Here Comes the Sun

Yesterday started bright and early, and I do mean bright!! I can’t believe it was actually light out when I left my house. I’ve gotten so used to leaving when it’s still pitch dark out!

Work was really quiet because half the team was out at a video shoot, so I was able to sneak out (mostly) on time to head down to the beach for a RUN.

This is the first spring/summer that I’ve worked 7 to 4pm. I used to work until 6pm which meant I didn’t get to the beach until 7 or 7:30pm when it was already cooling off for the day. Running at 5pm is a totally different story. It’s sunny, bright and HOT when those rays are blazing down on you.

C’mon heat acclimatization, do your thing. According to Competitor it only takes 1 to 2 weeks for the body to adapt which sounds about right. In a couple weeks I will laugh at sunny and 82 :).

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Last night four easy miles felt hard. I did run/walk and then took a little break halfway through to regulate my heart rate and do some calf raises. While 99% of my body doesn’t like the heat, my calves always feel the best when it’s really warm out.

While I was stretching I realized I was wearing my shirt inside out. This happens to me a lot.

I had an okay run yesterday but mostly I feel like AM I EVEN A RUNNER ANYMORE? Since last August I’ve found one excuse after another to not run.

I bought a house. Then it was the holidays. Followed by the most intense work period of my life. Then I caught bronchitis.

The excuses have been varied (and mostly justified) but there has been one common thread: I haven’t had a race on the calendar in forever. That all changed this week.

I signed up for a 5K this Saturday! I am not trained to race a 5K. I am barely trained to run a 5K! Okay, that may be an exaggeration but I am definitely not ready to race… which is a good thing since I signed up for The Color Run.

I’ve done The Color Run here in Fort Lauderdale before and I remember the course being pretty short (I think 2.7 miles or something like that) so there will be no (feeble) PR attempt. I just want to get up early and run with a bunch of people.

My plan is to do a 2 mile warm-up, run the 5K and then do a few more miles to complete my long run for the day. I’m really excited to cross a finish line again. I’ve actually forgotten what it’s like!

I’m also going to start registering for fall races. The early bird pricing is still in effect for most races so I’ll get the best rates and I really want to have a full race calendar to use as motivation this summer.

I’m excited!

Are you signed up for any summer or fall races yet?
Do you know which race will be your key race this year?
Is it heating up by you too?



  1. April 26, 2017 / 4:57 am

    No races for me- I thought I may be able to do a short race in Cleveland when Rob does the marathon, but nope. I am hopeful for the fall but who knows. It’s not super hot here yet but then again I havent been running much. Have fun in your race this weekend!

    • Kristina
      April 27, 2017 / 7:31 am

      Thanks Lisa! I am hopeful that you will be able to run a race in the fall too. Always sending positive thoughts your way!

  2. April 26, 2017 / 6:05 am

    I’m glad you have a fun race to get yourself motivated! I have a 30k on the calendar for during vacation but I am not racing it. I’m just looking at it as a trail run. I don’t even mind walking if I have to. Other than that, my relationship with running lately has been meh. I want to run because I feel like it keeps me in shape, but I can’t say I look forward to all of my runs!

    • Kristina
      April 27, 2017 / 7:33 am

      Hopefully now that you are working with a PT who seems to get you and who wants you to feel your best you will start looking forward to runs again. But maybe not and that’s okay too. I think it’s totally normal to go through cycles. I always remember that Scott Jurek said he takes a couple months each year off to refresh his body but also because absence makes the heart grow fonder!

  3. April 26, 2017 / 9:03 am

    No key races for me in 2017…yet. I’d really like to get in another half marathon so I can update my proof of time with Disney for better corral placement. And of course that marathon is early January, so that is basically this year too. Only problem is that the half I want to run is on my husband’s birthday and I feel kind of bad making his day about me.

    This fall and winter I struggled with feeling like I wasn’t a runner. Getting a race on the calendar really helped me feel like me again. And crossing the finish line was a solid reminder that, yeah, I can do this. I am a runner.

    Oh and since we work the same schedule now: in the summer I usually take a nap after work and then go for my run when it is really hot out. Delaying it by an hour or two doesn’t really change the temperature, but less sun and more shade is always appreciated!

    • Kristina
      April 27, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Oh man, thinking about a 2018 race being “this year” is crazy. 2020 is going to be here before we know it! :-O

      Is your husband an early riser? Maybe you can do the race and be home before he’s even finished his first cup of coffee. I raced on valentine’s day one year and was home before Adam even got out of bed. That made me feel better about planning a race on that day!

      Exactly!! I was thinking yesterday how the temperatures are much hotter in July/August but because it’s later in the day and there is more shade and the sun isn’t so high in the sky it feels so much easier to run in. I don’t know if I could take a nap after work though… I don’t think I would want to get up and run. Do you take a little 20 minute power nap or a full 60+ minute nap?

  4. April 26, 2017 / 9:28 am

    I’ve felt similarly unmotivated all winter. I would say it’s because I didn’t have races on the calendar…but I did…I just didn’t care about them. Plus, winter is a huge motivation suck (although I guess it is the opposite for you!).

    We talk about how everything needs to fall into place for race day, but I think the same can be said about training cycles in general. To be able to train well, or just get into a groove with running, you really have to be in that sweet spot of consistently having enough space in your schedule and not having too many distractions in life so that you can stay focused and motivated – AND that sweet spot has to last you all the way through training! It’s difficult to come by for most people, as life has so many competing demands and our interests and priorities are constantly changing.

    • Kristina
      April 27, 2017 / 7:39 am

      You know, I never thought about how things really have to fall in place for a whole training cycle but I am sure you are right. A training cycle can handle maybe one disruption. Like if a runner catches a cold for a week that would probably be okay as long as the rest of the cycle goes well. However, if there is something long-term that detracts from proper rest/recovery or adds extra stress it can be really damaging both mentally and physically. Can we please just quit our jobs and focus on being the best recreational runners the blog world has ever seen? 😉

  5. April 26, 2017 / 11:12 am

    I feel the exact same way as you do. AM I A RUNNER ANYMORE? I feel like the end of the semester consumed my time and energy to train. Definitely need to go back to my happy weekly mileage.

    • Kristina
      April 27, 2017 / 7:41 am

      I hope a reprieve from a full class load this summer helps you get back to your happy mileage! If only work/school would realize that running has to be the priority the world would be a better place full of people high on endorphins all the time 🙂

  6. April 27, 2017 / 5:26 am

    I’ve always wanted to do a color run. Have fun!!

    • Kristina
      April 27, 2017 / 7:42 am

      I’m looking forward to it! I’ve done a Color Run and I did Color Me Rad as my first 5K ever. I think it’s a lot more fun when you do it with friends. I asked Adam to do it with me but he’s doing Give Day, which is a volunteer thing his work organizes so I guess he has a good excuse for skipping out. A better excuse than his excuse last year which was “I’ve retired from running because it’s boring.” 😀

  7. April 27, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    This is a brilliant idea! A 5k that’s super fun and pressure-free?! That’s such a good way to get back into running/racing. I may have to copy this idea once my legs are all back in order!