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Keeping the Runner Momentum Going!

Today I’ve got some good news and some bad news to share.

First, my run streak officially came to a halt on Friday. I was on my way to a client meeting in Miami when I got a call from my dad and then a barrage of texts from friends and family letting me know there had been a mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport.

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The airport is literally 15 minutes fromΒ my house.Β I’ve taken so many flights to and from that airport. I’ve retrieved my luggage from terminal 2 where the shooting happened many times.Β Initially I felt nothing about the shooting except a small amount of surprise. I had my meeting on my mind. But as I was driving home listening to the radio it really hit me that this happened in my backyard.

Since the shooting I’ve had the same conversation with so many people I know: the baggage claim area is really not secure. Within the last 12 to 24 months all of us have stood there wondering what could happen if a shooting took place.

To be honest, these days I think about that every single place I go. Standing in line at the grocery store, I wonder what I would do. When I’m running at the beach I wonder where I would take shelter. When I’m running at the park, I worry about myself and all of the kids playing ball out in the open, totally exposed.

Five years ago I never thought about these things, but now I think about them every day and I know I’m not alone.

When I got home on Friday evening I just didn’t feel like running, so I didn’t. The streak came to an end just like that. I ran through a sinus infection, I ran through exhaustion from getting up at 5am, I ran through our hot winter days, but I didn’t want to go out and run after a mass shooting in my city, that almost certainly could have been prevented.

I did run again on Saturday and it was COLD! In the mid-60s!!!! The crisp air felt so nice, but I think I bruised my shin during my bridge repeats on Thursday because my right shin was really hurting. Getting home and kicking off my shoes was the best part of that run.

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Sunday my shin was still hurting, even when I was just sitting on the couch. I decided to hit the gym for a good weight lifting session and push my long run to Tuesday or Wednesday. Now that I am getting home from work early I have much more time available for extra miles on week nights which is nice!

It had been basically a full month since I last liftedΒ heavy weights in the gym. I am going to definitely be feeling it tomorrow (I get the worst DOMS two days after a heavy lifting session). After lifting I did some core work, including planks of course!

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^ This pic looks almost exactly like a pic I posted to Instagram a couple of months ago when I was planking in this shirt, but I promise I took it yesterday!

Aside from workout stuff, Adam and I had a full weekend working on the house. On Saturday we had an exciting morning picking out three new toilets. FUN! Just kidding.

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Did you know that you can buy a toilet seat that lights up in the dark when you lift the lid? We didn’t buy it on Saturday, but we’re seriously considering going back and getting one for the master bathroom!

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Before buying a house I never went to Home Depot. Now I feel like it’s my second home. I honestly enjoy just walking up and down the aisles! πŸ˜€

After installing the toilets I went shopping with my mom to see if I could find some things to decorate the mantle with. After searching Pinterest and a bunch of blogs I found this image for inspiration:

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I love the pop of color that the green from the plants gives, Β and I also love how natural and simple this looks. I am on a mission to replicate it as best I can with my own little touches. I was able to find a few things this past weekend to get me started!

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Of course I need to pick out some (non-poisonous) plants to go in the little pots, and I also need find a couple of other cute little objects to go up there but it’s definitely better than the 0 things we had up there before! πŸ™‚

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Getting to do a little decorating in the house was definitely the fun part of the weekend. Dealing with my bruised shin is not so fun. I don’t know if it’s shin splints or something else. I run the bridge pretty often so I don’t think it had anything to do with over training or over exerting myself.

I felt pretty good during the whole workout (1 mile w/up, 6 repeats, 1 mile c/down for a total of 3.5 miles).

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During the first repeat I came barreling down the bridge at a pretty fast clip and almost slipped due to some loose sand at the bottom on the bridge.Β I did the same thing during the second repeat because I forgot about the sand. After that I was really conscious of avoiding the sand, but I wonder if I I hit the ground with too much force one of those first two times to stop myself/brace myself from falling.

Whatever it is I’m sure it’s minor and with a day or two of rest I should be back to training with full force. Even though my run streak is over, I do want to try and run as many days this month as I can. I’m really enjoying myself and I want to keep the momentum going!

How did your runs/workouts go this weekend?
Best part of your weekend?
Did you get any snow?!

19 comments

  1. karen

    Everything is looking pretty in the decorating arena πŸ™‚ What color do you like? Greenery would be nice but a bright pop of color might be great on the mantle, I can easily picture a big fake like silk peonies or poppies and it is easy care lol
    A streak or a challenge is motivating in many ways, but when you had enough time to call it.
    I get that second day DOMS…ugh, just when you think you made it…nope.
    I am over the snow! and the cold lol

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    1. Kristina

      Hahah yes that’s true! Hmmm if I were to add a pop of color other than green I think I would have a big andy warhol-esque painting of Cecil commissioned! … Adam might not go for that though ;D

      Second day DOMS are the worst. It’s terrible going to bed the first night knowing you’re going to wake up and hurt all over LOL!

