Scorching Hot

This weekend was all about catching up on my personal life and getting organized. I think I did a pretty good job!

On Saturday Adam and I hit up the gym and I did some core work, ran 30 easy minutes on the treadmill and did lots of stretching. My hip is feeling almost 100% these days and I’m loving it!

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^ Look at my thigh gap! LOL

I was recently reading about a popular healthy living blogger who apparently has been photoshopping all of her pictures for at least the last year if not longer. Her readers rightfully feel deceived, but I hope that most readers know that almost every blogger will often select shots that are taken from flattering angles.

You know I don’t have a thigh gap and I also didn’t photoshop that photo above. My body is just situated in a way that gives a specific appearance. Maybe this is a bad example because I’m not standing up, but I think you get what I mean.

I don’t think it’s just bloggers who are guilty of posting flatting photos, I think almost everyone who posts to social media does this. Is it bad? I don’t know. On one hand I think we shouldn’t be ashamed of how we look, and on the other hand I appreciate that bloggers take the time to sort through pictures and select the best one when there are multiple options available.

Anyway, I won’t be posting any more thigh gap inspired photos because I think it’s ridiculous to fake it… and I apologize for going off on this little tangent!

After the gym Adam and I hightailed it over to meet family for a birthday dinner.

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We brought a bouquet of flowers as part of the gift. I don’t know why I don’t do this more often. Flowers are so pretty and I think they really brighten up a room. Plus, I think people feel special when they receive flowers, I know I do (hint hint, Adam!). 🙂

Sunday morning Adam and I planned to get up early, but when we told Cecil it was time to get up he gave us a look like we were crazy:

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So we all slept in until noon instead :).

It was a scorcher of a day yesterday – we hit a high of 95 degrees in the mid afternoon!

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When I finally headed out for my run at 6:30pm it was still 90 degrees with a feels like temp of 100 degrees.

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When Ali said we officially skipped spring in Florida this year she was right!

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Since I’ve mostly been running on the treadmill this past week my body didn’t handle the heat well at all.

I love running at the beach in the evenings – and I’m not a morning person at all – but this upcoming week I’m going to try running in the mornings when it’s a bit cooler.

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I’ve been getting home from work really late so I think re-arranging my running schedule temporarily will be good all around… even if the thought of getting up in the 5am hour makes me CRINGE!

Is it starting to warm up where you are? Are you running in shorts now or still in long tights? 

IMPORTANT: Can you recommend a running skirt that doesn’t have built-in shorts? Or that has 5-6in inseam on the built-in shorts? I currently wear Sparkle Athletic skirts but would like to branch out. 

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  1. April 27, 2015 / 6:49 am

    I definitely choose the photos of myself that I think are most flattering. Not just with my size but also with my hair, makeup etc. I think that’s what most people would do, right? Haha.

    Have you checked out Athleta for running skirts? Ive never tried them but it seems like everyone raves about them.

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      I thought so too but some people commenting about the situation seemed to think working your angles too much was a bad thing? IDK man, I’m all about those angles! haha

      I was on the Athleta website poking around last night. I’m nervous that some of their skirts that have longer inseams also have very long skirt lengths. I don’t want the skirt to go down to my knees. I’m not that modest lol!

  2. April 27, 2015 / 8:13 am

    The last few days here in AZ have been pretty amazing. But this is the calm before the storm. 100+ is just right around the corner lol

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      It is! If anyone else feels my pain during the summer I know it’s you! Although you’re lucky with the low humidity!!

  3. April 27, 2015 / 8:29 am

    So exciting you got your singlet!!! I know I was excited when I got mine from St. Jude! It makes the whole thing seem so much more….real?!
    95??? ummmm yeah that would be the death of me! We are still 50’s here in Indiana and I am ok with that. I ran in some warmer weather over the weekend and I forgot how much it changes things!

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      EXACTLY! Now that my singlet is here I feel like it’s ON. I am ready to start training!!!

