How I Feel Every Sunday Night


Is it Monday again already?

I’m actually looking forward to this week because Adam’s BIRTHDAY is on Wednesday! Before I get too far ahead of myself though, let’s rewind back to a few weekend matters.

1. Running has been GREAT! It turns out that dropping from the full to the half at Miami has completely lifted my spirits, confirming that it was the right decision. Knowing that I’m going to be okay from a time management/stress perspective due to shorter-long runs has really improved my outlook on this season.

I’ve been wondering whether I would have become disenchanted with the marathon distance had I not had to put Chicago on the back-burner and/or if renovations with the house weren’t going to take up all my time this winter. I think if we had never decided to buy a house and I had been able to concentrate on Chicago fully I would have reached the start line full of the same excitement and desire I felt when I signed up.

The marathon (and beyond) is still a distance that pulls at me, although half marathon training definitely fits this stage of my life better. I felt so in-the-moment and happy during both of my runs this weekend instead of worrying about how I was going to fit in all of those upcoming long runs on my marathon training schedule. Feeling excited about running instead of anxious about it is definitely the way to go (<–whoa, amazing insight lol).


Plus the weather has been phenominal and that has helped lift my running spirits too!


I’m still trying to figure out what pace I want to shoot for at Miami. I used all of my training runs last week as an opportunity to test out different paces to see what felt comfortably hard. I have a post coming tomorrow with my A, B and C goals!

2. My new running shoes arrived! Last week I noticed the tread on my current pair of Brooks Glycerins was getting pretty worn so I ordered a new pair last week. I’m seriously loving this pink and grey combo!


I’m hoping that these new shoes will help alleviate some of the calf tightness I’ve been experiencing. I’m not super optimistic though, as I wore my old pair during my run last night and for some reason I barely had any calf tightness at all. I have no idea why it comes and goes like that!

3. I have a love/hate relationship with paint. When we knew we were going to buy the townhouse we checked around for painting quotes. To have the interior of the house painted would be about $3,000 which at the time sounded crazy to me.

Instead of contracting a painting company I picked out my colors and over the weekend I started painting.


What I have learned is that I hate painting. Picking out colors was FUN but applying those colors to the walls is not fun at all. I don’t like laying painter’s tape, I don’t like when the paint splatters onto me and I don’t like laying on the ground to do the trim.


In case you’re wondering (this is mostly for Cheryl, haha) we did end up going with BM Edgecomb Gray for the walls in all the main rooms (living room, bedroom, office), BM Simply White for the laundry room and one bathroom and then just a basic white by Behr that a guy at Home Depot suggested for the trim all around the house.


I still need to pick a navy color for one of the bathrooms and a bright color for the front door… that’s for another day though!

4. Cecil and Georgie are getting along much better! Look at them sleeping together in the tree. Up until now they would alternate who got to sleep on the top shelf and who had to sleep on the lower one, but now they’re just squeezing in together up top.


I’m proud of Cecil for sharing his space like this because trust me when I say he doesn’t like to share. Sometimes Adam and I end up crammed at the very edge of the bed while he’s sprawled out with half the bed to himself!

I was going to include five things in this post but it turns out I’ve already been talking for way too long on a Monday so I’ll end this post here. Talk again soon!

How was your weekend?
Do you prefer dark or bright colored running shoes?




  1. October 24, 2016 / 8:03 am

    I love painting but I know it’s not for everyone!

    I’m happy for you that you feel good about changing the distance of the Miami race. Moving and renovations are SO stressful so I can’t imagine trying to mesh that with the time commitment of marathon training.

    I love your new shoes. I prefer darker tennis shoes so they don’t look as dirty.

    Have a good week!

    • Kristina
      October 24, 2016 / 9:22 pm

      AH good point! I never thought about the fact that shoes don’t look dirty when they’re dark! Now I love them even more for that reason!

  2. October 24, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Awww they are best buds! I think it is safe to say they are officially friends now. I wish I could help you paint! Not saying painting is my favorite thing in the world, but I have a feeling we could make it fun! 😉

    • Kristina
      October 24, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      Oh girl, I WISH! I am sure you would make up a fun song for us to sing while we work, haha!

