Save the Date + Really Good Stretches

Yesterday I said goodbye to all of the sadness and stress that came along with DNFing at Chicago this year by securing my spot for Chicago 2016!

Team PAWS opened up pre-lottery registrations for Chicago yesterday and I jumped at the chance to put my name down. When you run with a charity group you can’t defer your entry or transfer it to another runner, but none of that matters because only the apocalypse could stop me from lining up in Grant Park next year. On October 9, 2016 I will OWN CHICAGO. 

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You know those crazy people who are like, “only 70 more sleeps until Christmas”? Well, there are only 359 more sleeps until Chicago! 🙂 Now that I have that out of my system I promise to try and not talk about Chicago again until I start my training cycle in June.

By the time most of you read this I will have already been to see my PT. Fingers crossed that I leave his office feeling better and with a date that I can begin running again!

If you think you you have Piriformis Syndrome (go see a physical therapist or doctor) try the first two stretches in this video:

The first stretch demonstrated in the video provides sooo much relief for me. The second one is good too. I’m not sure about the strengthening move the demonstrate after the stretches as I’ve never been told to do that but it’s probably good advice. If you have Piriformis Syndrome and you’re doing the stretches correctly you won’t have to wonder if they are working because you will feel the muscle being stretched big time, or at least that is true in my case.

I’ve always done this stretch, but have found it to be increasingly important in recent days:

Clam shells and hip extension stretches have provided a lot of temporary relief. I’m doing a few other stretches in addition to these, but these are the ones that I think are making the biggest impact.

The other thing that has provided a ton of relief is sleeping with: a.) a pillow between my knees and b.) keeping my legs extended straight out instead of curled in. I’ve always slept with my legs curled in so keeping them straight isn’t easy, but I do find that my whole body feels better when I do.

For instance, Wednesday morning I woke up feeling like a million bucks probably because I stretched right before bed and then made sure to keep good posture while sleeping. As soon as I sat down at my desk to read a couple of blog posts my lower back and butt began to ache. Sitting really is going to be the death of us!

I am looking forward to the day that I can sit for more than 45 seconds without aching!

This short break from training comes at a good time since Adam and I have some plans for the weekend that will keep me pretty busy (it’s more birthday surprise stuff so I can’t share here on the blog yet). His actual birthday is on October 26th but it’s been fun to give him a Birthday Month since he always gives me one!

Alright, I’m off to tackle the day. I hope you have a great one and I’ll talk to you again tomorrow!

Who is racing this weekend?
Want to sign up to run Chicago 2016 as part of Team Paws? Send me an email! 🙂


  1. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I definitely sleep curled up, or on my tummy with one leg pulled up. But I think walking all day in my classroom maybe helps combat my sitting and bad sleeping posture? I hope!

    I love clamshells and leg lifts, etc. I try to be really diligent about them for my IT band issues from the past. I also added this exercise where you lift your leg like a leg lift, flex your foot up, and draw small circles in the air. I got it from the Nike Training App and it works REALLY well for strengthening abductors/adductors.
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    1. Kristina

      Thanks for sharing the stretching tip from Nike, I’ll have to add that to my routine!

      I think standing up for much of your day definitely helps. Sometimes while I’m sitting at my nice desk I daydream about when I used to work at Walgreens in high school and got to walk around all day!

  2. Heather

    It really is only 70 more days until Christmas…did you look that up or was that just a coincidence?

    Congrats on getting registered for Chicago next year. You are going to own it!!
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    1. Kristina

      I looked it up 🙂

      Thanks so much!

  3. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    Yay!! Congrats on Chicago! 2016 will be your year!!
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    1. Kristina

      Thank you! I hope you’re right!

  4. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I hope you get some great answers and a plan today!
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    1. Kristina

      I DID! 🙂 I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow. Right about now I’m feeling pretty good!

  5. Jennifer @ The Final Forty

    AWESOME!!! Super excited that you’ve made it official. Hopefully you get some answers today!
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    1. Kristina

      ME TOO! So excited to have been able to put my registration in early and lock down my spot!

  6. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    I love that you are going to get redemption in Chicago. I’m assuming that will be your big A race in 2016?
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    1. Kristina

      YES! Oh yes! Chicago will be my A race next year and the only thing on my mind for the first 9.5 months of the year!

  7. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    Oh wow, I didn’t know you could get registered so early for Chicago! That’s really cool. Super exciting that you will be giving it another go. Good for you!!
    I am racing this weekend. I’m running the Columbus half (Ohio). Can’t wait! Looks like great weather and we’ll see quite a few friends there.
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    1. Kristina

      I hope you have a perfect day at your race this weekend!

      I don’t think it’s an official registration for the race. Each charity gets a certain number of race registrations they can give out to donors and I signed a contract with the charity agreeing that in exchange for raising at least $1,000 they would save one of those spots for me! I don’t think we get to sign the official paperwork with the race until after the lottery in the spring.

  8. Jennifer

    Woo hoo, i’m excited for you all over again 🙂 Send me the fundraiser link when that comes out!
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  9. Jesica @rUnladylike

    Yes you WILL own Chicago! xo

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