Yesterday morning I opted to sleep in since Wrestlemania was on at night and I knew I would need to stay up late.

Unfortunately the A/C was out at the gym, and I ended up having an impromptu heat training session. When it’s hot outside you still frequently get a little breeze coming off the ocean (if you’re me, haha) but inside the gym it was just hot and stuffy. I survived to tell the tale though!

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I’m almost finished with the Hansons book now. Last night I read the chapter on hydration and it said a good general guideline is to drink 4-6 gulps of fluid per 15-20 minutes (that’s about 2-8oz of fluid).

Apparently studies show that when we get dehydrated it slows our pace by around 2%. “At an 8:00 minute pace a 2% loss in pace translates into 5 lost seconds per mile. If you slow down by 2-4% which is common, that 8:00 minute pace slows closer to 8:20 pace. That is the difference between a 3:29 and a 3:38 marathon finish.”

I ran for a little over 60 minutes and drank one bottle of Gatorade, which I think comes out to about 4 small gulps per 15-20 minutes. I was pretty thirsty by the end so I’m going to try and be more conscious about hydration. Hansons recommends practicing hydration (and fueling in general) on each run over 60 minutes.

I love my Brooks Glycerines, a lot. My calf tightness has completely gone away and I just feel so comfortable running in them.

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HOWEVER, I recently discovered these Adidas beauties?:

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They clearly aren’t made for running, but I want to wear them everywhere! I just can’t find them for sale anywhere which is a real problem. They seem to be totally sold out! If you come across a pair for sale (size 9) while you’re browsing the Internet please send me the link!

To be honest, not a lot else happened this weekend besides running and watching wrestling since it was Mania weekend! Finn retained his championship belt at NXT Takeover on Friday, whoo!

I think most of April is going to be a pretty chill month while we get ready for vacation towards the end of the month!

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I purchased another Venice candle because I’ve got Italy on my mind!

Adam and I signed up to hike Mount Vesuvius while we’re in Italy which I am SO EXCITED ABOUT! Vesuvius is an active volcano best known for the eruption of AD 79 in which it destroyed Pompeii. It last erupted in 1944 and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last 100 years.


Photo By Wikipedia User: Antonsusi 

Today around 3 million people live near Mount Vesuvius, which is pretty dangerous since its explosions are known for being violent.

So crazy!

I hope you had a great weekend! 
Have you ever hiked up a volcano?! What was it like?
What’s your hydration strategy during training runs?



  1. April 4, 2016 / 6:03 am

    Nice job making it through your treadmill run with no AC! Usually when I am training in the summer I bring my camelback on long runs. During the cooler months I can usually get by without bringing anything for up to 10 miles.

  2. April 4, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Oh man, I have the worst hydration strategy ever! I don’t like to bring anything with me on my runs so I just drink water before and after. It might be interesting on 1hr+ runs to see if/how a bit of water or sports drink makes a difference!

    I had a gulp of gatorade at my 5K race yesterday. I’m sure it was purely psychological but it did feel like I got a bit of a second wind after that! Maybe there’s something to this hydration thing after all 😛

  3. April 4, 2016 / 7:46 am

    I was about to say no, I’ve never hiked a volcano, but then I remembered that Hawaii is 100% volcano and I did a lot of hiking while I was there. So yes! The island we were on (Kauai) is inactive, so it won’t be the same as hiking Vesuvius, but every second of it was breathtakingly gorgeous! I’m super jeal of your upcoming vacation. I’d love to visit Pompeii/Mt. Vesuvius/literally ALL of Italy.

    I just read the section on hydration in my Pfitz running book yesterday. Which basically confirmed I am under-hydrating on most runs AND when I am not running. Definitely something I need to work on (already halfway through my first bottle of the day).

  4. April 4, 2016 / 8:44 am

    That is so funny because just last week the 3rd graders asked me why anyone would ever live near a volcano. Now I get to tell them my friend is hiking up one! 🙂

    Good job surviving such a hot run. Hey, now you know you could survive running in Planet Fitness! Haha!

