Getting Competitive with Adam

Guess what? We’re thisclose to the long weekend!

Last night I got in a nice little run at my favorite place. My old level of fitness is definitely coming back to me. I was able to hold 13 minute pace really really easily. I dipped down into the 11s several times without meaning to, but I reeled myself back in because easy runs are supposed to be really easy, right?!

It would be nice if something in the 12s was soon my easy pace… maybe it’s about time for that to happen, especially since I have eliminated walking breaks!

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I had set A, B and C marathon goals in my mind a couple of months ago. As the weather warmed up and as I dealt with hip issues, I lost focus on those goals, but now I’m narrowing in on them again.

I don’t want to share them just yet … is it silly that I feel like I’ll jinx myself the moment I say them out loud / type them on the blog?!

Each of my recent runs has really lifted my spirits (and confidence) and I am starting to feel good about those exciting 26.2 goals again!

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What is it that people say about marathons? Second time’s a charm? 🙂 I hope so!

This weekend I don’t have a whole lot on tap. Adam and I are just staying home, probably going to the movies, the beach, and picking out activity trackers.

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Yep, two years after ditching our old Jawbone UPs we’re getting back into the competitive game of seeing who can get in more steps and more sleep each day :). I think I have a serious advantage as a runner – especially as my long runs get longer during marathon training.

I mean, I’m definitely going to win on long run days! #InItToWinIt

Actually, funny enough, we used to get the most competitive over who could fall asleep the fastest and who got the most deep sleep, haha!

Thank you to everyone who commented yesterday with your favorite trackers – it gave me a few options to research further! I appreciate it! I’m strongly considering the Fitbit Charge HR and Adam is strongly considering the Basis Peak!

Do you get competitive with your significant other? 

Any big plans for the weekend?! Spill the beans!  

18 comments

  1. cheryl

    Yes, I am competitive with my husband running. I would definitely win in the sleep department–he hardly needs any!
    Our long weekend has started as the kids don’t have school. We are putting in our veggie garden, and relaxing!
    I feel the same way about marathon goals–I need to “hold on to them” for a bit before voicing them.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Ohhh I can’t wait to hear about your marathon goals. I hope you spill the beans soon, but I know it’s tough to share them. I’ll probably share mine towards the end of next month once I start training!

      Have an awesome weekend! 🙂

  2. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Rob and I both have fitness trackers, and typically I get more steps than him. I think its because I run a little more, I walk around more at work, and I take smaller steps. I also get more sleep than him most nights!
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  3. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    This post was really motivating to me because I am struggling to get my mo jo back. Some days I walk and I feel like SHIT. Today I ran 2.5 and felt great… so I stopped. Hopefully I feel great the rest of the day and I am on the mend.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I hope it worked and you had a great rest of the day yesterday!!

      What I love about you is that you are so balanced when it comes to lifting and running. Even when your running mojo isn’t at its peak you’re still kicking ass at lifting! You should never feel like shit because you’re the best!

  4. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    I’ve been away from the blogging world for a couple weeks and had a lot to get caught up on with you! Sounds like you are back in training mode and are finding your training groove. Hopefully the stomach bug and hips issues have disappeared by now.

    When I was in Mexico, I actually thought about you during a couple of my runs because it was SO HOT! We ran during the “cooler” mornings (it was still 79-81 degrees and humid) and it was brutal. I don’t know how you do it! I hope you at least have a nice breeze or somewhere with a lot of shade.

    You mentioned in one of your posts that you are hoping that the second marathon’s a charm. There is actually a big difference (at least there was for me) between the first and second marathon. You now have the experience under your belt and know what to expect, which helps when it comes to mentally planning and preparing for the race. I think you will enjoy the flat Chicago course too!

    Have a great weekend! We are going to be unpacking our house, shopping for furniture, and getting settled. It feels good to be rested and back from vacation. What are you up to this weekend?

