Birthday Treats + 5 Minute Run

Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend.

On Friday after work Adam met me at my office in Miami, roses in hand, ready to take me out to birthday dinner. He used to buy me flowers all the time, but hasn’t done it in a while so it was a really nice surprise :).

After dinner we came home, got on the couch with Cecil and watched two episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. That probably sounds super boring to some of you, but that’s totally our kind of night!

Saturday morning Adam’s mom flew into town for a week, so I headed out to run some errands while they caught up together.

I decided to treat myself to a gel manicure to see what all the hype is about. Gels are supposed to last a minimum of two weeks. The salon I went to guaranteed I wouldn’t see a single chip for at least seven days.

The gels cost $35 and then I tipped 20%, so my total was $42. Normally I would not complain about this price, but I really wish the manicurist would have told me the color I picked out was going to show up TOTALLY sheer/clear.

Aside from my nails being a little shiny, I don’t really see any difference compared to my natural nails.

Based on the little nail sample I looked at, I thought I was going to walk out with light, pretty, baby pink nails like this (as modeled by Estee Lalonde):

You live and your learn. Next time I will pick a RED or something with a lot of pigment so that I feel like I am getting my money’s worth, haha!

After getting my nails done I decided it was time to finally chop my hair and go a little bit lighter. I ended up shorter than I expected but I don’t think it looks bad. Plus my hair grows fast so I know it’ll fix itself in just a couple of weeks.

I want to do something really different next time, I’m just not sure what.

After getting pampered all day, and then catching up with Adam’s mom in the evening, I was glad to get into my pajamas and watch some YouTube before bed.

Cecil was ready to call it a night before me, but he still wanted to hang out :). Sometimes he’s so cute I can’t believe he’s real.

On Sunday we didn’t do much. I did get out for a very short five minute run followed by a 60 minute walk. My calves felt totally blown up after five minutes running @ 13:30 pace.

After I stopped running I took a little break to let my calves calm down some and then I started my walk. Even after the break and easy walk, my calves still felt SUPER tight and tingly for about 15 minutes.

For the first time ever I can say that this is good news. When I go for the compartment syndrome test on Wednesday they will have me run until the symptoms present themselves. I have to run long enough that my calves REALLY hurt so that the symptoms stay present after I stop running and all the way through the test.

Based on how I felt yesterday after just five minutes of running I feel like this won’t be a problem. If I run for 10 minutes those symptoms will definitely stick around long enough to test both legs.

I’m looking forward to the test and finally feeling like I am taking steps towards getting back to running full force again! More on that later this week I hope!

Have you tried a gel manicure yet?
What’s your favorite nail polish color?Β 

How was your run this weekend?



  1. Laura F
    August 7, 2017 / 8:33 am

    I love the idea of gel manicures but they totally wreck my nails πŸ™ I had the same problem with a very sheer color once! So annoying. Last summer a friend started helping out at her sister’s nail salon so I was going more often than usual and having fun with colors. I fell in love with my teal nails!

    • Kristina
      August 9, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Ohhh teal nails sounds beautiful!

      Yeah, I’m a bit worried about what the gels are going to do to my natural nails. I used to get fake nails put on back in the day and they totally killed my natural nails. I can’t lie though, it’s so nice to not have any chips!

  2. August 7, 2017 / 9:21 am

    That sounds like a perfect birthday! Sorry your manicure didn’t turn out quite as expected. I’d be a bit disappointed too.

    • Kristina
      August 9, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Ya that was a bummer but I’m really pleased with how they are holding up! I love that I don’t have any chips yet!

  3. August 7, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    I would be bummed about the manicure too! At least it wasn’t *too* expensive and you could go back and try it again. I’m glad you had a relaxing weekend for your birthday! Where did you go for dinner?

    • August 7, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Also, I do like your hair short! πŸ™‚ It is FRESH.

      • Kristina
        August 9, 2017 / 8:01 pm

        We went to a restaurant in Miami called Michael’s Genuine – it’s so good!

        Thanks, the hair is starting to grow on me. I wish it was just maybe 1/2 inch longer but I know it will grow out quickly!

  4. August 7, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Awwwww, that does suck it is sheer. I took my Mom when I was out visiting her and she got silver which looked really cool and it did hold up well. We went to a beauty school out there so it is quite a bit cheaper. Maybe you have one in the area and the students appreciate the practice.
    I hope this test gives you some resolution …my fingers are crossed for you.

    • Kristina
      August 9, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Ohhh I would be more than happy to go to a beauty school to get a better price. I bet most of the time they come out just fine!

      The test did give me resolution. I’m very happy to finally be taking these last steps towards recovery!

  5. Susan
    August 7, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    I actually like your nails. I wear mine short and naked (too much bother to try to keep the polish on with being in the pool a few times per week) so I think they just look nice and classic. LOVE your hair! I think short hair is very sassy and it looks great on you.

    • Kristina
      August 9, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks! The hair is growing on me… literally and figuratively πŸ˜€

  6. August 9, 2017 / 10:20 am

    OMG, that stinks about the nail color! The salon really should have warned you first. That has happened to me with a regular manicure and they asked me if I was sure I wanted that color and painted a sample nail first. I recently got a gel manicure and loved it, but taking it off was a PIA. I guess it’s not bad if you go back to the salon and let them do it, but I’m too low maintenance for that, lol.

    Good luck on your test today!!!!!! So happy the day is finally here for you.

    • Kristina
      August 9, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Oh man that’s so nice that they painted a sample nail first. I was really shocked at the level of sheer that this color is because on the sample nail wheel they have it didn’t look sheer at all!

  7. August 9, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Today’s your day (Weds!), so I hope the test went well. It would be just my luck that everything felt fine and I couldn’t tell the Dr where it hurts.
    Your day of pampering sounds pretty awesome. What the heck on the nail color? I love gel manicures, but they hate me. They damage my nails so bad after I take them off that it takes months to repair. So, I’ve given that up after having a couple of them at the salon. But they did last *forever*, so that part was great!
    Looking forward to hearing your test results!

    • Kristina
      August 9, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks! The testing did go well and I’m finally referred to a surgeon who can do the fasciotomy. It feels good to be making progress towards recovery!