In Summary: Running, Resolutions, Making a Murderer

Since I got home from New York my life can be summed up in the following ways:

Stayed Up Way Too Late:

I’ve gotten into a really bad habit of staying up until 2am or later. This is definitely going to cause problems for me this first week back to work… ugh ugh ugh! Why did I do this to myself, and will you pass the coffee?

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Thought About My New Year’s Resolutions:

Here is my one and only resolution: wrap up unfinished business with the Chicago Marathon in October.

Other than that I just want to have a fun year running wise. I hope that includes a couple of PRs (because PR’ing is fun) but mostly I just want to ENJOY RUNNING after a tough 2015 where I felt frustrated by injury more often than not.

I do have goals, but they aren’t resolutions. If they don’t happen this year that’s okay.

Goals: PR in the half marathon, PR in the 10K, prepare to run a 50K (hopefully in early 2017).

My current goal is still to PR in the half marathon at A1A next month. It’s the one thing constantly on my mind, but I’m trying to set realistic expectations for myself. When I PR’d at the Miami Half in January 2015 it was 55 degrees at the start and I had a solid YEAR of training behind me. All of my long runs leading up to the Miami Half were basically run at or near race pace (maybe that was good, maybe it was bad, but it was what it was).

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My long runs leading into A1A aren’t at race pace, mostly because I’ve subscribed to the idea that long runs shouldn’t be at race pace. That being said, I also don’t have a solid year of training or speedwork behind me like I did last year. And the weather has been consistently much warmer this year than last year.

LOTS of excuses as to why I might not PR at A1A, but reasonable excuses I think. Either way, I’ll leave it all out there on race day and see what happens!

Marathon’d Making a Murderer:

Adam and I cancelled our Netflix account last year because we don’t watch a lot of movies and already have a premium Hulu account for TV shows. Well, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided I wanted to watch Making a Murderer. Thirty hours after starting the 10-episode documentary I finished the entire thing.

Making a Murderer was filmed over a 10-year-period and tells the story of Steven Avery, a man wrongly convicted for the rape and beating of a woman who lived in his town. He spent 18 years in prison before DNA evidence cleared his name. Shortly after getting out of prison he becomes the prime suspect for a murder, possibly framed by what is most definitely a corrupt local law enforcement.


If you liked Serial, I think you’ll really like this documentary. I think Serial was a bit more impartial, but none-the-less you are presented with video footage from the actual trial and are left to make your own conclusions about the guilt or innocence of Steven Avery.

In the same way that I want Adnan from Serial to be innocent, I want Steven Avery to be innocent and to get out of prison. However, I’m currently split: I think there’s upwards of a 40% chance that Avery committed the murder but I have TONS of reasonable doubt.

I’m 100% convinced that the police department was corrupt as hell. That much is obvious.

Started Watching Master of None:

You could say I have a thing for Indian comedians and I guess you wouldn’t be wrong! I love Mindy Kaling and Aziz Ansari. The only reason it has taken me this long to watch Master of None is because we had previously cancelled our Netflix account. Now that it’s back in action I’m flying through the episodes!

If you watch Master of None, how much do you love that Aziz’s real parents play his parents in the show? They are too much!

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Earned Two New Marketing Certifications

Blah, blah work stuff.

This was the first time since undergrad that I’ve had to study for and then complete two very long tests. One of the tests was 100 questions and the other was 74 questions. I passed the 100-question test with 95% and the 74-question test with a 90%.

I’m mad that I didn’t get a 100% on both. The annoying thing about these tests is that they don’t show you which questions you got wrong. How am I supposed to learn? Argh.


Look at our temps for this week! BRRRRRR!

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I’m only slightly joking. Last night it was 68*F by the time I finished my 8-miler and I was pretty cold. I didn’t put the heat on in my car while I drove home, but I thought about it!

That might also have had to do with the fact that I got POURED on during the middle of my run and I was soaked through and through when the temps dipped.

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I stopped once to ring my shirt out in a bathroom sink, but it didn’t really help too much. I hate running in the rain!

… And now I have to interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post to go do work, womp womp.

If today is your first day back to work in the new year I hope it goes smoothly for you! 🙂

Have you watched Making a Murder? If so I need to know what you think!! Guilty or innocent?



  1. January 4, 2016 / 5:17 am

    I really hope its in the 70s next week when I go to Florida! Some sun would be nice too:) Love your goals for the year- I know its gonna be a great one for you!

    • Kristina
      January 4, 2016 / 5:13 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I think we’ll be back in the 80s by next week, but my fingers are crossed for a few more days in the 70s!

  2. January 4, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Best wishes to you working towards your running goals in 2016!! Also, congrats on passing your tests! All of my friends are taking about that Murder show on my facebook newsfeed. I don’t have Netflix because I easily get addicted to shows and waste half of my life watching them. I also find that I get very emotionally invested in these types of shows with the investigations and outcomes, lol. I think I want to marry Aziz Ansari. I wonder if he’s single.

    • Kristina
      January 4, 2016 / 5:14 pm

      Hahah yes, since re-subscribing to netflix my life has been all about marathoning TV shows. Oops!

