Chi Marathon Training Week #1

Happy Monday! I hope everyone in the US who has a day off today is enjoying the long weekend as we honor and celebrate Memorial Day.

Yesterday I capped off the final day of my first training week for Chicago. Instead of just sharing my training log, I thought I would do something a little bit creative and put together a short training video. It’s only about a minute long but it covers all the basics!

I’m training to run 5:59 in Chicago which means this is my Hansons pacing guide for this training cycle:

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The easy days and long run day paces are difficult to manage because it’s really not possible for me to run or even jog 15:42 pace without taking strategic walking breaks. Since I don’t think Hansons really supports using the run/walk method I’m probably never going to do 15:42 pace but that’s probably okay? I still stayed within the guidelines but was closer to the faster end than the slower end of the prescribed pace, especially after my calves loosened up later in the week.

I wrote out a heat adjustments guide for myself since the weather is quite warm now and I’m still acclimating to it. Because my plan doesn’t start including speed or strength paced workouts for a couple more weeks I don’t think there will be any issues. I should be acclimated to the heat by then, although how do you really get acclimated to 90*F weather at 7pm?

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I’m not giving myself the freedom to run at the slower heat adjusted paces when the time comes. However, I thought it would be nice to know what they are so on the days when the effort is there but the pace feels impossible I don’t feel like I’m completely failing at executing the plan.

Other than enjoying this first week of training with all easy, short runs I also enjoyed a little BBQ/pool party I hosted on Saturday.

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A little bit of rain tried to crash the party early on, but eventually the skies dried up!

The day was fun and I got to finally use these cute plates and cups I bought at Target:

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The plates were only $1.25 each and I think each set of four cups was only $9.99! The matching pitcher was… $6? I can’t remember exactly but they’re all so summery and I love them!

I also got around to putting all my bathroom things into a box to make my counter spaced more organized. If you watch my vlogs then you know my bathroom counter is usually a mess of makeup brushes and random other things!

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Now everything has its own little home. We’ll see how long the organization lasts!

(BTW, I know there are things in there made by brands that still practice animal testing. I don’t want to waste them so I’ll be finishing them up before replacing them with cruelty free brands.)

The new comforter has been a big hit with everyone. Can you spot a hidden Cecil?

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He was so good with the guests that came over Saturday. Very friendly and social! People are always surprised at how un-skittish he is, but Cecil is a man of the people. He loves being where the action (and treats and head rubs) are!

I hope you’re having a great Monday!

Talk soon :).

Anyone else BBQ this weekend?
Best part of your training last week?!



  1. May 30, 2016 / 6:29 am

    Accounting for heat adjustments is a good idea! I ran a 5k on Saturday and it was 80 degrees for the first time this summer, so my effort didn’t match my usual pace. It will definitely take some time to get used to this weather!

    • Kristina
      May 30, 2016 / 11:07 am

      Oh I’m sure! You went from chilly to hot in a flash! At least it was slightly gradual here!

  2. May 30, 2016 / 9:04 am

    I struggle with maintaining the organized space or room too! Love the new comforter. I’ve been looking for a new one and would be curious at to which one you have. I keep finding ones that are super warm for the winter but not ones that will be used in the warmer summer weather. Have a great week Kristina!

  3. May 30, 2016 / 9:49 am

    Awww Cecil!! Of course he found that little cocoon! I like your Target finds, very cute! Your vlog about your training is very cool! Short and concise. It has been hot here too- like SUDDENLY hot so like you I haven’t acclimated to the weather yet! I forgot to wear my visor this weekend and got some sun on my face. I’m so mad at myself.

    • Kristina
      May 30, 2016 / 11:13 am

      Oh no, I hate when I forget my visor!!! I can’t stand it when sweat is running down my face and of course getting sun on your face isn’t great. But now that you’ve forgotten it once you probably won’t forget again for the rest of the summer!

      I’m glad you like the video! 🙂

      • May 30, 2016 / 6:30 pm

        Also, I wish we lived closer and I could invite you to our game nights. 🙂

        • Kristina
          May 30, 2016 / 6:46 pm

          I wish that too!! I want to come to your game nights and drink wine with you! (I don’t really like drinking but I think it would be fun to drink wine and shit on Trump with you!)

  4. May 30, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Looks like you have a plan for Chi!
    It is very hot here too but luckily I have a great shady route to run when it gets too bad but that doesn’t really help with the humidity!

    Love your Target finds! I love all their Summer stuff but then remember I have to have a free place to store it during the other!

    • Kristina
      May 30, 2016 / 12:48 pm

      Hahah so true! Luckily my kitchen has an unusual number of cabinets! When we first moved in I thought there were more than I could ever use, but somehow I have managed to fill them all up!

  5. May 30, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    How smart to look at the adjusted heat paces so you can reflect on your effort on those days. This summer is already promising to be a brutal one; it’s good to bear in mind that it’s much harder on our bodies when we try to run in soupy air and high heat!

    If you’re running to average a 15:42 pace and that means you’re running like a 14:30 and then walking occasionally, does it still count as running the prescribed pace? I can never decide if the average pace matters more than consistency, but I agree that running at that high of a pace would be REALLY hard.

    • Kristina
      May 30, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      I don’t think Hansons really supports using run/walk so I just did a slow jog on those days which put me at about 14:50 pace. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do a straight through jog at 15:42 without taking walking breaks. If someone had shorter legs it might be possible? lol

  6. May 30, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    You have a very good plan for heat training. I never really thought about that and even in Montana it’s necessary.

    We barbecued yesterday ~ Rib eye steaks. I’ve done a lot of eating this weekend. It’s probably a good thing I go back to work tomorrow.

    My favorite run was my husband’s long run. It’s a secondary long run for me and good recovery from my own long run.

  7. Susan
    May 31, 2016 / 11:24 am

    I loved your training video–so fun to have you take us along! I am so bad about working out in the heat. I always am working out pre-dawn but after my run yesterday Rick and I went hiking and it was 8 am and the sun was out. I was really sweating! Ugh. Cecil looks like he loves the new comforter!

    • Kristina
      May 31, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      I feel like I start sweating just looking at the heat even when I’m in the a/c! My body is like “oh damn, we MIGHT go outside so let’s start the cooling process!” 😀

      I bet the hike was so beautiful and worth being out in the sun though! You have such great scenery up there!

  8. May 31, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    Love the video – you are getting good with the editing 🙂
    The kitty I had this weekend really looks like Cecil 🙂 and she slept in my pillows just like that. lol I like a people curious cat! They are the most fun.

    • Kristina
      May 31, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      That little kitty you were babysitting for is TOO ADORABLE! Of course I think that since she looks so much like Cecil, but they both have such cute little faces!

      Thanks! It seems like simple editing is the best way to go for me. When I get too fancy it turns into a disaster! haha