Let the 5K Training Fun Begin!

Yesterday I headed out for my run a little later than usual.

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The moon was high and beautiful, but it was soooooooooooo HUMID out. I think I had steam rising from the top of my head by the end!

As many of you know, I am now officially in training to get a new 5K PR! With the weather already being so hot I’m kind of nervous, but I’m ready to give it all I’ve got!

Last night was just three easy miles, but atย the end of the run my coach had me go through this set of post-run power exercises (includes videos of Lauren doing the exercises).


These five exercises are meant to improve leg/stride power and increase speed!

My first of five upcoming races will be on March 22nd, so just a few weeks away!ย I’ll be running theย Kendra’s Kisses Memorial 5K.

I ran this race back in March of 2013, andย I also ran a then-PR on this course last September. I don’t love the course but I do like that I am really familiar with it. I like knowing what I’m facing when I’m attempting a PR!

In other news, I finally did one small thing in the way of decorating.


I hung up this beautiful piece of art.


Adam and Cecil. That’s my little family! ๐Ÿ™‚


^ Love that kid.

I’m going to sign off for now. I hope that your week is off to a great start!

What is one thing you really want to accomplish this week?


  1. Amanda @ Slimplify Life

    I want to accomplish the Virtual 5K! True life: I tried it yesterday and my legs were like “Yuuup, nope, not happening” but I’m determined to do it this week!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      YAY, mission accomplished! I received your email!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. cheryl

    Love the picture. It has taken me years to figure out where to hang pictures, I had SO LONG with blank walls. It was such a commitment to put a hole in the wall to hang something up!
    Good luck with the 5k training!

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      It is a commitment! I bought that cat picture like a month ago and just finally hung it!

  3. Kerry

    I’ve been looking for some 5k’s in my area in April. I think you’ve inspired me to do some speedier races!

    My goal this week is to get better. I caught a cold, and I gotta beat it quick!!

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Whoo! Definitely do it so I don’t feel like I’m the lone long distance runner focusing on the 5K! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope you’re starting to feel better!

  4. Hanna

    Love the art! Your Cecil looks kind of like our Bernie ๐Ÿ™‚ Lauren’s strength workout looks awesome, I may need to try it!

    One thing I really want to accomplish this week is to get caught up at work and have a great, productive week. I’ve been going through kind of a rough patch at work lately, and my goal is to go into my 4 day weekend next week feeling like I can relax and not have to worry about what I’m missing/getting behind on at work – as much as I can, anyway ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Cecil and Bernie are two cute cats!

      I hope you are accomplishing your productivity goal so that you can have an awesome long birthday weekend :).

  5. Jess

    Woohoo! I can’t believe it’s time for 5K training to begin – your half marathons went by in a flash it seems. Then again it’s also March, so maybe I’m just lost altogether haha.

    This week I’m hoping to get outside for at least one of my runs. I was able to run outside on Saturday and it was so nice!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I simultaneously feel like just yesterday I was getting ready for Portland and not even thinking about the half marathons and now they’re over! It’s crazy!

      I hope you broke free of the treadmill today!

  6. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    The picture looks great! I have a long work to do list and most of it is planning/scheduling type stuff. Once I do that I will feel ACCOMPLISHED.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you!

      I hope your work stuff is going well. I cannot even begin to imagine the amount or prepping and organizing you have to do for your job!

  7. Kim

    So exciting that you are starting your 5K training – I have no doubt that you will see multiple PRs!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Kim, I really hope so! It’s already getting so hot here so I am getting nervous about my chances, but I’ll just work as hard as I can and see what happens!

  8. Lauren @ Lauren Runs

    Yay for speedwork & getting faster! I would love to hear about your speedwork as you get into it – I’m always interested in seeing what other people do! And love the “You & Me & the Cat” artwork!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I knew you would like it ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m going to start posting a lot more details about my easy v. speed paces, goals, etc. this training cycle! Tomorrow’s post includes info from my first official speed workout for my spring 5K attempts!

  9. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I have a hard time doing lunges on run-days, but I’ve officially added them to my non-running days! Jumping lunges hurt my knees :o( You are going to get SO strong and be SO ready for a new 5k PR!!

    And yes, it’s been suddenly steamy and humid. My run the other night felt like 10x harder because of the warmer weather.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Yes exactly! This week I’ve been wondering how I ever ran outdoors through the summer last year when it was in the high 90s/100s every day when I can barely get through the 80s now. I guess from here on out it’ll just get progressively warmer and we’ll get used to it!

  10. Irene

    Love your dedication and enthusiasm! It’s super contagious. You’re going to kick butt on those 5K’s. I desperately need to incorporate some core work into my workout. But I’m afraid to try anything new until the marathon which is in 2 weeks (yikes!).

    LOVE the art!!

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks Irene!

      TWO WEEKS!! Let the countdown begin! You have to let me know how it goes!

  11. Lizzy

    Yay, speedwork! I’m looking forward to reading about your 5k training cycle. It’s sort of unfamiliar territory for me, so I think I’m going to learn a lot from you.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      It’s definitely unfamiliar territory for me too. I have never trained specifically for a 5K PR before! So far, so good, but then again I’ve only done one speed workout so far :).

  12. Jennifer

    Beautiful moonshot – but ugh to humidity. I am looking forward to warmer weather here in DC, but not so much the humidity. The decoration is adorable… I think I may run my Virtual 10K this weekend… will see!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Good luck if you run the 10K this weekend!

      I’ve been loving receiving everyone’s results. I need to post an update on the race soon!

  13. Karen

    It’s so nice you have a place you can do evening runs ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love the decorating! I need to do my virtual race soon.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I do feel really lucky to have a great place to do runs in the dark …. and that I live someplace where there are always lots of other runners out!

      Can’t wait to hear back from you about how your virtual race goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Marie Alessandra

    That photo is so cute haha ๐Ÿ˜€

    March 22 – that’s so close!:D I’ll keep all my fingers crossed for you that day ๐Ÿ˜€
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  15. Helly

    I’ll see you in Chicago!!!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I CAN’T WAIT! We absolutely have to do a meetup!

  16. Jenn @ Running on Lentils

    I’m excited to follow your 5k training! Thanks for the info about those 5 exercises. I think I want to start doing them too!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      My coach only has me doing them after easy runs, but they’re a nice little way to end the workout!

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