  3. October 24, 2016 / 11:33 am

    I wish the weekend was 5 days and the week was only 2 — I think those 2 days would be way more productive… don’t you think?

    I agree w/Sam — Dark shoes don’t show dirt! Same thing with carpet colors and paint! HA! I really stay away from white shoes whenever I can, because they only stay white for two minutes.

    >>Question: How did you transition from full Marathon to PR-ing 5k’s? Did you take a big break? The 5K training plan I picked out is 12 weeks and I won’t have to start until Feb — so what should I do in the mean time?

    Do you have any tips/tricks or training plans for maintaining fitness between training cycles?

    • Kristina
      October 24, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Hey Susie! I totally agree, if only we could make that switch happen!

      Hmmm I don’t think I am the best person to answer your training questions. i don’t have any formal education in training, but I can speak from experience. When it comes to PR’ing in the 5K after Portland … honestly it just came naturally. Doing so many long runs and training in the heat just gave me the gusto I needed to stay strong and steady for 3.1 miles in cooler weather!

      In between training cycles I just try to keep up a base that I feel comfortable with. I personally like to keep a long run base of at least 8 miles. Other than that I mostly do short (3-4 miles) easy runs during the week, and then a couple of strength training days including leg day (squats, deadlifts, lunges, leg press). Even if you don’t keep up with speedwork during your in-between time, keeping up with strength training will help you make progress!

  4. October 24, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    I like your shoe color combo, I like softer colors but always end up with something bright lol because of the size i need or the sale…
    That is good you are feeling the half is the right way. It was a good decision 🙂 SO you can enjoy all the things going on in your life.
    I like the softer wall colors too! I am with you though i hate painting!! i have rooms that need ceiling and trim and all of it and it sits undone because I just can’t …
    Your calves are like my hamstring – it comes and goes. I just keep trying to work at stretching and rolling on my ball.

    • Kristina
      October 24, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      I keep stretching and stretching hoping for more good days than bad!

      Painting is just the worst. At least you have all those furry four legged helpers! 😉

  5. October 24, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    Glad to hear your having less stress. It definitely shows that your distance change was the right one. Don’t give up that dream of running an ultra, it’s going to happen.

    Weekend was awesome. I need to put some stuff together to update everyone on my training. As for shoes, I have three pretty much brand new pairs of road shoes at home, my trails shoes are getting all the miles. So color is of no importance because they are dirty and muddy no matter what lol.

    • Kristina
      October 24, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      YES PLEASE! Looking forward to your next training update!

  6. October 24, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    You could have me over, I actually love to paint! It’s exhausting though.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better about running. Speaking from experience, the fact that you felt so happy after you made the decision is evidence that it was the right one to make. We’re young and we have many more years to run marathons and set new PRs, so taking some time off from them now is perfectly fine. Marathon training is such a double-edged sword for me – while there are times I feel like I’d be happier running less and focusing on a shorter distance, I can never seem to stay motivated for those training cycles like I can with the marathon. For me, it’s easier to justify skipping workouts and underpreparing for a shorter distance, because you can go into those undertrained and still pull off a decent race.

    • Kristina
      October 24, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      Hanna, PLEASE come over! You are more than welcome!

      You always have the best running advice – always level headed and rational. What would I do without you?

  7. October 24, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    I’m with you on the painting. I don’t mind the painting part, but I don’t like taking the time to do it right – getting the tape in place correctly. I lose interest in it very quickly! Over the years we have bought several painting gadgets that make painting easier, like little rolly thingies to paint the edges (without taping). Then, after the painting part gets easier, it’s no fun to wash out all of the brushes correctly! But in the end, it’s all worth it for a beautiful room 🙂
    Glad to hear you are so happy with your race distance choice!!

  8. October 25, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    I needed to paint a couple rooms before and thought I would do it on my own. I gave up a few hours in and just hired a painting handyman to do it. It was totally worth it and I vowed to always hire it out. I found a reputable retired former painter on Craigslist and he was great. I know it would have taken me forever to do and it was done in a few hours. Perhaps you could find someone like that in Miami?