Made It Out for Another Run!

I thought Tuesday would be my last outdoor run of the week, but my office closed at 1pm yesterday so I got home early enough to get in a run before the storm rolled in!


The beach was drenched in sunshine. It’s hard to believe that during this same time period we were already under a hurricane warning.


At the start of my run there wasn’t much wind, but by the end it had definitely picked up some gusto.


To be honest yesterday morning I privately thought that we were just going to get a lot of rain but that nothing terrible would happen – I doubted that we would even lose power.

By yesterday evening I had changed my mind. Every weather update brings Hurricane Matthew closer to the coastline, with some projections even showing it touching land. Even worse it might hit us, head up to the carolinas and then come back and hit us again next week. That would suck for a lot of reasons, and it would delay the closing of my townhouse!

Also, earlier this week I was feeling a bit sad to not be flying up to Chicago for the marathon, but now it seems like a blessing that I decided to run the Miami Marathon instead. If I would have stuck with Chicago I would have booked a flight for Thurs. night or Fri. morning which means more than likely my flight would have been cancelled. That would have been a nightmare to deal with, and if I wasn’t able to fly in until Saturday I would have been super stressed.

Instead now I’m just hunkered down with my Adam and my Cecil waiting to see what will happen.


If we lose power I might not blog again for a couple of days, if not I’ll talk to you again tomorrow :).

Best wishes to all of my fellow South Floridians and everyone with family in other areas affected by the hurricane.

Have you ever been through a hurricane?
Chicago runners, how are you feeling? The weather sounds like it’s going to be PERFECT!



  1. October 6, 2016 / 6:46 am

    I think the reason we Floridians rarely take hurricane warnings seriously is because we get them SO far in advance. We have plenty of time to prep but we never seem to believe it will actually get bad! I hope you guys are able to weather out the storm without much damage!!!

    • Kristina
      October 6, 2016 / 1:21 pm

      I think you’re right! I’ve been preparing for this hurricane since Monday and it won’t even be arriving until later tonight!

  2. October 6, 2016 / 7:56 am

    stay safe!

    • Kristina
      October 6, 2016 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks Cheryl! We’re tucked away inside the apartment ready to deal with whatever comes our way.

    • Kristina
      October 6, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      Definitely will! We’re inside for the duration now. I hope the storm doesn’t continue up too far along the coast and cause any trouble for you later this week!

  3. October 6, 2016 / 8:14 am

    I bet you kind of feel like I do when we have a big snow storm coming… excited to hunker down and stay inside all warm and cozy. Although with snowstorms, at least you get to see some beautiful snow!

    • Kristina
      October 6, 2016 / 1:24 pm

      Yes, exactly! I’m happy to have a couple of unexpected days off of work. It stinks that these days can’t be used to go out and do fun things, but let’s face it Adam and I are homebodies anyway! Plus it gives me a chance to start sorting through things to begin packing. Might as well be productive with this extra free time!

  4. October 6, 2016 / 10:12 am

    I’ll be thinking of you! Hope you stay safe!! We did have a tornado hit very close to where we were camping a few years back. Our little popup camper was really shaking and our family evacuated to a safe shelter in the middle of the night – the bathrooms. The kids were not too fond of hanging out in the bathrooms with a bunch of strangers at midnight, but we were all safe. I’m just glad they were not freaked out! (but honestly I was a little bit).

    • Kristina
      October 6, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      Thank you Lisa!

      Wow that tornado experience must have been something! I’m impressed that the kids weren’t freaked out, I definitely would have been. When I was younger a small tornado ripped through my neighborhood. A couple of houses near me got the worst of it, but luckily my house didn’t end up having much damage. I remember how scary it was hearing the winds howling outside so intensely though!

    • Kristina
      October 6, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      Thank you Heather!

      Cecil is all riled up, I think he must be able to sense the storm is coming!

  5. October 6, 2016 / 11:49 am

    I thought about you skipping Chicago earlier this too and thought that was a blessing in disguise. Now you will be home with your family, which is good 🙂

    • Kristina
      October 6, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Absolutely! I would be under so much stress. I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be able to fly out until Saturday since the Fort Lauderdale airport closed this morning and cancelled all flights. That would have been crazy. On top of that I got an email from my mortgage company saying that closing may be delayed depending on damage in the area because I’ll need to get a second appraisal due to potential damage — plus I can’t finalize my homeowners insurance because they have a 3 day waiting period before/after hurricanes!

  6. October 6, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Hurricanes sound so scary, I cannot even imagine. I hope it doesn’t get too bad near you! I’m getting very excited about Chicago! The high temperature keeps creeping up, which is not ideal, but it’s still around 70, so not too bad. I’d rather it be at 55. 🙂 I started making a list of things I need to pack, which reminds me how close it is! 😮

    • Kristina
      October 6, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      Brrrr 55 sounds so cold! I bet that would be really nice towards the end of the marathon though. I remember last year during the first few miles there was a lot of shade from the buildings so it felt quite cold even though temps were in the 60s I think (although 60s are cold for me haha)!

      I hope you have a great weekend. I can’t wait to read all about! GO DENISE! I’m cheering for you from FL!

  7. October 6, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Stay safe, no hurricanes in AZ. Micro bursts and reported tornadoes but nothing serious. Hope it changes course.

    • Kristina
      October 6, 2016 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks Richard! Lucky for us the storm did change course slightly and we’re going to miss most of it. I hope everyone in central and northern florida has had time to prepare properly though!

  8. October 6, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    Wow – I hope you get luck and the storm passes you by…or at least isn’t too bad. We moved all over when I was little. I’ve gone through several close calls with tornadoes and lived through a micro-burst (which I’d never heard of). Now we live in Northwestern Montana where the only natural disaster are forest fires. If anyone is thinking of relocating, I highly recommend it. We also don’t have any poisonous spiders or snakes.

    Best of luck. Stay safe.

    • Kristina
      October 6, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      We did get lucky! It looks like we’re not going to get much of anything except some moderate wind and rain. Our power went out twice but it came back on really quickly! Phew!

      I’ve never heard of micro bursts either! I just looked up pics and they look intense though!

      Hahah I love that you mentioned not having poisonous spiders and snakes! 😀 Definitely a good selling point for Montana!