My Long Run Was Everything I Needed It To Be

Yesterday I blogged about a little bit of work controversy I had on Friday in a post titled, Was I Too Aggressive? I don’t like work drama so I’m hoping this morning I’ll walk into the office and everyone will be at peace. All of my runs this weekend allowed me to channel my energy into something more positive and I gained perspective on how I want to move forward in a thoughtful way. I may share more when I can.

While work drama is how I ended Friday, it actually started really well! You might remember that I had to be up before dawn to prep for a photoshoot on Miami Beach for a fitness client.


We shot at South Point. If you’re wondering what part of Miami Beach that is, just think of any aeriel shot you’ve ever seen in the movies or TV of Miami. That’s where we were. It’s probably the most iconic part of our little part of the world down here.

South Point | photo: TripAdvisor

South Point | photo: TripAdvisor

It may be the most iconic part of South Florida but I had never been before! I was amazed at how different Miami Beach really is when compared to my beloved Fort Lauderdale beach.


Big beautiful rocks have been imported which gives the beach a really cool feel. We don’t have anything like that in Fort Lauderdale.


The morning was cloudy for the most part, but I’m sure our art director will work his magic in post-production. I’ve already seen some samples and you would never have known it was cloudy…. ah, the magic of photoshop! Sadly I don’t have his abilities and my pictures accurately represent the cloudy morning.


My run on Saturday was EVERYTHING I NEEDED IT TO BE. I ran 8 miles and for the first time in probably two months I actually felt like myself. The first three miles were a bit of a struggle fest but somewhere in mile 4 everything felt so natural again. It was like I was just gliding along like a bird riding a wind current. My legs had so much energy and I wanted to run for days!

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I know I need to build up slowly though so that I don’t aggravate my hip again, so I kept the run to the 8 miles prescribed by my coach… but I wanted more. That’s a really good sign since I have my 5K time trial coming up on Tuesday and marathon training will officially begin right after that.

While my mileage was really low the last couple of months I got away from posting my training recaps, but I’m going to try and be more diligent about sharing them this summer. Here’s what was on my plate last week:

Monday: 3 miles @ 13:47/mi | 82*F

Tuesday: 4.3 miles @ 13:57/mi | 83*F

Wednesday: Stationary bike @ 60 mins

Thursday: 4 miles w/pickups @ 12:55 | 80*F

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 8 miles @ 13:43/mi | 82*F

Sunday: 3 miles @ untimed | 85*F


Total: 22 miles

I was really pleased with this week of training. I kept my easy runs easy and my pickups were solid. They didn’t represent my fastest miles ever, but at least I got my legs turning over without any hip discomfort. That’s a big win in my book!

I’m looking forward to the time trial on Tuesday, it should be very interesting. I haven’t raced since the A1A Half Marathon in February and that race was just for run. I have to say I’m kind of nervous about this time trial because it’s going to set the tone for the rest of my summer! Holy cow!

I’ve got another day to get my mind right before the big moment comes! 🙂

I hope you had a great weekend!

Have you ever been to Miami Beach? Thoughts? 

How did your long run go this weekend? 



  1. June 15, 2015 / 7:27 am

    I have never been to Miami Beach! It looks beautiful though!
    I just was able to read your previous blog. I do feel this was probably a case of the “double standard”. I think it has come out in your favor–your employees know you were backing for them, and the management knows you take your position seriously. There is NOTHING wrong with being a powerful, strong woman!
    I am glad your long run went well. I am starting my marathon training today–It already feels good to be back to the discipline of it all!

    • June 15, 2015 / 9:38 pm

      Thanks Cheryl. My boss said some kind words to me today, which were appreciated. Of course the my goal on Friday wasn’t to hear nice things about myself, so I’ll still be keeping an eye out to make sure policies change.

      How exciting that you’re officially kicking off training! I’m off to read your blog right now and see how it went!

  2. June 15, 2015 / 7:44 am

    Awesome week!! There is nothing like a good long run to make you feel like all the hard work is paying off. I’ve never actually been to Miami, but I have driven through on the way to the Keys and looks amazing!

  3. Susan
    June 15, 2015 / 7:54 am

    I really want to go to Miami Beach but have had a lot of people tell me otherwise. I probably will still go 🙂
    Nice job on the long run. I love when you know you can do more. Such a good way to end a run (always leave it wanting to do a bit more, not regretting pushing that last little bit….). I don’t long run but I had back to back runs on Saturday + Sunday (3.5 miles each). For me that is a big deal and I was pleased that my body felt great (and even though today is rest, I feel like I could run again!!). Keep up the great work!

    • June 15, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      In general Miami Beach isn’t my cup of tea. This was my first time to South Point but I’ve been to the Lincoln road area enough times to know it’s not for me. In my opinion Fort Lauderdale is less crowded and much nicer. I’m biased of course but … 😉 I would suggest coming to South Florida and staying in Fort Lauderdale and taking a day trip to Miami Beach!

      • Susan
        June 16, 2015 / 8:33 am

        Thank you! We have done Orlando, Tampa, The Keys. If we come to Ft. Lauderdale, we can hook up for a run — how fun would that be?!

