It’s No Secret.

It’s no secret that I love Mindy.

I also love Adam, and because Adam loves me too he knows that I want to live the Mindy lifestyle.

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Therefore he recently gave me a very special gift to show how much he loves me – and it’s absolutely Instagrammable and blog-able. It’s a new Camelbak!

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I have about five different hydration packs and I don’t really LOVE any of them. My Camelbak is probably my favorite, but it’s really not one that’s made for runners. It’s very big and bulky. I honestly chose it because it’s big therefore allowing me to tote around a lot of water. I just didn’t think about how heavy it would be to hold when it’s full.

Knowing that as my long runs get much longer during marathon training I would need some type of hydration pack that didn’t drive me nuts, Adam surprised me with a new, smaller Camelbak! I’m looking forward to trying it out this weekend :).

I could have really used it during last night’s tempo at the beach.

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It was bad guys.

It was a billion degrees out and my calves were pretty tight. I ended up taking a couple of breaks where I just straight up stopped moving and thought about calling an Uber to drive me back to my car.

It was quite an experience.

The good news is that I hit my paces. Actually, since it’s been a about a month since I’ve done anything but easy running, the first tempo mile came in at 13:08 which is about 30 seconds faster than it should have been. After that I took a break (gasp, I know) and then I was able to calm down and find my pace.

When I got home I made a nice, cold smoothie!

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I’m now super excited because Adam’s been in Finland for the last five days and he gets HOME today! I hope he doesn’t have to take any more work trips this year (or ever, haha)!

How did your running workouts go this week?
What kind of hydration pack do you like best?



  1. June 24, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Awww how sweet! That’s an awesome Camelbak!

    Good job powering through that tempo run. Remember, sometimes the best thing to come out of a workout is simply getting it done. They’re gonna be ugly sometimes, but getting them done still gets you closer to your goal!

    • Kristina
      June 26, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      You are so right. I definitely felt like the best thing about that tempo was the relief I felt after taking the final step!

  2. June 24, 2016 / 9:10 am

    What a thoughtful gift 🙂 I love my camel back too and won’t run further than 7 miles without it- I need my water!!

    • Kristina
      June 26, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Ohhh you’re so good about hydration! I just try to make sure I loop around my car every 3-4 miles so I can stop and get a drink, but sipping a bit along the way is surely much better!

  3. June 24, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Congrats on getting the first tempo run DONE. I hope your calves are feeling better today. I ran 3 tempo miles yesterday and when I was done I thought to myself, okay now I just need to do that for 3 more hours LOL. Feels a little unattainable to me at the moment. I am glad Adam treats you in a way that is insta worthy because you deserve that!!! 🙂

    • Kristina
      June 26, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      You know, Fri and Sat they were still really tight, but then today magically they weren’t tight AT ALL. I do the same stretching routine every single day of the week so I have no idea why some days they bother me and some days they don’t!

      I don’t know how I would be able to make it another few hours either – yikes! Thank goodness it’s only June. If we’re feeling this way in August, IDK!!!

  4. June 24, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Running has gone pretty well this week–I got some new shoes which made yesterday’s run feel new and exciting. 🙂 I have two different sized packed that have hydration sleeves for hiking, but I don’t have a standalone hydration pack. It does seem like it’d be pretty nice to have when out on long runs! Good gift! 🙂

    • Kristina
      June 26, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Ohh yes! New shoe day si the best!

      Adam plays down his gift giving skills, but they’re seriously the best. Always thoughtful and practical!

  5. June 24, 2016 / 10:34 am

    That camelback is awesome! I’m looking forward to the review 😉

    • Kristina
      June 26, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Ah, I should review it! I ended up doing my long run on the treadmill today though, oops!

  6. June 24, 2016 / 11:36 am

    Aw, that’s such a thoughtful gift 🙂 There are water fountains all along the greenway near me so I never have to worry about bringing water. It’s really nice!

    • Kristina
      June 26, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      OH man, that’s so nice that you have water fountains! We only have two water fountains on the entire stretch of the beach and the way is about 100 degrees – not refreshing in the least bit!

  7. June 24, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Great job on toughing out the tempo. Those can be killer on me sometimes too.
    So sweet of Adam to get you that! 🙂
    I have an Orange Mud double barrel hydraquiver I use for long runs. I love it! I struggled with having something on my back without getting irritated until I tried this.

    • Kristina
      June 26, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      I’ve never heard of that pack before, thanks for the tip! If this Camelbak doesn’t work I’ll definitely be giving that one a try!!

  8. Susan
    June 24, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Such a sweet and thoughtful gift. Great job on your tempo run! I admire you for running in that heat!! I hope your calves loosen up soon–it drives me crazy when anything on my body feels tight or achy (I sort of freak out to be honest). Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Kristina
      June 26, 2016 / 8:06 pm

      Thanks Susan 🙂 Oddly enough they were tight on Fri and Sat but then today there was ZERO tightness! I have no idea why they sometimes get super tight. I do the same stretching routine seven days a week so it makes no sense to me!

  9. June 25, 2016 / 12:02 am

    The heat and humidity make speed work REALLY hard, especially tempos. Are you taking any kind of electrolyte supplements before your evening runs? I’ve found they’re really helping my legs stop cramping up!

    I hope you enjoy your new Camelbak.I have one but never use it; I just prefer to run routes that pass water, or run with a small belt-bottle in my FlipBelt. I just hate the extra weight and heat of a backpack.

    • Kristina
      June 26, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Oh you know what? I don’t take any electrolytes before the run. I usually have coconut water in my smoothies after the run, but I should give salt tabs a try like you!

  10. June 25, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    I hope you like the Camelbak, I have a similar one. I feel the same way, I just hate carrying a pack, but it is a necessity in summer. I went through a bunch before I settled on my Nathan pack. I still look at packs hoping I will find one I like even more lol
    I had one of those character building runs today…I struggled quite a bit. I am trying to not have a freak out over it! Hang in there!

    • Kristina
      June 26, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Hahah I hear ya. When I walk into a sporting goods store I always go look at the hydration packs, touching, feeling and trying on several of them just in case there’s a magical one in the pack that I haven’t tried yet! 🙂

      I’m sorry that you had a character building run, but you know what? A good run is around the corner! My long run today felt super easy!