Running the Miami Marathon

I have to admit, I’m feeling a little anxious writing this post.

Mostly because I’ve decided not to run the Chicago Marathon and it feels bizarre to say that.

Of course, I’m still planning to run a marathon this season. All of this summer training is NOT going to waste.

Instead of running Chicago I’m going to run the Miami Marathon.

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The reason why I’m making the switch is pretty simple: the closing date for my townhouse is just a few days after Chicago. I’ve known the closing date since I signed the contract, and ever since then I’ve been going back-and-forth on what to do.

There are SO MANY reasons why I want to run Chicago. If you’ve been reading this blog for at least a year you know why, but right now flying to Chicago is a big stressor in my life. I don’t know if you know this about me but I do NOT deal with stress well.

I’m not dealing with stress well right now.

You want honesty? I sort of don’t see an end in sight.

Sure, I will hopefully get a final approval on the mortgage early this week. That will reduce some of the stress, but then there is packing, painting, remodeling, moving, buying more furniture… oh and did I mention paying rent on the place we currently live at while simultaneously paying our mortgage for a couple of months? Our budget can handle it, but it’s still A LOT of money to spend on housing in a short period of time. That’s another reason why flying to Chicago and paying inflated hotel prices isn’t a great idea.

In the last week alone I’ve spent $1,300 on mortgage expenses between the appraisal, survey and inspection.

Then over the weekend I took my car in for routine maintenance and it cost me $1,000 :(.

You know I enjoy shopping a lot, but I’m also a pretty financially responsible person. I’m used to saving and right now I’m about to do a whole lot of spending. It’s making me anxious.

I’m grateful to have the money to afford all these things, but I’m also stressed in a way that I haven’t been … maybe ever.

On the bright side, I am excited about running the Miami Marathon. After having run the Miami Half the last two years, I feel comfortable with the course and I think it’ll be cool to do a full marathon here in South Florida. Plus the weather in Miami the last two years has been great on race day — well actually, it’s been downright cold. If we have another day like that it’ll be fantastic for running the full.

Whenever I’m going through times that feel stressful I always remind myself of this one quote: “If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

In the end I know everything will end up great!

By the time the Miami Marathon rolls around I will be stress free! That sounds good to me!

How was your weekend?




  1. August 29, 2016 / 5:00 am

    I love that quote! Financial stuff is so stressful, especially when it involves things like housing and cars. Sounds like you are making a smart decision. By the time the race comes around hopefully things will have all fallen into place!

    • Kristina
      August 29, 2016 / 5:40 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I am hopeful. By the time the Miami Marathon rolls around we will be officially done with our lease where we are renting now. January is the last month we have to pay rent + mortgage so that will be cause for celebration! haha!

  2. August 29, 2016 / 6:18 am

    The Chicago Marathon will always be there for you when it’s a better time in your life. It sounds like you made the right decision because moving can be SO stressful! I hope everything goes will with your closing 🙂

    • Kristina
      August 29, 2016 / 5:42 pm

      Thanks Sam! It’s so hard to defer on Chicago since I’ve been thinking about this race for two years now, but I know it’s the right decision. There’s always next year! I hope we have smooth sailing on the mortgage from here on out. I only had to submit one document today and didn’t even have to talk to my mortgage broker on the phone so it’s an improvement, haha!

  3. August 29, 2016 / 6:39 am

    Nothing stresses me out more than money stuff. I’m usually a good saver, too, but buying a house did a number on my finances in a way I wasn’t expecting. And when it rains it pours – it seems like when you have one big expense, more keep cropping up.

    I think switching to Miami sounds like it will suit you for a lot of reasons! It’s not until February, right? What are you going to do about your training schedule? Will you just repeat weeks in Hansons for awhile until your a few weeks out from Miami?

    • Kristina
      August 29, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      Yes! When we first started looking at houses I assumed “okay, we’ll need 20% down. Got it.” I didn’t realize on top of that we would have to escrow property taxes and insurance for 12 months, and I didn’t know how much all of the title company services would be. Nor did I know about surveys, appraisals, etc. It’s definitely been a learning experience!

      The Miami Marathon is at the end of January. I’m not entirely sure what I want to do about training yet. I think I am going to switch over to a Hal Hidgeon plan though. I have enjoyed the Hansons plan as much as one possibly can, but I don’t think I can sustain this type of plan for another 18-20 weeks.

      I think I’m going to do a couple of weeks of lower mileage — maybe a long run of 10-12 miles — and then ramp back up at the end of the month for Miami. At least by the time race day rolls around I will be the most prepared person there! haha

  4. August 29, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Girl, I wish I could come over and hang out with you and have some fun to relieve some of your stress even if it’s only for an hour or two. I know that’s not possible, but know that I am just a text msg away if you need to vent or flip out to someone!! 🙂 <3 How do you feel now that you decided to run Miami? Do you instantly feel like the weight of the travel to Chicago is lifted off your shoulders?

    • Kristina
      August 29, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      Thanks Megan, you’re the best!

      Hmmm I’m not sure I have even really realized I am not running Chicago because I don’t feel like any stress has been lifted off my shoulders. This is possibly because I am anticipating that any day now the bank will tell me I’m actually not approved, and then I’ll be making last minute arrangements to fly to Chicago. I seriously have nightmares about getting told I’m disapproved. I have bags under my eyes for the first time EVER because I’m not sleeping :(.

