Running & Life Update

Happy Wednesday! Yesterday was my first run since the time change and I was just a little bit excited to finally be running in the sunlight again! A less exciting aspect of yesterday’s run was dodging through all of the spring break crowds.


This process was made slightly easier when I made the executive decision to cut my run down to only two miles. My calves were SO TIGHT and my left achilles was tight and painful. I’m not entirely sure how the achilles works medically speaking, but mine was so tight that I was worried I was one step away from it snapping like a twig.

I’m well hydrated. I stretch all the damn time. I don’t really know what it is. The only thing I can think is that it might be related to Hashimoto’s, a type of hypothyroid condition that I’m being tested for.

Tight calves isn’t a typical symptom, but from reading through various forums I have noticed that many people with Hashimoto’s have complained of tight calves and one person even complained of a tight achilles. It could be totally unrelated, and I don’t yet know if I have Hashimoto’s, but if there is a link it would explain what’s going on. While I haven’t been diagnosed with hypothyroidism yet, I have 99% of the symptoms so it seems more than probable.

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^ Ugh. I seriously HATE getting blood drawn. I don’t even like thinking about it! Adam using the needle emoji was just mean! ? ? ?. I’m such a baby when it comes to these things and just have to keep on reminding myself that if I could finish a marathon I can do anything.

Okay, let’s get off this topic for now!

Yesterday I got my new Finn Balor shirt in the mail! I’m so glad it arrived in time for me to wear it to the NXT show on Thursday!


Totally unrelated, but I’m back on the hot tea wagon. I love hot tea so much that I drink it until I get so sick of it that I need to take a break. Right now we’re rekindling the romance, hard. I had three cups yesterday but I wanted to have three hundred.

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Look at that caffeine level ^. You would think that would inspire me to get up and go running in the morning, but you would be wrong. I’ve once again given up on making the transition to morning running. I’m just not cut out for it and I don’t know why I’m trying to force the issue.

Now that it’s light out in the evenings and I can see my pretty beach it’s even more unlikely that I’ll switch to morning running.

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I’ll leave running in the dark for the next few months to all of the early birds out there!

Speaking of which, recently a fellow runner, Jean, reached out to me about a really cool new product she’s launching a kickstarter for next month. The concept is really cool and I told her I would tell you about it since it’s a great safety product for those who run in the dark.

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The product, pictured above, is called the Convertible HDL headband. The HDL suffix comes from the High Definition (HD) camera and Lamp (L) that’s attached to the front of the headband! With the Convertible HDL you can run and train safely in the dark while recording video and taking pictures to share with friends/family/the online running community! It’s also going to have a live streaming feature so you can live stream a race, keeping your friends updated on how you’re doing and when you’ll cross the finish line.

I’ve seen on Instagram that a lot of runners seem to be trying to take their GoPros out on runs – this would probably be a lot easier than holding up your camera the whole time.

I’ll share the link for the Kickstarter once it goes live in case you’re interested in the product and/or supporting a fellow runner who has a cool business concept!

This isn’t sponsored although Jean did offer to send me a free running hat! 🙂

That’s all I got for today. Hope you have a great day!

How has the time change affect your running? Better or worse?




  1. March 16, 2016 / 8:34 am

    That headlamp sounds amazing! And I need to try that tea- without coffee Ive been desperate for caffeine and I don’t feel like the tea I am drinking does anything. Sorry your calves had been so tight- I hope you maybe get some answers after you get the tests done!

    • Kristina
      March 16, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      Me too! I’ve had tight calves on and off since I started running but nothing like this. They were actually burning! 🙁

      Ah, I forgot that you gave up coffee! Yes, drink lots of tea!!!

  2. March 16, 2016 / 8:35 am

    Yes, now that it is light out later, there really is no reason for you to run in the morning! My morning runs are now DARK. Boo hoo. This morning it was SO FOGGY. I couldn’t see more than a couple feet in front of me at first. Surprisingly, I wasn’t scared at all, and only had one minor fright when a bunny darter out in front of me. Darn bunnies! I am sorry you are experiencing tight calves and achilles. 🙁 When do you get your test? I haaaaate getting blood drawn too. I actually refused it once at the drs. office. It surprised the nurse but guess what if it’s not nessecary then I don’t want it!

    • Kristina
      March 16, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      I was supposed to go next Thurs. but it just got pushed back to the following Wednesday, womp womp. On one hand I’m happy it was pushed back because I hate getting blood drawn, but on the other hand I want to get to the bottom of all my symptoms – and there is a laundry list of them!

      Awwww! I think “darn bunnies” is the cutest phrase I’ve ever heard! haha

  3. March 16, 2016 / 10:14 am

    The headland seems pretty cool! I’ve been on a tea kick as well – love english breakfast.

    • Kristina
      March 16, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Oh, me too! Any black tea will do for me! I’m not a fan of spiced teas or anything flavored!

  4. March 16, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    I’ve never really gotten into tea, except when I have a sore throat. In which case it’s awesome! But, with a caffeine kick it might be something to revisit 🙂 Boo on the dark mornings indeed. I just keep thinking about those summer mornings when it’s practically full daylight at 6am! With that beautiful beach, I think I’d go for evening runs too.

  5. March 16, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    That’s an interesting headlamp! Also – I’m dealing with hypothyroidism and it’s impacts on my healthy living too. Have been exploring more on the naturopathic options to help alleviate symptoms. Feel free to message me if you want more details.

    Yay for afternoon sunlight!

    • Kristina
      March 16, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      I’m just starting to learn about Hashimotos/hypothyroidism and would love to hear your tips. I’ll send you an email! Thanks!

  6. March 16, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    I’ve never heard of that connection between tight calves/achilles and hashimotos/hypothyroid, but I like your hypothesis! I also have both (not officially hasimotos, but it’s been mentioned as a possibility, and definitely hypothyroid issues generally), and have always wondered why/how exactly the tight calves came about.

    • Kristina
      March 16, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      I googled “hashimotos tight calves” and a few things popped up. Of course you could probably google anything and find at least one or two other people in the world experiencing the same symptoms!

      There was one medical case study though. The patient was able to overcome swelling of the calves/tightness once she started on treatment, so my fingers are crossed.

  7. March 16, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Good luck with your tests…I was tested for thyroid and Hashimoto’s last year because I was so lethargic, and people with Celiac are more likely to have it. My tests came back normal, but I always feel like there’s still something not quite right!

    • Kristina
      March 16, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Yes! I said to Adam “my body is just intent on destroying itself!”

      From what I understand it’s possible to have normal test results at the onset of Hash/hypothyroidism. If you’re still experiencing lethargy + some of the other symptoms I would get re-checked this year. Although some of that lethargy could just be from kicking ass and running back to back marathons! 😀

  8. March 16, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    I ran on Sunday so the time change kind of sucked then, but it was race day so I had bigger things to focus on 😉
    I haven’t run since then but will just have to figure out how to deal with the dark. That headlamp/camera headband is definitely going on my bday wish list!

    • Kristina
      March 16, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Isn’t it cool? The kickstarter for it goes live the first week of April. After that hopefully we’ll have a better idea of when it will be for sale! 🙂

      Congrats on Sarasota!!!

  9. March 19, 2016 / 10:46 am

    I hate getting blood drawn too. When I was pregnant, I had to get blood drawn all the time. Everyone said that eventually I would get used to it. Nope. It was just as bad each time. The worst was getting an IV. On some days, I remember that hurting more than labor. HAHA!

    You are one of those runners that benefits from the time change. Lucky. Now I wake up at 6am-7am and it is still dark. I don’t do my runs until it is light out. Looking forward to this summer when it will benefit us both!