Then and Now: How I’ve Progressed Since Last Fall

Over the weekend I did my first double digit run since the marathon and it felt really good. The weather temporarily dipped down into the 50s and made both days perfect for running!

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This coming weekend I have the Fort Lauderdale half marathon on tap and I am really excited about it!

When I got home from my long run over the weekend, I started comparing notes from when I was training for this same race last year.

10-mile training run LAST YEAR: 2h 46mins (16:38 pace)

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(Note: Mile 10 didn’t take me 29:28, it was more like 16:28. The app I was using went a little crazy, 2:46 was my correct finishing time.)

10-mile training run THIS YEAR 2h 17mins (13:44 pace)

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Not only have I shaved off 29 MINUTES since last year but this weekend I finished feeling really strong and with plenty left in the tank!

Last year at mile 8 I remember being like, “ugh stick a fork in me, I’m ready to be DONE”

This year at mile 8 I was like, “hey, I feel really good, let’s speed this thing up!” Mile 10 was my fastest mile of the day (whoo!).

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The cool breeze off the water powered me to a strong finish!

Last year I was really proud just to have completed 10-miles and to know I’d probably finish my first half. This year I’m excited to enter this race looking for a PR.

Progress in running can happen really slowly. Since we run every single day and make small strides here and there it can be easy to overlook the big picture gains. I’m glad I went back and compared this year to last year – it gave me a nice little mental boost.

Now I’m REALLY excited for the Fort Lauderdale half!

Sunday can’t get here soon enough.

I can't wait to race here on Sunday!
I can’t wait to race here on Sunday!

This race will truly be a celebration of all the work I’ve put in over the last 365 days.

Whether I push the pace in the second half and go for a big PR, or I end up treating the race as a normal training run won’t matter… I’m going to PR either way since my easy pace is so much faster than last year. I think that’s really cool!!!! : )

I can’t wait to go for a drink with all of Fort Lauderdale!

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… Of course this is all pending the test results of my biopsy which I think will come in today… Fingers crossed.

I hope you had a great weekend of running, too!

Did you watch the livestream of the NYC marathon? I wish every race was live streamed!

PS: Sorry if this entire post reads like a gigantic humble brag, but I was genuinely surprised at the difference in my running from last year to this year. I had forgotten what that first year was like!

PPS: Congrats to Jennifer and Jenny on awesome races at the NYC Marathon this weekend! I have LOVED following your training these last few months!

45 comments

  1. Marie Alessandra

    That’s amazing, Kristina! I’m so happy and excited for you 😀 29 minutes is A LOT!! 😀 Must be really nice to KNOW you’ll get a PR 😉 Can’t wait to read about how the race goes 😀 You should compare that to last years experience too, it was kinda cool seeing how much difference a year makes.
    I wish I lived where you live!! That beach looks so lovely :3
    + Keeping my fingers crossed for your test results!

    Noo, I forgot there was a livestream 🙁

    PS, you’re allowed to brag. It’s your blog, and this is some pretty brag’able stuff! ;D
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! 🙂 I will be comparing the two races in my head the whole time, I’m sure! It’s so cool to see the difference a year makes, especially since last year was my first year as a runner.

      Unfortunately no call from the doctor today with results. I will be calling the office first thing in the morning! Thank you for keeping your fingers crossed!

  2. Amanda @ Slimplify Life

    That’s so great!! And yes, streamed every second of the NYC Marathon. It was like Christmas morning.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      ME TOO! I went out for a little run on Sunday morning to take advantage of the nice weather but as soon as I got home I started the livestream. Then Adam woke up and was like, “why don’t you just watch it on the TV?” I had no idea it was on ESPN2! So cool!

  3. Staci @ Hoosier Running Mom

    So yeah 3/mile is kind of a BIG deal! Why wouldn’t you brag about that!!!!! Progress in running is something that is seriously hard to notice because for whatever reason until I look at the numbers its like its not real, at least for me! I think you have done an amazing job and will keep progressing like crazy with the plan you have in store for yourself!!! Great job! Hope all goes well with the results!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, Staci! I didn’t receive a call from the doctor today so I will be giving them a call first thing in the morning!

