Running and Lifting

Happy Monday! Today is actually a very happy Monday for me because I don’t have to work today due to President’s Day. I have spent this long weekend running, lifting, shopping, sleeping and spending time with Adam and Cecil. All of the main things I enjoy most in this life.

Saturday I started the morning with a run which is totally bizarre because I am not a morning runner, but it felt good to get endorphins early in the day.

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Adam was supposed to go to fly out to France for work on Saturday but his trip got cancelled, which was the best news ever because we both didn’t want him to have to go on this trip. I had an extra pep in my step knowing he would be home all weekend!

Sunday Adam asked me if I wanted to go shopping which was very exciting for me because he never wants to go shopping :D. I was like hallelujah, you don’t need to ask me twice, let’s go!

I’m currently on a mission to replace all of my old running clothes. Mostly because I have been running in the same clothes since I joined the sport in 2012 and it’s time for a change.

I should not be using the same sports bras from so many years ago. Now that Adam is filming me more for instagram videos and the vlog I can see how unsupportive my bras are and I’m like, oh Lord have mercy!

Speaking of which, here’s a video of me just casually deadlifting 200lbs, no big deal.

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No joke nothing makes my body hurt like deadlifts. When I wake up the next day my hamstrings are so sore I could almost cry. But then I stretch them out and a week later I forget about the pain :).

Running these days is leaving me a little sore too. My right calf tends to feel the most sore after each run but within a day it goes away. I’ll definitely be sticking to a 3 day a week running schedule up until my 5K at the end of next month. At that point I might increase to 4 days a week or I might stick with 3 days a week for a while longer. We’ll see how my body feels.

I do remember when I first started working with a coach back in 2013 one of the first things she had me do was increase the amount of days I was running. At that point I went from 4 days to 5 days and then up to 6 days a week. I ran 6 days a week for a couple of years, and I earned all of my PR’s while running 6 days a week.

If I’m being honest I’m not sure I want to run 6 days a week again mostly because I don’t think I can continue to lift heavy and run that many days. I know other people manage it but I don’t know if my body is built for that. We’ll see … I’m sure figuring out the right formula will take some trial and error this year, but I’m looking forward to it.

Anyway, time for me to get on with the day – I hope you have a great Monday!

Do you have today off of work for President’s Day?
How many days a week do you like to run when training for a race? 



  1. February 19, 2018 / 4:58 am

    I used to be able to run 6 days a week but not any more. I feel like 3-5 days works well for me and I just adjust based on what Im training for. I also know that it has to be a priority to keep up with my strength training!

    • Kristina
      February 20, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      Oh how the times have changed! I think somewhere between 3 to 5 days will be my sweet spot too. I’d like to do 4-5 days, we’ll see how it goes!

  2. February 19, 2018 / 7:34 am

    I’m loving your new outfits! I wish I wasn’t my own boss… then I would have off today, lol. I’m not at the point yet where I feel comfortable taking a weekday off.

    • Kristina
      February 20, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Hahaha I hear ya! When I was consulting the first year I worked during my birthday vacation. I somewhat regret that but we made it work! I mostly just got up early to get work done before we got our day started … although I did take two conference calls in the hotel room by myself in the middle of the day while Adam was at the pool and that sucked!

  3. February 19, 2018 / 8:20 am

    I do have the day off for President’s day. Yay banking industry!! 🙂 I’d really like to run 5 days a week. That’s my “ideal” days. Right now my plan is 3 days, and I’m picking up a 4th day. Seems like too much resting! But I’m hoping it will eventually get me back to where I was… oh, a million years ago… as a painfree runner.
    I know what you mean about new running clothes. When I started coaching I got several new tank tops because people would actually be seeing me – instead of me just running around my neighborhood!
    I’m still in awe of your weight lifting gains. So impressive!!

    • Kristina
      February 20, 2018 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks Lisa! In my mind right now 5 days a week of running sounds ideal, but I have a feeling I’m going to end up at 4 days a week most of the time and maybe 5 days when I’m training for a race. Maybe only 4 days when training, who knows. Tonight my legs felt super strong even though my heart and lungs were working overtime, which makes me think if I stick to lifting heavy leg days I can probably get away with 4 days of running if I have to!

  4. February 19, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I briefly tried running 6 days a week while marathon training a couple years ago…never again. It is just not right for me at all, for a variety of reasons. When I’m training I tend to do best with 5 days a week. One day off is just not enough for me!

    That said, since I’m not training and running for fun, I’d like to get into a routine of running more days per week once the weather gets nicer. Ironically it’s a little easier to run more when I don’t have a goal to train for, because it doesn’t feel like an obligation. I hope to get back up to running 5 days per week again this spring and summer. During the fall and winter, despite the nicer temps, I like to cut back on my running because my body wants to hibernate and by that point in the year I’m ready for a bit of a break. It’s taken me a while to learn my natural rhythm and routine with running and accept that it’s not going to be like everyone else’s and that’s OK!

    • Kristina
      February 20, 2018 / 7:01 pm

      I hope the snow starts clearing in March so you can get out there and stretch your legs some more!

      At this point I can’t believe I used to run six days a week and enjoyed it. Sometimes on that seventh day I would even think about and have the urge to run, although I wouldn’t. It feels like I must have been a totally different person. I guess I was a person in her 20s and now I’m a person in her 30s! 😀

  5. February 21, 2018 / 9:06 am

    We had school on Monday because it was a snow makeup day. Glad to get it out of the way, though! My favorite amount of days to run when I’m training or not training is 5.

  6. February 23, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    I started running 6 days/week, but didn’t increase my mileage (much), and I actually feel better than when I ran about 4 days/week. Your deadlifts are amazing!