Day in the Life + Endorphins at 7:45pm!

My new camera came in last week and I took it out for a spin around town yesterday!

BTW, my YouTube channel hit over 3,000 views yesterday! Am I a celebrity now? Don’t worry I won’t let the fame go to my head. I’ll always just be Jenny From the Block. ?

Cecil, on the other hand, has totally gotten out of control. He’s an ego maniac demanding that we bring him treats while he sits atop the fridge surveying his land.

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TOO CUTE!

During my lunch break yesterday the new episode of Mindy happened:

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I’m so happy it’s back, now all we need is a new Adam Pally episode!

When I got home from work Adam was already in his PJs. I could tell he had a stressful day so I said, “why don’t you come to the gym with me?” He wanted to take pre-workout first so we had to wait 30 mins before heading over to give it time to kick in.

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We both left the gym sweaty, satisfied and full of energy and endorphins! I really like running after work because it helps me to transition into a calmer, more relaxed “at home” version of myself. It’s not that my job stresses me out so much that I need it… but the commute does leave me a little high strung. I’m totally used to it, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying!

After the dub sevs I ran over the weekend my legs did feel a bit tired on Monday and I was grateful I had switched my rest day to Mondays. My hamstrings were also a bit tight but a good stretching session yesterday seemed to do the trick because last night’s run felt totally effortless and there was no sign of tightness!

This may sound totally bizarre, but right now I am really enjoying being a runner. I feel very little pressure since I’m not currently in the middle of a training plan, but I’m still doing things that I know will help me improve. It just feels good. ? I love writing in my training log and seeing the miles build up!

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Recently two people have told me that they’re in a running rut. My advice is to read through your training log from a period in time when you were just totally crushing it. That always motivates me like nothing else!

Actually, whether you’re in a rut or not, go read through an old training log today! It’s such a great exercise in being grateful for how far you’ve come and getting inspired for what you can still achieve!

Have a great Wednesday!

What’s your #1 tip for someone in a running rut?
What’s your current favorite song to run to? 
– I’m putting together a new playlist and need suggestions!

19 comments

  1. Karen

    I like the Cecil’s throne lol
    Monday I My heart is Ghost Town and played it twice 🙂 I love Adam’s voice, but I am not digging his new song so guess I will have to listen to the old ones on repeat.
    I can’t talk running ruts right now- too sensitive.

    1. Kristina

      Thanks for the song recommendation!

  2. Emma @ myfullfatlife

    For running ruts, I say take a break and then go back at it.. but try a new route. A change of scenery can help.
    🙂
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    1. Kristina

      Completely agree! I go through phases between running on the treadmill and running at the beach. The change up is refreshing!

  3. Kerry

    I like that suggestion for getting out of a rut. I like to list out long term running goals when I am in a rut. It helps a lot to just see the goals on paper.

    Elly has a very similar throne overlooking our apartment. She is quite sure that all of my space is actually for her.
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    1. Kristina

      Hahah yes, Elly is the princess! Yesterday Adam looked at Cecil and told him that everything the kitchen light touches is his kingdom 😀

  4. Staci

    When I am in a rut I have to find out why. Is it my personal life, am I physically drained and burnt out? Depending on what is going on I may take a break, run in different areas with friends, sign up for a race etc.

    1. Kristina

      That’s really smart to get to the root of the problem!

  5. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I hate to tell you this, but at least 1,000 of the views are from me.

    Cecil looks so regal looking over his land. Chrissy has spots in our house we call his “See all” because he can lay and see into the different rooms.

    It is so funny, I am the OPPOSITE of you. I only ran 0.8 miles after work on Friday and it left me all high strung!! Apparently running hypes me UP. I just could not relax after it and I really did want to relax.
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    1. Kristina

      Hahah thanks for the views!

      I always tell Cecil that he’s my little prince and I think he believes it! 😉

      I was full of energy and endorphins after last night’s run, but not in the high strung sort of way. Rather in a “ah, this feels good/right/not stressful” way. When I come home and don’t run I usually just feel lethargic the entire night!

  6. Running schlub

    Dub Sevs makes its way in again lol.

    That camera is legit, but way to big to run with. I’d be afraid to drop it lol.

    When I’m in a running rut, I go out on the trails to remind myself that it’s not about fast paces, race finishes, medals, and PR’s….I do this for so much more. Sitting on a mountain looking over the city has a way of clearing your mind. I’m sure sitting at the beach early in the morning listening to the waves has the same effect 🙂
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    1. Kristina

      Oh definitely way to big to run with! When I catch clips during a run I just use my iPhone!

      Sitting at the beach listening to the waves definitely has the same effect. I used to rush to get home after a run but now I do my stretching AT the beach post-run so I can enjoy the environment a little longer!

  7. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    It doesn’t sound bizarre to say that you are really enjoying being a runner! That should be the number one reason why any of us run! I’m glad that you’re getting so much joy out of it right now! I guess that the base building has been treating you well ?
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    1. Kristina

      I thought it might sound bizarre because … obviously I enjoy running otherwise I wouldn’t have a running blog? But I think before I used to love running for what it did for me/how I felt when I achieved something and now I’m just enjoying the whole process!

  8. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    That Cecil comment made me laugh out loud. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t utter the phrase “Geno/Bernie thinks he owns the place,” because they DO, those little devils! This is going to sound so weird but Geno’s throne is the toilet seat in our bathroom, when the cover lid is down. He just loves to lie on there. It gives new meaning to the term, “the porcelain throne”, LOL.

    I feel like I could write a book on running ruts after last year. I think my best advice is a little different than what most would say: I actually argue you should embrace the rut. If you don’t feel like running, then don’t run. I think we feel all this pressure to be in love with running and/or on top of our game all the time, but that’s just not the way it works. Listen to your heart and your mind – if it’s not fun anymore then maybe that means you need some time off. Just ride it out and let the love come back naturally – trying to force it to come back just doesn’t work. I’ve always liked the analogy of the Chinese finger trap toy (that old cylindrical contraption where you stick fingers into both ends) – the more you try to pull your fingers out, the more stuck they get; the only way to get out is to just let go.
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  9. Lauren @ Lauren Runs

    Similar to your “look back to when you were crushing it,” I like to look back to the recaps from races I was most proud of for similar inspiration.

    So nice that you’re happy with your low-pressure running! I feel it was well… I am in a training plan, but I’ve gotten to a point with my coach that I’m comfortable we’re on the same page with regards to shorter term & long term goals!
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  10. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    Cecil is obviously the king. Is there anywhere in your apartment where you will not let him go or sleep?

    Whenever I find myself in a running rut, I take a few days (or even weeks if need be) off to focus on whatever else is going on in my life. Usually my ruts are short lived, but stem from life being too busy or the weather being extra crappy. Sometimes it’s good to step back and regroup… I always like making a plan and visualizing my success on down the road. 🙂
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  11. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    When I look back on my old training posts it inspires me a bit, but also makes a me a little sad that I havent been able to get back to that point! I feel like I have less time and less energy. I hope I will get back to where I was again, but there are alot of things right now that make it so much harder. I love that feeling where you just love being a runner and are not feeling any real pressure about it!
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  12. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    Changing it up always helps me when I’m in a rut. Especially meeting up with a friend to go for a run. They are usually slower runs, and much more enjoyable because it’s a social event.
    ha, Cecil really does rule the house!! So cute.
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