      I know exactly what you mean about the progress not feeling real unless you are really comparing numbers. Last year was my first full year as a runner and I always kind of forget what it was like!

  4. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    That is so awesome! I think its so important to look back on progress. In fact, my post tomorrow is basically comparing my long run this year to a run 3 years ago. I love using data from runs to be able to compare like that!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, Lisa! I can’t wait to read your post. During my runs lately I have been thinking about the comment you left me a couple weeks ago where you said not that long ago you could only hold your race pace for a few miles and now you can hold it for double digit miles! That was really inspiring for me!

  5. running schlub

    That is amazing. We always talk about, look forward at upcoming races and never stop to look back at the progress we have made. Seriously great job, definitely progress to be proud of.

    Humble brag my butt, who cares, anytime you accomplish something that awesome you should be stopping people in the streets saying “get guess what I did” … lol

    I was actually thinking about your results this morning when I was posting. Fingers and toes crossed!!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Exactly! We are always looking ahead but rarely take the time to bask in what we’ve already accomplished! GO US! haha

      Thank you for thinking of me. I didn’t hear from the doctor today but I will be calling his office first thing in the morning!

      1. running schlub

        What is wrong with that Dr. Keep us posted…Ha see what I did there lol.
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        1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

          Haha! I will!

          I called the doctor’s office this morning but the results aren’t in yet ;(
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  6. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Um, it’s your blog, humble brag or just BRAG away because you are awesome! Your pace is so much faster than last year! I am really excited for you to PR. 🙂 Thinking of you today and hope you get some good news!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, Meg! I am really excited to PR too! Since last year was my first full year of being a runner and I only race a handful of times per year I haven’t really gotten to experience that feeling of a good PR yet! Last year I was just setting baselines! (I hope I am not jinxing myself by talking about PRing so much!).

      Thank you for thinking of me. I didn’t hear from the doctor today but I will be calling his office first thing in the a.m.!

      1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

        Nah you are not jinxing yourself. You are going to rock it. This is your time to shine, kick ass, and PR!!!!!
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  7. Jess

    AMAZING job. It’s really incredible how much progress we can achieve if we really try. I’m so impressed by how you have gotten it done, and in so short a time! I can’t wait to hear about the Ft. Lauderdale Half – you’ll do great! And don’t worry, I don’t think any of us read that as a humblebrag 🙂

    Fingers crossed for your test results. Keep us posted! You have a huge, caring support network in the blog world.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, Jess. I feel really lucky to have joined the run-blog world and have met so many supportive people like yourself!

      I think a lot of my progress has to due with “beginner’s luck” or something like that, but if I can make 1/2 the same progress between this year and next year I will be really happy! 🙂

  8. Karen

    You are doing awesome! I think this race will be really fun for you 🙂 Are you steady running or using exact timed intervals? or walking when needed? Just curious? It looks like your consistency is really good! I bet you you loved 50 degrees lol Nice!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you for noticing the consistent splits!!! Since I wrote about uneven splits a couple of weeks ago I’ve really been working hard at getting them to be more even. I was really proud of these splits 🙂 For this run I used 2 minute run / 1 minute walk intervals. On some of my shorter runs I am just running straight through. I think that steady running is what helped me to really “feel” the pace and that’s translated nicely over to the run/walk intervals.

  9. cheryl

    Thinking of you, and hoping for good news..
    You deserve to brag about such an improvement! PR, here it comes. When I heard about the cool weather in FL this weekend, I was thinking of you, hoping you would be out enjoying a run!
    I had fun watching the marathon ( I recorded it). I also recorded the shortened, “highlights” show that was on yesterday late afternoon. I plan on watching that this evening–what a geek!
    I can’t wait to read about your race!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, Cheryl! No word from the doctor today but I’ll be calling his office first thing in the morning.

      I did enjoy lots of running this weekend! I did my 10-miler and also went out for an extra mile at night just because I wanted to be outdoors. Sunday was supposed to be a rest day but I did my three mile loop again just to be outdoors! The sunshine and cool breeze were a perfect combination. I hope you’re staying warm by your fireplace up there!