      I’m also annoyed because Hansons was no easy plan to follow, and now I don’t know if I’ll ever know if it worked for me. I don’t think I can sustain following Hansons for another 18-20 weeks. To be fair, I don’t think it worked for me so there’s that. One part of me is slightly relieved that I’m not running Chicago just because I don’t think I could have met my goal. My long runs were just way too slow and short – they gave me ZERO CONFIDENCE. At least now I have the opportunity to increase my long run up to 20 miles!

  5. August 29, 2016 / 9:32 am

    It sounds like you made the right decision for this time in your life. I bought my first house 3 years ago and I vividly remember the stress. It was so much! The money, the endless documents, the possibility that something might go wrong – it was the most stress I had ever gone through (at least until I had to plan my wedding, which frankly had a lot of the same stressors lol). Stay strong – you will get through it and it will all be worth it in the end!

    • Kristina
      August 29, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      “The possibility that something might go wrong” — that hits the nail on the head for me. I’m constantly on edge sure that something is going to come in and derail my plans. Now that I’ve paid for so many services that I can’t get a refund on I just need to get that approval letter!

      I definitely believe that a wedding has many similar stressors. While we were in NY Adam mentioned getting married and I was like “now that we have a house we can’t afford a wedding, so don’t talk to me about that!” LOL

  6. August 29, 2016 / 10:16 am

    I’m behind on your blog posts, so first of all: congratulations on finding a townhouse! Yay!

    Mortgage paperwork is insanely stressful and so much work. I don’t blame you at all for trading the Chicago marathon for something closer to home. You are going to be busy enough with packing and moving, add in a few financial concerns and it just makes sense. Definitely a bummer though because you have been looking forward to Chicago for so long, but there will always be another chance sometime in the future.

    • Kristina
      August 29, 2016 / 5:57 pm

      Thanks so much Heather, and welcome home from your vacation! 🙂

      Mortgage paperwork is the worst. Also scanning things and faxing things is the worst. Like, who has a fax machine anymore?!

  7. August 29, 2016 / 11:01 am

    Oh wow, I was surprised to read about your decision! But I totally understand. I hate stressing about money. It can be so downright stressful too!! Especially when car repairs get into the picture too along with the double mortgage payments. Ugh. But in the end it will be awesome!
    Exciting that you will be moving into your new place, and changing your race plans!

    • Kristina
      August 29, 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Adam and I always seem to get ourselves into these situations where we have to pay double. We moved into our current apartment complex when we still had a couple of months left on our old lease. We just get a little bit too excited about moving I guess! I’ll be thankful once we’re in our new home and we never have to move again! haha

  8. August 29, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    This is totally understandable. There is a lot going on and as we always say, life gets in the way. There will always be more races so making this switch is a no brainer. All this stuff will be cleared up in no time and you will go out there and kill it at the marathon.

  9. August 29, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Awww hang in there! Home buying is stressful (especially in Florida, it seems everything is an exception!!) – rewarding but stressful so allow yourself to feel the stress and know that it will be worth it in the end. I closed on my house and moved in, gave birth to my son two weeks later, then got married four weeks after and honestly the housing stuff was the most stressful lol!! And excited for you to run the Miami Marathon instead of Chicago!!! sad I have to defer this year but you’re going to rock it!

  10. Susan
    August 29, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    Buying a house is super stressful. We have done it once and I hope never again! It will all be worth it in the end, though. You and Adam will be so happy. I think delaying your marathon is very smart. It’s something you can control in the midst of many things that are out of your control. Go run Chicago when you are truly ready and can enjoy it. It will always be there waiting for you when you are ready!!

  11. August 29, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I had to Google when the Miami marathon was – Jan. is typically a colder month – which is nice, at least you don’t have to roast while running! and the travel is easier and less $$$ so it is win!
    I bet everything will go though with the closing and you will be glad you made this decision.
    I admit at first I was shocked when I read this, because I know Chicago owes you one!! but your reasons are sound.
    It is hard when you go through stressful periods and you feel that
    “bleeding” – trust me, I have been there too many times, and the extras make you feel even more stressed and then nothing is fun…you do whatever you had to do to get through it! Big hugs!!!!!

    • August 30, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      hahaha, I am genius the date was in your pic LOL which I noticed after I commented. I really didn’t feel well and took cold meds 🙂

  12. Jasmine
    August 30, 2016 / 3:03 am

    Keep your chin up Kristina! It sounds hectic but when you are relaxing in your townhouse post-marathon it will seem like a distant memory.

  13. August 30, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    That’s the beauty of the marathon.. when life gets in the way there is always another race to look forward to if one doesn’t work out! We bought our first house last December (we closed the week before Christmas) and I must say that was one of the most exciting but STRESSFUL things we’ve ever done!

  14. Ashley Fitzgerald
    September 1, 2016 / 10:18 am

    I randomly found your blog when doing a “Chicago Marathon Experience Blog Post” search, as I’m running Chicago as my first marathon experience in six short weeks. It brought me to your posts from last year, which I started reading. Sad to hear you won’t be doing Chicago this year, as I am actually on Team PAWS myself and it just made me smile at the coincidence.

    I hope your house journey goes well and Miami will be wonderful for you!

    Paws up!