Some Reflections (literally)

Today I want to take a minute to reflect on my morning runs.

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Upon reflection I really think I am starting to enjoy them.


Get it? I crack myself up! : )

But really, this whole getting up for an early morning run thing seems to be happening more lately! I really enjoy the extra energy running before work gives me. 

I used to think I needed coffee to wake up, but I’ve been hitting the pavement without any coffee because running is all I need in this world!

Okay, that’s not really true … I most definitely come home and have an iced coffee!

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The only problem with early morning running is that I can’t quite get myself up early enough to eat breakfast, digest and then go running so I do these runs on an empty stomach. I can’t say for sure if this is the reason why, but I tend to run a good 20-30 seconds per mile slower in the morning with what feels like a normal effort.

Oh well, I’m only doing easy runs in the a.m. at this point so it’s not such a big deal. Maybe with time I’ll start being able to stomach a snack early enough to eat before I head out the door.

I have noticed that people tend to be less friendly in the morning, or perhaps they’re just more introspective… thinking about what’s to come in the day. When I run in the evenings I feel like everyone smiles and waves, in the morning a head bob is about as good as it gets.

Well, as most of you know Adam and I are off to Paris and London TODAY! The cat sitter came yesterday and Cecil will be well taken care of although I will miss him lots!

I will definitely be getting in some early morning runs this week as I explore these two exciting cities. I’ll be blogging as I can and Instagramming a bunch! Next time I talk to you it will be from Paris!

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I hope my one semester of French in college serves me well…

Are you fluent in multiple languages? If so, teach me a quick phrase : ) 

Did you study a second language in high school or college? 



  1. September 23, 2014 / 5:53 am

    I always think the people on my running loop are way nicer in the morning! I guess it just depends on the place. My body is used to getting up early and running so it is literally starving the second I wake up. I bet if you keep running early your body will get used to it too!

    • September 23, 2014 / 10:30 am

      You know, I am sure you are right! If I keep getting up extra early my body will become used to it and want breakfast right away! I’ll just have to keep at it. Right now all it says is ‘hey, let’s get back into bed!’ 😀

  2. September 23, 2014 / 6:48 am

    bon voyage <-easy one 🙂 and how were we not connected on IG yet? just added you haha.

    • September 23, 2014 / 10:31 am

      Just requested to add you! We need to be connected on Instagram!

      I’m going to start uploading yoga pictures and tagging you in them since you’re my early morning yoga buddy! haha 😉

  3. September 23, 2014 / 7:31 am

    Have a great time in Europe! I started off as a Spanish and Political Science double major in college and ended up majoring in Religion and International Relations (and a switch to Arabic). Fun stuff.

    I also find that I tend to run slower in the mornings. I think my body is still half asleep and my muscles aren’t warmed up so that’s part of it. I’m not much of a morning person so I usually run in the evenings (exception being race day of course).

    • September 23, 2014 / 11:07 am

      Wow, your double major is really impressive! I minored in political science and had thought I wanted to major in International Relations but ending up going the Public Communication route. I bet you have a really interesting career!

      I’m not a morning person either and really like my evening runs, but as it turns out the temperature is about 10 degrees cooler in the mornings before the sun has had the opportunity to bake my little part of South Florida, and that’s a big plus right now!

  4. September 23, 2014 / 8:10 am

    Do you have someone who stays overnight with Cecil? Do they text you pictures??? 🙂 I took French in HS but am nowhere near fluent. However, J’aime le fromage! (I LOVE CHEESE!)

    • September 23, 2014 / 11:09 am

      Yes! I love receiving pictures, videos and updates via text while we’re away!

      Cecil is a big baby and could never stay too many days alone. He’s so used to having someone there with him all the time (since Adam usually works from home). I bet you have that same issue with Jelly and Chrissy, although at least they have each other! SOMEDAY I will get Adam to crack and Cecil will have a brother 🙂

      • September 23, 2014 / 3:35 pm

        Oh we have someone stay overnight for our kitties too. The longest they were alone with just people popping in throughout the day to feed them is 4 days and I DIDN’T like that. I prefer someone to stay overnight. It’s really hard for me to find someone who will do it, even though we pay REALLY well.

  5. September 23, 2014 / 9:13 am

    I’m an early morning runner! I also do my runs on an empty stomach. Then on my race mornings when I do get up extra early to eat something, I run that much faster because my body is able to use extra fuel it never had during training =).

    I studied Spanish for 6 years and all I’ve got is “hola, me llamo Amanda.” =)

    • September 23, 2014 / 12:44 pm

      Oh that’s really interesting! Do you do all of your long runs fasted as well? Or just the shorter ones during the week?

      I remember “Hola, me llama Kristina. Me numero de telefono es 555-555-5555” 😀

  6. September 23, 2014 / 9:51 am

    I also run slower early in the mornings, but I think it has less to do with hunger and more to do with the fact that my muscles are not yet awake.

    I also agree with Courtney that people I encounter tend to be friendlier in the morning. I think this is because most of the people I encounter in the morning are older folks out for walks, and they are out there because they want to be and the enjoy the morning, and also because that generation I think was raised to be friendly and greet people.

    I took French in HS. “Ou est les toilettes?” is definitely an important one. Hahahha.