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  2. Hanna @ minimal marathoner

    I remember thinking of you when news of the shooting broke. I know what you mean – even when not literally in my backyard these incidents are beginning to feel closer and closer to home. So many things that have happened this year, between the shootings and runner attacks, local accidents, I find myself thinking “that could have been me. It could have been any one of us.”

    Ha, I missed my long run yesterday and also am pushing it back to today. I haven’t run over 5 miles on a weeknight in ages, I’m gonna have to channel my inner Kristina for this one!
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    1. Kristina

      Go get it Hanna! You’re going to have a great time on your run tonight, I can feel it! πŸ˜€

      I know exactly what you mean when you say you often find yourself thinking “that could have been me.” It’s so scary. I just keep reminding myself that I can’t stop living my life, but I hate that I feel hyper vigilant all the time, even when I should be having fun. I remember on 4th of July Adam and I were down at the beach, and the sidewalks were caged off. Every one was basically lined up along the coast and if a car had decided to drive down A1A and shoot us we would all have been mowed down. There was no way all of us could run with the way things were caged off. It was scary to think about! And I just kept thinking that it would take so long for us to realize a shooting was even happening once the fireworks went off because the sound would have blended in :/.

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  3. Schlub

    I’m sure the shin is just sore from the repeats. I use to get soreness in my shin when I first started adding a lot of elevation into my running.

    Weekend was awesome and blah 1st the same time. 10 miler on Sat then volunteering all day….awesome. Slept in Sunday and no run….blah. Lol

    Snow…ha ha….what’s that?!?! We’ve had some snow up north but here in the valley we have had perfect weather. 50Β° early morning and 65Β° during the day.
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  4. Ana

    Kristina,
    I was thinking of you and of all the people in Fort Lauderdale. Like you, I have been to that airport many times, and have stood around that baggage claim at least a dozen times!! it was so scary to think of it! That airport is always so busy, no matter what time of day one is there! to think of it being under attack was really scary and sad.

    We got snow on Thursday, and freezing temps for the rest of the weekend. It was cold around here.
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  5. Nathaly @NathyCure

    I live in Miami but I’ve used FLL Airport in the past so I was completely shocked. I’m glad that you and your family are Ok.

    Your house decor looks very pretty.

    I had a very awful run on Saturday, but a very awesome run yesterday. My run was so good that I think it was the best part of my weekend:)

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  6. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I know we have had this similar convo via snap chat, but I often wonder where I would hide if there was a mass shooter. Particularly, I think about this at the movie theater and when I am in auditoriums. Of course, I think about this at school too. I have cabinets lining my whole back wall and after Sandy Hook I emptied out several of the cabinets so that me or some students could hide in there. Obviously if I had an entire class in my room we wouldn’t all be able to hide…

    There is really no way to secure every place in the world. If a crazy person can get their hands on a gun and wants to do something, we’re all fucked. πŸ™
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  7. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Sorry about your run streak! How crazy was that shooting? My moms friend was on a plane at the Ft Launderdale airport and his daughter was in the terminal. He posted their story on Facebook and it was just unbelievable.
    On a positive note, your decorations looks great!

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    1. Kristina

      WOW that is so crazy. I’m so glad he is okay!
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  8. Jennifer

    Cute mantel!! Do you have an idea of what plants to get?
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    1. Kristina

      I am having serious trouble with plant picking! I keep trying to cross reference plants I like with the ASPCA’s non-poisonous list, but plants go by so many names and they’re all named such similar things that I am now sure that every single plant ever is bad and I need to buy fake plants! πŸ˜€

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  9. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    Having something like that happen so close to home is a scary feeling. I don’t blame you. Sounds like you had a rough week!
    We upgraded all of our toilets to Toto. We used to have so many problems with clogged toilets with the one that came in our new house. What a pain! We made sure to fix that issue πŸ™‚
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  10. Lora @ Crazy Running Girl

    So glad to hear that you and your family are okay. xoxo
    Love that decor!! A lighted toilet seat? Genius!

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  11. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I used to DREAD going to home depot etc but now that I’m enjoying redoing parts of the house I don’t mind it at all! We got a toilet seat light for christmas from Matt’s dad lol…when you walk into the room a sensor outside the bowl turns on a light inside the bowl so you can find your way.

    I love that you’re mimicking other house photos for decoration ideas. I’m not a good interior designer so I honestly hadn’t even thought abut recreating other people’s ideas, but that’s super smart. I love what you have going on so far!
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    1. Kristina

      Hahahah that’s awesome! What a good gift idea. It’s something that is functional and cool but that you would hesitate to buy for yourself, or at least we are hesitating to buy light up toilets for ourselves!
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  12. Susan

    The shooting left me stunned and so sad. I was just in tears watching the news footage. Can you imagine the terror those people must have felt?! It makes me sad that it’s become so often that we turn on the news and hear about things like this. How did it happen that this became something that seems to be happening more and more frequently!

    P.S. I hope your shin is OK and I love the mantle. I love stealing other ideas and then just trying to recreate it with my own stuff!

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    1. Kristina

      I know, I was in tears too. It’s so sad that now this is so common that it’s not shocking. I don’t understand it at all. It also really upsets me that we don’t provide better care for our veterans. This guy reached out for help and no one was there for him.

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