Last Outdoor Run Before Hurricane Matthew!

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I’ve got a really big hurricane coming my way. You would never have been able to tell by the beautiful weather at the beach last night.


During my lunch break at work I texted Adam to let him know I was going to Target to pick up some hurricane supplies. I came home with three BEAUTIFUL smelling soy candles (two of which were on sale for only $7) and a pack of AA batteries. Priorities.


I guess it’s a good thing Adam picked up some bottled water and canned goods.

Last night was probably the last time I’ll be able to run outside until Saturday or Sunday.img_0089

It was really humid out but I only had three easy miles on the schedule so I took my time and enjoyed the night.

My average heart rate was only 157 which is like a miracle for me on a run. 157 may sound a bit high for such a short, easy run but it was 84*F with 75% humidity.

Actually, I’m pretty proud of myself for keeping my heart rate in the 150s and making my easy miles easy despite no longer being on a Hansons plan.


Even though I don’t think Hansons is for me, I do still think a lot of the principles are solid and applicable to any training plan. For example, to me it just makes sense that you should keep your easy miles easy so that you are as fresh as possible for your running workouts.

Now that I’m tracking my heart rate I feel like I am really learning what “easy” is. I could say “oh yeah XX pace is easy” but seeing the effort reflected in my heart rate is a nice piece of quantifiable info for this data nerd!


Anyway, I should go and see what I can do tonight to help prep for the storm. If you’re also in the path of Hurricane Matthew stay safe and stay dry!

What’s your favorite fall scented candle?
Do you track your heart rate during runs?
Do you know if a new Garmin Forerunner is coming out this month?
I may be in the market but if a new model is coming out this month I’ll wait!



  1. October 5, 2016 / 5:00 am

    I don’t usually track my heart rate but it is a nice way to make sure you are keeping your easy runs easy! Stay safe during the hurricane!

    • Kristina
      October 5, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I actually made it out for a run tonight and forget to turn on my heart rate monitor 🙁 When I saw the data didn’t track I was so bummed!

  2. October 5, 2016 / 6:57 am

    Your picture last night… my favorite one!! All the colors in the sky. Stay safe my friend. Hmm my friend fall scent… of course pumpkin, apple, cinnamon.

    • Kristina
      October 5, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Thanks Jenny! Apple is definitely one of my favorites for fall too! I’m not much of a pumpkin-er. I’ll leave the pumpkin scents and lattes for the rest of you! 😀

  3. October 5, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Not related to this post, sorry, but I’m just dropping by to give you a dose of nostalgia: it was two years ago today we ran our first marathons!! 🙂

    • Kristina
      October 5, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      YEAH!!! Happy anniversary! 😀

  4. October 5, 2016 / 10:26 am

    Stay safe, Kristina!!!! Do you feel safe in your building?

    • Kristina
      October 5, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Thank you!

      Yes, I feel very safe. Our complex was just built in 2014 so it meets all of the most recent hurricane codes. We have windows that can withstand cat 5 hurricanes, etc. I’m more worried about my poor townhouse! Although I’m glad if anything goes wrong the current owner will have to deal with it, hopefully before we close next week. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t need any fixes though. The inspection showed that it had good wind mitigation, the roof was in good shape, etc so it should be fine!

  5. October 5, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Ooh I almost bought a fall scented candle this morning when I had to run to Walmart for some stuff for our research lab, but I held back. I will probably buy at least one this weekend. I love the pumpkin pie scent, cinnamon, or apple pie to make the house really smell like fall. I have been tracking my HR since I got the 235, and I mostly enjoy having that extra information. When it’s really hot/humid, it is depressing to see how fast my HR shoots up, but now that it’s cooling down, I like seeing my HR stay in the 150s for easy runs. 🙂 For buying a new watch, I think I would probably at least wait through October because Garmin usually releases stuff around this time. Even if you don’t end up wanting one of their new offerings, most likely last year’s models will get a little cheaper. 🙂 Be safe this weekend!

    • Kristina
      October 5, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Yeah, it seems like the new FRs seem to come out every October. I’m hoping an announcement is made soon because I would like to get a FR like yours that can track heart rate right inside the watch. I like my Mio a lot but it would be nice to not have to wear two things around my wrist!

      You can never have too many candles in my opinion 😀

  6. October 5, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Seeing how much my HR changed when I started working on “easy” shocked me I never realized how hard I was going all the time…I was so use to it. It is a good lesson that will keep you running longer! 150’s is good in the heat. My is always up a little too when it is hotter.
    I hope you hold up in the hurricane okay! They still can’t decide what track it is taking, so i am not sure if it will blow through here yet.

    • Kristina
      October 5, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      YES! I find how high my HR gets on easy runs so shocking too! It makes me wonder what my heart rate was the year that I banged out a couple of half marathon PRs because I’m pretty sure even my easy runs weren’t exactly run super easy back then. Hmmm it makes you think…

      I hope it doesn’t make its way up to you! I saw that it might hit the carolinas and then circle back around and hit us again next week…. :/

  7. October 5, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    I love the “fall” scented candles – apples, pumpkin, cinnamon, etc.
    I enjoy tracking my heart rate during runs and other workouts. It really helps me keep honest about how hard I’m working.
    Good luck with the storm – I hope you and yours stay safe!

    • Kristina
      October 5, 2016 / 7:16 pm

      Thanks Megan! I love all citrus scented candles, but have to agree that apple candles are amazing for fall! I’m not big on the pumpkin stuff so i’ll leave all of that for the rest of you 😀

  8. October 6, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    I never know what’s “easy” on my runs either. It changes daily based on temperature and weather. Sometimes my legs feel great but my lungs don’t, or vice versa. I have no idea what’s an easy pace for me!