Sunny Summertime + Fall Race Planning

Not surprisingly, it was another hot one last night. It was actually worse than Monday when I felt like I reached my breaking point but this time I ran smart.

I took it nice and slow (a full minute slower than Monday) and ended up feeling great!!


Feels like 95 with 72% humidity. No big deal.

I had to reel myself in at first because my legs were ready to go-go-go but I didn’t want a repeat of Monday night.

Not as many runners as usual were out and about, and every one that was seemed extra friendly. One guy gave me the peace sign, and a bunch of people smiled and waved. Maybe I was just in a good mood and noticed little things I usually miss!

Every night when I get down to the beach I always turn left, but last night I decided to turn right and check out the other side.

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The last time I ran this section of the beach was during the Fort Lauderdale half way back in November of last year! 

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Tonight I decided that I would LOVE to run the Fort Lauderdale half again this November.

I checked and it’s exactly five weeks after the Portland Marathon. I think that should be plenty of time to recover, do some easy training runs, and enjoy a nice day at the half.

I’ll probably do the Fort Lauderdale half every year for the rest of my life because:

1.) I can walk to the start line.
2.) I can walk home from the finish line.
(although last year Adam went and got the car and drove me home, haha)
3.) It covers my normal training course so I’m super familiar with every step.

I just wish I would have registered back when the entry first went on sale because the price has already gone up twice. It’s hard for me to part with hard earned money to run a route that I run every day of my life anyway… but I want to collect another medal that represents my city.

I know it’s not cool to admit you like medals… true runners do it for the love of the sport… blah blah.

Oh well, I like shiny, big medals!

Have you ever done the same race twice? 

Which race has been your favorite ever and why? 



  1. June 25, 2014 / 9:19 am

    Way to get out for your endurance training, and even better to adjust your plan to account for the heat. Very smart. I always notice the demeanor of the runners around me. I run into a lot of grumpy runners who don’t say hi or good morning back to me and its really annoying. Once again great pics, fills my beach void since we don’t have one in AZ. Wow the Ft Lauderdale half sounds awesome, you should totally do it.

    Our first same race will be in December so ill let you know how it goes. But there are a handful of races we have already decides we definitely need to visit each year. Favorite race is hard because I feel it’s just a place holder. I know once I complete my first true trail race that will immediately be my favorite.

    • June 26, 2014 / 10:51 am

      I am usually a grumpy runner who with grunt a quick ‘hey’ but not smile. I read an article about the science behind why some people are friendly runners and why some are not … I think it was in RW a little while back. I can’t remember a darn thing from the article though, haha. Maybe I AM just grumpy 😀

  2. June 25, 2014 / 10:33 am

    I’m running the same half marathon at my local beach that I did last year. It’s nice to be able to wake up later and not travel as far! My favorite race was definitely the PHM. It was my first half and in Disney World so obviously it was my favorite! 🙂

    • June 26, 2014 / 10:52 am

      My first half was my favorite too. Nothing like crossing the finish line for the first time after running 13.1!

      Immediately after the PHM this year I thought I would never do it again, but now I’m kind of thinking about it 🙂 I like how it’s just all so well organized!

  3. June 25, 2014 / 10:36 am

    No shame in liking medals! The only races I have done twice are hometown races for the same reason! Easy peasy to do logistics wise. I did the Harrisburg full twice and the Harrisburg half twice. I hold my PRs on both of those courses! Oh I did Boston twice but I guess that is a no brainer to do a couple times!

    • June 26, 2014 / 10:53 am

      I’ve got to be honest and say the PR thing definitely comes into play here for the Fort Lauderdale half. I had a rough day last year, and even if my legs are still tired from the marathon this year I think I can still get a PR. We’ll see 🙂

  4. June 25, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    I have to say I love your pics and your video from yesterday’s post. I’m glad you had a better run. I would love that view! That’s a great plan to run both the marathon and half marathon. If you recover wisely, you should have no problems.

    • June 26, 2014 / 10:54 am

      Thank you! That’s what I was thinking too. I’ll take two weeks as rest/recovery and then try to get in one or two long runs and then just go by feel on race day.

  5. June 25, 2014 / 12:53 pm

    I don’t know how you can run in that heat and humidity! Think about how nice and cool Portland will be. I love that Adam had to drive you home when you were well within walking distance. That is totally something I would make David do.

    • June 26, 2014 / 10:55 am

      When I am in the middle of a run and dying I DO think about how nice and cool Portland will be. When I want to stop I just think, “you’re going to be so damn fast at the marathon, Kristina” hahaha!

