Running Experts?

Why is it that I always think I know better than the experts?

On Sunday I decided that I wanted to run a little bit faster than my Hansons prescribed easy/long run pace. Even though I tell everyone who will listen “The Hansons say injury comes from too much intensity not too many miles” I apparently think I am too good to listen to this advice myself!

Guess what? Monday morning I woke up and my left knee was a little bit inflamed. Not enough to really bother me but enough to notice something was off. Monday is my rest day from running anyway so it really wasn’t a big deal, but it will teach me to not stray from the plan in the future! Lesson learned. By the end of the night I felt fine so no biggie!

Since yesterday was a non-run day and Friday likely will be as well due to travel arrangements/jet lag I wanted to get in some cross training yesterday. Thirty-five minutes on the elliptical while watching the Heat game. We lost, again, but I know my guys will get a big W at home on Wednesday!

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I guess Cecil is ready to start pumping some major iron because he jumped up into the highest cabinets where Adam keeps his workout stuff (protein, pre-workout, Gatorade powder, etc.)! I can’t reach those cabinets so the only things up there are A’s things… and my son.

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I finally wore my new cat watch yesterday! 🙂

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I’m now one day closer to vacation. SOOOOO much left to do before I’ll feel ready or excited, but just knowing it’s around the corner feels good!

Can you believe April is almost over already? Wasn’t it just April Fools?!



  1. April 26, 2016 / 6:35 am

    SO jealous that your vacation is coming up! And Im glad your knee didn’t turn out to be a big deal!

  2. April 26, 2016 / 6:54 am

    Have fun! We are in the final push until summer vacation—the countdown begins!

    • Kristina
      April 26, 2016 / 10:55 pm

      YEAHHH! I know you guys must have something fun planned! 🙂

  3. April 26, 2016 / 7:34 am

    Glad the knee is feeling better already. That is scary!!
    I leave to head to Georgia Thursday morning so I can relate to the ‘lots to do’ feeling. I am packing for 5…not easy! It isn’t a true vacation but since I won’t be at work it kind of is!! Is it just me or do the work days seem to take FOREVER right before you know you will have time off??
    That watch looks good on your wrist!! I am too pasty for gold colors so I have to live vicariously through those of you that have a wonderful skin-tone!! 🙂

    • Kristina
      April 26, 2016 / 10:57 pm

      AHHHH seriously God bless the moms! I can’t imagine what it would be like to pack for so many people and not forget anything. I always make myself a list and still end up leaving several things behind! 😀

      My week seems to be flying by because I have a million things I need to get squared away at work before I leave! Eeek!

  4. April 26, 2016 / 11:02 am

    I can’t believe April is over! I am looking forward to the warmer temps but I know that you don’t have that problem 🙂

  5. April 26, 2016 / 11:05 am

    I can’t wait to hear about your vacation. I’m jealous, I could use a vacation right now. Actually, I could just use a few days at home to clean up my house because I have been gone too much! So I guess that’s quite the opposite 🙂
    I’m going to start reading the Hansons half marathon training book. I hope it has the same general concept so I can learn about it because the library didn’t have the full marathon book!! #toocheaptobuyabook

    • Kristina
      April 26, 2016 / 10:59 pm

      Ohhh I hope you like it! I’m sure all of the principles remain the same. Send me an email if you want to see the full marathon plan examples when you’re done, I can send you a screenshot! 🙂

  6. April 26, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Cecil!! I love that cats will always find somewhere new and interesting to explore. I am nervous about Hanson paces. The easy day paces seem like they are soooooo slow. It is hard for me to wrap my mind around how I am going to force myself to run slower than what feels natural. But this is what I’m banking on and hoping for… I am hoping that I am so tired from the speed/strength/tempo/6 days of running that the pace for the easy days WON’T feel odd. We will see.

    • Kristina
      April 26, 2016 / 11:01 pm

      YESSSS the easy day paces are so slow which is why I wanted to increase the pace just a little bit, but as it turns out the Hansons must know what they’re talking about! I had no inklings of any issues before I decided to go rogue!

      The long tempos are exhausting! The day after I never, ever have any trouble staying within the easy pace range!

      • April 27, 2016 / 6:15 pm

        AWESOME! I am glad you are doing this and can give me advice. 🙂 Today some of my runs were in the Hanson easy pace range. It takes me awhile to recover from races.

  7. April 26, 2016 / 11:14 am

    I actually appreciate those little injury scares. It reminds us that we need to train smart and not push too hard too fast. Very glad the knee is feeling better and you have a much needed lesson learned.

    Hope you have a great time in vacation!!

  8. Susan
    April 26, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Sticking to my plan is key for me to stay away from injury. I always tell myself “don’t get greedy”. It never ends up good when I push my limits. Just best for me to “do just enough”. I love your watch–too cute. I so enjoy when Rick and I can take vacations but I have anxiety the week before with packing and wrapping things up. Soon enough you will be on the cruise and not even care!! Have so much fun, girl.

    • Kristina
      April 26, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      Thanks Susan! I am VERY MUCH looking forward to kicking back at the end of this hectic week!

      “Don’t get greedy” is a great way to put it! I was feeling good and got greedy!

  9. April 26, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    Good job listening to your body and deciding to stick to the Hanson’s plan. I sometimes get those little twinges when I do too much at too high of intensity. I read somewhere that you should never up mileage and intensity at the same time. It should be one or the other. I try to live by that… but it’s not always easy.

    I love Cecil in the top cabinet! What an athletic cat! Elly is too fat (and comfortable) to jump high. She likes to stay at the height of my lap.

    • Kristina
      April 26, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      Hahaha I think Elly looks much slimmer than Cecil!

      Cecil isn’t athletic at all. He lives dangerously and takes chances. He only makes these crazy jumps about 50% of the time. The other half of the time my heart drops into my stomach as I watch him not make it! Thank goodness cats land on their feet! Cecil has too much confidence and thinks he can do anything!

  10. April 26, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    I’m glad your knee was the right kind of pain – a warning that things COULD get off track if you don’t shape up! Isn’t that what pain is supposed to be? Just a little warning light?

    But now I’m curious – when using Hanson’s, WHEN is it okay to start increasing pace?

    • Kristina
      April 26, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      That’s a good way to view it, a warning sign, I like that!

      Hanson’s has speed and strength (tempo) workouts built into their plan – and their speed and tempo days are hardcore! That’s why they want your easy days to be super easy so you can recover properly while still building cumulative fatigue. They also want easy days to be easy so you always feel fresh enough on speed/tempo day to go hard!