Visualizing My Goal + Q&A

Yesterday’s run was an adventure. It was windy, my calves were burning and my playlist felt stale. Just one of those days!


To keep myself moving forward I reminded myself that races are hard and crappy runs like this will prepare me to push through the final miles of a race. I also pulled out an old trick where I close my eyes and picture my goal time in giant letters in front of me, and then I let that time pull me forward.

When I was training to run the Miami Half in 2015 I would always visualize my goal time of 2:59 and I would repeat it over and over again in my head. It was my mantra.

After all of that, isn’t it funny then that I never ran 2:59 and ran 2:57 instead! 🙂

So, last week Megan wrote a survey post and I thought I’d copy a few of her questions here today!

Get to Know Me Survey

Tattoos: 0. I would totally get a small tattoo if I wasn’t such a wimp when it comes to pain. I can barely handle getting blood drawn at the doctor and that takes just a couple of minutes!

What would I get? Probably something from this list of 1,000 small cat tattoo ideas.

I was still dealing with depression and bulimia when we first adopted Cecil. Having him helped me a lot, which is why a cat tattoo would be particularly meaningful to me.

I’m not crazy enough to get his face tattoo’d on the back of my leg or anything! Or maybe I’m just not brave enough!

Marriages: 0. Later this month Adam and I will celebrate 12 years together. We know that a lot of people think it’s strange that we’re not married and we’re okay with that! We are strange! 🙂


Divorces: 0.  See, the non-marriage thing is working out in our favor!

Pregnancies: 0. Unless you count the days I was waiting for Cecil to be old enough to come home. Actually, no I don’t think that counts :).


Surgeries: 0. Thank God. I’m so terrified of getting put under!

Been to Jail: Nope, but one time when I was about four years old I stole some Mickey Mouse postcards from the grocery store. To be fair, I honestly thought they were free.

Shot a Gun: Nope.

Skipped School: All the time. I was a straight A honor student, so my parents would let me skip occasionally if there was something I wanted to do. I also skipped a bunch during my senior year of high school just because.

Rode a Horse: Yes! When I was younger I loved to go riding! The summer my parents sent me to equestrian camp was the best summer ever!

Camped in a Tent: Yes! Adam and I went to Burning Man in 2012 and 2013. We setup our own little tented area and lived off of canned food for a week each time. I’ll never forget the first year after leaving we drove straight to Wendy’s and almost cried tears of happiness when hot food touched my lips for the first time in a week!

I DID cry tears of happiness when we got to the hotel and I was able to take a warm shower for the first time in a week.

I like camping but only for a couple of days at a time :).

Do you have any tattoos? If not, what kind of tattoo would you want?
Do you like to go camping?



  1. November 2, 2016 / 5:10 am

    No tattoos for me either and I don’t think I would ever get one! I change my mind about stuff too easily. I camped in a tent when I was a kid but I don’t think i would want to do it now!

    • Kristina
      November 2, 2016 / 10:21 pm

      It’s definitely an experience! The second year a hole got poked in our air mattress so we would have to get up in the middle of the night to refill it otherwise we would end up on the ground – that was just UGH! If we ever go camping for more than a couple of days again it will be in an RV or a cabin 🙂

  2. November 2, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Wow I am impressed you camped for a week! That sounds absolutely horrible. I didn’t know you rode horses. 🙂 Very cool! I laughed at your answer to the divorce question. 🙂

    • Kristina
      November 2, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      It definitely seems like the best way to avoid a divorce is to avoid getting married 🙂

  3. November 2, 2016 / 9:57 am

    Always enjoy the Q&A posts. Glad Adam made it into the BAR again. Another sasquatch sighting lol.

    No tats for me. I thought about getting my last name down my side but so glad I never did that. Love camping, I would live in the woods if Mrs Schlub would let me lol

    • Kristina
      November 2, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      Hahahah I am really trying to get him on the blog more often these days!

      Also, whaaaat? I totally cannot picture you with a tattoo of your last name down your side!!!! I’m glad you didn’t do that too LOL!

  4. November 2, 2016 / 11:43 am

    LOL about the camping!! Camping in a tent more than two nights is not my idea of fun either. Our camper is the best – microwave, king size beds, air conditioning, and even a porcelain toilet. All that in a pop-up camper! It makes camping quite enjoyable. Prior to buying our camper my husband and I did camp a bit in tents and I really really loved getting to take a clean, hot shower at my own house for sure!

    • Kristina
      November 2, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      AHHH yes your camper sounds excellent! My parents used to have a camper and Adam and I loved going camping with them in that! Much different experience than in a tent haha!

  5. November 2, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    I actually do have a tattoo — I just got it in May (my friend and I both got the same tattoo since I turned 30 and felt spontaneous). It’s right on my ribcage and is a lotus flower/infinity symbol hybrid — I liked the symbolism of the lotus (they grow out of mud!) and the infinity symbol because I’m a math professor at a local university. Had to nerd it up somehow!

    I thought it would be WAY WORSE than it was — not to say that it didn’t hurt, but running seriously hurts more — in a different way. With the tattoo it was painful but then over in 15 mins. Seriously. WIth running, it’s painful and then you’re sore the whole next day!

    • Kristina
      November 2, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      Ohh I love your tattoo, that sounds perfect!

      Ah, I just don’t know if I could handle 15 minutes of that kind of pain. Running is like a dull, consistent pain. The sharpness of needles is what kills me!

  6. November 2, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    I have one tattoo. I’d wanted one for years and I finally got one in commemoration of running my first marathon. It is a swirly 26.2 that looks kind of like a cross. I love that if you don’t know what it is, it just looks like a pretty design.

    Here’s a picture if you’d like to see it:

    I’m not a fan of camping. I live in Montana. I can see the pretty outside from my window or visit it during the day. I don’t need to sleep on the cold, lumpy ground. :O)

    • Kristina
      November 2, 2016 / 10:30 pm

      I LOVE your tattoo, it’s perfect!

      Hahahah the cold, lumpy ground! I am with ya. Now that I’m in my thirties my body would not like it at all LOL!

  7. November 4, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    If I had known how much school I could skip and still be successful in life, I’d have skipped more. I think it’s important to have days off to just enjoy life and mentally relax! I wish I had skipped when it didn’t matter – it’s hard to just skip work for no reason!

    I don’t like camping enough to go to Burning Man. I’d love to read a post about your experience there!