Taking the Bad Runs in Stride

A few days ago I posted about how I ran 3 miles @ 13:51 pace with ease. Last night I run/walked 3 miles @ 14:55 pace and it required a lot of effort.


I know I’m not the only one who has good days and bad days, so I thought I would talk about some of the things that help me to take even the bad running days in stride.

1. I play a GREAT song on repeat and imagine that I am a really amazing singer belting it out in concert for my fans :).


2. I pretend I am in the final mile(s) of a race and need to keep pushing. I visualize a course I’ve been on before to make it feel more realistic. These days I always visualize the final miles of the Miami Half course since that’s my next big race.

3. I think about what I would say if I met < insert any famous person >.

4. I write out the draft of a blog post.

5. I think about what kind of marketing campaign I could run for < insert business > if I had an unlimited budget. Like, seriously Nike call me because I have ideas.*

*I work for an advertising agency so this isn’t a super strange thing for me to daydream about haha :). 

Really though, the thing that always helps me keep moving forward is the concert thing! Last night the song I played on repeat was Dirrty by Christina Aguilera. It’s such a classic. Plus when Redman says “Christina you nasty” I’m like “who me? ;)” #nastywoman

When I got home I asked Cecil to take a selfie with me because that’s a totally normal thing to do with your cat.

He wanted you to see the bottom of his feet. Those cute little paws will soon be making the first ornament that will be displayed in our new house for Christmas. I bought this pawprint ornament making kit the other day on Amazon and it just arrived!


I can’t wait to use it! Supposedly you just press your pet’s paw into the clay and then bake it. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Have you ever made your own ornament?
Do you have special tree ornaments that represent your pet?
How do you keep moving forward during tough runs? 


  1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    When we had basic cremated, they made us an ornament with her paw print. I didn’t know it was going to happen, so when I got it, of course I BAWLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    1. Kristina

      Aww I can only imagine. That was really sweet of them to make you an ornament <3.

  2. Hanna @ minimal marathoner

    I always imagine myself in the final miles of a race when I’m pushing through a run, especially long runs!

    Aww look at those little Cecil paws!!
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  3. Denise @ An Academic Athlete

    Awww I love the pawprint ornament kit! Whenever I have a bad run I just keep running and tell myself that I’m improving my mental toughness, which is so important even outside of running. 🙂
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  4. Ana

    I am making a note to remember your tips! last time I had a bad run, I stopped and cried, but I’m going to say that the book on my phone was really sad, and I was having a bad week.

    AWW! paw print ornaments are awesome! we have one for our doggy, who passed earlier this year, but the vets made us a paw print.
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    1. Kristina

      Aww that’s really sweet that the vet made you a paw print.

      The combination of a bad run, a bad week and a sad book sounds like the recipe for crying to me. Hopefully this week was a better combination for you :).
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  5. Karen

    Isn’t crazy how one day is fabulous, the next day it is like you never ran before…
    Music is it for me, I find a good song and jam and that visualizing is big for me too! I always picture my finishing, or the area where I finish, and sometimes I make loops… I feel closer to the area where will I finish lol somehow that tricks me into not feeling as far away from my house!

    1. Kristina

      OMG exactly! Some days it IS like I’ve never run before. That’s the best way to put it!

      I sometimes make loops for the same reason!
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  6. Susie

    Whenever I have a bad run, I call my hubby. He motivates and helps encourage — and it’s never failed me.

    I don’t have any keepsake ornaments but I would love something like that clay ornament for my pet. He’s my fur baby!
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    1. Kristina

      That is so sweet! You husband is a keeper 😉

      Adam believes in the tough love strategy when it comes to sports because he is super competitive. If I called him to tell him I was having a bad run he would just tell me to suck it up! haha

  7. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    That’s such a cute idea for an ornament! We bought a cat ornament last year and got it personalized at the store. The lady just whipped out her personalization pen and wrote the cats names on it, but it looked like a million dollars. I’m always impressed how people can do such a great job personalizing things!! I had to do that one time at my kid’s Secret Santa school event and I sucked at it. Poor kids who chose me to do the personalization 🙁
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  8. Schlub

    We have special ornaments and stockings for the kids and dogs. An absolute must for parents and let owners right lol.

    Keep going, well these days I keep thinking, maybe some day I’ll be running western states or leadville or etc. I gotta put in the work and stopping isn’t an option ?

  9. Sam @ grapefruit & granola

    Soooo I think taking selfies with your pet is completely normal! ? I have about 1,000 of me and the Lilers.
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  10. Megan @ Lazy Runner Girl

    When I’m having a tough run and I want to quit really bad, I think (in detail) about how great I’m going to feel when I’m done. I think about exactly how relaxed and relieved I will feel. I think about what clothes I’m going to change into after my shower and how slipping into comfy clothes is so much better after a run. I think about how proud I will feel that I finished even though I didn’t want to. This probably seems silly – but it work for me every time.

    Love the cat selfie!
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  11. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    Sometimes on hard runs I imagine my last run of Ragnar. I remember overtaking my final “kill” and totally buying my team some precious minutes. It was years ago, but it still motivates me and helps me focus on my form and pace to get the run done!
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  12. Reginald Booker

    Thank you for sharing this great information.

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