Turnt Up for the Chicago Marathon!!!

Last night I hit the ground running a little later than usual.

(^ Shout out to Ali.)

The sun was just about set by the time I got down to the beach, but there is no rest for the weary! Especially the weary who are in the midst of marathon training. We just have to forge forward with our eyes on the prize – a delicious free banana earned after running 26.2 miles!

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My calves were so flipping tight during the first half mile of last night’s run that I literally thought about calling it quits every 2 seconds. My right achilles also felt quite a bit tight and required some stretching. Somewhere along the way everything loosened up though, hallelujah. It’s funny how last week I was complaining that I didn’t feel like I was running enough for marathon training. Then one 16-miler run later and I’m like “GUYS I’M FALLING APART!”

Okay, not really! I’m just in the final month of marathon training and officially feeling like it! Last night I reminded myself several times that I’m supposed to feel tired right now; that fatigue is part of the packaged deal you receive when you sign up for a distance race and try to achieve a PR.

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By the way, can you believe Chicago is now just a month and a few days away! Jenny shared this video with me yesterday and it got me so turnt up! <– lol.

I remember sitting at home last year watching a live stream of the lead pack run through the streets of Chicago while virtually cheering on some friends who went on to achieve big PRs. I was so jealous! Even though I had just run the Portland Marathon the weekend before, the wheels were already spinning in my mind … I was going to run Chicago too!

The Big Day is almost here! Holy cow!

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Now that October is just around the corner I’m measuring time in relation to the marathon. New season of The Mindy Project? Starts just a couple of weeks before the marathon. New Mindy book? Also comes out before the marathon. Adam’s birthday? The marathon will be over by then. Thanksgiving? The marathon will be over by then.

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around I hope to have started a new training plan that will help me achieve a half marathon PR at the Fort Lauderdale A1A Half in February, but I can’t tell you about that yet. It’s a secret!

Fellow marathon runners in training: what is one thing that has really surprised you this training cycle?

BTW if anyone reading this is running the NYC Marathon I was thinking last night that you should really add Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” to your running playlist. If I was running NYC I would have it on repeat 24/7!



  1. September 2, 2015 / 8:12 am

    Last month…ahhhhhhh lol. I’m so excited for you, I know you’re going to kill this run. The up and down emotions comes with the territory, I constantly have the same challenge.

    I’m surprised by how flexible I’ve been so far. I’ve moved runs around, missed runs, and I’ve been 100% ok with it. I thought for sure I would be the crazy runner that never missed a run. I feel training is going better this way than had I been to strict.

    • Kristina
      September 2, 2015 / 12:39 pm

      I really think flexibility is key when trying to balance marathon training + life. It’s really easy to say “I’m going to be strict about sticking to my training plan so I can get X result” but life can easily get in the way some weeks!

  2. September 2, 2015 / 8:28 am

    Wow I can’t believe it is just a little over a month away!

    I am so excited to follow everyone running Chicago. My friend ran it two years ago and just had SO MANY good things to say about it. I suppose it should be on my list of races to run!

    I think you need to make a Meme that says “I run marathons for the free banana!” 🙂

    • Kristina
      September 2, 2015 / 12:43 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that. I keep looking at the course description and feeling like I couldn’t ask for anything better. I just have my fingers crossed that it’s not an unseasonably hot day like we had in Portland last year. It looks like in recent years there have been a lot of “high of 85” degree days for Chi… I think in Portland the high was 82 or something last year. I can’t concentrate on that now though. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed for a high of 65!

  3. Jasmine
    September 2, 2015 / 8:38 am

    You’re going to be awesome Kristina! So excited for Mindy s4 – following your amazing Scott Jurek recommendation I ploughed through seasons 1-3 in (embarrassingly) like two weeks! You are now my go-to for TV and book ideas!

    • Kristina
      September 2, 2015 / 12:44 pm

      This is the best comment I have ever received I’m so glad that I have converted a new Mindy fan 🙂

      I’m currently re-watching Season 3 to get ready for Season 4!

  4. September 2, 2015 / 9:15 am

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better and more excited about the marathon! I’m sure you’re going to surprise yourself with how well you do.

    I do the exact same thing when I run marathons – measure everything against the marathon date! I remember at this time last year, everything on earth was either before October 5th or after. Actually, it didn’t even seem possible that October 6th could even happen because I was so obsessed with the 5th! I sort of did the same thing for June 20th, but I wasn’t as obsessive. I look forward to having the same feelings toward May 1 next year, and the date-nerd in me absolutely loves that it’s on the first of the month!

  5. September 2, 2015 / 9:37 am

    It’s close to enough now to be excited about it 🙂
    Glad you worked that tightness out!

  6. September 2, 2015 / 11:51 am

    I am surprised at how laid back I am this training cycle–still getting it done though!
    I month away–that is awesome! You are going to do great. Stay on top of the stretching!

  7. September 2, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Wow! Is it really just one month away? Crazy! So you probably have only two weeks of training until taper, right? Awesome!

  8. September 2, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    So exciting!!! One month to go! I love reading about your progress, you are kicking butt!! And so close to the finish line.

  9. September 2, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    They’d better let you take TWO free bananas at the finish line! 🙂

    When I was training for LA, Coach Kastor told us to make it a priority to have regular massages. I was like, Well, if I have to, I have to. It was great! I’m terrible at stretching, but having someone else rubbing out those tight spots really helped.

    Sooo excited for you, October 11th is going to be awesome!

  10. September 4, 2015 / 7:49 am

    I love fall marathons! I can’t wait for Chicago! I personally am not running it but know so many people that are! I still am unsure if I am going to come watch yet or not but I am leaning toward the yes end of that question. I am so happy you are finally feeling like you are training for a full. I know your new plan has kept you mentally prepping.

  11. September 4, 2015 / 10:54 am

    You’re SOOOOOOOO close! I can’t believe our fall marathons are almost here; in some ways, marathon training seems to go on and on and ON, and in others, it feels like I *just* started training for NYCM. I’m tired as hell, too, and I still have two months to go, haha.

    P.S. I “LOL”ed about the “free” banana — pretty much sums up all those months of hard effort, right? 😉

  12. September 4, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    This post reminds me how I’ve been meaning to read the first Mindy book!!! It’s on my list 🙂

  13. September 4, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    I was surprised about how tough it is to train during the Summer. I knew it would be tough but not this tough. Also (although this is not surprising) injuries suck! Can’t wait for Chicago though!!!!
    When do you do your 20 miler?

  14. September 6, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Oh boy…I’m excited one day…nervous the next…scared…then repeats. Watching videos like that helps me with the latter two 🙂

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