Dream Big!

Yesterday morning I woke up with the worst knot in my left shoulder blade. It bothered me ALL day at work but somewhere in the middle of my run at night it completely went away. I wonder if it was a stressed induced knot and the endorphins helped ease it away?

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I am a bit stressed right now because I have a doctor’s appointment on Thursday and I’m just not a fan of those kind of meetings. Everything about the doctor’s office is so … intimidating. Even the tongue depressors are intimidating! *shudder*

Let’s just say I am looking forward to Friday for more reasons than usual!

The other day I hung up my Hansons pace guide on the fridge as a daily reminder to stay within the guidelines!

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If you’ve never used the Hansons calculator before it’s pretty cool. You just plug in your goal marathon time and it gives you the pace ranges you should be running during long runs, easy days, speed days and strength days.

You can also use it to give you the exact paces you should be running different speed workouts based on your goal time:

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If you’re not training for a marathon Hansons has a race equivalency calculator that can help guide your training plan for different race lengths.

Sorry if I sound like an advertisement for Hansons but at the moment I’m totally bought in and pretty excited to see how the base building plan goes. It’s my first attempt at running multiple weeks in a row at 40 mpw which is just kind of a fun challenge!

Something else that was fun was the car show that Adam and I went to over the weekend. I’m now pretty convinced that my next car is going to be the Mini Cooper Countryman! The regular Mini Cooper is way too small for my taste (I like to sit up high), but the Countryman is their small SUV offering which is much more comparable to the Honda CR-V that I have now.

They didn’t have a Countryman at the car show, but I did get to sit inside the Clubman which is their mid-size offering and it was just so … cool.

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I love the way all of the buttons and gadgets inside look!

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It’s beautiful.

My current car has a really good trade-in value according to Kelly Blue Book, but I’m not ready to say goodbye to it yet. I love my car a lot and it’s only six years old. Plus Adam and I both have our cars paid off which is really nice.

Being financially responsible is not always easy, but someday I am going to save enough money to own my dream condo on the beach and it will be worth it! I will be sure to invite you over to look through my floor-to-ceiling glass windows that provide the perfect view of the ocean. We’ll drink champagne while sitting on my white leather couch.

Yes, I have had this all planned out for a long time! 🙂 DREAM BIG!

Where is your dream place to live?
What’s your dream car? Or the car you think you’ll get next?!




  1. March 30, 2016 / 5:48 am

    I’ve had the same (boring) car since 2000…it still runs well and is reliable, but desperately needs a paint job (which I would never pay for at this point) and there are a million other cosmetic issues. I’m not really “into” cars so I have no idea what we will get when we finally get a second car. I’m sure it will be something else thats boring and reliable! I hope everything goes well for you on Thursday!

    • Kristina
      March 30, 2016 / 8:11 am

      Thanks Lisa!

      Hahah boring and reliable sounds good to me. I spend a lot of time in my car because of my commute so it’s good that I love my car, but practical and reliable are also important to me since I put a lot of miles on it each week!

  2. Susan
    March 30, 2016 / 6:12 am

    I am so excited as you journey to your next marathon! My Mazda CX-5 is only a year old, I love it and quite honestly, I don’t really have a dream car–I am just too practical I guess. Plus, when you think about Colorado snow and driving in the mountains, that eliminates a lot of cars. We did go to the car show and I fell in love with the Jaguar 🙂 IMy dream would be to have a house in Colorado that contained an indoor lap swimming pool. In addition to that, I would like just a small condo, on a golf course in Tempe or Scottsdale, AZ. Then I could escape the cold winter for 6 weeks (mid January – end of February). That’s not too much to ask for, is it?

    • Kristina
      March 30, 2016 / 8:15 am

      I don’t have a dream, dream car either! At the car show I peeked at the Maserati’s and other $$$$$$ cars but they just didn’t impress me. I guess we’re just not car people!

      I spend a lot of time in my car so there are certain comfort features I like to have, but I also need to be practical when it comes to gas mileage and all of that!

      Ohhhh a house with an indoor lap pool sounds amazing! As does a condo in AZ because you get all the warm weather of Florida without the humidity!

      • Susan
        March 30, 2016 / 10:56 am

        Yes, I am in love w/ AZ! I do love the beach but since I didn’t grow up near it, it’s not a MUST. And I do like the dry vs. the humidity. Any benefit I think I am going to get running at sea level when we are on vacation is totally negated by the thick, humid air. It’s like I can’t breathe. Now I know what people coming to CO feel like w/ our thin, “mile high” air!

  3. March 30, 2016 / 7:47 am

    Can’t wait for that champagne! 🙂 I have never looked at a Mini Cooper. Having kids though put me into a larger SUV. I am ok with that because when we are taking a road trip I can make them sit in the 3rd row so they aren’t yapping in my ear the whole time! lol I am excited to hear how you like the Hansons workouts. I am still undecided if this is the route I will go for my fall marathon but only have about 7 weeks until I am going to have to start training sooooooo your training will probably help with my decision! (too much pressure?)