      I approve of your marriage to Aziz, make it happen! 😉

  3. January 4, 2016 / 8:52 am

    I stayed up too late last week too! I watched first couple episodes of Making a Murderer – definitely enough reasonable doubt, timing of everything was suspect too. I had no idea those were Aziz REAL parents. How fun! Now if only he and Mindy were on an episode together. I was hoping he would play her brother. Prior to her and Dr. C getting together, I thought it would have been funny if he was set up with her by both their parents 🙂

    • Kristina
      January 4, 2016 / 5:15 pm

      Ohhh you have to keep watching. I felt like episodes 4-8 were the best of the whole season – definitely the most interesting and also the most infuriating!

      You should be a writer for the Mindy Project. I would have LOVED an epsiode where Mindy and Aziz get setup by their parents!!!! Would be hilarious!

  4. January 4, 2016 / 11:11 am

    Okay you have convinced me to watch Making A Murder AND the Aziz show. Paul watches it and says he thinks I’ll like it. I wonder if he knows those are his real parents!?

    IT FINALLY FEELS LIKE WINTER HERE. For some reason, I feel like PA’s REAL winter does not express itself until Jan. Real feel temp is 18 degrees, which means indoor recess. Ugh.

    It is lunchtime. I made it through the first part of mine day. I CAN DO THIS!

    Congrats on your new certs!! =)

    • Kristina
      January 4, 2016 / 5:17 pm

      YAY! I think you will really like Making a Murderer – it gets really good after episode four!

      I’m so jealous that right now you’re probably at home. One hour to go for me!

      • January 5, 2016 / 8:12 am

        Paul did know that they were Aziz’s real parents. 🙂 I really enjoyed episode two that focused on their parents. 🙂

  5. January 4, 2016 / 11:49 am

    I LOVE your 2016 resolution. I can not wait for you to go back and own Chicago!

    I have Netflix, but I don’t think I could watch Making a Murderer. Any sort of real life crime show freaks me out and I end up having a bajillion nightmares. I am seriously a huge scaredy cat. I will go ahead and add Master of None to my queue. I love Mindy Project too, so if you say that I will love this show, I probably will.

    • Kristina
      January 4, 2016 / 5:18 pm

      Ohhhh I definitely know what you mean about the nightmares. I was totally creeped out the first two nights after I finished the documentary. Actually, when I got up in the middle of the night last night to feed Cecil I was too afraid to look out the window at the moon, which I normally do. Although I think that has to do with two peeping toms being caught last week in a nearby area and not so much Making a Murderer!

  6. January 4, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Haven’t watched Making a Murder yet, but only because I’ve been told it will suck you in & you won’t be able to stop watching, and I want to wait til I have a weekend where I can binge watch, so I don’t end up until 2AM on a “school” night. Haha.

    • Kristina
      January 4, 2016 / 5:19 pm

      Ohhhh yes, it will definitely suck you in! I highly recommend waiting until the weekend! 🙂 That is a good plan!

  7. January 4, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    Wow! Look at the ominous clouds. I had to do some rain running the past few weeks, i will take the arctic blast that has arrived if I can just be dry! It is hard getting wet on a run, it makes you freeze when you stop.
    I hope 2016 brings you much joy and happy runs and your PR’s. Stay healthy my friend 🙂

    • Kristina
      January 4, 2016 / 5:20 pm

      Ugh yes, the heavens broke open and I was soaked!!!! And cold!!! Boooo!

      Thanks, Karen! I hope this year is a fun one for both of us… and the cats too 🙂

  8. January 4, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    I’ve been on the fence about committing to Making a Murderer. It’s definitely on my list now. Thanks for the endorsement! I just hope I can pause it at a reasonable hour so I’m not up until the wee hours of the morning!

    I LOVE the idea of a list of Goals rather than Resolutions for 2016.

    • Kristina
      January 4, 2016 / 5:21 pm

      It’ll hook you fast in episode one. I think episode 2-3 are a little bit slow, but in episode 4 it really picks up and is totally captivating after that! Let me know what you think!!

  9. January 4, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    60s and 70s is brrrrr???? I ran outside today and it was 40 degrees – I was roasting. Probably because I have become acclimated to the single digit temps. ☺ I would melt in Florida right now.

    I heard about Making a Murderer, but your summary and thoughts make it all the more intriguing. I loved Serial, so I would probably love this. Added to my list!

  10. January 4, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Welcome bAck to work lol. The first day back after a long vaca is always rough. I like the idea of goals rather than resolutions. I never make any resolutions because if its important, I’ll start working on it asap. 50k…that has me intrigued lol

  11. January 4, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    I’ve been going to bed SO late and sleeping SO late…getting up at 5:50 was TOUGH today. Ugh. Luckily my kids were good and coffee helped.

    Do you have a specific time goal in mind for A1A, just a general “PR”? I like that so many of us seem to be coming off the marathon training cycle and into a more relaxed vision for 2016.

  12. January 5, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Your plan for 2016 is great! Having one resolution will ensure you keep focused, and the other little goals will be additional things to work toward. I did nearly the same thing–3 main goals and than lots of little to-dos that I hope to accomplish but won’t be upset if they fall to the back burner. Happy 2016!

  13. January 5, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    Whoa, 2am is seriously late. Hope the coffee is helping! I’ve been trying not to get too far out of routine during my work break, but still, early morning is *early* no matter what! Awww, your cat is so adorable. Great picture!
    Ohio was 17 degrees today. That really felt cold!! First time down that low this winter I think. Glad I wasn’t running outside!

  14. February 21, 2016 / 3:18 am

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