  4. April 27, 2015 / 8:49 am

    Now I am DYING to know who has been photoshopping their photos! Methinks I will have to hit up google here in a second…

    Yes, I pick the most flattering photos. I agree, I think everyone does! I mean, I have seriously looked 5 months pregnant in one photo and then like my normal self in another photo. Obviously I will choose the one with the better angle. But I have never slimmed myself in a photo. The biggest thing I do, is if it is a photo I really like but my skin looks bad, I will make it a black and white photo then you can’t see all the splotches.

    • April 27, 2015 / 6:38 pm

      I think I saw the photoshopping debacle on GOMI. (Now there’s a rabbit hole to fall into!)

      • April 27, 2015 / 9:20 pm

        Yep, we’re talking about the same person since I read about it on GOMI too. I wasn’t that upset about the photoshopping thing because I think the blogger clearly has so many issues she’s not dealing with properly, but it does piss me off that she lied about her running paces! Like… why? Sigh.

        • April 28, 2015 / 7:50 pm

          Oh no girls I just went to GOMI for the first time ever!!!! NOW I AM OBSESSED!!

          • April 28, 2015 / 8:30 pm

            Hahaha it’s quite the site.

            I refuse to say how much time I spent reading The Londoner thread from beginning to end. It was in the months though (omg).

          • April 29, 2015 / 5:54 pm

            I was reading PB Fingers and laughing my ass off. 🙂

          • May 6, 2015 / 7:26 pm

            HAHA it’s sooo fun to read! It teaches me how to not be a bad blogger; I swear I’m reading it for educational purposes lol.

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      I do the B&W thing too if my skin is looking extra rough but I want to use a pic for whatever reason!

  5. April 27, 2015 / 9:03 am

    Glad your hip is feeling better! It’s funny, I think you and I have switched places when it comes to temps. Like this winter I laughed when you said 50 degrees was freezing, you’re going to laugh when I say that I saw this forecast for my race on Saturday and it said a high of 72 and I was like “oh shoot, that’s gonna be so hot!!”

    Social media is designed to be more of a showcase of our lives than an honest mirror of them, so it makes sense that we all try to pick out the most flattering photos of ourselves. Although when it comes to Facebook I’ve pretty much given up – everyone who knows me already knows what I look like so I’m not fooling anyone, lol. I tend to not post photos of myself because I just really do not photograph well and every pic of me looks so gross, but I understand the need to want to hide flaws. However, I think there’s a difference between trying to spruce up your photos to look more presentable and trying to pretend you’re something you’re not.

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Hahaha I’m the same way with Facebook – not foolin anyone! I rarely update my Facebook anymore. I realized the majority of people I’m connected to are people I haven’t talked to in a decade, and the handful of people I do talk to on a daily basis …. well I talk to them on a daily basis so I don’t need to connect with them on FB!

  6. April 27, 2015 / 9:32 am

    Yay for no hip pain! Coming back from an injury is one of the best things ever.

    95 is hot. It’s like hot yoga…but for running…hot running? I think it’s now officially a thing. It is in the 60s here during the day but in the AM it can still be in the 30s! At the beginning of my runs my body is like give me #alltheclothes and by Mile 1 my body is like #takeoffalltheclothes (insert Nelly song here).

    Happy Monday!!!!!

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      I love running to Nelly! Last summer I listened to his early 2000s hits way too often during marathon training, haha.

      60s during the day and 30s at night?! Can I come stay with you until you move?! 🙂

  7. April 27, 2015 / 9:38 am

    I take the WORST pictures ever–I haven’t photo shopped any, but you could probably tell that. That is also why I don’t have a lot of pics of me on the blog!
    I can’t believe it is that hot by you. We have been about 50 during the day here. I went for a hike and had some snow to contend with…As much as I complain about the cold this time of year, I cannot run well in the heat! I am ready for sunny days though!

  8. April 27, 2015 / 9:54 am

    I definitely think spring skipped Florida. I did a 5K at 4:30 on Saturday and wanted to die because it was so hot and humid!!

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Holy cow! I cannot imagine doing a 5K at 4:30pm this past Saturday. I would have melted right into the pavement! I was sweating just walking from my car into Publix!

