Running & Vacation Stuff!

I’m really bad at this “Become a Morning Runner” thing. I’ve opted to run at night TWICE this week and I’m only five days into my new routine. I just don’t think I’m cut out for this! I don’t have the willpower!

Last night I ran after work in my beautiful new Brooks Glycerins. They feel great on my feet. I definitely like them a lot… and I think they make me look fast which was exactly what I needed last night for speedwork!

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One mile warmup, three miles at 13:30 and one mile cool down.

After the first warmup mile I had to stop and stretch my calves a bit but after that they felt better than they have in a long time!

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Let’s hope this lasts!

In non-running news earlier this week Adam and I made a final decision on our spring vacation! We’re going on a cruise in April that leaves from Barcelona and stops in Monte Carlo, Rome, Naples, Catania and finally ends up Venice. We’ll also be taking a day trip to Capri.

I cannot tell you how excited I am for this!

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It’s our big trip for the year and it goes to all places that we’ve never been before! It would have been nice to just travel around Italy for a week on our own time table, but we got a great deal on the cruise since Adam works for Royal Caribbean and it’ll be fun to visit a few different countries.

From a running perspective this means I’ll get to sync my Garmin in Spain and Italy for the first time!!! Whoo!

Is it April yet?

Do you have any exciting trips planned for this year?
Any exciting weekend plans?!



  1. March 4, 2016 / 5:10 am

    Wow, that trip sounds amazing!! It can be tough to transition to morning running, and some people just do better with working out at night! Glad you had a good run in your new shoes:)

    • Kristina
      March 4, 2016 / 9:54 am

      I think I might be one of those night people! I’m going to give it a try again next week… I might need to give myself an incentive haha!

  2. March 4, 2016 / 7:15 am

    Sounds fun! Weekend plans include (2 piano lessons / giving), one high school basketball game, yard clean up (we had a storm which took down a lot of branches, giving the dogs a bath, and date night with Dave…I can’t wait to sleep in!

    • Kristina
      March 4, 2016 / 9:55 am

      That sounds like a busy weekend! I’m glad you’ll get to sleep in before digging into all of the other stuff! πŸ™‚

  3. March 4, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Your trip is going to be AWESOME!!! πŸ™‚ I am so excited for you. Yes sometimes your own timetable is good but then again sometimes it’s nice to have all the details planned out ahead of time (like on a cruise!) and not have to worry about it. What does Adam do for RC if you don’t mind sharing? Or PM me if you want!

    • Kristina
      March 4, 2016 / 9:56 am

      The big downside to cruising is having to get up super early to start exploring since you generally have to be back on the ship by 6-7pm.

      Adam is a software engineer πŸ™‚

  4. March 4, 2016 / 9:14 am

    Totally drooling over that trip. Can I come too? Pretty please?

    As someone who also used to be a night owl and successfully made the switch to AM running, I can tell you this – I know it’s hard. It’s hard for everyone unless you’re just a natural early riser (which I don’t think most people are). When my alarm goes off at 4:30 AM sometimes I just want to cry. The mistake I always made was that I kept waiting for it to be easy, and that’s why I kept failing, because it’s never easy. What gets me out of bed those mornings is 2 things: 1) knowing how good I’m going to feel when I’m done: I’ve got an endorphin high going into my day and it feels great to get one big thing done before the work day; 2) knowing how good it will feel NOT having to run after work. Honestly, I think the only thing that keeps me going with this is that my hatred for evening running is greater than my hatred of the early alarm. But at the same time, don’t be too hard on yourself. If you have to run in the evenings a few times (I sometimes do), so what. It’s better than nothing. Waking up ridiculously early every day is hard on your body in its own way, so don’t feel bad about cutting yourself some slack every now and then.

  5. March 4, 2016 / 9:58 am

    I run at night/evening. I have too (not really but waking up extra early sucks). I prefer to run when the sun is up. I just don’t like being out when its dark.
    Lucky you and the cruise!!! I am not going anywhere too cool this year but I am hitting up a few other states for some racecations! πŸ™‚

  6. March 4, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    You looking rocking in your new shoes! If they can talk…they would say “I own this road” The cruise sounds wonderful!! Right now we are planning Germany – Berlin is pretty easy since we are going through Marathon Tours, but the second half we will plan on our own.

  7. March 4, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    It’s so funny that you hate morning runs and I hate night runs! LOL

  8. March 5, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    That’s so exciting!!! I did a very very similar cruise years ago when I was in college. My favorite stops were Monte Carlo (seriously, the place is ritzy and gorgeous) and Rome. Rome is such a beautiful city. You are going to love the cruise! We are hoping to plan a trip to Hawaii for sometime next fall.

  9. March 6, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    Becoming a morning runner definitely takes time and willpower. Everyone says eventually it becomes habit, but that’s not true. It’s tough! And it means going to bed early, which means trying to fit more into your evening in a shorter time! I mostly still prefer evening runs except for my long runs!