Spring in My Step

Spring has sprung!

Yesterday during my run I came across so many pretty flowers. I stopped to take a pic and to stretch my calves several times.

These last few days my calves have been unimaginably tight. My initial thought when this happens is always to slow down and take it easy. The problem is my calves always clear up and feel their best when I kick up the pace.

Unfortunately you can’t kick up the pace too much when it’s super hot and you’re doing a long run. I mean not if you’re me anyway. So, yesterday instead of a long run I just did a 5K.

I think it’s fine to do a couple weeks of all short runs if I have to. The only thing on my calendar in the immediate future is the Heroes in Recovery 6K next month.

There is a good chance by next weekend my calves will feel fine though. The tightness comes and goes which is the most frustrating thing. I have racked my mind trying to figure out what brings it on but I honestly can’t pinpoint anything. I’m a creature of habit and rarely change up what I eat, how I stretch or anything like that. The calf thing is honestly a mystery to me.

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Even with tight calves I’m grateful for the ability to get out there and spend some time under the sun. You won’t believe how much of a sports bra tan I already have!

(BTW if you want to win a pair of the Adidas 3Matic sunglasses I’m wearing in the pic be sure to enter the giveaway here.)

So … I did something totally crazy. I bought a jogging stroller for Cecil. I haven’t taken him out for a run yet, but Adam and I did take him out for a walk on Friday and he LOVED it.

We were worried Cecil might be scared but he was totally chilling in there just watching the squirrels run by. We even walked passed the dog park and he never even flinched. I guess he knew he was safe with us.

I did a lot of research in choosing a jogging stroller made for pets. Most of them are made for dogs where you can attach a leash so that they can’t easily escape holes that are left in some areas. The Lazybonezz jogger is great for cats because there are no escape holes. I feel really safe with Cecil in there.

I’m well aware this is a slightly strange purchase but you know what – I just want my cat to see the world in a safe way. Let me live!

BTW if you’re one of my readers who likes makeup OR you want to hear how I set the oven on fire check out the post I put up yesterday.Β 

Alright I’m out for today! I hope you have a great Monday!

What was the last weird purchase you made?
If you had no obligations and could run at any time of day what time would you go?Β 

16 comments

  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I have never heard of jogging strollers for pets! I think I would still run in the morning even if i had no other obligations, but maybe not quite so early. I think 7am is usually a good time.

  2. Karen Bayne

    The stroller is awesome πŸ™‚ I’ve always wanted one for Otto, he was so curious about everything, I thought he would have loved it.
    I have a lot of little niggles and aches that come and go like that… it is so annoying. I have yet to figure out how to make them go totally away! Enjoy your shorter runs πŸ™‚ Sometimes it is nice to not run a billion miles lol

  3. Sam @ G & G Nutrition Co.

    I’m dying at the post! πŸ™‚ especially “haters gonna hate”. You do you.

    Lily hates strangers so I don’t walk her in crowded places. She would probably flip out if I put her in a stroller, lol. I wish she could see the world, too!
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    1. Kristina

      I keep telling Adam I need to become a billionaire fast so that I can buy a private jet to take Cecil places! He would hate sitting under the seat on a normal flight but he was made for stretching out on his own jet πŸ˜€

  4. Ana

    What a cool stroller for Cecil!! will you take him out for a run? Do you think he would like it?

    Is anything helping with the calf tightness ?
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    1. Kristina

      I think he would like going out for a run, he’s enjoy all of the walks so far! πŸ™‚

      Literally nothing seems to help with the calf tightness except wearing my compression socks as often as possible. They definitely provide temporary relief… which could my mind just tricking me into thinking they provide relief. Who knows, but I wear them as often as possible!
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  5. Susan

    That is so great about the stroller! I always feel bad for cats because they don’t get to enjoy walks like dogs do. I do always run / workout first thing in the morning. It’s my favorite time of day!

    1. Kristina

      Cecil loves his w-a-l-k-s now! He jumped right into the jogger yesterday! πŸ˜€ Now he gets to see the world like Macy!

  6. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    LOL haterz gonna hate indeed! I feel like you are devaluing motherhood with that purchase! πŸ˜‰

    Your calves are like my ITB… I cannot ever find a rhyme or reason why sometimes it hurts and sometimes it doesn’t.
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  7. Margaret

    I love that you have a cat stroller! I don’t think either of our cats would be up for that, but we are planning to build a catio on the house we’re buying.
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    1. Kristina

      That’s so awesome, I am sure they will really appreciate that! I’ve seen some incredible catios on Pinterest. Can’t wait to see what you do!
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  8. Monica

    Omg, I love the stroller. Please take some action shots! Cecil pics are the best!
    Have you tried the tarte Rainforest of the Sea lipstick yet? I love tarte and have been looking at trying it and would love to know your thoughts!

    1. Kristina

      YES! I really like the Rainforest of the Sea lipstick. It’s really sheer but also really glossy. It gives a great shine but has zero lasting power. It’s gone as soon as you eat or drink something, as with any gloss I suppose. Still it feels really nice on the lips and seems to wear well as long as you’re not eating or drinking anything! πŸ™‚

  9. Hanna @ minimal marathoner

    A cat stroller!! OMG! I feel like our cats would claw their way out of that thing. No way they’d sit still for a walk.

    Sorry about your random calf tightness. That’s got to be frustrating that you don’t know what causes it. Do you pause and stretch when the tightness hits or just run through it? Have you tried stretching them before every run to see if that helps?
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    1. Kristina

      Ugh I stretch all the time — when I wake up, when I’m taking a bathroom break, before a run, after a run, before I get into bed. I’ve tried every combination under the sun.

      I sometimes pause and stretch during a run and sometimes I try to run through it. It just depends on how tight they are. Sometimes they are only a little tight and I can easily run through it, sometimes they are not tight at all, sometimes they are so tight I could cry and I have to stop and stretch … I’m all over the place.

      The only common denominator is that the tightness is almost always present during the first 2 miles of a run and then it USUALLY decreases until it’s eventually gone by mile 5ish. It’s just getting to mile 5 feels impossible on the days when they are so tight I feel like breaking down and crying. Plus it takes me over an hour to get to mile five so that’s a long time to be struggling.

      I should probably go see a doctor about what could be wrong… or at least a physical therapist. I am thinking there are probably muscle imbalances that are making my calves work harder than they need to be. I just don’t know why the tightness comes and goes!

  10. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    Wow, a cat jogging stroller? I did not know such thing existed. My cats would probably really enjoy a gentle stroll (well, at least one of them would), but I think picking up the pace would freak them out!
    Dang it on those tight calves! Muscles are a mysterious thing (at least mine are!).
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