  9. April 27, 2015 / 11:14 am

    Oh…Kristina, that’s freaking hot. You have the most beautiful views, but it would kill me to run in that sun lol
    I am so glad to hear your hip is feeling better!!! That is awesome news.
    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/skirt-sports-race-belt-skirt-for-women~p~2324w/?filterString=s~race-running-skirt%2F&colorFamily=01

    i have this skirt in blue and I loved it! I just wore my own run buns under it. My blue one is large, but it is now too big for me 🙁 It runs a bit big. I gave my run buddy one in XS and she usually wears S. Anyway, it is pretty comfy, but hard to find now.

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:26 pm

      Thank you! I was just looking at the Race Magnet skirt on the Skirt Sports website – I think I’m going to get it in black!

      • April 29, 2015 / 12:29 pm

        It’ll look great on you!

  10. April 27, 2015 / 11:19 am

    I don’t think I’ve put on running pants since I arrived in California, LOL. Mornings here tend to be chilly in the spring (40s-50s) but that’s my preferred running weather anyway.

    Good luck getting up earlier! I have the same problem, but just think of those beautiful sunrise pics you’ll get (plus a nice rush of endorphins before work gets stressful!).

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:27 pm

      That weather sounds perfect for running! Mid 50s-mid 60s with lots of sun is my ideal weather. I need to move to the west coast!

  11. April 27, 2015 / 11:22 am

    Oh and I forgot to add…I try to choose flattering pictures and sometimes I will throw a filter on one, but I haven’t actually altered my size in one. I would feel weird even doing it! Every once in awhile I put a very unflattering picture in post like my Petersburg post, my tummy was very bloated (medal picture) and you can see it in the photos, but I put it up – just trying to keep it real.

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:29 pm

      I put unflattering pics sometimes too (like the selfie in this post lol). Sometimes an unflattering pic is all I have because I didn’t have time to take 500 selfies to get the right one 😉

  12. Susan
    April 27, 2015 / 11:31 am

    I am excited that your hip has healed. Doesn’t that feel awesome?
    Colorado has been having some RAIN which I am loving because awhile back I got a running/rain jacket that I told Rick I would never get to wear (it hardly rains in Colorado) and now I have gotten to wear it about 5 times. It’s bright orange and I love it–helps me to be seen when I am out running in the dark. Since I always run in the morning before the sun, I do not handle the heat well at all. It’s been about 46 degrees which is just fine by me!

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:29 pm

      46 degrees sounds a bit cold to me, but much nicer than 96 degrees!

      Do you like running in the rain? It drives me crazy. I hate getting water in my eyes and in my shoes!

  13. April 27, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    We’re in the 80’s today, but no humidity so it’s not toooo bad.

    Love the tangent about blog pictures. The older I get the less I look like I think I should look…Photoshop can’t fix everything, lol. 🙂

  14. April 27, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    So glad your hip is feeling better! I hadn’t heard about that blogger but cannot believe that! I bet there was a controversy! And you are right, in some cases you don’t even need Photoshop and just need a certain angle. I can easy make myself do “before” and “after” pictures in the mirror just with my posture to amuse myself, ha ha. I don’t think it’s wrong to choose the most flattering pictures, but I don’t always, like when I’m doing product reviews and want to show how something fits. In that case, I’m pretty honest and will say, “You can see it’s not flattering on me.” Other times, I choose pictures because of the lighting/quality regardless of whether they’re the most flattering. About running skirts, I have a lot of very long-length skirts from Athleta, but unfortunately they have none right now in tall sizes. All mine are from last year. The skirt I ordered from Skirt Sports with the 5″ inseam is the Gym Girl Ultra. But somewhere on their site they list the lengths of all their skirts. I think Happy Girl might be the longest. Good luck finding one!

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you! I am bouncing back and forth trying to decide between the Gym Girl Ultra and the Race Magnet Skirt right now. I think I am going to give the magnet skirt a try since I can wear my own shorts under it.

  15. April 27, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    I’m pretty sure that most of my pictures are very unflattering – 5:00am isn’t a time I really care much about going for a great picture:)
    We have had a cold couple of weeks here – cloudy with a north wind most days. I’m so ready for hot weather!!!

