Chicago Marathon Training Week #3


I need to start off with a confession this morning: I had the laziest of weekends :). I got in all of my running, but aside from that Adam and I really stuck to home.

Here’s my training recap from last week:

I can sum up the week by saying it was hot, humid and rainy most days. I don’t think I ever saw the humidity dip below 75% on any of my runs. I definitely can feel my heart beat faster than normal on easy runs when the humidity is high.

Sunday it was nice and dry for my long run – but also really toasty!

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Overall I’m really happy with how the week went. I hit 30 miles which is a happy place for me. The lower mileage the first couple of weeks of the plan was kind of nice but I feel better when I’m running more.

My hamstrings and hips are both feeling loose which is a very good feeling. After vacation both were incredibly tight and it took a couple of weeks for them to feel normal again. Subsequently, my calves are also feeling loose which makes me EXTREMELY happy. In my opinion there is just nothing worse than tight calves. They make every single step of a run feel like a struggle.

Cecil and Georgie are tolerating each other okay. They aren’t best friends or anything but they do hang out with each other most of the day. Or maybe Cecil just keeps tabs on Georgie all the time, making sure the kitten doesn’t touch his toys or treats.

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On a completely random note I just have to tell you how good this soy candle is:

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I’ve been burning it nonstop for about a month now (I’m on my second one). I got it at Target for $10. I’m not entirely sure how to describe the scent other than light and fresh — like the scent of rain but sweeter. Next time you’re at Target go give it a sniff and I bet it will end up going home with you!

I have a few other weekend things I want to share with you BUT I vlogged this weekend and I’ll be putting that up tomorrow :).

I hope you had a great weekend and that your long run went well!

What do you think is the worst thing that can happen during a run (that’s not an injury)? Tight calves for sure!



  1. June 13, 2016 / 4:55 am

    Glad you are feeling good! I think the worst thing to happen on a run is chafing or blisters. I always push through and keep running and then regret it later!

    • Kristina
      June 13, 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Ohhhh chafing is such a good one! I chafed on Sunday but only a little bit. The shower was painful but not full on torture!

  2. June 13, 2016 / 7:57 am

    I love the video recap of your workouts! So cute. I’m excited to see how you like Hanson’s method–i think i’m going to use that plan for my fall marathon as well. 🙂

    • Kristina
      June 13, 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks Cori! Everyone seems to be on the Hansons train these days! It seems like a plan really well suited to you!

  3. June 13, 2016 / 8:45 am

    Aw Georgie and Cecil are now two peas in a pod. Love the picture. I am glad you are feeling all loosey goosey! The worst thing to happen on a run NON injury related I think is a stabbing side stitch because that forces me to stop!

    • Kristina
      June 13, 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Side stitch is a good one, but I have to stick with tight calves. My side stiches go away after I slow way down, but calf tightness sometimes lingers ALL run for me making every step feel like I have rocks in my legs!

      The kitties are adorable, but I’m not used to having a fluffy kitty around. I sometimes have to wipe the fur around his butt after he goes potty which TOTALLY grosses me out!

      • June 14, 2016 / 1:04 am

        Soon you will be in the “I ripped poop off my cat’s butt with my bare hands” club. Paul and I are proud members!!

        • Kristina
          June 14, 2016 / 8:16 am

          I joined last night! I actually had to cut a chunk of fur off. OMG. Cecil watched intently and I think if he could laugh he would have!

  4. June 13, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Haha! I love how cats kind of love to hate each other. Elly and Sydney spend a lot of time pretending that they are worst enemies, but I think in the end, they do tolerate each other.

    I gotta say, I think I agree with Megan on this one… a terrible side stitch is the worst!

    • Kristina
      June 13, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Awwwww yeah when I was growing up with had three cats and they all loved each other but fought like brothers will do I suppose! I think the age difference between Cecil and Georgie is the problem. Georgie wants to play way more often then Cecil is willing to play!

  5. June 13, 2016 / 11:01 am

    I really like your recap videos! I think it will be really neat for you once the marathon cycle is over and you can look back at all of the individual training runs that got you there. 🙂

    • Kristina
      June 13, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks Denise! I think so too, I already rewatch all the videos when I’m getting ready to publish a new one! 🙂

  6. June 13, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Battling the elements, can’t we just have a nice cool 65° to run in every day lol.

    Worse mom injury during a run is cramping. I’ve been notorious for hamstring cramping. It is the worst. I’ve been brought to tears it gets so bad at times. I’m crying just thinking about it lol

    • Kristina
      June 13, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Oh man, what I would give for a nice cool 65* run everyday.

      Yeah those hamstring cramps have gotten you pretty bad a few times!

      • June 14, 2016 / 10:30 am

        Wow thanks for reminding me…smh

  7. June 13, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    I love your videos – the cheery little music makes me smile 🙂
    Very nice week!
    It is humid here too….booo! It lasts forever lol
    I’ll have to look for that candle!
    I do think foot or calf pain is the worst during a run. I have felt a tugging a few times and had to stop running, it was scary how much it hurt. You know the other issue is when my tummy goes south…whew! Thank goodness it has not happened in awhile!

    • Kristina
      June 13, 2016 / 11:40 pm

      Thank you! I always spend way too much time listening to music samples before making my selection so I’m glad someone else is listening besides me 🙂

      Oh YES tummy issues are the worst! I experienced a bit of that one night last week. I stopped in a Subway to use their restroom but the woman said due to all the rain the ceiling had a leak and the bathroom was flooded so no one was allowed to use it. I was like PLEASE I’LL PAY YOU SO MUCH MONEY but she wouldn’t let me. Luckily the restaurant next door was kind enough to let a sweaty, smelly runner in to use the restroom!

  8. June 13, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    Glad to hear your body is feeling good and responding well to the mileage. I got a tight calf (charlie horse style) during the last mile of the Eugene half marathon and it about killed me. I also do NOT deal with side stitches very well. I’ve been having a lot of those lately and they completely shut down my run.

    • Kristina
      June 13, 2016 / 11:42 pm

      Oh wow, I’ve never had a charlie horse before during a run, I can only imagine how horrible that must feel especially during a race! When I see my toes curl up in weird positions/directions it freaks me out! To know that was going on while having to run (hard) would be too much. That’s why you’re the phenominal athlete and I’m just me!

  9. June 14, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    I’m glad your legs are feeling loose and good! I wish it would actually stop teasing me and RAIN on my runs these days. It keeps getting really humid and gray out but it never seems to rain at the right time.