Chill Weekend + NEW RUNNING GEAR!

Happy Monday! Congrats to everyone who raced this weekend, especially all of you who ran the London Marathon! I loved flicking through all the pics on Instagram this weekend because I really, really, really want to run London one year (soon)!

Adam and I had a pretty chill weekend since we’re leaving for vacation on THURSDAY! Aside from running, I didn’t really do anything else! 🙂 I got in six miles on Saturday and 8 miles on Sunday for a total of 14 for the weekend.

I also got in a killer upper body weight lifting session on Saturday. I don’t know what it was, but I was just feeling great! On Sunday, however, my legs told me they were starting to feel the affects of running higher mileage. I made it through the run just fine but afterwards I all I wanted to do was sit!

On Friday I tried out a pair of Newton Fate for the first time!

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A couple of weeks ago Criteek reached out to see if I would wanted to participate in their Newton campaign by trying out and creating a video review of my experience with the shoes. Of course I said yes because I’m not the type to turn down free running shoes :). I asked for a pair of the Fate and a beautiful blue pair arrived on my doorstep Friday afternoon!

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They’re pretty comparable to the Brooks Glycerin, which are my current go-to shoe… with one exception. The Fate have a 4.5mm drop and the Glycerine are 10mm. This actually makes a pretty big difference in how the ride feels as there is what I perceive to be a significant rocking motion added to each stride.

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My initial impression is that I like the feeling of the 4.5mm drop although I haven’t yet tried the shoes on a very long distance run or a workout run to know for sure. I’ll keep you updated!

Last week I purchased a new running visor to replace one I had to throw out (it wouldn’t stop smelling, hahahah). I’m sad because it’s now almost impossible to find the UA Shadow Visor anywhere which is my absolute favorite but I’m giving the UA Fly Fast visor a try.

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It’s not quite the same, but it’ll do :).

I guess you could say this was a weekend full of new items because I also purchased a new backpack to use as a carryon for the trip! My requirements were: faux leather, big enough to fit my laptop and in black with gold trim. It actually took a few tries, but I eventually found one that meets all the reqs and it was only $36 from Amazon!

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I haven’t worn a backpack in forever and had forgotten how nice it is for the weight of your purse to be evenly distributed across your back!

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(I’m still LOVING this ^ iPhone case with palm trees case so much!)

I’m looking forward to loading up the backpack for all of the adventures ahead of me later this week!

Anyway, before I sign off today I wanted to take a minute to share something I recently learned.  I’ve been reading the Tales from the Back of the Pack blog for a long time now and I’m currently loving her Earth Day series on how to reduce waste in everyday life.

One simple thing that all of us can do as athletes is to recycle our Gu packets! All you have to do is sign up for a free account with Terracycle and opt-in to the Gu recycling program. Then save up all of your used Gu packets in a box and when you’re ready, print out a free shipping label through Terracycle and send off your waste to be recycled! Easy squeezy.

You’ll collect points which you can use to make a donation to charity or earn cool upcycled products!

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Terracycle is also working with Larabar, Clif Bar and other products that you probably use every day. I’m excited to participate and start recycling the Gu packets I normally just toss in the bin!

Wow, this ended up being a long Monday post! Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!

How did your running go this weekend?!
Any Newton shoe lovers out there? Which is your go-to pair? 

* Criteek sent me the pair of Newton Fate. Everything else in this post I purchased with my own dolla dolla bills. 



  1. April 25, 2016 / 5:14 am

    All your new stuff is great! That backpack looks perfect for traveling. I have never tried Newtons. Just make sure you ease into them slowly, especially with your tight calves!

    • Kristina
      April 25, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Oh, I hadn’t even thought about how they might impact my calves! I’m definitely easing into them just because of the drop difference. Thanks for bringing up the calves though, I really need to keep that connection in mind!

  2. April 25, 2016 / 6:55 am

    Your new carry on backpack is beautiful! I pretty much love your style of clothes/jewelry/accessories. How does one get into London? Is it a lottery?

    I can’t believe your vacation is practically here!!!! 🙂 How long will you be gone for? Do you have any specific spots you have planned to run?

    • Kristina
      April 25, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Thank you! I think you are probably the first person that has sense they like my sense of style since my early 20s. I’m pretty sure I peaked around 21-22 haha!

      I want to sync my Garmin EVERYWHERE! We’ll be gone for about 10 days, but I’ve got some blog posts pre-written that I’ll pop up and I’m going to vlog! I’m just not sure if the Internet on the ship will be strong enough to upload the videos. Adam can get employee Internet for free (otherwise it’s $10/day) but he said the employee internet is slower than guest internet!

      • April 26, 2016 / 11:15 am

        Yay I am excited for Italian Vlogs. How do you say Vlog in Italian? You will have to find out.

        • April 26, 2016 / 11:15 am

          Now that I think about it, it’s probably Vloggio or something like that….