    • September 23, 2014 / 12:46 pm

      Oh that is really nice! I think most of the people I see are young professionals (20s – 40s) and running before work! I don’t think they’re being rude, they just always look like they’re lost in thought…. or still sleepy 🙂

      Ou est les toilettes? is really important!! 😀

  7. September 23, 2014 / 9:54 am

    1. your view looks amazing! and 2. I almost always run on an empty stomach in the morning. I don’t have the will power to wake up earlier than needed! I used to just survive off protein shakes afterwards so I wouldn’t have to cook and can just lay down too. LOL! #tiredrunner right?!?! haha and for sure people are friendlier in the morning – at least on my running path since it’s mainly grannies on their morning stroll or other runners (it helps that I live in a suburb-y area)

    • September 23, 2014 / 12:47 pm

      Hahaha that is less lazy than me! Sometimes I want to make a shake but the idea of putting everything in the blender tires me out, so I just reach for a pre-made snack 🙂

  8. September 23, 2014 / 9:55 am

    I am so excited for you. I took 6 years of French in school–but that was a LONG time ago! I am SO jealous that you will be “running through Europe”! Someday I hope to do the same. For now, I will live vicariously through you!
    When I run in the early am I am usually slower too. I am just not awake enough! I usually have a cup of coffee. Last long run I just had tailwind nutrition in some water and off I went. I didn’t notice any difference. I am not a big breakfast person anyway.
    Bon voyage! Je te dis merde! Amuse toi!

    • September 23, 2014 / 12:49 pm

      Wow 6 years! I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and one semester of French in college. I barely remember anything from any of that!

      Merci!!! I will take lots of pictures!

  9. September 23, 2014 / 10:27 am

    I can’t wait to see trip pictures 🙂 Seriously, I love your reflection picture- awesome! I think everyone has a perfect sweet spot during the day for working out, your body just gets used to things but morning is good practice for your marathon:)

    • September 23, 2014 / 12:50 pm

      Yes, I think you are absolutely right!

      I honestly only starting doing a couple of morning runs to get used to it for the marathon, but it turns out I am enjoying it more than I thought I would!

  10. September 23, 2014 / 10:37 am

    I had to do a double/triple check of your pictures because they had me all turned around and confused. So abstract. Beautiful reflections. I can’t start my morning run without getting some kind of nutrition in my body. Maybe right when you get up you can eat a banana or scoop of peanut butter and then get dressed and ready to run? I always have coffee and peanut butter before I head out the door. I notice the weather sometimes will determine whether or not people are friendly. On sunny, cooler days people seem a little bit peppier than on cloudy, rainy, or hot days. I always try to acknowledge other runners/walkers.

    Have a wonderful time in Europe!!!!

  11. September 23, 2014 / 12:22 pm

    Have a great trip! I run slower in the morning, too. I attribute it to the lack of caffeine. BUT that is what makes race day/other runs all that much better.

  12. September 23, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    Funny – we are totally different about eating – I like running early in the morning because I prefer running on an empty stomach.
    Have a super trip!!!!

  13. September 23, 2014 / 5:51 pm

    I really need to work on the early morning run thing! I’m fluent in Spanish and I can read arabic but although I studied French for eight years – I’ve lost most of it! I find that in Paris there’s not too much of a language barrier – you’ll be fine! Hope you have an amazing trip Kristina 🙂

  14. September 23, 2014 / 7:04 pm

    I love the solitude of morning runs. I think morning runners are more “serious” runners (not including myself), so maybe that’s why they don’t wave as much? I do the nod in the morning because I’m usually reflecting on stuff. It’s my spiritual time kind of.


  15. September 23, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    I would love to come run with you sometime! Your views are incredible!!! Have a fabulous trip!!!!!!!! Every time we leave Lola I miss her dearly. When we went to Boston in April I cried when I hugged her bye…lol. I’m such a baby. I know very little french, it’s quite embarrassing really. I know Bonjour! 😉

  16. September 24, 2014 / 2:38 am

    Haha, I see what you did there! (re: the reflections).
    I am excited that you are becoming a morning running convert!! Yeah, think you might be right about less waves/saying hi though. I can’t eat before a morning run, but I love to drink black coffee while trying to force myself to wake up at early o’clock before I go.
    Oh wow, have the BEST time in Paris and London!!! Can’t wait to hear about your trip. Soon you’ll be running on the famous Parisien and London streets, so excited for you!
    “Je voudrais un croquet monsieur” is a phrase that springs to mind that may be pretty useful – means ‘I would like a ham+cheese toastie’. Or keep the ‘Je voudrais’ (I would like) and mix and match it with ‘un crepe’ (a pancake), ‘du vin rouge’ (red wine), ‘du pain’ (bread), ‘du fromage’ (cheese). haha, apparently all my ‘useful’ advice is food related!
    Have a ball Kristina! Oh, and if you get a chance, go visit Greenwich and run around Greenwich Park and down along the Thames. Say ‘hi’ from me! 🙂 x

    • September 24, 2014 / 4:20 pm

      Thank you, Lou!!!! The food related phrases are really important and helpful 🙂 Somehow we managed to eat today, but I could tell that not everyone loved our strategy of just pointing at an item on the menu and saying “this” hah! I am sure we came off as annoying Americans!

  17. September 24, 2014 / 2:39 am

    damn, I-think-I’m-clever computer! Changed my ‘croque’ to ‘croquet’ before I knew it! CROQUE Monsieur….. 🙂 (said like ‘crock’)