  4. June 15, 2015 / 8:07 am

    Glad to hear that you had such a good week of running and are feeling back to yourself with your training! Miami looks so beautiful!

  5. June 15, 2015 / 8:19 am

    Nice week, Kristina! I love those runs where suddenly everything starts to come together and you just feel amazing. Great job sticking to your plan and not overdoing it – I know how tempting it can be to just add another mile or two!

  6. June 15, 2015 / 8:29 am

    I love that exercise can get you to channel positive energy. Sorry to hear about your work drama… but it least it looks like you have a really cool job!

  7. June 15, 2015 / 8:45 am

    Finally feeling like yourself again on long runs is the best thing in the world!!!! I’ve been taking off from long runs for awhile also….Fall training will be here for us all before we know it!

  8. June 15, 2015 / 9:28 am

    Sounds like you had a great week of training! Our training looks really similar. My long run didn’t feel quite as good as yours. I struggled through the whole thing. I’m hoping this week goes a little smoother. Good luck with your time trial tomorrow!

    • June 15, 2015 / 9:42 pm

      Thanks Kerry! The last two months have been on-and-off struggle fests so it was nice to finally get a really solid mid-length long run in. I think this week will go smoothly for you. So many times a bad week is followed by an amazing week!

  9. June 15, 2015 / 9:29 am

    Nice job! It’s great to see you’re getting back into the swing of things and feeling like yourself on long runs again! I can’t say I’ve ever felt that on a long run, because I really just do not like them, but I know it’s a great feeling when the pieces start to fall back into place running-wise!

    GOOD LUCK on your time trial! I’m sure you’ll do awesome! I’m so excited for you to start your training this week!

    • June 15, 2015 / 9:45 pm

      The long run has always been my favorite type of run. I love knowing I can just settle in and get comfortable unlike on speedwork days or on short runs where the run’s over just as you’re getting into a good day dream. The last couple of months have been strange for me not really focusing on long runs, and coming back there were too many weeks where 5 miles felt hard. Thank goodness it’s all starting to come back to me!

      Thank you for the luck – I am going to need it! Eek!

  10. June 15, 2015 / 11:13 am

    I’m excited for your time trial to, your going to do awesome. I’ve only flown in and out of Miami. Didn’t leave the airport, but the beaches looked amazing from the sky. No long run this weekend, decided to test up for a few days.

  11. June 15, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Those types of long runs are the best! Glad to hear you’ve got your running mojo back, I’m still looking for mine 🙂

  12. June 15, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    I’m so glad you had a wonderful long run!! It feels so good to be BACK finally after time off and building slowly. I’m nervous to run long again but I’m excited, too.

    Your 5k time trial will be great! Remember that the point is just to see where you are now…things will get adjusted and moved around for sure as the summer progresses. That’s the nature of running!

  13. June 15, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Nice job last week and good luck with the 5K this week! Hope work is peaceful this morning. For this training cycle I decided to keep track of my averages – I like how you and Jenn (Lentils) document them. What a great idea to capture the temperature.

    • June 15, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      You had a great week of training and I love that you shared your averages – your running is very motivating for me!

      My former coach is the one who put me on to recording temps. It’s been interesting to see how paces and effort change as the weather does!

  14. June 15, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    OMG, I didn’t tell you that I saw Erik Spoelstra at the airport in Chicago while connecting flights! I said, “Good luck next season!” and he said, “Thanks” lol!
    Anyway, I totally feel ya on the long runs! I’ve been taking them slow and I’ve been finishing feeling I could totally rock out more! I also seem to “warm up” after mile 4 too 🙂

    • June 15, 2015 / 9:48 pm

      YOU DID?!! That’s so cool!!!!!!!!

      Isn’t the beginning a marathon training the best time? We’re full of motivation and freshness in our legs 😀

  15. June 15, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    I think it’s a GREAT sign that you wanted more after finishing your 8 mile run, especially with that being your longest run in a while. Your body is probably really fresh and starting to remember where it has been before mileage-wise. I’m sure you will experience a lot of mileage cravings, as I like to call them. 🙂

    I am at the point where a 5-6 mile run feels like a long run. It’s crazy how perception can change!

    Hope the work drama has mellowed. That’s never fun to deal with, especially when you are just speaking up and having a voice for something you believe in.

    • June 15, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you Kristen! Hmm if 5 or 6 miles feels kind of long right now, maybe Baby will focus on the 5K or 10K instead of the marathon distance 😉

  16. June 15, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    I had to split my long runs but I did 16 miles between Saturday and Sunday. The goal was to run 16 miles straight so since I wasn’t able to do that it will be my new goal for this upcoming weekend. Glad to read that you are starting to feel back to 100% 🙂

  17. June 20, 2015 / 7:52 am

    That looks like you had a busy week of running. Yeah, it’s always good to finish your run wanting more.. I’m doing my long run tomorrow in a 10 mile race. I’m going to try and run it slowly though, after a new personal best at a 10K this week. Not sure if I’ll be able to stop myself from going into race mode again though. Miami looks gorgeous by the way..

  18. June 20, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    I have been to Miami beach and we loved it!!! I’m always excited when I see a blogger mention a place I’ve been! I also hate work drama, and am lucky that this year I don’t have any. 🙂 Great job on your training!!