Shifting Out of My Old Runner Mindset

Yesterday started bright dark and early with a cup of coffee and Twitter. Some mornings I read the news and some mornings I need something lighter to start the day.

I tried out my new mascara and it’s okay. Not sure I would say it’s better than sex, but it’s definitely better than the waterproof mascara from Smashbox.

I’ll  be using this one until I find something better. If you have any recommendations for waterproof mascaras please share with me!

Got to work, stayed late… this is the new norm and I’m not happy about it, BUT we do have a three day weekend coming up which I am very happy about!

I think Adam and I are going to get back on the wagon of working on house stuff. We’ve taken quite the break since February-ish and it’s time to get going again!

I think we may also buy a grill this weekend which I am very excited about :). Even though I am flirting with the idea of going vegetarian again I still want a grill. I can definitely grill up some veggies if nothing else!

(More on the vegetarian thing if it ever amounts to anything. Last time Adam and I went vegetarian together and it was still hard. I’m sure it will be even harder on my own… and I like eating chicken. I just feel badly about it.)

After work I got stuck in traffic, something I am also not happy about. However, lately I have been listening to a bunch of entrepreneurship podcasts during my commute and it is giving me the itch.

If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning then you probably remember that I used to own a candle business. I shut it down because handcrafted candles take A LONG TIME to make and I was doing good business. The only problem was that I was having to stay up until 2 in the morning making my orders.

When I closed down that business I said to myself I would start another e-commerce business someday and apply the lessons I learned from my candle business. That time may be coming again soon!

Prior to owning the candle business I had a freelance marketing business in my early 20s that I ran for a couple of years. I had my own office, a few great clients and I was making good money, but I missed working with other people. When my current boss recruited me to the agency I happily went.

I’m hopeful that those experiences I learned in my 20s running those two moderately successful businesses will help me to run a much more successful business in my 30s! 🙂 Only time will tell.

When I got home from work Adam and I took Cecil out for a walk in his jogging stroller.

I think he really loves it. He happily jumped into the stroller when I brought it out and this time he laid down comfortably within a minute or so of us being outside.

I brought a bag of snacks treats for him in case he got fussy since I’ve seen real moms do that, but he never needed them :).

People definitely seem to get a kick out of seeing us pushing Cecil. Everyone smiles and gives a little laugh!

After we got back from the walk I fitted in an upper body lifting session before RAW came on.

During this session I started thinking about the way I was training back in 2014. I was lifting twice per week and I was running six days a week. I saw really amazing results that year and PR’d in every distance.

Because of the success I saw that year I keep thinking I need to get back to that training level, but the truth is that type of training just doesn’t fit into my life right now.

I’m busier than ever at work. My career is in a different place than it was in 2014 and that’s definitely not a bad thing — it’s just different.

Instead of feeling like I’m failing at running 6X per week and lifting 2X per week, I really need to re-adjust my goals and expectations. There’s no reason at all that I can’t see results by cutting down to running 4X or 5X per week, especially since my big race this year will be a half marathon and not a full marathon.

By readjusting my expectations I can start feeling accomplished instead of let down. That shift in mindset will be good for me, and that’s what I intend to do as I head into this summer.

Back in 2014 I was obsessed with becoming a marathoner and achieving that goal is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. However, these days I am much more obsessed with being a strong overall athlete.

I am working on my nutrition and I’m much more interested in the well-rounded routines of people like Cori and Megan, than people who run all the miles and lift none of the weights.

I’m not judging anyone who fits that second profile I’m just saying that at this point in my life that’s not what is motivating to me. A couple of years ago it was, so I totally get why people go through that phase.

WOW this turned into a long post! I guess I had a lot to say about everything today!

Do you own your own business/side business?

Biggest lesson you’ve learned from being a business owner?

Have you gone through phases with your training cycles, running more some years and less other years, while still seeing results?




  1. May 23, 2017 / 5:03 am

    I feel like I have made a similar transition over the years with my workouts. In 2014 I was able to run 30-50 miles a week, go to weight classes at my gym and yoga classes in a studio. The amount of time I put into fitness then just wouldn’t work now. I really enjoy the strength training and am glad I can do that even if I cant run as much as I would like.

  2. May 23, 2017 / 8:40 am

    Aw thanks for the shout out! You know I PR’ed after starting to lift weights so I am a huge believer in it!

