Thursday Things

Can I just say you guys are my people?!

Whenever I want to talk about something running related that isn’t exciting it’s always the running community that I want to go to. Whether that’s dropping to a shorter distance, DNSing, DNFing, chafing, GI issues, failing to meet a goal … I never want to talk to anyone else about these things because I know they’ll probably say comforting things but they won’t really get it. That’s why I’m so happy to have this blog!

Let’s catch up on a few things!

1. South Florida weather is finally cooling down. Every run over the last few days has been in the low 80s and we may even drop to 68*F on Saturday night! Time to break out the boots and peacoat!


The cooler weather is definitely appreciated although the wind can go away! It almost makes me miss the “feels like 100*F” days. Almost.

2. My calves have been SO TIGHT. What else is new, right? I realized my Brooks Glycerins are getting pretty worn so I ordered a new pair yesterday. Hopefully they will arrive today or tomorrow!


I’ve been doing a very easy 10 minute warmup at the start of every run and then stopping to stretch, do calf raises and massage my calves. That seems to help some, but from minutes 8 to 10 I’m usually feeling REALLY crappy because of the tightness.

It’s extremely annoying because my calves usually do loosen up but they still don’t feel 100%. That means I never feel like I’m running at my full potential. My heart rate will be in check, my breathing will be fine but my calves will make me hold back. I need to figure out a solution – and fast!

3. I have a new Harry Potter themed mousepad.  I spilled coffee on my old mousepad one too many times and finally gave in and ordered a new one. I think it’s beautiful (and it’s only $9 on Amazon)!


I know that all of my weekends from now until mid-December are booked with house renovations … but wouldn’t it be great to just relax on the couch with a HP movie marathon? Maybe that will be my reward when I’m on Christmas vacation :).

4. How beautiful is this? Over the weekend I saw a rainbow during my run. This really makes me miss the longer days of the summer. Now it’s mostly dark out or almost nightfall when I get to the beach after work.


Every year when fall comes around I miss running in the sunshine for a few weeks. Then I get used to running in the dark, and when the spring rolls around I get apprehensive about running in the daylight again!

I guess I am just a creature of habit and get comfortable with the way things are. You could say I don’t love change :D.

5. Georgie is making himself at home. We’ve been babysitting my mom’s cat, Georgie, for the last week while she’s on vacation. The last three times we’ve babysat for him he and Cecil haven’t gotten along well. They’ve tolerated each other but there was a lot of fighting.


This time we started out with some fighting and general unhappiness, but now they seem to be getting used to each other. They aren’t exactly sleeping curled up together but they can now eat next to each other. Progress!

When I came home from work yesterday I opened the door and they were both sitting there waiting for me. It made me want a second cat on a permanent basis! You know my motto: many cats is the right amount of cats. Adam doesn’t agree for some reason ;).

What does your mousepad look like? (if you’re on snapchat send me a snap: KristinaRunning)
Do you prefer running in daylight or in the dark?



  1. October 20, 2016 / 5:03 am

    Its actually been really warm here this week- similar to your weather! But now its supposed to rain and cool off. Cute mousepad! I don’t use one at home (I don’t have a mouse with my mac) and my work one is really boring.

  2. October 20, 2016 / 8:56 am

    Hey, that’s what we’re here for!! 🙂

    Okay so we are having a heat wave here in late October and it’s been in the 80s this week! Now it’s only 60-70 in the morning when I run, so that is good. Last week I was in long sleeves and gloves! I get the same way when transitioning for dark running to daylight running or daylight to dark. I get used to whatever it is I’m used to and then don’t like the switch. Right now I am loving the dark though, which is good because it won’t be light out for my morning runs again until… Omg MONTHS!!

  3. October 20, 2016 / 9:08 am

    I totally support your new house having two cats! We have always had two (well, at one point we had three of our own) and they make great playmates – although they do also fight just like real siblings!
    And wait… isn’t that really MEG’s cat?? 🙂
    I ran outside in the dark, and the rain, this morning. Who am I? I am proud to say I did not face plant on the sidewalk. 57 felt a bit chilly in wet shorts & short sleeve t-shirt.

  4. October 20, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Have you tried foam rolling your calves? I’m don’t typically foam roll, but one time I took the challenge or going all way up the stairs at work (700 feet up inside a dam) and then came back down and my calves were killing me! I’ve been that sore, even after my marathon. Foam rolling was the only thing that sped up the healing process.

    I love your mouse pad! A few weeks ago I was home sick from work for two days and my husband and I watched all of the Harry Potter movies back to back over two days. It was awesome.

    I almost never run in the dark. We have too many critters around here and it totally creeps me out.

  5. October 20, 2016 / 9:58 am

    You come to us for that support, wow I feel so honored, I thought everyone enjoyed talking about GI issues lol.

    Weather is getting gorgeous here. Our early morning runs are consitently in the 60’s right now.

    I prefer to run in the dark but once it gets too cold I’ll be hating it. Plus I have to make an intentional effort to run in the heat because my ultra will be in the morning to midday when the sun is up.

  6. October 20, 2016 / 11:42 am

    It is good to share with your buds that get it! I always feel better after I read my comments and as you know, often it is you and blog buddies that inspire me 🙂
    Awesome rainbow!
    OMG, your calves are like my feet! I hate that feeling of being held back. I think the calf raises will help but it takes time -stay committed 😉 I found for me the stick worked better than foam rolling. I love the stick so I can press in where i feel a knot. I also have a cheesy hand held massager but for real, it is pretty powerful and I find that helps my calfs. I hold it on sore spots. Foam rolling just never did it for me. I also do shower work lol don’t laugh…but I stand and let really hot water hit them and I do one leg at a time. I flex my foot back and forth about 12 x’s each a few times on each leg.

  7. October 21, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I’m glad you shared your thoughts about Miami!

    I’ve been trying to get runs in during my free hour at work. I hate running in the dark and it’s been pretty dark in the morning and evenings around here. I’m not looking forward to winter.

    BTW Georgie is unbelievably cute! I need a little cat tower like that for mine, although I have my doubts that they would actually use it.

  8. October 27, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    My calves are still tight, too. I haven’t run since the Tuesday before Matt’s big race and I have a 5k this weekend, so I’ve decide to just REST REST REST and let my legs recover as much as possible. After this weekend, I’m back into half marathon training!