  3. Jaz
    April 25, 2016 / 8:17 am

    Hey kristina! Thanks for the insta comment:) I had so much fun running London, it was my second ever marathon and I beat my time from Brighton last year! You should definitely come and run it, you can either get in through the ballot (which is luck of the draw!), as a charity runner (you have to raise a minimum amount, usually £1800-2000 for your spot), like me as a ‘good for age’ runner, or even ‘championship’ runner. The last two are easier I guess but you have to get a qualifying time. The main thing about London is the crowd support which is incredible, there are people all along the course and they really carry you! Running past Buckingham palace at the end was a wonderful feeling, with the finish line in sight! Hopefully some of your US readers will be inspired to join us over here next year! I’ll be happy to give tours of my hometown 🙂

    • Kristina
      April 25, 2016 / 4:29 pm


      A friend of mine also wants to run London and suggested that we try and get in together through a travel partner. I like the idea of fundraising for charity too though. I just can’t fundraise for two races in the same year (so much pressure). I’d like to do the race next year but Adam and I already have a couple of vacations planned out. I think it’s much more likely that we’ll come over again for the race in 2018!

  4. April 25, 2016 / 8:57 am

    I have Newton Kismets in my rotation. I love how they feel fast. Make sure you ease into them, because of the different drop. I had to build up for a while before using them on long runs.
    Enjoy your trip!

    • Kristina
      April 25, 2016 / 4:30 pm

      Thanks Cheryl! I’m definitely going to be mindful of the different drop and only use the shoes for easy/short runs.

  5. April 25, 2016 / 9:59 am

    Huge Newton fan here! I run in the Motion mostly, but also run in the Gravity. Love them! Thanks for the info on Terracycle. I know our running club is involved in it, but I wasn’t sure how to get the empties to them. I’ve just been saving them right now. I put my GUs in a sandwich bag when I run so I don’t get GU on my clothes so I always return home with the empties!

    • Kristina
      April 25, 2016 / 4:31 pm

      OHHH great idea to put the Gu in a Sandwich bag! I always end up with it on me! haha I’m definitely going to bring sandwich bags with me from now on. Thanks!

  6. April 25, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Oh I love that you can recycle Gu! I’m definitely going to sign up for that. I always save my nuun containers to recycle, but I never thought of recycling Gu. That is such a cute backpack! I usually use my hiking daypack which isn’t exactly very stylish.

    My running went awesome this weekend. I got all of my miles in and I am now tapering all the way to Colfax! 🙂

    • Kristina
      April 25, 2016 / 5:15 pm

      YAY, welcome to the taper! You made it!!!

  7. Susan
    April 25, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Wow, vacation on Thursday. You gotta be sooo excited! I agree w/ Cheryl and ease into the lower drop shoes because they will put more strain on your calves and achilles as they kind of force you to strike more on your forefoot. I love that back pack. I carry an awesome Timbuktu one when we travel–holds my PC, Rick’s iPAD, head phones, glasses and FOOD! Pretty much all I need for a decent flight! Have fun this week on your “final countdown” to vacay!!

    • Kristina
      April 25, 2016 / 5:17 pm

      I had never heard of the Timbuktu brand before! I just checked out their website and LOVE the Primo bag!

      I’m getting excited for the trip… sort of. There’s still so much to do before we leave that I haven’t quite gotten there yet. Still too stressed about everything that needs to get done at work before I can comfortably sign off!

  8. April 25, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    The lugs on Newtons always have interested me. I know that if I had endless disposable income there would be several brands of shoes getting tried out by me, hope you like them. I am a Brooks person too so it will be interesting to see the difference.

    • Kristina
      April 25, 2016 / 5:18 pm

      OH ME TOO! I really want to try Hokas but I’m scared to make the investment in case I end up hating them! I need to check in with Kristen (Glitter & Dust) to see what her impression of them is so far. She is a Brooks girl too who recently invested in some Hokas!

  9. April 25, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Your Newton’s are really pretty 🙂 A change in drop that big takes awhile to get used to. My Doc has told me to stay between 4 and 8 mm with the shoes, it is healthier for the ball of my foot. I do have a pair of Newton that accumulated some miles, and I have always enjoyed them.
    Yay! for vacation 🙂

  10. April 25, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Aww, thanks for the shoutout! That was very sweet.

    I just got a new pair of Newton’s when I was in Boulder…I really love them and want to know what you think of them after a few spins.

  11. April 25, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    LOVE my Fates!! I want free ones, too! LOL!!! Returning from injury, I got refitted and was recommend to try out Newton’s and now I’m officially a converter. Love them!! I have the greenish Fates 🙂

  12. April 25, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    The Fate are the first Newtons I’ve been even a little interested in trying. Honestly, I’ve tried shoes with even slightly lower drops than my Kayanos (and mine are a HUGE drop, like 11mm or something) and I hate how they feel. But I’m interested in how Newtons supposedly help correct and align your stride, so maybe someday I’ll try them after all!

  13. April 27, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    I actually received a free pair of Newton’s for participating in their running study to test a new prototype shoe. I haven’t tried them yet, as I am still adjusting to my new Hokas, but I might try them this summer. The Newtons are completely different than the Glycerin. It would take some getting used to. Mine are blue too, so that’s exciting. I can’t remember the last time I owned a blue pair of running shoes.

    P.S. I love the new bag. You did well. It’s always hard to visualize the size based one pictures, but I’m glad you found one that worked for your needs. Super cute!