Little Victories: I Ran 1.5 Miles!

WOW, a running blog with running content, it’s a miracle :). I felt like a fraud over the last year not being able to post about running here!

If you watched my last vlog then you probably saw that I bought a few new pieces of running clothes. Last night I took a new pair of capris and running top (now only $8) out for a spin. Both are from Old Navy.

^ There’s Cecil always creeping around in the background of photos :).

At Ali’s suggestion I backed down to 2:1 intervals during my run last night, and she was right, that definitely helped my endurance. I was able to make it 1.5 miles feeling better than I did after just 1 mile a couple days ago. The downside is that at around 1.3 miles in both of my calves started to feel really sore.

Not the kind of sore that makes me worried that my surgery didn’t work, but the kind of sore that makes me think I should back down to 1-milers for the rest of the week. I have plenty of time before my 5K; I need to listen to my body and do what feels right… even though a part of me wants to rush ahead!

There will be PLENTY of time to push myself in the future. Right now it’s time to have fun :).

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I am very eager for summer to roll around and to start trying to train for a fall half marathon though. I’ve been dealing with the effects of compartment syndrome for a long time. Even before I knew I had compartment syndrome, I had been complaining about tight calves for months. It’s going to feel so freeing to be able to train later this year without having to break every 5 seconds to attempt to stretch my angry calves!

It makes me wonder what possibilities lay ahead… but that dream is for another day and time.

Today I want to stay focused and present in what I have in front of me now because that’s good enough. I’ll probably say it a million more times but I am grateful for every step right now.

In non-running news, Adam and I forgot to make reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner and everywhere is booked up! I feel like this happens to us every year haha. We made reservations for Thursday night instead :). If you’re celebrating V-day I hope that you were able to get reservations at your first choice place!

 How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?



  1. February 13, 2018 / 5:12 am

    Good job being smart and backing off a bit if you are sore! You have plenty of time to slowly build to 3 miles. For Valentines Day we are just making pizza at home. It’s also Ash Wednesday so we didn’t really want to go out to a nice dinner and not be able to eat meat, since that’s what we usually get at the restaurants we like.

    • Kristina
      February 13, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Ya when I woke up this morning they were still a little sore. That feeling dissapated by lunch time but I definitely think it makes sense to back down and take it easy these first couple of weeks!

  2. February 13, 2018 / 10:21 am

    Congrats!! But yes, do take it easy and try to resist the urge to build up your mileage so quickly. Remember, if you can’t run your 5K by the end of March, it’s okay. There will be other races. Maybe you could even switch up your strategy and try to keep the distance the same but increase the run intervals?

    So glad you’re back to running. Wish we had your weather so I could be getting out there, too!

    • Kristina
      February 13, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      Thanks Hanna! Right now I think 2:1 feels comfortable and 3:1 pushes me. I’ll probably switch between those two until I can start working towards eliminating the walking breaks a bit down the road. I did promise my doc to do “something like couch to 5K” to avoid overuse injuries, so maybe for the next month or two I’ll keep using the walking breaks and see how it goes!

      Girl, it is downright HOT here. IDK if you would really want this! When I ran out to the grocery store before it was 85 degrees which is a bit much for February!