Exactly What I Needed

I was nervous about publishing yesterday’s post because I thought you guys might think, SHE’S FLOUNDERING, WTF, WHY WON’T SHE STICK TO A PLAN.

That’s likely my own insecurities manifesting though.

On one hand I feel like I’m making concentrated efforts to use this time between training cycles wisely. I’m not exactly using it as “down time” but I feel like I had plenty of that just a few months ago. Instead I’m using this time to explore different training options, but all with the same goal of getting faster and building a better base before June. On the other hand I feel like I just flip flopped when I’m only a couple of weeks into a plan that I previously thought would be perfect for spring training.

The question I have asked myself a million times is, “will switching to this Hansons base building plan now really help me improve?” I think so. I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t think it was a better option than what I was doing before. It’s really a switch to help me accomplish two goals at once: get faster and be better prepared for starting a Hansons plan this summer. I’m telling you, that Hansons book is really persuasive!

Last night was rainy, it was humid, it was hot, but it was everything I’ve needed it to be.

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I didn’t realize my eyes were hidden until after the fact!

You know how sometimes immediately after a heart pounding run/workout you gotta snap a pic for the blog/social media, but you’re not really seeing what you’re doing? Eyes are kinda blurry and unfocused while you quickly take the pic? Yeah, that was me last night ?!

*thumbs up*

Speaking of awkward pictures, if you’re not using Snapchat you’re not fully living your life. Here’s proof:

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Who doesn’t want to look like a raccoon?

I’m currently obsessed with DJ Khaled’s snaps. If you’re not from Miami you might not know who he is (although I think he is internationally famous now…), but his snaps are the best!

I can’t link you to anything on snapchat, but you gotta trust me on this and follow him for the funniest motivational snaps! Here’s an article the NY Times did about his snapchat!

Shameless plug, also follow me on snapchat: @kristinarunning :).

(Is this whole blog a shameless plug asking you to be my friend??)

Anyway, it’s Friday and I intend to have a great weekend and I hope you do too!

Final thought for the week:

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It’s true!


What are you most excited about for this weekend? Sleeping in tomorrow! <3 



  1. March 25, 2016 / 7:12 am

    I could use some of that heat up here–well, just some…I would be complaining it was too hot probably. Cute snap!

  2. March 25, 2016 / 11:26 am

    I slept in HARD today. It felt so good. I was one my right side and Jelly laid right on top of my left side with his paws at my shoulders and butt at my hip. It was heaven.

    Yes, those are your own insecurities! None of us would think that about you! But I know how it goes. Sometimes I put something on my blog that I am seriously thinking about (running related or something completely unrelated) and then I change my mind about it and I worry that people think I just say things to say them which is NOT true! I mean I even texted you the other day and I was pretty set on Chicago, which I WAS, but then I changed my mind.

  3. March 25, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    I think this is a good time to try new plans because you’re not in training yet and experimenting is good. I will say that I don’t think Hanson’s would work for me. I want it to because it guarantees such great results, but I think my body does best on fewer miles and better recovery. Maybe I’d try Hanson’s next year if I’m at a place where my pace is closer to where I want it. I’m looking forward to seeing how the base building plan works for you!

    • Kristina
      March 25, 2016 / 12:53 pm

      I definitely know what you mean about wanting to run a faster pace before trying Hanson’s since it requires such high mileage. I was told by the coach I consulted with that on days when it’s just not feasible to run 8 miles after work or before work due to my easy pace being so high I can instead run for minutes (based on 10min pace). So instead of running for almost 2 hours at my prescribed easy pace, I can instead run 80 minutes and receive the same fitness benefits. That’s still a lot of time to run before/after work but it’s slightly more manageable. Slightly! Of course, I only have to do the 8 mile thing on a weekday once I think during this plan so that makes it easier to wrap my mind around. During marathon training it’ll be a different story, which is why I think this base builder will be helpful. After that 8 mile weekday I’ll know if it’s just way too much or if I can tolerate high mileage on a weekday or two for three months in order to reap the benefits!

  4. March 25, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    All of this talk of the Hanson’s method has me thinking I need to check it out!

    Have a great weekend!
    p.s. a good friend of mine is totally obsessed with snap chat but I refuse to start, lol.

  5. March 27, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Don’t worry about switching things up if you think the change will make you a stronger athlete. The goal is to get better but also to be flexible and listen to your body. I’m so excited about Chicago for you! I kind of which I was doing it again but I really want to cross other full marathons off my Bucket List 😉

  6. March 27, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    Ok, I am totally laughing at the raccoon photo. I’m on Snapchat now, but am still a little clueless on how it all works. I think today will be a trail and error day figuring it all out. I am actually going to read the instructions. 🙂

    • Kristina
      March 27, 2016 / 9:59 pm

      I saw your snap this afternoon!!! You’ll be a pro in no time!