  6. June 25, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    Those views!! You seriously have a great running route!
    I do a lot of the same races. There’s one called Pat’s Run in honor of Pat Tillman we do every year and I love one near the mountains called The Lost Dutchman. I’ll be doing the Phoenix Marathon for the second year in a row and it will be my husband’s first marathon! 🙂 (oh and they have an AWESOME medal!)

    • June 26, 2014 / 10:56 am

      SO COOL that your hubby is doing his first marathon this year!!!!

      Adam has done a couple of 5Ks with me. I would LOVE for him to do a half or full marathon, but running just isn’t his thing. He does it for cross training sometimes, but he’s into weight lifting and MMA.

  7. June 25, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    Do you run on the sand or is there a path along the beach? I have heard that running barefoot on the sand is a killer workout – that beach looks perfect for it! I have done the same half marathon twice a couple times. We only have so many around here in Central Oregon, so each year I make an effort to register if I’m in town. One of my favorites is the Happy Girls Half Marathon – challenging course and great swag! I love race bling. 🙂

    • June 26, 2014 / 10:58 am

      I run on the path along the beach. I *have* run on the sand a couple of times, but I don’t usually do it. The soft sand makes my legs feel like hell, and the packed sand near the water sticks to my sneakers which I hate. My former coach ran on the sand after hip surgery because it’s low impact but good for building strength back up.

  8. June 25, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    I realized this summer that purposely slowing down my pace allows me to cover the same distance, despite the heat. It’s such a little thing, but it makes a huge difference!

    I love races that go along my usual training routes, too! It gives you such a confidence boost!

    • June 26, 2014 / 10:59 am

      You are so right, it makes a huge difference! Plus, we’ll get that speed back at the end of summer, right? 🙂

  9. June 25, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    I just showed the pictures from your blog and what you see while running to my husband and told him I need that to be part of my life everyday!!! A few more years:)
    And, then I asked my son if he wants to do the Ft. Lauderdale half!! Maybe in a few years:)

    • June 26, 2014 / 11:00 am

      Yes!! That would be so awesome if the two of you ran the Fort Lauderdale half. It’s a great, super flat course (just one bridge) with a nice ocean breeze 🙂

  10. June 25, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    So impressed you run in the humidity year round! I’ve run alot of the DC area races 2x (including Baltimore half x 3). I’ve actually done the Miami Half x 2, prob not again – the heat got the best of me 🙂 I really LOVED Healdsburg Half Marathon by Destination Races – beautiful scenery, great temps, and all the wine!

    • June 26, 2014 / 11:02 am

      So cool that you have run the Miami Half twice! I’ve been nervous to sign up for that race too because March feels so late in the year … I am not surprised it was super hot on the day of your races here!

  11. June 25, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    Glad it was better tonight. You are tough girl to run in that!! There sure is a lot of beauty you are surrounded by though 🙂 I can’t wait til you run the marathon, I think it’s going to be amazing! I still think if you went to Montana with me you would be flying!! When I went to visit the last time, I couldn’t believe how wonderful it felt to be out of humid conditions lol Pace is so challenging in humidity.

    • June 26, 2014 / 11:03 am

      I can’t wait to run the marathon either! I’ve been afraid to say this out loud because I don’t want to jinx myself, but I am way more excited than scared of the distance. My long runs have all been going SO well lately (leg wise, last week wasn’t great mentally). I know I have SO MANY more miles to add on to get myself to the finish line of a marathon, but … I really feel like it will be a great day!

  12. June 25, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    You are so lucky that the beach is your usual running route! And that you can walk to the start of the Fort Lauderdale half too.

    NO shame in admitting you like the big, shiny medals!! I’m in it for the bling (and the t-shirts!) too, haha… 🙂 (I have lots of old race t-shirts sitting in storage in my friend’s shed back in Oz – I can’t part with them for some reason!)

    Awesome job on your run and dealing with the crazy humidity.

    I think you definitely CAN do the Fort Lauderdale half after your Portland marathon! I’ll be looking forward to reading about your recovery and training for it.

    Yes, I did the Shanghai half twice – to try and beat my first time (I did, yay), and to get another t-shirt and medal of course! 🙂

  13. June 25, 2014 / 11:58 pm

    ps – Just putting it out there to the universe that I would LOVE to come and run the half on Fort Lauderdale one of these days/years!

    • June 26, 2014 / 11:05 am

      Okay, let’s make a deal right now …. you can come and stay with me to run the fort lauderdale half, and I will come and stay with you to run the gold coast half one of these years! It will be SO MUCH FUN!!!!

  14. July 2, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    the first half/full that i ever did was a local race. i couldn’t actually walk to the start, but the course went right by the college that i was attending, and there was actually a water station hosted by my school. it was awesome. favorite race by far. i’ve actually run the half there four different times, and the full once. i loved knowing the route so well. it definitely helps 🙂