My first PR of the year

NINE MILES ON THE TREADMILL!

This is my first new PR of the year, haha. Prior to yesterday the longest I had run on a treadmill was seven miles, and if I recall I think I said “I will never do this again.”Β The nine miles actually weren’t all that bad though.

I watched the Green Bay game (booooo 49ers) and broke the run up into three mile segments. I forgot my water bottle at home, so I just told myself every three miles I would stop and get a drink at the water fountain.

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Seeing the pack lose there at the end stunk, but my endorphins were flowing so the sting wasn’t so bad : )

Breaking the run into segments made the mental aspect of running on the treadmill much easier. So, I think if you ever find yourself doing a long run on the tread, give this method a try! It was so nice to think in 3-mile segments rather than one long 9 mile stretch.

When I checked my old running log, I found that yesterday’s nine was four minutes faster than the first time I ran nine miles (when I was training for the Fort Lauderdale half). I kind of thought I had made more progress than that … but I’ll take it. The first seven miles were a breeze, but then my right hip started getting tight, so I slowed my pace considerably.

I am now 45 days out from the Princess Half Marathon and feeling pretty confident about it. As long as I fuel right and pace myself correctly, I know I’ll get a new PR.

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Aside from running, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed that it’s the first full week of work for the year. How did the holiday break go so fast? At least my first mini-vacation of the year is “soon.”

Adam and I finalized our vacation schedule for the year last weekend. This year we’re going to take a few short trips, and then we’ll plan a nice long, international trip for 2015.

On tap for this year:

  • Vegas – Feb
  • Boulder – August
  • London – Sept
  • Portland – October
  • Caribbean (cruise) – November

It’s not a very balanced schedule since almost everything falls in the second half of the year, but that’s typical for us. My birthday is in August, Adam’s bday is in October and our anniversary is in November, and we tend to schedule trips around those dates.

The longest trip will be London. I’ve never been before and I am very excited to finally go… and to run there!

I hope your long run went well this weekend! I know a lot of you are currently in training for a half or full marathon. How’s it going? Feeling ready to PR?Β 

Vacation plans for this year? Going anywhere exciting?

10 comments

  1. Meg @ Meg Go Run

    Congrats on that PR! Treadmill running is hard… so boring. 9 miles on there is like 13 on the road! I can’t wait to hear about all of your vacations. As I continue to explore the blogosphere, I realize everyone travels A LOT! I am embarrassed to say I’ve only flown twice. I went to Boston for a few days, and then two summers ago I took the biggest vacation of my life (which is not big by normal standards, but big to me!) when we went to San Francisco. But… we do have some exciting plans in our future… We want to start traveling more, so a few months ago we booked a trip to Hawai’i! We’re going in July!! Then we want to save money for a year and hopefully do a few weeks in Europe. I am so scared of flying, so it seems like if we’re going to go over though, we should stay for awhile and visit a few places. Especially since we don’t travel a lot, so who knows if we would go back!? Anyway, longest comment ever!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Getting to watch the game while running is the ONLY reason I was able to make it all nine miles on the treadmill. Otherwise I am sure I would have hopped off halfway through and finished the run outside!

      I bet Hawaii will be AMAZING!!! Two of my co-workers went last year and their pictures were amazing. I am totally jealous!

      Our goal for Europe is the same as yours. We’ll save a bit this year and then plan a big trip next year. One week would just not be enough!

  2. Amy

    Congrats on doing 9 miles on the dreadmill! Impressive, indeed. Sorry about your Packers, I was cheering for ya! I like your traveling schedule πŸ™‚ What a year. I am not good at all about planning vacations, but I think I better be now that I have more of a ‘real’ job.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! The Pack have been my backup team for a few years (please don’t make me think about how long it’s been since the Dolphins have been playoff contenders). Now that they’re out I’m trying to decide who my next backup team to root for will be… I think the Seahawks are a safe bet! πŸ™‚

  3. Ali K. @ Hit the Ground Running

    4 minutes faster is HUGE. If I were good at math, I’d show you how many seconds/mile you were faster and then the amazingness would be more obvious lol.

    I’m not looking forward to this week either. I’m already struggling with motivation just thinking of my 6am alarm!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Haha, maybe if I were better at math I would be more impressed with the progress πŸ™‚

      I didn’t sleep a lot during the break, but for some reason getting up early on your own vs. because you have to feels so much different!

  4. Lou @ Running Through China

    Wow! What an amazing holiday plan! Awesome! Focusing on the holidays you’ve got coming up will definitely help with the back to work thing. Just think, February’s not far away at all. And I am psyched for you that you are going to London! That’s my hometown hey πŸ™‚ Grew up in a suburb of London, in the South-East, called Greenwich, it’s nice to visit, especially the big park on a hot sunny day (yes, we get about 3 of these per year, I reckon you might see them all!) there’s lots of nice pubs with big beer gardens there too, and loads of great places to run. So excited for you!
    And I agree – 4 minutes is a huge time improvement on a 9 mile run! Well done. All your training is going to pay off big time and you are going to achieve an awesome pb/pr for the Princess Half.
    Lou πŸ™‚
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Awesome!!! Before we go to London I will definitely be asking for all your recommendations on the best places to see / eat / run <---the three most important things on any vacation πŸ™‚

  5. Jennifer

    Four minutes is definitely a big improvement! And on a treadmill!
    Your vacation plans sound exciting. I’m not going to be taking any big vacations since I’m trying to save money this year πŸ™‚
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Saving money = smart! We didn’t really take many trips last year.We took one cross country camping trip that didn’t end up costing a lot for a week long vacation, and then we took a week long cruise but Adam works for a cruise company so we got to go for free (yay)!

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