Moving On Up in Mileage

Another weekend is over and we’re about to roll into July. How crazy is that?

I received my July training schedule from my coach yesterday and feel like marathon training just got real.

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I need to order this. Photo:

I’ve been living in this nice comfort zone of 10 to 13 mile long runs since February and now all of a sudden I see 14, 15 and 16 miles on my schedule!

I’ve been anticipating this increase in my long runs with eagerness, but now that I see 16 MILES actually in my training log it’s making me nervous! 

My long run over the weekend left me feeling incredibly spent. I didn’t wake up early enough on Saturday to go in the morning, so I hit the road at around 6pm and it was still blazing hot out. If I had to do 16 miles I would have needed to leave the house even earlier and that is just no bueno.

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Last summer I did all of my long runs in the morning before sunrise, but I HATED getting up at 4am. I just know that I won’t be able to do it again… I’m not a morning person at all.

Since I know I’ll be doing my long runs at night I think I’m going to split them up — and do a few miles on the treadmill in the late afternoon and then do the rest of my miles outdoors at sunset.

The number of miles that get done on the treadmill will directly correlate to A.) how hot it is outside and B.) what time I need to be home by (if we’re going out that night).

Aside from running, I got in 6 miles of easy walking this weekend! Adam and I walked to dinner on Friday night, and to lunch at the beach on Sunday afternoon.


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We always eat out too much on the weekends, but after stressful work weeks it’s a nice treat to just kick back and let someone else do the work for a little while : )

I also saw a bunch of cute baby kitties at the pet store … they were ‘adopt one, get one free’ which is incredibly tempting but Adam says we’re a one cat family.

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I would take all four of them if I could though : ) Such cuties!

I hope you had a great weekend too and got in a nice and toasty long run wherever you are!

Do you ever split your long runs up between the treadmill + outdoors? 



  1. June 30, 2014 / 4:59 am

    Aww, so cute! What a great idea the adopt one and get one free thing! Maybe Cecil would like a new feline brother or sister??

    Great idea to mix up your long run on the treadmill and out in the crazy heat. I haven’t mixed it up on a treadmill (as I don’t have one), but I have used a combination of the track (as it was too early/dark out), and outside on the pavements. This helped to break up the long run too, as different scenery etc…

    You will ROCK the longer distances Kristina!! Excited for you for your marathon training! 🙂

    • June 30, 2014 / 2:40 pm

      I don’t think Cecil would tolerate a tiny baby kitten like those in the picture, but if Adam would let me I would love to get a 2 or 3 year old cat as a brother for Cecil. Unfortunately, Adam (who is a dog person) barely agreed to getting one cat, so I’m pretty lucky to have Cecil. Whenever I bring up getting another one Adam says, “that is a great idea! where are you guys going to live?” haha!

  2. June 30, 2014 / 10:11 am

    Awww cute kitties!

    I know what you mean about the upcoming long runs looking so ominous. Like you, I’ve been in a “comfort zone” of 10-13 all year long since I’ve been training for half marathons. I’m a little nervous that these runs are going to get longer!

    If you can find a running group to run with, that REALLY helps. Makes those miles a lot less lonely and they’ll go by faster! The marathon I’m running actually has a build-up program, where every weekend they host a long run for anyone who wants to participate – they even provide aid stations and medical staff! Way cool!

    • June 30, 2014 / 2:38 pm

      WOW that build-up program sounds awesome!!! I wish we had something like that around here complete with aid stations! The local running clubs here put out coolers of water that anyone can pour from on saturday mornings which is really nice (and has saved me a couple of times), but real aid stations would be amazing!

  3. cheryl
    June 30, 2014 / 10:44 am

    I am following a marathon training program from Runner’s World and some of the long runs are split up, am and pm (they rec. at least 3 hours in between). This Sunday I have my first 7+7. We will see how it goes…

    I am experimenting with getting up early before it is too hot…so far, so good.

    Those kittens are cute! I have a weak spot for kittens and puppies…Fun fact. I drove 2 hours to get our puppy, brought her home…She had a spot in the kitchen sectioned off. She looked at her reflection in the oven door and cried…I drove her 2 hours the next day to go get her sister, to the delight of my kids…that’s how we have 2 pups!

    • June 30, 2014 / 2:37 pm

      That is the best puppy adoption story! I love that! You are such a great mom AND puppy mom!

  4. June 30, 2014 / 10:58 am

    Can’t wait to see you ROCK those longer distances!! p.s. I really need that HP shirt!

    • June 30, 2014 / 2:36 pm

      The shirt is the best, right?! I am definitely going to order myself one as a reward for something… maybe for getting that 16-miler done at the end of the month 😉

  5. June 30, 2014 / 11:00 am

    Sh@& just got real. I know that exact feeling, I actually have that feeling right now just reading your post lol. No matter what your going to kill this marathon training. Your runs have been great lately so this is just added miles on. Dying laughing about the one cat family, that’s great stuff. I’ve never done split runs, don’t know if I’d be willing to get back out there after the first run.

    • June 30, 2014 / 2:35 pm

      I don’t think I could split them up like Cheryl mentioned above… I definitely don’t have that kind of self discipline! lol

      I think hopping right off the treadmill and immediately doing a few miles outside will work nicely though. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  6. June 30, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    I have split my runs up on the treadmill, depending on the weather. Last summer when I lived in a condo complex with a gym, I would go in while it was hot out, run a few miles, then do a sunset run around the loop. I loved it!

    • June 30, 2014 / 2:34 pm

      That’s exactly what I’m thinking about doing. I’m glad to hear it went perfectly for you! I’m going to test it out this week!

  7. June 30, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    I have split up some runs from indoors to outdoors – I also have split up runs that are entirely outside too

  8. June 30, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    I’m pretty much a run it all in one place kind:)
    I do love that you get to see the beach while you run!
    Do you live right on the beach???

  9. June 30, 2014 / 7:30 pm

    You’ll do great! I’ve never split them up before, but I may have to this summer when I am on vacation. It will be a nice respite from the heat 🙂

  10. June 30, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    That shirt is awesome!!! I had a tough long run this weekend too and it discouraged me a bit. I’m not a morning person either, but once I’m up and running I don’t mind it. I hate running on the treadmill so I would rather get up super early and run all of the miles outside.

  11. June 30, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    I cant wait to hear about training, those longer distances totally intimidate me!! I say get them done any way that works 🙂 I have too many cats, trust is nice! I can’t begin to tell you how many hours a day I clean up after cats, I never get to other chores

  12. July 1, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    The time is about right for upping the mileage for Portland! Exciting stuff, eh? I have never split my long runs between outdoors and treadmill – I do all my long runs outside. I am really excited to hear how your long runs go. If you are training in Florida and running in Portland, you are going to do awesome! The temperature will be SO MUCH COOLER!

  13. July 2, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    seriously, every round of marathon training intimidates me when i see it in writing. but then, you just tackle it. and you will dominate each and every one of those runs!

    i used to split my long runs up sometimes when we were up in michigan. especially if it was super snowy. i would stick to my shorter route and then finish up on the treadmill, or vice versa.