    • Kristina
      March 30, 2016 / 8:17 am

      Hahahah yeah I can see that third row being important! 🙂

      Since I don’t write weekly recaps I am keeping extra detailed notes in my training journal and will write up a detailed summary at the end of the 8 weeks! I think an overview will be more helpful in presenting pros/cons and results!

  4. March 30, 2016 / 9:26 am

    So, this probably isn’t an answer you’ll like and I guess we’ll just have to butt heads over it :-), but I don’t like cars and I dream of a world in which public transportation and bike lanes are widespread and accessible so that fewer people drive cars. But, who am I kidding. This is America. lol.

    I’m glad you’re excited about the Hansons plan! I’ve known a lot of people to make breakthroughs in their running with it, but it really does require that you stick to their pacing guidelines and keep easy runs easy so I’m glad to see you’re being diligent about that! I forsee GREAT success in Chicago!!!

    • Kristina
      March 30, 2016 / 1:51 pm

      Oh no, I totally agree with you! I’m all for public transportation and better bike lanes. The tri-county area (Miami, Broward, West Palm Beach) has terrible public transportation though. Plus it’s very hot here most of the year. I can’t imagine walking all over the city getting from the subway station (if we had one) to my office. I’d be a sweaty mess in every meeting which wouldn’t go over well.

      Admittedly I don’t enjoy taking subways in other cities either, but I am sure it’s something I could get used to. It definitely sounds better in the long run than sitting in backed up traffic for 2 hours a day with nothing to do like I deal with now! I’d love to be able to surf the Internet, read a book, etc. instead while someone else does the driving!

  5. March 30, 2016 / 10:22 am

    I hope your doctors appt goes well!!! I also hate going!

    My dream car is a convertible. I almost got one when I got my new car but was trying to be financially responsible as well.

    • Kristina
      March 30, 2016 / 1:53 pm

      Ah, I bet having a convertible up where you are would be so nice. It’s so hot here that it’s not even really something I would consider. I only get to put my moonroof down like 2 months out of the year! 🙁

  6. March 30, 2016 / 11:38 am

    I am glad the not went away! Sometimes I get rando aches and pains and they are gone just as quick as they popped up. I wish I could say that for EVERY pain of course…

    Thank you for sharing those Hanson calculators! I didn’t know they existed! I mean, I did photo copy a lot of the charts in the book. 🙂

    I’m not into cars. I like cars that are paid off the best! My red chevy cobalt is paid off! I will drive it until it dies just because I love not having a car payment!

    Can’t wait to visit you in your beach house!

    • Kristina
      March 30, 2016 / 2:01 pm

      Hahah of course! A little while after the run the knot came back a bit but I used Adam’s terrifying foam roller and that knocked it right out again!

      I like cars that are paid off best too! 🙂

      The beach condo is going to happen! Just give me a few more years!

  7. March 30, 2016 / 11:48 am

    My husband and I just bought our dream car (right before we got pregnant), but of course it is not a baby-friendly car. It’s a new Jeep Wrangler Willy’s edition – perfect for our summers. The top and doors come off, which is really fun. We’re going to keep it because someday Axel WILL be old enough to enjoy it. 🙂 I drive a Toyota 4Runner which is my dream SUV. Both of these vehicles are great recreational vehicles for where we live.

    Dream place to live? Right here in Bend. Although I would not mind a second home in Hawaii or Arizona so I can escape during our cold winters.

    Good luck at your doctor’s appointment. I never like going to the doctor either. Better than the dentist though.

    • Kristina
      March 30, 2016 / 2:02 pm

      That’s so cool that you can take the doors off! WOW!

      I love the 4Runner too. When I bought my CR-V I test drove the 4Runner and a couple of other similar cars but since I was coming from a Civic I decided to just stick with Honda. I rented a 4Runner on vacation a little while ago though and felt right at home in it!

  8. March 30, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    ARE WE THE SAME PERSON?! I’m getting ready to sell my car and Matt wants me to get a Mini. (He has a Countryman himself and loves it. He wants us to be a Mini family.) AND I have a doctor’s appointment this week too. So weird.

    Is the Hanson’s calculator better/worse/the same as McMillan’s?

    • Kristina
      March 30, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      I thought I remembered seeing a Countryman in your garage! It’s such a cool car!

      The Hansons calculators provide great guidance for training. For instance you can calculate recommended paces for 400s, 600s, 800s, 1200s, 1 mile repeats, etc. for speed and also 1 mile, 1.5 miles, 2 miles and 3 miles for strength workouts.

      McMillan’s free calculator is more of a race predictor. I think they offer training calculators as well but I’ve never paid for a subscription to check them out!