Weekly RUNdown: Deflated But Not Defeated

Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend!

I had a pretty good weekend. Adam and I went to see Trainwreck and I liked it more than I thought I would. Amy Schumer annoys the heck out of me, but I thought LeBron was actually quite funny!

The movie cheered me up after a crappy run. I felt really deflated after I took my final stride. I had 13 miles on the schedule but I only made it to the halfway point before calling it a day.

In my training vlog I talk about how my left knee was feeling sore and achey. It honestly felt fine during my 5 mile (treadmill) run on Saturday and I haven’t twisted it or anything.

I’m not sure what is causing the soreness except perhaps general marathon fatigue.

I’ve been lucky that I haven’t had any other ailments cause me to miss a training run so far, so even though yesterday’s run was a failure it’s one that I feel like I can live with. I’m icing it up and I hope that by Tuesday I’ll be able to get in a spectacular BIRTHDAY RUN!

Here’s my weekly RUNdown:


Monday: REST
Tuesday: 1 mile w/up, 5 x 1000 with 400 m recoveries, 1 mile c/down
Wednesday: 4 miles easy
Thursday: 7 mile pace run (5 miles @ 13:40)
Friday: REST
Saturday: 5 miles easy
Sunday: 13 8 miles easy

Total: About 34 29 miles

I’m really bummed that the 13 miler didn’t go as planned because otherwise I think this was a pretty awesome week!

I guess  I’m really feeling deflated because I headed into Sunday thinking I was going to end the week on a really high note. Womp womp. 

I need to put yesterday’s crappy run behind me because this is a week to celebrate! My mom officially moves to South Florida TODAY and tomorrow is my birthday! I don’t have anything special planned but I’m sure Adam and I will get up to something.

We were supposed to be on vacation this week, but due to some conflicts we’ve rearranged our schedule and will be going later this month. Have I mentioned that I CANNOT WAIT?!!! We’ve never been to the Dominican Republic before but I know it will be a lot of fun – and I’ll get to add another country to my list of places I’ve run!

Happy August everyone! 🙂

What do you do to get over a bad run?
Anyone else have an August birthday??



  1. August 3, 2015 / 5:29 am

    Sorry your run didnt go as planned, but it was probably better to cut it short so that you can have a great run tomorrow!

    • Kristina
      August 3, 2015 / 7:37 am

      Thanks, Lisa! Cutting a long run short always feels like the ultimate marathon sin, but the more I think about it the more I think it was the right thing to do. An ache can so quickly turn into a pain that turns into an injury! Ack!

  2. August 3, 2015 / 6:13 am

    Sorry you had a crappy run 🙁 It happens sometimes, but I hope the rest of your training goes as planned. My bday is in December. Happy early birthday!

    • Kristina
      August 3, 2015 / 7:38 am

      Thanks Sam! 🙂

      Your birthday will be here before you know it. I am always so surprised by how quickly the fall/winter months go by in comparison to the rest of the year! I guess all of the holiday activities keep us on a speeding train towards the end of the year!

  3. August 3, 2015 / 6:52 am

    Happy Birthday, Kristina!!! I hope you get to do something fun! When I have a bad run, I usually go hard the next run with a vengeance…It does usually mean a good run is around the corner!

    • Kristina
      August 3, 2015 / 7:39 am

      Thank you!! 🙂 Going hard in on the agenda since I have speedwork on Tuesday – provided this knee is feeling 100%!

  4. Jasmine
    August 3, 2015 / 8:26 am

    Hope you aren’t too annoyed about your bad run – we ALL have them during the marathon cycle, it is what makes the training such a challenge. Take it easy with your knee – a few days off now ( if you need them) is going to be much better than a few weeks/months closer the time so don’t be afraid!

    I actually bought – and read half of – Scott Jurek’s book at the weekend after seeing you mention it so often (haha) I am really enjoying it so far! What a guy.

  5. Jasmine
    August 3, 2015 / 8:28 am

    Also – I’m still on the Undisclosed train and getting more and more confused! As I work in law myself, my main thoughts are “what the heck were they thinking?!”

    • Kristina
      August 4, 2015 / 12:15 am

      Hey Jasmine! I’m so glad that you started reading Eat & Run and that you’re enjoying it. I’ve read that book so many times and never get tired of it. Have you read Bart Yasso’s book? If not I would recommend reading that one next – it’s very funny!

      I have gotten off the Undisclosed train, but I really need to get back on. I’m going to fire up the podcast during tomorrow’s run so I can start catching back up!

  6. August 3, 2015 / 8:52 am

    i think we all have bad training runs every now and then! sometimes our bodies just aren’t having it, but it’s nothing to get too hung up about if it’s not happening over and over again. you’ll be back to your long runs by the weekend, i’m sure!

    • Kristina
      August 4, 2015 / 12:15 am

      Thanks so much for the words of encouragement Brittney! 🙂 I hope so too!

  7. August 3, 2015 / 10:22 am

    You’ve gotta have a couple crappy runs to really appreciate the good ones! I hope your runs goes much better tomorrow for your birthday!

    • Kristina
      August 4, 2015 / 12:16 am

      You’re so right! I never thought of it like that!

      Thanks Courtney 🙂

  8. August 3, 2015 / 11:33 am

    Happy Birthday ! I hope you have a great one 🙂
    It stinks your run didn’t go as planned, but I think it’s better to stop now and ice up, you have plenty of time!
    I am August 10th 🙂

    • Kristina
      August 4, 2015 / 12:19 am

      Yay for August birthdays!!! Despite the change in horoscope I will always count myself as a Leo 😉

  9. August 3, 2015 / 11:57 am

    I’m glad you played it smart on your long run…it sucks to cut the distance short, but listening to your body is what will help you get through training without injury! But of course, you know that. When I have a bad run, I go out for a fun run the next day. It helps build my confidence back up.

  10. August 3, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    I’ve heard the same about Labron. The clips I’ve seen online are hilarious lol.

    You did the right thing, if your knee was feeling weak, best to shut it down. I have been trying to follow Hanna’s advice and look at it as more rest time. Legs are aching for a reason and it’s best to rest them.

  11. August 3, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    I hate crappy runs… I’ve had a few this training cycle and I’m sure I’ll have a few more. I usually try to download some new music if I have a bad run and play it for my next one. It usually gets me going a little quicker.

  12. August 3, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    Happy Early Birthday!! What a great bday present- your mom moving to Florida. 🙂

    I am so sorry your knee started bothering during your run and you didn’t get the mileage in. I am one to look on the bright side, so I would argue that your run was not a failure. You LISTENED to your body and made the SMART choice to cut the run short. Sucky situation, but some runners would power through the pain and end up paying the price!

    • Kristina
      August 4, 2015 / 12:18 am

      Thank you! It was definitely one of those situations where I played the guessing game for a couple of miles – is this real pain or is this soreness that I can run through? Eventually I decided to just play it safe. It’s feeling a lot better today but my hip is starting to feel a little weird now, argh! I need to go stretch for a couple of hours before bed! 🙂

  13. August 4, 2015 / 8:06 am

    You definitely made the right choice Kristina. The knees are something not to gamble with for sure. I’ve had knee pain during marathon traininig before and with rest and ice it usually goes away pretty quickly. Your mileage was still 4 miles higher than mine was the week of the Tely 10. I only got 25 miles that week because of the knot in my calf muscle. I really hope today’s run goes much better for you!

  14. August 4, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Yep, bad runs happen. Better to get them out of the way in training though! Glad you are putting it behind you and ready to tackle a new week!