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:31 pm

      I hope you don’t really think that because a lot of the time I think you look like a fitness model!

  16. April 27, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    This might be the first time I’m not jealous of your beach run 🙂 It’s been beautiful here in NC… 60s-70s and sunny most days. Last week we had a lot of rain, but the forecast this week looks gorgeous! I was in Pittsburgh over the weekend and woke up to SNOW on Saturday… I was reminded very quickly why I live in the south!

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:32 pm

      SNOW!!! Gahhh, I can’t even imagine what it’s like to see snow this late in the year. Okay, if I’m being real, I can’t imagine what it’s like seeing snow at all ;). It’s been so long since I’ve been up north during the winter!

  17. April 27, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    I think everyone chooses the most flattering photos, but photoshopping is one step further that I think bloggers (especially fitness bloggers) should avoid. If you’re claiming that your workouts alone created the results you’re posting, then photoshop is just an outright lie to readers!

    I’m glad you’ve had some time to get things back in order post-cruise. Cecil’s face looks like mine when I’m told I can’t sleep in on weekends! Like, “LEAVE ME ALONE CRAZY-FACE!” face haha.

    It’s all I can do to get my couple miles in lately. How am I going to run my long training runs for a marathon in this heat?! Sometimes I wish I lived up north! haha

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      I KNOW! Yesterday I kept thinking about how it’s still going to get almost 10 degrees hotter during the height of the summer. I know we’ll eventually get used to it though. During July/August is usually when I start having crazy thoughts like, “man, is it only 80 degrees? I’m freezing. Maybe I should put on a light jacket.” 😉

  18. April 27, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    I agree that photoshopping might be going a bit far but I certainly won’t post a picture that I don’t think is a little flattering. And I agree most bloggers do that and I don’t see a thing wrong with it. Photoshopping is a bit much though.

    I’m officially over this weather. I have no idea how I’m going to get through training in the Summer for Chicago. This is insane! Even in the morning the humidity is ridiculous. This morning at 4am the humidity was 94%!!!!!!

    • April 27, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      OMG did you go for your run at 4am?! Crazy!

      That’s the downside of training during the summer down here. In the early morning the temp. is cooler but the humidity is higher and in the evening the temp is hotter but the humidity is lower. There’s really no better choice!

      You’ll make it though! I made it through last summer training for Portland and it was a warm one. You will learn to have a water bottle attached to your hip at all hours of the day and night lol!

  19. April 27, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    Ive been alternating between capris and shorts…but some days Ive still needed gloves and a headband! I had actually packed that stuff away but the mornings are still chilly so I had to pull it out again. I shouldn’t complain because Im sure in like 2 weeks it will be 80 degrees here!

  20. April 27, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    Sunday I wore fleeced lined leggings (was 30-40s during the 5K) and today I wore capris. Its cooled down a bit… but I know the humidity will descend upon DC very quickly. Did you and Adam get the gym to yourselves? So nice if your neighbors do not use it as much as you do…your own personal gym. As for unflattering photos… I have so many! Perhaps I should do a post one day of all the official race photos I did not purchase lol.

    • April 28, 2015 / 8:34 pm

      LOL what a great blog post idea! I’ve definitely got quite the gallery of race photos that I would never ever consider purchasing!

      On the weekends the gym is almost always completely empty! It’s nice to have the place to ourselves… so that I can whistle loudly at Adam as he lifts weights 😉

  21. April 28, 2015 / 12:50 am

    I always tend to forget that flowers are such a great gift! I love getting them but never think to give them..thanks for the reminder 🙂 Especially now that it’s springtime!