  10. Amy

    That is great improvement. Slowly but surely you’re making major progress and it will show up on race day! It’s cold an rainy here! But almost too cold for an enjoyable run!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, Amy! I’m trying!

      That stinks that it’s almost too cold to enjoy a run. I honestly can’t imagine that since it never gets “too cold” here! Last Christmas when I visited my run it was in the mid-30s and I think that was the coldest I had ever run in!

  11. Irene

    That’s an awesome improvement! Good for you for keeping track of your previous times…I never do that and now I wish I would have.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks Irene! You should start keeping track in a paper or online log! Runner’s World offers a nice training log that is free! 🙂

  12. Kim

    WooHoo – that is a huge drop in time!!! You are the perfect example of sticking with something and the huge rewards that can come as a result!!
    I hope you get only good news today from your biopsy – let us know!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, Kim! That is so nice of you to say!

      Unfortunately I did not hear from my doctor today. I will be calling him first thing in the morning. I’m getting quite anxious when I think about the results and I’m ready to just KNOW! I hope they came in this afternoon and the office has some news for me in the a.m.

  13. Margaret

    Way to go! It’s great to look back at how you’ve improved. 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! Maybe in a couple years I’ll be able to tackle the Portland Marathon again…. this time with grace! And maybe you’ll be running it again so we can complete a couple of miles together!

  14. Lauren @ The Foodie Runner

    WAY TO GOOOOO!!!! I can’t wait to see how you do this weekend! 😀
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Couldn’t have done it without ya, coach!

  15. Nessa @ Ness Runs

    Wow! That’s amazing Kristina!
    Exactly, it’s hard to see your progression on a day to day basis but that doesn’t mean that you’re not improving!
    It’s so exciting though when you look back and see how much you’ve improved and how much potential you have to improve even more!
    Fingers crossed for your results, hopefully all will go well!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks Nessa! I’m super proud of the progress from last year to this year but even more excited about the opportunity to keep improving over this next year!

      I’m really excited for you too! I can’t wait for you to run your first half in 2015! 🙂

  16. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    You are seriously so inspiring Kristina. Look at what a year of hard work has done for you. Those are NOT small improvements, but major milestones and accomplishments. You must be feeling so proud and excited for your upcoming race(s). Just imagine with another year what those stats will look like at this time next year. Keep it going girl! Wishing you the best of news on your biopsy results. Hopefully it is nothing and you can focus wholeheartedly on your half marathon.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Seeing the difference from last year to this year makes me want to work even harder to see even better results next year! It’s very motivating!

      YOU are the inspiring one though! Someday I want to be like you! 🙂

  17. Jennifer

    50F in Florida, what what?! Isn’t it amazing when you compare year on year progress? Love it!! So excited for your half this weekend – almost as much as the Portland Marathon! Thank you for the tweet and shout-out 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I KNOW! 50F in Florida is crazy…. crazy amazing. I’m sad that it’s already slipping away!

      You are welcome, it really has been so fun following along with your training!!!

  18. Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    That is awesome! Being able to track your progress and see how much better you’re getting is one of the most motivational things!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      It’s got me so excited to train hard during this next year!

      2015 is going to be all about the PRs for both of us 🙂

  19. LeAnne

    congrats on the LR! great job! It looks like you are ready to start the Storm Series!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Yes!!! I can’t wait to kick off the Storm Series!

  20. Lizzy

    “Not only have I shaved off 29 MINUTES since last year but this weekend I finished feeling really strong and with plenty left in the tank!” Not to mention negative splits! That is an awesome improvement in a year’s time – just think what this next year will bring… PRs, faster times, stronger finishes. Not to mention good news from the Dr. (hopefully! my thoughts are with you!)
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you Lizzy. I am looking forward to calling the doctor’s office tomorrow and hopefully getting good news!

      And I am REALLY looking forward to faster times and stronger finishes! That’s going to be my motto for 2015!

  21. Bae

    That’s AWESOME Kristina!!! Great job! I love seeing progress like- it really gives you that extra umph to keep working when you can actually see results. I’m so happy for you!

    Still crossing my fingers and hoping you receive awesome news from the doc <3
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