    What kind of e-commerce business are you thinking of starting? I suppose if you wanted to share that you would have so I will wait until you do! 🙂

    I am the same… love chicken but feel bad about it. 🙁

    • Kristina
      May 23, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      I would tell you but then I would have to kill you! Just kidding :). I have a few different ideas rolling around in my head and I’m currently researching what I think the profit margins would be for each of them. Once I have a clearer idea of which path I want to take I will definitely let you know!

      Last night before I fell asleep I started thinking about how a chicken breast is like the actual breast of a chicken and I pictured a chicken walking around and felt very overwhelmed. I am pretty sure I was born to be a vegetarian and it’s just some cruel joke that chicken is so convenient and good tasting.

  3. May 23, 2017 / 9:28 am

    I am also SOOOOO ready for the three day weekend!!!!

    While it’s only been a few weeks long for me, I’ve been really slacking on house stuff too. I fell into a really lazy slump this month, I’m not sure what happened. I’ve been less productive at work and I’m not motivated to do anything for the house. I need to snap out of it!

    I think we all have that “super” year of running. I think mine was 2015, even though I’ve set PRs more recently than that. But I don’t think I could really replicate what I was doing that year because a lot of my success was due to the fact that I was still new and training hard for the first time ever, so I naturally saw big results. In fact, I think trying to keep training that way in 2016 was what led me to burn out and a long slump, so I’m in the same place as you right now of needing to readjust my expectations to fit my changing life. I still want to work hard at running, and I still love to marathon it up, but I’m switching to a quality over quantity approach now and trying to deemphasize race outcomes.

    • Kristina
      May 23, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      When I was writing this post I totally thought about you. I feel like we’ve gone through so many of the same phases at the same times, probably because we started running around the same time. You’ve achieved way more than I have but still, in some ways our journeys are really similar!

  4. May 23, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I would love to be an entrepreneur, but we’ll see. I’ll probably take a job for a few years after I finish my PhD to save up some money and continue to learn, then I might try my own business. I’m very excited to hear more details about your ideas and plans. 🙂

    Since becoming a personal trainer, I have realized the importance of lifting weights. I feel so much stronger now, and I am certainly a more well-rounded athlete. Also, Cecil’s jogging stroller kills me. 🙂 How adorable.

    • Kristina
      May 23, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      That sounds like a great idea! I can definitely see wanting to apply all the theories you’ve come up with in the real world as soon as possible and getting a job is definitely the fastest way to do that. You’re right too, you will learn so much from others and that will help you when you venture out on your own. I feel like a much smarter person when it comes to business now that I’ve worked at the agency for five years and have had the ability to see how so many different kinds of businesses are run. I hope I can apply all that I’ve learned to my own company!

  5. May 23, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I didn’t know about your candle business. Interesting! I’ve been tossing around the idea of quitting my job and just working freelance but still not sure if that’s the best decision financially and how my days/week would look. That day will be coming soon though. My kids keep asking “when are you going to retire Mom?” I just wish my skills weren’t needed so much at the two businesses I work at! There is pressure in being needed 🙁

    • Kristina
      May 23, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Oh I hear you on that. If I did leave my job I would definitely feel apprehensive, not just because I’d be going out into the unknown but because I know it would put my company in a temporary bind. I would definitely give them plenty of notice —- BUT that is definitely putting the cart way before the horse for me!

      That’s so funny that your kids ask when you are going to retire. You are so young!!! What I can say is that seeing how happy my mom is now that she’s retired makes me want to retire like … tomorrow 😀

  6. Susan
    May 23, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Rick has owned his own business for 25 years! Ugh…we are getting old. My training has always evolved and right now I am way more into weights than I ever have been in previous years. I see the best results with weights but still love my cardio and you are right, it’s hard to fit it all in.

    • Kristina
      May 23, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      I remember you told me that about Rick! I am super impressed. He sounds like such an all around great guy! Smart, handy and sweet 🙂

  7. May 24, 2017 / 3:20 am

    I sale Beautycounter as a home business. I LOVE the mission and the products. (We have a great lengthening mascara too ) Due to my husband career I have been looking more and more into home businesses. I actually just turned in my notice for my desk job….EEKKKK

  8. May 25, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    I think you would make a great business owner. You give great advice!!
    Some of the best business advice has come from Todd Herman. I’ve not done his 90-day year but I participate in a blogger to business group and the person who runs it has done Todd’s stuff. My best piece of advice is to prioritize what needs to be done in order of what will move your business forward and make money. I think prior to learning that, I obsessed over things like blog posts, returning emails, the format of my website, etc. and let more important things sit on the back burner. I’m really going to make June my hustle month and hopefully I will see a shift in my business.