  22. April 28, 2015 / 10:50 am

    Cecil is the most adorable 🙂

    I think the photo choice thing is tricky. Clearly photoshopping every single picture is somewhat deceitful, but everyone censors the photos they show of themselves to a certain extent. There IS such a thing as a bad photo or a super unflattering one. Maybe the problem lies when it isn’t just a matter of choosing the best photo of a bunch, or always eliminating the ones that have super bad resting b face (I do this, I have a serious case of RBF), but when someone systematically chooses and edits photos in order to represent themselves differently. Then again, I’m guilty of that as well – I have many tattoos but I choose not to reveal them on my blog or social media. So maybe my point is that I think we need to think about people’s intentions behind why they edit or censor photos. A blogger who is always editing to look much thinner and possibly contributing to making others feel bad, is a different sort of thing, I think, than someone choosing not to reveal a series of regrettable tattoos or a particularly unflattering photo.

    • April 28, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you, I will pass along the compliment! He sure does have a lot of personality for someone who sleeps 17 hours a day on average 🙂

      I agree with your assessment 100%. The blogger I’m referencing had (and maybe currently has) an eating disorder, so I understand why she photoshopped her pictures. I don’t think her intentions were ever to harm anyone or that she wanted anyone to feel bad about themselves. I think it was all about controlling her own appearance and making herself feel comfortable. #ArmchairPsychologist

      I didn’t realize you had tattoos (obviously). I hope we meet in person someday so I can see them!

  23. April 28, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    I think it’s only human to post the most flattering pictures of yourself, but it’s a whole different ballgame when you’re photoshopping yourself to look like a totally different person! I know who you’re referring to and I couldn’t believe the difference in photos vs reality. But I don’t read her blog so I didn’t care that much. But I guess if you have a big following and a popular blog about being healthy and weight loss, it’s pretty crazy to just be totally lying about stuff. The Internet is a crazy place!

  24. April 28, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    I can’t believe it is 95 degrees there. We have recently had a few days in the 70s and that feel pretty hot. I think I would melt if I lived in Florida… or at least take some time to adapt. 🙂

    I have never used a running skirt, but of you find one that you love let me know!

    A lot of my photos are filtered through Instagram – does that count as photoshopping? I just like the size and look of the photos. When it comes to me, especially during a race, I could usually care less. What you see is what you get. 🙂

    • April 28, 2015 / 8:51 pm

      I ordered a couple of different skirts and will let you know how they go!

      You will get to experience this type of sunny hot weather in mexico! It was nice and toasty when we were there last week!

      I don’t think filters count – errrbody uses filters on Insta!

  25. April 28, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    It is starting to warm up here! Today is in the low 60’s; I wish it were warmer. It’s the point in the year where it rains too much to run out side for me… with isn’t the best because I have my first 5k on Saturday!! :]

    It makes me really sad that she would feel the need to edit her online photo’s so much… From what I’ve read she seems to be in recovery form an ED but seems attached to her self-image that created her internet fame so she is now trying to make it seem like she hadn’t gained weight from going through recovery.. just sad because she’s a very beautiful girl without all of the editing..

    • April 28, 2015 / 8:53 pm

      I totally agree Aubrey. I feel really bad for her, but I can also understand why her readers are upset. Some of the backlash is a bit uncalled for I think given her ED situation, and I hope that she gets the counseling she needs to get through this (and everything else). This can’t be easy to deal with.

  26. April 28, 2015 / 5:47 pm

    I saw that it was 100 degrees in my home town (Coral Springs) the other day. That sounds so intense! Be safe in that weather and don’t push it. I wish it would warm up around here. I’m in shorts like half the time, and still often in long sleeve shirts. I did my long run last week with my running jacket on. It was so cold!

  27. April 28, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    Well, Colorado’s weather is super crazy. We just had 2 days of rain mixed with snow, and today was about 60 degrees, so it’s pretty much shorts weather except for a couple days. Colorado doesn’t really get the hot summer days till June or July, which I actually kinda like, cause I’m more of a cold weather gal. Yet, there is definitely beauty in both kinds of weather! 🙂 I have to learn to be grateful for ALL kinds!!!

  28. April 29, 2015 / 11:14 am

    See, now, you always make me feel so guilty for complaining that it’s “too hot” to run now. We’re only up to about the 70s, lol. I give you major props for training in the heat pretty much year-round…you are a far stronger woman than I, that’s for sure! 😉