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Ahh yes that Caribbean sun can be so brutal! I remember running in Jamaica and literally just melting into the ground. I’m used to hot and humid but the caribbean takes things to a whole different level!

      I need to go catch up on your post about the trip!

      I’m sure parts of unpacking will be annoying but have fun shopping for furniture!!!

      This weekend I’m all about R E L A X I N G!

  5. Karen

    That’s funny – competitive sleep?! new sport lol
    My hubby loves his Basis Peak and it has worked very well. It turned him into a chart geeeek!
    Once he could “see” it really motivated him. The heart monitor is one of his favorite things and his resting has improved a bunch since Christmas.
    I am glad the running is feeling good. I have my fingers crossed you will have a much better weather day than you did for Portland. Yes, i am already thinking about it lol
    Love the evening glow in the pics.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Adam got the Peak and so far he’s really liking it! I’m jealous that it has sweat tracking LOL! It’s disgusting but I sweat so much that I think it would be awesome to quantify it and compare sweat data against temperature, distance and pace data!

  6. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I often feel the same way about sharing goals…If it’s a really hard goal, I like to keep it to myself. If it’s slightly easier, I may reveal it closer to the actual race. After all, we have MONTHS to train and see if our A goal is realistic or not!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      EXACTLY! Although on the other hand I feel like sharing my A-goal could help keep me motivated during the summer when I will inevitably not want to do speedwork because it’s so hot out! haha

  7. Hanna

    I’m sure you will indeed start to see improvement in your easy pace soon! It does take some time though – and PRACTICE. And marathon training is definitely a way to get that practice in! It also depends a lot on your energy levels, too. With cumulative fatigue, all paces become a little bit harder, but don’t let that discourage you – it doesn’t mean you’re losing fitness (quite the opposite!), you’re just tired! There are times when I struggle through a 9:30, and other times when I can run an 8:30 with such ease that it barely feels like I’m working out. It used to bug me until I realized that extra mileage and fatigue means I don’t have the same energy levels I did when I was only running like 20 miles a week in cooler temps. Progress is slow and gradual – be patient with yourself, and then you will start to see it!

    As for the “2nd marathon is a charm”, well – mine is in 4 weeks and GOSH do I hope so! *deep breath*
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      You are so right about cumulative fatigue. I know right now I’m coming back from a break which means my legs feel super fresh on almost every single run. Two months from now I’m sure everything will feel quite different!

      The second marathon’s a charm thing HAS to be true. I know you’re going to go out there and kick butt and that will inspire me all the way into October! 🙂

  8. Jennifer

    I think easy 12s will be here sooner than you think 🙂 Hope you get the FitBit, then we can be “friends” through the App. My friends said the same thing, “you’ll have so many steps once marathon training begins”

  9. Lizzy

    Competitive sleep! Too funny! My partner and I are pretty competitive with each other. It’s funny, because he’s not much of a runner, but every once and a while we run together and he always wants to do a short sprint, like for a block, because he can beat me in that distance and I get annoyed. Not really annoyed, but you know what I mean, it’s so frustrating to see him zoom past me in short distances because he has the advantage of being over a foot taller than me!
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    1. Lizzy

      p.s. I think you are going to have so much for training for and running your second marathon. I felt like it was so much easier once I knew what was coming. Plus I bet you’ll be seeing 12 minute miles much more regularly now that you have eliminated walk breaks!
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      1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

        Thanks Lizzy! What a shock that eliminating walking breaks has improved my pace! haha

        Adam kills me when it comes to short distance running too! He hardly ever runs at all, but when we race a 5K together he can knock out a 24 minute 5K with 0 training. That drives me crazy!!! I just take comfort in knowing that he will never finish a marathon 🙂

  10. Richard

    Great pics. I blogged a few times about Mrs Schlub and I competing on a few things but not so much these days. Watch your step count with your running, I honestly thing that is Mrs Schlub got hurt. Running 10 miles plus 100k steps, way too much.
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