Figuring Out What to Do Next

Yesterday was my second full rest day after the Princess Half and today I get to run three easy miles!

After my first half marathon I didn’t run for almost two weeks. Part of that was because I twisted my ankle at breakfast after the half (at least it happened afterwards!) and part of it was because my legs were sore for days.

On Monday my legs were a little sore, but nothing too bad. By yesterday night my legs were feeling 99.9% back to normal and today they are ready to go … even if it will just be a nice and easy run.

My running coach and I haven’t talked super in depth yet about how I’m going to use this down time before I start marathon training this summer, but I do know that I’ll be maintaining a long run base of at least 10 miles.


I tend to start taking walking breaks after mile five and I really want to get strong enough to eliminate those. I’m not against the run/walk method at all, but I don’t think it’s the best method for me. Taking walking breaks distracts me and takes me out of my flow. On runs of 5 miles or less I really like being able to just run straight through.

I also want to work on my 5K pace. From now until the end of May there are an abundance of local 5Ks that I can enter. After May there really won’t be anything until the fall since it gets so hot here. If I want to improve my 5K pace now is the time to do it!

Plus, my coach is getting ready to run her first triathlon in April and will also be doing some local 5K/10Ks. It will be a great opportunity for us to enter the same races… even if she is a lot faster. She’s been rehabbing after a major surgery last, but she’ll still kick butt. At her prime she was winning ultramarathons so I’m sure she is going to do awesome.

Other than planning out how I’m going to use these next few months before marathon training begins, I have been thinking a lot about the Transgrancanaria 125K this weekend! Three of my absolute FAVORITE runners are racing, which means I’ll be following them all weekend on iRunFar’s live coverage!

Scott Jurek, Timothy Olson and Seb Chaigneau are three of my favorites running this race as a warmup for the upcoming ultra season. Scott probably won’t be contending for first place, but I think Timothy has a great chance of winning and maybe even Seb too. All three of them should place in the top 10.

I made this shirt last year … because I am crazy : ) My five ultra running favorites just in case you were wondering:

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Someday… someday I will be an ultrarunner too : )

If you have run a marathon, how long did you take to train for your first one? 

Who is your favorite runner / who inspires you the most?



  1. February 26, 2014 / 7:01 am

    I love that shirt…it’s like a wink to people in the know!

    I think I’m going to do a full marathon plan (edited) until real training starts for me in the summer. That way I can have some REALLY long runs under my belt before I start, which I think will help the mental component.

    We’ll be on the same training schedule!! So exciting!!!

  2. February 26, 2014 / 9:07 am

    Interesting how we knock out a race then move onto the next race lol. Training for the full that is awesome!

    Marathon – Havent run one yet, need to work on that.
    Favorite Runner – When I started my research on running, I came across Sage Canaday. I watch his Youtube videos and read his blog a lot. I have to say he is my favorite.

  3. February 26, 2014 / 9:45 am

    Doing some 5Ks after training long will be really fun. I love 5Ks. I did an 18-week training program for my first marathon, but I’d been running for 2 years, so it was all base training to work up to the marathon distance before that. Meb Keflezighi really inspires me. He’s had so many roadblocks in his career, people wrote him off as finished, and then he came back and won the NYC marathon. He’s in his late-30s and still racing. Same with Bernard Lagat. He’s still at the top of his game and in his late-30s. They really inspire my own running.

  4. February 26, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    These are great goals, Kristina. I like to keep a long run base, too. I think when I trained for my first marathon it was about 4 months.

  5. February 26, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    It sounds like we have a lot of the same goals in the off season 🙂

    I want to keep a 10-ish mile base for my long runs and work on speed before I start building my milage back up for the Disney Marathon next year!

  6. February 26, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    Great idea to work on your 5Ks before starting marathon training in earnest. And to keep a base of 10 miles as your long run.

    I think both of my marathon plans were 18-20 weeks?

    Scott Jurek is definitely my favorite male runner (maybe tied with Kilian Jornet?), and Kara Goucher is my favorite female runner.

    I love that shirt, so cool.

    • February 27, 2014 / 8:18 am

      Kilian is amazing… seriously amazing. Watching him run down mountains is just pure running gold!

  7. February 26, 2014 / 8:16 pm

    Great goals Kristina! I try to do 9.3 (15k) or 10 at least once a month, that way if I ever run a half again I won’t feel like I am starting over. I love 5K’s when I need to feel like a superhero I go run a quick one 🙂 It’s short enough I can push really hard w/o fearing I will burn out and stop. I am trying to get strong enough to do that on a 10K distance now 🙂 I am glad you had a great Princess experience!

  8. February 26, 2014 / 11:29 pm

    How do I follow the race on iRunFar, Ive never used that before???

    • February 27, 2014 / 8:17 am

      On race day Byron and sometimes some of the other writers go out to the race and follow the runners around through the aid stations. They then live tweet the event (with pictures) on their Twitter account … which they also show through a live chat type widget on their website. It sounds kind of boring, but it’s actually really cool. They do a really good job of following the top men and women and tweeting pictures/updates very frequently.

      They usually put up a finish line camera as well so you can see the top finishers come across it!

      This site also does video coverage sometimes, but it doesn’t look like they will be at the race this weekend:

      • February 27, 2014 / 8:44 am

        This is huge, I am going to be glued to my phone/laptop all weekend lol

        • February 27, 2014 / 12:33 pm

          Hahaha yes, it is super addicting! Especially because there are so many runners I’m interested in following in this one. I hope Tim Olson or Seb win!