14 Miles …. Done!

Happy 4th of July!!!!!

If we’re Instagram buddies then you might already know my exciting news: I made it through the 14-miler last night!

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I even did it about 30 seconds per mile faster than I expected to thanks to some rainy weather that dropped the temps down to 80 degrees!

Also thanks to the rainy weather I was treated to a pretty a rainbow for the majority of my run.

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Three Things About the 14-Miler That Stood Out to Me:

1. I did not nail my nutrition. I had a plan all worked out in my head yesterday morning but then my work day got off track and everything got screwed up. Around mile 11 I started getting really hungry.

Not surprisingly I hit mile 11 at just about the time that I normally eat dinner.

When I do 15 miles in a couple of weeks I think the end will go a lot better because I’ll be running during my normally scheduled day/time and will be on top of my nutrition.

2. I cannot split up my long runs by starting outside and then going to the treadmill. If I want to split up my long runs I’m going to have to start at the gym and then finish outside.

Last night I did 8 miles outdoors, ran 1 mile on the treadmill and then I had to finish the rest outside. The gym was FREEZING compared to the outside temps and my body didn’t like it. Good to know for future reference!

If you’re thinking about splitting up your long runs, please keep this in mind. I think the cold of the gym made my leg muscles feel a bit sore prematurely.

3. I genuinely just love running. I feel like I’ve been complaining about the heat a lot lately, but really I don’t mind it so much. Running makes me feel accomplished, strong and happy. Thanks, endorphins!

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Also a BIG thank you to everyone who commented, tweeted, Instagrammed or Facebook’d your support yesterday. I really, really, really appreciated it!

I had my phone in my hand while I was running and seeing your Instagram comments and likes come in during the run was seriously awesome.

Our running community is so cool : )

…. I’m on my way to 26.2! That’s kind of crazy!

Do you have any long run rituals? A certain snack you always have? Or a drink that you like to sip at a specific mile marker? 

– I’m not good at drinking and running at the same time so I always slow down to a walk for my water breaks at the same spots!


PS: HAPPY WEDDING DAY to Richard the Running Schlub and his new Mrs! 


  1. July 4, 2014 / 7:45 am

    Congrats!!! I knew you could do it. If the heat is not bothering you too much, run it all outside! No temptation to want to quit, either, if you Doh an out and back.

  2. July 4, 2014 / 7:46 am

    WooHoo – great job!!! Nice that the temperature actually cooperated with you for your run!

  3. July 4, 2014 / 8:19 am

    Nice work getting through the 14 miler. That is such a fun experience, watching your distance PR grow steadily as you build up to your first marathon. That rainbow looks inspiring.

    For nutrition on the move, somewhere around my first 14 mile long run was when nutrition needs started to hit me. Up to that point I really did not take nutrition and hydration very seriously, and my body began to let me know crystal clear that I need to reconsider that casual attitude. Very glad it happened that early in training, so I had plenty of time to practice and learn before race day.

  4. cheryl
    July 4, 2014 / 9:01 am

    Great job! I was thinking of you as I felt like I was dying in the heat on a 3.5 mile run. Yesterday was one of those drama runs–I totally let the heat and humidity psych me out! So glad you had a good run! I am still trying to work on the nutrition/hydration part of runs too. I had a 10 mile trail race on Saturday that I really suffered afterwards because of dehydration. So I just got in a pack of “tailwind nutrition” drink mix–going to try that out…

  5. July 4, 2014 / 3:01 pm

    Congrats, well done!! I’ve never thought about the impact of running outside first then trendmill… good to know! I would prob freeze!

  6. July 4, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    That’s so darn awesome!! I am so excited for you, yes you are on your way. Love the pictures 🙂

  7. July 4, 2014 / 7:46 pm

    I knew you could do it!!! Congrats and be proud! 14 miles is no easy task! I have so many long run rituals it’s just lame…lol. I do take fuel and hydration on the run with me though because I also get quite ravenous once I’m out there past 90 minutes. Usually I use the Salted Caramel Gu and nuun water. 🙂 Honey stinger chews also make a great on the run fuel.

  8. July 4, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    WOW! I am guessing this is your longest run yet???? You are so awesome, Kristina! Ride the running high all the way to your 15 miler… you will kill that too 🙂

  9. July 5, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    Woooo congratulations!! I don’t have any long run rituals yet, but I’m sure as my training runs get longer and longer I’ll adopt some! What do you normally eat or fuel with during long runs? I haven’t found anything I love yet.

  10. July 6, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    So excited for your accomplishment, Kristina. It really IS a big deal to run that many miles, especially for the first time. As you run these longer distances more and more, you will find your nutrition niche. I typically eat a spoon of peanut butter and a couple Bloks beforehand, and a GU Roctane around mile seven. I will also plan my routes around water fountains and bathrooms. What did you eat before and during your run?

  11. July 7, 2014 / 3:04 pm

    WOOHOOO!!! Yay, Kristina!!

  12. July 7, 2014 / 6:32 pm

    Aww, congrats! So excited for you! I’m complaining about the heat ALL the time, but at the end of the day, you’re so right…running makes you feel so freakin’ GOOD, right?! You are KILLING your training, keep it up! 🙂