  5. April 4, 2016 / 9:03 am

    I am really happy to hear your shoes have helped make your calves happy!!! That is awesome!
    Hydration is such a weird thing for me. Usually its pretty mild up here so I don’t need anything for 8 miles or less. I almost always look at a race course and see how far apart their stations are and what they have. I then try to get my training in sync with it so I don’t have to carry my own fuel on race day. I am suffering a bit with my training now due to the race serving powerade…I’m not a big fan so I may have to carry my own for my half. 🙁

  6. April 4, 2016 / 10:18 am

    I am in the middle of the Hanson’s book right now. I feel like as I read it, I become convinced that I am doing EVERYTHING wrong. lol. I’m sticking with my origional plan through Colfax, but I think a lot is going to change heading into Chicago.

    That’s awesome that you are going to hike up Vesuvius! It’s going to be such an awesome experience. I hiked up Mt. St. Helens, and it was pretty eerie. You can see where the volcanic rock becomes inhabited by mosses and ferns. It’s just so beautiful. I can’t wait to see pictures!

  7. April 4, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    Whoa! Can you take me with you on vacation pretty please? Vesuvius sounds ah-ma-zing!

    I don’t drink that much when I run, but, it’s hardly ever that hot here. I usually just drink to thirst and, unless it’s rull toasty out, I don’t bring water for anything under 8ish miles. It seems to work well for me, but I am the first to admit that I don’t drink nearly enough water during the day/night outside of running.

  8. April 4, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Do you have or have you heard of Poshmark? People sell lightly used or sometimes brand new designer clothes and accessories on there. You should definitely see if the shoes you want are on there! The candles at Bath & Body were 2 for $20 when I went on Friday. It took all the self control I have to not buy any!

  9. April 4, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    Good job on that heated run! I always carry a water bottle with me, and try to refill when I can. I think that 12-16 oz/ hour is a good rule of thumb, although I know I personally need more when the temps rise!

    I need to get some fun candles, I’m so jelly of your scents!

  10. April 4, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I wish I could sneak away in your luggage when you go to Italy. So lucky!

    That is really interesting about hydration, fueling, and pace. I never thought about how improper hydration might cause my pace to slow. Sometimes I go into races with the mindset that stopping at aid stations will slow me down – but now I am going to think differently. The hardest thing is knowing when your body is in “need” of liquid. I have experienced the slosh slosh slosh in my stomach and that isn’t much fun either!

  11. April 4, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Glad to hear the new shoes are working out for you! UMMM. I WANT those rose gold shoesssss! So excited for your trip.

  12. April 4, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Yay! for shoes that work 🙂 My shoe issues are wearing me out.
    I am glad your calf muscles are feeling better.
    I am bad with hydration, I do take 20 oz. of Nuuun on my runs now, but rarely do I ever fuel with anything other than Nuun on training runs. I only used sports beans on a few longs runs (after double digits).
    Hiking Mt. V sounds amazing 🙂

  13. April 4, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    My hydration strategy is to drink a good amount of water about an hour or 2 before. And when I see drinking fountains on the trail I stop. So I would say I stop for 3 water breaks during a 4 mile run. I don’t stop for too long though.

    Your hike sounds awesome!!! Jealous!!

  14. April 5, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    There is so much awesomeness in this post I can’t even take it. First, I LOOOOOVED WWF growing up and went to several big matches–Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart, Ultimate Warrior vs. Hogan…Ahhhh the good old days. Second, I had several pairs of Adidas like the ones you want–blue, white, red, black–love those shoes! Third, that hike in Italy looks freaking amazing!!!!!

    Why do we not live closer to each other?? 🙁

    • Kristina
      April 6, 2016 / 3:01 pm

      AH THE GOOD OLD DAYS in wrestling! I grew up watching WCW with my dad! He’s still Hogan’s biggest fan, haha.

      We literally could not liver farther apart unless one of us moved to another country. It’s not right!