really don’t want to be doing this. I just want to get back…

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Wendy’s Messed With My Run, That’s Not Cool Man

Oh, boy. I had fast food today for the first time in months and it did not agree with my stomach at all. I went to Wendy’s and ordered their grilled chicken sandwich and a baked potato. As I was…

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A Sappy Post About How Running Makes Me Cry Happy Tears

Excuse me while I write an incredibly sappy post about how running has changed my outlook on life. Earlier today I clicked over to Forbes to read an article called “Should Running Wunderkind Mary Cain Turn Pro?” Mary Cain is…

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